Details for our Organizational Campout; September 7-9, 2012

In just under two weeks we will have our first Montana Council Jamboree Contingent gathering! In addition to sharing the details of the Jamboree trip next year, your leaders have a fun time planned. Upon arrival, you will find out which of our two Troops you will be in and who your Troop Leaders are. At least one parent/guardian is encouraged to attend the Parent’s Meeting on Saturday afternoon to answer questions. Here’s a brief rundown of what you’ll need to bring:

* Tent (you can share a tent with another Scout if you arrange it with them)

* Sleeping bag/gear

* Class A uniform (complete) and 2 Class B shirts (with outdoor shoes/boots)

* Your current BSA Health & Medical Record (to keep with you)

* $20 for food (covers the Scout/Venturer and his/her parents)

Scouts and Venturers will camp with their Troop in the main parade grounds. Parents are welcome to stay at K-M Scout Ranch and will have a nearby separate camping area. Meals will be prepared for us and served in the dining hall. If you have food allergies or anything else we need to be aware of, please send us an e-mail or call one of the Scoutmasters.

Here’s a look at our tentative schedule:
Friday: arrival and check-in.
4 p.m. Arrival and check-in begins  (supper is on your own – bring it or eat before arriving)
8 p.m. Cracker Barrel (bring your favorite snack to share)

8 a.m. Flags and breakfast (Scouts & parents)
9 a.m. Jamboree Overview (Scouts & parents)
10 a.m. Patch Designs and other Jamboree Gear (Scouts & parents)
11 a.m. Troop & Patrol breakout sessions (Scouts)
12 p.m. Lunch (Scouts & parents)
1 p.m. Troop/Patrol Team-Building events (Scouts)
3 p.m. Troop/Patrol Leadership Skills & Service (Scouts)
Parent’s Meeting (parents)
5 p.m. Supper (Scouts & parents)
8 p.m. Campfire – each Patrol will have a skit/song/etc. (Scouts & parents)

7:30 a.m. Flags and breakfast (Scouts & parents)
8:00 a.m. Scout’s Worship (Scouts & parents)
8:30 a.m. Departure (all out by 9:30 a.m.)

So that we may be prepared and have enough food, please RSVP to let us know that you will be attending. Include whether your parents will be camping at K-M and/or dining with us.

We hope to see all of you there!

Shakedown at Summit

By Patrol Z Member and Montana Venturer Jessica Scanlon

Since I got back from the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia this last month, everyone has been asking me about life at the Summit! So, just for all my Montana scouting friends, I am letting you in on a secret. Life at the Summit is AMAZING! You need more detail than that? Well, here are the top three greatest things at the Summit!

1. All the fun activities, and helping you get over your fears!
– At the Summit, there are a ton of great activities. There are so many new talents to try out there, like BMX riding and climbing. The Summit is the only place where you can pack in so many activities in one place! And everything is built by the best of the best, and totally safe, so anyone can try it! Never climbed, or scared of heights? Terrified of whitewater rafting? The Summit is the best place to get over your fear, and just do it!

2. The Flora and Fauna!
– The Summit has WAY different biology than what we have in Montana! Sure, in Montana we have both the plains and the mountains, which is really cool, but the Summit is totally different! It’s so pretty and, well, green there! The wildlife is spectacular, ranging from amphibians and birds too deer and bears, all different species than what we may have in our state! And the trees, I just can’t get over the trees! They’re so.. just amazing! The mountains are just completely covered in this green mass of fluffy-looking trees, and it makes you just want to float on them, like a cloud!

3. The people!
– The people at the Summit were by far the best part of the Summit. The staff there are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet, and they are super helpful in answering any questions you have, or find someone who can answer them for you. They are also VERY good at what they do, so you know you are always safe with them. Of course, the participants are the greatest too! You will meet a TON of new friends, from all over the country! I personally thought the best way to meet people was patch trading, so bring a lot of patches to trade!

Life at the Summit is really amazing, and I’m sure you will love it just as much as I did! Remember, this jamboree is a once in a lifetime opportunity. This is the first year that Venturers will be allowed (yay!), and this is the official opening of the Summit! You don’t want to miss it!

Any questions? Be sure to like the Montana Council Jamboree Contingent facebook page, and leave your questions on the wall! Also keep an eye on the page for updates and photo teasers! 🙂

Mark Your Calendars for our September Organizational Campout!

September 7-9, 2012 at K-M Scout Ranch, near Lewistown, MT.

Plan to arrive Friday evening beginning at 4 p.m. and leave Sunday by 9 a.m.   Montana has two Jamboree Troops and a Venture Patrol. We’ll camp together Jamboree-style, get to know each other, and learn more about our action-packed Jamboree trip next year.

The cost for food will be $20 per participant.

You’ll get to meet your Troop’s senior leaders, selected from those who applied by the August 15 deadline – learn more and submit your applications from the MT Jambo website. By the end of this campout you will know which Troop and Patrol you are in and will have gotten to know some of the other Scouts in your Jamboree Patrol. 

Be sure to bring all of your own camp gear! There will be a Parent’s Meeting Saturday; parents are welcome to camp at K-M or can stay in Lewistown. This will be a great time to get any questions answered! Be sure to check the MT Jambo website this week for more info.

Leadership Applications Due by August 15

August 15, 2012 is the deadline for Youth Leadership Position Applications and 3rd Assistant Scoutmaster Applications.

It will soon be time to select the Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol leader for each troop as well as other senior leaders.

Please take a moment to apply if you are interested. If you know anyone who will be 18 – 21 years old in July of 2013 and wants to attend the Jamboree, encourage them to complete a 3rd Assistant Scoutmaster Application.

All interested Scouts are encouraged to apply. There are several Troop leadership positions that will be filled – you could be an integral part of the best Jambo ever! Take a few minutes now to review the application and position descriptions at, then apply for the one(s) that interest you most.

Patch Design Contest

We are currently looking for design ideas for the Montana Council Shoulder Patch (CSP) and a Jamboree Trading Patch.

Designs for our special Jamboree CSP should be roughly the same size and shape of the Montana CSP you have on the left sleeve/shoulder of your class A uniform.

Jamboree Trading Patch designs can be in just about any size or shape and should be interesting and unique.

The best design will include either a Montana theme, a Jambo theme, or both. Even if you are not the greatest artist, please submit your best ideas and we can take it from there!

See the official Rules at

Design ideas should be submitted to the Council Office no later than October 1, 2012.

Some ideas from previous Jamborees:

Jamboree Payment Schedule

By now, participants should have made your first two payments for attendance at Jamboree. If you have fallen behind on payments, please contact Kyle Smith at the Council office (406-761-6000) to make arrangements.

For your convenience, you can print out the attached Montana Council Jamboree Payment Coupon sheet and attach it with your payment.