Musicians Needed for the 2014 Montana Council Camporee

Troop 26;

I know that many of you are very musically talented. The Montana Council Camporee will feature the Scout Pep Band, and we need YOU to participate. The only requirement is two or more years experience with your instrument.

We will make a point to make room in our vehicles for your instruments. If you want to participate in the Scout Pep Band at the Camporee, please send a note to councilcamporee with your name, instrument and unit number!

We also need camp buglers. Looking forward to a great Scouting Summer!

Mr. Weissman

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2014 Montana Council Camporee
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Come participate in the Montana Council Camporee from the inside! We are in need of Campsite Buglers and Scout Pep Band participants!
There are a few requirements! A love of music, 2 years or more experience playing in band or bugle, and players must bring their own instruments!
Players will have to rehearse at the Camporee, and that information will be provided at check in. Please email councilcamporee with your name, unit, and instrument if you’re interested!
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It has been confirmed that Miss Teen Rodeo Montana 2014, Talli Carmalt of Kalispell will be attending the 2014 Montana Council Camporee!
Talli is a student at Glacier High School who enjoys riding horses, barrel racing, fishing, camping, hunting, and playing soccer and basketball. Talli will be visiting the Council Camporee as a special guest and Scouts will have the opportunity to meet her and ask her questions. Additionally, Talli will appear as a guest speaker during the Friday Night Arena Show beginning at 8PM.
There’s still time! 236.png The 2014 Montana Council Camporee is quickly approaching! This exciting event will be held at the Broadwater County Fairground in Townsend June 19th – 22nd.

While previously it may have felt too late, we’ve extended the registration deadline to May 15th, so hurry up and get your registration in!

There are so many exciting events that we want you to come experience: two arena shows that include live music, awards, activities and even fireworks! Plus dozens of other activities specifically for Scouts, the opportunity for free CPR training (for our safety minded folk) and still more!

The Order of the Arrow will also be celebrating its 100th year, and encourages everyone possible to come and join!

Activities will include (but not limited to):

  • Shotgun shooting
  • Archery
  • Gaga (Israeli dodge ball)
  • Climbing wall
  • Tomahawk throwing
  • Human Foosball

The cost for this event is just $30 per person, and covers facilities use, event patch, activities and training. Units will need to bring their own food, however water will be provided!
Information about equipment and procedures can be found on the Montana Council Camporee site, or click here for the registration form!
Remember, this is going to be a great event, and you don’t want to miss out! Encourage your scouts to pack up and go! We’ll see you in Townsend!

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Conquer Camp Chores Before They Conquer You!

Troop 26;

There is some great information and suggestions in the attached email from Clarke Green. I recommend it to you for your attention!

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

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Conquer Camp Chores Before They Conquer You!
Apr 17, 2014 12:05 pm | clarkegreen (Clarke Green)


Once at winter camp the temperature was just above freezing, and the wind blew a sharp drizzle into every contrivable shelter and refuge. I was a young Scout rinsing dishes. There wasn’t a rubber glove in sight, so I was lucky enough to dunk my frozen hands into cold water.

It was SUCH FUN!!

At that moment, I wished I were absolutely anywhere else. I love camping, but camp chores almost ruined the whole experience until I learned how to tackle them.

Here are the keys that unlock the dreaded dungeon of drudgery, making the most despicable camp chores easier. You can conquer camp chores before they conquer you!

Key 1: Outrun the Chores

As a Tenderfoot, I put unpleasant chores off as long as I could. As dishes piled up so would the anxiety. Drudgery increases as the lingering dread of doing the chore grows. Instead of putting them off, get ahead of them!

As a young Scout, I often lapsed into daydreaming. Instead of making work easier, it made the job way longer and harder. Don’t ‘zone-out’. Get the job done right; do it as quickly as possible. Think efficiency!

For example, prepare for dish washing before you even start cooking. Heat up the water; lay out your cleaning station; put cooking gear in to soak as soon as you are done with it. When your patrol is finished eating, y’all can jump right into cleaning!

Key 2: Wear the right Glasses
Your point of view makes a huge difference! Look at chores as challenges to overcome rather than drudgeries to be endured.

If you wear someone else’s glasses, your view of the world becomes blurry and wobbly. I remember doing this once; the floor appeared so crooked I felt like I was walking uphill instead of on level ground.

As a young Scout, I viewed washing dishes, cleaning latrines, splitting wood, as massive drudgeries because I was wearing the wrong glasses!

Wearing “dread” glasses make chores or unpleasant work look like a monochrome, dreary, boring, bland, repulsive landscape of drudgery. Dread glasses distort your vision like a bad prescription.

I looked at gathering firewood on one camping trip with the ‘dread glasses’ on. I shuffled around and put off the task for an hour or more. Finally, something clicked! I made up my mind to get things done – but more than that, I actually looked forward to it! A picture of an impressive stack of firewood jumped into my head. I could almost taste the satisfaction of a job well done.

I set to it with vigor. No stick was safe! It wasn’t really that hard after all; I believe I even whistled a tune while I worked!

Before I knew it, I had a monstrous pile of firewood. I looked at my watch: I had wasted over an hour dreading a task that took just 20 minutes! More than that – I actually enjoyed doing it! The work itself wasn’t fun, but the result was very satisfying.

Key 3: Team UP!
At one Patrol camp, we couldn’t have a fire unless we built our own fire ring. The only rocks we could find were a quarter mile downhill through thick trees and underbrush. It was either no fire on a very cold night or lugging rocks a quarter mile uphill through hostile vegetation.

We were truly between “a rock and a hard place”!

Assigning other set-up work to the rest of the Patrol, I took one of the guys and together we set off to go fetch some rocks. We were worn out pretty quick, the sun was sinking, and we had only about half the rocks we needed.

This wasn’t going to work.

I called the Patrol together and told them having a fire would require everyone’s effort. With poles and a tarp we lashed together a sturdy stretcher, loaded up as many rocks as we could manage, and started on the grueling trek back uphill. We returned to our campsite with more than enough rocks to build our fire ring.

There are times you feel it might be easier to work alone but teamwork isn’t just easier, it makes finishing difficult tasks possible. Beyond just accomplishing a task, teamwork has several significant benefits.

The Patrol gets better at teamwork and develops Patrol spirit doing things together.

A team working together in a spirit of fun makes unpleasant tasks easier, and accomplishes them faster.

Teamwork breaks a big project into smaller pieces. This ‘division of labor’ is like an assembly line in a high-production factory. Each patrol member has a specialized task to help the team succeed.

All three keys unlock the door to a no ‘work’ campsite. Trust me – it really works! Once you try it, you will never go back!

How can you apply these keys to the most unpleasant camp chore you can think of? What would that look like? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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Final Call on Advancements!

Troop 26;

We have our Spring Court of Honor scheduled for this coming Monday!

A number of you will be recognized for your achievements. For the rest of you, there is still time for you to have your achievements recorded and recognized!

For those of you below First Class in Rank who attended the campout this past weekend, there is a good chance that you have completed enough requirements for your next rank. If you believe that you have completed a rank or achievement that has not been recorded, please call me (406-868-8982) and schedule some time to meet with me during Spring Break. I am going to try to arrange for Boards of Review to be available to finalize any rank requirements on Saturday.

I also going to be available to complete swimming and lifesaving requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class tomorrow at the Natatorium from noon to 1:30pm. You will still have to pay the pool’s standard admission fee. Please let me know if you plan on coming so that I can plan for the requirements you will need to complete.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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

Wonderful Campout this Weekend!

Troop 26;

We had a wonderful, if snowy, campout this weekend! I hope that you all had a great time.

Congratulations to Stephen Boyd for being selected as an Ordeal Candidate to the Order of the Arrow! Stephen will be going to the Melita Island Ordeal Weekend (June 6-8). If any Arrowmen in our Troop would like to attend Ordeal and ride with him, please contact Stephen for a potential ride.

Congratulations also to all of our Scouts who completed rank requirements! We did conduct a few Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review for Rank advancement at the Campout. Please look at your books; if you think you can complete a rank advancement before our Court of Honor on April 21, please contact me as soon as possible this week and I will make sure that you get recognized for your work.

Congratulations also to our two Assistant Patrol Leaders, Daniel Stone and Jack Dresel, who took the reins as acting Patrol Leaders this weekend, and to Max Weissman and Brennan Lukas, who stepped in as our acting Senior Patrol Leader and acting Assistant Senior Patrol Leader! Everything went very smoothly and I am thrilled with how everyone worked together.

We held our second annual “Iron Chef Cook Off” between the Trolls and the Panthers this weekend. The secret ingredient this year was the vegetable FENNEL. The Panthers cooked a spaghetti with meat sauce and the Trolls prepared a beef stew. By vote of our two celebrity judges (Kyle Roberts and Tanner Dodge), the Panthers won again this year, although the secret ingredient was more clearly tasted in the Trolls stew/soup.

I would also like to take a few moments to recognize Wyatt Tanner, who took lead on the return of tables for Mrs. Abarr’s fundraiser yesterday. Wyatt has also accepted a leadership position in our Troop, and is now our Chaplain’s Aide.

We will NOT have a meeting tonight as we are following a campout and it is the first night of Passover. However, we WILL have a Court of Honor and potluck meal on the evening of April 21, at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. As discussed at our PLC last week, the Panther patrol is to bring a main dish and a dessert. The Troll patrol is to bring a main dish and a salad. I would appreciate it if I could have a work detail meet me at the church at 6pm to help setup. We will complete our Court of Honor by 8:30, but please plan on lingering for a short while to help clean up.

We will have a special guest at our Court of Honor. Troop 1 Scoutmaster Paul Grosveld will be giving a presentation on Scouting’s Investment in Character and Leadership fundraising program. Please make a point of attending to recognize our Scouts for their accomplishments and to enjoy a meal together.

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday, April 21!

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

K-M needs your Help!

Troop 26;

K-M Scout Ranch has an application pending for an AED and CPR training dummies from a Benefis community grant. Benefis will choose the recipient based upon votes on their Facebook page at

Can you please take a few moments to go to Benefis’ page and vote for K-M? I suggest to you that the more Scouts that are trained in CPR, the safer our community is!

Apparently, the link is hard to use from a smartphone or tablet. As of right now, we are about 60 votes behind where we need to be to win this grant. You can vote once every 24 hours until Sunday, so as they say in Butte, vote early and often!

Again, the link is Please consider helping to train our Scouts in CPR!

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

May Day Hike From the Camping Committee

Originally posted on Lewis and Clark District Committee:

Greetings from the Camping Committee……


Since there is no Spring Camporee we will host a day hike to Black Beach at Holter Lake on May 17 at 8am. This is a place that is very friendly to fish for five different species of fish, with shallow drop offs and a long sandy beach. I have caught hundreds of fish here with my Dad and Son. If in-climate weather persists we will re-schedule but you will get a notice via e-mail the night before. There is no charge for this event.

There will be a limit of 50 boys that we can handle, not including adults. Webelos may attend but need a parent to go with EACH Webelo boy. You will need fishing license for boys over the legal age….adults too.The hike is a fairly strenuous 3/4 mile trip with hills and dales,bears, snakes, scorpions and the like so be…

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Community Service Opportunity for 4-6 Scouts on Friday afternoon and Sunday Afternoon

Troop 26;

As you may know, Brandi Killian, the mother of our Troop 26 Life Scout Eric Abarr, is battling melanoma. The community will be holding a benefit for her this Saturday, while we are at the Trail to First Class camp. A flyer for the benefit is attached.

We need 4-6 Scouts on Friday afternoon, April 11 at 3:30pm to help out for a bit less than an hour to help move tables from Holy Spirit Catholic School (2820 Central) to Paris Gibson Square. We also will need help on Sunday afternoon, April 13 to return the tables.

For parents not attending the campout, I know that the Killian/Abarr family would appreciate your support of the benefit.

Can you please send me a note if you are available to help out on Friday afternoon and/or Sunday afternoon. We will meet at 3:30pm at Holy Spirit.

Thank you for helping to do a good turn daily!

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

Your Vote could help K-M receive an AED from Benefis!

Originally posted on Lewis and Clark District Committee:

As most of you know, the Council has applied for a Benefis Foundation Community Grant to fund an AED training kit plus a complete AED for K-M Scout Camp. We’ve made it to the finals and the voting is now open on the Benefis Foundation Facebook Site ( ). On that page just under the logo material, you’ll see a light blue icon that looks like an atom and titled “Community Grant Co…” which if you click on it leads to the voting page: . Please get the word out.
You can vote every day until April 13th, so like they say in Chicago, “Vote early and vote often.”
Thanks for supporting Scouting and K-M Scout Camp.
Tom Russell
Council Commissioner

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Congratulation Eagle Scout Mark Helgeson on his Cooking Victory!

Troop 26 Eagle Scout Mark Helgeson was the winning chef in the first Fight Childhood Hunger Recipe and Cook-Off contest last night!  His recipe, for “Orange Chicken Makeover”, was judged the winner among seven finalists when he prepared and served it to a panel of judges last night.  The recipe will appear in the Great Falls Tribune on Wednesday.

Troop 26 will be holding our second annual Iron Chef-style cook off at the Trail to First Class campout this weekend.  Last year, the Panther’s narrowly beat the Trolls with their preparation and presentation of grilled chicken breasts and pasta primavera.  Will the Panther’s go 2-0, or will the Trolls even up the competition?  The secret ingredient will be unveiled on Saturday!

What to Bring on a Campout?

Troop 26;

In preparation for our campout this weekend, and recognizing that a number of you have recently crossed over from Cub Scouts, I wanted to make sure that you know what to bring with you on a campout.

Your Scout book should be the first place you look for this information. There are also a number of websites that summarize the requirements very well. One great resource for these lists can be found at .

One fun activity at this campout can be fishing. If you want to fish, please bring your fishing gear. Please remember that if you are 12 or over, you also need a fishing license.

We will not be doing a bag check for this campout. If you have questions about what to bring, please make a point to ask them!

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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