This Week in Scouts: March 22

Camping Season is Here!

Scouts salute the flag at Camporee.

Spring is upon us and so is camping season!

Plans are underway for both Trail to First Class on April 12-14 (find the Trail to First Class Leader Guide here and don’t forget to register for IOLS/BALOO Training) and Spring Camporee on May 17-19.

Please contact Gene, for more information about Trail to 1st Class, or Forrest about Camporee.

Fundraising in Choteau

Tonight is our first rural ICL event in Choteau. The District is hosting a spaghetti dinner starting at 6:30p, and it is going to be a great night for Scouting (And a lovely night for a drive out to Choteau ????)!

Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food pick up is tomorrow – stay tuned for the results! Food will be set out at 8 a.m. and picked up after 9. New this year, Scouts and Scouters are asked to enter the Great Falls Food Bank through the main door, not the garage door, to help with unloading. Vehicles may still use the garage door but pedestrians please use the front door.

Rotary Eagle Luncheon

The Rotary Eagle Lunch is coming up on April 9. If you are planning to attend please contact Bill, 406-761-7746.

Outdoor Program Trainers, We Need You!

Our Fall Training season is arriving!  The Lewis and Clark District training team has several trainings scheduled this Fall, and we need your help to make them happen.  See How to Get Trained (Fall, 2017 edition) for a list of upcoming trainings.
Are you an outdoor skills expert?  Well, if not an expert, have you already had your IOLS training?  If so, we need you on the weekend of October 20-21 to help with our training.  We will be teaching all of the skills required through First Class rank.  Please contact me and sign up to teach part of the class.  I will keep the following table updated with our confirmed list of trainers:
 

SkillTrainer
Flag Ceremony Jeremy Adams
Interfaith Worship Stephen Boyd
Registration/Campsite Selection/Outdoor Ethics/Campfire Program Aaron Weissman
Fireman Chit Jeremy Adams
CookingBob Dowdy (renowned dutch oven expert!)
Ropes and Knots Jay Cox
Woods Tools – Totin’ ChipDean Gaskins
Plant and Animal Identification Robert Burton
First Aid Gus Macneal
Orienteering Tom Lynch
Packing and Hiking Techniques/GearChris Leatham/Bighorn Outdoor Specialists

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader

Trained-Leader.gifHello Lewis and Clark District!
I have just taken on the role of Training chair for our district.  I would like you to join me on a journey that we will take together over the next year.  If you join me on this journey, I think that the end result will be a corps of adult and youth leaders in our District that will have the tools at their disposal to present the Scouts in our units with the very highest quality of program.
I have a few goals for our journey:

  • Maintain 100% Youth Protection Training for all adult leaders in the Lewis and Clark District.  Every adult must complete Youth Protection every year.  To that end, the Program for our October District Roundtable will be a proctored Youth Protection class.  Mark your calendars now for October 4 at the LDS Stake Center at 999 15th Ave S for 6pm, and ask every adult in your unit to attend.
  • Ensure that at least 60% of our Direct Contact adult leaders (Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Crew Advisors and Associate Advisors, etc.) have completed all of the trainings for their position.  Please get in touch with me about the trainings that your unit needs in order to ensure that your Scouts are benefiting from a Trained Leader!  Also, mark your calendars for BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) and IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills), which will be held the weekend of October 21-23 behind the Scout office.  Watch this blog for information on additional trainings as we schedule them!
  • By Fall 2017, ensure that every unit has at least one leader that has completed advanced Wood Badge training!  If no adult in your unit has completed Wood Badge, mark your calendars and sign up one of your adults today for our 2017 Wood Badge Course, which will are tentatively scheduled to be held at nearby K-M Scout Ranch the weekends of May 11-13, 2017 and June 1-3, 2017.
  • By Fall 2017, ensure that every Troop and Crew in our District has at lease one Scout that has completed National Youth Leadership Training (NYTrainedPatch.gifLT).  You may be able to still sign up for the NYLT course at K-M this coming June 19-25, 2016.  You can also sign up today for the 2017 NYLT course at K-M , which will be held June 18-24, 2017.

Why join me on this journey?  After all, the going may be hard.  However, I know that all of the Scout leaders in our District are up to it.  The end result will be delivering a better Scouting experience to the youth in our care, and a better program for every Scout.  So c’mon!  We are going to leave for that journey right away!  Get out your hiking shoes and join me!
Thanks!
Aaron Weissman,
Lewis and Clark District Training Chair
 

Outdoor Leader/Baloo Training, October 23-24

All Scouts Deserve a Trained Leader, and you have an opportunity to become trained in Basic Adult Leader Outdoor (BALOO) training and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) on the weekend of October 23-24.  All events will be held at the Scout office, 820 17th Avenue South.

Friday   23 October

6pm                Show time at the Scout Office

Set up your camp

9 pm               Cracker Barrel

10:30pm        Lights out

Saturday   24 October

7am                 Rise and Shine

7-8am              Breakfast

8:30                 Class Begins

12pm ish         Lunch

2-3pm              Class concludes, Clean up and go Home

All Participants will be camping out overnight on Friday in a TENT. You will be responsible for your dinner Friday night and breakfast on Saturday. Please register at the scout office ASAP.  There is a $5.00 fee for the class pay at the event.

Contact Mark King @1-775-537-8003 or Mike Lukas 406-799-8205