Help us Build a Huge Trebuchet on Saturday!

Troop 26;

I hope you all had a meaningful and pleasant Memorial Day. Even though we have had not had a chance to meet since Spring Camporee, we will be camping this coming weekend with Pack 26 at the annual Troop/Pack campout this weekend at Medicine River Scout Center.

This weekend we will be helping the Pack with their Den activities and building a 15 foot trebuchet in the afternoon! This will be our “test run” for the trebuchet we will build during the Scout show this coming Fall.

I have eight of you signed up to attend this campout. Even if you are not signed up, please join us to help out on Saturday. As this campout is near town, the Troop will not be providing transportation. If you need a ride, please let me know at your soonest opportunity. Directions and a map to MRSC can be found at this link: http://bit.ly/1AtBQDG

If you want to eat from the menu you will have to confirm your attendance with me today. Saturday’s menu is as follows: Breakfast will be eggs/bacon, lunch will be cold cut sandwiches and dinner will be hot dogs/hamburgers. The Pack will be having their den crossover ceremony during the campfire program that evening.

For those of you that have not camped before, the Troop will be providing tents. Please bring a sleeping bag, ground pad (if you want it), mess kit and your 10 essentials. A list of 10 essentials can be found on the bottom of this message. Especially for our newer Scouts, please also bring your Scout book.

As some of you may have noticed, your Senior Patrol Leader and I have been making some changes to our Patrol lineup. Our Troop is now made up of three Scout patrols and a Senior leadership patrol. To find out your new Patrol, please make a point to come to our next Scout meeting on Monday, June 1 at 7 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Prior to that meeting we will hold our June Patrol Leader’s Conference at 6pm, also at Trinity Lutheran Church. The following leaders should attend PLC: SPL, ASPL, all PLs, Quartermaster and Scribe. If you have any question about whether or not you should be attending the PLC, please contact me or SPL.

Our June theme will be camping and hiking. During the month we will have a presentation on advanced hiking and camping techniques from expert camper/hiker Ryan Foley from Bighorn Wilderness. We will cap off this theme with our Showdown hike and service project during the weekend of June 19.

Summer is a great time to Scout. I look forward to seeing you at the campout this weekend!

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 outdoor essentials checklist

They’re called “essentials” for a reason. Every packing list starts with these 10 items.

  1. A pocketknife or multitool can be handy in a wide variety of situations. It’s useful for tasks as large as building an emergency shelter or lighting a campfire with poor fuel, or as small as repairing a damaged backpack. Don’t forget to first earn your Whittling Chip (for older Cub Scouts) or Totin’ Chip (for Boy Scouts).
  2. A first-aid kit can be a lifesaver. Literally.
  3. Bring extra clothing to match the weather. Multiple layers are better than a single massive jacket, because layered clothing is adaptable to a wide range of temperatures.
  4. Rain gear is very important. Being wet from rain may result in hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition.
  5. A flashlight is important for finding your way in the dark.
  6. Trail food is good for maintaining your energy.
  7. Water can prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
  8. Matches and/or a fire starter may be used to light fires for heat, or for signaling for help.
  9. Sun protection might include sunblock, sunglasses, lip balm and a wide-brimmed hat.
  10. A map and compass are probably the most important tools you can carry in case you get lost.

Here are some additional items you may want to pack, depending on the outing:

Keeping Clean

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Soap
  • Comb
  • Waterless hand cleaner
  • Small towel
  • Washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Trowel for digging cathole latrines

Cooking and eating

  • Large plastic cereal bowl or kitchen storage bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cup or insulated mug
  • Water treatment system
  • Backpacking stove with fuel
  • Large pot and lid (2.5- or 3-quart size)
  • Small pot and lid (1.5- or 2-quart size)
  • Lightweight frying pan (10 to 12 inches in diameter)
  • For melting snow, add 1 large pot and lid (6 to 10 quarts)
  • Hot-pot tongs

Extras

  • Watch
  • Camera
  • Notebook
  • Pen or pencil
  • Sunglasses
  • Small musical instrument
  • Swimsuit
  • Gloves
  • Whistle
  • Nylon cord
  • Insect repellent
  • Repair kit
  • Hiking stick or trekking poles
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing gear
  • Animal identification books, plant keys, geological studies, star charts or other guides

Tied for First at Camporee and Crossover Tonight!

Troop 26;

Thank you to everyone that came to my house yesterday afternoon to help repack the trailer. The work was done in less than 30 minutes!

The Camping Committee announced the results from the Spring Camporee. Congratulations to Troop 26 for tying with Troop 4 for first place! More details at http://bit.ly/1KfE0K1.

Please join us tonight, May 18, as we welcome four Webelos Scouts from Troop 7 that have chosen to join Troop 26! Their crossover will be at Christ United Methodist Church at 2900 9th Ave S (the Dairy Queen Church) at 6:30pm tonight. Please make a point to attend on time and in full uniform. If you don’t have green pants or shorts, please wear jeans.

Next Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day and we will not have a scheduled meeting. However, we WILL be joining the Pack at their campout on the weekend of May 29 at Medicine River Scout Center. We will complete our Nova Shoot! program during that campout and we will be constructing our Trebuchet on Saturday, May 30. We need to coordinate details for that weekend; please reply back to me if you plan on attending that weekend and we will put together a short impromptu meeting to coordinate these details.

Have a great Scouting week, and enjoy Memorial Day weekend!

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

Wet, bedraggled and now warm and cozy at home

Well, everyone looked pretty soaked. I think that the camping committee made the right choice to pull the event.

Great job to everyone at the campout for working together to load up gear and get on the road in only an hour! We now have some very wet gear to deal with and a large mess of a troop trailer. We will all meet at my home, 315 4th Ave N, at 1pm tomorrow to clean gear and re-pack the trailer and get it back into order. Please make a point to show up on time so that this can be done quickly and efficiently.

See you ALL tomorrow at 1pm.

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

Shopping for Spring Camporee TONIGHT!

Troop 26;

We had a great meeting on Monday evening! Thank you to Mrs. Detrick for teaching sign language skills in preparation for the Disabilities Awareness Spring Camporee this weekend! We also performed a service project for the church.

As a reminder to all Scouts in Troop 26: If you cannot make a meeting because of another obligation, it is up to YOU to contact your Patrol Leader, the Senior Patrol Leader of the Scoutmaster to inform them in advance that you will be unable to attend. We put a lot of work into planning a fun program and more attendance = more fun for all.

We will be grocery shopping TONIGHT at 7pm at Smith’s for the Spring Camporee. If you want some say in what you will be eating this weekend, please make a point to attend! Owen Rapkoch is Grubmaster for this campout; Owen, thank you for your leadership!

Our Spring Camporee is this weekend, Jeremy Adams is our Scoutmaster for the weekend and Daniel Stone is acting Senior Patrol Leader. Everyone signed up for the Camporee as of our meeting on Monday will be charged for attendance. We will be gathering at 5pm at Trinity Lutheran Church with wheels on the road by 5:30pm. Please contact a Troop leader if you need to be picked up in advance so that we can leave on time.

This coming Monday, May 18 at 6:30pm will be the Pack 7 crossover to Troop 26 at Christ United Methodist Church, 2900 9th Avenue South. Please make a point to attend (in uniform) to welcome the boys from that Pack that have chosen to join our Troop!

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

Summer Camp and NYLT Campership Form

Troop 26;

We will be attending K-M Summer Camp this July 19-25, and at least two boys from our Troop may be attending NYLT. The Montana Council has a limited amounty of camperships available, based on financial need. A copy of the application form for those camperships is attached. If you would like to apply, please fill out the attached form and return it to the Scout office.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Camp-Scholarship-Form.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

Congratulations to Troop 26!

Troop 26;

What a great Court of Honor and Committee Meeting last night! Congratulations to everyone on their achievements. I am also very pleased to announce that it looks like we achieved Gold status in the Investment in Character and Leadership campaign. As such, everyone in the Troop gets the following benefits:

  • $15 discount per youth to K-M Summer Camp AND NYLT training,
  • Free Rank Advancement patches through April, 2016, AND
  • 5% Discount for all purchases for the Troop and any Troop member at the Scout office

Thank you very much for your support of Scouting in our community!

For our upcoming schedule, we will have a Patrol Leader’s Council meeting this coming Monday, May 4 at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran Church (1226 1st Ave N) followed by a Troop meeting at 7pm. We need all youth troop leaders (SPL, ASPL, PLs, APLs, Scribe, Quartermaster, etc.) at our PLC meeting. We will planning for the Spring Camporee and will begin working on the NOVA Shoot! award at the Troop meeting. We have some very fun activities planned for this award; come to the meeting to learn more.

We will be attending the Lewis and Clark District Spring Camporee on the weekend of May 15. Please confirm your intent to attend on scoutbook.com. You can also print out your pre-filled permission slip for the event there. Please turn in that permission slip at our next meeting.

We will be joining Pack 26 for a campout at Medicine River Scout Center on the weekend of May 29-31. Please let me know if you will be attending. The boys from our Troop will be helping to organize the program for the boys of the Pack. Scouting is more fun if we continue to recruit new Scouts, and joining the Pack on activities like this is the best way for those boys to get excited to join our Troop. Please clear your calendar to attend, at least for the day of May 30.

We will be hiking to the top of Showdown ski area for a campout and woods service project on the weekend of June 19. This will be a different sort of campout for us, as we will be hiking with all of our gear and food. We will be spending the day on Saturday to clear hazard saplings, brush and trees on a few ski runs. Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to earn their Paul Bunyan Woodsman award. Please clear your calendar to attend.

The Troop will be attending K-M Summer Camp July 19-25. I have attached a copy of the available merit badge classes to this note. I need your attendance commitments and merit badge preferences as soon as possible. Many of the popular classes fill up quickly; I will sign you up for those classes as soon as you get me your choices.

Did you have a great time at our Lake Alva canoeing campout last year? We currently plan to hold that event again over the July 31-August 2 weekend. Mark your calendars!

Please also plan to spend the morning of Saturday, August 8 at the Scout office for our annual calendar conference. At that conference we will be making all of our calendar plans for our 2015-2016 program year.

Many Scouts in our unit need to raise significant funds to be able to pay their own way in Scouting. A Scout is Thrifty, and participating in fundraisers is the best way to allow you to be an active Scout. We have the following fundraisers planned, with more to come:

Boys in our unit have the opportunity to earn some funds for their Scout account on the weekend of May 8 by doing some yardwork for an elderly lady in our community that has requested some assistance. Please confirm to me your intent to help and I will get you specific details.

Many thanks to Mrs. Rapkoch for organizing a Grocery Bagging fundraiser (organized by the parents of Troop 26) for sometime during the weekend of May 22. More details about this will be forthcoming.

We will also be holding a fundraising Pancake Breakfast (organized by Ms. Larios) this Spring. More details about this will also be forthcoming soon.

In the same note, many thanks to Mr. Adams for agreeing to serve as our unit Popcorn Kernel for the 2015 sale.

I think that is enough for one day. I look forward to seeing you all on Monday, May 4 for our PLC and Troop meeting.

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-2015-Program-Guide.pdf

Court of Honor Tomorrow!

Troop 26:

Are any of you planning on running in the Icebreaker run today? It should be a wonderful day for a run! My family will all be running the 3-mile race. I hope to see you there!

Our Troop will be holding our Spring Court to recognize our Scout’s achievements tomorrow, April 27 at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran Church (1226 1st Avenue North). Our Court of Honor will be a potluck dinner. All Scouts are to bring an entree to share. If your Scout is in the Troll Patrol, he should also bring a salad or side dish. If he is in the Panther Patrol, he should bring a dessert.

Please also be aware that Lewis and Clark District Chair Peter Jennings will be our guest speaker tomorrow. Dr. Jennings will be discussing the importance of all of us contributing to an Investment in Character and Leadership to financially support Scouting in our community.

We will have a parents/Troop Committee meeting immediately following the Court of Honor. Please make a point to be there as we have a busy Summer scheduled and we need your help with our troop decisions.

Looking forward, we will hold our May Patrol Leader’s Conference on Monday, May 4 at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in order to plan our May activities. All Scouts with a green-bar position (SPL, ASPL, PL, APL, QM, Scribe, etc.) are expected to attend our PLC. Our May 4 Troop meeting will follow at 7pm.

Please also make a point to mark your boy’s calendars for the Lewis and Clark District Spring Camporee, which will be the weekend of May 15. I will have more information on this event at our Troop Committee meeting tomorrow.

Have a great Scouting day, and I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

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

2015 Guide to Advancement

Troop 26 Adult Leaders:

Please find attached a copy of the 2015 BSA Guide to Advancement. Released every two years, this document is the “official” textbook for how we are to handle advancement. Inside, you can find answers to many questions, including ones about merit badge policies, boards of review, etc. Please keep a copy for your reference as you work with the boys in our troop.

Aaron

33088.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

A Week Off?

Troop 26;

Just a short message this week. Great job at the Trail to First Class Campout this past weekend! I think that everyone there had a great time.

I would like to take a moment to congratulate our new Ordeal Initiates into the Order of the Arrow. Please join me in congratulating Ryan Detrick, Daniel Stone, Michael Frost, Tyler Kiamas and Laura Detrick. I greet you all in cheerful service!

We will not be meeting this week. If any of you would like to begin working on Cycling merit badge, I would be thrilled to lead you on a 10 mile bike hike either on Friday or this weekend. Please let me know if you are interested.

We will be holding our Spring Court of Honor next Monday, April 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Ave N at 6pm. As we have noted earlier, this will also be a potluck dinner. All Scouts, please bring a dish to share. Panther patrol will also be bringing desserts and Troll Patrol will be also bringing side dishes/salads. There will be an ICL presentation by District Chair Peter Jennings during our Court of Honor.

We will have a parent meeting immediately after the Court of Honor. We have a busy Summer coming up, and we need the participation of every parent with some of these decisions. Please make a point to attend to honor our boys achievements and to participate in the management of our Troop.

WWW,

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

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

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