Plan to Work and then Work the Plan!

Troop 26;

Last week’s Court of Honor was AWESOME! I am so proud of everyone. With almost 100 ranks, awards and merit badges awarded, this was easily the biggest court of honor in recent Troop 26 history, and it was only four months since our last Court of Honor!

Our annual calendar conference tomorrow, August 31 at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran Church (1226 1st Avenue North) is one of our most important meetings of the coming program year. Tomorrow we will be making the plans that will define our troop for 2016-2016. How active should we be? Who should be leading us? Do we keep following many of our traditions? We will commit to a budget and that will guide us all year long. Troop 26 is YOUR troop, and I can not emphasize too much that every youth and parent in the Troop should make a point to attend.

As this important meeting starts an hour before normal, the Troop will provide a hot dog dinner for everyone. The Troop will provide hot dogs, buns, potato salad and lemonade. If you want anything in addition, please bring it. We will also provide paper plates, etc., for everyone (last week’s mess kit experiment didn’t go so well). If anyone would like to help me put this dinner together, I would appreciate it. If you can help, please give me a call at 406-868-8982.

Tomorrow’s meeting will also be our Patrol Leader’s Conference for the month of September. All youth leaders (SPL, ASPL, PLs, APLs, Quartermaster, Scribe, etc.) should make a point to attend. In addition to the calendar conference, the PLC will be making their plans for the upcoming Fall Camporee.

Looking forward, we will not be meeting on September 7 due to Labor Day. The Lewis and Clark District Scout Show will be on September 12 in the Montana State Fairgrounds. The same weekend is the scheduled work weekend for Eric Abarr’s Eagle Project.

We will meet on Monday, September 14 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran. The program of that meeting will be preparation for the District Fall camporee. The District Fall Camporee will be the weekend of September 18-20 in the Wolf Creek area. This Camporee, a join event organized by the Prickly Pear (Helena area) and the Lewis and Clark (Great Falls area) districts, looks like a lot of fun. Please mark your calendars for this one!

We will have a very short meeting to award top camper on September 21. The Montana Council Popcorn sale will be Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, October 8.

Please make a point to attend our meeting tomorrow. I look forward to seeing you at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran!

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 Schedule is Heating Up as September Approaches!

Troop 26;

September is getting close, and the Troop is getting busy! We have a lot going on in the next few weeks, and I hope you can join us at these activities!

The Panther Patrol is camping over this Friday-Saturday and finishing up a number of requirements for camping merit badge. Contact LT for more information about this campout!

As noted by Mr. Dover earlier today, the Troop will be facilitating a fundraiser for all the boys in the Troop beginning on Saturday, August 22. The boys of the Troop will be distributing the Russell Country Phone Book and boys that participate will earn 25 cents per book delivered. A number of boys in the Troop have negative amounts in their Scout account, and participating in this fundraiser is a great way to earn a significant amount of money to pay for your Scouting activities.

Here is Mr. Dover’s message:

Hello all. Sorry for the short notice but there is a phenomenal fund raising opportunity this Saturday August 22d. We will be meeting at 9:00 am 2224 Vaughn Road (in Great Falls near Great Falls ReadyMix) to pick up phone books, please wear your class A uniforms and be ready to work. The goal is to earn at least $200 per scout ($180 for the scout account $20 for the troop), which would mean that each scout would deliver 800 phone books (just deliver them to the steps of the house) in the course of about a week. I figured if we all met on Saturday morning, picked up our routes and books and headed out together, we could work together to get neighborhoods completed with the least amount of cars possible. Please contact Dwight at 231-4251 or dwightdover to let me know if you can attend, I think this is a very easy way to earn money and dig our way out of the deficit that many of us are in. If another day works better, let me know and we can arrange getting you some books and doing the delivery later in the week.

The Rotary Club has asked the Boy Scouts for a Good Turn on Sunday, August 23. They were using an aerial drone to take photographs of Camp Rotary near Monarch, and that drone lost satellite signal and crashed. The club would like the Scouts to perform some “search and rescue” to find it. If you would like to participate, please meet me at Camp Rotary between 9:30 am and 10am on Sunday, August 23. The Rotary Club will provide lunch and your time spent (including travel there and back) will count towards your service hours for rank advancement. If you can join us, please call, email or text me so that I can make sure that the Club has enough food.

Our August Court of Honor will be next Monday, August 24 at 6pm behind the Scout Office, 824 17th Avenue South. The court of honor will also be a potluck dinner. Everyone should please bring a main dish to share. Panther Patrol members should also bring a salad or side dish. Troll Patrol members should also bring a dessert. Ghost patrol members should bring an entree and either a salad, side dish or dessert at their choosing. Please invite your family to come and join us at this farewell to the Summer!

We will be screening the movie “October Sky” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0132477/) after the potluck. October Sky is the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son that was inspired by the Sputnik launch to take up an interest in rocketry and eventually became a NASA engineer. It is a great movie, and those that view the movie will complete requirement #5 of the Citizenship in the Community merit badge (https://www.scoutbook.com/mobile/references/boy-scouting/merit-badges/citizenship-in-the-community-merit-badge-requirements.asp).

Our Troop Calendar conference will be August 31 at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Avenue North. The Troop will be providing everyone a hot-dog dinner so that you can attend this meeting. Please bring all of your family, school, sports, hunting and other calendars to this meeting so that we can try to avoid as many conflicts as possible! This will also be our September Patrol Leader’s Conference.

Finally, please mark your calendar for these September Troop events:

* Lewis and Clark District Scout Show, September 12 at the Fairgrounds. We will be building a trebuchet.
* Eric Abarr Eagle Project, weekend of September 12-13
* Lewis and Clark and Prickly Pear District Fall Camporee, weekend of September 18-20 near Wolf Creek
* September 26, Popcorn Sale begins

Have a great Scouting week! I look forward to seeing you all this weekend and at our Court of Honor on Monday.

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

FOLF tonight!

Troop 26;

What a great day on the river yesterday! Fourteen of us paddled 10 miles from Big Bend to Oddfellow’s Park in perfect weather, and then enjoyed a hot dog BBQ! Thanks to everyone the participated.

Troop 26 will meet tonight, August 17 at 7pm for a FOLF game at Warden park. Please bring a disc, water and your class B uniform. Families are invited to join us!

Our August Court of Honor will be next Monday, August 24 at 6pm behind the Scout Office, 824 17th Avenue South. Tonight will also be the last opportunity you will have for Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review before next week’s Court of Honor. If you do need a conference or a board for the Court of Honor, please be prepared and have your Class A and book with you.

The court of honor will also be a potluck dinner. Everyone should please bring a main dish to share. Panther Patrol members should also bring a salad or side dish. Troll Patrol members should also bring a dessert. Ghost patrol members should bring an entree and either a salad, side dish or dessert at their choosing. Please invite your family to come and join us at this farewell to the Summer!

We will be screening a movie after the potluck. Those that view the movie will complete requirement #5 of the Citizenship in the Community merit badge (https://www.scoutbook.com/mobile/references/boy-scouting/merit-badges/citizenship-in-the-community-merit-badge-requirements.asp). Please bring your final suggestions about which movie we should watch to the meeting tonight.

Our Troop Calendar conference will be August 31 at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Avenue North. Please bring all of your family, school, sports, hunting and other calendars to this meeting so that we can try to avoid as many conflicts as possible!

See you tonight!

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

FOLF for the next two meetings!

Troop 26;

Congratulations to the Panther Patrol for holding a very successful campout this past weekend!

Troop 26 will be working on our FOLF game for the next two weeks. We will meet at Warden Park at 7pm tomorrow, August 10. Please bring a disc, water and your Class B uniform. Families are invited to join us.

We will have a short discussion on our upcoming schedule and August/September plans before we start our game. Please make a point to meet in the parking lot at Warden Park. I have attached a map below with a purple pin at our meeting location.

Upcoming schedule items to discuss include our canoeing trip, August Court of Honor and the Fall Camporee.

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

PLC and Troop meeting tonight; bring a frisbee and/or ball

Troop 26;

I hope that you are all recovered from Summer camp and ready for a fun last month of Summer! The Troop will meet tonight at Trinity Lutheran Church (1226 1st Ave N) for Patrol Leader’s Conference at 6pm at for our regularly scheduled Troop meeting at 7pm. A few notes:

* Bring a ball or frisbee tonight for our meeting. After a few quick items of business, we will have a few games for everyone to play at the Natatorium park.
* If you have any found and lost items from Summer camp, please bring them tonight.
* You may continue to wear your Class B activity uniform to meetings until school resumes.
* However, If you need a Scoutmaster’s conference or Board of Review, please wear your full Class A field uniform.

Anyone with a Troop leadership position needs to be attending our monthly PLC meetings. This includes SPL, ASPL, PLs, APLs, Quartermaster, Scribe, etc. At our PLC meeting tonight we will be finalizing our August and September schedules.

Looking forward to the schedule, we are tentatively planning on having a kayaking outing at Wadsworth Pond on August 16. This should be a fun day in the water!

We will hold our August Court of Honor on Monday, August 24. This will also be a potluck dinner beginning at 6pm.

Our annual Troop calendar conference will be held on Monday, August 31 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Please bring your all of your activity calendars to that meeting (school, church, sports, hunting, etc.) so that we can plan activities that do not conflict with your schedule. The troop will provide a hot dog dinner at the calendar conference.

Our District Scout Show Saturday, September 12 in the Fairgrounds. We will be building a trebuchet for the Scout show; let’s see if we can improve on our design from this past Spring.

District Fall Camporee will be the weekend of September 18-20. Please mark your calendars!

I look forward to seeing you all tonight for our Scout 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

Committee Meeting Tomorrow Evening Instead of Troop Meeting

Troop 26;

What a great week at K-M Scout Ranch! The sixteen boys that we took to K-M learned a whole lot more than the subjects of their merit badge classes (although they learned a lot there, too). Those young men learned how to work together as a team to accomplish goals. That is no small feat.

There are a lot of photos from our week at K-M up on the Troop Facebook page. They boys created and performed a hilarious skit, “A Movie Production” on Friday evening. Here is the video of the skit:

We will take a week off from Troop meetings. However, our parents have a LOT to discuss. We have a busy schedule planned for 2016, and we NEED the input and help from every parent in the Troop to make it happen. Instead of a Troop meeting, we will hold a Committee meeting tomorrow, July 27 at 7pm at my home, 315 4th Ave N.

I cannot stress how important it is for every parent in the troop to be active in the administration of the troop. We are all volunteers and the quality of your son’s program depends on your involvement. Agenda items include our Fall schedule, Finance/Troop accounts, Fundraisers, Training and planning for future troop leadership. I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow.

We will resume regularly scheduled Troop meetings on Monday, August 3. On August 3, we will have a Patrol Leader’s Council meeting at 6pm followed by a Troop meeting at 7pm. Location and theme to be announced.

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

Uniforms When Traveling

K-M Participants:

Please remember that our Troop 26 policy is that we always travel in our Class A Field Uniform. Please be sure that you are wearing your Scout shirt when you arrive at my house at 8am on Sunday. You will also be expected to wear it for all flag ceremonies and meals at K-M.

Green pants/shorts are also part of the uniform. The Scout shorts/pants are also very practical and well designed for camping. A number of you have been wearing colorful shorts with your uniform shirts lately. I will expect more muted colors (at least jeans) for the flag ceremonies and meals at K-M. Please feel free to call me with any questions about this policy.

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

To K-M We Shall Go!

Troop 26:

Just a short note this week. I hope that you are getting packed and ready to leave for Summer Camp at K-M Scout Ranch! I am pleased to tell you that we have all eight Jamboree tents and that our boys will be two to a tent during camp.

We are leaving for K-M Summer Camp on Sunday, July 19. We will be gathering at and leaving from my house, 315 4th Ave N, PROMPTLY at 8am. You will be allowed one bag and one chair. Please make a point to have the items in your packing list, your spirit day items, 10 essentials and a daypack.

Our Spirit Day items are as follows. Please make sure that you are prepared to participate so that we can show our Scout spirit to the entire camp!

Monday: Backwards shirt day
Tuesday: Crazy Hat Day
Wednesday: Tie Dye shirt day
Thursday: Twin Day
Friday: Hawaiian shirt day

We will be taking a few weeks off from Troop meetings after Summer camp. Watch your email, text and facebook for our August and Fall schedule.

See you all on Sunday morning at 8am!

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

Wilderness First Aid course, April 2-3 in Missoula

This message is to all the parents of Troop 26, and our Scouts that will be 14 or over by this April:

On June 29, 2014, I was accompanying the more advanced boys in our Troop on a high-adventure float trip on Belt Creek. I believe you all know the story. Suffice it to say that the trip did not go so well for me and I am glad that we focus on first aid in Troop 26!

Our Scouting program is not about eliminating risk. Rather, we attempt to recognize and manage that risk.

Our adventures happen in the outdoors, often when we are a long way and time from professional medical care. When I broke my leg on that float trip, it was almost five hours until I arrived at the Benefis Emergency Room. The First Aid necessary for these type of situations is over and above what is required when we are four minutes from an ambulance when we call 9-1-1.

Tony Higuera is a first aid expert and a Scoutmaster in Missoula. He will be offering a Wilderness First Aid certification over April 2-3 in Missoula for only $50. His class can only accept a maximum of 20 participants, and he already has 9 signed up. We can find you lodging in Missoula if you want to take this class. A flyer for the class is attached.

I encourage you to think about getting trained in Wilderness First Aid. I will be going through similar training this Fall. Your decision to take this training could literally be one of the most important decisions you will ever make.

Yours in Scouting,

Aaron

WFA Flyer ECSI Course April 2016.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

Summer Camp is Almost Here!

Troop 26;

I hope you all had a great week! I have just returned from Powderhorn training. Powderhorn is the BSA high adventure training. I hope that we can use this training to plan some great adventures over the coming few years.

We will be meeting tomorrow, June 13 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Ave N. We are only a week away from leaving for Summer Camp at K-M Scout Ranch! I need you to keep in mind several details, which we will be finalizing at the meeting:

I need to have in my possession a completed permission slip and parts A, B and C of the medical form for every youth attending. Every adult attending must have parts A, B and C of the med form completed. I am currently missing some information from eleven individuals. You will not be allowed to ride to camp without my complete receipt of your information.

We have sixteen youth and five adults attending. Youth will all be in our Jambo Troop tents. Adults should bring their own tent or can check out one of our older-style troop tents. We are still missing two of our ten troop tents. If you have one of those tents, please make a point to bring it to our meeting on June 13. We will be finalizing our repair of eight Jambo tents to use at summer camp at our Monday meeting.

At our meeting this past Monday, we decided on our Spirit days at K-M! All members of the Troop are expected to participate in spirit days. Please make a point to pack all of the items listed so that you can participate. If you do not have a tie-dye shirt, we can talk about making tie-dye shirts on Sunday morning after we arrive at camp.

Monday: Backwards shirt day
Tuesday: Hat Day
Wednesday: Tie Dye shirt day
Thursday: Twin Day
Friday: Hawaiian shirt day

This list is subject to further review at our Scout meeting tomorrow.

We are leaving for K-M Summer Camp on Sunday, July 19. We will be gathering at and leaving from my house, 315 4th Ave N, PROMPTLY at 8am. You will be allowed one bag and one chair. I have attached another copy of the suggested K-M packing list to this email. In addition, please make a point to have your spirit day items, 10 essentials and a daypack.

Looking forward, we are going to have a patrol campout competition in August with some cool prizes to the winning patrol. Please make a point to attend our meeting tomorrow to find out more.

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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