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October, 2010

October 2, 3, 8 & 9 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM – Frog Rock Trail Maintenance Service Project

  • Primary Activity: Troop 676 will participate in a Trail Maintenance Service Project near Frog Rock. On each of these dates, Scouts will leave from the church area at 8:30 am and return at 4:30 pm. If you are trying to finish your 50 miler patch you MUST give at least 10 hours of service during this time to complete your award. If you need community service hours for rank advancement this event will provide you that opportunity and a whole lot more!
  • How to Register: If you wish to participate on any of the days, you must register with Mr. Hall via cell phone (570-2270) or email (mike1@montaadsl.net) no later than September 28th so the rosters for each day and the required tools can be planned.
  • What to bring: Small backpack to hold your gear, Class B uniform (long pants, belt and tee shirt), Outer warm layers depending on weather, Rain jacket & pants or poncho, Trail running shoes or hiking boots, Hat, LEATHER gloves that fit (buy a new pair if you don’t have any or any that fit you well), Water to drink – at least 2 liters (there is NO water up there), Sack Lunch and Snacks.
  • Specialty Gear Needed: (If anyone has any of the following please bring to the church) Four-wheel kids wagons to haul gear in (should be sturdy), Small gas powered chain saw with gas/oil/chain sharpener/chaps/hearing protector/safety goggles, Very Large heavy sledge hammer, and Hand cutters for trimming roots or bushes – nippers or large pruning shears.
  • Families are welcome to come and join in and see a beautiful trail that leads 2 1/2 miles through the Gallatin National Forest just east of Bozeman.

October 4, 6:10 PM to 6:25 PM (Fellowship Hall @ UMC) – PATROL LEADERS COUNCIL MEETING (REQUIRED: Tyler, Chase, and Quinn, other PLC members are welcome)

  • We’ll have a very short meeting to discuss how the Patrol Leaders will lead their patrols during annual planning breakout sessions at tonight’s meeting.

October 4, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Troop Room) – TROOP MEETING & ADULT COMMITTEE MEETING

  • Primary Activity: Annual Planning Brainstorming for 2011. Here’s your chance for all Troop 676 Scouts to have a voice in annual planning. This is a brainstorming, not a planning, meeting. The Patrol Leaders Council will collect everyone’s ideas, so that they can use them during their annual planning meeting later this month.
  • Note the meeting time change, which will become our new meeting time starting immediately, for all Troop Meetings. Also note that the monthly adult committee meeting will occur during the Troop Meeting (from about 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM).
  • This meeting will be run entirely by the Senior Patrol Leader.
  • Adult Committee Meeting Agenda Tonight: Annual Planning. Mr. Jordan will present a framework for what a typical “Annual Plan” looks like for a Boy Scout troop, what that framework will look like for Troop 676 in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and solicit feedback from parents. The goal of this meeting is to present the framework of an overall program and discuss expectations that the Troop has of its parents, and what the parents have of the Troop. This may be the most important committee meeting of the year for parents to attend. Please don’t miss it.
  • Bring your popcorn sales sheets with you (and don’t forget to take them back home), as we’ll be giving away weekly prizes to the highest sellers who bring their sheets!

October 11, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (Troop Room) – Emergency Preparedness Drill

  • Primary Activity: Eric Vann will be coordinating an Emergency Preparedness Drill as one of his final requirements to becoming an Eagle Scout! Eric’s Board of Review is October 19, so please show your support and come join us for what will be a very fun and informative troop event! The Drill will be based on the need for a community messenger system that is employed when other forms of communications are disrupted during a disaster. We’ll have our Troop & Patrol Meeting immediately following the drill.

October 11, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Troop Room) – PATROL MEETINGS

  • Primary Activity: Patrol Meetings. Starting in October, each patrol will conduct their own Patrol Meetings, and starting in November, each patrol will conduct one Patrol Activity per month. During this meeting, this process will be discussed, and patrols will have a chance to break out into their first patrol meetings, where they will plan their November Patrol Meeting and Patrol Outing.
  • Patrol Meetings will be run entirely by the Patrol Leaders.
  • Tonight’s Patrol Meeting Agenda: Create outing roster for Annual Planning Conference, Collect dues for the Annual Planning Conference, Plan November Patrol Outings, Complete SPL and PL Nominations for Upcoming Troop Elections

October 14, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Popcorn Sheets and Money Due

  • Please turn into our Popcorn Kernal, Mr. Troy Redmon between the above times (please see email for address). Don’t forget to 1) Make a copy of your sheet 2) Bring the original sheet for turn-in and 3) Bring all money for orders due.

October 15-17 (Lion’s Ridge Retreat Center – Gallatin Mountains) – ANNUAL PLANNING CONFERENCE

  • Primary Activity: Annual Planning by the Patrol Leaders Council (Friday Evening and Saturday Morning), Troop Games & Service Project (Saturday Afternoon, Evening and Sunday Morning.)
  • The Patrols Leaders Council will meet at the Church at 4:30 PM on Friday, October 15, and we’ll carpool up to Lion’s Ridge. The PLC will complete the Annual Planning process on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
  • The Patrol Leaders Council members that will attend the Fri-Sat portion of the retreat include: Senior Patrol Leader (Tyler), Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders (Andrew and Alex), Patrol Leaders (Will, Chase, and Quinn), Troop Guide (Corey), and Troop Scribe (Michael). The adult members that will attend the Fri-Sat portion of the retreat will include the Scoutmaster (Ryan), Committee Chair (Chris), Outings Chair (Dan), and Meetings Chair (Aaron). The rest of the troop scouts and adults are invited to join us on Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Rest of the Troop will meet at the Church at Noon on Saturday, October 16, and we’ll carpool up to Lion’s Ridge.
  • The entire troop will return to Bozeman no later than 11:00 AM Sunday.
  • Cost for the planning group (Fri-Sun) will be $18 and include food and lodging. Cost for the rest of the troop will be $9 and include food and lodging.
  • What to Bring: Class A Scout Uniform, Class B Scout Uniform (e.g., Troop or Camp T-Shirt), Warm Jacket for Outside Activities in Cold, Rain Jacket for Outside Activities in the Rain, Work Gloves (For Service Project), Inside Shoes (slippers, mocs, crocs, etc. that will be worn indoors — no outside shoes may be worn inside), Scout Handbook, Notepad and Pen, Pocketknife, Flashlight, Toiletries, Sleeping Bag, Earplugs.

October 25 5:50 PM to 9 PM – Troop 676 Centennial Year Fall Court of HonorFamily Promise Room in basement of United Methodist Church. 2010 Fall Court of Honor will be a special one indeed as we celebrate the last COH in the centennial year! It will include two special events in addition to our rank advancement, merit badges and specialty awards. First, our current Scoutmaster will receive his Woodbadge beads for completing the weeklong adult leader Woodbadge course. Following the Woodbadge beading ceremony, the Troop will have a formal Scoutmaster change of command ceremony where Mr. Hall steps down as our current Scoutmaster and Mr. Jordan takes over. We also have several “specialty” awards for the centennial year in Celebration of all the Troop 676 has accomplished throughout the centennial year of Boy Scouts. All Scouts, Family Members and Friends of Troop 676 are invited! Please RSVP with the number of people who will be attending so we can get a proper food count together by emailing your total count to Mike Hall at mike1@montanadsl.net. Mr Hall is working with our Committee Chair and the Patrol Leaders Council to organize this special event.  See schedule below:

  • 5:50 PM – Families bringing food show up with food items
  • 6:00 PM – Potluck dinner – Family food assignments by name will be communicated one week prior to Court of Honor and will include quantity to bring.
  • 6:45 PM – Court of Honor & Specialty Awards
  • 8:20 PM – Woodbadge Beading Ceremony
  • 8:30 PM – Scoutmaster Transition Ceremony
  • 8:40 PM – New Scoutmaster Speech
  • 8:50 PM Scoutmaster Minute
  • 8:55 PM Cleanup
  • 9:00 PM Depart

September, 2010

  • September 11 Sat 4p to 7:30p – 100 year celebration with MVD at Story Mansion – Class A uniform – All scouts and Adult leaders please attend.
  • September 13 Mon – 6:30p to 7pONLY those scouts and adults who helped with the fairgrounds fundraiser should attend. Each scout must bring at least one parent. Any scout who does not attend this important meeting will forfeit 100% of their money earned to the Troop fund. (If you worked the fairgrounds then you need to come to this meeting to get your money earned!)
  • September 13 Mon – 7p to 8:30p – Troop meeting – Camporee planning – all scouts who have NOT paid please bring your $25. Also, all scouts should have been on the MVD website by now and printed the merit badge workbooks and have done some pre-requisite work by now! If not there is still enough time to do so. All scouts attending the camporee need to bring your merit badge work books to monday nights meeting.
  • September 14 Tue – 6p to 8:30p – Mr. Hall’s house – trailer maintenance – If you are going to the Fall Camporee you need to attend this session. Anyone else who has used the Troops equipment this summer should plan to come and help as well.
  • September 17-19 – Fall Camporee – North of Livingston. We will leave the church Friday 9/17 at 4:45pm.
  • September 20 Mon- 6:30p – Adult Committee Meeting – Troop Room. No Troop scout meeting. Subject: 2010 Fundraising (popcorn, Christmas trees) and routine troop business.
  • September 23 Thrs – 7p – Popcorn Kickoff Party! – Troop Room. This party will include the required safety training for the whole troop! Please come prepared with the following: 1) Wear your Class A uniform 2) Bring your appetite to eat pizza & 3) Be ready to learn all the tips and tricks to help your troop have a successful popcorn fundraising year! We need you!
  • September 25 Sat – 12p – 5p (tentative) – Troop 676 Popcorn Blitz – More details to follow! Prizes will be awarded!
  • September 27 Mon – 7p to 8:30pMEETING CANCELED!
  • September 30 Thrs – 4p – Gallatin County Health Department – If you were at the 2010 MVD Fall Camporee, and started the Public Health merit badge, then you need to attend this meeting to complete several of the requirements. Please meet with the Gallatin County Public Health Nurse, Shanda Smith, at 215 W. Mendenhall, Room 117. Meeting will start promptly at 4 p.m., please be on time.

August, 2010

  • August 1-7 – Summer Camp, Melita Island
  • August 2 – NO Meeting
  • August 9 – NO Meeting
  • August 16 – Meeting/PLC
  • August 23 – Meeting
  • August 27-29 – USFS Cabin Camping Trip (Spanish Creek)
  • August 30 – Committee Meeting (No Meeting)

July, 2010

  • July 10-17 – 50 Miler (Beartooths)
  • July 12 – No Meeting
  • July 19 – CANCELED Committee Meeting (No Scout Meeting). Mandatory for all Summer Camp “Staff” Adults, and families who are sending a Scout to summer camp.
  • July 21-25 – County Fair Fundraiser
  • July 26 – Meeting

June, 2010

  • June 2 – 7PM to 9PM – Summer Camp Merit Badge Counselor Training – Troop Room – Mr. Kuntz, Mr. Hall, Mr. Jordan, Mr. Roy, Mr. Wynn, Mr. (T) Smith, Mrs. (Jesse) Smith, Mr. Cichon, Mrs. Cichon, Mr. (Zack) O’Connor.
  • June 5 – 1PM to 3PM – Corey Hall’s Eagle Court of Honor – Location TBD
  • June 7 – 6:00 PM – Troop Meeting (Troop Room). Glacier NP Trip Prep — Mandatory if you are going on the Glacier NP Service Project Trip or Jewel Basin Backcountry Trek
  • June 11 – 2:45PM to 8PM or later – Bridger Mountain National Recreation Trail Hike / 50-Miler Training
    • This hike is REQUIRED if you are going on the Glacier NP and/or Beartooth 50-Miler Trips. Everyone is welcome but this will be a tough hike of about 6-7 miles and nearly 3,000 feet of elevation gain with full packs and a lot of “surprise” activities during the hike.
    • 2:45 PM – Meet at “M” Trail Parking Lot for prep and overview. We’ll leave promptly at 3:00 PM.
    • CHANGE: You no longer need to bring your full backpacking packs. Do not bring your overnight backpacking gear, cook kit, sleeping gear, etc. Instead, only bring the following items:
      • day pack
      • wear: non-cotton hiking clothes, socks, cap, and shoes
      • fleece or other insulated jacket
      • rain jacket and pants OR poncho
      • warm hat and gloves
      • some means to start a fire in wet conditions (waterproof matches, firestarting kit, etc.)
      • a backpacking dinner that can be rehydrated with boiling water, something easy: Easy Mac, Ramen, just keep it easy and quick!
      • half pound of trail snacks
      • compass
      • 2L of water
    • Mr. Jordan will issue a small amount of patrol gear prior to the hike, so leave some extra room in your day packs. We’ll be doing First Aid scenarios, campsite selection and setup, on-the-trail cooking, and more. Please come prepared!
    • ADULTS – We will be hiking from the “M” to Sypes Canyon – if you are able to shuttle vehicles for us, please email Mr. Jordan and let him know if you’re available.
  • June 12 – 2PM to 5PM – Glacier NP Final Gear Inspection and Troop Trailer Packing – Mr. Hall’s House – REQUIRED if you are going on the Glacier NP trip. If you are going on the backcountry (Jewel Basin) trek, please show up with your fully packed pack at 2:00 PM; if you are not attending the trek and are going only on the service project in Glacier National Park, you may show up at 3:00 PM.
  • June 11-13 – First OA Ordeal – K Bar M
  • June 14 – No Meeting
  • June 13-20 – Glacier National Park Service Project & Backpacking Trek
    • Service Project: June 13-16
    • Backpacking Trek: June 16-20
    • JLT – We’ll be conducting our first Junior Leader Training for the Scouts newly elected to leadership positions at the May 24 meeting on this trip.
    • Schedule for the Week:
      • June 13 – 8:45 AM – Meet at the BOZEMAN ALBERTSON’S Parking Lot; drive to West Glacier, set up camp.
      • June 14, 15, and 16 – Service project near West Glacier
      • June 16, Evening – Shuttles back to Bozeman for those not going on the backpacking trek
      • June 16, Evening – Backpacking trek participants drive to Camp Misery Trailhead (Swan Range) area for their backcountry trek in the Jewel Basin area.
      • June 18 – Adults and Scouts on the trek participating in the Melita OA ordeal will leave the trek and drive to Melita Island
      • June 19 – Backpacking trek participants end their trek and drive to back to Bozeman, arrive between 8PM and 10PM
  • June 18-20 – Second OA Ordeal – Melita Island
  • June 20-26 – Takaschin Staff Training Week
  • June 21 – Committee Meeting (No Scout Meeting) – Troop Room – 6:30 PM. Summer Camp Committee (Ryan, Mike, Dan, Gene, Zack – Please come at 5:30 PM) – Mandatory for all Summer Camp “Staff” Adults and families who are sending a Scout on the 50-Miler in July.
  • June 27-July 3 – Takaschin BSA National Youth Leadership Training
  • June 28-29 – Beartooth Trek Planning Outing

    • WHO: Beartooth Trek Scouts and Adults Only
    • WHERE: Gallatin Mountains, Montana, Trailhead is about 20 minutes from Bozeman
    • WHEN TO MEET: Meet at the CHURCH (UMC) parking lot, 9:00 AM Monday June 28.
    • WHEN WILL WE GET BACK: Tuesday, June 29, around 4:00 PM.
    • WHAT TO BRING: Your backpacking pack fully packed and 1.5 lbs of lunch snacks. Dinner and breakfast will be provided. Patrol gear will be provided. No planning required on the part of the patrol leaders. There is no fee for this outing.
    • WHAT WE’LL DO: Relax and have some fun – you’ve all earned it. This will be a team-building outing to prepare our group for spending eight days together in the Beartooths! We’ll also do route planning, menu planning, and gear planning for the Beartooth Trek.
    • WHERE ARE WE GOING? We have reserved the USFS Cabin at Trail Creek, which we’ll use for cooking, eating, and planning. This is a small cabin, so sleeping will be reserved for adults. If adults want to sleep outside, that’s fine too. If Corey wants a bed, he’ll have to negotiate it with his dad.
    • HOW HARD IS THE HIKE? As easy as it gets. 2.2 miles from the car to the cabin with less than 500 feet of elevation gain – half as much as going to the “M”! This is as flat as it gets 🙂
    • WILL THERE BE STREAM CROSSINGS? No.
    • WILL THERE BE GRIZZLY BEARS? No.
    • WILL WE HAVE TO WEAR WET CLOTHES? No.
    • SERIOUSLY, SO THIS WILL BE, LIKE, HEAVEN, COMPARED TO WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING? Yep, pretty much.
  • June 28 – No Meeting

May, 2010

  • May 3 – 5:30 PM – Patrol Leaders Council – Lindley Park – Meet under covered area on W side of park N of the playground equipment. Bring $3 for pizza.
  • May 3 – 7:00 PM – Troop Meeting – Lindley Park Meet under covered area on W side of park N of the playground equipment. Backcountry Skills Olympics! (Mr. Jordan):
    • What We’re Doing: Bear Bag Hanging, Tarp Pitching, Packing/Unpacking: Individual and Patrol Competitions.
    • What to Bring: Each Scout should bring their backpack packed with all gear on the gear list (except food), ONE ski or trekking pole if you have them and a rock that is 3 to 4 inches in diameter, or a baseball.
    • Ultralight backcountry gear will be given away as prizes – some really good stuff – so PRACTICE, then come prepared! Prizes for: best and fastest bear bag hanging (individual and patrol), best and fastest tarp pitching (individual and patrol), best “ultralight packages” of toothpaste, sunscreen, insect repellent, and soap, and best/fastest packing/unpacking!
  • May 7 – 6:30 PM – Hike the “M” (Required for those planning on backpacking in Glacier and the Beartooths) – meet at the “M” parking lot 6:30 sharp, with a 20 pound pack.
  • May 10 – 7:00 PM – Troop Meeting – Troop Room. Camporee prep and planning (Mr. Hall).
  • May 11 – 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM – Troop Trailer / Gear Maintenance and Instruction (Mr. Hall’s House) – Required if you are going on Camporee
  • May 14-16 – Spring Camporee – Harrison Lake (OA Callout)
  • May 17 – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM – Troop Room @ UMC – Adult Committee Meeting (No Scout Meeting). Please send at least one representative from each family! Agenda: Logistics, budgets, and fees for Glacier NP, Beartooth Trek, and Summer Camp.
  • May 18 – 6:30PM to 9:30PM – Venture Patrol High Adventure Training – Mr. Hall’s House. Required for Eric, Asher, and Will, optional for Corey and Andrew, but you’re welcome to join us. Bring your fully packed pack, your cook kit, and a backpacking dinner. Training topics: Gear inspections, cook systems, firestarting and fire cooking (Mr. Jordan and Mr. Hall).
  • May 21-23 – Adult Leader Ultralight Backpacking Training – Montana High Adventure Base near Dupuyer, MT.
  • May 23 – Eric Vann’s Eagle Project (1st Session) – Mr. Smith’s Shop at Four Corners.
  • May 24 – 7:00 PM – Troop Meeting – Troop Room. Troop Elections – IMPORTANT! REQUIRED if you are going on the Glacier NP and/or Beartooth Trips.
  • May 25 – 6:30PM to 9:30PM – Venture Patrol High Adventure Training – Lindley Park. Required for Eric, Asher, and Will, optional for Corey and Andrew, but you’re welcome to join us. Bring your fully packed pack, your cook kit, and a backpacking dinner. Training topics: Gear inspections Round 2, bear bag hanging, and first aid scenario management and advanced first aid training (Mr. Hall).
  • May 26 – 6:30PM to 9:30PM – Venture Patrol High Adventure Training – Kirk Hill – Required for Eric, Asher, and Will, optional for Corey and Andrew, but you’re welcome to join us. Bring your fully packed pack, your cook kit, and a backpacking dinner. Training topics: Backcountry trekking and camping efficiency, advanced techniques for pitching tarps in inclement weather (Mr. Jordan and Mr. Hall).
  • May 28 – Eric Vann’s Eagle Project (2nd Session) – Mr. Smith’s Shop at Four Corners.
  • May 31 – No Meeting (Memorial Day)

April, 2010

  • April 5 – 5:30 PM – Patrol Leader Council Meeting, Troop Room – Bring $3 for pizza. We’ll be reviewing April program, planning logistics for the April outing, and doing May meeting planning.
  • April 5 – 7:00 PM – Troop Meeting – Troop Room – Backcountry Cooking Skills. IMPORTANT: Bring your (1) Mess Kit, (2) An appetite (we’ll be sampling a variety of trekking food recipes), and (3) $10 cash for supplies to make your own ultralight backpacking cookset (that will include a cooking pot and stove) that will be used on the April, June, and July outings.
  • April 8 – 4:00 PM – Food Planning and Shopping for April Outing – Meet at Holy Rosary Catholic Church Basement – Bring $3 for pizza dinner – Attendance by SPL, ASPL’s, PL’s, and Troop Guide is required whether or not you are going on the April Outing, in addition to one other patrol member as designated by PL – This event will be organized and run by the SPL, no adult participation necessary except transportation
  • April 9 – 5:00 PM – Absolute deadline for getting your Glacier NP Service forms to Mr. Hall or you will not be registered and won’t be able to go. See bottom of this page for links to download the forms.
  • April 10 – 7:00 AM – Yellowstone National Park Bicycling Day Trip – Meet at UMC Church – Back in Bozeman by 9:00 PM – Make sure your bike is tuned up and ready to ride – if your bike (or borrowed bike) doesn’t pass the safety inspection Saturday morning (brakes, tires, shifters, chain), you’ll have to rent a bike in West Yellowstone. Bring a sack lunch, $15 cash, bike repair kit, helmet, gloves, rain jacket & pants, an extra warm layer for torso, warm hat, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, small pack.
  • April 11 – 2:00 PM – Jeff Kuntz’ Eagle Court of Honor Flags Practice – Holy Rosary Catholic Church Basement
  • April 11 – 3:00 PM – Jeff Kuntz’ Eagle Court of Honor – Holy Rosary Catholic Church Basement
  • April 12 – 7:00 PM – Troop Meeting – Troop Room. Campout planning meeting.
    • ATTENDANCE REQUIRED IF YOU ARE GOING ON THE APRIL OUTING.
    • Pack inspection, issue patrol gear and food.
    • Participant Fees Due for April Outing: $15 per Scout, to cover food, fuel, and supplies
    • Bring your gear, all packed! Download the gear list below.
    • BLUE CARDS AND RANK ADVANCEMENTS DUE TO MR. KUNTZ IF YOU WANT YOUR AWARDS AT THE 4/26 COURT OF HONOR!!
    • Also: BSA Medical Forms Due for Summer Activities! Download below!
  • April 13 – 6:45 PM – Harlem Globetrotters – MSU Fieldhouse. Meet at the Fieldhouse’ South entrance at 6:45PM, event starts at 7:00 PM. Scout uniforms required. Bring $16 for your discounted ticket + snack money. This will be a troop activity qualifying for one of the requirements for the BSA 100th Anniversary Award.
  • April 16 – 18 – Beartrap Canyon Outing
    • WHO CAN GO / WHY THIS OUTING IS IMPORTANT
      • All registered Troop 676 Scouts and registered Adults who pass the gear inspection at the April 12 meeting, and confirm (see “ROSTER” below) by April 6 may participate in this outing.
      • This outing is strongly recommended as a PREREQUISITE if you plan on going on either the Glacier NP or Beartooth treks, and is REQUIRED if you plan on going on either the Glacier NP or Beartooth treks AND you missed the March outing.
      • This will be another “training-intensive” outing, with even more independence given to Scouts. We’ll be evaluating Scouts very carefully on this trek for their ability to implement their new backpacking skills, and assess whether or not they will be ready to participate in the Glacier National Park trek in June. We are also looking for increased physical fitness and stamina, and this will be a tougher outing than the March outing. See the physical fitness section of the Troop Backpacking Handbook (click “Resources” above to find it) for more info.
    • ROSTER
      • Scouts (Andrew, Tyler, Jordan, Alex, Chase, Michael, Quinn, Nate, Jackson, Walker); Adults (Mr. Hall, Mr. Jordan, Mr. Smith, Mr. Hickey, Mr. Roy).
    • TIMES
      • Meet at the church at 4:30 PM Friday
      • We’ll be back by 3:30 PM on Sunday.
    • PROGRAM
      • Patrol leadership and teamwork (Focus of this outing is on backpacking with your patrol – patrols will hike separate, camp separate, and have separate activities. Adults will float between patrols.)
      • Backcountry water treatment for groups (gravity filtration)
      • Backcountry hygiene
      • Personal (solo) cooking methods
      • Trekking and Camping Efficiency
      • Leave No Trace
      • Poison Plants and Dangerous Animals of Bear Trap Canyon
      • Wilderness Act of 1964
    • HAZARDS:
      • Poison ivy (long sleeve hiking shirt and pants, cap with brim, and thin gloves for hiking recommended)
      • Ticks (100% DEET repellent recommended – apply to neck, wrists, and ankles, tuck pant legs into socks, tuck shirt into pants, check your buddy for ticks frequently, consider treating outer clothing with Sawyer Permithrin)
      • Rattlesnakes (we’ll probably be too early in the season but if weather is warm (60s or higher), watch your feet!)
      • Snow (bring emotional fortitude)
    • GEAR & FOOD:
      • Download the gear list below, and note the following changes/additions to it:
      • Add your personal cook kit that you received at the April 5 meeting. Be sure to FINISH your cook kit construction BEFORE you arrive, or it will not work properly! Note that the storage caddy doubles as your bowl (bottom of the caddy) and mug (top of the caddy) and you can also use the cook pot included in the cook kit for a mug, so you just throw a spoon into your new cook kit and leave your old mess kit at home!
      • Consider bringing a lightweight fishing rod with a few flies or lures. Leave waders, fishing vests, and tackle boxes at home please.
      • Everyone should bring their “Troop 676 Trekking Card” (keep this in a secure pocket at all times, and don’t lose it!), which you received at the April 5 meeting.
      • Patrols will plan, shop for, and package the following meals: Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast. These meals will be distributed at the April 12 meeting.
      • Scouts are responsible for Friday dinner (no-cook “sack dinner”, but include hot drink mix), Saturday lunch/snacks/drinks/desserts, and Sunday lunch/snacks/drink mixes.
      • Each adult should be self-sufficient with respect to water treatment kit, shelter, food, bear bag hanging, and cooking gear. Adults can share this gear with each other, but not with Scouts. Ryan will provide group water treatment kits for each patrol, including each adult patrol.
    • MORE INFO:
      • Every Scout, parent, and participating adult should Download and READ (yes, the whole thing!) the Troop Backpacking Handbook (link below). If you ask Mr. Jordan a question that has an answer in the handbook, your likely response will be “It’s in the Handbook…” In other words, read the handbook thoroughly, THEN ask your questions! 🙂
    • April 19 – 6:30 to 8:30 PM – Summer Camp Meeting – Adults only – Mandatory information and organization meeting for all adults who are planning on going to summer camp or are parents of Scouts going to summer camp (No Troop Meeting)
    • April 23 – 6:30 PM – Hike the “M” (Required for those planning on backpacking in Glacier and the Beartooths) – meet at the “M” parking lot 6:30 sharp, with a 15 pound pack.
    • April 26 – 6:00 PM – Spring Court of Honor – United Methodist Church Fellowship Center (in basement). Please RSVP to Mrs. Cichon with #’s attending and check with her about what dish your family will bring.

March, 2010

  • March 6 – 2:30 PM – Color Guard and Flag Passing Practice for Zack’s Eagle Court – Holy Rosary Church Basement
  • March 7 – 3:15 PM – Color Guard and Flag Passing Practice for Zack’s Eagle Court – Holy Rosary Church Basement
  • March 7 – 4:00 PM – Zack O’Connor’s Eagle Court of Honor – Holy Rosary Church Basement
  • March 8 – 5:30 PM – Patrol Leader’s Council Meeting – Troop Room. Please bring $3 for pizza. PLC Members should review the Troop 676 Backpacking Handbook and Tobacco Root Mountains Gear List (download below) prior to the meeting.
  • March 8 – 7:00 PM – Troop Meeting – Troop Room. Activities: “What’s in My Pack?” (backpacking gear) & Backpacking Food planning.
  • March 15 – No Meeting – Spring Break
  • March 16 – 2:00 PM – Bozeman Community Food Co-Op – Food planning, shopping, and packaging for March outing
    • Who: Tyler, Alex, Chase, Nate, Corey, Mr. Jordan
    • PL’s: be sure to know EXACTLY how many people in your patrol will be going on the outing before you come!
    • We’ll start with a planning session upstairs, then shop, then go to the Backpacking Light office to package food.
  • March 20 – 2:30 PM Garage-O-Rama Fundraiser – Fairgrounds. One of most reliable and important fundraisers of the year. Please attend, we need this one to fund our program this year!!
  • March 22 – 7:00 PM – Troop Meeting – Troop Room. Campout planning meeting.
    • ATTENDANCE REQUIRED IF YOU ARE GOING ON THE MARCH OUTING. If you are unable to attend this meeting and are planning on going on the outing, please arrange a time with Mr. Jordan on Tuesday March 23 or Wednesday, March 24 to bring your packed pack to Mr. Jordan’s office between 3PM and 5PM for a mandatory gear inspection.
    • Outing Fees due tonight: $17 for the Outing’s Tiger Patrol (Alex, Chase, Corey, Michael, and Quinn), $15 for the Dragons (Walker, Tyler, Nate, Taylor W.) to cover food and supplies, which were already purchased on March 16.
    • We’ll have a pack inspection, issue group food (adults will plan transportation and other logistics).
    • Bring your gear, all packed! Download the gear list below.
    • Glacier National Park Service Forms DUE to Mr. Roy (download the forms below)
  • March 26-28 – Tobacco Root Mountains Outing – Revenue Mine Area (BLM Land W of Norris, MT)
    • Meet at the church at 4:30 PM SHARP on Friday. Mr. Jordan will conduct a GEAR INSPECTION at 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM. If you do not show up with critical pieces of required gear, you won’t be able to go on the outing. Parents, please stick around until your Scout passes the gear inspection.
    • We’ll be back by 2:00 PM on Sunday.
    • Focus of this outing is on teaching backcountry cooking and camping skills, with some navigation/orienteering and time permitting, some rapelling.
    • This outing is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED if you are planning to attend any one of the following treks this year: Beartrap Canyon (April), Glacier National Park (June), Beartooth 50-Miler (July).
    • Download the gear list below.
  • March 29 – 7:00 PM – Adult Committee Meeting – Troop Room. Topics: T676’s New SM, Backpacking Gear Demo & Purchasing Opportunities, Summer Activity Logistics, Troopmaster Update, Financial Reporting, Troop Website