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.

Summer events!

We have an exciting summer planned!

Cub Scout Day Camp is this week!! It is not too late to sign up your scout and we could still use help! https://lewisandclarkdistrict.org/2019/02/25/2019-day-camp-registration-is-open/

4th of July Independance Day Parades – July 4

Parades in Great Falls, Black Eagle, and Choteau will have Scout participation.

Voyager Night – July 19

Come watch the game spend the night on the baseball field and Centene Stadium!

Saddles and Spurs – July 20

Put on your cowboy boots and come out to celebrate National Day of the Cowboy at the CM Russel Museum. Earn your Art Merit Badge or check off a few belt loop requirements.

Scout Day at the Pool!

Know someone who should be in Scouts? Bring ’em to the Electric City Water Park in August, & show ’em how much fun we are having!  

This week in Scouts: March 15

Happy Montana Council Day! (We are Council 315, get it?!?) It was a great week for Scouting in the Lewis & Clark District.

Thank you to Troop 007 for hosting me at your Court of Honor on Sunday. It was a fun evening. On Monday, Troop 14 invited me to attend their Court of Honor. The SPL ran a great meeting! Congratulations to all of the Scouts on their rank advancement and well done earning all of those Merit Badges.

Scouting for Food has been the hot topic of the week. Laura B. has been busy distributing flyers, maps, rubber bands, and bags. I am incredibly grateful for all her hard work. If you need information about the Scouting for Food or additional supplies please contact Laura. Sean L. is doing a radio interview on KGPR to promote the Food Drive, too.

Say yes to adventures at Day Camp 2019!The Cub Scout Day Camp Committee met this week and they are working hard to plan an exciting camp. The theme is “Under the Sea” and you can register you Cub for Day Camp online today. If you are interested in helping with Day Camp, Stephen would love to hear from you!

On Saturday, Scouts are invited to walk in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 1:30 pm. We will march down Central Avenue celebrating Scouting and St Patrick. Wear your Field Uniform and meet at the corner of Park Drive and 1st Ave S at 1:15. Candy and trinkets will be provided.

Coming up next week is the Choteau Investment in Character and Leadership Dinner on Friday at 6:30.

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.

4th of July Parade

There has been very little response and confirmation as far as what Packs and Troops plan to do for the 4th of July Parade in Great Falls.

Can our Scouts still participate in the Parade?  YES!

The Realtors Association (who has provided the flag for Scouts to carry in past years) is still planning to have the flag to carry.  This will be a joint effort between the Girl Scouts and possibly other organizations.
Interested Scouts and families should plan to meet at the park north of the at Civic Center at 10:00 am on July 4th.  There will also be small flags for Scouts to help pass out.
For questions, contact Josh at: 406-836-2339.

4th of July Parade

The Lewis and Clark District has been asked to participate the Great Falls 4th of July Parade carrying the “Big Flag” from Overlook Park.  The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. on Monday July 4, 2016, and winds through downtown along an approximately 16 block route.
Who:  Open to all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturers, Adult Leaders, and Siblings in the Lewis and Clark District.  This is a uniformed event.
What: Carrying the big Overlook Flag in the City of Great Falls 4th of July Parade.
When: Parade begins at 11am, all Scouts meet at 10am.
Where: Assemble behind Police Department/Energy West building.  Parking available at Mitchel pool (walk over tracks to meeting area)
Please make sure your Scouts wear plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and drink plenty of water.
For questions contact: Tom Lynch 406-231-9470
See you there!