Journey to Excellence

May Journey to Excellence: We’re doing great!

1st Place!
Lewis & Clark District scores highest for May 2019!

We’ve just received word that Lewis & Clark received the highest score of Montana Council and total rated criteria for May 2019! Well done to everyone in the District!

  • Our best rated categories include Membership/Youth Growth, Cub Scout Camping, Boy Scout Camping, and Unit Retention!
  • We need to improve in New Member Recruiting, Cub Scout Advancement, and Unit Contacts
  • We could improve Youth Retention, Community Service Hours reporting, District Committee Membership, and Unit Leadership training
  • We haven’t been rated or have no score yet in Fundraising Performance, Fundraising Manpower, Market Share, Scouts BSA Advancement, and Unit Performance

Fall Camporee 2018, Sept. 14-16

Fall Camporee will be September 14, 15 and 16 at Mortimer Gulch on Gibson Lake.

Geocaching Challenge

The 2018 fall camporee will be an enjoyable and challenging event for your Troop. We will be conducting a Geocaching Challenge with twists and changes to test the boys. There will be most if not all of the requirements to fulfill the merit badge.

Theme:”Are you afraid of the dark”

The Scouts will be required to do a Spooky Skit at campfire

Directions:

To Mortimer Gulch at Gibson Lake, from Augusta take Manix Street west 4 miles to Forest Road 108 and continue west for 22 miles going to the top of Gibson Lake. You do NOT turn left at any time until you reach the campground.
We have reserved the lower loop campground.
If you have a camper of any type you have to camp on the upper loop and pay an additional fee of $8.00 per night….no exceptions.

Registration:

Registration is $10 per person, payable when you arrive. (This has changed so you are not penalized for drop offs and cancelations.)
We need the name of one adult from your troop to help with the judging.
You must have at least “Two Deep Leadership” and at least one leader trained in “Youth Protection”.
You must 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”.  Please e-mail me, by September 12th at desireesoapcompany@gmail.com or text me at 406-788-0657, the number of attendees from your troop, boys and adults, so I can plan for prizes.

ARRIVAL

Troops it will be the same location as Spring Camporee, unless otherwise noted.
Friday night be sure to pack a sack lunch. There will not be a travelers feast.
Cracker Barrel will be at 9pm for leaders and SPL’s. Location to be announced.

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.  The camping committee will also show/tell you where you can set up camp and where to park your vehicles.
THIS IS A BEAR LOCATION>>>BE BEAR AWARE!
Water and sanitary facilities are available.

Check out:

All Troops need to check out with the camping committee before they leave camp.    Make sure your camp area is clean – “Leave no Trace”.

Events

Events will be added to on July 28. The contests will be announced and explained as much as possible and as early as possible.

AWESOME Scout Award

Each troop will post a candidate for Scouter Award that will be put into a drawing box for a fantastic prize  and  scout  MUST BE PRESENT ! This prize to be announced.

Patrol size:

You should have a minimum of 3-4 scouts in a patrol and a maximum of 6 scouts.  If you have 8 boys then two patrols of 4. 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. Contact me if this is an issue!

General Rules

  • Camping sites will be done on a first come basis.
  • One of the most important parts of a fall Camp is to keep warm and dry. Each Scout must know what to wear. Montana weather is very changeable, requiring preparedness for any condition. A nice day can turn into a very cold night.
  • Your best protection is common sense. Dress in layers. Avoid working up a sweat, and stay comfortable by removing or adding layers. Cotton clothing is not good. Wool is.
  • Waterproof boots are essential. Wear good wicking socks.
  • A good wool or thermal hat is needed; it must be able to cover your ears. You can also wear it in your sleeping bag. A scarf is also important, to cover your neck.
  • Good gloves and a backup pair for each boy. The best for back-up is mittens in wool.
  • Scouts are more vulnerable to cold at meals, because they do not move around as much. Adults need to ask each boy if he is dry and not sweaty. If needed have them change clothes.
  • Clothing inspection: Unit leaders should visually inspect each boy before he hits the trail.
  • If the Camping Committee sees a boy unfit to task he may be pulled from events.
  • Webelos – There will be no Webelo specific events at Fall camporee.
  • Campfires are limited to above ground fire pits. There will not be wood available. Shovels need to be by each fire, and adult supervision at all times.
  • No Pets except registered Service Animals and sled dogs
  • Pack in, pack out.  Leave no trace.

Camping Committee Philosophy:

  • Adults are welcome to watch their boys compete.
  • The boys should have learned some 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.

2018 Klondike Schedule

2018 Klondike ScheduleProof for 2018 Lewis & Clark District Klondike Derby PatchPlease be advised that you will have to pack and carry your lunch during the events (Adults and Scouts) PLAN FOR THIS!

Friday Jan 19

  • 4:00 to 9:00pm: Check in
  • 6:00 to 9:00pm: travelers feast – FREE PIZZA!
  • 9:00pm: Cracker Barrel in the Lodge
  • 9:30pm: Ice Cream Social – Pavillion
  • 11:30pm: lights out

Saturday Jan 20

  • 7:30am: Reville
  • 7:30 to 9:00am: Breakfast
  • 9:30am Flags Ceremony
  • 10:00am: Events Start
    • Sled inspections   Station 1
  • 10:30 to 4:30pm:
    • Station 2 Avalanche Coming
    • Station 3 Fishing for Gold
    • Station 4 Slingshot Turkey Shoot
    • Station 5 Sled Balance
    • Station 6 Ice Rescue
    • Station 7 Stretcher Carry
    • Station 8 Snowshoe Relay
  • 1:00pm Camp Inspections
  • 5:00pm: Sled racing
  • 5:30 to 7:30pm Dinner
  • 8:00pm Campfire and skits
    • Hot Cocoa Contest ( Patrol with best cocoa will win a case of pizza for a party)
    • Includes Adult Hatchet Competition and awards
  • 11:30pm Lights out

Sunday

  • Break camp and get patches and ribbons

Submitted,
Forrest C LaBelle
Chairman

Klondike Derby 2014 Program

Lewis and Clark District 2014 KLONDIKE

Medicine River Camp…Great Falls, Mt

Janruary 17,18,19 2014

Directions to Camp Medicine River:

Latitude and Longitude:  47.509802,-111.378375

Please note that in order to do the events that we wanted to do at Klondike we had to have a close in site. We will be doing a first ever YETI hunt at night instead of skits this year. We will teach you Curling and bring back Human Bowling with better sleds. We have scenarios for a brown or white Klondike so be prepared for both. We will be having prizes that will be awarded to patrols instead of individuals. We WILL make sure you will love this campout as we put a lot of thought into it.

Camping Committee Chairman

Forrest C LaBelle

Theme:  This Camporee will be focused on endurance and coordination skills

Registration – fees – tour permits:  Registration is $10 per person, payable in Scout office by 1/10/2014 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 Jan. 10, 2014 ….WE NEED TO KNOW HOW MANY PRIZES TO BUY.

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 AND PRIZES.  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.

Camping Committee Philosophy: 

Adults are welcome to watch their boys compete.

The boys should have learned some 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 – 100 points

50 points for the American flag

50 points for the Troop flag

 4.     Scout Patrol Name Competition….points vary

Each Patrol will be named after the KLONDIKE THEME. Most original name will be awarded additional points from a panel of expert Klondike judges. So in a sense you will rename your patrol’s for this event only, be creative and win additional points.

  5.     Klondike Sled Materials……200 pts

Each sled should have the following items…

Three poles 8 to 10 feet long

100 ft of rope

A tarp 8×10

A burlap bag

Three gallon jugs of water frozen

A #10 can…..( 1 gallon)

Three brooms….used

Fire building material including wood

A GPS device

A yardstick

Two shovels one big one small

Yeti bait

Yeti repellant

Survival kit

First aid kit

Survival food

1 water bottle per scout

Any extra items to build a brown scenario shelter

Lots of flashlights

6.    Milk Jug Curling…..300 pts                                                                                                   

Each patrol will Curl for points on an ice rink…..kind of like shuffleboard on ice…..You will need three frozen water jugs( one Gallon size) and two brooms

7.    Water Machine….200 pts

Each patrol will construct a water making machine that will melt snow over a fire into a can that will have to be full….a # 10 one gallon can….you can look on line for ideas how to construct this device

8.    Survival Questions, Height estimation, Distance estimation…..100 pts

This station will require each patrol to answer 10 survival questions and estimate a height and a distance…..timed event

 9.     Sled Balance…..100 pts

Each patrol must balance their sled over a round log……….timed event

          

 10.  Stump people pile….100 pts

Each patrol will see how many boys you can get on a stump …..you may have to borrow some people……I recommend you visit this station with your Troop to get extra people…You will be scored on how many you get on the stump.

 

 11.  Snowman or Sculpture Competition…..100 pts

Each patrol will build a Snowman or sculpture with snow if we get any….be sure to pack any items you want to use to build this

 

11b…Shelter Building…..200 pts

Patrols will build either a brown or white scenario shelter with items from their sled….can be done with the snow sculpture  also can be done at your campsite….this is not a station event …this will be done after lunch during free time events 

12. Foil Lunch Competition…..300 pts

At lunchtime we will provide a large fire pit to cook a foil pouch lunch. You will need to make an additional lunch for the Judges the pit for the judges is only for judges.  ….scout meals will be cooked at your camp

Scored on

Originality

Presentation

Difficulty

Taste…………….and weather its fully cooked

 

13. Adult Coffee Competition…….scouts Cocoa Competition……Bragging rights and a mug!

Each Troop will concoct the very best coffee and cocoa to be judged by their peers…..contest will be on all day Saturday

 

 

FREE TIME EVENTS……….

Human Bowling

Curling

Hockey Shot

Gps Treasure Hunt……………..each patrol will get their own treasure to hunt

After lunch you will be allowed to do each of these

Time schedule will be given at Cracker barrel

Evening Yeti Hunt………….

Track the wily Yeti to his lair and bring him back to camp. Yes there will be blood and hair and carcasses to follow to his lair. Use your best tracking skills to find the Yeti

 

General Rules

 

Camping sites will be done on a first come basis.

 

One of the most important parts of a Klondike is to keep warm and dry. Each Scout must know what to wear. Winter weather is very changeable, requiring preparedness for any condition. A nice day can turn into a very cold night.

 

Your best protection is common sense. Dress in layers. Avoid working up a sweat, and stay comfortable by removing or adding layers. Cotton clothing is not good. Wool is.

 

Waterproof boots are essential. Wear good wicking socks.

 

A good wool or thermal hat is needed; it must be able to cover your ears. You can also wear it in your sleeping bag. A scarf is also important, to cover your neck.

 

Good gloves and a backup pair for each boy. The best for back-up is mittens in wool.

 

Scouts are more vulnerable to cold at meals, because they do not move around as much. Adults need to ask each boy if he is dry and not sweaty. If needed have them change clothes.

 

Clothing inspection…Unit leaders should visually inspect each boy before he hits the trail. 

 

If the Camping Committee sees a boy unfit to task he mays be pulled from events.

 

Webelos – There will be no Webelo events at Klondike

 

 NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO ENTER THE LODGE WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION.

 

Campfires are limited to rings or above ground unless restricted by USDA Forest Service.    There will be minimal wood available so bring some and you are welcome to burn any trash wood you scavenge. Shovels  and 5 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  two Porta Potties and no water so bring your own….You will also need fire wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Klondike Derby 2013

Lewis and Clark District Klondike Derby
Camp Rotory Monarch,MT
Janurary 18,19,20…2013
Directions to Klondike Camp Rotory
N47d.02722 W110d.777778

 Go east from Great Falls on hwy 200/87 toward Lewistown.MT. Turn right at Armington Jct (at weigh scales and rest area) you are now on Hwy 89 going to Monarch and Neihart,MT. Pass through Monarch and drive 6.42 miles to the camp turn off on your right. (it will be marked with a BSA sign) Cross the old creaky bridge and follow the dirt road 1 mile to camp.
Theme: This Klondike will be a relay sled pulling event with six stations. Scouts will be judged mostly on attitude and participation.
Registration – fees – tour permits: Registration is $10 per person, payable in Scout office by 1/4/-2013 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 Janruary 4, 2013 (1-4-2013).
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 things you need to be aware of
“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:

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.

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?

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).

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:
Ten feet of small diameter rope,
Three feet of Duct Tape wrapped on a short pencil,
A small survival kit,
Scout Book,
Insect repellent,
“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.

Build a survival snow shelter 101
Scouts need to build a shelter for survival……….100 pts

Yanktoon the Yeti …………………. ( best mannequin 100 pts)
Your Yeti is to be pre made to bring to Klondike. Make him look like a Yeti or Bigfoot. He should be 6’ tall and have head hands and feet. You can build it from whatever materials you like, but remember you have to carry it. There will be a camp wide vote on the best Yeti 100 first 75 second 50 third 25 forth.

But here we go…..Your Yeti had a bad fall from sledding and needs first aid, these injuries need to be fixed before camp and they will be judged.

1…left sprained ankle
2…a superficial cut on his head
3…broken right Humuras
4…broken right clavicle
5…broken left radius
6…hyper-extended right knee

That’s right Scouts, your Yeti really wants to come with you so build him and doctor him well.

Yeti first aid…100 pts

Scoring for first aid completed on your Yeti

Snowshoe Building……100 pts

Each patrol must build a working set of snowshoes to bring to Klondike ( two patrols means two sets)

Slingshot 101….100pts

Each patrol must build a homemade slingshot. It must be homemade and you must hit a target with it. You can bring as many as you like.

The Sled……..300 pts ( yes it is the most important part of the Klondike)

Each sled will be loaded with the following items

Trail food
Extra clothes for emergencies
Patrol flag
Patrol roster
Pencil and paper and clipboard
Watch
Compass
Flashlight
Two six foot poles
Blanket
First aid kit
Pocketknife
Tin foil
Extra water
Fire building supplies
12 feet on ¼ inch rope
Scout handbook
A large trash bag for each scout
Snowshoes
Slingshots
12×12 tarp or larger
One Yeti

Klondike Sled Relay…..200 pts

The relay will consist of six stations

ATTU STATION…Snow shoe to get help for Yeti
KODIAK STATION…rescue on the ice
FAIRBANKS STATION…three survival problems
SKAGWAY STATION…ice fishing for snapper
POLAR COVE…turkey shoot
JUNEAU STATION…get Yeti to safety….snow slide is coming

Klondike sled race….100pts
A race for fastest sled. We will re-trace your 6 point course and time you on speed. Since you packed it all down earlier.

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. Show on the snow.

Human Bowling 100pts
Boys will hurl themselves at large pins and score points

Bonus Points – Dad Gum Claim Jumpers
Each patrol will be ambushed during the relay and asked a scouting question. You get it right you get five gold nuggets … wrong you give up five.

Scoutmasters’ Choice – 100 points…Long Spoons
Time permitting we will do this in the Lodge. I never knew eating ice cream could be so difficult.

Skit in a box…..100 pts
Each patrol will be given a skit box at Cracker Barrel and will be expected to build a skit around those items
General Rules

Camping sites will be done on a first come basis.

One of the most important parts of a Klondike Derby is to keep warm and dry. Each Scout must know what to wear. Winter weather is very changeable, requiring preparedness for any condition. A nice day can turn into a very cold night.

Your best protection is common sense. Dress in layers. Avoid working up a sweat, and stay comfortable by removing or adding layers. Cotton clothing is not good. Wool is.

Waterproof boots are essential. Wear good wicking socks.

A good wool or thermal hat is needed, it must be able to cover your ears. You can also wear it in your sleeping bag. A scarf is also important, to cover your neck.

Good gloves and a backup pair for each boy. The best for back-up is mittens in wool.

Scouts are more vulnerable to cold at meals, because they do not move around as much. Adults need to ask each boy if he is dry and not sweaty. If needed have them change clothes.

Clothing inspection…Unit leaders should visually inspect each boy before he hits the trail.

If the Camping Committee sees a boy unfit to task he mays be pulled from events.

Webelos – There will be possible webelo activities at camp, provided we get the lodge.

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 will be some wood available but don’t count on it. Snow shovels 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.

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