Are You Ready For Adventure?

Scouting promises you the great outdoors. As a scout, you can learn how to camp and hike without leaving a trace and how to take care of the land. You’ll study wildlife up close and learn about nature all around you. There are plenty of skills for you to master, and you can teach others what you have learned.

Scouting promises you friendship. Members of Troop 214 might be boys you already know, and you will meet many other scouts along the way. Some could be lifelong friends.

Scouting promises you opportunities to work toward the Eagle Scout rank. You will set positive goals for yourself and then follow clear routes to achieve them.

Scouting promises you tools to help you make the most of your family, your community, and your nation. The good deeds you perform every day will improve the lives of those around you. You will be prepared to help others in time of need.

Scouting promises you experiences and duties that will help you mature into a strong, wise adult. The Scout Oath and Scout Law can guide you while you are a Scout and throughout your life.

Adventure, learning, challenge, responsibility – the promise of Scouting is all this and more.

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Benefits of Scouting

Scouting provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. These opportunities not only help them when they are young but also carry forward into their adult lives, improving their relationships, their work lives, their family lives, and the values by which they live.

A 2005 study by Harris Interactive found that 83 percent of men who were Scouts in their youth agree that the values they learned in Scouting continue to be very important to them today. Eighty-seven percent of men who remained in Scouting five or more years attribute some of their self-confidence in their work to their Scouting experience. Half of the group say Scouting had a positive effect on their career development and advancement, and 83 percent say there have been real-life situations where having been a Scout helped them be a better leader.

As youth, Scouts are taught to live by a code of conduct exemplified in the 12 points of the Scout Law, and they continue to live by these laws in adulthood.

  • Trustworthy: The majority of Scouts agreed that Scouting has taught them always to be honest (75 percent) and to be a leader (76 percent).
  • Loyal: Eighty-eight percent of Scouts are proud to live in the USA, and 83 percent say spending time with family is important to them.
  • Helpful: Eight out of 10 Scouts surveyed believed that helping others should come before their own self-interest.
  • Friendly: Eighty percent of Scouts say that Scouting has taught them to treat others with respect and (78 percent) to get along with others.
  • Courteous: Almost nine of 10 Scouts (87 percent) believe older people should be treated with respect.
  • Kind: Most Scouts agree (78 percent) Scouting has taught them to care or other people, while 43 percent say their skills in helping other people in need are “excellent.”
  • Obedient: Boys in Scouting five years or more are more likely than boys who have never been in Scouts to reject peer pressure to hang out with youth they know commit delinquent acts (61 percent vs. 53 percent).
  • Cheerful: Overall, Scouts are happy with their schools (78 percent) and their neighborhoods (79 percent). However, because Scouting builds such high ideals in youth, Scouts are less satisfied than non-Scouts with the state of the world today (47 percent vs. 52 percent).
  • Thrifty: More than eight out of 10 Scouts (82 percent) say that saving money for the future is a priority.
  • Brave: Eighty percent of Scouts say Scouting has taught them to have confidence in themselves, and 51 percent rate their self-confidence as “excellent.”
  • Clean: Nearly the same number of Scouts (79 percent) agree that Scouting has taught them to take better care of the environment and that Scouting has increased their interest in physical fitness.
  • Reverent: Scouting experience also influences religious service attendance. Eighty-three percent of men who were Scouts five or more years say attending religious services together as a family is “very important,” versus 77 percent of men who had never been Scouts.


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Summer Camp Tips for Adults

Boy Scout camping activities center on the patrol, where boys learn teamwork, leadership, and most camping skills. Summer camp is a great opportunity for them to do this. It is important that adults not be in the middle of patrol activities such as site selection, tent pitching, meal preparation, and anything else where boys get to practice decision-making.

The underlying principle we try to follow is never do anything for a boy that he can do himself. We allow boys to grow by practicing leadership and by learning from their mistakes. And while Scout skills are an important part of the program, what ultimately matters when our Scouts become adults is not whether they can use a map & compass, but whether they can offer leadership to others in tough situations; and can live by a code that centers on honest, honorable, and ethical behavior.

Summer camp life will look a little rocky the first day or two, but by the time they do things themselves a couple times, they’ll fall right in. The patrol leaders have the responsibility to manage their patrols. It’s more important that the boys take ownership of their experience and learn from it than it is that they line up straight or have a perfect campsite.

If a Scout (including your own son) comes to you with a question (What time is dinner? Where is the archery range? Can I use the axe yard?), remind him that he should be asking his patrol leader instead of an adult.

If you have a concern or suggestion, please do let the Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmasters know. Leave it to them to address any issues with the youth leadership.

Adults don’t have to stay isolated from the boys, but it’s not your responsibility to make sure your son or any other boys get dressed, brush their teeth, get to classes or meals. Feel free to ask your son, or any other Scout, how it’s going, what they’ve been doing, which badges they’re working on, how big a fish they caught, and so on. But it’s only by boys taking responsibility for themselves and their fellow Scouts that they learn leadership and enjoy an experience in character development unavailable in any other summer camp or youth activity that will help them immensely in the future.

So what do adults do? If there is a safety issue with any of our Scouts or other Scouts, please step up and intervene. Let the Scout(s) know what the concern is and what to change to be safe. Let the Scoutmaster know about the incident when convenient. Other than that, you’ll be relaxing a good bit of the time (bring your favorite camp chair and a good book), but there’s also plenty to do. Volunteer to help the camp ranger with a service project. Go for a refreshing swim. Talk to some of the staff members or camp commissioners or adults from other troops. Visit the trading post and pick up a camp t-shirt or mug. Explore the island. Hang out with the other adults. Tell stories. Drink coffee. Take a nap. Enjoy camp life!

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Merit Badge University 5

Scouts: Merit Badge University 5 at Carroll College is coming April 1.  You can also stay overnight on the March 31.  The cost is $20 (includes lunch), or $26 for staying overnight, which includes breakfast and lunch.  The class offerings have been posted.  There are some classes still being finalized that you’ll see in orange.  You can take 1 or 2 classes depending on what you pick.  Check out the offerings page for more details.  Class registration opens on Saturday and many classes fill up quickly, so send me a list of what you’d like to take, along with a few alternates before then.  Be sure to check the offerings page later this week if any of the orange classes are of interest to you.


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First Aid O’Ral is February 4

First Aid O’Ral is February 4, 1 pm-4 pm.

This is an excellent opportunity to work with the 4225th U.S. Army Hospital. I think many scouts avoid it because it challenges them on the spot. But that’s why they need to go! First aid skills are a huge benefit to have, and this event puts them in realistic first aid situations, which is a great way to learn and practice.

So mark your calendars and sign up!

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It’s time to start signing up (and paying for) Camp Melita Island summer camp.  We will be attending July 30-August 5.  The camp wants final numbers by February 15.

Camp Melita Island is actually an island owned completely by the Boy Scouts, on Flathead Lake near Polson, MT.  It is a 64-acre island with two and a half miles of shoreline.

Its wooded acres are home to mule deer, a nesting pair of eagles, osprey, Canadian geese, pine squirrels, pine martins, robins, swallows, flickers, woodpeckers, ravens, juncos, grouse, chickadees, gulls, mergansers, mallards, and loons.

Melita’s terrain is mostly flat, and is forested with old growth Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, Juniper, cottonwoods and elders, hawthorn, arnica, Indian Pipe, Oregon Grape, arrow leaf, balsam root, and native grasses.

It has an extensive merit badge program including many aquatics ones.

Video about Melita Island:

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2016 Boy Scout Tree Lot


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December Campout

Scouts should come to the Monday meeting knowing whether they will attend this campout.

December survival campout
Kading Campground
12/10 9:00 am to 12/11 10:00 am
Cost: $10

Food (unknown type and amount, some cooking required)
Stream for water (needs to be made drinkable)
Some spars
Some rope

What you bring:
Sleeping bag, pad
Appropriate clothing
Day pack with whatever you think you might need

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