Camp Rotary Notes

Those boys wishing to compete in the SPEED fire starting need to bring their own
Flint and Steel and tinder of their choosing ( no chemicals)
There will be three prizes for fastest times
These items need to be CARRIED BY THE USER
Not the sled
Tim Locke……788-0324

News from Camp Rotary

The snow is falling and gathering ever deeper at camp…..
There is no sound except for the rhythmic crunch,crunch,crunch of a heavy footstep in the snow, the being stops at every window……..peering in…..waiting. The tracks are all over circling the camp. He knows that soon they will be arriving,many of them,unaware of his presence,his patience,his ability to wait…wait…wait. Soon … will be soon
Are you ready for what lies in store
At Haunted Klondike?

News from Camp Rotary

I was notified today that the construction crews at Camp Rotary have packed their gear and left in a big panic………….
It seems that some strange things are going on there. There are reports of lights coming on at odd hours of the night.Things are coming up missing and many items are mysteriously moving to strange locations. Such as an air compressor  that was found upside down in the creek and tools strewn about the camp. One man reported that the toilets were flushing backward and  creating havoc.The crew claims they cannot sleep at night because of the howling of some tormented beast that continues until the dawn……………..
As it stands……we are on our own at Klondike. Maybe we should rethink this camp  out!
Are you still up for this?

"Haunted Klondike"

Something unsettling is going on at Camp Rotary………….
It was a dark and stormy night and as the torrential rain washed away the mud left over from the removal of Cabin #7 a grizzly sight revealed itself. Amid the mud gleamed the  tormented face of a skeleton that had been there for decades. The construction crew noticed  the tattered remains of a Vintage Scout Uniform and grasped in the skeletal fist was the remains of what looked like a wolfs skull. Unknown to them a Scout Leader came up missing on a Camporee Recon in 1940…………..
His name was Aloysious McGillicuddy
What happened here so long ago can only be speculated. We can only guess…..but it is certain that the ghost of that long ago Scout Leader will be visiting us this “HAUNTED KLONDIKE!”
More to Come
Forrest C LaBelle

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 … 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




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




Human Bowling


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




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 was a Rousing Success!

About 80 boys and 40 adults enjoyed this past weekend camping at Camp Rotary for Klondike, with 10 patrols representing nine separate units!  Many boys were heard to remark that this was one of the best camporees that they had ever attended!

Boys attending for the weekend earned 5 frost points.

Congratulations to Troop 28 for winning the Camporee Trophy and to Camp Director Rex Jewett and the camping committee for putting on a wonderful event!

Photos from the event are posted on the District’s Facebook page.  Please ‘like’ our page to be part of the conversation!

Be Prepared for Klondike

20120116-065455.jpgThe Klondike Derby is in less than a week, and it is snowing at Camp Rotary!

Be Prepared for all weather conditions at Klondike! Overnight temps will be sufficient so that Scouts should be able to earn frost points toward their 100 degrees of frost patch.

Camping committee member Bob Dowdy has the following message for participants:

From: Robert A Dowdy
Subject: Klondike

This time next week we will be at Klondike. Would send out a reminder for the leaders? I want them to go over winter safety and proper clothing with the scouts, on the Webelos side they need to talk to the parents. We want a fun and safe event. If the Webelos are going to have a fire in the lodge they are going to need to have a adult on fire watch at all times.

January District Meeting and Agenda

Boy Scouts of America

Montana Council

Lewis and Clark District

District Roundtable and Meeting

LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S

January 3, 2012

  1. Roundtables/Training Features of the Month, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  2. Opening Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the December meeting
  4. Welcome, introductions and recognitions
    • Introducing Jason Holden as Finance Chair
    • Are you interested in serving as PR chair? We need your help!
  5. Old/New Business (break into committee meetings for 15-30 minutes)
    1. Upcoming Events – Scout Week, Klondike Derby and Snow Sports Merit Badge Class
    2. Upcoming Trainings – Merit badge Pow-wow, Wood Badge 2012, Powderhorn 2012
    3. Medicine River Scout Center
  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
    • 2012 Friends of Scouting Campaign Kickoff
    • Journey to Excellence Status Report
  9. Other Business
  10. Closing Ceremony
  11. Adjournment. Next meeting February 7, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South

Lewis and Clark District – a Centennial Quality District