Trails End Support codes

Troop 26 Scouts;

Can you please send me your Trails-End support code? I am going to put up some social media posts as your Scoutmaster giving people the codes for all of the Scouts in our unit. Hopefully this results in some sales for you! I will only know the code if you get it to me. Deadline is tomorrow morning, as I will be writing and making the posts tomorrow.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

A Popcorn Selling We Will Go!

Troop 26;

Popcorn Sales! What an exciting time of the year! Remember, a Scout is Thrifty. You have the opportunity to cover all of the costs of all of your Scout adventures for the coming year by selling popcorn.

Popcorn sales begin tomorrow morning, September 24! If you still need to get a popcorn order form, please contact our popcorn kernel, Mrs. Rapkoch. You can start your day at the the popcorn-pallooza at the Scout office at 8am. There will be big prizes given away all day to sellers. Lunch will also be available at 11am. More info is included in the attached flyer.

We will also be taking popcorn orders and bagging groceries at the 10th Ave S Albertsons on Sunday, September 25. Please see Mr. Gaskins for details.

Our next meeting will be Monday, September 26 at 7pm at the Black Eagle Community Center. Mr. Lukas will be giving a demonstration on the different kinds of personal stoves. We are expecting some Webelos from a few local Packs to be visiting us for this meeting. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Have fun selling!

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

Fall Camporee This Weekend!!

Troop 26;

We had a great Scout meeting on Monday. Huge amount accomplished. Great job everyone!

Grocery Shopping for Fall Camporee is TONIGHT, September 14 at the Albertsons on 10th Avenue South at 6:30pm. Remember, the final decision about what YOU get to eat at our campouts is made by those that join us for grocery shopping! The troop has a wonderful and tasty menu planned of shake and bake dutch oven chicken and pecan pie with caramel sauce…

We will be gathering to leave for Fall Camporee at the Natatorium parking lot on Friday, September 16 at 5pm. We have about a 90 minute drive to Dry Wolf, so we need to leave promptly if we want to begin setting up camp before dark. Please be on time in your Class A, with a sack dinner!

All Scouts should have their 10 essentials + 5, as well as to be prepared for the weather. There was recently a post on the District website about the 10 Essentials + 5. The current forecast for Dry Wolf is highs in the mid 60s and lows in the high 30s. While there isn’t any rain in the forecast, please be prepared — this is Autumn in Montana!

Monday, September 19 is a big day! In addition to the Eagle Court of Honor for Jordan Christian and Wyatt Tanner, we will also be holding our mandatory popcorn sales training. Please plan to arrive at the New City Church, 4114 North Park Trail, at 6pm in your full Class A uniform (including sash, green pants, etc.) We will have our popcorn training at 6pm and then help Jordan and Wyatt finish setting up the church for the Eagle Court of Honor. The Eagle CoH will begin at 7pm. The reception is a dessert potluck — please bring a dessert to share.

Finally, the annual BSA popcorn sale begins this Saturday, September 24. Good luck on strong sales!

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

PS: Leaders — please mark your calendars for mandatory Youth Protection Training on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:30pm at the LDS Stake Center at 1015 15th Ave S.

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

Detrick Eagle Project this Saturday

Troop 26, this coming Saturday, Sept. 10 we will be joining Ryan Dietrich to help him complete his Eagle project. We will meet at 9:30 AM at the Natatorium parking lot. From there we will travel to the project site located between Monarch and Neihart to paint the 80 year old rock sign that was constructed by the CCC in 1936. Scouts and participating adults should dress to paint and bring water and a lunch. We hope to be back in town around 2:00 pm.

Unfortunately we will not be participating in the Scout Show this year. We had hoped to do both, but due to a lack of capacity, the need to complete this project before weather shuts us down, and the scout schedule for the rest of September we have to focus our resources on the project.

We hope to have a good turnout to help Ryan complete his project.

Also, at our Awards Banquet we had discussed the possibility of having a committee meeting this coming Sunday, Sept 11. I’d like to suggest that instead we hold a quick, focused 30 minute committee meeting prior to our upcoming popcorn training (date TBD). Thought?

Finally, a reminder that we will be having our normally scheduled meeting on Sept. 12 at Black Eagle Community Center, with PLC at 6pm and Scout meeting at 7pm. We will focus on preparing for the upcoming Fall Camporee. No shortage of scout fun in Sept. Hope to see you all down the trail.

Yours in Scouting,

Dave Cunningham
Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1026

Almost Fall!

Troop 26;

I hope you have had a good August! I am excited to be back in Montana, and to join you for our Fall Scouting adventures! My thanks to Mr. Cunningham for filling in for me over the past month.

First, I know this is late notice but we have been able to schedule a grocery bagging fundraiser and pre-popcorn sale for tomorrow, 11 AM at the 10th Ave. South Albertson’s. Please call Mr. Gaskins if you can participate. These fundraisers are the best way to make sure that you can participate in all of our adventures with us and to pay your own way there!

Next, I hope you all will be joining us at our Summer Court of Honor celebration and potluck on Monday, August 29, 6pm at the Black Eagle Community Center. Since our last court order we have had a truly incredible amount of rank advancements, merit badges and other honors earned by Troop 26 Scouts. Please join us and bring a dish to share for our court of honor and celebration.

In addition to a court of honor, we will be going over our schedule for the next 12 months and discussing our troop budget. I hope you can make this very important meeting.

Have a great Scouting weekend!

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

Campout and Eagle Project this Weekend near Monarch, MT

Happy Fair Week Troop 26! I hope that you have all found fun rides and enough fried foods to tide you over for another year.

Our Troop Family Campout is this Friday evening, August 5, at the Aspen campground near Monarch. If you need a ride please get in touch with me directly as soon as possible. If you are camping, please also get in touch with me as soon as possible with the number of people that will be joining you so that we can buy enough food. The Troop will be making supper on Friday night, breakfast on Saturday morning and providing lunch at the Eagle project on Saturday at a cost of $12/person. All are invited.

I will be driving up mid morning on Friday and can take up to five more Scouts with me. Any Scouts camping this weekend without their families should complete a BSA permission slip and have it signed. Please let me know today if you need a ride, and if we should be buying food for you and your family.

Ryan Detrick’s Eagle Project will be held at the historic Civilian Conservation Corps Co. 1999 campsite about a mile North of the Belt Creek Ranger Station on Saturday, August 6. We should be there as soon as we clean up from breakfast at our campsite. If you are coming up on Saturday morning, you will see us on the left side of US89, across from the airfield used by the Belt Ranger Station. We will be removing vegetation and repainting the rocks at the campsite. Please bring sturdy hiking shoes, work gloves a water bottle and a hat to protect you from the sun.

Looking forward in the calendar, we are going to be working on our Orienteering skills during August! Mr. Cunningham will be leading us for our next three meetings and covering map and compass skills as well as practice with GPS devices. Our first meeting in this series will be this coming Monday, August 8 at the Black Eagle Community Center at 7pm. Many requirements for the Orienteering Merit Badge (as well as requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks) will be completed if you attend all three meetings.

Our Summer Court of Honor will be Monday, August 29 at 6pm at the Black Eagle Community Center. Troop 26 has earned a huge number of awards, ranks and merit badges since our last Court of Honor! As always, our Court of Honor will be a potluck meal. This year we are going to attempt to have a dutch oven theme! Please bring a dish to share.

Finally, please mark your calendars for the Eagle Court of Honor for Jordan Christian and Wyatt Tanner, which will be September 19 at 6pm at the New City Church. Jordan and Wyatt will be having a dessert reception after the Court of Honor and they ask everyone to bring a dessert to share. More information will be coming soon about Jordan and Wyatt’s Eagle Court.

I look forward to seeing you all at our Family Campout and Eagle Project this weekend!

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

Almost August Already?

Troop 26;

Wow. What a great week at Melita Island. I was honored to camp with each and every one of you. In addition to the gorgeous setting, I have such great feelings about working with such a high performing group of young men. So far, we have seven ranks and 30 merit badges to award at our Court of Honor in late August. At the rate our Troop is performing, I am sure that there will be many more accomplishments this coming month.

The end of Summer camp marked the end of Michael Frost’s term as Senior Patrol Leader. I salute Michael’s hard work and dedication over the past eight months. Tyler Kiamas has taken over as SPL and Michael has replaced him as ASPL until the end of the calendar year. We will have a great remainder of 2016 under Tyler and Michael’s continued leadership.

Our August Patrol Leader’s Conference will be on August 1 at 6pm at the Black Eagle Community Center (2332 Smelter Avenue NE), followed by our Troop meeting at 7pm at the same location. All Scouts with leadership positions in the Troop should attend our PLC meeting. This month we will be planning for our August family campout and Eagle Project, as well as making plans for our August Court of Honor. We will also begin preparing for Fall Camporee.

Please mark your calendars for our August Family Campout at the Aspen Campground near Monarch, MT over August 5-6. On August 6 we will be helping Ryan Detrick with his Eagle Project near Monarch. More information about the campout and the project will be discussed at our meeting on August 1. Please make a point to help our Eagle candidates with your projects — remember, sometime soon YOU will be asking the Troop for help with your project.

In addition, please mark your calendars for our August Court of Honor and potluck BBQ on Monday, August 29 at the Black Eagle Community Center. As I noted above, Troop 26’s Scouts have earned an incredible amount of achievements and I am looking forward to recognizing all of you at our Court of Honor.

Finally, please mark your calendars for our District Fall Camporee over the weekend of September 16. More information about this Camporee will also be discussed at our meeting on Monday.

Have a great Scouting weekend, and I look forward to seeing you at our PLC and Troop meetings on August 1.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

To Melita We Shall Go!

Hello troop 26! This last meeting was the first meeting that we met at the Black Eagle Community Center! At the meeting we finished preparations for going to summer camp at Melita Island.

There were two Eagle updates last night! Wyatt Tanner will be going to Eagle Board for his final tonight, July 12! In addition, Ryan Detrick is planning on holding his Eagle Project during the weekend of August 6 between Monarch and Neihart.

During tonight’s meeting we decided to have two spirit days at Melita Island. Monday will be Hawaiian Shirt day and Thursday will be crazy hat day! Please pack both with you so that everyone can participate. If you have extras please pack a few. If you are a member of the Order of the Arrow please also take your sash. A packing list for camp and a map of the island are attached.

If you have not turned in a medical form to Mr. Weissman, you should do so right away! Mr. Weissman will be calling/emailing you today if he is missing your medical form. A packing list and map of Melita Island are attached to this email.

We are meeting to leave for camp on Sunday, July 17th, 7:30 A.M. at the Natatorium parking lot. We will pack there, and plan to leave no later than 8:00 A.M.. Please pack a lunch, or send money for one. About $10 for lunch on Sunday should be adequate. The first meal that will be served at camp will be dinner.

Reminder that there is a trading post at the Island that scouts can buy stuff at when they are at camp. In addition to snacks and drinks, the trading post also sells crafts kits (for merit badges like leatherworking), souvenirs and other camping supplies. Shooting during free time will require you to buy bullet chits. It is a good idea to take about $30 for the week (they also take Scout bucks and debit cards).

The emergency phone number at camp is 868-8986.

Parents, campers love mail. You can mail your Scout at the following address:

(Name)
Troop 1026
Camp Melita Island
PO Box 124
Big Arm, MT 59910

Mr. Weissman will be in touch with all parents later next week with an expected arrival time back in Great Falls on Saturday, July 23.

There will be no meeting the 25th of July after summer camp. Instead, the next meeting will be on August 1st. It will be a PLC.

Your friendly neighborhood scribe,

Zach

Zach Taylor
Troop Scribe, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Boy Scouts of America

Melita-2016-Leader-Guide (dragged) 1.pdf

Melita-2016-Leader-Guide (dragged).pdf

Independence Day Holiday!

Troop 26;

I hope that you all have a happy, healthy and safe Independence Day holiday!

As a Troop (along with Packs 143 and 26), our Troop is scheduled to march one of the Overlook Hill US Flags down Smelter Avenue for the annual Black Eagle Independence Day parade! We will need all of the help we can get to make this a successful event – the flag is large and we need everyone possible to help us march it down Smelter. PLEASE HELP by showing up at the Black Eagle Country Club by 10:30am in your Class A uniform on July 4. We need everyone to help with this endeavor – Scouts, parents and leaders!

We will have a parents/committee meeting on Sunday, July 10 at 2pm at the Black Eagle Community Center. At this meeting we will be going over logistics for Summer camp and handing out statements of your boy’s Scout account. We will also be going over the remainder of our schedule for the Summer and our Fall recruitment plans. Please make a point to join us at this committee meeting.

Monday, July 11 will be our Patrol Leader’s Conference meeting at 6pm at the Black Eagle Community Center. All Scouts with a leadership position should attend PLC. This will be followed by our first Troop meeting in July at 7pm, same location. The agenda for both meetings will be final logistics and planning for our Melita Island Summer Camp adventure. Class B activity uniforms may be worn at this meeting.

Again, have a happy, healthy and safe holiday this weekend! I look forward to seeing you all on Monday at 10:30am at the Black Eagle Country Club.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

Boy Scouts and Red Cross

Troop 26;

Attached is information on our service project tomorrow morning. I have attached Red Cross permission slips and release forms; please fill them out and have parents sign them.

Please arrive at the Black Eagle Community Center at 8:45am tomorrow, in uniform.

Remember, we do a Good Turn Daily! This is a great opportunity to do a Good Turn for the residents of Black Eagle.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Weissman

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Boy Scouts of America

I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1

Date: Saturday, June 25th

Where: Black Eagle Community Center, 2332 Smelter Avenue Northeast

When: Arrive between 8:45AM – 9:00AM

Point of Contact: Ben Wight, 406-781-6310

Bring: We will have cordless drills, step ladders, and screwdrivers but if you have your own tools, please bring with you

What to expect:

Look for Red Cross signage at Black Eagle Community Center front entrance.

Once you arrive, you will register and be assigned to a 3-person team. We will pair 1 Boy Scout with 2 adults per team.

There are 3 roles per team: Smoke Alarm Installer, Documenter, and Fire Safety Educator

Once registered you will be assigned your role and receive a brief training.

A light breakfast snack, coffee, and water will be provided

After you have received your brief training, your team will depart with a list of addresses, a bucket of supplies and smoke alarms

Once your home visits/alarm installations are complete, your team returns to the Black Eagle Community Center

Lunch will be provided and we want to hear about your experience.

The documenter will return their completed home visit forms to Red Cross staff

That’s it! Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday.

Begin forwarded message:

From: “Wright, Diane” <Diane.Wright2>

Subject: Boy Scouts and Red Cross

Date: May 17, 2016 at 1:55:10 PM MDT

To: “Aaron Weissman (aaron)” <aaron>

Aaron
Thanks for thinking of our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign as a volunteer opportunity for Boy Scouts. If this project helps them complete community service hours and helps them earn a disaster preparedness badge, then let’s make it happen!

I’m attaching the information that will be distributed to families receiving smoke alarms. Volunteers are divided into teams of 3 people. Each volunteer has a specific role:

Smoke Alarm Installer – installs the alarm climbing on a step stool, using a screwdriver or battery operated drill
Fire Safety Educator – shares fire safety education and prevention information with homeowner
Documenter – completes a form which includes homeowner’s contact information, # of alarms installed, and a little demographic info about the homeownert.

Also attached is a parental consent that will need to be completed for each Scout. The type of information given by the Disaster Safety Educator is included (home fire safety checklist). Let me know if this is enough information to determine whether or not this activity can earn the badge.

Diane Wright | Executive Director

American Red Cross of Montana

Diane.Wright2

800.272.6668 (P) | 406.274.3730 (M)
redcross.org/montana | red cross apps

facebook.com/montanaredcross

HFPCSmokeAlarmInstallerChecklist.pdf

HFPCDisasterSafetyEducatorChecklist.pdf

HFPCDocumenterReporterChecklist.pdf

ParentalConsentFormMediaRelease1.pdf

home fire safety checklist.pdf