Steve’s 2020 Growth Conference Recap

Sandra was invited to the 2020 Growth Conference, and I got to tag along (go see her recap, first)! I did a video recap over on my Scout blog, Boy Scouts Tech and I wanted to share the highlights of the conference with you:

Scouting’s best kept secret is the advances the national team have made with technology AND how they are going to manage program changes in the future – that is, how they are going to keep Scouting relevant in the 21st century. They have committed to using the Agile method of development, which will turnout great results for improving our technology and program materials.

They are also committed to reducing the amount of “regalia” we, as volunteers, need to buy for ourselves and our Scouts. For example, they are eliminating Tiger Scout socks, den-specific Den Leader patches (all Den Leaders will wear the Cub Scout Den Leader patch going forward) and there will only be one Cub Scout Belt, instead of den-specific belts.

Here are some of the resources that they passed along, please check them out!

  • Scoutbook Help Desk – tons of new and great resources with video how-tos!
  • Den Leader Tips & Tricks Videos – everything new and veteran Den Leaders need to roll into a productive Scouting year!
  • Scout Book Den Leader (BETA) sandbox – schedule an entire Scouting year for your den in a few clicks!
    • National IT is expecting to roll out a similar thing for Scouts BSA troops for youth leaders to plan out their Troops’ program
  • Explorer Career Interest Survey – now available online!
  • Scouting’s Bug Reporting system – having trouble with a BSA IT system? Lots of questions & answers available here, and the ability to open a trouble ticket with the National BSA IT team.
  • BSA Brand Center – are you building flyers or other materials online or printed? Please use the BSA brand center! The BSA’s marketing team has tons of pre-made content that has been market tested and complies with all our brand guidelines!

10 Essentials PLUS FIVE?? What is that about?

A note from the camping committee:
The program for the Fall Camporee includes instructions to bring the 10 Essentials PLUS 5.  In your current Scout Book, the 10 Essentials are on pages 238-239.  (If you have an older book, you probably have been a Scout long enough to know your 10 Essentials…)
But PLUS FIVE?  What are those?  Never fear; they could include any five of:

  • Duct/Duck Tape
  • Rope/Cord
  • Survival Kit
  • Scout Book
  • Insect Repellant
  • Toilet Paper

So know you know.  Be prepared.

District Scout Show!

monkey_bridgeWhat:  The Lewis and Clark District Scout Show!
When:  September 9-10, 2016. Show begins 9am on 9/10
Where:  ExpoPark (the Fairgrounds)
Who:   All of the Packs, Troops and Crews in the Lewis and Clark District!
Troops and Packs are all invited to camp overnight at the Expo Park for our annual Scout show.  For those needing an extra night of camping for rank advancement, camping merit badge, etc. this is a great opportunity to do so.  No open fires will be allowed, but we will have a lot of fun anyways.
Scout Show Event chair Tami Lukas would like all of the units to do something individual to their unit so that the public can get an idea of what is offered.  The Order of the Arrow will be doing concessions.
On Friday night Troops and Packs will be helping to build a monkey bridge.
For any questions please contact Tami Lukas, event chair at 406-564-5344.

Tracking of Community Service

Dear Unit Leaders:

September is about to begin!  Before we know it, the days will be a bit crisper, the leaves will begin to turn and we will be in the thick of Fall Scout Recruiting.  As we begin a new Scouting Program Year, we want to send you a brief note about the Reporting of all the Community Service that your Scouts are performing.

As stated in in the Advancement letter sent in June from Tom Burkhardt and Kerry Ketchum, we are doing our best to improve Council to unit support and working hard to bring you a variety of tracking tools.

This is the second letter in this Council initiative, Online Service Hours reporting:

As we put together exceptional programming an adventures for the youth in our units, it is important to remember our obligation to “Do A Good Turn Daily.”  Not just words, community service is a vital part of our program and the cornerstone of our vision, to “prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.”

In an effort to ensure that all Scouts and Units are performing community service, a tracking tool is now part of your “dashboard” on the myscouting.org website.  Use of this tool is a mandatory part of the Journey to Excellence score that grades the performance of units, districts and the council.

The beauty and value of the Service hours reporting tool to you as a unit leader is:

  • The system will help you take care of reporting service hours to the council office.
  • Using the system will create permanent accurate records that your unit or the council office staff can access at any time. This could come in handy later on in a Scout’s career. Also as advancement chairs move and change you have your current records safe for easy retrieval and verification.
  • The system will allow you to manage your unit’s service projects by seeing current status.  You can also compare your service hours to previous years.  You can check on this status 24/7/365.
  • This method will save you time and peace of mind by knowing that your units service records are safe and retrievable at a moments notice..

I am dismayed to report that as I write these words this tool is only reflecting 2.6 hours of community service per registered Scout in the Council.  Of course, more community service than this is being performed (as evidenced, at least, by the number of Star, Life and Eagle advancements already recorded!)  However, unit leaders in our State just are not using the system.

If we do not record what we are doing, we can not make accurate measurements for future improvement.  I ask all of you to record all of the community service performed by all the youth in your programs in this system.

One of the purposes of this letter is to provide you with a list of procedures to access the online service hour reporting system.  From your myscouting.org dashboard, you will see a link for “Service Hours Reporting”, as reproduced on the first page of this letter.  If you click on that link, you will be taken to another site, where you can login with a userID and password for your unit.  If you do not have this information, please call Michelle Ferguson at the Great Falls Scout Office (406-761-6000) and she can provide you with those login credentials.

After you have logged in, you will be taken to a page where you can record service hours or look at reports of previously recorded projects.

After providing the category of the service project (Food Drive, Conservation, etc.) you will have the opportunity to record the number of youth and adults participating, and the total hours of service donated.  A copy of that screen is provided to the right.

Recording the service that we provide is an important step in being able to define our future goals.  It also helps your unit, your district and your council as we tell the story of the worth of Scouting to the community at large.  I again ask you to utilize this system to record every service hour from every youth in every unit in our council.

If you need help please contact one of the professionals at the council office for help. They will walk you through the process. Give it a try it will make your life easier.

Thank you very much for your help with this project, and I hope that you continue to have a great Scouting summer!

Yours in Scouting,

Aaron Weissman
Vice President for Program
Montana Council, BSA

Lewis and Clark 2012 Fall Camporee at “Willow Creek Reservoir” Augusta, Montana

By Forrest LaBelle, District Camping Committee Chair

September 21-23, 2012

Directions to camporee at Willow Creek:

N47d 55.32 W112d 45.65
Go north from Great Falls on I-15 to Vaughn; take the Vaughn exit and proceed 20 miles on W 89/200 to Simms.  Turn right at Simms onto 200/21/287 to Augusta (23 miles).  Turn right on Gibson Reservoir Rd and go about 5 miles.  Take right fork onto Sun Canyon Rd to Willow Creek entrance on right side of road.  Turn right and proceed 1 mile to camp.

Theme:  This Camporee is actually a fishing derby and fishing merit badge opportunity.  Scouts will be judged mostly on attitude and participation.

Registration – fees – tour permits:  Registration is $10 per person, payable in Scout office by 9-7-2012 at 4:00pm.  We need the name of one adult from your troop to help with the judging.  Remember you need to get a “Local Tour Permit” from the Scout Office.  The “Tour Permits” will be checked when you arrive at the Camporee.  You will not be allowed to camp or compete without a “Tour Permit”.  This also means you must have at least “Two Deep Leadership” and at least one leader trained in “Youth Protection”.  You should also 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”.  Registration deadline is September 7, 2012 (9-7-2012).

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 etc.  The camping committee will also show/tell you where you can set up camp and where to park your vehicles.  Campsites are generally assigned on a first come basis.  Please check with the camping committee before parking, so that we may maximize the use of this area for all.

Check out:  All troops need to check out with the camping committee before they leave camp.  Failure to do so may result in loss of patches.  Make sure your camp area is clean – “Leave no Trace”.

Patrol size:  You should have a minimum of 3-4 scouts in a patrol and a maximum of 8-10 scouts.  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.

A list of skills to be demonstrated/taught/discussed after Flags and before the contests:

  • “Bear Aware” – You also need to cover this with your boys prior to the Camporee.
  • Wild animal awareness and safety
  • Food Handling & Storage I the wild
  • Emergency and Survival Priorities
  • Basic Wilderness First Aid
  • Water Purification
  • Fire Building
  • Basic & Useful Knots
  • S.T.O.P – Stop – Think – Observe – Plan
  • Hiking Hints/Rules
  • Emergency Shelters I the Outdoors.

Camping Committee Philosophy:

  • Adults are welcome to watch their boys compete.
  • The boys should have learned the 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.
  • The contests will be announced and explained as much as possible and as early as possible before the event.
  • Some contests by their very nature will not be announced or explained until right before the contest starts.

Contests & Competition: 

  1. Check In – 100 points
    • The “Tour Permit” is current and appropriate.
    • Medical Forms (adult and youth) are on site and available.
    • Parental Permission/Consent slips are on site and available.
  2. Camp Site Setup, Organization – 100 points
    • The campsite shall be well laid out, neat & orderly, this includes inside the tents, too.  Typical areas to include are:  cut and uncut wood area/pile, ax yard, cooking area, camp kitchen, and wash area, etc.
    • Does your camp have the First Aid kit present and obvious?  Are there water buckets/barrels available for fire?  Is the fire place of approved design?  Are tents correctly and neatly set up?  Is there a spade/shovel available?  Are extra rope/line and camp materials neatly stored?  Has the original ground cover been removed?  Is there a designated hand washing area?  Is an approved ax yard neatly set up? Is there a proper dish washing area?  Is food properly stored & is the area neat and clean?  Are trash bags available & in use?  Is the water stored to prevent leaking?  Is the meal preparation area neat and clean, and are the meals served in a cleanly manner?
  3. Flags – American, Troop & Patrol – Troop Duty Roster, Menu & Schedule of events – 100 points
    • 20 points for the American flag
    • 20 points for the Troop flag
    • 20 points for the Patrol flags (If there are 2 patrols they need 2 patrol flags – Patrol flag names must match registered patrol names)
    • 10 points each for a current – schedule of events, menu, duty roster, & fire watch schedule (if they are not current = 0 points).
  4. Is the Scout Prepared – 10 Essential items plus – 100 points
    • Does each scout have the 10 Essential Outdoor items as per “The Boy Scout Handbook” pg. 207, and do they have the following bonus items:
      1. Ten feet of small diameter rope,
      2. Three feet of Duct Tape wrapped on a short pencil,
      3. A small survival kit,
      4. Scout Book,
      5. Insect repellent,
      6. “Mountain Money” (toilet paper).
    • Each patrol will be evaluated by an adult – scouts will be asked to produce a random item from the list above.  One scout will be chosen from each Patrol to produce all 10 essentials.
  5. Counting Coup – point system announced at Cracker Barrel
    • No practice involved for this event.  This will be explained at Cracker Barrel.  Patrols and boys will be able to count coup on adult leadership.
  6. Spin Rod Casting – Reveal your accuracy – 100 points
    • Reveal your accuracy of casting a fishing pole into a hoop.
  7. Spoon making – 100 points
    • Scouts will learn how to assemble a fishing spoon.
  8. Knot Strength – 100 points
    • Scouts will learn the best fishing knots for tying hooks and leaders.
  9. Fish Catching Points – 100 points
    • Scout patrols will earn points for catching fish.
  10.   Soft Bait – 100 points
    • Learn what works best for bottom or bobber fishing.
  11.   Fishing regulations – 100 points
    • Each Patrol will be given a task of finding fishing regulations appropriate to willow creek (books provided).
  12.   Chicken Toss – 100 points
    • See how far you can fling a rubber chicken.  Each Patrol will work as a team.
  13. Tug-o-war – 100 points
    • Same as Spring Camporee – boys will work as a team with other boys outside their troop.  All points will be for participation.
  14.   Iron Chef – 100 points
    • Each Patrol is to cook a dessert for the awards campfire with a secret ingredient which is colored mini marshmallows. You need to make enough to  share with the campfire and judges. The marshmallows are not provided but bring enough to fish with( they love em)  No skits this camporee.
  15.   Bonus Points – to be determined at Cracker Barrel
    • Each patrol will be given questions or tasks by the camping committee throughout the campout for additional points.
  16.   Scoutmasters’ Choice – 100 points
    • Time permitting we will draw an extra event out of a hat.  Each Scoutmaster should provide an event they would like to do (one per troop).  Event submissions not used will be considered for Spring Camporee.

Schedule of Events

9-21-2012

1:00pm – 8:00pm:   Arrive at camp.  Check in and set up.

9:30pm to 10:30pm:   Cracker Barrel for Scoutmasters, SPLS, and judges.

11:00pm:  Lights out!

9-22-2012

7:00am:  Reveille and breakfast.

8:30am:  Flag ceremony

9:00am to Noon:  Activity booths open (requires sign in).

Fishing regulations

Soft baits

Lure making

Spin casting etiquette and accuracy

Fishing knots

Open fishing

Noon to 1:30pm:  Lunch and Open fishing

1:30pm to 2:30pm:  Tug-of-War

2:30pm to 7:30pm:  Open fishing and dinner

7:30pm to 9:30pm:  Awards campfire

Chicken Toss

Iron chef (judging)

Counting Coup totals

11:00pm:  Lights out!

9-23-2012

7:00am to 10:00 am:  Open fishing and camp check out

General Rules

Camping sites will be done on a first come basis.  Troops that want to use FWP sites must pay the overnight fee ($7 per day) themselves.  If you camp past the fence boundary, there is no charge.

This is a fishing event, not a water sports event.  There will be no swimming, rock throwing, PWCs, jet boats, etc.  We may be camping with the general public, so behave like good scouts and be considerate of others.

It is not necessary to wear life vests while fishing, as the shoreline is shallow.  Fly fishers should wear eye protection and fish away from others.  Follow the 200 foot rule.

Webelos – There will be no Webelos activities or camp.

(note; this was a typo.  There WILL be Webelos activities at the Fall Camporee)

There are water hydrants available, but may be turned off, so bring water.

Campfires are limited to rings or above ground unless restricted by USDA Forest Service.  Bring your own wood.  There are no trees.  Five gallons of water needs to be by each fire, and adult supervision at all times.

RV’s will be permitted only by adult leadership or for medical reasons.

No pets.

Pack in, pack out.  Leave no trace.

There are 2 toilets.

Fishing hours are 5:30am to 11:00pm.

Troops must bring their own fishing supplies and bait…..Poles Etc.   Worms are the preferred bottom and top bait.

You can check your fishing regs for all the legal baits and tackle.

Resources

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks fishing regulations

Boy Scouts Fishing Merit Badge Handbook

Boy Scout Official Manual

Scouter Awards

Each Patrol will have a Scouter award at campfire voted by their troop leadership.  Scout must exemplify the scouting way and be an asset to the patrol.  That scout will earn a special fishing pole for his efforts.

Questions on contest should be forwarded by email to me.

Forrest LaBelle

desireesoapcompany@gmail.com

406-788-0657.

Willow Creek Fishing and Stocking Info

YearDays Fished¹Trips²State Rank³Regional Rank³
20095,5108812223
20071,9122416329
20056,6971309216
200310,311206608
¹ Estimated yearly fishing use in angler days (one angler fishing one body of water in one day for any amount of time).
² The number of times that a section of water was reported as having been fished (used to estimate the number of “Days Fished”).
³ How this section of water ranked among all surveyed sections in the state or region, based on “Days Fished” in a survey year.

Stocking Info

StockingAvgNumber
DateSpeciesLength (in)Stocked
Jun, 2011Rainbow Trout345,000
Jun, 2010Rainbow Trout3.729,664
Jun, 2010Rainbow Trout345,000
Sep, 2009Rainbow Trout450,034
Jul, 2009Rainbow Trout470,356
Jun, 2009Rainbow Trout529,790
May, 2009Rainbow Trout512,000
Jul, 2008Rainbow Trout4.277,000
Jun, 2008Rainbow Trout4.230,385
Aug, 2007Rainbow Trout4.735,138
Oct, 2006Rainbow Trout3.114,210
Oct, 2006Rainbow Trout9.811,907
Sep, 2006Rainbow Trout6.792,006
Jul, 2005Rainbow Trout484,480
Jul, 2004Rainbow Trout4.534,496
Jun, 2004Rainbow Trout4.138,544
Jul, 2003Rainbow Trout4.235,970
Jun, 2003Rainbow Trout4.136,203
Jul, 2002Rainbow Trout4.338,438
Jun, 2002Rainbow Trout437,506

It’s time to Go Big and Get Wild!

Hello Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts & Venturers!

 

          It’s time to Go Big and Get Wild !!!       Are you in ?

 

National Jamboree 2013 will be the first ever at the new permanent Jamboree site at the Summit-Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.  Our Montana Council has been allocated two contingent Troops; however, if you want to be part of this awesome and historic event you’ll have to act fast because we only have a few spots left!  

 There will be opportunities for Scouts to serve in other ways, too.  Begin thinking about this now and watch for more information soon regarding:

   A.  3rd Assistant Scoutmaster – must be between 18 and 21 years old during Jamboree;

   B.  Troop Leadership – SPL, ASPL, Quartermaster, Scribe, etc.;

   C.  The Jamboree Patch Design Contest for our Montana contingent.

Please see the attached flier with some important info you’ll want to read, including some of the special and unique Jamboree 2013 activities you’ll get to do!

Other great spots to get information include:

  • https://summit.scouting.org   (Jamboree website – COOL!   The information on this site is generic to all units all across the USA;  for specific information on what we are doing, you’ll need to go to the MT Council website…)
  • http://montanabsa.org/announcement.aspx?aid=77   (MT Council website – this is the schedule for Montana Scouts; includes registration and cost information.)

 A few things to remember –

  • Only a few spots are left for this once-in-a-lifetime premier event –Register NOW !
  • Register online at the Summit website (see link above); plus…
  • Print out and mail in the MT Council Contingent registration form (see above).

 

            Paying for Jamboree is do-able and the entire trip is a great value –

A payment plan is in place to help;

There is still plenty of time to earn some of the money (popcorn!); and

Campership applications are due to BSA by October 1, 2012.

 

 

 

(Adults and Scouts who will be older than 18 – Jamboree still needs Staff !   Get more information and register online via the “Staff” link on the Jamboree website:  https://summit.scouting.org )

We hope you can join us for this Jamboree!  (the next one is scheduled for 2017)

Yours in Scouting,

  Montana’s Jamboree Leadership Team  

May Roundtable and District Meeting Agenda

Boy Scouts of America

Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Roundtable and Meeting
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S
May 1, 2012

  1. Roundtables/Training Features of the Month, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.:  Presentation by Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards on youth use of drugs, what we need to know, how it relates to Scouting and what we can do to help keep our kids safe.
  2. Opening Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the April meeting
  4. Welcome, introductions and recognitions
  5. Old/New Business (break into committee meetings for 15-30 minutes)
    1. Upcoming Events – Registrations for 2013 National Jamboree, Council Annual Meeting
    2. Upcoming Trainings – Train the Trainer, Wood Badge 2012, Powderhorn 2012
    3. Medicine River Scout Center
    4. Camping Committee:  Spring Camporee
  6. District Executive Report
    1. Membership Actual vs. Goal
    2. Finance Actual vs. Goal
  7. District Commissioner Report
    1. Unit Charter Renewal
    2. Unit Commissioners
  8. District Chair Report
  9. Other Business
  10. Closing Ceremony
  11. Adjournment. Next meeting June 5, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South

Lewis and Clark District – a Centennial Quality District

Summer Camps 2012, Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America is pleased to offer the following summer camping opportunities. Each youth participant must be a registered Cub Scout, Webelos, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, Sea Scout or Explorer Scout.  The registration fee to become a Boy Scout is $12 and is available at the Boy Scout Service Center, 820 17th Ave. South, Great Falls, MT., 761-6000 or www.montanabsa.org.  Camp scholarships are available.

CAMP NAME: Lewis and Clark District’s Cub Scout Day Camp

DESCRIPTION, ACTIVITIES:   With a theme of “Space Cowboys,” Cub Scouts (boys going into grades 1st-5th in the Fall) will have fun with games, nature crafts, Scout skills, first aid, skits, archery and BB gun shooting.

PUT ON BY: Lewis and Clark District, Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America

SESSIONS: June 12-14

WHERE: Medicine River Scout Center, Central Ave. West, Great Falls, MT

COST:  $50 includes T-shirt and patch; $20 for Tiger Cubs (Tiger Cubs are boys who will be1st graders in the fall.  Tiger Cubs attend camp  Thursday, June 14th only and must have an adult accompany the Tiger Cub.)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Late registrations may be accepted if the camp has openings.  Contact Camp Director Catherine Korona, (406) 788-1016, mikencat2211@yahoo.com.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: lcmtbsa.org. Scout leaders and Cub Scouts’ parents, are encouraged to serve as volunteer counselors. Camp Aides ages 14-17 are also needed. Day Camp volunteers’ children (potty trained -11 years) may participate in free Tot Lot. Contact Director for details.

CAMP NAME:  Webelos Scout Rendezvous

DESCRIPTION, ACTIVITIES: Boys going into 4th and 5th grades experience camping activities, participate in archery, shoot BB guns, and learn pioneering and map & compass skills.

PUT ON BY:  Boy Scout Troop 4, Great Falls

SESSION:  June 8, 9, and 10th

WHERE:  Medicine River Scout Center, Central Ave. West, Great Falls, MT

COST: $15

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Contact the Boy Scout Office, 761-6000 for details.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  www.lcmtbsa.org.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:  Families are welcome!

 Webelos Scouts Resident Camp at K-M Scout Ranch

DESCRIPTION, ACTIVITIES: Webelos Resident Camp is an adventuresome 4 days and 3 nights camping experience for Cub Scouts entering the 4th and 5th grades this fall. Scouts will enjoy campfires, hikes and working on Activity pin requirements. Highlights include swimming, canoeing, and other water events at our lake.  Webelos may participate in BB gun shooting, archery, crafts, and games. Meals are provided in the dining hall.

PUT ON BY:  Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America

SESSIONS: July 29-August 1; August1-4th

WHERE:  K- M Scout Ranch, in the north Moccasin Mountains near Lewistown.

COST:  Youth:  $95

Adults:  $55

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Until sessions are full.  Early registration is recommended.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.montanabsa.org. or contact Michelle Ferguson, Montana BSA Camp Registrar, 761-6000,mimalin@bsamail.org.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:  A Webelos Scout and their adult partner may attend by themselves or with their Cub Scout Pack.

Boy Scout Camps for Boy Scouts entering 6th-12th grades this fall:  

 K-M Boy Scout Camp

DESCRIPTION, ACTIVITIES:  K-M Scout Ranch is a 640 acre property located in the Moccasin Mountains, approximately 20 miles north of Lewistown.  Facilities include program areas complete with archery, rifle, shotgun and black powder ranges; a small lake with a wide range of aquatic activities, including swimming, canoeing, rowing, lifesaving, Mile Swim, snorkeling, and fishing; a Nature Hut; a new 35-foot Climbing wall, for climbing and rappelling; and a Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) course. Support facilities include the Flaming Arrow dining hall providing full food service, the Garrison fire-bowl, Harrison Lodge, trading post, first aid lodge, restrooms, and showers.  An optional evening hike and campout to the ghost town of Kendall provides lasting memories.

PUT ON BY: Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America

Dates:  July 9-15; July 15-21; July 22-28.

WHERE: K- M Scout Ranch, near Lewistown, MT.

COST:  $215 for Scout, $75 for Adults.  Fees include all dining hall meals.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Until sessions are full, but early registration is highly recommended.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Michelle Ferguson, Montana BSA Camp Registrar, 761-6000, mimalin@bsamail.org.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: www.montanabsa.org.

Kendall ghost camp again will be offered with a special ghost patch only for those that attend the overnighter. Spend the evening in Kendall and have a dusk hike to the cemetery.

The C.O.P.E. Course is composed of group initiative games, trust events, low elements (12 feet and under), and high elements (30 feet). Participants work on leadership, problem solving, communication, self confidence, trust, decision-making, and teamwork. Each element is carefully spotted or belayed to maximize safety while challenging the Scouts.

Camp Director Mike Carney is returning for his eighth year as K-M director.

 

CAMP NAME: Missouri River Trek

DESCRIPTION, ACTIVITIES:  This high-adventure program is a 50-110 mile canoe trek through the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River.  Campers will paddle through the Missouri River Breaks National Monument, which includes segments of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, the Chief Joseph National Historic Trail and the Missouri Breaks National Backcountry Byway.  Scouts may earn the Historic Trails and 50 miler patches, as well as the canoeing, fishing, and camping merit badges. Youth may attend individually, or with their Troop or Crew.

PUT ON BY: Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America

SESSIONS: July 9-15; July 15-21; July 22-28

WHERE: K- M Scout Ranch, in the north Moccasin Mountains near Lewistown.

COST:  $350

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Spaces on the River Trek are limited, so early reservations are recommended.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Michelle Ferguson, mimalin@bsamail.org, 761-6000, www.montanabsa.org.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: www.montanabsa.org. Low Impact Camping, Safe Swim Defense, and Safety Afloat are emphasized.

CAMP NAME: Melita Island

Melita Island Boy Scout Camp is a 64acre island with about2 miles of shoreline in Flathead Lake Traditional summer camp programs are offered, includingTrail to First Class, Scoutcraft, Nature and Field Sports. The major focus of Melita is its unique aquatics program, which includes swimming, canoeing, rowing, fishing, small boat sailing, lifesaving, water skiing, motor boating, mile swim, snorkeling, sail boarding, and BSA Lifeguard.  Meals are served in the beautiful, historical Lodge. Other facilities include an amphitheatre, trading post, and showers.  Older scouts 14-17 years old are challenged with the Advanced Campers Program featuring water sports, sailboarding, and snorkeling as well as a day’s excursion to Wild Horse Island.

Sponsored by: Montana Council, Boy Scouts of America

SESSIONS:  July 8-14; July 15-21; July 22-28; July 29-August 4th.

WHERE: Melita Island, on Flathead Lake

COST:  Scouts: $250.  Fees include all dining hall meals.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Call 761-6000 to make a reservation for next summer.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Michelle Ferguson, mimalin@bsamail.org,

www.montanabsa.org.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: BSA Lifeguard Week is June 25-July 1st and costs $220.

CAMP NAME: Takachsin 2012

Throughout the six-day National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course, the Takachsin participants will be taught the concept of what a leader must be, what he must know, and what he must do. These concepts will be taught in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. The National Youth Leadership Training syllabus integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of Scouting. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio/visual training, the NYLT participants will engage in a unified approach to leadership that gives them the skills and confidence to lead. Participants must be at least 13 years old, completed the 7th grade, and be a First Class Scout.

SESSIONS: June 24 – 30th

WHERE: Camp Arcola, next to the Pintler Wilderness, about 20 miles southwest of Anaconda, MT.

COST:   Fee is $250 This includes all food, camping equipment (except tents), program and training materials.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  May 15th.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.montanabsa.org or Takachsin Course Director Mary Ellen Szafranski, mesza1@msn.com


Mary Matelich
Vice President Public Relations
Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America
899-4256 (cel)
761-6000 (Scout Office)

Montana Council Annual Meeting Information and Registration

Don’t forget to register for the 2012 Annual Meeting!

It is not too late to register for the 2012 Annual Meeting, Missoula, May 4-5!  The Council has much to celebrate and we want you to be there!

This year’s Annual Meeting promises a rousing good time with western style and hospitality in all the meetings and events. We kick open the doors Friday, with our new “Scouter Appreciation Night,” at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Headquarters!  Come see some of the largest Trophy Elk in the World and celebrate your district’s performance, the power of volunteerism, and the Sprit of Scouting!

Saturday’s lineup includes the Wood Badge/Powder Horn breakfast, our Area Journey to Excellence review, Youth-Protection training, special seminars, Friends of Scouting Report and Recognition, our famous Awards Luncheon, Annual meeting, reception and Silver Beaver Dinner – all hosted at the Hilton’s Doubletree hotel in downtown Missoula.

Come be part of the best Annual Meeting that we have had to date!

Call 406-761-6000 and talk to Michelle to register.  Tickets are $85 for full registration including Friday night and all Saturday events and meals.  Individual event tickets are also available.

For more information and registration please click here www.montanabsa.org

Lewis and Clark District Spring Camporee

By David Mikulecky

Lewis & Clark 2012 Spring Camporee

At “Scoutana” on the “Cobb Ranch”

About 73 miles West of Great Falls (16 miles past Augusta on the Beaver Creek/Willow Creek road)

Event Date May 18-20, 2012                     Release # 1                     Released on April 19,, 2012

Directions to Camporee @ Scoutana: (N 47d 27.32  –  W 112d  41.59)

Link to Location/Google Map

Go west from Great Falls about 14 miles on I 15 to Vaughn

Go west from Vaughn about 20 miles on Hwy 89/200 to Simms

Go west from .Simms about 23 miles on Hwy 200/21/287 to Augusta

Go west from Augusta about 15 miles on Nilan Reservoir road (also called the Beaver Creek/Willow Creek road) Signs should point you to Nilan Lake,

The road splits here, take the right road and continue on straight (west) for about 1 mile on the Beaver Creek /.Willow Creek Road.

Scoutana should be on your left and is clearly seen from the road.

If you cross Willow Creek you have gone to far.

Please read this Camporee Information carefully as there are many changes

Theme:  “Learn and Do” (Explain – Demonstrate – Guide – Enable or Evaluate)

The camporee will be quite different this year, as the scouts will receive training in the morning a number of Scout Skills covering basic aspects of hiking and camping in Montana.  The scouts will be then asked to demonstrate some of these skills in addition to basic scout skills that each scout should have.   Some of these skills will be demonstrated by the individual scout and others will be demonstrated by their patrol.  The scouts will also be evaluated on team work and problem solving.  It will be essential that each patrol have a “Patrol Leader” or “Acting Patrol Leader”.

Registration – Fees – Tour Permits:

Registration is $10 per person, payable in the Scout office by May 11 at 4:00 pm. We need the name of one adult from your troop to help with the judging. Remember you need to get a “Local Tour Permit” from the Scout Office. The “Tour Permits” will be checked when you arrive at the Camporee.  You will not be allowed to camp or compete without a “Tour Permit”.  This also means you must have at least “Two Deep Leadership” and at least one leader trained in “Youth Protection”  You should also 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”

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 etc.  The Camping Committee will also show/tell you where you can set up camp and where to park your vehicles Campsites are generally assigned on a first come basis.  Please check with the camping committee before parking, so that we may maximize the use of this area for all.

Check out:  All troops need to check out with the camping committee before they leave camp, failure to do so may result in loss of patches.  Make sure your camp area is clean “Leave no Trace”

Webelos:  There will be no Webelo Activities or Camp

General Rules for the Camporee and Camp Area:

  • You need to bring your own water for cooking and cleanup in addition you need to have water for your fire.
  • You will need to bring your own wood for cooking & campfires.
  • Do not count on any wood being available in camp.   However, there is wood that can be cut near the road.
  • No cutting of live trees, shrubs, etc.
  • The use of fire barrels will be required.   Gas or propane stoves may also be used.
  • All food items must be “Bear Proof containers“
  • No candy/snacks or “smellables” in tents.  This does not include boys but it includes soap, mouth wash, gum, tooth paste, deodorant etc.
  • Troops will be allowed to have their troop trailers only at the edge of camp (on the edge and out of the way)
  • RV’s used for medical reasons (breathing machines etc)  will also be parked at the edge of camp near the main Lodge” in one area “general parking area”  All other vehicles will be parked away from the Troop Camping area” and in the “general parking area.”
  • The campsite shall be well laid out, neat & orderly, this includes inside the tents.
  • “Pack it in & Pack it Out” & “Leave no Trace” camping will be required.
  • No fishing or waterfront activities from Friday noon till Sunday noon.
  • Bring an extra 5 gallons of water for fire watch. Above ground fires only, fire watch posted and one adult leader in camp at all times when a fire is burning Also remember No One On One with Scouts

Caution: We are camping in Montana in a primitive and undeveloped area.  You will encounter wild animals. It is reported that the Grizzly Bears are out of their dens and they may be in the trees/brush around camp and down by the creek. There have been reports of Mountain Lions in the area also.  In addition there are wolves and/or wolf hybrids in the area.  All of these animals are hungry after winter and are looking for food. Other animals that may be in the area may be small and harmless, like a mosquitoes or flies or large and harmful bring insect repellent if needed and if you are allergic to bee stings etc, bring the medicines that you need in case you get stung.

This is Montana and its wildlife.  Be prepared.  Do not harm the wildlife this includes the flowers, shrubs and trees.  Stay away from the dangerous animals (snakes) and avoid bothering all wildlife.  Do not attract animals to you.  Do not feed the wildlife.  Place your food out of reach of animals.

It is the responsibility of the Scout Master and other adult troop leaders to inform themselves on “BEAR SAFETY” and “Bear Attractants” etc. in addition to mountain Lion Safety” and to cover it with their scouts.

For additional information see 

http://fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/livingWithWildlife/beBearAware/default.html

Materials:  You will need to bring your own wood and rope for camp gadgets and lashing.etc.

A back pack per boy to carry their contest materials, etc.

A shovel and a trowel for making cat holes and latrines.

See the contest descriptions for find what other things that the scouts must bring.

Porta Potties will be provided by the Camporee Committee.

Patrol Size:  You should have a minimum of 3-4 scouts in a patrol and a maximum of 8-10 scouts. 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.

A List of Skills to be Demonstrated/Taught/Discussed after Flags and before the Contests:

“Bear Aware” You also need to cover this with your boys prior to the Camporee.

Wild animal awareness & safety.

Food Handling & Storage in the wild

Emergency and Survival Priorities

Basic Wilderness First Aid

Water Purification.

Fire Building

Basic & Useful Knots

S.T.O.P. –  Stop – Think – Observe — Plan

Hiking Hints/Rules

Emergency Shelters in the Outdoors

Camping Committee Philosophy:

Adults are welcome to watch their boys compete.

The boys should have learned the 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 they will camp

following the Outdoor Code.

The contests will be announced and explained as much as possible and as early as possible before the event.

Some contest by their very nature will not be announced or explained until right before the contest starts.

Contests & Competition:   

1. Check In – 100 Points

The “Tour Permit” is Current and appropriate.

Medical Forms (adult and youth) are on site and available.

Parental Permission / Consent slips are on site and available.

2. Camp Site Setup, Organization & Gateway – 100 Points

The campsite shall be well laid out, neat & orderly, this includes inside the tents.  Typical areas to include are; cut and uncut wood area/pile, ax yard, cooking area, camp kitchen, wash area, etc. We will not be grading the gateway or name board this time.  (Each unit will have a camp gateway.  This should be constructed of non-manufactured lumber products & lashed together on site.  (Non-manufactured lumber products = logs or poles from the woods) The name board may be constructed off site & may be made from manufactured lumber products).

Does your camp have a the First Aid kit present and obvious, is there water buckets/barrels available for fire, is the

fire place of approved design, are tents are correctly and neatly set up, is there a spade/shovel available, are extra

Rope/line and camp materials neatly stored, has the original ground cover been removed, is there a designated hand washing area, and is an approved ax yard neatly set up?

Is there a proper dish washing area, is the food properly stored & is the area neat and clean, are trash bags  available & in use, is the water stored to prevent leaking, is the meal preparation area neat and clean, and are the meals served in a cleanly manner?

3. Flags – American, Troop & Patrol – Troop Duty Roster, Menu & Schedule of events. – 100 Pts.

A maximum of 20 points for the American flag

A maximum of 20 points for the Troop flag

A maximum of 20 points for the Patrol flags.  (If there are 2 patrols they need 2 patrol flags)

(Patrol names must match registered patrol names)

A maximum of 10 points each for a current – the schedule of events – menu – duty roster –

& fire watch schedule.  (If they are not current = 0 points)

4. Is the Scout Prepared – 10 Essential Items plus – 100 points plus

Does each scout have the 10 Essential Outdoor items as per “The Boy Scout Handbook” pg. 207 and do they have the following bonus items:

1.) ten foot of small diameter rope,

2.) three foot of Duct Tape wrapped on a short pencil,

3.) A small survival kit,

4.) Scout Book,

5.) Insect repellent.

6.) “Mountain Money” (toilet paper)

Each patrol will be evaluated by an adult – scouts will be asked to produce a random item from the list above.

5. “Make a Survival Shelter” – 100 points

Each scout will make a “Survival Shelter”.  It is suggested that they use a rain fly, small blue plastic tarp,

Visquine, a painters plastic drop cloth, Space blanket etc.

They must take the shelter down after the contest unless they are going to sleep in it Saturday night, to fulfill one of their wilderness survival merit badge requirement.  They will then have to take it down Sunday morning.

6. Start a Fire with Flint and Steel – 100 points

Each Scout will start a fire with flint and steel.  They will have to provide their own flint & steel in addition to their “Char Cloth”.  See Page 413 in the Boy Scout Handbook.

7. “Lay a Fire” – 100 points

Each Scout will “Lay a Fire” (with locally obtained materials).  See Page 411 in the Boy Scout Handbook.

8. “Bare Ground Fire Site” – 100 points

Each patrol will build a “Bare Ground Fire Site” Do Not Build a Fire on the “Bare Ground Fire Site”

See Page 410 in the Boy Scout Handbook.

9. Dig a “Cat Hole” and make a small Latrine – 100 points

Each scout will dig with a trowel and cover up a “Cat Hole” after it has been inspected by a Camporee judge.

See pages 249-250 in the Boy Scout Handbook.

Each patrol will make a small / simple latrine and cover it up after it has been inspected. .

See pages 128-130 in the Boy Scout Field Book.

10. “Basic Knots” – 100 points

Each scout will be required to tie one or more  basic Scout knot(s) and tell how he would use that knot.

11. “Lunch on the trail” – 100 points

Each scout will have a “Sack” – “Cold lunch” on the trail (in their survival camp site area.).  They will be graded/evaluated on how balanced the lunch is, how easy it was to prepare, and how the scout took care of the waste or left over materials from the lunch.

12. Campfire Skit – 100 Points 

Each Patrol will present a short skit.  This is a team event and will be judged by the Camping Committee.

The whole patrol must be involved.  Make it original..

Remember that this is a Pack it in & Pack it Out Camporee

You will need to bring wood for your fires & drinking water

Time Line & Schedule

May 11 4:00 Registration is due at the Scout Office.  (pick up “Trip Permit” if you don’t have it)

May 17 4:00 – 8:00 Arrive – Check in & set up camp

May 17 9:00 – 10:00 Cracker Barrel- All Scout Masters – SPLs.

(Required one adult and one youth leader for each patrol) & Judges.

11:00 Lights out

May 18   7:00 Reveille

Breakfast (on your own)

9:00 Flag Ceremony by camp headquarters

9:30 Demonstrations will start

After Demonstrations the contests will start

They will have a Cold Trail Lunch (on their own) in their Survival Camp site

4:00 Contests are finished/Final Judging.

4:00 – 5:00 “Zero Trace Camping” Inspection

6:00 Dinner with your troop

8:30 Skits – Campfire – Guests – Awards

11:00 Lights out

May 16   7:00 Reveille

Breakfast on your own

10:00 Camp Check out.

Resources & Hints:

BSA Wilderness Survival Merit Badge Booklet

BSA Backpacking Merit Badge Booklet

Some good online resources are

http://www.meritbadge.com/bsa/mb/index2.htm

http://clipart.usscouts.org/clipart/ScoutDoc/

http://www.scouts.asn.au/knot_idx.html

http://www.scoutingresources.org.uk/

http://www.gorp.com/hiking-guide/index-sp.html  (go to Practical Advice)

Things that I learned while researching & preparing for this contest:

A couple items that one might to include in their essential items

Large garbage bag – can be used as a rain coat, poncho, ground covering, rain fly etc

Para Cord – Strong & light weight – inside strands can be used as fish line

Zip Ties – holding items together.

Petroleum Jelly soaked cotton balls in a film canister – great fire starter – burns a long time

LED lights are the way to go – Also think of getting a head lamp = hands free light.

Zip Lock Baggies – Great for storing things in & waterproof & you can see what is inside – can be used as gloves.

Wal-Mart has a small 5×7 fabric tarp that works well and is less than $10- can also be used as a rain coat or poncho.

Whistles without a ball in them can be heard for a longer distance.

File a Travel Plan — Stay Together & Stay put if lost   — If Lost   –  S.T.O.P. –  Stop – Think – Observe – Plan

Survival Kits” or Equipment doesn’t do you any good if you leave it home or back at the truck.

Questions: Questions on the contest should be addressed to

David Mikulecky, 406-453-7966 davenmim@bresnan.net   

Campsite Checklist & Evaluation Form for Lewis & Clark Dist/MT Council

Gateway    (See Contest # 4)

• U. S. flag attached or on a separate pole?

• Unit flag attached or on a separate pole?

• Patrol flag(s) attached or on a separate pole?

• Gateway is free standing?

• Gateway sign?

• Correct use of lashings

• Ropes are whipped or back spliced?

• Twine is natural fiber?

• Gateway looks neat and is well constructed

Campsite

• Campsite is laid out with separate eating, cooking, sleeping and work areas?

• Cars are out of the camping area?

• The area is well drained in case of rain?

• The campsite has a neat and clean appearance? (free from debris & clutter)

• All litter is picked up?

• If the troop has more than one patrol are the patrols cooking and camping separately?

• Schedule of events is posted?

• Menu posted?

• Duty rooster including fire watch is posted?

• First aid kit is present and visible? (1/patrol)

Cooking and Dinning area

• Is the “Duty Roster” being followed?

• Is the patrol method used?

• Sites for stove(s) & fire well selected?

• Patrol boxes are neat & clean & orderly?

• Is there a food preparation area?

• Dining fly is up? (separate dining area)

• Is the meal served in a cleanly manner?

• Is there a dish washing area?

• Utensils and dishes are kept clean & orderly?

• Food is stored to keep it safe from weather & wildlife?

• Is the drinking water stored in a safe & sanitary manner?

• Trash bags are in use?

• Waste water disposal area?

• Soap & water set out for hand washing?

• Hands are washed before eating or working with food?

Fire Area

• Is the ground cleared at least 10 feet from the fire? (mowing or weed eating ok)

• Is the fire at least 15 feet from any tent?

• Is there a grate on the fire?

• Is there water to put out the fire? (25 gallons)

• Are there small (one gal.) buckets available?

Axe Yard

• Is the axe yard roped off & well marked?

• Are the cutting tools sharp & well stored?

• A minimum size of 2 axe handle radius?

• Only one scout at a time in the axe yard?

Fuel storage area

• Is the wood properly stored (near fire & axe yard)

• Are all of the flammable liquids property stored?

• Is the propane properly stored?

Supplies and Equipment Storage

• Is there an area for storage of equipment?

• Are the extra ropes & twine properly stored?

• Are the supplies & Equipment stored so that they are kept neat, clean and dry?

• Is there one shovel or spade available per patrol?

Tents

• Are all of the tents set up properly? ( i.e. knots)

• Tents are staked down?

• Tents are not set up in low areas?

• Tents are not set up directly under power lines or rotten trees?

• Are the leaders tents separate from the scouts tents?

• Does each tent have a ground cloth?(tucked in?)

Personal Equipment

• Do the scouts have their scout shirts on?

• Are the tails tucked in on there class A’s?

• Are the scouts dressed appropriately for the weather?

• Are the clothes & gear stowed neatly in packs or duffle bags?

• Are the sleeping bags neat & dry?

Latrine if needed

• The latrine is out of sight?

• The latrine is covered so that the person using it is not seen?

• The latrine has toilet paper?

No Trace Camping

• Ground cover is not removed?

• Green trees are not cut?

• Dead trees for fire wood are cut low to the ground?

Troop ____________    Patrol _________________

Evaluated by ___________________  Score  _____________

Prepared by the L&C Camporee Committee, Dave Mikulecky, Chairman – 11-18-06

Boy Scout Camporee Registration

Sponsoring Organization __________________________ City _____________________ Troop / Pack _________

Title Name Phone # Email (Leaders)

Scout Master ______________________ ___________________ __________________

Assistant SM  ______________________ ___________________ __________________

Assistant SM ______________________ ___________________ __________________

Assistant SM ______________________ ___________________ __________________

Jr. Asst.  SM ______________________ ___________________ __________________

S. P. L.  ______________________ ___________________ __________________

Asst. S. P. L.  ______________________ ___________________ __________________

Patrol ___________________________ Patrol ___________________________

Patrol Leader __________________________ Patrol Leader __________________________

Asst.  P.L. __________________________ Asst.  P.L. __________________________

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