Tents, Cycling and Swimming: Oh My!

Troop 26;

It is supposed to be very, very hot for the next several days. Please make a point to stay hydrated at all times, especially when you are enjoying our Montana Summer! If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! In this heat, you should drink one full liter water bottle per hour when you are active and outside.

Our Quartermaster, Marco Larios, has just completed a survey of all of our troop tents. As we will be taking sixteen Scouts to Summer camp, we will need at least eight complete tents in good order. Unfortunately, there were only SIX tents in the trailer, and none of them were complete. We will be repairing poles at the next several meetings until we have all ten complete tents turned in to the Quartermaster.

If you have one of our missing tents (missing one red, one yellow, one orange, one blue), please bring it to our next meeting on Monday, June 29 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church (1226 1st Avenue North). For those able, please also bring the following tools that will help us repair tents: hacksaw, vice, scissors, lighter, spray silicone and PATIENCE.

We cancelled our Troop cycling ride yesterday due to lack of participation. If you would like to complete a 10miler for the cycling merit badge on Thursday, July 2 please register with me by July 1. Our Troop rides are a lot of fun, and usually involve a stop for ice cream at the half way point. Remember, cycling merit badge is an eagle required badge and this is a good opportunity to begin working on it.

Speaking of Eagle required MBs, the City of Great Falls is offering Swimming and Lifesaving MBs at the Mitchell Pool this Summer. The program is led by none other than our own Kyle Gilles! Kyle is the head city lifeguard this Summer. The program, which costs $20, will give you a morning of merit badge/swimming instruction and then get you full access to the water park for the rest of the day. Are you interested in signing up for Friday, July 3? We need a minimum of 10 Scouts to sign up to make it a go. If you would like to register please let me know by Monday, June 29.

Finally, on Monday please make a point to congratulate Tyler Kiamas and Michael Frost for completing the National Youth Leadership Training course, and Ryan Detrick, Daniel Stone, Tyler Liamas and Michael Frost for completing their Ordeal to become members of the Order of the Arrow!

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

No Troop Meeting Tonight! Bike Ride on Thursday, though.

Troop 26;

What a wonderful weekend! Eleven Scouts enjoyed hiking up Porphery Peak, carrying everything they needed for a weekend of camping and service. I know that the skiers who enjoy Showdown Ski Area will appreciate the day of service clearing saplings from King’s Ridge and Good Luck. Many thanks to Ben Haugen for his sharing his hospitality and expertise! Photos are up for all to share on the Troop Facebook page.

There will be NO Troop meeting tonight. However, your Quartermaster is working on a project to ensure that we have enough Troop tents in serviceable condition to take to Summer Camp. We will need eight tents to accommodate all sixteen boys attending! Please call Marco and offer your help with that project.

We will be riding a 10-miler for the Cycling Merit Badge on Thursday, June 25. Plan to leave the Knickerbiker parking lot at 6pm. Three boys rode last week and enjoyed ice cream at Coldstone! The ride will only happen if you contact me in advance to let me know you are coming.

Next Troop meeting will be Monday, July 29. Details on that meeting will be forthcoming later this week. At that meeting, please give your congratulations to LT and Michael, who served as Camp Staff at the Cub Scout Day Camp last week and who are currently going through National Youth Leadership Training at K-M Scout Ranch.

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

Cycling and Hiking R US!

Troop 26;

I hope that you had a nice time disc golfing last night! I had a lot of fun, and hope that we can schedule more Summer meetings there to work on our game.

How about a bike ride? The Troop will lead another 10 mile ride this coming Thursday (June 18) at 6pm, meeting at the Knickerbiker parking lot. The ride will be led by Mr. Nowell and Mrs. Weissman. If everyone brings a few dollars for ice cream we will stop at the half-way point to make it happen. Remember; cycling merit badge is Eagle required and this is a great way to get started on your path to earning it.

Our Showdown hike and campout is this weekend! I hope you are all looking forward to a fun and meaningful weekend. We will meet and depart from Trinity Lutheran Church (1226 1st Ave N) at 5:30pm on Friday, June 19. I will have blank permission slips to sign at our departure. You can also print out a permission slip from the Showdown hike event page at Scoutbook.com. The Troop will be providing water at the top of the mountain; other than that you must bring all of your own food for the weekend. Please also bring enough water for the hike.

As we will be performing a forestry service project for the GF Ski Club, please bring hedge trimmers and work gloves for Saturday. The Troop will drive the tools to the top of the mountain; you do not have to carry them up.

Parents and family members are welcome to join us for a campfire program on Saturday evening on the top of the mountain. You will have to park in the Showdown parking lot and walk to the top, however. We will depart on Sunday as soon as we have patrolled our campsite for FOD and hiked back to the parking lot. Please expect us back in Great Falls by early to mid morning so that everyone can enjoy Father’s Day with their families.

There will be NO meeting on Monday, June 22. This would be a great time for Patrols to meet for an activity (more disc golf, anyone)? Patrol Leaders, I encourage you to plan an activity for your Patrols for that day.

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

Cycling Merit Badge ride tomorrow evening?

Troop 26;

I am sorry for sending two messages in one day. Are any of you are interested in going on a 10 mile ride for cycling merit badge tomorrow evening? If so, please call me and we can arrange for a fun ride that just might stop for ice-cream at the halfway point. Reminder: Cycling is an Eagle required merit badge.

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

Disc Golf and Bag Drag

Troop 26;

I hope that you all enjoyed Ryan Foley’s presentation on Monday. I certainly learned a lot about backpacking that I didn’t know beforehand.

Next week we will be meeting at Overlook Park at 7pm on Monday, June 15 for an evening of disc golf. If you have disc golf equipment, please mark your name on it and bring it! Families are also welcome to play.

The meeting will also be a bag check for our Showdown hike that next weekend. Please bring your packed bag for inspection. Remember; food is on-your-own for this campout and everything except water must be hauled. We will have several Troop tents there so that they can be divvied up and put in your packs.

For our Showdown hike, we will leave on Friday after work and hike the mountain on Friday evening. We will have daylight very late at this point in June. We will make camp at summit and will be doing forestry service projects for Showdown all day on Saturday. As Father’s Day is Sunday, please invite your families to join us at the campfire on Saturday evening. We will have very little camp to break down on Sunday morning, and should be back early so that Father’s can celebrate the day with their extended families.

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

Backpacking Clinic by expert camper Ryan Foley at our meeting on Monday

Troop 26;

We have a great program planned for our meeting this coming Monday, June 8 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Ave N. Backpacking expert Ryan Foley of Bighorn Wilderness will be coming to give a backpacking clinic to our Troop. Please bring your pack with you to the meeting as well as paper and pen/pencils. This should be a very informative and interesting meeting!

In addition to the backpacking clinic at our meeting on Monday we will be finalizing logistics for our service project and hike at Showdown ski area. Please make a point to involve yourself in this discussion.

Would any of you like to earn your cycling merit badge? The cycling MB is Eagle Required, and is always tough to earn because of the number of rides involved. I would be thrilled to begin working on the badge for those of you interested. Please let me know if you would like to join me tomorrow (Sunday, June 7) for an easy 10 mile ride. We will meet at 1pm tomorrow afternoon in front of Knickerbiker bike shop. Call me at 406-868-8982 if you would like to participate.

If you intend on going to K-M Scout Camp with the troop this Summer and you are not on my list, it is ALMOST too late. I will need your attendance commitment AS SOON AS POSSIBLE with your merit badge class preferences.

Looking forward, at our meeting on June 15 we will be learning the sport of frisbee golf and will meet at Overlook Park. That meeting will also be a bag check for the Showdown hike. June 15 will also be the first meeting of the Summer where your Class B activity uniform can be worn in place of your Class A field uniform. More information on this meeting to follow.

Hope to see a number of you with your bikes tomorrow for a fun ride. If you are riding tomorrow, make a point to bring a few dollars for ice cream! (Our Troop rides often stop by Coldstone Creamery, Baskin Robbins or the FroYo store).

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

Help us Build a Huge Trebuchet on Saturday!

Troop 26;

I hope you all had a meaningful and pleasant Memorial Day. Even though we have had not had a chance to meet since Spring Camporee, we will be camping this coming weekend with Pack 26 at the annual Troop/Pack campout this weekend at Medicine River Scout Center.

This weekend we will be helping the Pack with their Den activities and building a 15 foot trebuchet in the afternoon! This will be our “test run” for the trebuchet we will build during the Scout show this coming Fall.

I have eight of you signed up to attend this campout. Even if you are not signed up, please join us to help out on Saturday. As this campout is near town, the Troop will not be providing transportation. If you need a ride, please let me know at your soonest opportunity. Directions and a map to MRSC can be found at this link: http://bit.ly/1AtBQDG

If you want to eat from the menu you will have to confirm your attendance with me today. Saturday’s menu is as follows: Breakfast will be eggs/bacon, lunch will be cold cut sandwiches and dinner will be hot dogs/hamburgers. The Pack will be having their den crossover ceremony during the campfire program that evening.

For those of you that have not camped before, the Troop will be providing tents. Please bring a sleeping bag, ground pad (if you want it), mess kit and your 10 essentials. A list of 10 essentials can be found on the bottom of this message. Especially for our newer Scouts, please also bring your Scout book.

As some of you may have noticed, your Senior Patrol Leader and I have been making some changes to our Patrol lineup. Our Troop is now made up of three Scout patrols and a Senior leadership patrol. To find out your new Patrol, please make a point to come to our next Scout meeting on Monday, June 1 at 7 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Prior to that meeting we will hold our June Patrol Leader’s Conference at 6pm, also at Trinity Lutheran Church. The following leaders should attend PLC: SPL, ASPL, all PLs, Quartermaster and Scribe. If you have any question about whether or not you should be attending the PLC, please contact me or SPL.

Our June theme will be camping and hiking. During the month we will have a presentation on advanced hiking and camping techniques from expert camper/hiker Ryan Foley from Bighorn Wilderness. We will cap off this theme with our Showdown hike and service project during the weekend of June 19.

Summer is a great time to Scout. I look forward to seeing you at the campout 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

Scout outdoor essentials checklist

They’re called “essentials” for a reason. Every packing list starts with these 10 items.

  1. A pocketknife or multitool can be handy in a wide variety of situations. It’s useful for tasks as large as building an emergency shelter or lighting a campfire with poor fuel, or as small as repairing a damaged backpack. Don’t forget to first earn your Whittling Chip (for older Cub Scouts) or Totin’ Chip (for Boy Scouts).
  2. A first-aid kit can be a lifesaver. Literally.
  3. Bring extra clothing to match the weather. Multiple layers are better than a single massive jacket, because layered clothing is adaptable to a wide range of temperatures.
  4. Rain gear is very important. Being wet from rain may result in hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition.
  5. A flashlight is important for finding your way in the dark.
  6. Trail food is good for maintaining your energy.
  7. Water can prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
  8. Matches and/or a fire starter may be used to light fires for heat, or for signaling for help.
  9. Sun protection might include sunblock, sunglasses, lip balm and a wide-brimmed hat.
  10. A map and compass are probably the most important tools you can carry in case you get lost.

Here are some additional items you may want to pack, depending on the outing:

Keeping Clean

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Soap
  • Comb
  • Waterless hand cleaner
  • Small towel
  • Washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Trowel for digging cathole latrines

Cooking and eating

  • Large plastic cereal bowl or kitchen storage bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cup or insulated mug
  • Water treatment system
  • Backpacking stove with fuel
  • Large pot and lid (2.5- or 3-quart size)
  • Small pot and lid (1.5- or 2-quart size)
  • Lightweight frying pan (10 to 12 inches in diameter)
  • For melting snow, add 1 large pot and lid (6 to 10 quarts)
  • Hot-pot tongs

Extras

  • Watch
  • Camera
  • Notebook
  • Pen or pencil
  • Sunglasses
  • Small musical instrument
  • Swimsuit
  • Gloves
  • Whistle
  • Nylon cord
  • Insect repellent
  • Repair kit
  • Hiking stick or trekking poles
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing gear
  • Animal identification books, plant keys, geological studies, star charts or other guides

Tied for First at Camporee and Crossover Tonight!

Troop 26;

Thank you to everyone that came to my house yesterday afternoon to help repack the trailer. The work was done in less than 30 minutes!

The Camping Committee announced the results from the Spring Camporee. Congratulations to Troop 26 for tying with Troop 4 for first place! More details at http://bit.ly/1KfE0K1.

Please join us tonight, May 18, as we welcome four Webelos Scouts from Troop 7 that have chosen to join Troop 26! Their crossover will be at Christ United Methodist Church at 2900 9th Ave S (the Dairy Queen Church) at 6:30pm tonight. Please make a point to attend on time and in full uniform. If you don’t have green pants or shorts, please wear jeans.

Next Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day and we will not have a scheduled meeting. However, we WILL be joining the Pack at their campout on the weekend of May 29 at Medicine River Scout Center. We will complete our Nova Shoot! program during that campout and we will be constructing our Trebuchet on Saturday, May 30. We need to coordinate details for that weekend; please reply back to me if you plan on attending that weekend and we will put together a short impromptu meeting to coordinate these details.

Have a great Scouting week, and enjoy Memorial Day 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

Wet, bedraggled and now warm and cozy at home

Well, everyone looked pretty soaked. I think that the camping committee made the right choice to pull the event.

Great job to everyone at the campout for working together to load up gear and get on the road in only an hour! We now have some very wet gear to deal with and a large mess of a troop trailer. We will all meet at my home, 315 4th Ave N, at 1pm tomorrow to clean gear and re-pack the trailer and get it back into order. Please make a point to show up on time so that this can be done quickly and efficiently.

See you ALL tomorrow at 1pm.

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

Shopping for Spring Camporee TONIGHT!

Troop 26;

We had a great meeting on Monday evening! Thank you to Mrs. Detrick for teaching sign language skills in preparation for the Disabilities Awareness Spring Camporee this weekend! We also performed a service project for the church.

As a reminder to all Scouts in Troop 26: If you cannot make a meeting because of another obligation, it is up to YOU to contact your Patrol Leader, the Senior Patrol Leader of the Scoutmaster to inform them in advance that you will be unable to attend. We put a lot of work into planning a fun program and more attendance = more fun for all.

We will be grocery shopping TONIGHT at 7pm at Smith’s for the Spring Camporee. If you want some say in what you will be eating this weekend, please make a point to attend! Owen Rapkoch is Grubmaster for this campout; Owen, thank you for your leadership!

Our Spring Camporee is this weekend, Jeremy Adams is our Scoutmaster for the weekend and Daniel Stone is acting Senior Patrol Leader. Everyone signed up for the Camporee as of our meeting on Monday will be charged for attendance. We will be gathering at 5pm at Trinity Lutheran Church with wheels on the road by 5:30pm. Please contact a Troop leader if you need to be picked up in advance so that we can leave on time.

This coming Monday, May 18 at 6:30pm will be the Pack 7 crossover to Troop 26 at Christ United Methodist Church, 2900 9th Avenue South. Please make a point to attend (in uniform) to welcome the boys from that Pack that have chosen to join our Troop!

Have a great Scouting week!

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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