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

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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

Abbreviated Troop Meeting on Monday, November 10, important popcorn information

Troop 26;

We had a great Panther Patrol campout at Many Pines Campground near Neihart this weekend. Grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, hiking Memorial Falls, steak dinner and more. There are some photos of the campout up on our Troop Facebook page; go check them out! If your patrol would like to schedule a campout anytime, we can make that happen. Talk to your patrol leader and we can go camping.

We will have a very brief Troop meeting on Monday evening at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. In addition to awarding best camper from the campout this weekend, we have a few volunteer opportunities to discuss:

* We have been asked to have a few Scouts help out on an afternoon on Tuesday or Wednesday this week to help deliver leftover Halloween candy to children at the Rescue Mission. I need a few volunteers that might want to be on the news for that event.

* On Friday, November 14 from 5-8pm there will be a fundraiser for a woman with cancer in our community. They need some Scouts to help serve dinner to those attending the fundraiser. I need volunteers so that we can help do this good turn for our community.

Finally, I hope that your popcorn delivery is going well. Please read the message below from Mrs. Detrick regarding the “extra” popcorn we are trying to sell.

Thanks, and see you tomorrow evening! We should be done before 8pm.

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

From Laura Detrick

Some of you have been asking whether there are extras that can be sold. All of the extras have been checked out.

If you want to get some of the troop extras, you would need to speak with someone who has taken it out. Below is a list of who has checked out what. You would then need to let Laura know so we can update the chart.

If you want to give some troop extras to someone who has asked for them, you must let Laura know so that we can update the chart and you are no longer charged for them.

Unless we are notified by both receiver and giver, for each item, you will continue to be responsible and charged for items as last reported.

There has been word that there have already been several trades. Everyone will be charged only as last reported.

The chart at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iGELNyMTAsEHEtIn-zX6byxD6rBU1kkPCxfw70Q6y68/edit?usp=sharing should be the most up-to-date. Please check it to be sure your changes are updated.

(Tristan is not charged for his items as they were re-allocated to correct mistakes in order form interpretation and have already been paid.)

Thank you!

Scout who checked CsL CCC WCP KC UB BL CC Nuts D&W Buff CC PC
Extras Out Date 0 4 8 4 4 2 7 2 1 4 5
Missing Nov 06 1
Max Nov 06 1 1
Brendan Nov 06 4 4 1 1
Ryan Nov 06 1
Zaiden Nov 06 1 2 2 3 2
Tristen Nov 06 -2 2 1 1
Marco Nov 06 2 1 2 3 2 3 1 1
Totals of Checked Out
Retail Still on Hand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iGELNyMTAsEHEtIn-zX6byxD6rBU1kkPCxfw70Q6y68/edit?usp=sharing

All Scouts MUST Pick Up Popcorn Orders TONIGHT

Troop 26;

Our Popcorn order is here!

We have been given permission to use the warehouse at Cascade County Aging Services (1801 Benefis Ct, Great Falls, Mt 59405) tonight to distribute your popcorn. We will be able to get into the warehouse tonight at 5:30pm. We need help from any and all adults that can help us sort the popcorn. Please come and help us.

We can start releasing the popcorn to Scouts after the Troop’s order is sorted. ALL POPCORN MUST BE PICKED UP TONIGHT.

So, see you tonight at Cascade County Aging Services so that you can pick up your popcorn order! Thank you in advance for all of your help.

In order to give some time for boys to deliver their popcorn, we will not leave for the campout this weekend until Saturday morning. We will discuss our leaving time tonight at popcorn pickup. If I do not have your med form or permission slip, I will need it before we leave. I will have blank copies with me. The weather looks like it will be great for our campout this weekend, there is still time to join us!

See you tonight!

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, Campouts and Rope, oh my!

Troop 26;

Thank you all very much for your attention and help at our calendar conference last night! I think that we were able to schedule a fun and active group of activities for the coming year.

Our Troop calendar is available for you to view at our website, troop26greatfalls.com. In addition, with many thanks to Mrs. Larios, all of the events on that Troop calendar will also be posted as events on our Troop Facebook page. If anyone wants a printed copy of the calendar, please let me know and I will try to make that happen.

Popcorn pickup is this coming Thursday evening. For those of you helping to pick our order from the District, please be at the North 40 Outfitter warehouse on North Star Boulevard at 5:30pm on Thursday. From there, we will travel to our Troop distribution site, which will (hopefully) be the Cascade County Aging Services warehouse. I will be sending another note later this week with the time and exact location where you can pick up your popcorn. We need everyone who sold popcorn to pick up their order on Thursday evening.

We have a fun campout at Many Pines Campground near Neihart scheduled for this weekend! We will be leaving on Friday evening at 5pm from the Washington Building parking lot (1015 1st Ave N). If there is snow this weekend, we will be sledding and snowshoeing. If not, plan for some hikes at Memorial Falls and near Showdown ski area. BE PREPARED FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS INCLUDING SNOW AND RAIN.

One of the things we will be doing this weekend will be learning to prepare food over an open fire; we are not planning on setting up the cook stoves. Our menu includes breakfast burritos, a lunch of grilled cheese sandwiches / tomato soup and a steak dinner.

If you are not yet signed up for the campout this weekend and you would like to attend, please get in touch with me as soon as possible. All participants need to return a permission slip. If you have not filled out a med form this year, I will need you to complete one of these as well (A and B only). I have attached a blank permission slip and med form to this email. We should return by Sunday morning.

For the remainder of the calendar year, the PLC has decided to work on ropes, knots and pioneering! We will be making rope at our meeting on November 17, working on knots at our meeting on November 24 and learning lashing and pioneering on December 1 and December 8. Our Troop Christmas Party will be December 15.

Have a great week, and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening to pick up popcorn and camping with you this 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

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Calendar Meeting and Campout Planning on Monday

Troop 26;

You did a GREAT job at the Rescue Mission on Monday! I am very proud of the work that you all did to do a Good Turn for the less fortunate in our community. You can see photos of the event on our Troop Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/1xEt2En

This coming Monday, we will be going back to our normal schedule of meeting at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran. At the meeting on Monday we will be accomplishing two things:

  • We will have our annual calendar conference to schedule all of our events until September, 2015, and
  • We will be finalizing plans for the campout we have scheduled for the weekend of November 8 at Many Pines Campground.

Please come to that meeting prepared with your school and organization calendars so that we can schedule a fun set of activities for the year that minimize conflicts with your school, sport and church calendars!

We will still have a Patrol Leader’s Council meeting beginning at 6pm on Monday. If you have a position of responsibility in the Troop (Patrol Leader, SPL, ASPL, Quartermaster, etc.) please also attend that PLC meeting.

The following weekend we are going camping in the Little Belt Mountains! We have yet to determine whether we are leaving on Friday or Saturday and a number of details for the campout. One thing is to be sure; this will be camping in the Mountains in November. Please be prepared for all weather conditions. For any Scout that has not yet reached First Class rank, please bring your gear, packed, so that we can do a bag check. Changes of dry clothes, gloves and hats will be very important, as will a sleeping bag rated for under 20 degrees.

Have a Great Scouting weekend, and I look forward to seeing you at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Yours in Scouting,

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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