Troop 26 has a Busy Spring planned! Mark your Calendars.
Buckle up, buttercup! We are getting into our Spring schedule and I have a lot of information to impart in this message. Please get out your calendars for these upcoming events.
In lieu of a meeting next week (as it is President’s Day), our Troop will be going to Helena for a tour of the legislature on February 16. Our schedule and more information about this event is available at https://lcdistrictcommittee.wordpress.com/tag/legislature-tour/. You should have already received a text message from me if you are signed up for this opportunity. Mr. Adams is our tour leader for the event. Please make a point to gather No Later Than 6am in uniform at Trinity Lutheran Church to caravan to Helena. Lunch will be a brown bag in the old Supreme Court chambers; there is food left over from our lunch at the ski hill; you are more than welcome to some of it. Please get in touch with me this week if you would like to get some of that food.
Our next scheduled Troop meeting will be Monday, February 23 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. We will continue work on Communications Merit Badge led by Mr. Lukas.
Our annual Troop Lock-in will be on Friday, February 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church. We will begin the evening with a swim at the Marony Natatorium across the street at 6pm. The lock-in will begin at 8pm at the church. Your leaders for the evening are Mr. Adams and Mr. Boyd. As always, plan for a fun evening of games and junk food. Most importantly, please make a point to pick up your Scout by 7:30am on Saturday morning so that Mr. Adams and Mr. Boyd can get some rest.
Our Patrol Leader’s Council meeting for the month of March will be on Monday, March 2 at 6pm. Troop meeting to follow at 7pm.
We will complete work on the Merit Badge on a Communications Hike, which we will begin at 6pm on Monday, March 9 at the 20th Street Caboose on River’s Edge Trail. Please arrive in uniform. Good hiking shoes and drinking water are important for any hike. We will conclude the hike at 8:30pm at the same location.
Our District Scouting for Food drive is March 14 (bag drop off) and March 21 (bag/food pick up). This is one of the most significant Good Turns we accomplish each year. Can our Troop collect at least 1,500 pounds of food this year? Please mark your calendars to help us achieve this goal. More information, and our area this year, will be announced soon, watch your email for that information.
Merit Badge University is Saturday, March 28 at Carroll College in Helena. We will be leaving the evening of March 27 and staying the night in the Carroll College gym. This is an incredible opportunity to take a really staggering number of merit badges, many of which require advanced counselors. Architecture, Astronomy, Aviation, Chemistry, Digital Technology and Programming, Engineering, Horsemanship, Movie Making, Robotics, Scuba and Welding are just some of the options! A full description of this event is available at meritbadgeu.wordpress.com. The cost will be $20/person + transportation and food. Registration opens on 2/23. If you would like to attend, please look over that website and get back to me soon.
Mark your calendars for the Trail to First Class campout, which will be April 17-19 at Holter Lake! This is a great opportunity for all of our younger Scouts to achieve rank requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class. Older Scouts are needed to teach these skills. Our Troop will be teaching Totin’ Chip and Fireman Chit classes at this event. For adults, Outdoor Leader Skills will be taught while your Scout is in classes. Our Chapter’s Order of the Arrow tap-out ceremomy will also be held at this campout. This is a great event, please mark your calendars.
Last, but certainly not least, we have Summer camp final registration coming up soon. We will be going to K-M Scout Ranch July 19-25. We can expect that the cost of camp and travel will be about $300 each. I will need your camp commitments very soon. During March/April, I will be meeting with each Scout attending to start getting you signed up for merit badge classes at K-M.
Whew! That is a lot of information, and a very busy few months of Scouting. I look forward to seeing you at our next Troop meeting on February 23.
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America
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