Trail to First Class Campout is this Weekend!

Troop 26;

Our Trail to First Class Campout and Order of the Arrow Tap Out is this weekend! I hope that you are all excited about our first campout of the Spring. We will be teaching Totin’ Chip and Paul Bunyan requirements at the campout; everyone please make a point to review those items in your Scout book before we leave.

At our meeting this past Monday, we were joined by the Webelos II den at Pack 7. Welcome to all of you; some of you may be joining us at our campout this weekend. Everyone attending the campout should have permission slips and medical forms turned in; if you are planning to attend and you were not at the meeting on Monday, please get in touch with me today. We still need more participation in this event by our younger Scouts; this is a perfect opportunity to work on your rank requirements through First Class.

I noted at the meeting that the campout is on Holter lake! There will be time for some fishing if you like. If you are planning on fishing and you are 12 or older, you must have a fishing license with you.

The Troop will be meeting for grocery shopping today (4/15) at Sam’s Club at 6pm. If you would like a say in the food you will be eating, please make a point to join those shopping. We will be leaving for the campout at 5pm on Friday, April 17 alongside Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Ave N. Please arrive in uniform and make a point to take your Scout book with you. Please do not be late as we want to be able to set up camp before dark.

We will not have a meeting on April 20, but will have our Spring Court of Honor on April 27 at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Ave N. If you need a Scoutmaster Conference or Board of Review before this CoH, please make a point to speak up now!

The Court of Honor will be a potluck meal, everyone should bring a main dish. Troll Patrol should also take a side dish or salad, and Panther Patrol should also take a dessert. There will be an Investment and Character and Leadership presentation by Dr. Peter Jennings at the Court of Honor, and we will have some time for a committee meeting to discuss our Summer Troop plans (and how we will pay for them).

Happy Camping!

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

Finalizing Campout Planning at Meeting Tonight, 4/13

Troop 26;

Our Trail to First Class campout and Ne-i-yahw Order of the Arrow Tap Out is this coming weekend! I hope that you are all excited for this event, our first time camping in several months.

We will be finalizing logistics and details for our campout at our troop meeting tonight, April 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church at 7pm, but I think we can depend upon grocery shopping on Wednesday evening and departing for Holter Lake on Friday about 5pm. Tonight will also be a bag check for any boy attending that has not yet achieved First Class rank.

Please also remember that we make our shopping and transportation decisions based upon your sign-ups. If you commit to attend the campout by tonight, you will be charged for the cost of attending. The approximate cost of this campout is $30 per person ($5 registration, 122 miles @ 10 cents and 4 meals @ $3).

All boys attending must also turn in a permission slip. You can print out a pre-filled permission slip for this event at scoutbook.com – just go to the calendar RSVP page for this event and click on the permission slip. I will have blank copies with me tonight.

If we do not have a copy on file, all participants (adult and youth) must also complete a medical form. A blank copy of the form is attached. I will also have blank copies with me tonight.

Looking forward, we will not meet on April 20, but will be holding our Spring Court of Honor on April 27. Please also mark your calendar for our District Spring Camporee on the weekend of May 15.

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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Totin Chip and Fireman Chit Review Tonight!

Troop 26;

We had a great time at Merit Badge University this past weekend! About 500 Scouts from as far away as Wyoming were in Helena all day Saturday to learn skills and information from a very professional group of instructors on almost 40 different subject areas. Scouts from Troop 26 completed requirements and merit badges in subjects like Animal Science, Welding, Scuba, Astronomy, Geology, Chess, Engineering, Architecture and more. Mark your calendars for the first weekend in April, 2016 for next year’s MBU!

Our Troop will be teaching the Totin Chip and the Fireman Chit at the Trail to First Class campout this month. Therefore, at our Troop meeting tonight, March 30, at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Ave N, we will begin working on a refresher for those subjects and to start organizing how we will be teaching. We will also begin organizing our menu and logistics for the Trail to First Class campout.

There will be no meeting on April 6 due to the school Spring break. However, we will begin holding our Thursday evening bike rides, leaving from Knickerbiker at 6pm. Please let me know if you want to participate in these rides.

For adults needing Scoutmaster specific training, please mark your calendars for a training on Saturday, April 11 at 8am at the Scout office. We are working hard to make this an interesting, informative and fun training. Please make a point to join us.

We will return on Monday, April 13 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran for a Troop meeting to finalize all of the details for the Trail to First Class campout and to begin discussing the Spring Camporee.

The Trail to First Class campout will be the weekend of April 17-19, at Log Gulch campground on Holter Lake. The Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training will be offered by the district at this campout. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

Our Spring Court of Honor will be on Monday, April 27 at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran. The Court of Honor will also be a potluck dinner, please plan on bringing an entree to share. Troll Patrol, please bring an additional salad or side dish; Panther Patrol, please bring an additional dessert.

Looking forward, the Lewis and Clark Spring Camporee will be the weekend of May 15 at Dry Wolf Campground near Stanford, MT. The theme of the Camporee will be disabilities awareness. Mark your calendars!

I look forward to seeing you all 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

Food Drive Tomorrow and Jail Tour on Monday!

Troop 26;

I hope you had a great week! I received some great reports about our food distribution and from our meeting on Monday; great work!

Our Boy Scout Food Drive bag pick up will be TOMORROW, March 21. We will meet at 9am tomorrow (3/21) at the “Montana Lils” casino parking lot at 39th Street and 10th Ave S. Parents, we need you to come with your vehicles to help with the food collection effort! After food pick up, we will take our collected food to the Food Bank.

Many thanks to Mrs. Larios and Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards for arranging for our our tour of the Sheriff’s department and County Jail, which will be on Monday, March 23 at 6:30pm. Please meet in the lobby of the Sherriff/Coroner’s office, 3800 Ulm North Frontage Road. As this is a tour of the County Jail, please make a point to leave items like knives, wallets, cash and credit cards at home or in your vehicle during our tour.

Next week is Merit Badge University in Helena! Next week’s email will have details regarding that trip.

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

Food Drive this weekend, OA Election on Monday!

Troop 26;

Great job on the Church carpet cleaning on Monday! I am proud of all of you for the stepping up and getting that done.

As the weather continues to warm, it is again time for the annual Boy Scout Food Drive in Great Falls! This event annually raises over 20 thousand pounds of food for the needy in our community.
Troop 26 will be covering the same area we had last year, as delineated in the map below. This Saturday, beginning at 9am, we will be dropping off bags from South of 10th Avenue South to 24th Avenue South, from 23rd Street to 51st Street.

We will meet at 9am this Saturday morning (3/14) at the “Montana Lils” casino parking lot at 39th Street and 10th Ave South to distribute bags. Next Saturday morning (3/21), we will also meet at the same location at 9am to do our bag pick up. After bag pick-up, we will take our collected food to the Food Bank. Many thanks to Mrs. Lawrence and Mrs. Rapkoch for helping us to lead our participation in this event.

We will begin work on Camping skills this coming at our meeting this coming Monday, March 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Avenue North at 7pm. To begin our Camping skills section, we will be working on knots. We have a knot relay competition planned, so be ready with your knot skill!

In addition to our Camping skills program, we will be holding our annual election of members to the Order of the Arrow at our Monday meeting. We can only hold the election if we have good attendance at this meeting, so PLEASE make a point to attend the meeting on Monday so that the election can take place.

Unfortunately, I will be out of town again this Monday. Thank you very much to all of our adult leaders and Assistant Scoutmasters that have stepped up to run meetings while I have been out of town.

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

PROGRAM CHANGE: Service Project for Trinity Lutheran on Monday

Troop 26;

I would like to first give my congratulations to the members of our Troop that played in the Montana High School Association Band Festival this week. Senior Patrol Leader Ryan Detrick played piano and percussion, Tyler Copenhaver was on Bari Sax and Order of the Arrow Rep Max Weissman on Trombone. All three sounded great at the concerts both Monday and Tuesday!

I received some troubling reports from Trinity Lutheran Church after our lock-in last weekend. I am not going to go into them in detail in this email, but I ask all of you to remember that we are members of the Boy Scouts of America and have pledged ourselves to the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. Whenever we do anything, it is our duty to make sure that our actions meet those high standards.

Instead of a Communications Hike this coming Monday, instead we will be doing a service project for the Church, cleaning the carpet for the entire downstairs area. If any of you have extra carpet cleaners, please let me know and make a point to bring them with you on Monday. At a minimum, this meeting is mandatory for everyone that attended the Lock-In. We will perform this service project at our meeting on Monday, March 9 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Avenue North. I ask all of our youth leaders to make sure that we have full participation from the Troop at this service project.

Prior to that meeting, we will hold our postponed Patrol Leader’s Conference at 6pm on Monday, March 9 at Trinity Lutheran Church. At that PLC we will finalize our detailed schedule through the end of April.

Parents, I would like to hold a Committee meeting this Monday as well to discuss this situation. I also would like to get your thoughts on our new Troop manual. I look forward to your thoughts.

Have a great Scouting week, and I look forward to seeing every member of our Troop for our carpet cleaning service project on Monday, March 9.

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

Meeting tonight and a Troop manual

Troop 26;

I hope that you all had a great Scouting week! As March is the Great Falls Public Schools music festival and both Max and Sarah are playing at the concert tonight, I will not be at tonight’s meeting, which will be tonight at Trinity Lutheran Church at 7pm. Mr. Lukas will be our acting Scoutmaster tonight and Daniel Stone will be our acting SPL. I will be in touch soon with a time and date for a re-scheduled PLC for March.

I hope that you all had a great time at the lock-in this past weekend! The event was very well attended and everyone seemed to have fun.

One of our Troop goals over the past several years was to publish a Troop manual with information on all of the logistical details about how the Troop operates. I am thrilled to report that with Mrs. Smith’s valuable help, we finally have a manual that we can release to all of you. A copy of that manual is attached to this message. Please look it over and let us know your thoughts.

Weather permitting, we are still planning on a Communications Hike next week. I will be in touch with you during the week for more details regarding that hike and the March Patrol Leader’s Conference.

In Good Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

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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

Merit Badge University registration starts TOMORROW

Troop 26;

I hope that you all had a wonderful President’s Day holiday! I put a lot of scheduling details for the upcoming month in my message last week. Please go to that message and mark your calendars for all of our upcoming events.

We will continue work on Communications at our Scout meeting tomorrow, Monday, February 23 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. Mr. Lukas will be leading the meeting as I will be out of town.

Our Troop will be holding Order of the Arrow elections on Monday, March 16. Please make a point to attend this meeting, as we can only hold that election if at least half of our registered boys are in attendance. In addition, if you have received a message from me that you are eligible for election to the Order, please make a point to let me know if you want your name on the ballot by the end of this month.

Our Troop Lock-In is this weekend! We will begin swimming at the Natatorium at 6pm on Friday and the Lock-In will begin at the church at 8pm. More details about the lock-in will be discussed at our meeting tomorrow. Please be at the meeting to discuss these details!

Finally, I hope that you all are excited about Merit Badge University next month! Online registration for MBU starts TOMORROW. If you are going, I need to know what merit badge classes you want to take. The list of classes, the schedule and other details is available at http://meritbadgeu.wordpress.com. Mr. Adams will have a sign-up form at the meeting tomorrow; I need your attendance commitment for the event as soon as possible. Some of the more interesting classes (Scuba, Welding, Horsemanship!) are likely to fill up early. The sooner you let me know what you want to take, the sooner I can get you registered.

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

Troop 26 has a Busy Spring planned! Mark your Calendars.

Troop 26;

Buckle up, buttercup! We are getting into our Spring schedule and I have a lot of information to impart in this message. Please get out your calendars for these upcoming events.

In lieu of a meeting next week (as it is President’s Day), our Troop will be going to Helena for a tour of the legislature on February 16. Our schedule and more information about this event is available at https://lcdistrictcommittee.wordpress.com/tag/legislature-tour/. You should have already received a text message from me if you are signed up for this opportunity. Mr. Adams is our tour leader for the event. Please make a point to gather No Later Than 6am in uniform at Trinity Lutheran Church to caravan to Helena. Lunch will be a brown bag in the old Supreme Court chambers; there is food left over from our lunch at the ski hill; you are more than welcome to some of it. Please get in touch with me this week if you would like to get some of that food.

Our next scheduled Troop meeting will be Monday, February 23 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. We will continue work on Communications Merit Badge led by Mr. Lukas.

Our annual Troop Lock-in will be on Friday, February 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church. We will begin the evening with a swim at the Marony Natatorium across the street at 6pm. The lock-in will begin at 8pm at the church. Your leaders for the evening are Mr. Adams and Mr. Boyd. As always, plan for a fun evening of games and junk food. Most importantly, please make a point to pick up your Scout by 7:30am on Saturday morning so that Mr. Adams and Mr. Boyd can get some rest.

Our Patrol Leader’s Council meeting for the month of March will be on Monday, March 2 at 6pm. Troop meeting to follow at 7pm.

We will complete work on the Merit Badge on a Communications Hike, which we will begin at 6pm on Monday, March 9 at the 20th Street Caboose on River’s Edge Trail. Please arrive in uniform. Good hiking shoes and drinking water are important for any hike. We will conclude the hike at 8:30pm at the same location.

Our District Scouting for Food drive is March 14 (bag drop off) and March 21 (bag/food pick up). This is one of the most significant Good Turns we accomplish each year. Can our Troop collect at least 1,500 pounds of food this year? Please mark your calendars to help us achieve this goal. More information, and our area this year, will be announced soon, watch your email for that information.

Merit Badge University is Saturday, March 28 at Carroll College in Helena. We will be leaving the evening of March 27 and staying the night in the Carroll College gym. This is an incredible opportunity to take a really staggering number of merit badges, many of which require advanced counselors. Architecture, Astronomy, Aviation, Chemistry, Digital Technology and Programming, Engineering, Horsemanship, Movie Making, Robotics, Scuba and Welding are just some of the options! A full description of this event is available at meritbadgeu.wordpress.com. The cost will be $20/person + transportation and food. Registration opens on 2/23. If you would like to attend, please look over that website and get back to me soon.

Mark your calendars for the Trail to First Class campout, which will be April 17-19 at Holter Lake! This is a great opportunity for all of our younger Scouts to achieve rank requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class. Older Scouts are needed to teach these skills. Our Troop will be teaching Totin’ Chip and Fireman Chit classes at this event. For adults, Outdoor Leader Skills will be taught while your Scout is in classes. Our Chapter’s Order of the Arrow tap-out ceremomy will also be held at this campout. This is a great event, please mark your calendars.

Last, but certainly not least, we have Summer camp final registration coming up soon. We will be going to K-M Scout Ranch July 19-25. We can expect that the cost of camp and travel will be about $300 each. I will need your camp commitments very soon. During March/April, I will be meeting with each Scout attending to start getting you signed up for merit badge classes at K-M.

Whew! That is a lot of information, and a very busy few months of Scouting. I look forward to seeing you at our next Troop meeting on February 23.

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

How Can you Communicate without Talking?

Troop 26;

What a fun day at Showdown Montana on Saturday! Thank you to everyone that came and joined us for a day in the Little Belt Mountains!

I hope that you all enjoyed our meeting last Monday on Communications. We will continue that theme at our meeting Troop tonight, February 9 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. We will be discussing non-verbal communications. How can you communicate without talking? What sort of cues can you give or perceive without words? I am very interested in hearing your thoughts on the subject tonight.

Tonight we will also be finalizing logistics for our day at the Montana Legislature during President’s Day next week. Everyone who is planning on going to Helena for that trip should make a point to be at the meeting tonight. There will be no Troop meeting on February 16 as it is President’s Day.

We will finalize our meeting work on Communications at our Troop meeting on February 23 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran. Finally for the month, the Troop Lock-in will be over Friday night, February 27. More details on that event will be discussed tonight.

Parents, we will try to have a productive Parent/Committee meeting tonight while the boys are working on Communications. Please make a point of attending our meeting tonight so that you can be part of that conversation.

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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