Note from the District Executive
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Lewis and Clark District Chairman Report
A big “thank you” to all the active leaders in the Lewis and Clark District for making this first month of summer such an exciting and fun time for all of our Scouts and Scouters.
• A very successful fun, safe and NCAP certified Cub Day Camp. Steve Boyd and his staff put on the great 3-day event for 120 youth.
• Our Order of the Arrow Chapter has been very active with their spring ordeals – As a result, we have 11 new ordeal members and 22 new brotherhood members.
• We had 8 Units and more than 100 youth attend the Council Camporee. Our Arrowmen worked hard to put on the great event. Our district manned three activities: Fishing with Tim Locke and Forrest LaBelle; Historic Camping gear and uniforms with Mike and Tami Lukas; and the Ga-ga Pit was one of the favorites again – even in the rain! And perhaps most memorable, the energetic performance on the bell in the Pep Band!
• A public service day, primarily by our Choteau Scouts, in helping in the Augusta after-flood cleanup.
• Youth Protection Training (2) by more than 50 of our adults. Thanks to the extra effort of Aaron Weissman in conducting many of these trainings.
• And finally the Outstanding Scouting presence in the 4th of the July Activities, including honoring our nation and our flag by leading the parades in Black Eagle, Choteau, and Great Fall!
We have also ushered in new leadership on the district level with Sandra Dogiakos hitting the ground running as District Executive, Brad Weaver leading the charge as our new District Commissioner, and Kelsie Tilman spreading the word as our new Public Relations Chairperson.
Looking forward to a great Fall, we all need to work on the current challenges:
• Completing our Family and Community ICL drives (where we are at about 50% — quite a ways to go to meet our goals)
• Getting all of our adults through the Youth Protection Training training before September 30th. We encourage leaders to get online for the training, schedule sessions at the unit level (check with Aaron or Sandra), or attending the next district meeting where we will a separate training session.
• Obtaining Chartering Organization decision on Cub Scout Family program options.
• Now is a great time to conduct your unit assessment with your unit commissioner as you plan this next scouting year.
• Planning your unit membership kickoff for August or early September.
• Attending the Voyager Scouting game on August 25th
• Getting ready for a great Popcorn Sale
Thanks again for all you do in Scouting!
Scout Night at Centene Stadium will be on Friday, August 10. The game starts at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $5 for Scouts and Scouters or $8 for a ticket and a hot dog and soft drink.
If your Scouts are interested in camping on the field that night, please contact Sandra.
Popcorn Sales will begin on September 29 We have a few events coming up to help us get ready. Popcorn Kernal Training will be September 6 from 6-9 p.m.
New this year, we are doing a Popcorn Help Night. On August 9th, units can get all set up for popcorn sales!
Eagle Scouts of all ages, from all Councils: mark your calendar now for the annual free Eagle Scout Barbecue! Friday, August 17, 5-7 pm at the Council’s Service Center, 820 17th Ave. So., Great Falls.
Come for the food and fellowship. Network with fellow Eagles, meet someone new and greet your friends. The Eagle Scout BBQ is sponsored by the Montana Council Silver Beavers.
By Forest LaBelle
Fall Camporee will be September 14th, 15th, and 16th at Mortimer Gulch outside of Augusta Montana on Gibson Reservoir. Troops can arrive at camp on Friday night and will pack up to go home on Sunday morning.
Geocaching will be the theme this year with a Dutch oven competition featuring Dutch oven pizza.
The Fall Camporee agenda will be posted by the 21st of July.
Order of the Arrow
By Gene Cantley
The Ne-I-Yahw Chapter had a busy June. We both hosted and provided the Ceremony Team for the K-M Ordeal Weekend. Then several of our Chapter went to Townsend to help staff Council Camporee, many for the entire week. Two of us also went to Melita Island to help with the Ordeal Team there. During all this, our Chapter Chief, Sean Lynch received the rank of Eagle Scout! The Ceremony Team is gearing up to help with his Eagle Court of Honor.
In July, we will have our monthly business meeting on the 10th 6:30 @ the Scout office. With a BBQ tentatively planned for August
District Commissioner’s Report
By Brad Weaver
- With the District Recharter, we have 11 total Commissioners. 5 were dropped. 3 might return after completing YPT or paying registration fees.
- We will be holding a Commissioner Training/Staff meeting the 1st week of August.
- As of the June Council Commissioner Meeting, Lewis & Clark District leads the Council with 173 unit contacts.
- 2 Detailed Assessments have been conducted. All units in the District must have a Detailed Assessment completed by October 31st. Detailed Assessments are to be completed by the Unit Key 3 and their Unit Commissioner. Unit Commissioners will be contacting each Unit Committee Chair soon to schedule an assessment meeting.
- To be properly staffed, we need 11 Unit Commissioners We currently have 8. We are looking to recruit 3 more. If you have anyone in your network who was a Scout as a youth and might be willing to be involved, please forward their name to Brad.
Investment in Character & Leadership (ICL) Status
Lewis & Clark District did not reach our ICL goal before July 1st, but you can help! It is not too late to make your 2018 donation to the Lewis & Clark District ICL Campaign. Please consider making your donation now, and help support training, camps, and Scouting in our area.
If your unit has not yet had an ICL presentation, Sandra is excited to schedule one for you and will reach out to get one setup.
FREE, REGISTER BY JULY 20, 2018.
Akela Land is a family-oriented camping experience for Cub Scout Tigers, Wolves and Bears with their Families. Any and all families members are welcome and encouraged to come to participate in this outdoor experience.
You can register online or you can contact the Council Service Center at 406-761-6000.
Cub Scout Troops have the option to offer Family Scouting this fall. In order to become a family unit please have your Charter Organization must submit a letter to the Montana Council stating their intention to sponsor a family unit. Here is a link to a sample letter!