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Merit Badge Counselors, Commissioners, & District Members: Renew YPT!

You should have already received an email about this, but if you are a Merit Badge Counselor, Commissioner, or District volunteer please make sure your Youth Protection Training is renewed and valid by June 27th for the District Recharter!

If you are unsure about your YPT status, please don’t hesitate contact me.

True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.

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Don’t let your Scouts miss this opportunity for the Lifesaving Merit Badge!

What:  Lifesaving Merit Badge*
*Must have completed Second Class and First Class Swimming requirements and Swimming Merit Badge

Where:  Mitchell Pool at Electric City Water Park

When:  Friday July 31, 2015; 8am

Cost:  $20 per Scout (will also have access to Water Park until 5:45pm)

Contact:  Mark King
(775) 537-8003   Call or Text

Merit Badge Information:


Snow Sports Merit Badge Wrap-up

Thank you to all the Scouts and Scouters that made our snow sports merit badge/belt loop days at Showdown into a rousing success!  This event was well attended and everyone seemed to have a good time.

For those Boy Scouts that are finalizing their paperwork for the Snow Sports Merit Badge, Mr. Weissman and Dr. Jennings will hold a final classroom session on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m., at the LDS Stake Center at 1015 15th Ave S.  This classroom session will be held concurrently with the Boy Scout Roundtable.

During that final session, we will be going over requirements 1-4 for the merit badge (first aid, safety, avalanche awareness, etc.).  We will be prepared to sign blue cards for Scouts that have finished all merit badge requirements that this classroom session.

Snow Sports Merit Badge/Belt Loop Class at Showdown on 1/29

The second session of our District Snow Sports Merit Badge/Belt Loop class will be held at Showdown on Sunday, January 29.  There are a few logistics changes from the first class.

  1. All participants must sign up and pay beforehand at the Scout office by the end of the day on Thursday, January 26.  Rental forms and signup sheets are at the front desk at the Great Falls scout office.  Participants should make a check to “Showdown” and give it to the Scout office for their total.  Payment must be either check or cash for ther exact amount as the Scout Office can’t ring in payments for Showdown.
  2. Prices may be different from the first session.  The $25 learn to ski package is only appropriate if you are a beginning skier who still needs to begin at the magic carpet.  Pricing for more experienced participants is as follows:
    1. Adult all-area lift pass (13-69):  $32
    2. Junior all-area lift pass (6-12):  $17
    3. Beginner chair only lift pass:  $18
    4. Group lessons:  $12
    5. Ski, boot and pole rental:  $18
    6. Snowboard and boot rental:  $30
  3. Beginner participants who are not ready for the sluice-goose-caboose chair may still utilize the $25 learn to ski package.
  4. Participants should plan on arriving at Showdown by 9 a.m. on 1/29.  Participants should meet Aaron Weissman on the 3rd floor of the Showdown lodge by the Guest services office.
  5. Questions?  Call Aaron at 868-8982 or email chairman@lcmtbsa.org.

More Details for Snow Sports Merit Badge/Belt Loop participants

Snow Sports Merit Badge Participants:

We have had an INCREDIBLE response to this opportunity! Over 50 people are signed up to participate on 1/15 and/or 1/29!

If you have not already spoken with me about the particulars for your participation, please do so immediately.  My phone number is 868-8982.

A few details:

  • Individuals needing to rent equipment should go to the Showdown town office at Skiers Edge on Friday.  The town office is open noon – 5:30 p.m.  The town office will have a list of participants.  Please get your rental squared away and sign the release form there.
  • Please plan on arriving at Showdown NO LATER THAN 9 a.m. on Sunday.  Upon your arrival at Showdown, please go to the third floor of the lodge by the guest services office. I will be there to check you in and receive your payment.  Please have a check made out to Showdown with your drivers license and phone number in the amount we should have already discussed.
  • After you have checked in with me, please get your rental equipment and come back to the third  floor where we will have class information posted.
  • Boy Scouts should have blue cards.  All Scouts should have paper and a writing implement.  Merit Badge/Belt Loop worksheets will be provided.

If you have any questions, please call me at 868-8982!

Snow Sports Merit Badge/Belt Loop/Pin Class details

As part of the Merit Badge Pow-Wow, we will be offering the Snow Sports Merit badge on Sunday, January 15 and Sunday, January 29.  In order to avoid a conflict with Scout Sunday, the class scheduled for February 5 has been cancelled.

Classes will be offered for the Snow Sports Merit Badge and the Snow Sports Belt Loop/Pin.  Scouts signing up for the merit badge must contact Aaron Weissman at chairman@lcmtbsa.org by the end of the day on January 11.

Cub Scouts can attend either or both sessions of the class.  Any attendance should be enough to earn the belt loop.  The pin will require attendance at both classes.  Siblings are welcome for the Cub Scout class.

Boy Scouts should attend both classes in order to earn most of the requirements for the merit badge.  Boy Scouts are expected to bring their own blue cards and merit badge books.  We will provide copies of the worksheets available at meritbadge.org.  Depending on Boy Scout registrations, we will be scheduling some time with the ski patrol for first aid/avalanche training.

All attendees should bring paper and a writing implement.

For both Boy Scouts and Cubs, the class will begin at 10 a.m. at Showdown Ski area.  Aaron will be at the Lodge by 8:45 a.m. each day.  Please report to him as soon as you arrive at Showdown.  Please have your equipment rental finished before we begin class at 10 a.m.

We will meet on the third floor of the lodge, outside the guest services office at 10 a.m.  The class will run for two hours  in the morning, break for lunch (on your own) and meet again at 1 p.m. for two more hours.  For boys without experience in skiing and needing to rent gear and lift tickets, the cost should be $25.  Contact Aaron with your particulars for a specific cost estimate.

Snow Sports Merit Badge Opportunities

Are you ready for Winter fun? Like it or not, the white stuff is coming down, and here in Northcentral Montana, that means that many of us will be getting ready for opportunities skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing!

This year, the District will be offering the Snow Sports Merit Badge as an addition to the upcoming Merit Badge Pow-Wow.  Each Sunday following the Pow-Wow, we will be teaching the Snow Sports Merit Badge at Showdown Ski area.  If at least 20 Scouts sign up for the merit badge, then we can offer group rates.  Confirmed instructors so far are Dr. Peter Jennings, Aaron Weissman and Ben Haugen.  Please comment below or send an email to Aaron Weissman at aaron@weissman.com if you are interested.

If there is enough interest, we will also offer the Snow Ski and Board Sports Belt Loop and Pin for Cub Scouts.

In addition, Troop 7 Assistant Scoutmaster and Showdown Ski Patroller Tony Malisani will be also teaching the merit badge and making it available to any Scout in the District.  If you are interested in taking the merit badge, please show up at their meeting tomorrow, as discussed in the comment below:

Troop 7 invites any Scout to earn the Snow Sports merit badge. First Snow Sports Merit Badge Class will be held during Troop 7s Meeting 7:30 PM THIS THURSDAY December 1st at Christ United Methodist Church 2900 – 9th Ave South (one block off 10th Ave South behind the Dairy Queen at 29th St across from Lion’s Park). Contact Troop7Scoutmaster@bresnan.net for info or just show up!

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.