New Rank Requirements Handbook Insert

The Rank requirements for all Boy Scout ranks changed this year! You can still work on your current rank, or any current rank through First Class, using the old requirements. Please see Mr. Weissman for details on the requirements you should be using for your advancement.

You do NOT need to buy a new Scout book. Instead, you can simply print out the insert at this link and place it in your book. We will try to have some copies printed out and available for you at upcoming meetings.

Busy Scouting Month in February!

Hello Troop 26! This last meeting we introduced this month’s theme of leadership. We played some games, and then determined how they pertained to leadership.

The merit badge list for Merit Badge University (MBU) will be available on the 20th of this month. Signup for the merit badges is only a few days later, on the 27th of February, so please get your preferred choices to Mr. Weissman as soon as possible after you get the list. You can either fill up your day with one badge, or take two less involved badges 1/2 day each. MBU is on April 9th, and the Troop will be camping out at Carroll College in Helena. The Astronomy merit badge for this will occur on the 8th, and will be a campout.

This month we will be playing lots of fun goes that focus on teamwork and leadership abilities.

Coming up on the calendar:
Our next meeting, on the 8th, we will be learning the tools of the trade for leadership. There will be no meeting on the 15th due to presidents day. However, on the 16th we will be kayaking at the Natatorium from 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm. $5.00 per scout. Spring Camporee will be on the 3rd weekend of May. It will be pirate/ Robinson Crusoe themed.

The Troop Ski day will be on Feb. 27. If you bring a can of Mtn Dew, you can get $6.00 off of the lesson ticket and ski rental in the never ever package. This is only valid if you have never been skiing or snowboarding before. More info on the ski day will be available at the meeting on Monday.

Your friendly neighborhood scribe,

Zach

Zach Taylor
Troop Scribe, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT

Boy Scouts of America

No Troop Meeting Tonight!

Troop 26;

Great job at Klondike this weekend! You all did great, and I am very pleased to announce that there is no “winner” of the Cold Camper award from Klondike this year!

By popular request, we are not going to have a Scout meeting tonight. Take a few days off from Scouts to recover from the weekend. Lots of dirty gear needs to be cleaned and repacked. For those of you with troop gear that you are drying and cleaning (tents, dishes, dutch ovens), please bring them to the next meeting.

For those of you that need Merit Badge meetings, please contact me to schedule dates and times. I am unfortunately not available this Thursday, but we can work out other times if you would like to work on requirements.

Our next meeting will be February 1, which will be a Patrol Leader’s Council at 6pm and a Troop meeting at 7pm. 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

To Klondike We Shall Go!

Hello Troop 26! On the previous meeting, we pack checked, completed the snowshoes, and finalized plans for Klondike.

We will be leaving for Klondike is this Friday! Hope your’e ready for some cold and some fun! Hopefully there will be more of the latter.

We are taking 13 Scouts to the Klondike Derby. We will leave in two groups. The first group will gather outside Trinity Lutheran NO LATER THAN 1:30pm on Friday. This group will be helping to setup camp before dark. The later group will meet at 5pm in the Natatorium parking lot on Friday.

Everyone going to Klondike should bring a filled water bottle. All water from the taps at Rotary must be boiled before drinking. You may drop your bag off with Mr. Weissman on Thursday evening at his house. All Scouts going to Klondike need to turn in a signed permission slip before departing. A blank permission slip, Klondike schedule and Klondike camping program are attached to this note.

After Klondike will be Scout Sunday on Feb 7, Scout Shabbat on Feb 31, Merit Badge College on Feb 20, And Troop (and Pack) Ski Day at Showdown on Feb 27.

Thank you to those who helped with Jordan’s eagle project! At the next meeting, January 25 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church (1226 1st Avenue North) we will be giving out the awards earned at Klondike. Please also mark your calendars for Patrol Leader’s Council on February 1 at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran, followed by our Troop meeting at 7.

Your friendly neighborhood scribe,

Zach

Zach Taylor
Troop Scribe, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT

Boy Scouts of America

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Snowshoes, Skiing and Eagle Projects!

Hello Troop 26! For the meeting of 1/11, we worked on building snow shoes. It will be fun to try them out at klondike, on Jan 22-24.

Other things on the agenda are: Scout Sunday on Feb 7, Scout Shabbat on Feb 31, Merit Badge College on Feb 20, And Troop (and Pack) Ski Day at Showdown on Feb 27.

Speaking of Ski day, It will be on the 27 of February, which is a Saturday. A ski pass with our group rates will be $22 for youth or $37 for adults. Ski rental is $21 and a lesson is $15. If you have never skied before, you can get an all inclusive lesson, pass and rental for $35. Please sign up to join us at Ski Day and let us know what options interest you.

Jordan Christian’s eagle project will be held at the New City Church, 4108 North Park Trail. It’s near Giant Springs and the base. The project will be in the east building, which is the smaller one. We will be painting the floors and walls of the smaller room. It will take place on Jan 17 at 1:30 pm, and Jan 18 at 8:00 am. Lunch will be provided. If the doors are locked then knock or call Jordan. Jordan’s number is (406) 750-0714. If you have them, please bring latex gloves, safety glasses, and old clothes that you wouldn’t mind getting paint on. So not a class A this time! If you can, bring extra gloves.

At the next meeting, on 1/18 (MLK day), we will continue to work on our snowshoes, and prepare a sled.

Your friendly neighborhood scribe,

Zach

Zach Taylor
Troop Scribe, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT

Boy Scouts of America

Snowshoes on Monday!

Greetings, Troop 26! For our first meeting of 2016, we planned and voted on some things for Klondike. We decided that the skit we will have prepared is called ” Jay Jay Coolay”, which is a repeat after me song. The other decisions will be included in the next email, as I had missed the rest of the meeting.

Again, some of the upcoming events include: Klondike on Jan 22-24, Scout Sunday on Feb 7, Scout Shabbat on Feb 13, Merit Badge College, Feb 20, and Troop (and Pack) Ski Day at Showdown on Feb 27.

At the next meeting, on 1/11, we will be building snowshoes for the Klondike Derby, and hopefully finish planning the Klondike menu. Hope to see you there!

Your friendly neighborhood scribe,

Zach

Zach Taylor
Troop Scribe, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Boy Scouts of America

2016 will be a great Scouting year with Troop 26!

Hello troop 26! We had loads of fun at the last meeting, on 12/16, which was the Court of Honor/Christmas party potluck. After the boys got their rewards, there was a gift exchange and an auction for christmas gifts, where scouts bid their scout bucks to get a mystery gift.

Unfortunately, an utensil was mixed up, and probably went home with the wrong person. It is a large, steel, silver serving spoon that was in the fruit salad. If you have this, please bring it to the next meeting.Thanks!

Klondike is getting closer! on the 22-24 of January at camp Rotary. Each patrol will have to make snowshoes and bring a slingshot to the camp out.

The next meeting will be on Monday, January 4th. It is a PLC (at 6pm) and a troop meeting (at 7pm), where we will be preparing for the Klondike derby.

Also, some other events that are happening fairly soon include:
Scout Sunday, February 7
Scout Shabbat, February 13
Merit Badge College, February 20
Troop (and Pack) Ski Day at Showdown, February 27

Your friendly neighborhood scribe,

Zach
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Zach Taylor
Troop Scribe, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Boy Scouts of America

Troop Potluck Christmas Party and Court of Honor on Monday!

Troop 26;

From now on, the weekly Troop updates will be written by Your Friendly Neighborhood Scribe, Zach! His first troop post is below.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Troop 26;

Hello all! This past meeting we went over klondike and proper snow shelters. Klondike will be held at camp Rotary on the 22-24th. Each patrol will have to make snowshoes and bring a slingshot to the campout. It’ll be a great experience and tons of fun!

We are looking forward to a troop lock in and a troop skiing event sometime in February. Updates will be posted.

There will be a Court of Honor and a Potluck Christmas Party on Monday, December 14 at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Ave N. The Panther Patrol is in charge of bringing a main dish and a salad, while the Trolls should bring dessert and a side dish. Hope to see you there!

your friendly neighborhood scribe (YFNS),

Zach

Zach Taylor
Troop Scribe, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Boy Scouts of America

Weekly Troop 26 Update by Dave Cunningham

Troop 26;

As I am still out of town, this week’s Troop update is written by Assistant Scoutmaster Dave Cunningham, who will be Scoutmaster for our meeting tomorrow. Keep up all the good work. 136 coats for the coat drive: WOW!

Greetings! I hope that everyone enjoyed a fine Thanksgiving Holiday. We want to thank everyone who assisted in any way with our Troop’s coat drive. Last week we turned in to the Our Neighbor in Need organization 156 coats plus some hats, boots, gloves and snow pants. You can continue to pass on any late collections to Gabe Cunningham and he will take care of delivering them. We will have a fun filled and important meeting on tomorrow, Monday, November 30. Just to confirm with everybody, we are back to our normal meeting time and place, so we will see you at the church at 7:00 PM. Agenda items include:

1. Nominations and elections for the position of Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. All of you know how important these positions are in leading our Troop, so we hope to see you there to have your input and vote in selecting our next round of senior leaders.

2. We will discuss the requirements for the Klondike Derby that we will attend this coming January.

3. We will continue to practice our first aid skills at interactive stations.

Lastly, I want to remind you all of the fundraiser for (Papa) Paul Grosvold. Paul has given extremely generously of his time and talents to benefit scouts and scouting. He is battling esophageal cancer and there will be a dinner and other activities on December 6 at the Celtic Cowboy from 4:00 – 7:00. We can discuss this a bit more tomorrow as well.

I hope all of our boys enjoy their first day back at school and we look forward to seeing them all Monday night.

Thanks

Dave Cunningham
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Boy Scouts of America

Help Pay Your Way to Melita Island at our Troop Fundraiser on 11/21!

Troop 26;

I don’t know about you, but the blanket of snow on the street this morning has me thinking about Winter! Remember to wear layers when playing or working outside, and have fun with our Montana seasons.

For the remainder of the year, please remember to take snow shovels, gloves and warm hats with you to Scout meetings. One continuing Troop Good Turn is to shovel out the side entrance to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Want to help pay your way to Melita Island? Our Troop Popcorn Show and Sell and Grocery Bagging at the 10th Avenue South Albertson’s is Saturday, November 21 at 9am. Please make a point to attend in your Class A uniform. Given the weather, I would suggest wearing long underwear under your uniform. This fundraiser has the opportunity to earn a significant amount of funds for your Scout account. Please make a point to arrive no later than 8:45am.

I will be unable to attend our next few Troop meetings. Mr. Cunningham will be our Scoutmaster on November 23 and November 30.

Last meeting, Gabe gave us all a great update on the coat drive that he spearheaded. We have collected between 100 and 200 coats so far for the needy in our community! We will be sorting them at our meeting on 11/23 and perhaps hearing an update on how they will be used by My Neighbor in Need. If you have coats to donate, please bring them to the meeting on Monday, November 23 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Avenue North.

Interested in earning some Eagle required merit badges? I will be doing some one-on-one (or maybe up to one-on-three) merit badge counseling on the 2nd floor of the Great Falls Public Library at 4pm on Tuesday, November 24. We will be working on Family Life, Personal Fitness and Citizenship in the Community. Please contact me in advance if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity.

Our Troop elections for 2016 positions will be November 30. How can you help lead our Troop for the next year? Please be thinking about how YOU can contribute to making our Troop great. Roles that need to be filled include SPL, ASPL, Scribe, Webmaster, etc.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and 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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