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

Be Prepared for a Great Time at the Zombie Apocalypse Klondike Derby!

Troop 26;

Great job yesterday evening! With all the snow that we received and our light attendance, it was wonderful that we were able to get the church entrance shoveled. A Good Turn Daily is important, and you all did great. Again, please make a point to take a snow shovel with you for the rest of the our meetings this Winter.

At the meeting, we put together our plans and menu for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse Klondike Derby on January 16-18. We will complete those plans and have a pack-check at our meeting next Monday, January 12 at 7pm. Our menu will be omelettes on Saturday morning, grilled cheese sandwiches and soup for lunch and a dutch oven stew for dinner. Many thanks to Michael Frost for serving as our grubmaster for this campout!

All Scouts attending should bring their pack with the gear that they intend to take to Klondike to our meeting this coming Monday. We will be using troop tents for this campout. Due to the expected weather, all Scouts will be assigned at least one buddy with which to share a tent. If you did not make the meeting last night, please do some research on appropriate clothing and gear for cold weather camping at sites like this:

The Klondike will be a lot of fun, but you need to be prepared for this adventure. If you are not prepared for cold weather camping, you will be sent home. All participants need to ensure that they have completed a med form in the last year and complete a permission slip for this event. You will be receiving a blank permission slip via Scoutbook to sign.

Looking forward with our schedule, we will have a short meeting on January 19 at Trinity Lutheran at 7pm in order to award best camper from the Klondike. Finally in January, we will begin some training on leadership skills at our meeting on January 26.

There are a few events also scheduled for February! Our Troop ski day at Showdown will be Saturday, February 7. We will attempt to procure group-rates at Showdown for this event, which can be deducted from your Scout account with the Troop. Please let me know if you intend on participating!

Please remember that Scout Sunday is February 8 and Scout Shabbat is February 14! If you wear your uniform to church or synagogue on these days, you will qualify for a special patch. This is on-your-honor, please let me know if you qualify.

Our District has arranged a visit with the Montana Legislature on February 16 in Helena. The governor has agreed to meet with the boys of our District. In addition to learning more about how our democracy works, this is a great opportunity to complete requirements for First Class rank and the three citizenship merit badges. Please let me know if you intend on participating in this event, also.

Finally, our Troop lock-in has been tentatively moved to the evening of Friday, February 27. We are attempting to arrange swimming at the Natatorium for that evening. More information about this fun evening and a confirmation of the date will be coming soon.

Remember to bring your pack with you to our meeting this coming Monday!

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

Scouting Will be Strong at Troop 26 in 2015!

Troop 26;

I hope that you all are enjoying a wonderful winter break! I know that I have missed having Troop meetings for the past few weeks and I am looking forward to resuming Scouting in 2015!

Troop 26 will begin 2015 with a Patrol Leader’s Conference on January 5 at 6pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Ave N, led by our new Senior Patrol Leader, Ryan Detrick! Our Quartermaster, Scribe and both Patrol Leaders should attend this monthly meeting. At this meeting we will be discussing Troop leadership roles for the first six months of 2015 and our Troop schedule/calendar for January and February.

Our first Troop Meeting of 2015 will follow the PLC on January 5 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran! At this meeting we will be discussing our preparations for the upcoming Klondike Derby and going over some training for Winter camping.

For the rest of the Winter, please make a point to put a snow shovel in your vehicle for our Troop meetings. You should also dress appropriately for the potential of outdoor activities at our Troop meetings. If there is snow we will take the time to shovel out the walkway and stairs at the church during our break. I think that this is a great unit of service to help show the church how much we appreciate their hospitality to our Troop. We have been known to have a snowball fight or two in the process …

If you have not yet reviewed the program for the Zombie Apocalypse Klondike Derby, which will be January 16-18 at Camp Rotary in Monarch, MT, please do so. I have attached a copy of the program to this message. It looks like this campout will be a lot of fun! We need to be prepared for this program and I look forward to hearing about your preparations so far on Monday.

Have a wonderful New Year, and I look forward to seeing you all on January 5!

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-zombie-apocalypse2-5.docx

Party!

Troop 26;

Our Troop Christmas Party is Monday! I hope that you are all looking forward to a wonderful event where we can share food, revel in the accomplishments of our Scouts and give and receive some nice presents.

A number of you will be receiving awards, badges and ranks on Monday. I also hope that we can distribute the rest of our popcorn prizes. I will be sending a note to the families of each Scout that will be receiving an award at the Court of Honor portion of our party.

Parents, we will be wrapping presents for the Christmas Party on Sunday afternoon at Mr. Lukas’ house (508 39A Street North) at 2pm. Please make a point to come and enjoy some fellowship and refreshments as we wrap presents.

Our Christmas Party will be at Trinity Lutheran Church (1226 1st Ave N) on Monday, December 15. Please arrive at 6pm. The party will also be a potluck meal. Everyone please bring an entree to share. Trolls, please also bring a dessert and Panthers, please also bring a side dish or salad.

At our party we will also be holding our annual elections for Senior Patrol Leader and other positions. If you are interested in serving a term as one of the leaders of our Troop, please consider which position you would like to hold. Most positions require at least the rank of First Class. A list of positions is available at http://troop26greatfalls.com/contact-us/ and in your Scout book.

Finally, Mr. Boyd is putting together a care package for Assistant Scoutmaster Jeremy Adams, who is serving our country overseas for another few months. Please bring a sturdy baked good (cookies, etc.) to the party in a package (ziplock bag, etc.).

Happy Holidays to all of you! I am looking forward to our party, which will be our last meeting until the new year.

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

Popcorn Prizes on Monday!

Troop 26;

December is flying by already! I hope that you are enjoying our Winter weather.

I hope that everyone that attended our ropes, knots and lashings meetings for the past few weeks had a great time and learned many valuable skills. Attendance has been very light lately. All Troop members should make a point to attend our meetings. Remember; one of the requirements to move up in rank is for you to be an active member of your Troop.

A number of you need to complete swimming requirements for rank advancement. I will be available to help you through those requirements TOMORROW at noon at the Morony Natatorium (12th Street and 1st Ave N). You will have to pay regular admission charges to the Natatorium. Please bring your book, a swim suit, towel and goggles. Please call or text me at 868-8982 if you would like to join me for this.

Our next meeting will be this coming Monday evening, December 8 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. At this meeting, we will be distributing the popcorn prizes you earned during our Popcorn sale in the Fall. If you still have money to turn in, please do so on Monday. NO PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE THAT STILL OWE POPCORN FUNDS. If you still owe, we will hold your prizes until you bring your account current. Mr. Lukas will be running this meeting as I will be at the Great Falls High School Winter band concert.

In addition, we will be completing preparation for our annual Christmas Party and Court of Honor, which will be on December 15 at 6pm. You should bring your book to each and every meeting. Scoutmaster conferences and Boards of Review will not be given to boys that do not have their uniform and Scout book.

Our Christmas party is a potluck dinner, everyone please bring an entree to share. Trolls, please also bring a dessert and Panthers, please bring a side dish or salad.

Finally, I have attached information below for the annual Scouting photo contest and the Scouting Honor Unit programs. Last year, one of Mrs. Detrick’s photos of the Troop at Melita Island won some of our council photo awards. Please consider entering your photos into the contest!

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

photo contest 2015.pdf

Lashings and Boards of Review

Troop 26;

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! We had a very relaxing holiday. I think that our meal was just about as good as the one we cooked for the Council Camporee in June. We should do that again!

Tonight, we will be working on lashings, trestles and discussing camp gadgets that you can build with poles and rope. Everyone attending will complete some of the requirements of the Pioneering merit badge and requirements. Our lashing program will be led by Assistant Scoutmasters Tami and Mike Lukas. In addition, we will be leaving extra time for Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review for those of you ready for an advancement at our upcoming Court of Honor and Christmas Party! Please make a point to bring your Scout book to this and every meeting.

Patrol Leaders, please also be prepared tonight to report on how you are doing to get ready for the Zombie Apocalypse Klondike Derby.

As always, our Troop meeting will be at 7pm tonight, December 1, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1226 1st Ave N. There will be NO PLC meeting tonight as we completed all our schedule details for the rest of the year at the November PLC.

Thank you to everyone that worked our grocery bagging fundraiser last week. A Scout is Thrifty, and working fundraisers like this will help you pay your own way to Summer Camp. We will make an announcement at the meeting tonight about how everything went at the fundraiser.

Looking forward after tonight, we will be finalizing advancement work for the Court of Honor at our meeting on December 8 and our Christmas Party will be December 15. Our Christmas Party is a potluck dinner, everyone please bring an entree to share. Trolls, please also bring a dessert and Panthers, please bring a side dish or salad.

See you tonight!

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

Knots and Advancements

Troop 26;

I hope that you are having a great week! I would like to take a moment to thank those (few) of you that attended our committee/parent meeting this past Wednesday. We make a lot of decisions for the future of the Troop at these meetings, and it is very important that all parents and committee members participate.

We are getting very close to our next Court of Honor. The Troop Christmas Party and Court of Honor is December 15. A number of you are very close to your next Scout rank. If you would like to be recognized for YOUR achievements at the Court of Honor, please make a point to attend our Troop meetings between now and then in your Scout uniform so that we can get you a Scoutmaster conference and Board of Review. Be sure to take your Scout book to all meetings.

At our next meeting (November 24 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church) we will be learning knot and rope skills. Assistant Scoutmasters Mike and Tami Lukas will be leading the program for this meeting. In addition, Patrol leaders please be prepared to report on your progress on the work your patrol is doing to get ready for the “Zombie Apocalypse” Klondike Derby.

I have some exciting news! You can now keep track of our Troop and the Scout office records for your Scout advancements through a new online tracking tool, Scoutbook.com!

A few words for parents: I have sent all parents and committee members login credentials for the site. If you have not done so, please take a few moments to activate your account and logon to the system. Please let me know if you would like me to resend those credentials to you. We have some data entry to do to record a number of our less recent Troop activities and advancements. Please take a look at your son’s account in the system and enter that information from his Scout book. Doing so will really help us out.

If you would like your Scout to have access to his own Scoutbook account, you (and only you) can activate his own account through the “Edit Profile” link in his Scoutbook page. Please call me with any questions.

We will be sending out updated balances on your Troop Scout accounts this weekend. A number of Scouts in the Troop still need to turn in popcorn funds, and we need those funds immediately as we need to pay for our popcorn at the Scout office next week. Any money you do not turn by Monday, 11/24 that is still owed will be charged to your Scout account. Please make every effort to turn in all funds and bring your Scout account current.

Finally, we also need a lot of parental help to make sure that our Christmas Party is a success. We will take some time at our Scout meeting for a parents discussion on these subjects.

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

Learning Knots, but not for naught!

Troop 26;

I hope that you enjoyed making rope on Monday! Remember, one of the 10 essentials that everyone is supposed to have in their packs is 10 feet of rope. If you didn’t get a chance to make rope on Monday, we can make a point to bring out the ropemaking tools again this Spring.

To all parents, committee members and adults: We will have holding a committee meeting tonight at 6:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. Agenda items include Troop Committee Challenge training, a demonstration of the new online advancement tracking software scoutbook.com, Troop financial reports and Christmas Party planning. Please make a point to attend this meeting.

For the next several meetings we will be working on our knot and rope skills! We will be working on our knots this coming Monday (11/24), 7pm at Trinity Lutheran. In addition to your Scout book (which you should bring to each and every meeting), please also bring a length of rope on Monday for knot practice. For those of you older Scouts, we will also need your help teaching the younger boys.

Both Patrols should be preparing for the “Zombie Apocalypse” Klondike Derby! Patrol Leaders, please be ready to discuss your progress on the items you need to bring to the campout at each meeting between now and the Derby. Please hold regular meetings with your Patrols to work on them. The program is available at http://bit.ly/1qrcpNZ .

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

Helping Those in Need and Paying for the Popcorn

Troop 26;

Thank you to those that came to our Scout meeting last night, and congratulations to Zaiden Lawrence for being awarded Best Camper for our campout this past weekend!

I still need 2-3 Scouts to volunteer to help deliver leftover Halloween candy to the Rescue Mission tonight or tomorrow. If I can’t get a few Scouts to volunteer, I will have to let the organizers know ASAP. If you can give up about 15 minutes of your time this afternoon/evening or tomorrow, please get back to me as soon as possible.

On Friday evening from 5-8pm, there will be a dinner fundraiser for a 33 year old mother with terminal breast cancer at the Black Eagle Community Center, and our troop has been asked to help bus tables and serve the meal. Opportunities like this are a good part of the reason that we have the Boy Scouts of America, and I expect every Scout in our Troop to help out. Of course, this will count toward your service hours for your next rank, and this event does qualify you for a Messengers of Peace ring around your Scouting World Crest. If you can be there by 4:30pm, you will be served dinner. Please get back to me with your confirmation that you can help out and the times you will be available. Class A uniforms, please!

We will be beginning work on ropes, knots and lashings at our meeting this coming Monday, November 17, 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. On Monday, we will be learning how to make rope! For the older Scouts who have done this before, please make a point to attend to help teach the younger Scouts. At this meeting, you are also responsible to turn in the remainder of the funds you owe for the popcorn you sold.

Our Troop has to write a very big check very soon for that popcorn. We need you to turn in the remainder of those funds by Monday. I would like to express a very large thank you to Tonya Frost, who served as our Popcorn chair during our sale. Thank you also to Laura Detrick, who has taken over for her to finalize the accounting for our popcorn sale. Laura has prepared some audited popcorn invoices/reports for every boy that sold that show the amount you still owe. I will be sending those to you individually today. Remember, deliver your corn and turn in the rest of your popcorn money by Monday, November 17!

Finally, today is Veteran’s Day and it is worth pausing to reflect on those that have spent time in uniform serving our country. Many gave their life and health so that we could enjoy the freedom we hold so dear. Take some time today and thank a vet for their service! Many of your adult leaders are active duty servicemen or veterans, including Mike Lukas, John Dresel, Steve Boyd, Laura Detrick, Richard Elkins and Jeremy Adams (I apologize if I missed your name on this list). Please take some time today to thank those that have given years of their life to keep us free.

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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