Help us Build a Huge Trebuchet on Saturday!

Troop 26;

I hope you all had a meaningful and pleasant Memorial Day. Even though we have had not had a chance to meet since Spring Camporee, we will be camping this coming weekend with Pack 26 at the annual Troop/Pack campout this weekend at Medicine River Scout Center.

This weekend we will be helping the Pack with their Den activities and building a 15 foot trebuchet in the afternoon! This will be our “test run” for the trebuchet we will build during the Scout show this coming Fall.

I have eight of you signed up to attend this campout. Even if you are not signed up, please join us to help out on Saturday. As this campout is near town, the Troop will not be providing transportation. If you need a ride, please let me know at your soonest opportunity. Directions and a map to MRSC can be found at this link:

If you want to eat from the menu you will have to confirm your attendance with me today. Saturday’s menu is as follows: Breakfast will be eggs/bacon, lunch will be cold cut sandwiches and dinner will be hot dogs/hamburgers. The Pack will be having their den crossover ceremony during the campfire program that evening.

For those of you that have not camped before, the Troop will be providing tents. Please bring a sleeping bag, ground pad (if you want it), mess kit and your 10 essentials. A list of 10 essentials can be found on the bottom of this message. Especially for our newer Scouts, please also bring your Scout book.

As some of you may have noticed, your Senior Patrol Leader and I have been making some changes to our Patrol lineup. Our Troop is now made up of three Scout patrols and a Senior leadership patrol. To find out your new Patrol, please make a point to come to our next Scout meeting on Monday, June 1 at 7 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Prior to that meeting we will hold our June Patrol Leader’s Conference at 6pm, also at Trinity Lutheran Church. The following leaders should attend PLC: SPL, ASPL, all PLs, Quartermaster and Scribe. If you have any question about whether or not you should be attending the PLC, please contact me or SPL.

Our June theme will be camping and hiking. During the month we will have a presentation on advanced hiking and camping techniques from expert camper/hiker Ryan Foley from Bighorn Wilderness. We will cap off this theme with our Showdown hike and service project during the weekend of June 19.

Summer is a great time to Scout. I look forward to seeing you at the campout 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

Scout outdoor essentials checklist

They’re called “essentials” for a reason. Every packing list starts with these 10 items.

  1. A pocketknife or multitool can be handy in a wide variety of situations. It’s useful for tasks as large as building an emergency shelter or lighting a campfire with poor fuel, or as small as repairing a damaged backpack. Don’t forget to first earn your Whittling Chip (for older Cub Scouts) or Totin’ Chip (for Boy Scouts).
  2. A first-aid kit can be a lifesaver. Literally.
  3. Bring extra clothing to match the weather. Multiple layers are better than a single massive jacket, because layered clothing is adaptable to a wide range of temperatures.
  4. Rain gear is very important. Being wet from rain may result in hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition.
  5. A flashlight is important for finding your way in the dark.
  6. Trail food is good for maintaining your energy.
  7. Water can prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
  8. Matches and/or a fire starter may be used to light fires for heat, or for signaling for help.
  9. Sun protection might include sunblock, sunglasses, lip balm and a wide-brimmed hat.
  10. A map and compass are probably the most important tools you can carry in case you get lost.

Here are some additional items you may want to pack, depending on the outing:

Keeping Clean

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Soap
  • Comb
  • Waterless hand cleaner
  • Small towel
  • Washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Trowel for digging cathole latrines

Cooking and eating

  • Large plastic cereal bowl or kitchen storage bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cup or insulated mug
  • Water treatment system
  • Backpacking stove with fuel
  • Large pot and lid (2.5- or 3-quart size)
  • Small pot and lid (1.5- or 2-quart size)
  • Lightweight frying pan (10 to 12 inches in diameter)
  • For melting snow, add 1 large pot and lid (6 to 10 quarts)
  • Hot-pot tongs


  • Watch
  • Camera
  • Notebook
  • Pen or pencil
  • Sunglasses
  • Small musical instrument
  • Swimsuit
  • Gloves
  • Whistle
  • Nylon cord
  • Insect repellent
  • Repair kit
  • Hiking stick or trekking poles
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing gear
  • Animal identification books, plant keys, geological studies, star charts or other guides

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