A Post Campout Checklist? Yes Please!

Troop 26;

The attached post campout checklist was just published on “Bryan on Scouting”. I thought it so valuable that I decided to send it you immediately. Very, very good advice.

I’d like to make a quick shout out to LT and Michael, who served as Den Chiefs at the Pack 26 BBQ last night. Great job guys! (and yes, to you too Mr. Boyd).

Scout Night at Voyager Stadium is tomorrow evening. If you are going to the game, you need to purchase your tickets in advance. Forms are available at lcdistrictcommittee.wordpress.com. We WILL be building a pioneering tower for the Scout Show in front of the Stadium. Please coordinate with SPL for your arrival time. Even if you are not going to the game or camping out, we need your help to build the tower, so please come and help out (wearing your Class A uniform, please!)

No meeting this Monday as it is Labor Day. PLC will meet at 6pm on September 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Troop meeting will be 7pm, same bat-time and channel. Topics will be Pet and Dog Care Merit Badge, Fall Camporee planning and Advancement records. Please bring your books and take a few moments beforehand to update those books with all of the advancements you have accomplished!

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Post-Campout-Checklist.pdf

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

Bowling, Baseball and Pioneering

Troop 26;

I hope that you are having a great August. It is hard to believe that Summer is almost over, but I think it will be easier to come to grips with this when the temperature drops this weekend.

Our next meeting will be a bowling party on August 25 at Little’s Lanes on 1st Ave N at 6pm. Many thanks to Mrs. Stone for arranging for the lane reservation, and to Mr. and Mrs. Lukas for arranging the trophies and gag gifts. We will get a few Pizzas at the party. Please wear your Class B uniform.

The annual Scout night at Voyager Stadium and District Scout Show is on Friday, August 29th. Our Troop usually builds a pioneering tower in front of the stadium before the game. Those that want to do so can also camp out on the ball field after the game!

If you want to go to the game, you have to fill out the attached form. You will be getting a call from your SPL/PL to find out if you can help build the pioneering tower. We don’t have a lot of time to get this organized, but I hope that our Troop can participate this year. Please also let me know if you would like to camp in the ball field that night.

At our last PLC, the Troop decided to work on Pets Merit Badge and Dog Care Merit Bade as a September and maybe also October theme. I have appended the requirements for both merit badges to this message. Our new District Chairman and Veterinarian Dr. Peter Jennings will be our guest at our first meeting in September to kick off this theme, which will be September 8. Please begin looking over the requirements and make plans for how you wish to complete this theme. We may move some of our September/October meetings to alternate locations such as the Dog Park, Animal Shelter, etc.

Finally, although Summer is almost over, I think it important to stress how important sunscreen is when outside. I recently saw an interesting video that shows what affect UV radiation (sunlight) has on your skin. Skin cancer is not a laughing matter, and you can prevent it by simply taking a few moments to cover up with sunscreen. You can watch the video here and I request that you do so! http://vimeo.com/97666651

Have a great remainder of your Summer, and I look forward to see you at our bowling party at Little’s Lanes on 8/25 at 6pm!

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

scoutnight-2014.pdf

Pets merit badge requirements

  1. Present evidence that you have cared for a pet for 4 months. Get approval before you start.*
  2. Write in 200 words or more about the care, feeding, and housing of your pet. Tell some interesting facts about it. Tell why you have this kind of pet. Give local laws, if any, relating to the pet you keep.
  3. Show that you have read a book or pamphlet, approved by your counselor, about your kind of pet. Discuss with your counselor what you have learned from what you read.
  4. Do ONE of the following:a. Show your pet in some pet show.b. Start a friend raising a pet like yours. Help your friend get a good start.c. Train a pet in three or more tricks or special abilities.

* Work done for other merit badges cannot be used for this requirement.

Dog Care merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:a. Briefly discuss the historical origin and domestication of the dog.b. Describe some common characteristics of the dogs that make up each of the seven major dog groups.c. Tell some specific characteristics of seven breeds of dogs (one from each major group), OR give a short history of one breed.
  2. Point out on a dog or a sketch at least 10 body parts. Give the correct name of each one.
  3. Do the following:a. Explain the importance of house-training, obedience training, and socialization training for your dog.b. Explain what “responsible pet ownership” means.c. Explain what issues (including temperament) must be considered when deciding on what breed of dog to get as a family pet.
  4. For two months, keep and care for your dog.* Maintain a log of your activities during this period that includes these items: feeding schedule, types of food used, amount fed, exercise periods, training schedule, a weekly body weight record, grooming and bathing schedules, veterinary care, if necessary, and costs. Also include a brief description of the type of housing/shelter arrangements you have for your dog.
    • The activities used to fulfill the requirements for the Dog Care merit badge may not be used to help fulfill the requirements for other merit badges.
  5. Explain the correct way to obedience train a dog and what equipment you would need. Show with your dog any three of these commands: “come,” “sit,” “down,” “heel,” “stay,” “fetch” or “get it,” and “drop it.”
  6. Do the following:a. Discuss the proper vaccination schedule for a dog in your area from puppyhood through adulthood.b. Discuss the control methods for preventing fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites (worms) for a dog in your area from puppyhood through adulthood.c. Explain the importance of dental care and tooth brushing to your pet’s health.d. Discuss the benefits of grooming your dog’s coat and nails on a regular basis.e. Discuss with your counselor any seasonal conditions (like hot summers, cold winters, or extreme humidity) where you live that need to be considered for your dog.
  7. Do the following:a. Explain precautions to take in handling a hurt dog.b. Show how to put on an emergency muzzle.c. Explain how to treat wounds. Explain first aid for a dog bite.d. Show how to put on a simple dressing and bandage the foot, body, or head of your dog.e. Explain what to do if a dog is hit by a car.f. List the things needed in every dog owner’s first-aid kit.g. Tell the dangers of home treatment of a serious ailment.h. Briefly discuss the cause and method of spread, the signs and symptoms and the methods of prevention of rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and heartworms in dogs.
  8. Visit a veterinary hospital or an animal shelter and give a report about your visit to your counselor.
  9. Know the laws and ordinances involving dogs that are in force in your community.
  10. Learn about three career opportunities for working with dogs. Pick one and find out about the education, training, and experience required for this career, and discuss this with your counselor. Tell why this profession interests you.

A Great Time in Washington State!

Troop 26;

It looks like the Troop is having a great time in Washington State. Many thanks to Mrs. Detrick and Mr. Boyd for keeping us all updated with photos on the Troop Facebook page. Go visit that page to see photos; it looks like the Troop is having a wonderful time at Camp Parsons!

Our next meeting will be on August 25, which will be a Troop bowling party and last hurrah of Summer at Little’s Lanes. We will meet there at 6pm. Of course, we will have prizes, fun and pizza! Mark your calendars; I hope you can join us.

Looking forward, I have attached the program for our upcoming Fall Camporee to this email, and please mark your calendars for our Fall Camporee over the weekend of September 19-21. It looks like a great program in a great location. We will be working on our attendance and plans for the camporee in early September.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Lewis and Clark 2014 Fall Camporee.pdf

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

Flag Ceremony at the Municipal Band Concert

Seven Scouts, a handful of leaders, ice cream and a Summer band concert. What a pleasurable evening! Great job leading the flag ceremony tonight Troop 26!

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Flag Ceremony TONIGHT; Summer Camp on Friday!

Troop 26;

I hope you are having a great week and looking forward to our Troop Seattle adventure!

We are performing the flag ceremony for the municipal band concert TONIGHT at Gibson Park. Please arrive at the Park by 6:45 pm in your full Class A uniform in order to participate. After the ceremony and during the concert, I will have a cooler of ice cream for any of you that show up for the flag ceremony. Parents, I could use some of your help dishing out cones.

Summer camp is upon us! Our Troop (and unfortunately not me) will be leaving for Camp Parsons this coming Friday, August 8 at 6am at the parking lot of the Washington Building (my office), 1015 1st Ave N. All camp attendees should make a point to be ready for the adventure of Camp then and there! As always, we travel in Class A uniforms — this is especially important as we travel out of State, touring unfamiliar cities. Please have your Class A on before you arrive at our departure point.

Please remember that we will be having some fun and marking Scout Spirit Days at Camp Parsons each day during Camp. Our themes at Summer Camp will be as follows:

Monday: Crazy Hat Day
Tuesday: Loud Tie Day
Wednesday: Appalling/Hawaiian Shirt Day
Thursday: Tie Die Shirt Day
Friday: Sunglasses Day

This will only work if everyone participates; so please make sure that you have these items with you at camp.

Finally, we will not be meeting back at the church for our meetings until September. In lieu of a meeting, the PLC decided to have a bowling party on Monday, August 25. Mrs. Stone is organizing it for us this year. More details to come, and thank you to Sheila for putting this together.

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

PS: Looking forward to September, the District did finally decide that the Fall Camporee would remain on the weekend of September 19. Please mark your calendars!

Patrol Leader’s Council Tonight!

Troop 26;

I hope you had a great weekend! We are really in the heat of Summer; as you have fun outdoors over the next few months, please remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

First, a bit of bad news: Due to the condition of my leg, I will be unable to join the Troop at Summer camp this year. I was hoping that healing would happen fast enough for me to attend, but a few issues this weekend have convinced me that will be impossible. Mr. Boyd, Mr. Dresel and Mrs. Detrick have my full confidence as your adult leaders for our expedition to Camp Parsons, and I am very disappointed that I can not join you. Logistics for our trip to Camp Parsons is one of the main topics of our meeting tonight.

We will hold our monthly Patrol Leader’s Council meeting tonight at 6 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. At a minimum, all voting members of the PLC (including SPL, ASPL, PLs, APLs, Scribe, QM, etc.) are asked to attend this meeting, but it is open to anyone in the troop to attend. We will be determining the details of our August and early September schedule at this meeting, including our Fall Court of Honor and the possibility of an early September float trip (which was brought up at our last Committee Meeting).

Our Troop meeting will begin at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. This will be a bag-drag for Camp Parsons, so please bring the packed bag you intend to bring to Camp with you. We will have a game of Ultimate Frisbee as an activity during the meeting, Class B uniforms are acceptable.

We have been asked to perform the Flag Ceremony for the Municipal Band Concert on Wednesday, August 6 at 7:30 pm at Gibson Park. If you are available to volunteer to be part of the ceremony, please let our Senior Patrol Leader (Max) or me know. I’ll have a cooler of ice cream with me for volunteers to enjoy during the concert.

Finally, our Troop (an unfortunately not me) will be leaving for Camp Parsons this coming Friday, August 8 at 6am at the parking lot of the Washington School, 1015 1st Ave N. All camp attendees should make a point to be ready for the adventure of Camp then and there!

Our next scheduled meeting after this will not be until August 25. Have a great month!

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 Spirit!

Troop 26;

I would like to thank everyone that came to our Scout meeting this past Monday! Even though we had light attendance, we were able to have a very productive meeting. Many thanks also to Assistant Scoutmasters Mike and Tami Lukas for teaching us three ways to tie the bowline!

One of the items that we discussed were are Scout Spirit days at Camp Parsons! We will be having theme days for our Troop each day at Parsons to show Scout Spirit! Please take some time to go to the thrift store or the back of your closet to participate. Our themes at Summer Camp will be as follows:

Monday: Crazy Hat Day
Tuesday: Loud Tie Day
Wednesday: Appalling/Hawaiian Shirt Day
Thursday: Tie Die Shirt Day
Friday: Sunglasses Day

At our meeting this coming Monday, please be prepared to do a service project for the church. I will forward more information as I have it.

Finally, a serious matter. As all of you know, Brandi Killian, the mother of Troop 26 Scout Eric Abarr, passed away this week after a long fight with cancer. The funeral will be at 2pm on Saturday, August 2 at First United Methodist Church Great Falls at 610 2nd Ave N. As a gesture of support for Eric, I suggest that every member of our Troop attend in our Class A uniform. I hope to see you there.

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

With Gratitude!

Troop 26;

Thank you very much to everyone that attended our Troop Committee meeting yesterday! We could not have a well running Troop without the involvement of our parents and friends; it really means so much for you all to take time out of your schedules to meet.

At the meeting yesterday, adult Troop leadership positions for the coming year were determined. Congratulations to our new Troop Committee Chair, Karla Gilles! Thank you for offering to serve, and also all of our thanks to Joe Copenhaver for serving in that role for the past several years. Karla will take office immediately, and will begin training Dwight Dover on all the job particulars with the intent of allowing Dwight to step into the position at the beginning of 2015. Lisa Kiamas has also agreed to take on some of the work; thank you!

Thank you also for your confidence in me to serve as your Scoutmaster again for the coming year! Assistant Scoutmasters determined at the meeting for the coming year were Stephen Boyd, Jeremy Adams, Mike Lukas, Tami Lukas and John Dresel. Thank you for your service! We still need more Assistant Scoutmasters in order to schedule activities with our boys; job requirements are to complete the following minimum trainings: Youth Protection, Scoutmaster Fundamentals and Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills.

Congratulations are due to Laura Detrick and Stephen Boyd for their good planning for our trip to Camp Parsons in just a few short weeks. Travel costs, including food, should be less than $110 per person. If you have not yet signed up to go to Summer Camp with us and want to, there are a few slots still available. However, we would have to know almost immediately if you would like to join us at camp.

At our meeting on Monday we will be making specific plans for Summer Camp, including what we are going to be doing to show Scout Spirit for the camp and ranking your priorities for merit badge classes. We also have a service project we will be conducting for Trinity Lutheran Church; there are a number of tables and chairs that need to be moved for a funeral that is scheduled there. Time permitting, we will show video from our float trip to Lake Alva last weekend. Class B uniforms are appropriate for this meeting.

Personally, I would like to also thank all of your for your support this Summer. As most of you know, it has not been an easy Summer for the Weissman family. Your friendship and support have meant so much to us.

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

Troop Committee Meeting, 7/24 at 7pm

Troop 26 Parents;

We will hold a Troop Committee meeting, chaired by our Chartering Organization Representative Bob Nommensen, on July 24 at 7pm at my home, 315 4th Ave N. At this meeting, we will be discussing:

* Troop leadership for the 2014-2015 school year,
* Details regarding Camp Parsons and Summer Camp

I am also prepared to provide any additional details or answer any additional questions regarding the incident last month on Belt Creek that resulted in my broken leg.

I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday evening at 7pm.

Yours in Scouting,

Aaron

Personal Fitness Merit Badge PT test on Tuesday

Troop 26;

I am looking forward to seeing you all at Jake Smith’s Eagle Court of Honor tonight. Remember, please be at Central Christian Church (1025 Central Avenue) at 5:30pm in your Class A uniform to help with setup.

For those of you working on Personal Fitness Merit Badge with Mrs. Detrick, please make a point to meet tomorrow, July 22, at Gibson Park at 6pm. We will all meet at the bandshell. Please make a point to have your updated physical activity log with you.

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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