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Thank You!

As many of you know this will be my last post on this blog as your District Executive. From the bottom of my heart, I want to express the utmost gratitude to the volunteers and leaders of the Lewis & Clark District for all the time you dedicate to Scouting, and for all the support and mentoring you have shown to me, personally, over the past two years. I have been fortunate to work with and learn from such dedicated and learned Scouters.

We have made amazing accomplishments for the Scouting community across Lewis & Clark District, and I look forward to seeing how the acorns we planted grow into mighty oak trees.

Please know that Scouting is in my blood – I will continue in my roles as Pack Committee Chair for Pack 51, Advancement Coordinator for Troop 51, and I hope to serve as the Unit Commissioner for Pack 31.

It truly has been my honor to serve the District, and I look forward to seeing all of you out Scouting in the years to come. 

Yours in Scouting Spirit,

Sandra

P.S. Since I’ll be losing access to my @scouting.org email address later this week, the best way to reach me is sandra@dogiakos.com. My phone # will remain the same: 406-282-1129, and you can always follow my Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/sandradogiakos

Day Camp Canceled

After careful consideration by the District Day Camp Committee and District Leadership, in the interest of health and safety we have made the decision to cancel the Lewis & Clark District Day Camp.

We know it is a disappointing decision, but I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Melody, Kate, and all of the Day Camp volunteers for their hard work planning a safe and fun Day Camp this year.

Anyone who paid for Day Camp through this website will receive a refund via Square.

If your Pack paid at the Montana Council Scout Shop, please contact Ruth to process your refund. 

Online Youth Registration is Here!

Families can now sign up to join your Pack and troop Online! BeAScout.org now has a youth application for Packs and Troops.

Units can accept applications by going to My.Scouting.org. In the Menu, under your unit, i.e. Troop 1051 click “Application Manager.”

That will take you to the page with all your applications to approve:

Also on that page you will find an Invitation tab which allows your unit to invite youth and their families to join Scouts.

You can upload leads that you collect at signup events, download a QR code for flyers, and see the status of all the youth interested in your unit!

This video will help you get started.

4th of July Parades Information

Great Falls Parade

All Scouts are invited to march in the Great Falls 4th of July parade and help carry the huge US Flag that is near the start of the parade. Younger scouts walk under the flag to keep it off the ground while the older scouts and adults are around the outside.
This year’s parade will be about 2 miles (twice as long) as usual due to requirements to keep crowds spaced out due to COVID-19. Face masks are strongly recommended. Please dress in full Scout uniform and prepare accordingly for the weather (sunscreen, water, etc.)

WHO: All Scouts BSA & Cub Scouts.
WHEN: 10:30am-12:30pm, Saturday 7/4/20
WHERE: Whittier Park adjacent to the civic center (on the south side). Either park or drop off scouts in the city parking lot accessible from River Drive next to Pacific Steel & Recycling’s headquarters since the streets will be closed.

Each unit is responsible for its members and collecting required Activity Consent Forms. We need all the hands we can get and it DOES count for service hours! Due to the longer route if there are people interested in doing only the first half or second half we can make substitutions when we pass the half-way point at the Civic Center.

Please RSVP to Keith King via email kaking20@yahoo.com or message @Troop4GF on Facebook if your unit is going to help.
The parade committee also needs volunteers to set up the parade route. Contact Lola Sheldon-Galloway (406) 750-4721 by Thursday if you are interested and able to help Friday night and/or early Saturday morning.

Black Eagle Parade

Contact Ruth Fischer at the Council Offices for details: 406-761-6000.

Choteau Parade

If you are interested in participating in the Choteau Parade, contact Steve Dogiakos 406-203-4679 before Thursday.

Parade line up starts at 9am at the Breen Oil bulk plant on the south side of Choteau. the parade begins promptly at 10 am. The rules are a little different this year to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions:

  • No walkers this year – all participants must be in a vehicle, on a horse, or riding a bike.
  • No candy throwing.
  • The route is very different.

For more details and rule changes, see the Choteau Chamber of Commerce website.

District Backpacking Trip

Next month, July 28th-30th, will be our district backpacking trip for Scouts in the Lewis and Clark District.  This trip is limited to a maximum of 8 Scouts so that we are in compliance with National Forest Service wilderness camping group size requirements.

Participating Scouts must be at least 14 or have already earned their 1st Class Rank.  In addition, this is a backpacking trip into the wilderness backcountry and participating Scouts must be capable of carrying all of their gear for about 14 miles over mountain passes, across streams, and potentially over/under/around any trees that have fallen on trail.

In addition, each Scout must have a backpack with a hip belt that fits them well and can store all of their needs for a weekend.  Scouts must bring their own backpack, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, mess kit, clothes, etc.  In addition, due to the current environment of precautions we now live in, we need each Scout to sleep individually in their own shelter.  Therefore, we also need each Scout to provide their own tent.  We may have a couple of extra one man tents that Scouts can borrow, but we do not have enough available for every Scout.

If you have any questions about the tent situation, please don’t hesitate to call, email, or text Kyle Roberts 868-5648 or kylerobertsfirst@me.com.

There will be a planning meeting on Wednesday 7/8 at 6:30pm at Lions Park (under the pavilion if it is raining).  At this meeting we will hand out maps, provide a pack list, discuss food needs, and shakedown packs to ensure that everyone is bringing the necessary gear (but also leaving at home extraneous stuff).

The trip is always a lot of fun and the Scouts will learn many new skills while having a memorable adventure through a truly spectacular landscape!

Kyle needs to know as soon as possible what Scouts are interested in joining us for this trip.  Please call/text Kyle if your Scout or someone in your troop wants to be a part of this experience.

June District Meeting

The Lewis & Clark District Meeting will be Thursday, June 4th at 6:45 pm. The meeting will be virtual and all units are invited to talk about what they have been doing!

Please look for meeting information in your email, or contact Sandra for details.

2020 Summer Camp Update

The Montana Council has taken every consideration in determining how to move forward carefully, safely, and thoroughly regarding 2020 council summer camps. We are and continue to weigh health department recommendations, government protocols and financial responsibilities to create a plan for the summer. All of this is done with the health and safety of our Scouts, volunteers, Scouters, and staff as our utmost concern.

First and foremost, the state must be in Phase 2 of reopening. We recognize we must be flexible as new information and recommendations come to light. It is with that in mind that we move forward with the following plan.

We intend to move forward with camp at K-M Scout Ranch for in-state units. Because of travel restrictions and quarantine directives, we can’t host out-of-state Scouts at this time across any of our camps.

With the updated facility at K-M Scout Ranch and with employing additional staff, safety precautions and funds – including medical resources, close attention to health and safety guidelines, capacity changes, food service alterations, etc. – we are confident, as things stand, that we can provide an excellent, exciting and adventurous summer camp experience at K-M.

The way program is delivered at K-M this summer will look a little different. This, in no way, is diminishing our excitement. We plan to have many Adventure Quests where patrols of Scouts will have opportunities to work towards advancement with fun and adventure being the main objectives. This will be a truly unique and patrol-style agenda allowing Scouts and Scouters to enjoy an immersive summer camp experience while following the recommended health and safety guidelines.

In our planning for the summer, it became quickly apparent that we are not in a position to maintain four fully operational camps. Because of the extreme and difficult logistics of operating at Melita Island, we are unable to support camp there this summer. Considering food safety, moving people on and off the island, the necessity of single-use items, trash disposal, limiting the number of attendees, and out-of-state travel quarantine directives – among other issues – it simply isn’t feasible for us to move forward responsibly.

The silver lining is that we can focus energy on the other issues – such as the Melita Island Woodland Rehabilitation Project – to make 2021 an even better camp experience.

Montana Council is also closing Grizzly Base and the summer Webelos resident camps. We are extending invitations to dens to move their registration to K-M Webelos week or cancel and be refunded. Out-of-state and in-state units who qualify under the most recent health and safety guidelines can reserve a space at the facility. We will not be providing staff or facility support. Up-to-date quarantine rules and health regulations will be enforced.

Montana High Adventure Base (MOHAB) will not operate as a Scout camp in 2020 and will not be able to host out-of-state Scouts. In-state Scouts may be able to register for a MOHAB trek through the Boone and Crockett Club in Missoula.

Although we are unable to facilitate a fully operational camping season across the state, we are honored and prepared to move forward where we can to support an exciting experience for our Scouting youth and leaders.

The council is investing heavily in this experience to ensure we have adequate staff, resources, food services and medical services. The extra cost is not being passed along to you. 

Therefore, anything you can do to help support the council financially is greatly appreciated and needed. Donations can be made here: https://donations.scouting.org/#/council/315/appeal/138.

Thank you for understanding. Thank you for your support. And thank you for being a part of Montana Council.