Committee Meeting Tomorrow Evening Instead of Troop Meeting

Troop 26;

What a great week at K-M Scout Ranch! The sixteen boys that we took to K-M learned a whole lot more than the subjects of their merit badge classes (although they learned a lot there, too). Those young men learned how to work together as a team to accomplish goals. That is no small feat.

There are a lot of photos from our week at K-M up on the Troop Facebook page. They boys created and performed a hilarious skit, “A Movie Production” on Friday evening. Here is the video of the skit:

We will take a week off from Troop meetings. However, our parents have a LOT to discuss. We have a busy schedule planned for 2016, and we NEED the input and help from every parent in the Troop to make it happen. Instead of a Troop meeting, we will hold a Committee meeting tomorrow, July 27 at 7pm at my home, 315 4th Ave N.

I cannot stress how important it is for every parent in the troop to be active in the administration of the troop. We are all volunteers and the quality of your son’s program depends on your involvement. Agenda items include our Fall schedule, Finance/Troop accounts, Fundraisers, Training and planning for future troop leadership. I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow.

We will resume regularly scheduled Troop meetings on Monday, August 3. On August 3, we will have a Patrol Leader’s Council meeting at 6pm followed by a Troop meeting at 7pm. Location and theme to be announced.

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

Uniforms When Traveling

K-M Participants:

Please remember that our Troop 26 policy is that we always travel in our Class A Field Uniform. Please be sure that you are wearing your Scout shirt when you arrive at my house at 8am on Sunday. You will also be expected to wear it for all flag ceremonies and meals at K-M.

Green pants/shorts are also part of the uniform. The Scout shorts/pants are also very practical and well designed for camping. A number of you have been wearing colorful shorts with your uniform shirts lately. I will expect more muted colors (at least jeans) for the flag ceremonies and meals at K-M. Please feel free to call me with any questions about this policy.

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

To K-M We Shall Go!

Troop 26:

Just a short note this week. I hope that you are getting packed and ready to leave for Summer Camp at K-M Scout Ranch! I am pleased to tell you that we have all eight Jamboree tents and that our boys will be two to a tent during camp.

We are leaving for K-M Summer Camp on Sunday, July 19. We will be gathering at and leaving from my house, 315 4th Ave N, PROMPTLY at 8am. You will be allowed one bag and one chair. Please make a point to have the items in your packing list, your spirit day items, 10 essentials and a daypack.

Our Spirit Day items are as follows. Please make sure that you are prepared to participate so that we can show our Scout spirit to the entire camp!

Monday: Backwards shirt day
Tuesday: Crazy Hat Day
Wednesday: Tie Dye shirt day
Thursday: Twin Day
Friday: Hawaiian shirt day

We will be taking a few weeks off from Troop meetings after Summer camp. Watch your email, text and facebook for our August and Fall schedule.

See you all on Sunday morning at 8am!

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

Wilderness First Aid course, April 2-3 in Missoula

This message is to all the parents of Troop 26, and our Scouts that will be 14 or over by this April:

On June 29, 2014, I was accompanying the more advanced boys in our Troop on a high-adventure float trip on Belt Creek. I believe you all know the story. Suffice it to say that the trip did not go so well for me and I am glad that we focus on first aid in Troop 26!

Our Scouting program is not about eliminating risk. Rather, we attempt to recognize and manage that risk.

Our adventures happen in the outdoors, often when we are a long way and time from professional medical care. When I broke my leg on that float trip, it was almost five hours until I arrived at the Benefis Emergency Room. The First Aid necessary for these type of situations is over and above what is required when we are four minutes from an ambulance when we call 9-1-1.

Tony Higuera is a first aid expert and a Scoutmaster in Missoula. He will be offering a Wilderness First Aid certification over April 2-3 in Missoula for only $50. His class can only accept a maximum of 20 participants, and he already has 9 signed up. We can find you lodging in Missoula if you want to take this class. A flyer for the class is attached.

I encourage you to think about getting trained in Wilderness First Aid. I will be going through similar training this Fall. Your decision to take this training could literally be one of the most important decisions you will ever make.

Yours in Scouting,

Aaron

WFA Flyer ECSI Course April 2016.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

Summer Camp is Almost Here!

Troop 26;

I hope you all had a great week! I have just returned from Powderhorn training. Powderhorn is the BSA high adventure training. I hope that we can use this training to plan some great adventures over the coming few years.

We will be meeting tomorrow, June 13 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Ave N. We are only a week away from leaving for Summer Camp at K-M Scout Ranch! I need you to keep in mind several details, which we will be finalizing at the meeting:

I need to have in my possession a completed permission slip and parts A, B and C of the medical form for every youth attending. Every adult attending must have parts A, B and C of the med form completed. I am currently missing some information from eleven individuals. You will not be allowed to ride to camp without my complete receipt of your information.

We have sixteen youth and five adults attending. Youth will all be in our Jambo Troop tents. Adults should bring their own tent or can check out one of our older-style troop tents. We are still missing two of our ten troop tents. If you have one of those tents, please make a point to bring it to our meeting on June 13. We will be finalizing our repair of eight Jambo tents to use at summer camp at our Monday meeting.

At our meeting this past Monday, we decided on our Spirit days at K-M! All members of the Troop are expected to participate in spirit days. Please make a point to pack all of the items listed so that you can participate. If you do not have a tie-dye shirt, we can talk about making tie-dye shirts on Sunday morning after we arrive at camp.

Monday: Backwards shirt day
Tuesday: Hat Day
Wednesday: Tie Dye shirt day
Thursday: Twin Day
Friday: Hawaiian shirt day

This list is subject to further review at our Scout meeting tomorrow.

We are leaving for K-M Summer Camp on Sunday, July 19. We will be gathering at and leaving from my house, 315 4th Ave N, PROMPTLY at 8am. You will be allowed one bag and one chair. I have attached another copy of the suggested K-M packing list to this email. In addition, please make a point to have your spirit day items, 10 essentials and a daypack.

Looking forward, we are going to have a patrol campout competition in August with some cool prizes to the winning patrol. Please make a point to attend our meeting tomorrow to find out more.

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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Summer Camp is Coming!

Troop 26;

It is almost time for Summer camp! We leave for K-M on July 19. Are you ready? I have attached the suggested packing list to this email.

Many thanks to Jeremy Adams for stepping in as our Troop Scoutmaster tonight. I will be out of town attending Powderhorn training.

At last week’s meeting, we were able to get our Troop tent inventory to seven tents. Our troop owns 10 of the BSA Jamboree tents. PLEASE, PLEASE bring the three tents that are still AWOL to tonight’s meeting. We will be again repairing poles to ensure that we have enough for the 16 boys going with us to camp.

Every boy AND ADULT attending must have a complete medical form, including part C filled out by a doctor. Please turn in your medical form tonight. We are still missing this information from most of you. You will NOT be allowed to stay at camp without a complete medical form. If you have your permission slip, please also return that tonight. Blank permission slips will also be available for your parent to sign tonight.

One part of tonight’s meeting will be to organize a few spirit days for our Troop to celebrate while we are at Summer camp. In past years, we have had things like Hawaiian shirt day, crazy sock day, ugly hat day, etc. This is a fun way to show Scout spirit!

Finally, while it seems very early to bring it up, Melita Island is already starting to fill up for the Summer of 2016. Please suggest weeks in July, 2016 when we all will be available to reserve our week-long slot at Melita. I hope to get our reservation for next summer confirmed by next week.

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

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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

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