Mountain Weather training opportunity available on October 4

I would like to invite you all to a professional Mountain Weather Course adapted for scouting youth and leaders. Please distribute this notice to all scouting units and leaders. If you have questions please e-mail or call 403-479-3234. See you all there!


Scouting activities are extremely weather dependent, specifically if you are hiking, camping or moving through mountainous environments. This full day mountain weather course will assist you in basic mountain weather knowledge from common mountain weather to identification of hazardous weather. This course presumes no previous weather knowledge and contains weather analysis, publicly available Internet resources and proper interpretation of publicly available forecasts from a computer and in the field. The day ends with developing a real forecast base on current conditions.

If you have the BSA online Hazardous Weather course and would like to learn more specific to mountainous environments, this course is for you!


At the end of the courses, students will:
• Have a toolbox of resources to access current weather information
(observations, forecasts, discussions etc.).
• Be able to interpret mountain weather and its changes.
• Be able to interpret and tailor those forecasts to mountainous travel.
• Be able to assist scouts in attaining their weather merit badge.


Rod Palsman has 20 years of experience in Canada’s Rocky Mountains with the Alpine Club of Canada and has instructed Mountain Weather courses to many outdoor organizations such as, Calgary Search and Rescue and the Interpretive Guides Association.

Tim Patterson has 30 years of experience in mountainous environments and is a certified Assistant Hiking Guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. Tim is a qualified outdoor trainer with both Scouts Canada and the Boy Scouts of America.

Who: Senior Boy Scout, Venture and Rover Youth, Boy Scout,
Venture and Rover Leaders

Date: Saturday October 4, 2014

Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Lunch: Will be Provided

Location: Scouts Canada Camp Impessa

Cost: Presenter Fee: $16.60 + Camp Fee: $9.00 = Total Cost $25.60
Camping is available if you want to stay, please inform Cindy at time of registration, extra fee may apply

Registration: Please call today to the Calgary Scout Office – Cindy

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


Website for 2012 Montana Council Powderhorn Course

People all over North America are talking about our Montana Council 2012 Powderhorn Course!  The course, which is only offered every five years, will be held July 23-27 at Grizzly Base Camp.

Our course was just featured at!  Participants are already signed up from all over the US, Canada and Mexico.  You can learn more at the course’s website,  Trained leaders make for better programs; sign up for Powderhorn today!