VFW Scout of the year – Scholarship Opportunity

Greetings Montana Council Eagle Scouts, Summit and Sea Scout Quartermaster Award recipients:

I am the State of Montana Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Scouting Chairman,(this is not a Montana Council position but a VFW position), and I want to inform you of a great opportunity:

The VFW Scout of the Year.
Some of the VFW’s earliest ties to the community involve youth groups and perhaps none are stronger or more lasting than the relationship between the VFW and America’s scouting organizations. In fact, VFW’s partnership with the Boy Scouts of America dates back to 1915 when VFW Post 2100 helped to establish Troop 1 in Everett, Washington.

Through the VFW’s Scout of the Year program, members of the Boy Scouts who display standout citizenship, patriotism and love of country have the opportunity to be rewarded with college scholarships of up to $5,000. No need to wait until the date line in March. Send applications as soon as possible. As the State VFW Scouting Chairman I am not part of the selection committee. A selection committee will be formed of other VFW state and Post officers.

Eligibility criteria can be found on the link below. But any Eagle Scout, Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster award recipient, 15 yo and not yet 18 yo can apply. It doesn’t matter when you earned your Award: 2016, 2015,2014, 2013. (2017 scouts need to apply next year in 2018.)

How to apply?: Scouts should download and submit a completed VFW Scouting Scholarship form, resume of high school activities, scouting record, community service record and letters of recommendation to your local VFW Post no later than March 1. Use the attached list of Montana VFW Post. Contact the person on the list first to confirm the address. If they sound unfamiliar with the program, don’t worry. Have them contact Post 209 in Missoula, they are familiar with the program. We haven’t had much luck in the past with Scouts applying. Last year we had no applicants, the year before only 2. So, I urge you to apply. Don’t wait to the last minute .
https://www.vfw.org/Scout/

YIS,

Tony Higuera, Lt Col USAF (Ret)
Montana VFW Scouting Chairman
Questions: thiguera

Scout of the year scholarship.pdf

MT VFW Post.docx

PLC and Troop Meeting on January 9

Troop 26;

I hope that you all had a great holiday break! I also hope that you are prepared for a truly great Scouting year in 2017!

We will get back in the swing of things with regular meetings that will resume this coming Monday, January 9. Patrol Leader’s Council will be on January 9 at 6pm the Black Eagle Community Center, 2332 Smelter Avenue followed by our Troop Meeting at 7pm, same location. The topic of our next few meetings will be preparation for the Klondike Derby.

MSGT Goff from Malmstrom will be teaching CPR to Troop 1026 on Friday, January 13 at 4:30pm at the Black Eagle Community Center. As this course is free, it will be impossible to give a CPR certificate for the class. However, this training will fulfill all requirements for merit badges such as First Aid, Lifesaving, etc. If you would like to participate, please RSVP as soon as possible so that MSGT Goff can bring the correct amount of CPR dummies. At a minimum, all Scouts that do not yet have First Aid merit badge should make a point to participate.

The Klondike Derby will be January 20-23 at Camp Rotary! Information and a program guide for this year’s Derby can be found at https://lcdistrictcommittee.wordpress.com/tag/klondike-derby/

Well, that’s about all for now! I look forward to Scouting with all of you in 2017!

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

Troop Christmas Party tomorrow

Dear Troop 26;

Our troop Christmas party and Court of Honor is tomorrow at 6 PM at the Black Eagle Community Center, 2332 Smelter Ave. I hope you are all looking forward to a great time. Many of you will be earning merit badges, awards, and ranks of achievement — I look forward to seeing you all there.

As always, our troop Christmas party is a potluck dinner. The trolls will bring a main dish and a salad or side dish; the Panthers will bring a main dish and desert.

We will also be having a white elephant gift exchange at our Christmas party! If you want to participate, please bring a wrapped gift worth no more than $15. What fun!

With the beginning of winter break it will be several weeks before our next meeting. Please use this time to prepare for the rapidly approaching Klondike Derby campout. Your patrol leader should be in touch with you for a patrol meeting to prepare during winter break.

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Yours in Scouting

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

Advancement Review!

Troop 26;

I hope you are enjoying December! I am loving the return of our Montana winter.

Our big Christmas party and Court of Honor is a bit more than a week away, on December 19 at the Black Eagle Community Center at 6pm. Please bring your Scout book to our meeting tomorrow, December 12 at 7pm at the BECC.

At our Scout meeting tomorrow, we will be reviewing each of your progress to your next rank. If you are ready, we will give you a Scoutmaster conference and Board of Review at our meeting tomorrow so that you can be presented with your rank at the Christmas party. Please review your rank progress today and do what you can to complete your next rank!

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

K-M Summer Camp Date

How does the GPS system actually work?

Troop 26;

Happy Monday!  I hope that you all had a great weekend and are looking forward to Thanksgiving.
We will continue learning about technology at our meeting tonight, November 21 at the Black Eagle Community Center, 2332 Smelter Avenue.  We will be looking at how the GPS system works and we will be completing the work we began this Summer on the Orienteering merit badge.  We hope that you will find it interesting.
The Troop will be holding another in-person Popcorn sale and grocery bagging fundraiser this coming Sunday, November 27 at 11am at the Albertson’s on 10th Avenue South.  These fundraisers are a great way to bolster your Scout account and pay for your participation in all of our activities!
Our next meeting will be Monday, November 28 at the Black Eagle Community Center.  At this meeting we will be continuing our technology theme.  If you come, you will earn your cyber-chip for your rank and we will be discussing how smartphones work.  Plus, we will be learning about the importance of strong passwords for your devices and how to create effective passwords that will help keep your device secure.
A few bits of financial housekeeping:
* All popcorn money is due at our meeting tonight.  We have to pay for the popcorn we sold this week and need you to turn in your delivery funds.  Next week, your account will be credited with your sales.  If you still owe funds from your sale, we will charge your account by the amount you owe. Popcorn prizes will be distributed at our Christmas party on December 19.
* Some of you still owe money in your Scout account from this Summer.  If this applies to you, the Troop needs you to clear up your Scout account as soon as possible.  If your popcorn profits can not cover your account, then I suggest that you attend more of the fundraisers we organize.
* We will be going to K-M Summer Camp in 2017, over July 10-15!  K-M has an incredible program, with a challenging high-ropes and zip line course, ATVs, shooting sports, the Mountain Man backcountry experience and more.  The Troop is taking advantage of early bird registration this year, at only $199 per Scout.  This is almost $100 off per person.  The Troop is going to reserve 10 slots at this price.  To commit your reservation, please contact me and pay for that registration.  You can authorize the money to be charged against your Scout account if you have enough money raised in that account.  Once those 10 slots are gone, additional slots will be at full price ($295).
* K-M Early bird registration for Adults is $85.  This is forty dollars off the full price.  Please contact me if you want to take advantage of this adult early bird registration price.
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

Neckerchief patch design

Dive In Movie on Friday!

Troop 26;

What a fun meeting learning about the moon on Monday! I am pretty thrilled that it was clear enough for us to examine the “Supermoon”. If any of you want to continue and earn your Astronomy merit badge, please get in contact with me and I will find you a knowledgeable counselor.

This coming Friday, November 18, the Great Falls Natatorium (111 12th St. N) will be showing the film “Finding Dory” as their Dive-In Movie of the month! If you want to go, please be at the Nat at 6:30pm. Fun for the whole family and troop, the evening includes open swim, mermaid demonstrations and the movie. Kids and adults alike can swim prior to the movie and then relax in the pool or tubes or sit on the deck to watch the movie. Pizza slices and root beer floats will be available for purchase. Admission is only $5/person and space is limited. The Troop will pay for your admission, but the cost will come out of your Scout account.

We will be continuing to have fun with our Technology theme at our Scout meeting on Monday, November 21 at 7pm at the Black Eagle Community Center, 2332 Smelter Avenue. We will be finalizing work on Orienteering merit badge and learning about how GPS systems actually work.

Have a great Scouting week!

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

PLC and Technology Scouting Theme tomorrow!

Troop 26;

I had a meeting with SPL this weekend, and we have a fun program planned for the next few meetings. We are going to start exploring different kinds of technology! I think you will really enjoy what we have planned.

All Troop leaders should attend our Patrol Leader’s Conference tomorrow, November 14 at 6pm at the Black Eagle Community Center, 2332 Smelter Avenue. All Scouts with a leadership position (at least one Green-bar on your position patch) should make a point to attend.

Our Troop meeting will begin at 7pm on November 14 at the Black Eagle Community Center, 2332 Smelter Avenue. We intend on starting work on the Automotive Maintenance merit badge. I hope to see you there!

The Great Falls Park and Recreation department has a fun program planned for Friday, November 18. They will have a “Dive-In Movie” at the Morony Natatorium! They are showing the movie “Finding Nemo” which you can watch while floating or swimming in the pool. Attendance cost only $5 and they will have pizza and hot dogs for purchase. We will be discussing attendance at this movie at our PLC and Troop meeting tomorrow.

Well, that’s all for now. Have a great Scouting rest of your 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

Important Meetings in the Next Week

Troop 26;

We have several important matters to discuss.

So that you all can celebrate Halloween, we will not have a Scout meeting tonight. HOWEVER, the Black Eagle Community Center will be hosting a Halloween party tonight and have asked for some help. If you go you can take part in the fun, and I will make sure that you receive volunteer hours for rank advancement. Food and drink will be provided — contact that BECC for more information.

There will be a vitally important parents and leaders meeting tomorrow evening at 6pm at the Scout office, 820 17th Ave S. I will be briefing everyone on a very serious youth protection issue that has arisen. If you have questions, please feel free to call mat at 406-868-8982. If you are an adult with this Troop, please make a point to attend.

We will be postponing our Patrol Leader’s conference currently scheduled for November 7. Our Scout meeting on November 7 will be held at the Scout office, 820 17th Ave S at 7pm. We will be screening the youth protection video “A Time to Tell.” This is an important topic, please make a point to attend with your parent or guardian.

Our November Patrol Leader’s Conference will be held on Monday, November 14 at 6pm at the Black Eagle Community Center, 2332 Smelter Avenue.

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