Montana Council Annual Meeting Information and Registration

Don’t forget to register for the 2012 Annual Meeting!

It is not too late to register for the 2012 Annual Meeting, Missoula, May 4-5!  The Council has much to celebrate and we want you to be there!

This year’s Annual Meeting promises a rousing good time with western style and hospitality in all the meetings and events. We kick open the doors Friday, with our new “Scouter Appreciation Night,” at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Headquarters!  Come see some of the largest Trophy Elk in the World and celebrate your district’s performance, the power of volunteerism, and the Sprit of Scouting!

Saturday’s lineup includes the Wood Badge/Powder Horn breakfast, our Area Journey to Excellence review, Youth-Protection training, special seminars, Friends of Scouting Report and Recognition, our famous Awards Luncheon, Annual meeting, reception and Silver Beaver Dinner – all hosted at the Hilton’s Doubletree hotel in downtown Missoula.

Come be part of the best Annual Meeting that we have had to date!

Call 406-761-6000 and talk to Michelle to register.  Tickets are $85 for full registration including Friday night and all Saturday events and meals.  Individual event tickets are also available.

For more information and registration please click here www.montanabsa.org

April Roundtable and District Meeting Agenda

Boy Scouts of America

Montana Council
Lewis and Clark District
District Roundtable and Meeting
LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Ave S
April 3, 2012

  1. Roundtables/Training Features of the Month, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.:
    1. Cub topics:
      • District Calendar Review;
      • Internet resources, are they worth it?
      • Establishing unit traditions.
    2. Boy Scout topics:
      • National Youth Leader Training
      • National Jamboree
  2. Opening Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the March meeting
  4. Welcome, introductions and recognitions
  5. Old/New Business (break into committee meetings for 15-30 minutes)
    1. Upcoming Events – District Awards Banquet, Deadline for registrations for 2013 National Jamboree, Council Annual Meeting
    2. Upcoming Trainings – Leader Specific Training, Outdoor Leader Training, Wood Badge 2012, Powderhorn 2012
    3. Medicine River Scout Center
    4. Camping Committee:  Trail to First Class; Spring Camporee
    5. Scouting for Food report
  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
    • Summer Camping and Individual Scout rank advancement in Unit, District and Council Journey to Excellence grading
  9. Other Business
  10. Closing Ceremony
  11. Adjournment. Next meeting April 3, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at LDS Stake Center, 1015 15th Avenue South

Lewis and Clark District – a Centennial Quality District

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
406-249-6765
theskinnypope@yahoo.com

Attachments:

Voice of the Scout

How are we doing?  What can we improve upon?

These are questions that Scouting is attempting to answer with its new “Voice of the Scout” initiative.  In the Spring and the Fall, volunteers throughout Scouting will receive email questionnaires from national Scouting about the Scouting program.

As a unit, you should make sure that all of your parents, volunteers and Scouts over the age of 14 have their email address listed in ScoutNet.  You can ensure that this is done by giving a list to our District Executive, or by filling out this handy-dandy form on our website!  Doing so is now one of the criteria we must pass in order to receive unit, District or Council Journey to Excellence recognition.  If your email address is not listed, please get it to us as soon as possible.

As a Scouter, Scoutparent or older Scout, if you receive a questionnaire, please take a few minutes to fill it out.

Scout Sunday and Scout Shabbat

20120131-180901.jpgScout week is coming! As part of our celebration of Scouting’s 102nd birthday, we will be commemorating Scout Sunday on February 5 and Scout Shabbat on February 11.

P.R.A.Y. and the Jewish Committee on Scouting have put together a beautiful pair of patches to mark Scout Shabbat and Scout Sunday. To earn the patches, simply attend religious services in your Scout uniform.

As the Great Falls Jewish Community will not be meeting in February, Scouts wishing to earn the Scout Shabbat patch should attend those services as noted at aitzchaim.com.

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

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!

Updates on the Klondike

From: Dave Mikulecky
Subject: Updates on the Klondike
Date: January 16, 2012 9:36:57 PM MST

The boys should all have a change of clothes plus extra socks gloves etc.
You will need to bring your fire wood for cooking or what ever you are going to cook with. 
You will also need to bring your own water to cook with and wash with.  There will be no cooking or washing facilities available.
The road from the highway to the camp is approximately 2-3 miles long and is basically a one way road.  We have arraigned for plowing but it might be a good idea to bring tire chains and a tow chain or rope.  I have always found that when I have them I don’t need them and when I don’t have them I need them. 
Also be sure that you have enough rope and poles for event # 6 Hoist a log and event #10 Tying 8 knots.
As the Cubs will be staying in the Main Lodge they will be in charge of cleaning it up.  Bring supplies!!!
Due to the limited parking area, it may be necessary for some to come into camp and unload and then go back and park at or near the Lazy Doe.
Good Luck and see you there.
Dave M

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.