Update on Critical District Issues: District Comm. Meeting Times, Medicine River, District Calendar

Dear Scouters,

We have received many excellent questions and requests for clarification on a number of issues facing us in Lewis and Clark District as we enter a new Scouting Year.  The next district meeting is coming up on Tuesday September 2 at the Great Falls East Stake Center.  It was noted that the district calendar has the meeting at 7pm, which would be a change from tradition.  If there are no major objections let’s try an even earlier time of 6:30 pm on September 2.  We’ll discuss a proposal to make this a “permanent” change at the meeting itself to make sure it works for folks in the long term.

Next, I had a more in-depth conversation with council leadership about their feelings on Medicine River Scout Center.  There is not a hearty appetite at this time on the council level for development of such a facility in any context or location.  The council has been focused lately on orchestrating major improvements to our Montana Council Scout Camps.  Improving our existing Scout Camp assets is a worthy goal from any perspective, and one that we on the district level should heartily support.  I suggested that, taking advantage of coincidence, now is a great time to pursue something like MRSC, as well.  The program benefits of a facility with the potential of Medicine River, it’s proximity and size, are hard to underestimate for our district.  In the short period that we have occupied the site, it has served us well on a number of levels.  The list of possible uses ranges from a permanent home for Cub Day Camp to episodic use for camporees, trainings, Courts of Honor, Crossover ceremonies.  Even a council camporee is not out of the realm of possibility for this site.  Long story short, I do believe if we can demonstrate that Lewis and Clark District, the home of the council headquarters, can promote, develop and utilize this site as a integral part of an excellent Scouting program, we’ll earn their blessing.  That said, there is a great deal of work left to be done and we’ll need commitments from volunteers at every level to succeed.  What this effort looks like will emerge from conversation amongst ourselves at District Meetings, Roundtables, Unit Meetings, Campouts etc.  We’ll resume the discussion at the District Meeting on September 2, 6:30 pm.

Lastly, there were further questions about the year’s calendar and inaccurate or missing dates on the website calendar.  We will flesh those dates out in the coming month, and hopefully arrive at something that resembles life as it happens, or die trying.

I’m looking forward to seeing a huge crowd of fired-up Scouters at the District Meeting.  It’s going to be an exciting year – I promise.

Yours in Scouting,

Peter Jennings   Chairman   Lewis and Clark District Committee


Scout Roundtable on April 8

By District Commissioner Rex Jewett

As you know we started a new roundtable format in March. Roundtable is now on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the same place, the LDS stake center at 1015 15th Ave S. We have a short general meeting and then break into Boy Scout and Cub Scout workshops. Once a quarter we plan to have joint meeting to bring in guest speakers such as Sheriff Bob Edwards speaking about drugs and other topics of interest. I would like to thank Roundtable Commissioner Ed STUART for the fine job he did on the usage of Para cord for crafts and outdoor survival.

Round table is open to all leaders and parents, we hope to see you there Tuesday 6:30 on April 8th , pass the word!!!

To Thaddeus Hann of Pack 14,he was the first roundtable grand door prize winner, he won the $25.00 gift card.
Next time it could be you!

Has Your Unit Signed Up for the Council Camporee Yet?

The Montana Council Camporee will be an incredible event, bringing together Troops, Packs, Crews and Teams from all over the Treasure State to the Townsend Fairgrounds this coming June 19-22!

During the Council Camporee, Scouts will have the opportunity to:

  • Buckle Up by the Montana Highway Patrol
  • Rope making/bridge building by Mountain Valley District
  • Military Recruitment activities
  • Ga Ga Pit (Israeli Dodgebal) by Lewis & Clark District
  • Roll Cage by MDT
  • Human Foosball by Buffalo Plains District
  • M4S by MDT
  • Tomahawks by Vigilante District
  • Indoor Archery Shooting
  • Catapult by Hi-Line and Nu-Ooh-Ska Districts
  • Cross Saw and Branding by Prickly Pear District
  • Order of the Arrow Village
  • CPR Training
  • Attend great music shows
  • Watch a huge fireworks display
  • and many more fun activities!

Has your unit signed up to attend yet?  If not, now is the time!  More information and registration forms are available at montanacouncilcamporee.org.

Investment in Character and Leadership (ICL) Speakers Bureau

Investment in Character and Leadership (ICL) is the replacement for Friends of Scouting (FOS).  This campaign is our primary method of paying for initiatives like our upcoming Pinewood Derby, the Council Camporee and our ongoing expenses for our camp properties (Melita, K-M, Grizzly, Arcola).

The District needs YOUR help to speak to units in Great Falls this month about ICL during their Blue and Gold Banquets, Courts of Honor and other events.  Can you help us?  If so, send me a note at aaron@weissman.com, and we will schedule a speaker’s training.  Please help us make our ICL Family Campaign a success this year!

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National Youth Leadership Training

The Montana Council will be holding two sessions of National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) this Summer. Both courses will be held June 22-28, 2014, one at K-M Scout Ranch and one at Grizzly Base.

To participate in NYLT, a Scout must be at least 13 years of age or have completed seventh grade and not reached the age of 18 if a Boy Scout or 21 if a Venturing Scout. A Boy Scout must hold at least the rank of First Class, be currently registered in a Boy Scout troop or Venturing Unit and have the approval of his Scoutmaster/Coach. All participants should be a current or prospective leader within their scouting unit. Completion of Troop Leadership Training (BSA publication #34306A) conducted by his Scoutmaster, is a helpful start to youth leadership training.

Trained Youth Leaders make for more active and fun Scouting experiences for our Members. An application for for this year’s NYLT courses is attached!


NYLT Unit Registration final