Trail to First Class 2020

There are new and exciting changes to this years Trail to First Class!

We will still be camping at Holter Lake April 17-19, but we will be using a new campground.

We have also revamped our Call-out ceremony to comply with changes within the Order of the Arrow and we are excited to share it with you. It will truly be an exciting event for all , especially those that are selected by their peers to join our Order.

Please read the attached Leaders Guide in its entirety as there are many changes from previous years.

We have assigned camping spots based on unit size.

Please address all questions or comments to OA Chapter Adviser, Tom Lynch at BSAGreatFalls@gmail.com.

Download the 2020 Trail to First Class Leader’s Guide or view it below:

This Week in Scouts: March 22

Camping Season is Here!

Scouts salute the flag at Camporee.

Spring is upon us and so is camping season!

Plans are underway for both Trail to First Class on April 12-14 (find the Trail to First Class Leader Guide here and don’t forget to register for IOLS/BALOO Training) and Spring Camporee on May 17-19.

Please contact Gene, for more information about Trail to 1st Class, or Forrest about Camporee.

Fundraising in Choteau

Tonight is our first rural ICL event in Choteau. The District is hosting a spaghetti dinner starting at 6:30p, and it is going to be a great night for Scouting (And a lovely night for a drive out to Choteau ????)!

Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food pick up is tomorrow – stay tuned for the results! Food will be set out at 8 a.m. and picked up after 9. New this year, Scouts and Scouters are asked to enter the Great Falls Food Bank through the main door, not the garage door, to help with unloading. Vehicles may still use the garage door but pedestrians please use the front door.

Rotary Eagle Luncheon

The Rotary Eagle Lunch is coming up on April 9. If you are planning to attend please contact Bill, 406-761-7746.

February District Committee Tidbits

  • Order of the Arrow: Please contact Chapter Chief Sean or Chapter Advisor Gene Cantley to schedule OA elections ASAP – time is running out.
  • YPT:
    • We have received word that the current online version of Youth Protection Training will be replaced with an updated version effective March 1, 2019.
    • If you’ve started but not yet completed the current version of YPT, you have two choices:
      • You can complete the current version of the training before March 1, 2019 and be good to go.  If you don’t complete the current version of YPT before March 1, any progress you have made on it WILL NOT transfer to the updated version and you will need to start over with the new version.
      • You can simply start over with the new version of the training after March 1, 2019.
    • If you’ve already completed the current version of YPT since January 1, 2019, you WILL NOT be affected by this change.  The training you’ve completed since January 1, 2019 will satisfy your 2019 Youth Protection Training requirement.  You DO NOT have to retake the new training when it becomes available on March 1.
    • YPT will be offered at the YWCA on February 26th
    • It will also be available at the Merit Badge Academy on February 23rd.
  • IOLS and BALOO training will be offered at Trail to First Class in April. Register with Aaron W. as soon as possible because space will be limited to 15 participants!
  • Please plan to attend the District Investment in Character & Leadership breakfast on February 14th at 7:00 am at the Celtic Cowboy, and bring a friend! Contact Sandra or Wayne for more information and to RSVP.
  • Choteau’s Community ICL Dinner will be held on March 22 at the Choteau Pavilion. Please let Steve D know if you plan to attend!
  • If you have any feedback about Popcorn fundraising, please shoot an email to Mandy: lewisclarkpopcornkernel@gmail.com
  • Contact Wayne T. if your unit would like to participate in the Great Falls St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

REMINDER: District Meeting THURSDAY February 7 at 6:30

PLEASE NOTE: Date change! Lewis & Clark District Meetings have moved to the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm. We will continue to meet at the LDS East Stake Center in Great Falls.

Our February Meeting will be February 7th at 6:30pm!

Continue reading “REMINDER: District Meeting THURSDAY February 7 at 6:30”

Open House

September 2018 Open House

The Ne-i-Yahw Chapter is doing a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Montana Council offices. We, as the Lewis & Clark District Committee, invite you to the flag retirement ceremony and to join the Lewis & Clark District to an open house in lieu of our regular meeting.

We encourage you to come to bring your Packs, Troops, and families to both the ceremony and the open house and meet your District volunteers.

https://www.facebook.com/events/843371142534705

July 2018 District Report

Note from the District Executive

Partially due to the fact that July’s District Committee Meeting is canceled, we are introducing the Digital District Report! I hope you like this format.
I want to hear what you think! Reply to this email or leave a comment on the post on the District Blog!
If you haven’t yet, please like the Lewis & Clark District Page on Facebook! Continue reading “July 2018 District Report”

A few notes from the OA

OA Elections are fast drawing to a close. If any Unit is still wanting to hold an election, please contact Gene Cantley ASAP.
Also a few reminders to the Troops: you need to contact Gene with numbers of youth and adults who will be attending Trail & what their Troop will be teaching if they have not already done so.
Plus most importantly the Scoutmaster Dutch Oven Cooking competition secret ingredient is Jalapenos NOT sauerkraut.
Gene Cantley ((406)-231-7073),
Ney-I-Yah Chapter Advisor

Popcorn Training, Roundtable & District Mtg., Cub Leaders info, Fall Camporee, Cub Day Camp, Fall Fellowship

Popcorn Training – TOMORROW NIGHT!

BuriedPopcornWe invite all Packs and Troops to participate in the District Popcorn Training.  LDS units are also encouraged to attend and learn how to raise funds for your unit (without selling door-to-door).
WHEN: Thursday Sept. 7, 2017 at 7pm
WHERE: 3125 5th Ave S (please use the ally entrance).
WHO: 2 people from each Pack/Troop are required to attend to receive a bonus on sales.
Please be prepared with the following information: Your Pack or Troop budget, Name and contact info for: Cubmaster/Scoutmaster, Committee Chair , and Popcorn Chair , and Your Pack or Troop Popcorn Kickoff Date & Time
Questions contact district popcorn chair,  Mandy Brumwell  (406) 868-931 or lewisclarkpopcornkernel@gmail.com

ROUNDTABLE & DISTRICT MTG CANCELLED

ANNOUNCEMENT- There will be no District Meeting and Roundtable in September.  Meeting resources for Pack Meetings and Den Meetings will be made available by next Tuesday on our district website: www.MontanaBSA.org/Lewis-Clark

CUB LEADERS

Pack 14CUB LEADERS PLEASE complete highlighted information for your unit and school(s) on the 2017 Fall Recruitment Schedule.
Also,  see resources provided under Recruitment Tools on our Cub Scout Resources page.  Don’t forget to recruit your New Member Coordinator to welcome and coordinate your new Cub Scouts!
Popcorn Training – September 7th

Fall Camporee – September 15th!

Boy Scouts- We can’t Wait! You won’t want to miss it!  Please see information provided on previous posts:
Fall Camporee Itinerary …..Fishing Merit Badge
Fall Camporee Patch
Fall Camporee is nearly here
Added to Camporee

Cub Fall Day Camp! – September 23rd

See last week’s post for information: September 1st 

Order of the Arrow, Fall Fellowship- September 22-24th

img_1818Order of the Arrow– The registration for Fall Fellowship is now available HERE. Please turn it in to the Scout office by Sept 11th.
The fees will be collected at the event check-in, but reservations at the Council Office are necessary for number count. Please register as soon as possible, but PLEASE no later than September 11th so we have time to prepare!

Camping will be available. Bring your tent, sleeping bag, pad and overnight gear.

FEATURED EVENTS

  • Lodge Ball!
  • Pinewood Derby! (Please bring a car kit if possible, but a few will be available)
  • Vigil Call for 2017 on Friday evening
  • Patch Trading!! (patches from Jambo will be there!)
  • Lodge Elections, meeting, and Special Awards on Saturday

School Nights, Popcorn, Camporee, Cub Day Camp, & Fall Fellowship

School Nights

Pack 14CUB LEADERS PLEASE complete highlighted information for your unit and school(s) on the 2017 Fall Recruitment Schedule. Pack 14 and 51 are the only Packs who have provided information.
Also,  see resources provided under Recruitment Tools on our Cub Scout Resources page.  Don’t forget to recruit your New Member Coordinator to welcome and coordinate your new Cub Scouts!

If you did not attend the August 8th planning session, please contact: Dustin Shoemake at 406-404-6071 or dustin.shoemake@scouting.org to receive your recruitment playbook.(Information reposted from 8-24-17)

Shout out to Pack 14 who had a great display at one of their back-to-school nights last night!  Boys and parents were excited to see their activity calendar for the upcoming year!

Popcorn Training – September 7th

BuriedPopcornWe invite all Packs and Troops to participate in the District Popcorn Training.  LDS units are also encouraged to attend and learn how to raise funds for your unit (without selling door-to-door).

Learn how to fund your program for your Scouts!

The training will be Thursday Sept. 7, 2017 at 7pm located at 3125 5th Ave S (please use the ally entrance). Light refreshments will be available. 2 people from each Pack/Troop are required to attend to receive a bonus on sales.
Please be prepared at the kickoff with the following information: Your Pack or Troop budget, Name and contact info for: Cubmaster/Scoutmaster, Committee Chair , and Popcorn Chair , and Your Pack or Troop Popcorn Kickoff Date & Time
Popcorn sale dates: start Sept. 30 end Oct. 22.
Questions contact district popcorn chair,  Mandy Brumwell  (406) 868-931 or lewisclarkpopcornkernel@gmail.com

Fall Camporee – September 15th!

Boy Scouts- We can’t Wait! You won’t want to miss it!  Please see information provided on previous posts:
Fall Camporee Itinerary …..Fishing Merit Badge
Fall Camporee Patch
Fall Camporee is nearly here
Added to Camporee

Cub Fall Day Camp! – September 23rd

bmx electric city Cub Scouts are teaming up with Electric City BMX to provide an awesome fall program!  Scouts will be able to ride the track while passing off adventure requirements!  Adventures that will be worked on are:
Tiger- Rolling Tigers
Wolf- Running with the Pack
Bear- Bear Claws
Webelos/AOL- Stronger, Faster, Higher
The Details-
Registration begins at 10am with program from 10:30-2:30pm.  Scouts will have an opportunity to race their bikes on the BMX track.  Fees for event are $8.  Please rsvp number from den or pack to dustin.shoemake@scouting.org
What to bring:

  • Clothing appropriate for season 
  • Handbooks
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Bike (if Scout does not own a bike, we will make sure he still participates)
  • If Scout wants to ride on the track he must have closed toe shoes, long sleeve shirt, and long pants.
  • Bike Helmet, closed face preferred

YES! We will also be doing shooting sports!

Order of the Arrow, Fall Fellowship- September 22-24th

img_1818Order of the Arrow– The registration for Fall Fellowship is now available HERE. Please turn it in to the Scout office by Sept 11th.
The fees will be collected at the event check-in, but reservations at the Council Office are necessary for number count. Please register as soon as possible, but PLEASE no later than September 11th so we have time to prepare!

Camping will be available. Bring your tent, sleeping bag, pad and overnight gear.

FEATURED EVENTS

  • Lodge Ball!
  • Pinewood Derby! (Please bring a car kit if possible, but a few will be available)
  • Vigil Call for 2017 on Friday evening
  • Patch Trading!! (patches from Jambo will be there!)
  • Lodge Elections, meeting, and Special Awards on Saturday