This week in Scouts: March 15

Happy Montana Council Day! (We are Council 315, get it?!?) It was a great week for Scouting in the Lewis & Clark District.

Thank you to Troop 007 for hosting me at your Court of Honor on Sunday. It was a fun evening. On Monday, Troop 14 invited me to attend their Court of Honor. The SPL ran a great meeting! Congratulations to all of the Scouts on their rank advancement and well done earning all of those Merit Badges.

Scouting for Food has been the hot topic of the week. Laura B. has been busy distributing flyers, maps, rubber bands, and bags. I am incredibly grateful for all her hard work. If you need information about the Scouting for Food or additional supplies please contact Laura. Sean L. is doing a radio interview on KGPR to promote the Food Drive, too.

Say yes to adventures at Day Camp 2019!The Cub Scout Day Camp Committee met this week and they are working hard to plan an exciting camp. The theme is “Under the Sea” and you can register you Cub for Day Camp online today. If you are interested in helping with Day Camp, Stephen would love to hear from you!

On Saturday, Scouts are invited to walk in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 1:30 pm. We will march down Central Avenue celebrating Scouting and St Patrick. Wear your Field Uniform and meet at the corner of Park Drive and 1st Ave S at 1:15. Candy and trinkets will be provided.

Coming up next week is the Choteau Investment in Character and Leadership Dinner on Friday at 6:30.

ICYMI: 2018 Council Camporee: Help Needed

The 2018 Montana Council Camporee will take place June 14-17th at the Broadwater County Fairgrounds in Townsend, MT. All are invited– Cubs, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers.
Registration is now open, so get your reservation in today!
More information about this exciting event can be found on the Council Web Site: 2018 Montana Council Camporee
Register by March 1st, receive free registration for units Scoutmaster and SPL
Help Needed:
We are looking for staff for the following areas:

  • OA Dirty Jobs Crew (youth and adult)
  • District Events
  • 2-4 trained medical staff
  • General staffers
  • Cub Scout Activities

If you are interested in being a member of staff please email: councilcamporee@gmail.com.
Districts wanted:
In order to provide some of the best events possible at the camporee, we need districts to help sponsor and administer some of the activities.
These activities include:

  • Water Transfer
  • Ga Ga Pit (more than one)
  • OA Village
  • Human Foosball
  • Monkey Bridge
  • Branding/Crosscut Saw
  • Ice Cave
  • Giant Kerplunk
  • Rope Making
  • Tomahawks
  • Mountain Bikes
  • BB-Guns
  • Obstacle Course
  • Woggle Tying
  • Low Cope Course
  • Rope Making

If you would like to volunteer and head up one of these activities please contact the Council Camporee Administration at: councilcamporee@gmail.com
Need more inspiration? Check out this video from our last camporee in 2014.

College of Commissioner Science in the Flathead

Fellow Scouters,
It has been five years since the last College of Commissioner Science was held here in the Northwest corner of the state. We have scheduled a course for April 21st here in Kalispell. In order for this to be a success we need to know how many are interested in attending this one day training. The cost is $30.00 which includes your books, patch and lunch. Classes will start at 8:30am and run until 5:00pm. We have to have at least 20 participants to make this a go.

Even though this course was written for commissioners at all levels it is a must for all involved in the Scouting program. All Unit Leaders, COR’s, Unit Committee Chairman, Committee Members, District and Council Members should attend this course.

I have attached the Bachelors Program to give you an idea of what is actually going to happen the day of training. Also is a list of the classes that will be taught by specific programs for those wanting to obtain their Masters (2nd year) and PHD (3rd year).

From three years straight (2005-2007) the course had over 35 Scouter’s in attendance each year. This shows you how in demand this course is.

I need to know if their are at least 20 Scouters interested in attending so the planning for this can begin. Pass this on to your units. Please send me a quick response with your name and what level you would be taking. An official registration sign up sheet will be coming out as soon as we have a location.

In the Spirit of Scouting,
Jim Atkinson
1-406-249-6765

BCS Timeline 120421.pdf

CCS_curriculum.pdf