Troop 533 – Upcoming Events

Scouts, Scouters, Parents and Guardians,

In addition to the weekly Wednesday evening meetings (7:00pm – 8:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church) we have some important dates for you to remember:

1)  June 27th 6:40 pm – Our second 2018 Court of Honor (COH).  The COH will take place from 7:00 pm until it is finished.  Class A shirts, neckwear, pants or shorts with belt loops are required for all youth and adult members.  We will meet in Westminster Church’s South Hall.  Please bring a dish or dessert to share.  COH starts at 7:00 pm.  Arrive at 6:40 to help set-up tables and chairs.  We will also need help for cleanup.  A scout is helpful.
2)  July 4th is a BIG day for the troop.  We will NOT have a regular troop meeting that day:

2a) We will post flags shortly after sunrise (for those who sold subscriptions)

2b) 9:30 am meet for parade – The first parade is the Independence park parade or the “Kiddie Parade”.  The parade steps off at 10:00 am.  This parade is the perfect opportunity for newer scouts to learn how to hold a flag and march in a parade.  Everyone is welcome to march.  Class A attire and neckwear is required for troop youth and adult leaders.  We will meet at 9:30 am in the parking lot of Fairmeadow Community Church located on the northeast corner of White Oak Avenue and Fran-Lin Parkway.  We will march through the neighborhood to the community center across from the little store on White Oak avenue (south of the walk path).  Scouts can be met and picked-up after a flag raising ceremony.  Alternate pickup location is the Fairmeadow parking lot (we will walk back as a group if necessary).  This event qualifies for rank advancement and merit badge service hours.

2c)  1:30 pm meet for parade – The second parade is the Town of Munster Parade.  Class A attire with neckwear is required for troop youth and adult leaders.  We will meet at 1:30 pm in the parking lot of the Munster pool located in Community Park.  The parade steps off at 2:00 pm.  We will march to the “Theater of the Arts” on ridge road across from the Munster Town Hall. Scouts should be met and picked-up in the south parking lot.  This event qualifies for rank advancement and merit badge service hours.
2d) We will retrieve flags shortly before sunset (for those who sold subscriptions)

3) Saturday July 7 – Summer camp will leave from Elliott Elementary in the morning.  The meeting time, instructions and details for this will be sent at a later time.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Shelton

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Philmont Trek – ON-OFF-BACK ON

CBS 2 – Troop Philmont Story

NM TV Station Report on UTE fire

As with any forest fire conditions change all the time. The initial report was looking bleak for our scouts. The latest seems to be that the cancelled June trip is now back on towards the end of July.

The upper most link was a featured story on the CBS channel 2 6:00 evening news.

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Excellent Adventure 2018 – Photos

Excellent Adventure 5-19-2018 Activities

Excellent Adventure 5-18-2018 OA Tapout

Those who attended the Excellent Adventure can attest to the great time had by all. I’ve posted a couple of photos. Just click on the above links.


Mr Sikora

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Planned Troop Activities – June and July

Scouts and Scouters,
Here are the meetings planned for the upcoming two months:
June 20 – Flag refresher/introduction
June 27 – Court of Honor
July 4 – No meeting – Town Parade – SEE BELOW
July 11 – No meeting – Summer Camp
Kiddie Parade – 10am
Meet at 9am at Fair Meadow Church in the parking lot – Class A’s
Meet at 1pm at the Munster pool parking lot – Class A’s

Also, we wear class B attire at all summer meetings.  Shorts with belt loops and a T533 or BSA t-shirt is preferred.  All registered youth and adults receive one complimentary grey troop shirt.  Replacement grey shirts, tan 90th shirts and limited sizes of 85th anniversary shirts are available for a small fee.


Thomas Ashcraft

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Flags Across Munster Campaign 2018

After enduring one of the coldest Aprils ever, the weather is starting to turn and it’s time to get out there and sell those subscriptions for Flags Across Munster.
The deadline to turn in your sales sheets and money will be at the scout meeting on May 16.  I will return your sales sheets on May 23 (but it would be a good idea to make a copy!) You can keep selling after that date (and many scouts last year picked up sales after Memorial Day.)
For Memorial Day, you will pick up your flags at Westminster Church on Sunday, May 27–the time is TBD, but it will likely be in the afternoon. You will return the flags to the same location on May 30 at the Wednesday scout meeting (we will be meeting at Westminster for the summer).
To recap how this works:
Scouts will sell $25 subscriptions in their neighborhood. In return, the scout will post in the early morning and retrieve in the evening a 3×5 U.S. made American flag on three holidays:  Memorial Day, July 4 and Veteran’s Day.  
Scouts will receive a $3 commission for each sale, and $2 for each flag he posts. The money will go into their scout accounts, and funds can be used to pay for scout events and activities.  Scouts should collect their money at the time of the sale, not at time of delivery.  Your initial sales are due no later than May 16. You can keep selling, but I need to know generally how many flags have been sold by that point. 
For example if a scout sells 10 subscriptions, they will earn $90 over the course of the year.  ($3 commission x 10 = $30: $2/flag post x 10 = $20 $20×3 days= $60. Total: $90.)
John Dodge

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Updated Merit Badge Counselor List

Updates have been made to the merit badge counselor list. You can find the link on the troop webpage,, under the DIRECTORY heading.

Contact Jesse Casiano for the following badges.

Environmental Science


Emergence Preparedness

Disabilities Awareness


Contact Heather Casiano for the following merit badges.



Indian Lore


Public Speaking



FYI – These are the parents of Robbie Casiano who has recently joined the troop.


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LIONS Steak Fry – Date Change

The Lions Steak fry has moved to Sunday, August 5.  Please mark, or change, your calendars.
Mr. Shelton

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Court of Honor – March 2018

The achievements earned by the scouts the past 3 months were awarded this evening. A pot luck dinner was enjoyed by all.

Court of Honor 3-14-2018

Click on the above link to take you to the photos posted on line.

Mr. Sikora

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Munster Lions 2018 Pancake Breakfast

Munster Lions 2018 Pancake Breakfast

Twenty six scouts and numerous scouters helped make this years Pancake Breakfast a fantastic success. WELL DONE!

Just click on the above link to see a couple of shots.

Sorry if I didn’t capture your scout. I guess I spent too much time enjoying the conversations.

The number of troop alumni in attendance was impressive.


Mr Sikora

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Troop Meeting 2-28-2018 – Activities

Troop Meeting Photos 2-28-2018

YouTube – Cutting Pop Bottle Strips 1

YouTube – Cutting Pop Bottle Strips 2

YouTube – Cutting Pop Bottle Strips 3

YouTube – Cutting Pop Bottle Strips 4

YouTube – Jump Rope 1

YouTube – Jump Rope 2

YouTube – Jump Rope 3


Just click on the above links to take you to a YouTube video or Photo Collection.

Mr Sikora

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