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

TROOP 1026 HANDBOOK 2.27.15.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

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

Communications tonight, Skiing on Saturday!

Troop 26;

I hope that you all had a great week! For those of you in the Great Falls public schools, we have just stared the new semester. I wish you all very good wishes for the second half of the school year!

Tonight is our February Patrol Leader’s Conference (PLC) at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. Any of you that have a leadership position in the troop (SPL, ASPL, PL, APL, Quartermaster, Scribe, etc.) should make a point to attend. We will be discussing the details of our plans for Troop meetings and activities through the end of March.

We will begin working on the Communications merit badge at our meeting tonight at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran, and we have some fun activities scheduled that will culminate in a Communications Hike at the end of the month. I remind you, Communications is an Eagle required badge. The next four meetings are a great opportunity to complete a large portion of this requirement. I look forward to seeing you all at the meeting tonight!

Our Troop Ski day at Showdown Ski area is this Saturday, February 7! I hope that you can all join us for a fun day on the mountain. There are several logistical details that we will work out regarding the trip tonight. However, here are a few items you need to know about the trip:

  • I need all paperwork for this trip (payment, rental forms and permission slips) no later than Friday morning, February 6. If you are not on my list by Friday afternoon, you will not be included in our group rates, etc. If you are not on my list as attending already, please get in touch with me as soon as possible.
  • All participants (Pack and Troop) must complete a BSA permission slip. You can download a pre-filled permission slip from our event page at scoutbook.com.
  • Anyone needing to rent equipment needs to fill out an equipment rental form. I recommend a lesson for everyone. I still take lessons! Those wanting lessons need to identify lesson level needed.
  • You can complete many requirements toward your Snow Sports Merit Badge on Saturday. The operations manager at Showdown, Ben Haugen, is an Eagle Scout and a Snow Sports merit badge counselor. I will arrange for you to meet with Mr. Haugen if you would like to work on that merit badge. See me if you are interested.
  • Everyone participating should meet Aaron downstairs in the lodge at Showdown in the vicinity of locker #91 NO LATER THAN 9am. By that time I will have your gear rental, lift tickets and lessons arranged, and I can give them to you then. DO NOT BE LATE. You should plan on leaving Great Falls by 7:30-7:45 am. We will discuss carpools at the meeting tonight.
  • Aaron has arranged for group rates. Troop will pay for event from Troop checkbook. Participants need to pay for their portion in ADVANCE. Boys in Troop can have amount deducted from their Scout account if they have sufficient funds available. Those paying by cash need to put cash in envelope with their name and amount enclosed on the front. DO NOT GIVE ME LOOSE CASH. I need to have all cash for the event by the morning of Friday, February 6.
  • Aaron will be leaving for the Little Belt Mountains on Friday evening and will not be returning until Sunday evening. Any boys traveling with him on Friday evening will have to be picked up by their parents at the ski hill on Saturday afternoon just after 4pm, unless they plan on skiing on Sunday. See below.
  • Some people have indicated that they want to ski on Saturday and Sunday. While this is OK, Sunday will NOT be a BSA trip. There will be no group rates on Sunday. See Aaron regarding logistics if you want me to transport you to and from the ski hill. I am not planning on entertaining many people on Saturday night. I am thrilled to help accommodate some logistics, but we will have to arrange for this separately. I will have a separate meeting with parents regarding this.
  • Food is available for purchase at Showdown. If you want to purchase food at Showdown, bring cash. I will not hold onto lunch cash. I think it would be a great idea if a parent were to volunteer to bring a cooler full of lunch supplies for everyone. If we can do this, then we would charge kids our standard $3 for a meal and reimburse the parent purchasing the supplies. We could also fill a drink cooler with kool-aid from our Troop supplies. The Troop will donate $20 toward your skiing expenses if you volunteer to stock and bring the cooler. Please contact me if you would like to volunteer!
  • Families (parents, siblings, etc.) are welcome to participate. I will still need your payment and rental forms. Winter Trails day is also right next to Showdown at Silvercrest. This event, which will include guided snowshoe trips, is FREE. Please come up and enjoy a day in the Little Belt Mountains, whether you ski or snowshoe!

Finally, a note of congratulations to our two recent Eagle Scouts, Jake Smith and Jack Dresel. Jake and Jack will be taking part in the annual Eagle Report to the Governor at the State capitol on Saturday. Thank you both for representing our Troop at this 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

Great Job at the Klondike Derby!

Troop 26;

You all did GREAT at the Klondike Derby this past weekend! I am very proud of all of you. You worked together as a team, and the success that we saw was a direct result of your teamwork.

We are coming up on a very busy Scouting month! Next month’s programs will include our skiing trip, Scout week, Scout Shabbat, Scout Sunday, Order of the Arrow elections, the legislature trip and our Troop lock-in. As we prepare for February, please make a point to join us at Owen’s crossover ceremony this coming Thursday, January 22 at 6 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. It is wonderful to have a new member in our Troop; come and welcome him!

At our meeting this coming Monday, January 26 at 7 pm at Trinity Lutheran, we will have a few presentations from the Klondike and begin working on our next month’s theme, which will be Leadership training. Please make a point to come ready to play some very interesting games with an open mind!

I suspect that one of you is missing a sleeping bag. If so, please contact me. I have it.

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

The Zombie Apocalypse is almost upon us!

Troop 26;

The Zombie Apocalypse Klondike Derby is almost here! There will be a lot of snow for our activities, and the forecast for Saturday looks like it will be a great day with an expected high of 34 and in the 20s. All boys should bring several changes of clothes so that you have something dry to wear after a day playing in the snow.

If you are planning on attending this weekend’s campout and you are not already on the list, you need to get in touch with me immediately. All boys attending need to have permission slips complete before we leave. In addition, if you have not already been though a pack check, please aware that you will not be allowed to join us if you show up on Friday without appropriate clothing for winter camping.

A few logistics for this week as we prepare for this campout:

  • We will be shopping for groceries for the weekend tonight, January 14, at the Malmstrom commissary. Please meet at the base gate tonight at 6pm. All boys are expected to help shop for food for campouts at least once per year. Boys helping also get to help choose the food the Troop will be eating at the campout.
  • We will need some help loading the trailer with gear and firewood tomorrow, January 15 at 5pm at the Washington building, 1015 1st Ave N. Please come and help. If you can bring your gear for the campout, we can load it up at that point to save time on Friday.
  • We will gather to leave for the campout at 5pm on Friday, January 16 at the Washington building, 1015 1st Ave N. We need to leave by 5:30, so please arrive on time. As always, please bring your own dinner for Friday evening. Troop provided meals will begin on Saturday morning.
  • We should arrive back in Great Falls by mid-morning on Sunday, January 18. Our arrival back in town will be dependent on how soon we can clean up our campsite on Sunday morning. Please be ready for a phone call from your son when we are about 15-20 minutes from town.
  • As there will not be any school on Monday, January 19 we will not be meeting to award best camper. Please note this is a change from our previously announced schedule. We will make that award the following Monday.

Please help us welcome Aiden and Owen to Troop 26 on Thursday, January 22 at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran Church for their Arrow of Light crossover ceremony! Aiden and Owen, we look forward to Scouting with you!

Our next meeting will be Monday, January 26 at 7pm. See you there!

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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