Fall Camporee 2018, Sept. 14-16

Fall Camporee will be September 14, 15 and 16 at Mortimer Gulch on Gibson Lake.

Geocaching Challenge

The 2018 fall camporee will be an enjoyable and challenging event for your Troop. We will be conducting a Geocaching Challenge with twists and changes to test the boys. There will be most if not all of the requirements to fulfill the merit badge.

Theme:”Are you afraid of the dark”

The Scouts will be required to do a Spooky Skit at campfire


To Mortimer Gulch at Gibson Lake, from Augusta take Manix Street west 4 miles to Forest Road 108 and continue west for 22 miles going to the top of Gibson Lake. You do NOT turn left at any time until you reach the campground.
We have reserved the lower loop campground.
If you have a camper of any type you have to camp on the upper loop and pay an additional fee of $8.00 per night….no exceptions.


Registration is $10 per person, payable when you arrive. (This has changed so you are not penalized for drop offs and cancelations.)
We need the name of one adult from your troop to help with the judging.
You must have at least “Two Deep Leadership” and at least one leader trained in “Youth Protection”.
You must have a copy of the “Medical Form” for each scout and each leader, in addition to “Parent Permission Slips” and a copy of “Guide to Safe Scouting”.  Please e-mail me, by September 12th at desireesoapcompany@gmail.com or text me at 406-788-0657, the number of attendees from your troop, boys and adults, so I can plan for prizes.


Troops it will be the same location as Spring Camporee, unless otherwise noted.
Friday night be sure to pack a sack lunch. There will not be a travelers feast.
Cracker Barrel will be at 9pm for leaders and SPL’s. Location to be announced.

Check in:

All troops need to check in with the camping committee when they arrive in camp.  The camping committee needs to know the final numbers so that they may prepare for the contests.  The camping committee will also show/tell you where you can set up camp and where to park your vehicles.
Water and sanitary facilities are available.

Check out:

All Troops need to check out with the camping committee before they leave camp.    Make sure your camp area is clean – “Leave no Trace”.


Events will be added to on July 28. The contests will be announced and explained as much as possible and as early as possible.

AWESOME Scout Award

Each troop will post a candidate for Scouter Award that will be put into a drawing box for a fantastic prize  and  scout  MUST BE PRESENT ! This prize to be announced.

Patrol size:

You should have a minimum of 3-4 scouts in a patrol and a maximum of 6 scouts.  If you have 8 boys then two patrols of 4. Small troops with small patrols may be added together so that the patrol may compete in events.  In the scoring of the points for completion of an event, scores will be adjusted mathematically so that small or large patrols are not handicapped or given an unfair advantage. Contact me if this is an issue!

General Rules

  • Camping sites will be done on a first come basis.
  • One of the most important parts of a fall Camp is to keep warm and dry. Each Scout must know what to wear. Montana weather is very changeable, requiring preparedness for any condition. A nice day can turn into a very cold night.
  • Your best protection is common sense. Dress in layers. Avoid working up a sweat, and stay comfortable by removing or adding layers. Cotton clothing is not good. Wool is.
  • Waterproof boots are essential. Wear good wicking socks.
  • A good wool or thermal hat is needed; it must be able to cover your ears. You can also wear it in your sleeping bag. A scarf is also important, to cover your neck.
  • Good gloves and a backup pair for each boy. The best for back-up is mittens in wool.
  • Scouts are more vulnerable to cold at meals, because they do not move around as much. Adults need to ask each boy if he is dry and not sweaty. If needed have them change clothes.
  • Clothing inspection: Unit leaders should visually inspect each boy before he hits the trail.
  • If the Camping Committee sees a boy unfit to task he may be pulled from events.
  • Webelos – There will be no Webelo specific events at Fall camporee.
  • Campfires are limited to above ground fire pits. There will not be wood available. Shovels need to be by each fire, and adult supervision at all times.
  • No Pets except registered Service Animals and sled dogs
  • Pack in, pack out.  Leave no trace.

Camping Committee Philosophy:

  • Adults are welcome to watch their boys compete.
  • The boys should have learned some skills prior to the contests.
  • The boys are to do the work, the adults just watch.
  • Troops/Patrols are not to be assisted by adult leaders.
  • The boys are to work together as a team; they start together and finish together.
  • The Senior Patrol Leader is the person leading their troop, and the Patrol Leader is the person leading his patrol.
  • A Scout will be a living example of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto and Scout
  • Slogan, and the will camp following the Outdoor Code.

Crown Butte Day Hike Rescheduled

Yesterday’s hike was postponed due to muddy impassable roads.
I have moved it to June 9th at 1PM. Meet at the Scout Office and all things stay the same as far as what to bring.
Be sure to RSVP to me the number of participants!
Forrest C LaBelle

Crown Butte Day Hike

May 20th at 1pm
Meet at the Scout office front lot to Caravan
Sunday, May 20th I will be leading a day hike to the top of Crown Butte near Simms, MT.
It is about 5 miles round trip with an elevation change of 900 feet. Crown Butte is located near Simms and is owned by the Nature Conservancy. It’s unchanged in its grassland splendor and is the same as when Lewis and Clark explored here in 1805. There are teepee rings to view on the way up and an ancient Native American eagle catch at the top. The view from the top is utterly awe-inspiring as you get a birds-eye view of the Little Belts, the Big Belts and the Front Range as well as neighboring Buttes.
May 20th is the date and we leave the Scout office at 1pm. Bring a lunch as it will be your dinner. It will take about 5 hours to complete and that will get you home before 7pm. You can tell your teachers about this awesome hike that many native Montanans have never done.
This hike will be canceled if the weather is poor. The road to the Butte is not good in wet weather. It is advisable to bring your Troop in a high clearance vehicle. I am not providing transportation so it is up to the Scoutmaster to arrange rides. We will caravan from the Scout office. Be sure to pack well and this should be discussed at a Troop meeting on what to bring and not to bring. A hiking stick is recommended.
Those that are participating will need good boots (not shoes) and a day pack with a lunch and water for a 4 to 5 hour hike. I plan for us to eat on top with a vista that you will be highly impressed by. The hike is about 5.5 miles and an elevation change of 900 feet.
Crown Butte is owned by the Nature Conversancy and is routinely checked for invasive weeds, as the top has never been grazed by livestock and is primarily the same grass as when Lewis and Clark came through in 1805. You will see ancient teepee rings and an ancient eagle catch on the top of the Butte. Crown Butte is a perfect example of a volcanic laccolith with views of the Big and Little Belts as well as the Rocky Mountain Front.
We will depart promptly at 1 pm from a front lot of the Scout Office on the 20th.
Please notify me of expected number of hikers @
desireesoapcompany@gmail.com or text me at 406-788-0657…
The same goes for any questions you may have.
Forrest C. LaBelle and the Lewis & Clark District Camping Committee

2018 Klondike Results – Baby It's Cold Outside!

Greetings from the Camping Committee,
We had another successful  Klondike with great weather and a great turnout from the District. Thank you’s go out to Troop 1,Troop 4, Troop 7, Troop 14, troop 26, Troop 28, Troop 1151, and Troop 1155. All came and efficiently set up their camps in record time.
Friday night started out worrisome as the bathrooms once again froze up in anticipation of our arrival. Luckily, Troop 7 stepped up and brought us Porti Potties from Waste Management (thank you all). You saved the day. Troop 7 also brought up a two stage snow blower to deal with the 15 inches of snow. (smart thinking).
Friday night was also home to the Pizza Travelers Feast and Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Lewis & Clark District Camporee Committee. The lodge was toasty warm thanks to Shawn at Rotary Headquarters. It was needed because it was in low teens at morning time.
Saturday brought the events such as:

  • Sled inspections,
  • First aid,
  • Sling Shot,
  • Fishing,
  • Sled balance,
  • Avalanche,
  • Stretcher carry,
  • Snowshoe Relay,and
  • the Infamous sled races.

The results are as follows:

  • Fourth place Troop 14 Snowballs with 223 nuggets
  • Third place Troop 4 Silver-back Gorillas with 225 nuggets
  • Second place Troop 7 Wolves with 228 nuggets
  • First place Troop 28 Wild Stallions with 229 nuggets

WOW! that was a close competition!
The Hot Cocoa event was won by Troop 4
The adult hatchet building won by Van Arvanites from Troop 28
Fastest sled time was Troop 1 Hydras at 15:59 followed closely by Troop 14 with a 15:60 and Troop 1151 with 16:32
Congratulations to you all!
Forrest C LaBelle, Chairman

2018 Klondike Schedule

2018 Klondike ScheduleProof for 2018 Lewis & Clark District Klondike Derby PatchPlease be advised that you will have to pack and carry your lunch during the events (Adults and Scouts) PLAN FOR THIS!

Friday Jan 19

  • 4:00 to 9:00pm: Check in
  • 6:00 to 9:00pm: travelers feast – FREE PIZZA!
  • 9:00pm: Cracker Barrel in the Lodge
  • 9:30pm: Ice Cream Social – Pavillion
  • 11:30pm: lights out

Saturday Jan 20

  • 7:30am: Reville
  • 7:30 to 9:00am: Breakfast
  • 9:30am Flags Ceremony
  • 10:00am: Events Start
    • Sled inspections   Station 1
  • 10:30 to 4:30pm:
    • Station 2 Avalanche Coming
    • Station 3 Fishing for Gold
    • Station 4 Slingshot Turkey Shoot
    • Station 5 Sled Balance
    • Station 6 Ice Rescue
    • Station 7 Stretcher Carry
    • Station 8 Snowshoe Relay
  • 1:00pm Camp Inspections
  • 5:00pm: Sled racing
  • 5:30 to 7:30pm Dinner
  • 8:00pm Campfire and skits
    • Hot Cocoa Contest ( Patrol with best cocoa will win a case of pizza for a party)
    • Includes Adult Hatchet Competition and awards
  • 11:30pm Lights out


  • Break camp and get patches and ribbons

Forrest C LaBelle

Let's Bury The Hatchet

Mr. Locke has challenged the Scoutmasters of each Troop to construct a hatchet handle and sheath to display at Klondike. You may pick up the metal blank at the Scout Office and start your project. You will need to sharpen it too.
A fabulous prize awarded to the winner. Please note that the Judges will be the Camping Committee as we cannot be coerced or bribed in any way. My email is desireesoapcompany@gmail.com if you would like to try and bribe me.
Kidding aside good luck!
Forrest C. LaBelle

Fall Camporee results

Third place….Troop 1 Dragons
Second place…..Troop 28 Wild Stallions
First place…..Troop 1 Thunderbirds whose win was helped by a very concise list of what was wrong with this camp
John Dover of Troop 26 won “most helpful Scout” award as well as nominees from each Troop selected in a drawing.
Third place Troop 7 Owls tied with Troop 1 Dragons
Second place Troop 26 Panthers
First place…..Troop 28 Wild Stallions
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I want to thank my Committee members…..Rex Jewett,Tim Park,Bob Dowdy,Tim locke,Tammy Lucas and Mike Lucas. they braved the elements to give you this opportunity to learn.
We will be hosting a Fishing Merit Badge Seminar at Council Camp in June to help you complete the Merit Badge.
Forrest C LaBelle

Fall Camporee

It was another wild and woolly Fall Camporee last weekend as we finally got some much needed rain in Montana. I was very impressed with the Leadership and the Scouts themselves getting all set up in the rain and wind that made conditions harsh. It takes a lot of intestinal fortitude to go camping in those conditions,but the leadership and I felt it was a character building experience. Not a complaint was uttered to me throughout the event despite not being able to have a campfire.
The skies cleared Saturday morning and gave us a most beautiful post rain event with sunshine appearing around noon. The fishing was difficult but the classes taught the boys some great fishing fundamentals. Mr Jewett and Mr Park taught fish bottom and top rigging and mr Lucas taught them how to make a spoon lure. Mr Locke and I did a casting class as well as fish cleaning and filleting. Fish cleaning was popular as well as Tammy Luca’s fish cooking 101. The evening campfire (propane)and skits was clear and star ridden with calm winds. We were also visited by some Webelos and I hope they had a good experience as well……………..
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