Montana Council Camporee and State Pinewood Derby

Lewis and Clark District Units:

It is still not too late to register for the 2014 Montana Council Camporee at the Broadwater County Fairgrounds in Townsend, MT, June 19-22, 2014. http://montanacouncilcamporee.org/.

During the Council Camporee, Scouts will have the opportunity to visit displays such as:

-Buckle Up by the Montana Highway Patrol
-Rope making/bridge building by Mountain Valley District
-Military Recruitment activities
-Ga Ga Pit (Israeli Dodgeball) 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, and many more!
Additionally there will be a 100 Years of OA show and a Campfire show. There will be a band and fireworks, prizes, awards, skits, and more.

Also, The Montana Council State Pinewood Derby will occur at the Broadwater High School on June 21, 2014, in Townsend, MT. 2014 Council Pinewood Derby.pages

Cub Scouts are invited and encouraged to attend the 2014 Montana Council Camporee! They will be able to participate in a variety of the events listed above, and all Scouts are invited to the evening shows!2014 Council Pinewood Derby

May 2014 District Meeting Minutes

Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Meeting Minutes
BSA Council Office
820 17th Avenue South
May 6, 2014

The meeting was opened at 7:30 pm with 14 District members in attendance. The meeting was moved to the BSA office from the LDS Stake Center as the doors to the Stake Center were locked. Thanks to all units in attendance and a request from Bill for every unit in the District to have a representative attend the District Meeting.

Minutes of the April meeting were approved.

Welcome, Introductions and Recognitions – Bill thanked all of the Leaders and Boys from the Order of the Arrow, Apoxky-AIO Lodge 300, for a very successful Trail to First Class. Mr. Bill Lamere, Advance Board Member, introduced himself. Mr. Gary Byers, longtime Scouter, introduced himself. Dustin provided District Commission Rex Jewett with a Distinguished Commissioner Award from the Montana Council. Dustin also provided the Lewis and Clark District with several awards earned (most in Council) from the Montana Council Annual Meeting: highest increase in membership, highest membership growth, highest percent in day camp attendance, highest percent in venture growth and the JTE silver plaque.

Old/New Business Upcoming Events – District Award Banquet, May 9, 2014, 6 pm, 2900 9th Avenue South (United Church of Christ); District Membership Drive, May 10, 2014, Holiday Village Mall; Fishing Hike, May 17, 2014, Holter Lake; Webelos Rendezvous, June 6-8, 2014, Medicine River Scout Center; Cub Day Camp, June 9-11, 2014 Wolves/Bears, June 12-14, 2014, Webelos, June 13, 2014, Tigers, all at Medicine River Scout Center; Flag Day, June 14, 2014, Overlook Park; Flag Retirement Ceremony, June 14, 2014, noon – 5 p.m., BSA Office; MT Council Camporee, June 19-22, Townsend, MT; 4th of July Parade, July 4, 2014, Great Falls, MT.

Upcoming Training – Commissioners Training, May 31, 2014, 10:00 am, Medicine River Scout Center (bring lunch); YPT, June 3, 2014, LDS Stake Center.

Committee Reports –

Camping: Bill provided a report from camping committee. No Spring Camporee due to MT Council Camporee in June. Two mile hike/fishing trip at Holter Lake May 17, 2014. Space limited to 50 registrants. Contact Forest Labelle to register.

Advancement/Eagle Board: Bill Lamere stated the District has 12 Eagle Projects complete, 14 outstanding projects and the Lowes Gift Card Program will start up again in June 2014.

Membership: Stu Brown stated the District membership drive is set for May 10, 2014, at the Holiday Village Mall from 11:00 am – 3:00 p.m. All seven, non LDS, district packs are expected to be represented at the event.

Flag Retirement Ceremony: Stu stated Pack 143 will conduct several flag retirement ceremonies on June 14, 2014, from noon – 5:00 p.m. at the BSA office.

District Awards Banquet: Deb Kemper stated the banquet is set for May 9, 2014, 6 pm at the United Church of Christ, 2900 9th Avenue South. Chili and/or cornbread cook off will begin at 5 pm. Participants can submit either their favorite chili or cornbread recipes or both with a list of ingredients for food allergy purposes. Other menu items include hot dogs, chicken, dessert and drinks. There is no cost to attend.

Webelos Rendezvous: Bill stated Webelos Rendezvous, sponsored by Troop 4, is set for June 6-8, 2014 at Medicine River Scout Center. Cost is $15 per scout. Contact CJ Reeves, 788-8542, or Eric Spragg, 899-9298, to register.

Day Camp: Glenda Burton stated the day camp has 106 boys registered with still room for more. Also, day camp is still looking for volunteers to assist during the week-long event.

Flag Day: Paul Grosvold stated the Flag Day at Overlook Park is set for June 14, 2014, and that Troop 1 will coordinate.

OA: Paul Grosvold provided the non-results of the Scoutmaster desert cook off at TFC. Apparently, it was a tie between all entries submitted!!! Paul also stated the OA will be conducting a service project at the BSA office on May 31, 2014. OA will be cleaning the fire bowl ring and painting the flag pole in front of the building. Paul stated Ordeal forms are now online in the Apoxky-AIO Lodge 300 website, http://www.apoxkyaio.com/, under the resource tab.

Council Camporee: Aaron Weissman stated the Montana Council is encouraging units to sign up for the Council Camporee as registration has been light. Currently only 4 troops from the District have signed up to attend. Aaron also announced the Camporee will hold the Council Pinewood Derby this year.

World Jamboree: Aaron Weissman stated the 2015 World Scout Jamboree will be held July 28, 2015 – August 8, 2015, in Kirara-Hama, Japan near Yamaguchi City. All inclusive cost per attendee is $5,750. Contact John Manz, 406 210-1244, for more information.

District Executive Report – Dustin thanked all of the District volunteers, encouraged phone calls from unit leadership to their volunteers, encouraged unit to attend Council Camporee and stated recharter training will take place next fall.

District Commissioner Report – Rex thanks all of the Commissioners staff, announced basic commissioners training at MRSC, and stated the Council Camporee is still in need of volunteer Commissioners.

District Chair Report – Bill announced his term has expired and thanked all of the District Volunteers for their hard work the past couple of years. Bill also announced he will stay on as an Assistant District Char to help the incoming District Chair once they have been selected.

Adjournment at 8:50 p.m. Next Meeting June 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South.

District Award Banquet and Dinner – Reminder

Just a reminder, the Lewis and Clark District Awards Banquet is scheduled for this Friday May 9, 2014 at the United Church of Christ, 2900 9th Avenue South. Chili and Cornbread cook off begins at 5 p.m. To avoid any and all food allegories, all participants are required to provide a list of ingredients for their entries at check in. The dinner and banquet will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Menu items include chili, cornbread, hot dogs, chicken, dessert and drinks. There is no cost to attend this event and is open to all registered Scouters, Scouts and Volunteers. Please come out, have dinner on us and let us say thanks for all you do for the youth of the Lewis and Clark District. Hope to see you all on Friday.

Bill Rutten
District Chairman
Lewis and Clark District

Webelos Rendezvous

The 2014 Webelos Rendezvous will once again be sponsored by Troop 4. The Rendezvous will run from June 6-8, 2014, at the Medicine River Scout Camp. Cost is $15 per scout. Contact CJ Reeves, 788-8542, or Eric Spragg, 899-9298, for more information or to register. Stations include BB guns, archery, first aid, knot tying, and fire starting.

Web Rendevous Poster

May 2014 District Meeting Agenda

Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Meeting
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S
May 6, 2014

1. Opening Ceremony 7:30 pm
2. Approval of Minutes from April Meeting
3. Welcome, Introductions and Recognitions
4. Old/New Business
A. Upcoming Events – District Awards Banquet, District Membership Drive, Cub Day Camp, Flag Day, MT Council Camporee, 4th of July Parade
B. Upcoming Training – Commissioners Training, Youth Protection Training
6. Committee Reports
A. Camping Committee
B. Advancement Committee
C. Membership Committee
D. Training Committee
E. Programs Committee – District Awards Banquet, Day Camp, Flag Day, 4th of July Parade
F. OA
G. Other Committee Reports
7. District Executive Report
8. District Commissioner Report
9. District Chair Report
10. Other Business
11. Adjournment

Next Meeting June 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South.

April 2014 District Meeting Minutes

Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Meeting Minutes
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S
April 1, 2014

The meeting was opened at 7:30 pm with 11 District members in attendance. Thanks to all units in attendance and a request from Bill for every unit in the District to have a representative attend the District Meeting.

Minutes of the March meeting were approved.
Welcome, Introductions and Recognitions – Bill thanked Dr. Chuck Jennings for coordinating the recent ICL breakfast which raised approximately $14,000. Bill thanked ASM Stephen Boyd for his efforts in coordinating a pinewood derby event in conjunction with the Great Falls customs car show. Bill thanked Deanna Rutten for Coordinating the Districts Scouting for Food drive which collected and donated over 21,000 pounds of food.

Old/New Business Upcoming Events – Trail to First Class, April 11-13, 2014 at Log Gulch on Holter Lake; MT Council Annual Convention, May 204, Billings, MT; District Award Banquet, May 9, 2014, 6 pm, 2900 9th Avenue South (United Church of Christ); Cub Day Camp, June 9-11, 2014 Wolves/Bears, June 12-14, 2014, Webelos, June 13, 2014, Tigers, all at Medicine River Scout Center (MRSC); MT Council Camporee, June 19-22, Townsend, MT.

Upcoming Training – Basic Outdoor Leader Training, April 11-13, 2014, at Trail to First Class campout has been cancelled due to lack of trainers.
Committee Reports –

MRSC: Peter Jennings provided updated of MRSC that the septic tank has been located and he is coordinating with a local plumbing company to determine its usefulness. Also, he will be attending a Silver Beaver meeting on April 22, 2014 to discuss Silver Beaver involvement with MRSC.

Camping: Bill provided a report from camping committee. No Spring Camporee due to MT Council Camporee in June. Looking at a possible two mile hike/fishing trip on the Missouri river May 17 or 18, 2014.

Advancement/Eagle Board: Bill provided a report from eagle board. Two new approvals. Tim Locke has issued 12 Lowes $100 gift cards council wide. Plenty still available for approved eagle projects.

OA: Tanner Dodge stated units should schedule OA elections this week if interested with him or Paul Grosvold. OA requirements include, Scouts must be first class or higher, have accumulated 15 nights of camping (only one long term camp can be included), elected by peers in Troop and approved by their Scoutmaster. Also, OA will celebrate 100 years of OA at MT Council Camporee. They need OA members to be present. Scouts are encouraged to bring musical instruments for the OA led pep band Saturday night.

TFC: Tanner also provided an update on the Trail to First Class Campout (run by OA), April 11-13, 2014 at Log Gulch on Holter Lake. Cost is free to attend; however, if Scouts want a “great looking” patch, the cost will be $5. Money will be collected at TFC. A list of TFC courses has been developed and was posted to the blog. Still not too late to register. Troops are asked to conduct Paul Grosvold or Keith Hasbrouck to register.

Scouting for Food: Bill provided a report from the committee chair. Huge success with 21 units participating and over 21,000 pounds of food collected and donated to Great Falls Food Bank.

District Awards Banquet: None. Still set for May 9, 2014, 6 pm at the United Church of Christ, 2900 9th Avenue South. Chili and/or cornbread cook off will begin at 5 pm. Participants can submit either their favorite chili or cornbread recipes or both. Other menu items include hot dogs, chicken, dessert and drinks. There is no cost to attend.

Award Banquet Committee still accepting award nominations for Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor, Scouter, and Volunteer of the year. Nomination forms posted to the blog.

Day Camp: Ken Roberts stated the Day Camp is on track. April 15, 2014, last day to register with $10 discount. After April 15, 2014, cost to attend is $55.

ICL: Aaron Weissman stated the district is trying to wrap up ICL campaign by first week of May 2014. Units still need to schedule an ICL presentation include Troops 7, 4 and 43 and Pack 7. Please call Aaron to schedule.

Membership: Stu Brown stated he is planning the District membership drive for May 2014. Location to be determined. Stay tuned for more details.

District Executive Report – Dustin provided an update on ICL. District currently at 60% of its $60,000 goal. District is looking for new District Chairman as Bill’s term expires in May 2014. Forward names to Dustin of potential candidates. One of the Districts points of emphasis this year will be to work on scout retention.

District Commissioner Report – Rex stated he has two new Unit Commissioners, Alex Archibald and John Wallace. Rex also stated the MT Council was in need of Commissioner volunteers for the camporee in June. Contact Rex if you can help.

District Chair Report – Bill stated the District website domain was allowed to expire as it was anticipated the new Council website would be up and running. The Council website launch has been delayed. Dustin will work with Jay Tuss to get the District website back on line. Bill also stated he is working on a Scoutmaster/Cubmaster cracker barrel at fire ring at the scout office in May or June. Purpose will be for all leaders to gather, discuss best practices, network, etc. without scouts. Date and time to be determined.

Adjournment at 8:35 p.m. Next Meeting May 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South.

Scouting for Food Results

Thank you to all of the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Leaders, Scouters, Malmstrom Volunteers, Parents and Siblings of the Lewis and Clark District. With your hard work the last two weekends, you collected and donated over 21,000 pounds of food to the Great Falls Food Bank to be distributed to our neighbors in need. This year we had 21 units participate in the Scouting for Food drive. You easily eclipsed our goal of 20,000 pounds and increased last years donations by over 6,000 pounds. Congratulations on a job well done. You should all be very proud of your efforts. Thank you again for “doing a good turn daily.”

April 2014 District Meeting Agenda

Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Meeting
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S
April 1, 2014

1. Opening Ceremony 7:30 pm
2. Approval of Minutes from March Meeting
3. Welcome, Introductions and Recognitions
4. Old/New Business
A. Upcoming Events – Trail to First Class (TFC), MT Council Annual Meeting, District Awards Dinner, Cub Day Camp, MT Council Camporee
B. Upcoming Training – Outdoor Leaders Training (TFC)
6. Committee Reports
A. Camping Committee
B. Advancement
C. Programs Committee – TFC, District Awards Dinner, Day Camp
D. OA
E. Other Committee Reports
7. District Executive Report
8. District Commissioner Report
9. District Chair Report
10. Other Business
11. Adjournment

Next Meeting May 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South.

Scouting for Food Saturday

Thank you to the units, boy scouts, cub scouts, parents and siblings who braved the cold weather last Saturday to distribute Scouting for Food Bags. This Saturday, March 29, 2014, scouts will pick up food bags for delivery to the local Great Falls Food Bank, located at 1620 12th Avenue North in Great Falls. We are well on our way to our goal of collecting and donating 20,000 pounds of food this year to the Food Bank.

Food bag pick-up should not begin before 9 a.m. Scouts should be in full Class A, field dress, uniform; be reminded to use the buddy system when picking up bags; to utilize sidewalks as much as possible; be extra cautious when crossing streets; do not knock on doors, never enter a closed gate; and never, ever, enter a residence. Parents are reminded to not allow scouts to ride in the back of open air pickups.

The Lewis and Clark District, Scouting for Food Coordinator Deanna Rutten, 406 217-1079, will be at the Great Falls Food Bank beginning at 9 a.m. should you have any questions. You may pick up your unit participation ribbon and scouting for food patches at the Food Bank following delivery of your collected food.

Thank you in advance for your continued support to the Scouts of the Lewis and Clark District and to our neighbors in need through the Great Falls Food Bank.

District Award Nominations Due Now

The District Awards Banquet is quickly approaching – May 9, 2014. There is still time to submit deserving Scouts and Scouters for District Awards.

This is an excellent opportunity for all involved in the Lewis and Clark District to recognize and honor those individuals who truly make a difference in the lives of our young Scouts. Categories this year include Cubmaster of the Year; Scoutmaster of the Year; Scouter of the Year; Senior Scouter of the Year; Volunteer (non-registered) of the Year; and Scout of the Year.

Also, the Montana Council of BSA is accepting nominations for The District Award of Merit. The District Award of Merit is a council award presented by districts. The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.

Fillable nomination forms are available via the links below. All nominations need to be into Awards Banquet Chairperson Deb Kemper, scoutermomdeb@gmail.com, no later than April 1, 2014. Questions and RSVP may be directed to Deb via email or 406 799-6620.

Lewis and Clark District Nomination Form
District_Award_of_Merit

Help us recognize and honor those volunteers who are truly deserving!!!