Hands Across the Border – September 28-30, 2012

The 31st International Hands Across the Border Invitational will be held at Rexford Bench Campground, located just west of Eureka, MT on September 28-30, 2012.  All registered Boy Scouts, Venturing Crews and Girl Scouts, Girl Guides, Rovers, Pathfinders and Rangers from the ages of 11 to 20 are invited to attend.

This unique event brings Scouts from both Canada and the United States together for a fun filled weekend of events and Scouting Friendship.  This year we will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America.  So, come have fun and enjoy the celebration of Scouting!

The cost is $15 (US) per person and pre-registration is required to acquire the appropriate amount of patches and materials.

Attached are the registration form, camp schedule, information on our Dutch Oven cook-off competition and a map.

For more information, feel free to contact Jim Atkinson.

Jim Atkinson
PO Box 412
Kalispell, MT  59903


Jamboree on the Air

This year the International Jamboree on the Air is October 15th and 16th.

What is Jamboree on the Air you ask? –

“The JOTA is an annual event in which Scouts and Guides all over the world speak to each other by means of amateur radio contacts. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared, via the radio waves.

When Scouts want to meet young people from another country they usually think of attending a World Jamboree or another international gathering. But few people realize that each year about half-a-million Scouts and Guides “get together” over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the–Air (JOTA). Modern communication technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without even leaving home…..”

Here in Great Falls the local Ham Radio club will be setting up for the weekend at Medicine River Scout Center.  Boys and families are invited and encouraged to stop by and participate.  You can stop in for 5 minutes of 5 hours.  There will be multiple stations set up for learning, communicating, and fun!

Units may camp out at the Medicine River Scout Center if they wish, and Boy Scouts who participate for the entire weekend can earn their Radio Merit Badge.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Lukas at 799-8205.

Are You Trained in your Scouting Position?

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Having well-trained leaders is essential to ensure that the boys (and girls) in our District have a great experience experience in Scouting.  Are you trained in our Scouting Position?

At a minimum, all leaders should ensure that they are trained in:

  • Youth Protection Training (you can’t be a leader unless this is done, at a minimum)
  • This is Scouting
  • Fast Start
  • Leader Specific Training, and
  • Hazardous Weather
All of these trainings can be taken online, at myscouting.scouting.org.  In addition, the District will host Leader Specific Training at the Scout Office on October 8 and Outdoor Leader Training at the Medicine River Scout Center on October 15-16.
Are you trained in all these areas?  Please make sure that you complete these trainings before you start activities this fall.