DSE Corner: Introducing The Montana Council Program Guide App

Well, the first month of the year is nearly in the books. It sure does seem like our days keep getting faster!

When I was first hired back in 2011, our then Director of Field Service, Kyle Smith, asked me to look into creating a “Program Guide,” a one-stop-shop for unit leaders to find information to whatever they might need.

From 2012 until 2020, we published a spiral-bound Program Guide each year. Many of you touted it as your main go-to for information. It wasn’t without cost. The program guide annually was our most expensive printing project in the year. And the trouble with printed items is that they are often out of date the second they are received. 

In searching for ways to reduce our budget, I wondered if there wouldn’t be a way to utilize technology to create something that would be more up-to-date and easier to carry around.  

While I hate that so much of my life is consumed on a device – I cannot argue the convenience of accessing so much information in the palm of my hand. 

Enter the new Montana Council Program Guide App. 

Our Program Guide is now available as an app (regardless of cell connection or WiFi). Once downloaded, you will have access to all of the information you might need.

Here are links to the guides for your mobile device:

Apple Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1541738974

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.guidebook.apps.mcpg.android

You can also view a web version of the Program Guide here. 

Note that you can download and print anything you need and in the schedule, you can filter any calendar (Council, districts, all, etc.).

We sincerely hope that you appreciate the convenience of this guide and note that we continue to look for ways to get you the information you need at the touch of a button. As usual, please let us know if there are any problems or issues with this or any Council resources. We stand ready to help make 2021 one of the best years of Scouting yet.

Thanks for all you do and stay safe and healthy,

Jory Dellinger
Deputy Scout Executive