Venture Crew 8 Open House and prep for Venturing Bonanza at K-M!

By Keith Hasbrouk, Venture Crew 8 Advisor

To all:

The Montana Council is hosting a Venturing Bonanza at K-M Scout Ranch on the  weekend  of Oct 10th thru Oct 12th.  The activities include ATVs, COPE, Climbing Tower and Shooting.  The cost is only $35, which includes all food for the weekend.

So what does this men to all of you Scout?  Well if you are 14 years of age, or 13 years of age and completed the eighth grade (and have not yet reached the age of 21) you can join Venturing!  If you are already a member of a Troop, your membership in Venturing will be no cost.

Venturing is co-ed!  Please join us for a Venture Crew 8 open house and planning meeting at 6:30PM on Sept 24th in the basement of the Scout Office.  We have great things planned for the year, including skiing and a big Summer float trip.  Come join us, you’ll be glad you did!


Venturing Winter Mountaineering Trip


Attention all Venture Scouts and older Scouts interested in joining Venturing!

We are inviting you on a winter mountaineering trip in February!

We are planning a winter venture trip for the 17th and 18th of February. This trip will be a SUMMIT ATTEMPT of Rocky Mountain which is just west of Choteau. This will be a very fun, exciting, and challenging trip reserved for Venture Scouts.

We will be meeting at the Scout office at 6:30 pm on the 16th for a bag drag (gear check) to ensure every one has the required gear for the trip. Scouts without the required items will not be allowed to attend the trip. If you have ANY issues gathering the gear please let me know. I can help ( or (406) 899-1886).

We will meet in the parking lot of the Choteau Forest Service office at 6:30pm on Friday the 17th. From there we will drive as a group as close to the trailhead as we can and hiking from there. The hike will be about two miles of snow covered road from the vehicles to to the campsite. The 18th will be an extremely exciting day culminating in summitting the highest point in the Sawtooth mountain range. We will be on the trail by 7am to complete the 3.5 mile off trail hike for a summit by noon and back down to the vehicles by 7pm putting us back in Great Falls late Saturday night.

This is an aggressive itinerary; and we will be prepared for foul weather, poor conditions, and longer than expected hiking times. However, this is a true mountaineering trip with all the inherent risks of a mountain adventure.  Youth participating on this trip will have to have the proper conditioning, both physically and mentally for the demands of a mountaineering trip.

Please remember that all mountaineering trips (even under ideal summer conditions) are  only summit attempts.  We may not be able to actually reach the summit.  However, the adventure, fun, and learning happens regardless of whether or not we actually reach the top.  It will be a rewarding trip no matter the distance climbed!

Info about Rocky Mountain:


· Non cotton long underwear top and bottom

· Non cotton hiking socks

· Waterproof hiking boots/shoes

· Non cotton pants

· Waterproof pants

· Mid-layer insulating jacket (fleece, ect)

· Waterproof outer layer jacket (non insulating rain coat works best for layering purposes)

· Stocking hat

· Waterproof mittens & gloves (preferably your gloves would fit inside your mittens )

· Sleeping bag rated for winter conditions

· Sleeping pad

· Tent (we can help you find friends to share with unless you have a solo tent)

· Food & food prep equipment (this should also be shared amongst bunk mates)

· Fire starting equipment

· Emergency shelter (a small tarp or tube tent and similar items work well, stay away from emergency blankets)

· Headlamp

· Knife, small

· At least .5 gallon water


· Waterproof gaiters (highly recommended!)

· Sunglasses

· Chap stick

· Trekking polls

· Snowshoes

Pack list attached document: winter pack list VENTURE

Everything must fit in one backpack you will carry. The trail will be steep and the snow will be deep. The less your bag ways the easier it will be. If you have any questions please contact me at or (406) 899-1886.

September District Roundtable and Meeting Agenda

Boy Scouts of America
Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Roundtable and Meeting
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S

September 6, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

  1. Roundtables/Training Features of the Month, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Topics:  Fall Recruitment, Popcorn AND Presentation by GFPD Officer Jesse Slaughter on Internet Safety for Minors
  2. Opening Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the August meeting
  4. Welcome, introductions and recognitions
    1. Introduction of Larry Garlick as District’s Council Member-at-Large
    2. Introduction of Ken Roberts as Quartermaster
    3. Introduction of Frank Scopa as Venturing Chair/Liaison
    4. Announcement of opening in District PR Chair Position
  5. Individual Committee Meetings – 30 minutes
    1. Upcoming Events – Venture Climbing Trip, Special Olympics P4M, Fall Recruitment, Tiger Fun Day, Popcorn, Fall Camporee, JOTA
    2. Upcoming Trainings – Leader Training, Outdoor Training
    3. Medicine River Scout Center
  6. Reports and plans of Individual Committees
    1. Scout Show Wrap Up
    2. Membership Team
  7. District Executive Report
    1. Membership Actual vs. Goal
    2. Finance Actual vs. Goal
  8. District Commissioner Report
    1. Unit Charter Renewal
    2. Unit Commissioners and Journey to Excellence
  9. District Chair Report
    1. Journey to Excellence Targets
    2. Website/Blog/twitter tracking statistics
  10. Other Business
  11. Closing Ceremony
  12. Adjournment.  Next meeting October 4, 2011, 6:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South

Venture Scout Rock Climbing Trip

Attention all Venturers (and Boy Scouts over 14)!

On Saturday September 10th the Lewis & Clark District will be holding our first ever Venturing rock climbing adventure! The climb is open to all of our registered Venturers. If you are not currently registered as a Venture Scout, here are the requirements to join:

You must be beween 14 and 21 years old and you must join a Venture Crew. Thats it. You can even stay registered as a Boy Scout at the same time! We have Venture Crews in Great Falls and the surrounding communities, if you are interested in joining please call me and I will arrange for you to meet with one of our local crews. If you are unit leader interested in starting a Venture Crew or Patrol – let me know ASAP, we can get everything in place so that your youth can attend this climbing trip.

Here are the details of the trip. The cost is $15 per climber. All technical gear (helmets, ropes, etc.) will be provided. If you have your own gear you may bring that as well. We have a hired a professional climbing instructor to guide our trip and teach us rock climbing skills. We will be meeting at the Grasshopper Campground in the Lewis and Clark National Forest (Castle Mountains) at 8:30am on Saturday 9/10. To get to Grasshopper Campground you head south on highway 89 towards White Sulphur Springs. Then turn east for about 6 miles on US 12, then south 4 miles on Forest Road 211. There is camping available at Grasshopper Campground. If you are interested in camping as well, you will need to make arrangements with the Forest Service.

After meeting at the campground, we will take a short (15 minute) drive to the trailhead. The walk from the trailhead to the climbing location is about a 45 minute walk. We will be done and back at Grasshopper campground at about 5pm. Vehicles with high clearance will be necessary to drive to the trailhead.

There is no food or drink provided, that will be up to the individual Crew/Scout.

I have attached the forms required by our instructor. In addition, everyone will have to have a current BSA health form.

This trip is going to be fantastic! I hope to see all of our Venturers in attendance.

If you have any questions, please call me on my cell 868-5648.

Kyle Roberts
District Executive
Lewis and Clark & Central Districts
cell (406) 868-5648
fax (406) 761-4480

Opportunity to Earn Your Aviation Merit Badge!

Hello Scouters!! Please get this out to all of your Scouts and other Scouters! (including Cubs, Webelos, Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts) Please see the flyer for info.

The Aviation merit badge was one of the Original 57 Merit Badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911. Working with Lt Col Carlton of the MT ANG, we’ve been able to arrange for District Boy Scouts to work for their Aviation Merit Badge and attend the Flight Over the Falls Air Show. VOLUNTEERS for the AIR SHOW are also needed; Scouters, Cubs, Venture Scouts are all welcome to participate.

Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge Academics and Air Show Coordination is scheduled on 26 July from 0800 – 1200 and 27 July from 1300 – 1700 in the Operations Auditorium of the Montana Air National Guard. A Flight Schedule is yet to be determined, as we are working with the Experimental Aviation Association to include their “Young Eagles” program. Also, some Volunteer work can be done, i.e., setting up parking spaces, ramp set-up etc.

As for the Air Show itself, I’ve asked that the Scouts WORKING on their Merit badge be able to attend the pre-game show on Friday night and meet with the Blue Angels or other aviation professionals. Saturday and Sunday, Scout Volunteers may help by gathering and disposing of trash, running water to workers, acting as parking attendants, and ramp tear down.

Now for a kicker that will really please everyone; we can set up and manage a booth. There is some legal issues involved with selling stuff and I am awaiting info for review. However, we can use this as a recruiting tool. A couple adult Scouters, a couple Scouts (Tiger, Cub, Scouts and Venturers) and we can sign people up. I’m going to need help with this one, but we can feature a slide show, projects boys have done, a Kayak, other crafts, rockets, a nature board I need help with this one if anyone wants to help out it would be a great opportunity.

I will have more in the next couple days, so keep checking!!!

Yours in scouting
Lonnie Adkins
Scoutmaster, Troop 7
Phone: (406) 791-0544 (office)
Cell: (618) 363-4003 (private)

Scout Show is August 13; What Will Be YOUR Unit’s Activity?

The Lewis and Clark District Scout Show will be August 13 at Lion’s Park.  This will be a high visibility event!

We ask every unit in the District to sign up to run an activity.  (Pioneering, First Aid, Relay Race — just have fun!)  Please let us know what activity your unit will run in the comments  below.