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:

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 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>

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


800.272.6668 (P) | 406.274.3730 (M) | red cross apps





home fire safety checklist.pdf

Eagle Project, Baseball, Swimming and Flag Ceremonies, Oh My!

Troop 26;

What a great campout this past weekend! We canoed from the Gates of the Mountains boat launch to the Coulter campground, set up camp, hiked to the Meriwether Day Use Area and performed a trail conservation/service project, clearing downed logs from the trail between Coulter and Meriwether. In addition, we trained on being “Bear Aware” and practiced using bear spray and setting up bear bags.

Scouts that joined us last weekend completed two hours of service projects, completed the Camping Merit Badge requirement to perform a conservation project, completed some Canoeing Merit Badge requirements AND completed the Cooking merit badge requirements about trail food and lightweight stoves. All of that in a beautiful setting! We need to schedule more events like this.

We have a fun June schedule planned. Please mark your calendars and plan for the following upcoming events:

* This coming Saturday, June 18 at 10am is the Eagle Project for Wyatt Tanner at the Great Falls Hebrew Cemetery (81 Highland Road, just South of Great Falls). Wyatt will be rebuilding the South side fence at the cemetery, and needs your help to complete this project! The work will entail pounding posts and rebending wire. You need to wear long sleeve shirts and long pants, as well as boots for this project for safety reasons. Please also bring water bottle, gloves, a hat and sunscreen. Wyatt will be providing Pizza and drink for everyone working. Please help Wyatt achieve Eagle and help him with this project (and earn needed service hours)!!

* On Monday, June 20, we will be playing softball at the Black Eagle Park baseball diamond, beginning at 7pm. We do not have any gear or equipment, so please bring what you have. We have invited Pack 26 to join us for this evening. We will also be awarding best camper from the canoe campout during this meeting.

* On Wednesday, June 22, we have been asked to lead the Flag Ceremony for the Great Falls Municipal Band in Gibson Park. Please arrive in your Class A uniform at 7pm. In previous years when we have done this ceremony, we have had an ice cream social for the Troop during the concert. Please join us!

* On Saturday, June 25 we will be assisting the Black Eagle Fire Department and the Red Cross install smoke alarms in the homes of Black Eagle residents. Please watch your email on more details regarding this opportunity to help the residents of Black Eagle. This opportunity will count for needed service hours, including the community service requirement of Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge.

* On Monday, June 27, we have rented the Water Tower neighborhood Pool from 6-8pm. We have invited Scouts from all around Great Falls to join us (and help cover the pool rental). Please join us for an evening of wet and wild fun!

* On Monday, July 4 we will be marching in the Black Eagle Independence Day Parade. We will be marching one of the “big flags” from Flag Hill down the main street in Black Eagle. We need lots of Scouts and Parents to help us march this flag! Please make a point to arrive in your full Class A Field Uniform by 10:30am so that we can organize our efforts. More emails with details on this opportunity will be coming soon.

Scouting just becomes more fun in the Summertime! Remember, if you can’t make a meeting or event, please make a point to call your Patrol Leader or SPL to let them know you will be absent.

Yours in Good 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

June Troop Schedule

Troop 26;

The bells have almost stopped ringing. The best time to Scout is Summer, and we have very exciting plans for Scouting for the next few months.

For this week, we have the opportunity to join the boys of Pack 26 for a fun evening of roller skating on Thursday, June 9 from 6-8pm at Hauer’s Skating Rink. The cost is $3/person, which you can pay at the door.

Our canoeing camping trip is this weekend! We will be eating backpacking meals which we will prepare with personal stoves. We will have some personal stoves to share if you don’t have one. Everyone is to bring their own food, enough for FOUR meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday). You will be working hard in the canoe, so please bring calorie-dense meals. If you have questions about what to bring, please feel free to give me or one of our Scoutmaster corps a call for suggestions. Our phone numbers are all in

We will be gathering at the Natatorium parking lot on Saturday morning, June 11 at 7:30am. As always, we travel in Scout uniforms. Please bring gear appropriate for both hot/sunny and wet/stormy conditions. There is likely to be a small squall sometime on Saturday. We will be watching the weather and will find shore if it arrives. Your gear in your pack should be protected by the elements; it is a good idea to line the inside of your pack with a plastic garbage bag. Please be sure to bring a hat (preferably with a wide brim) and sun protection.

I have attached our June schedule below. There may be some additions and changes to this plan, but that is what we have on the books for the moment.

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 26 Schedule for the Month of June, 2016

June 9
6-8pm – Roller Skating with Pack 26 at Hauer’s Skating Rink. $3/person.

June 11-12
Gates of the Mountains Canoeing Trip

June 13

June 18
Wyatt Tanner EAGLE PROJECT, repairing fence at the Great Falls Jewish Cemetery

June 20 (tentative plan)
7pm Troop and Pack Baseball Game at Black Eagle Park – Award of Best Camper and Melita planning

June 25
Black Eagle service project with Red Cross and Black Eagle fire department – install smoke detectors
Wedding day for Assistant Scoutmaster Stephen Boyd

June 27 (tentative plan)
7pm Troop and Pack rental of Neighborhood Pool – Melita Island Summer Camp Planning

July 4

July 11
6pm PLC

7pm Troop Meeting – Final prep for Summer Camp

July 17-23
Summer Camp at Melita Island

Fundraiser on Sunday

Troop 26;

Are you almost ready for the Pioneering Spring Camporee next weekend? At our last meeting, many of our Scouts became familiar with the floor lashing and prepared for our upcoming campout.

Our monthly grocery bagging and popcorn sale at the 10th Avenue South Albertson’s store is this coming Sunday, May 15 at 10:45 am. Please arrive on time and in uniform to help earn funds for your Scout account! Scouts that attended last month’s fundraiser earned over $100 each to help them attend camp. Please participate to help earn your own way to camp.

Our next Scout meeting will be on Monday, May 16, 7pm at Trinity Lutheran. At this meeting we will be finalizing plans for the Spring Camporee and transferring Troop gear into the trailer we will be taking to camp.

Finally, please note that the funeral for our friend, Papa Paul Grosveld, will be tomorrow, 10:30am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5300 9th Ave S. If you decide to attend please wear your Scout uniform. OA members should wear their sash.

Yours in Good 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

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