A Scout is Helpful – Especially in Times Like the Present

Boy Scouts of America CEO Roger Mosby has a message from you, watch his video:

Now more than ever, social distancing protects us, but Scouting connects us.

And that is why we are excited to invite ALL American families to join us in a National Camp-In on May 2nd – a nationwide day of virtual adventures, skill-building, service, and of course, camping, that we hope will provide a respite of fun for families. I encourage you to attend, and I ask that you also invite neighbors and friends to do the same because we all know that everybody can benefit.

Families can count on the Boy Scouts of America to help make the most of the time we have together, but we are also the organization that will stand shoulder to shoulder with others in times of need.

Roger Mosby, Boy Scouts of America CEO

Family Investment in Character and Leadership Campaign Ends SOON!

We are wrapping up our Investment in Character and Leadership Campaign for units and their families. Make an investment in youth in our community and help your Pack or Troop meet their goal!

Many of our Packs and Troops are very close to reaching their goal and earning rewards like free pinewood derby cars, and discounts at the Scout Shop, and free adult training! Push them over the edge!

Resources & Upcoming Activities

I know everyone is starting to get a bit batty with the physical distancing restrictions and the stay at home orders but the good news is that it is working and that the governor is talking about ways to start getting some segments back to more  normal activity over the next few weeks.

While we still don’t know what that will look like, we DO know that we can keep on Scouting, just in creative ways! There are SO many opportunities which are rolling out every day, so please be sure you are continuing to have regular den/patrol/unit meetings, even if they look different than in the past. We want to continue to be present for our Scouts and for their families!

Camp Connection

National Camp-In

Mark your calendar for May 2nd!

You’re invited to join the Boy Scouts of America’s “National Camp-In”, a fun digital event for all families featuring camp-themed activities and a virtual 5K hike benefitting Feeding America.

From camp-style cooking to campfire singalongs, this virtual event will bring the best parts of Scouting to life! And…you don’t need to be a Scout to join the fun! All families are welcome – even families whose children are not currently in Scouting.

Tune in all day, or jump in and out for particular activities. We hope you’ll join us from your living room… backyard… or wherever you happen to be!

The event will stream live on Facebook. Search for the Boy Scouts of America on Facebook and you’ll find it!

For a schedule of events and more about the National Camp-In, visit www.Scouting.org/CampIn.

Please share your excitement and experiences on your social channels using #CampIn and #ScoutingAtHome before, during and after the event

Day Camp

We know that nearer-future activities are still up in the air. We continue to plan for day camp, while still keeping an eye on state and public health information. Expect an announcement on May 16th.

Summer Camp

For our longer camps, we are waiting for guidance about BSA medical forms, since doctor visits may not be possible currently. For those of you planning out-of-council summer camps, please stay in touch with those councils about the situation in their states.

Some camps have been canceled; most are still hopeful that they will be able to have a season. Also be alert to the state orders for quarantine (both going and returning home) and take those into account for your planning. Montana Council camps are still planning to hold programs at this moment. If you are registered for one of the Montana camps, please be sure you continue making payments on schedule – if camp does get cancelled, your fees will be refunded in full.

Trainings

Likewise, NYLT and Wood Badge courses are still proceeding as scheduled and continue to take registrations.

Jamboree 2021

And it isn’t too early to be thinking about Jamboree 2021! Registration is open for youth and for adult leaders to be a part of this awesome experience!

Leader Training

We know that this is an unsettled time, but for many people, it is also a time with extra time on your hands due to the Stay at Home orders. If you have been putting off completing leader-specific training until you have more time, this may be your perfect opportunity! Did you know…

Current Leader-specific Training
Current Youth Protection Training (due before June 15 for District registrations, including Merit Badge Counselors)

Resources Round-up

Keep watching our Facebook page – we’ll share resources there as we find them (and you can as well!)

Montana Council offices are closed, but you can still reach out directly to Scott. Scout Shops are also closed, but if you reach out to Deb, she’ll do her best to fulfill your order.

BSA National COVID FAQs – includes guidance about what may and may not be adapted for the current situation. Cub Scouts have some extra time to complete ranks. MB/Nova counselors can use teleconferencing. MB visits to locations can be virtual but most other MB requirements must be completed as written. Scouts BSA ranks have some adjustments through 9/1 to allow completion virtually – things like virtual campouts and planning for future activities allow Scouts to continue to advance during  this time. Info is also included about time towards leadership and active member requirements plus Eagle/Summit extensions.

Meeting options:

  • BSA Digital Safety – includes important info like don’t record unit meetings/activities (since youth are minors and not able to legally consent).
  • Here is a good round-up of various options for meeting with your unit, along with pros and cons of the options.
  • The district has a Discord server and I’d be happy to work with you to have a channel within that server for your unit.
  • We also have a Zoom account and shared use of the Lifesize account for video calls.

All program areas:

Cub Scouts:

Scouts BSA/Venturers:

Big shout out to Bitterroot District Commissioner Cammie Edgar for compiling all these resources!

Support Scouting in our Community

It might seem like the current pandemic situation would put a damper on Scouting, but the opposite is true! Scouting is once again showing how resilient our program is: Scouts and Scouters are adapting to being stuck at home, social distancing, by pivoting meetings with online sessions using technology, and Merit Badge and NOVA Counselors are using a plethora of tools to facilitate advancement and awards. The Montana Council is even hosting weekly “virtual” campfires from our camps around the state.

Invest in Character & Leadership

There’s lots of Scouting happening in spite of the pandemic but we need your help to ensure that it happens well, and Scouts come out of being stuck at home feeling excited for the time when we can have in-person Scout meetings and camping trips.

Cub Scout Protect Yourself Adventure

Since we are all using more technology, I thought the new Cub Scout Belt loop, Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure, would be of interest.

The Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventures may be used as an elective adventure OR they may be earned in place of the Cyber Chip requirement for the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light badges of rank. 

Please use this link for adventure details.

Thank You Video Request

Please send in your video by Wednesday, April 15

Courageous men and women are putting their personal health and safety at risk every day to make sure we have essential needs. Their jobs range from healthcare employees and emergency services to people handling groceries and delivering packages.

It’s important to say thank you and demonstrate that the Montana Scouting community cares and appreciates their brave actions.

Here’s how you can help:

Make a short video (5 to 10 seconds) of a Scout or Scouter in uniform saying thank you and send it to us. We will edit them together and share the video out to as large an audience as possible.

Here is an example of the kind of message we are looking for:

· “(Your name) (Your Unit) (City) Thank you, _ for keeping our community safe.”

· “Thank you for your hard work and service from (Unit) (City).”

Or even a simple, “Thank you!”

When possible, record videos in quiet, well-lit areas. Please shoot horizontal videos. Multiple Scouts when siblings are ok, but units should NOT get together. Please also include the spelling of the Scout or Scouter’s name at the end of the video (after a brief pause) or in the email.

Videos can be uploaded to this OneDrive folder: http://ow.ly/dVhk50z8O5C or email your videos to lido.vizzutti@scouting.org.

The deadline is Wednesday, April 15. We will publish the video on April 20.

Montana Council Virtual Campfires!

Mark your calendars! Montana Council will be holding two “virtual campfires in the coming weeks: one at K-M Scout Ranch in the new lodge, and the other at Camp Melita Island!

K-M Campfire

Join us on Facebook for a Live Stream Virtual Campfire from K-M Scout Ranch with Ranger Nick! Friday, April 10th at 7:30 pm.

Camp Melita Island Campfire

Join us on Facebook for a Live Stream Virtual Campfire from Camp Melita Island with Ranger Duane! Friday April 17th at 7:30 pm.

Be sure to answer the age old question: s’mores or pudgie pies?

Video: Scouting At Home

Right now life has us keeping our distance but, there’s never been a more important time to come together. We’ve got this. We are scouts!

I am so proud of all the Packs and Troops who continue to meet and make Scouting work, even when it is difficult.

April 2020 District Meeting

Thursday, April 2 at 6:45 pm

Please join us for the April District meeting using the Zoom info below. You could be the lucky winner of an Amazon Echo Dot at the end of the meeting!

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/317743229

One tap mobile +16699006833,,317743229#

Dial by your location: +1 669 900 6833       
Meeting ID: 317 743 229

Agenda

  1. Opening (5 minutes)
  2. Safety Minute
  3. Commissioner’s Report (5 minutes)
  4. Reports (20 minutes)
    1. Ne-i-Yahw Chapter
    2. Online Donations
    3. Camping committee
    4. Special Edition JOTI, April 3-5
  5. District Executive Report (5 minutes)
  6. District Chairman’s Minute (5 minutes)
  7. Give away an Echo Dot
  8. Adjournment

Download the Agenda.