Learning Knots, but not for naught!

Troop 26;

I hope that you enjoyed making rope on Monday! Remember, one of the 10 essentials that everyone is supposed to have in their packs is 10 feet of rope. If you didn’t get a chance to make rope on Monday, we can make a point to bring out the ropemaking tools again this Spring.

To all parents, committee members and adults: We will have holding a committee meeting tonight at 6:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. Agenda items include Troop Committee Challenge training, a demonstration of the new online advancement tracking software scoutbook.com, Troop financial reports and Christmas Party planning. Please make a point to attend this meeting.

For the next several meetings we will be working on our knot and rope skills! We will be working on our knots this coming Monday (11/24), 7pm at Trinity Lutheran. In addition to your Scout book (which you should bring to each and every meeting), please also bring a length of rope on Monday for knot practice. For those of you older Scouts, we will also need your help teaching the younger boys.

Both Patrols should be preparing for the “Zombie Apocalypse” Klondike Derby! Patrol Leaders, please be ready to discuss your progress on the items you need to bring to the campout at each meeting between now and the Derby. Please hold regular meetings with your Patrols to work on them. The program is available at http://bit.ly/1qrcpNZ .

Have a great Scouting Week!

Mr. Weissman

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

Helping Those in Need and Paying for the Popcorn

Troop 26;

Thank you to those that came to our Scout meeting last night, and congratulations to Zaiden Lawrence for being awarded Best Camper for our campout this past weekend!

I still need 2-3 Scouts to volunteer to help deliver leftover Halloween candy to the Rescue Mission tonight or tomorrow. If I can’t get a few Scouts to volunteer, I will have to let the organizers know ASAP. If you can give up about 15 minutes of your time this afternoon/evening or tomorrow, please get back to me as soon as possible.

On Friday evening from 5-8pm, there will be a dinner fundraiser for a 33 year old mother with terminal breast cancer at the Black Eagle Community Center, and our troop has been asked to help bus tables and serve the meal. Opportunities like this are a good part of the reason that we have the Boy Scouts of America, and I expect every Scout in our Troop to help out. Of course, this will count toward your service hours for your next rank, and this event does qualify you for a Messengers of Peace ring around your Scouting World Crest. If you can be there by 4:30pm, you will be served dinner. Please get back to me with your confirmation that you can help out and the times you will be available. Class A uniforms, please!

We will be beginning work on ropes, knots and lashings at our meeting this coming Monday, November 17, 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. On Monday, we will be learning how to make rope! For the older Scouts who have done this before, please make a point to attend to help teach the younger Scouts. At this meeting, you are also responsible to turn in the remainder of the funds you owe for the popcorn you sold.

Our Troop has to write a very big check very soon for that popcorn. We need you to turn in the remainder of those funds by Monday. I would like to express a very large thank you to Tonya Frost, who served as our Popcorn chair during our sale. Thank you also to Laura Detrick, who has taken over for her to finalize the accounting for our popcorn sale. Laura has prepared some audited popcorn invoices/reports for every boy that sold that show the amount you still owe. I will be sending those to you individually today. Remember, deliver your corn and turn in the rest of your popcorn money by Monday, November 17!

Finally, today is Veteran’s Day and it is worth pausing to reflect on those that have spent time in uniform serving our country. Many gave their life and health so that we could enjoy the freedom we hold so dear. Take some time today and thank a vet for their service! Many of your adult leaders are active duty servicemen or veterans, including Mike Lukas, John Dresel, Steve Boyd, Laura Detrick, Richard Elkins and Jeremy Adams (I apologize if I missed your name on this list). Please take some time today to thank those that have given years of their life to keep us free.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

Abbreviated Troop Meeting on Monday, November 10, important popcorn information

Troop 26;

We had a great Panther Patrol campout at Many Pines Campground near Neihart this weekend. Grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, hiking Memorial Falls, steak dinner and more. There are some photos of the campout up on our Troop Facebook page; go check them out! If your patrol would like to schedule a campout anytime, we can make that happen. Talk to your patrol leader and we can go camping.

We will have a very brief Troop meeting on Monday evening at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. In addition to awarding best camper from the campout this weekend, we have a few volunteer opportunities to discuss:

* We have been asked to have a few Scouts help out on an afternoon on Tuesday or Wednesday this week to help deliver leftover Halloween candy to children at the Rescue Mission. I need a few volunteers that might want to be on the news for that event.

* On Friday, November 14 from 5-8pm there will be a fundraiser for a woman with cancer in our community. They need some Scouts to help serve dinner to those attending the fundraiser. I need volunteers so that we can help do this good turn for our community.

Finally, I hope that your popcorn delivery is going well. Please read the message below from Mrs. Detrick regarding the “extra” popcorn we are trying to sell.

Thanks, and see you tomorrow evening! We should be done before 8pm.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

From Laura Detrick

Some of you have been asking whether there are extras that can be sold. All of the extras have been checked out.

If you want to get some of the troop extras, you would need to speak with someone who has taken it out. Below is a list of who has checked out what. You would then need to let Laura know so we can update the chart.

If you want to give some troop extras to someone who has asked for them, you must let Laura know so that we can update the chart and you are no longer charged for them.

Unless we are notified by both receiver and giver, for each item, you will continue to be responsible and charged for items as last reported.

There has been word that there have already been several trades. Everyone will be charged only as last reported.

The chart at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iGELNyMTAsEHEtIn-zX6byxD6rBU1kkPCxfw70Q6y68/edit?usp=sharing should be the most up-to-date. Please check it to be sure your changes are updated.

(Tristan is not charged for his items as they were re-allocated to correct mistakes in order form interpretation and have already been paid.)

Thank you!

Scout who checked CsL CCC WCP KC UB BL CC Nuts D&W Buff CC PC
Extras Out Date 0 4 8 4 4 2 7 2 1 4 5
Missing Nov 06 1
Max Nov 06 1 1
Brendan Nov 06 4 4 1 1
Ryan Nov 06 1
Zaiden Nov 06 1 2 2 3 2
Tristen Nov 06 -2 2 1 1
Marco Nov 06 2 1 2 3 2 3 1 1
Totals of Checked Out
Retail Still on Hand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iGELNyMTAsEHEtIn-zX6byxD6rBU1kkPCxfw70Q6y68/edit?usp=sharing

All Scouts MUST Pick Up Popcorn Orders TONIGHT

Troop 26;

Our Popcorn order is here!

We have been given permission to use the warehouse at Cascade County Aging Services (1801 Benefis Ct, Great Falls, Mt 59405) tonight to distribute your popcorn. We will be able to get into the warehouse tonight at 5:30pm. We need help from any and all adults that can help us sort the popcorn. Please come and help us.

We can start releasing the popcorn to Scouts after the Troop’s order is sorted. ALL POPCORN MUST BE PICKED UP TONIGHT.

So, see you tonight at Cascade County Aging Services so that you can pick up your popcorn order! Thank you in advance for all of your help.

In order to give some time for boys to deliver their popcorn, we will not leave for the campout this weekend until Saturday morning. We will discuss our leaving time tonight at popcorn pickup. If I do not have your med form or permission slip, I will need it before we leave. I will have blank copies with me. The weather looks like it will be great for our campout this weekend, there is still time to join us!

See you tonight!

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

Popcorn, Campouts and Rope, oh my!

Troop 26;

Thank you all very much for your attention and help at our calendar conference last night! I think that we were able to schedule a fun and active group of activities for the coming year.

Our Troop calendar is available for you to view at our website, troop26greatfalls.com. In addition, with many thanks to Mrs. Larios, all of the events on that Troop calendar will also be posted as events on our Troop Facebook page. If anyone wants a printed copy of the calendar, please let me know and I will try to make that happen.

Popcorn pickup is this coming Thursday evening. For those of you helping to pick our order from the District, please be at the North 40 Outfitter warehouse on North Star Boulevard at 5:30pm on Thursday. From there, we will travel to our Troop distribution site, which will (hopefully) be the Cascade County Aging Services warehouse. I will be sending another note later this week with the time and exact location where you can pick up your popcorn. We need everyone who sold popcorn to pick up their order on Thursday evening.

We have a fun campout at Many Pines Campground near Neihart scheduled for this weekend! We will be leaving on Friday evening at 5pm from the Washington Building parking lot (1015 1st Ave N). If there is snow this weekend, we will be sledding and snowshoeing. If not, plan for some hikes at Memorial Falls and near Showdown ski area. BE PREPARED FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS INCLUDING SNOW AND RAIN.

One of the things we will be doing this weekend will be learning to prepare food over an open fire; we are not planning on setting up the cook stoves. Our menu includes breakfast burritos, a lunch of grilled cheese sandwiches / tomato soup and a steak dinner.

If you are not yet signed up for the campout this weekend and you would like to attend, please get in touch with me as soon as possible. All participants need to return a permission slip. If you have not filled out a med form this year, I will need you to complete one of these as well (A and B only). I have attached a blank permission slip and med form to this email. We should return by Sunday morning.

For the remainder of the calendar year, the PLC has decided to work on ropes, knots and pioneering! We will be making rope at our meeting on November 17, working on knots at our meeting on November 24 and learning lashing and pioneering on December 1 and December 8. Our Troop Christmas Party will be December 15.

Have a great week, and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening to pick up popcorn and camping with you this weekend.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

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Calendar Meeting and Campout Planning on Monday

Troop 26;

You did a GREAT job at the Rescue Mission on Monday! I am very proud of the work that you all did to do a Good Turn for the less fortunate in our community. You can see photos of the event on our Troop Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/1xEt2En

This coming Monday, we will be going back to our normal schedule of meeting at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran. At the meeting on Monday we will be accomplishing two things:

  • We will have our annual calendar conference to schedule all of our events until September, 2015, and
  • We will be finalizing plans for the campout we have scheduled for the weekend of November 8 at Many Pines Campground.

Please come to that meeting prepared with your school and organization calendars so that we can schedule a fun set of activities for the year that minimize conflicts with your school, sport and church calendars!

We will still have a Patrol Leader’s Council meeting beginning at 6pm on Monday. If you have a position of responsibility in the Troop (Patrol Leader, SPL, ASPL, Quartermaster, etc.) please also attend that PLC meeting.

The following weekend we are going camping in the Little Belt Mountains! We have yet to determine whether we are leaving on Friday or Saturday and a number of details for the campout. One thing is to be sure; this will be camping in the Mountains in November. Please be prepared for all weather conditions. For any Scout that has not yet reached First Class rank, please bring your gear, packed, so that we can do a bag check. Changes of dry clothes, gloves and hats will be very important, as will a sleeping bag rated for under 20 degrees.

Have a Great Scouting weekend, and I look forward to seeing you at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Yours in Scouting,

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

Rescue Mission Tonight, 5:15pm

Troop 26;

I hope that you all had a great time at the Veterinary Clinic tour last week. I was particularly impressed with the padded room that they use for procedures on horses. Veterinarian seems to be a fairly intense job! Many thanks to Dr. Jennings for making that tour possible.

Scoutings Motto is to Do A Good Turn Daily. The Good Turn we have scheduled for tonight is to serve a meal for the less fortunate at the Great Falls Rescue Mission. We are serving at 5:30pm; please make a point to be at the Rescue Mission promptly by 5:15pm wearing your full Class A uniform. We need all of your help to make this Good Turn happen.

Next week will be our November Patrol Leader’s Council and our annual calendar conference. Please come to that meeting with our family and organizational calendars so that we can schedule a lot of fun Scouting activities for the coming year.

Finally, please remember that we have our November campout scheduled for the weekend of November 8. One of the things that we still need to determine is our schedule and program for that campout. We will discuss part of this tonight.

Yours in Scouting,

Mar. Weissman

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

Vet Clinic Tour this coming Monday

First Aid Competition
Troop 26;

I hope that you all enjoyed our First Aid competition this past Monday! Over the course of the year, we will be doing more moulage trainings like this. Both teams did a great job treating our “injuries!”

This coming Monday, October 20, Dr. Jennings will be giving us a tour of the Skyline Veterinary Clinic, 3700 Havre Highway. Please make a point to be at the clinic by 6:30pm, and please also make a point to bring your worksheets showing the work you have completed this far on the Pets and Dog Care merit badges. Please wear your Class A field uniform for this tour.

The following Monday evening, October 27, we will be serving a meal at the Rescue Mission. There is a time change from my last note, the Rescue Mission would like us there by 5:15pm, as they start serving by 5:30pm. If you need a ride in order to show up on time, please let me know as soon as possible. Again, please wear your Class A uniform for this unit of service to the less privileged in our community.

Our November 3 meeting will be our annual calendar conference. Please attend that meeting with all of your personal calendars as we will be completing our schedule through next September at that meeting.

Yours in Scouting,

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America

First Aid Competition Tonight – remember your Popcorn forms

Troop 26;

I hope that you all had a great weekend! We will be having a First Aid competition at our regularly scheduled Troop meeting tonight, 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, please make a point to bring your first aid kits and review any and all first aid in your handbooks. Anything covered in your books for Tenderfoot through First Class rank is fair game for the competition! I have listed a summary of those skills below.

Please remember to bring your Popcorn forms and any money you have collected so far to the meeting! Mrs. Frost has some great weekly prizes she will be giving out to top sellers. Last week, Michael (our top seller for the week) won some free passes to the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman! What will the top seller win this week? Come to the meeting to find out.

At our last meeting, the Troop decided to have a campout during the weekend of November 8 in the Little Belts. If there is snow, we will have snowshoeing and sledding at this campout. If not, we will have some Fall nature hikes at gorgeous locations like Memorial Falls. Please make room on your calendar to join us at this campout.

I look forward to seeing you at the meeting tonight!

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

First Aid

Master the following skills:

  • First aid for relatively minor emergencies including minor cuts and burns, blisters, bites, nosebleed, frostbite, sunburn, poisonous plants, eye injuries, and heat exhaustion; bandgage ankle, head, arm, and collarbone (see Tenderfoot requirements 11 and most of Tenderfoot requirement12b, part of Second Class requirement 6c, and First Class requirement 8b)
  • First aid for more serious emergencies including choking, stopped breathing, serious bleeding, poisoning, rabid bite, snakebite, shock, heatstroke, hypothermia, and heart attack (see Tenderfoot requirement 12a, Second Class requirement 6a, most of Second Class requirement 6c, some of Tenderfoot requirement 12b, and First Class requirement 8d)
  • Transport injured (see First Class requirement 8d)
  • Make a first aid kit (see Second Class requirement 6b)

Read in the Boy Scout Handbook pages 59 (poisonous plants), and 288-329 (first aid).

Materials needed include would cleaning and bandaging material for practice, moleskin for practice, splinting material for practice, a first aid kit for demonstration, materials for making personal first aid kits, and a Boy Scout Handbook.

October Troop Schedule

Troop 26;

I hope that you all had fun at our Troop meeting last night. We were able to make a number of decisions regarding our program for the next months and completed a small service project for Trinity Lutheran.

Our upcoming schedule looks like a lot of fun! Our next troop meeting will be Monday, October 13 at 7pm. At this meeting, we will have the First Aid competition we originally had scheduled for last night. Please make a point to review all of the First Aid in your Scout book that is required for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks. You will have to demonstrate that you can treat any and all of those injuries at our competition.

In addition, I hope that you have all enjoyed the Zulu Toss gathering game that we have been having from 6:45 to 7pm for the last month. We will have another game of Zulu Toss next week. However, please come to the meeting with ideas for other gathering games we can start playing while we are waiting for the meeting to start. Here are some ideas: http://scoutermom.com/tag/gathering-activities/

On October 20, Dr. Jennings has agreed to give us a tour of Skyline Veterinary Clinic. Please make a point to meet at the clinic in your Class A uniform at 6:30pm on October 20.

On October 27, we will be doing a Good Turn for our community by serving a meal at the Great Falls Rescue Mission. It is very important to help out those less fortunate than ourselves, and I cannot think of a better way of doing so than this unit of service. Please make a point to meet at the Rescue Mission in your Class A uniform at 6pm on October 27.

Moving forward into November, we will have our annual calendar conference at our meeting on Monday, November 3. At that meeting, we will commit to paper our schedule through September, 2015. Please bring your family and organization calendars with you to that meeting.

Finally, we are going to have a last campout for 2014 during the weekend of November 7-8. We are going to try and have this campout at King’s Hill campground near Showdown. If there is snow, we will do some snowshoeing and sledding. If no snow, we will have some fun hikes in the area. More information to come on this campout!

Have a great week, and remember to study your First Aid for the competition this coming Monday!

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

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