With Gratitude!

Troop 26;

Thank you very much to everyone that attended our Troop Committee meeting yesterday! We could not have a well running Troop without the involvement of our parents and friends; it really means so much for you all to take time out of your schedules to meet.

At the meeting yesterday, adult Troop leadership positions for the coming year were determined. Congratulations to our new Troop Committee Chair, Karla Gilles! Thank you for offering to serve, and also all of our thanks to Joe Copenhaver for serving in that role for the past several years. Karla will take office immediately, and will begin training Dwight Dover on all the job particulars with the intent of allowing Dwight to step into the position at the beginning of 2015. Lisa Kiamas has also agreed to take on some of the work; thank you!

Thank you also for your confidence in me to serve as your Scoutmaster again for the coming year! Assistant Scoutmasters determined at the meeting for the coming year were Stephen Boyd, Jeremy Adams, Mike Lukas, Tami Lukas and John Dresel. Thank you for your service! We still need more Assistant Scoutmasters in order to schedule activities with our boys; job requirements are to complete the following minimum trainings: Youth Protection, Scoutmaster Fundamentals and Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills.

Congratulations are due to Laura Detrick and Stephen Boyd for their good planning for our trip to Camp Parsons in just a few short weeks. Travel costs, including food, should be less than $110 per person. If you have not yet signed up to go to Summer Camp with us and want to, there are a few slots still available. However, we would have to know almost immediately if you would like to join us at camp.

At our meeting on Monday we will be making specific plans for Summer Camp, including what we are going to be doing to show Scout Spirit for the camp and ranking your priorities for merit badge classes. We also have a service project we will be conducting for Trinity Lutheran Church; there are a number of tables and chairs that need to be moved for a funeral that is scheduled there. Time permitting, we will show video from our float trip to Lake Alva last weekend. Class B uniforms are appropriate for this meeting.

Personally, I would like to also thank all of your for your support this Summer. As most of you know, it has not been an easy Summer for the Weissman family. Your friendship and support have meant so much to us.

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

Troop Committee Meeting, 7/24 at 7pm

Troop 26 Parents;

We will hold a Troop Committee meeting, chaired by our Chartering Organization Representative Bob Nommensen, on July 24 at 7pm at my home, 315 4th Ave N. At this meeting, we will be discussing:

* Troop leadership for the 2014-2015 school year,
* Details regarding Camp Parsons and Summer Camp

I am also prepared to provide any additional details or answer any additional questions regarding the incident last month on Belt Creek that resulted in my broken leg.

I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday evening at 7pm.

Yours in Scouting,

Aaron

Personal Fitness Merit Badge PT test on Tuesday

Troop 26;

I am looking forward to seeing you all at Jake Smith’s Eagle Court of Honor tonight. Remember, please be at Central Christian Church (1025 Central Avenue) at 5:30pm in your Class A uniform to help with setup.

For those of you working on Personal Fitness Merit Badge with Mrs. Detrick, please make a point to meet tomorrow, July 22, at Gibson Park at 6pm. We will all meet at the bandshell. Please make a point to have your updated physical activity log with you.

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

Jake Smith’s Eagle Court of Honor is tomorrow

Troop 26:

I hope that you all had a great time at the Seeley Lake float trip this weekend. It sounds like you all had a blast! Your Scoutmaster is recovering; I hope I can join you on trips like that soon.

Please make a point to attend Jake Smith’s Eagle Court of Honor tomorrow, which will be at 6pm at Central Christian Church. Scouts, please be there by 5:30 to help with set-up.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Aaron Weissman
aaron@weissman.com

Dresel ECOH Rehearsal!

Troop 26;

I hope you are all looking forward to Jack’s Eagle Court of Honor on Saturday and our car wash on Sunday!

Mr. Dresel asks if you all can please make a point to arrive an hour early, at 1pm, to Jack’s Eagle Court of Honor on Saturday at the St. Peter and Paul gym so that we can do a quick rehearsal of the ceremony.

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

Thank you!

Troop 26;

Thank you very much for all of your visits and well wishes! I am recovering from last week’s accident, and I do hope to be at the meeting tonight, which will be as regularly scheduled, 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. As we are in the height of the Summer, Class B uniforms are acceptable for this meeting.

Those working on Personal Fitness Merit Badge should meet with Mrs. Detrick at 6:15pm tonight at Natatorium Park for a calisthenics session before the meeting. Please bring your Personal Fitness logs to the meeting so that Mrs. Detrick can look them over.

As the last meeting, the Troop chose new senior leadership. Congratulations to Max Weissman, our new Senior Patrol Leader, Ryan Detrick, our new Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Michael Frost, our new Quartermaster! I know that all of you will do great in your term of office. I believe that leaves us an opening in the Panther Assistant Patrol Leader position; please let Daniel know if you are interested in the job.

We also still need someone to take the Scribe/Webmaster job. Your responsibility would be to take notes at meetings and to write these weekly messages. Please see me or Ryan if you are interested in the job.

At tonight’s meeting, we will be working on our Summer Carwash, which will be this coming Sunday, July 13 at the 10th Avenue South Hardees. We also will be finalizing our planning for our Holter Lake Canoeing campout on July 19.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend Jack Dresel’s Eagle Court of Honor this coming Saturday, July 12 at the St. Peter and Paul Gymnasium at 2pm and Jake Smith’s Eagle Court of Honor on July 21 at the Central Christian Church at 6pm. Congratulations and Woo-Hoo! to Jack and Jake!

Parents, I would like to have a discussion with all of you tonight when the boys go out to play Ultimate Frisbee about the accident last week. We also have a number of logistics to discuss regarding the trip there and back from Camp Parsons next month.

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

July!

Troop 26;

I hope that you are all having a wonderful Summer! Our weekly Troop bike rides began last yesterday; please check our Facebook page for specific schedules for the rides–we normally do a 10 mile ride with a stop for ice cream at the 5 mile point. I hope you can join us!

Do any of you need a swim test for any of our Summer activities? If you want to swim during these activities, you need a swim test every year. I am willing to do swim tests for anyone that needs them tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) at Wadsworth Pond. Please get in touch with me if you are interested.

For those of you that are participating in our Sluice Box float this coming Sunday, we will meet at the Big R parking lot at 8am. Please eat a big breakfast before you arrive and have your lunch packed with you! Be prepared for everything you will need on the float (water, snacks, sun hat, clothes that can get wet, water shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, etc.). If you have your own life vest, please bring it. The rafts we have procured will not be inflated, so be ready to do some inflation when we arrive in Monarch. If you want to bring a phone or camera, please make sure it is in a waterproof case that floats. If anyone that has not already registered for the ride wishes to join us, you need to contact me immediately so that we can rent an additional raft. This will not be a very expensive day; we will only charge your Scout account for fuel and raft rental costs. Please call me with any questions.

We are going to move our July Patrol Leader’s Council to this coming Monday, June 30 as we have a lot of items to discuss. If you have a Troop leadership position of any kind, please make a point to attend that meeting at 6:30pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. We will be holding our regularly scheduled Troop meeting at 7pm on June 30. In addition to the remainder of our Summer schedule, we will be doing some planning for our July float trip at Holter Lake at these meetings.

As should be standard operating practice, if you cannot attend any meeting please make a point to let your Patrol leader know in advance. If you have a Troop leadership position, you should let the ASPL know. If you are a Patrol leader and can not attend, let the SPL know. If you can not get in touch with that contact, please let me know if you can not attend a regularly scheduled meeting.

There is still time to march in the Parade on Independence Day! If you are going to be in town, please make a point to march in the Parade! The District will be taking the big overlook park flag down Central to lead the parade. There still might be time to get your name on the list for admission to the Baseball game that night, which will include fireworks. If you want to participate, please let me know as soon as possible.

Have a great Scouting 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

Text Group

Troop 26;

I know that a number of you would prefer to be texted with information about Troop events instead of emails. We have created a “remind.com” text group to facilitate that. If you would like to receive a text regarding Troop events, please sign up at the following link:

https://www.remind.com/join/troop1026

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

Great Council Camporee!

Troop 26;

Ga-Ga Ball, Human Foosball, Trap Shooting, CPR Training, Fireworks and more with hundreds of Scouts Statewide, what a great campout and what a great weekend! Thank you to all of the Scouts, Scouters and Parents that joined us this weekend for the Montana Council Camporee! We have created a photo album on our Troop Facebook page for the photos, please post copies of your photos from this weekend there so that we can all share.

A special “shout-out” to four of our boys that participated in the Scouting Pep Band at the Camporee! Tyler Copenhaver, Ryan Detrick, Mitchell Evans, Marco Larios and Max Weissman all brought their instruments and tried out for he band. The band sounded great–thank you all for your enthusiasm!

We will NOT be meeting tonight as we have just completed a fairly long campout and a number of us wish to attend Matt Farrey’s Eagle Court of Honor tonight. However, Mrs. Detrick will still be doing a Personal Fitness PT test tonight at Gibson Park. Please get in touch with her if you want to participate.

Our next Troop meeting will be Monday, June 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church at 7pm. We do have a number of Troop leadership items to discuss, and we will be awarding “Best Camper” for our Troop from this Campout then. Please make a point to attend.

A few additional items:

* We are still scheduled to have a Sluice Box float trip this coming Sunday, June 29. This is an event for older Scouts that are strong swimmers. If you want to take part in this activity, I need to hear from you by tomorrow night, Tuesday, June 24. Please email, text or call me by then. If we do not have at least four Scouts that are going to take part, we will not have that activity.

* The District is scheduled to march the Overlook Park flag down Central Avenue for the Independence Day parade, and to march that flag into Centene Stadium that night for the Voyager Baseball Game. Do you want to take part in either of these activities? You will get free admission to the Baseball game if you take part in that ceremony. That game will include fireworks that evening. I need to provide the District a head count; please email, text or call me by tomorrow night, June 24, if you will take part in either or both parades.

* Please mark your calendars for two Eagle Courts of Honor for our boys in July! Jack Dresel’s Eagle Court of Honor will be July 12 and Jake Smith’s Eagle Court of Honor will be July 21. More details about these Courts can be found on our Troop Facebook page.

* Parents, please begin thinking about a time when we can hold a Committee Meeting in the next few weeks. We have a number of items we need to discuss.

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

Our Campsite at Council Camporee

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