Special Pets and Dog Care Merit Badge meeting tomorrow

Troop 26;

What a great campout! I hope that all of you had a great time.

We will be meeting tomorrow evening for a special meeting with Dr. Jennings to go over the Pets and Dog Care Merit Badges. We will be meeting at 6:30 pm at the Dog Park near 9th Street. Please bring your pet to the meeting, with completed copies of the homework that Dr. Jennings assigned at our last meeting.

See you there!

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

Fall Camporee Permission Slips and Med forms

I hope that you all are getting excited for the Fall Camporee next weekend! The camporee looks like it will be a lot of fun, and we just found out that Carroll College in Helena will be leading our work on the Astronomy merit badge!

If you are going to the Camporee we need to know right away. I also need permission slips for every boy going and if you do not already have a medical form on file, you need fill out parts A and B.

Please also remember that tomorrow night’s meeting will be a bag check. Please bring your packed bag for Camporee to our meeting tomorrow evening, 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Ave N. We are likely to get a bit chilly at night, so please be prepared.

Webelos are invited to join us! If you would like to camp with Troop 26, please come to our meeting tomorrow. Standard Cub Scout rules apply; each Webelos attending must have a parent also camping with us. Camping with the troop does count towards Webelos rank and Arrow of Light requirements.

You also may invite a non-registered friend to join us, if they would like to camp with us to consider joining. Please consider asking a friend to come try out Troop 26! This would be a great opportunity to see what Scouting is all about and to have a great time. They still would have to pay for the their camping and fill out the permission slip and medical form.

There is some prior work that needs to be done for the merit badges you can earn at this Camporee. Please look over the attached Camporee Program Guide for more information.

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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Pets and Dog Care Merit Badge homework from Dr. Jennings

All,
I don’t think I was specific in the homework assigned for the period between now and our next meeting. Please have the following prepared:

Pets -
Requirements 1, 2 and 3
Note: For requirement 1, if you have had a pet for more than four months and it is your job to feed, clean-up after, accompany to the vet etc., a parent-signed statement indicating your performance will suffice. If you haven’t had a pet for four months, bring a statement of your plan to fulfill this requirement and we’ll discuss it.

Dogs -
Requirements 1 thru 10. Simple one or two paragraph written answers for most, picture/chart with anatomy labelled etc. Create and start maintaining Dog Care Log.

Looking forward to the camporee – hope to see you all there.

Sincerely, Dr. Jennings

Pets merit badge requirements

  1. Present evidence that you have cared for a pet for 4 months. Get approval before you start.*
  2. Write in 200 words or more about the care, feeding, and housing of your pet. Tell some interesting facts about it. Tell why you have this kind of pet. Give local laws, if any, relating to the pet you keep.
  3. Show that you have read a book or pamphlet, approved by your counselor, about your kind of pet. Discuss with your counselor what you have learned from what you read.
  4. Do ONE of the following:a. Show your pet in some pet show.b. Start a friend raising a pet like yours. Help your friend get a good start.c. Train a pet in three or more tricks or special abilities.

* Work done for other merit badges cannot be used for this requirement.

Dog Care merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:a. Briefly discuss the historical origin and domestication of the dog.b. Describe some common characteristics of the dogs that make up each of the seven major dog groups.c. Tell some specific characteristics of seven breeds of dogs (one from each major group), OR give a short history of one breed.
  2. Point out on a dog or a sketch at least 10 body parts. Give the correct name of each one.
  3. Do the following:a. Explain the importance of house-training, obedience training, and socialization training for your dog.b. Explain what “responsible pet ownership” means.c. Explain what issues (including temperament) must be considered when deciding on what breed of dog to get as a family pet.
  4. For two months, keep and care for your dog.* Maintain a log of your activities during this period that includes these items: feeding schedule, types of food used, amount fed, exercise periods, training schedule, a weekly body weight record, grooming and bathing schedules, veterinary care, if necessary, and costs. Also include a brief description of the type of housing/shelter arrangements you have for your dog.
    • The activities used to fulfill the requirements for the Dog Care merit badge may not be used to help fulfill the requirements for other merit badges.
  5. Explain the correct way to obedience train a dog and what equipment you would need. Show with your dog any three of these commands: “come,” “sit,” “down,” “heel,” “stay,” “fetch” or “get it,” and “drop it.”
  6. Do the following:a. Discuss the proper vaccination schedule for a dog in your area from puppyhood through adulthood.b. Discuss the control methods for preventing fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites (worms) for a dog in your area from puppyhood through adulthood.c. Explain the importance of dental care and tooth brushing to your pet’s health.d. Discuss the benefits of grooming your dog’s coat and nails on a regular basis.e. Discuss with your counselor any seasonal conditions (like hot summers, cold winters, or extreme humidity) where you live that need to be considered for your dog.
  7. Do the following:a. Explain precautions to take in handling a hurt dog.b. Show how to put on an emergency muzzle.c. Explain how to treat wounds. Explain first aid for a dog bite.d. Show how to put on a simple dressing and bandage the foot, body, or head of your dog.e. Explain what to do if a dog is hit by a car.f. List the things needed in every dog owner’s first-aid kit.g. Tell the dangers of home treatment of a serious ailment.h. Briefly discuss the cause and method of spread, the signs and symptoms and the methods of prevention of rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and heartworms in dogs.
  8. Visit a veterinary hospital or an animal shelter and give a report about your visit to your counselor.
  9. Know the laws and ordinances involving dogs that are in force in your community.
  10. Learn about three career opportunities for working with dogs. Pick one and find out about the education, training, and experience required for this career, and discuss this with your counselor. Tell why this profession interests you.

Popcorn, Pets, Dog Care and Fall Camporee

Troop 26;

I hope that you are having a great Scouting week!

This coming Monday, September 15, we will be continuing our Fall Camporee planning and getting information on our upcoming Popcorn sale!

Please bring your (packed) bag for Fall Camporee, which will be the weekend of September 19-21, to this meeting for a bag check. We will also spend some time to go over the program for Fall Camporee, which will focus on Forestry, Astronomy and Fishing. I have included a copy of the Camporee program guide in this email.

Popcorn is our primary fundraiser for the year. A Scout is Thrifty, and your popcorn sales can cover virtually all of the activities you will do in Scouting this year, including camping, hiking, skiing and summer camp at K-M this coming July. Please make a point to sell popcorn to help ensure that you can be active in the troop without your parents having to write a check for your Scouting!

We will be shopping for food for the upcoming Camporee on Wednesday, September 17. We will finalize plans for the shopping trip at the meeting on Monday.

Many thanks to our District Chairman, Dr. Peter Jennings, for teaching Pets and Dog Care Merit Badges at our meeting this past Monday. We will have a special meeting with Dr. Jennings just for these merit badges on September 22. Please have the homework items he assigned complete for this meeting and review the requirements and pamphlets for both merit badges.

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

https://lcdistrictcommittee.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/lewis-and-clark-2014-fall-camporee.pdf

WebPage.pdf

Mandatory Troop and Pack 26 Youth Protection and Committee Meeting on 9/13!

Troop 26 Parents and Committee Members;

The most important part of Scouting is that we provide a safe program for your boys. As we prepare for our annual recharter process, we need to ensure that all of our leaders and adults are trained in Youth Protection. It is our Troop policy that we will only complete our charter with adults whose Youth Protection does not expire during the year for which we chartering.

Virtually every adult in our unit has a Youth Protection training expiration of next month. Accordingly, we have scheduled a combined Troop and Pack 26 Youth Protection class in the basement of the Scout office at 9am on September 13. Please make a point to attend this important training. I promise that we will respect your time.

After the training is complete (which will be about 45 minutes), Karla will hold our Troop Committee meeting for September. We promise to respect your time at that meeting as well, which will go over our Troop schedule for the Fall, our Troop finances and our plan for the coming 2014-2015 school year.

Yours in Scouting,

Aaron

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

School and Fall are Here!

Troop 26;

School and Fall have started! I hope that you are enjoying the beginning of your school year.

With the beginning of school, we are back to our regular schedule. Troop 26 will meet most every Monday evening at Trinity Lutheran church, except as otherwise noted. Please wear your full Class A field uniform for all meetings.

Our Patrol Leader’s Council for September will begin on 9/8 at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran. If you have a leadership position in the Troop (a patch on your arm), please make a point to attend this planning meeting. We have a lot to discuss, including Fall Camporee and planning for the rest of our Fall activities.

Our Troop meeting for September 8 will begin at 7pm. Topics include Pets Merit Bade and Dog Care Merit Badge (led by our guest, District Chair, Veterinarian and Merit Badge Counselor Dr. Peter Jennings), Fall Camporee planning and Advancement records. In preparation for the meeting, please look through the requirements for both merit badges and make sure that your book is up to date with your activities (camping and service). Please also bring any partial blue cards on which you may be working.

By the way, I just learned about this method of finding out if a regular alkaline battery is dead or not. The dead battery will bounce while the good battery will not. More on this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrGV7zKEdtU#t=224

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

A Post Campout Checklist? Yes Please!

Troop 26;

The attached post campout checklist was just published on “Bryan on Scouting”. I thought it so valuable that I decided to send it you immediately. Very, very good advice.

I’d like to make a quick shout out to LT and Michael, who served as Den Chiefs at the Pack 26 BBQ last night. Great job guys! (and yes, to you too Mr. Boyd).

Scout Night at Voyager Stadium is tomorrow evening. If you are going to the game, you need to purchase your tickets in advance. Forms are available at lcdistrictcommittee.wordpress.com. We WILL be building a pioneering tower for the Scout Show in front of the Stadium. Please coordinate with SPL for your arrival time. Even if you are not going to the game or camping out, we need your help to build the tower, so please come and help out (wearing your Class A uniform, please!)

No meeting this Monday as it is Labor Day. PLC will meet at 6pm on September 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Troop meeting will be 7pm, same bat-time and channel. Topics will be Pet and Dog Care Merit Badge, Fall Camporee planning and Advancement records. Please bring your books and take a few moments beforehand to update those books with all of the advancements you have accomplished!

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Post-Campout-Checklist.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

Bowling, Baseball and Pioneering

Troop 26;

I hope that you are having a great August. It is hard to believe that Summer is almost over, but I think it will be easier to come to grips with this when the temperature drops this weekend.

Our next meeting will be a bowling party on August 25 at Little’s Lanes on 1st Ave N at 6pm. Many thanks to Mrs. Stone for arranging for the lane reservation, and to Mr. and Mrs. Lukas for arranging the trophies and gag gifts. We will get a few Pizzas at the party. Please wear your Class B uniform.

The annual Scout night at Voyager Stadium and District Scout Show is on Friday, August 29th. Our Troop usually builds a pioneering tower in front of the stadium before the game. Those that want to do so can also camp out on the ball field after the game!

If you want to go to the game, you have to fill out the attached form. You will be getting a call from your SPL/PL to find out if you can help build the pioneering tower. We don’t have a lot of time to get this organized, but I hope that our Troop can participate this year. Please also let me know if you would like to camp in the ball field that night.

At our last PLC, the Troop decided to work on Pets Merit Badge and Dog Care Merit Bade as a September and maybe also October theme. I have appended the requirements for both merit badges to this message. Our new District Chairman and Veterinarian Dr. Peter Jennings will be our guest at our first meeting in September to kick off this theme, which will be September 8. Please begin looking over the requirements and make plans for how you wish to complete this theme. We may move some of our September/October meetings to alternate locations such as the Dog Park, Animal Shelter, etc.

Finally, although Summer is almost over, I think it important to stress how important sunscreen is when outside. I recently saw an interesting video that shows what affect UV radiation (sunlight) has on your skin. Skin cancer is not a laughing matter, and you can prevent it by simply taking a few moments to cover up with sunscreen. You can watch the video here and I request that you do so! http://vimeo.com/97666651

Have a great remainder of your Summer, and I look forward to see you at our bowling party at Little’s Lanes on 8/25 at 6pm!

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

scoutnight-2014.pdf

Pets merit badge requirements

  1. Present evidence that you have cared for a pet for 4 months. Get approval before you start.*
  2. Write in 200 words or more about the care, feeding, and housing of your pet. Tell some interesting facts about it. Tell why you have this kind of pet. Give local laws, if any, relating to the pet you keep.
  3. Show that you have read a book or pamphlet, approved by your counselor, about your kind of pet. Discuss with your counselor what you have learned from what you read.
  4. Do ONE of the following:a. Show your pet in some pet show.b. Start a friend raising a pet like yours. Help your friend get a good start.c. Train a pet in three or more tricks or special abilities.

* Work done for other merit badges cannot be used for this requirement.

Dog Care merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:a. Briefly discuss the historical origin and domestication of the dog.b. Describe some common characteristics of the dogs that make up each of the seven major dog groups.c. Tell some specific characteristics of seven breeds of dogs (one from each major group), OR give a short history of one breed.
  2. Point out on a dog or a sketch at least 10 body parts. Give the correct name of each one.
  3. Do the following:a. Explain the importance of house-training, obedience training, and socialization training for your dog.b. Explain what “responsible pet ownership” means.c. Explain what issues (including temperament) must be considered when deciding on what breed of dog to get as a family pet.
  4. For two months, keep and care for your dog.* Maintain a log of your activities during this period that includes these items: feeding schedule, types of food used, amount fed, exercise periods, training schedule, a weekly body weight record, grooming and bathing schedules, veterinary care, if necessary, and costs. Also include a brief description of the type of housing/shelter arrangements you have for your dog.
    • The activities used to fulfill the requirements for the Dog Care merit badge may not be used to help fulfill the requirements for other merit badges.
  5. Explain the correct way to obedience train a dog and what equipment you would need. Show with your dog any three of these commands: “come,” “sit,” “down,” “heel,” “stay,” “fetch” or “get it,” and “drop it.”
  6. Do the following:a. Discuss the proper vaccination schedule for a dog in your area from puppyhood through adulthood.b. Discuss the control methods for preventing fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites (worms) for a dog in your area from puppyhood through adulthood.c. Explain the importance of dental care and tooth brushing to your pet’s health.d. Discuss the benefits of grooming your dog’s coat and nails on a regular basis.e. Discuss with your counselor any seasonal conditions (like hot summers, cold winters, or extreme humidity) where you live that need to be considered for your dog.
  7. Do the following:a. Explain precautions to take in handling a hurt dog.b. Show how to put on an emergency muzzle.c. Explain how to treat wounds. Explain first aid for a dog bite.d. Show how to put on a simple dressing and bandage the foot, body, or head of your dog.e. Explain what to do if a dog is hit by a car.f. List the things needed in every dog owner’s first-aid kit.g. Tell the dangers of home treatment of a serious ailment.h. Briefly discuss the cause and method of spread, the signs and symptoms and the methods of prevention of rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and heartworms in dogs.
  8. Visit a veterinary hospital or an animal shelter and give a report about your visit to your counselor.
  9. Know the laws and ordinances involving dogs that are in force in your community.
  10. Learn about three career opportunities for working with dogs. Pick one and find out about the education, training, and experience required for this career, and discuss this with your counselor. Tell why this profession interests you.

A Great Time in Washington State!

Troop 26;

It looks like the Troop is having a great time in Washington State. Many thanks to Mrs. Detrick and Mr. Boyd for keeping us all updated with photos on the Troop Facebook page. Go visit that page to see photos; it looks like the Troop is having a wonderful time at Camp Parsons!

Our next meeting will be on August 25, which will be a Troop bowling party and last hurrah of Summer at Little’s Lanes. We will meet there at 6pm. Of course, we will have prizes, fun and pizza! Mark your calendars; I hope you can join us.

Looking forward, I have attached the program for our upcoming Fall Camporee to this email, and please mark your calendars for our Fall Camporee over the weekend of September 19-21. It looks like a great program in a great location. We will be working on our attendance and plans for the camporee in early September.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Lewis and Clark 2014 Fall Camporee.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

Flag Ceremony at the Municipal Band Concert

Seven Scouts, a handful of leaders, ice cream and a Summer band concert. What a pleasurable evening! Great job leading the flag ceremony tonight Troop 26!

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