Flags Across Munster

Hi all–
This Wednesday, April 5th, marks the official launch of our first-ever Flags Across Munster fundraiser!
At our troop meeting that night, scouts will compile a packet with flyers and a subscriber list document to record their sales. (I have attached both, if you would like to print more copies or cannot make the meeting.) We will talk about the fundraiser and assemble a few flags on flag poles, too.
Here is how Flags Across Munster will work:
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.  Final sales are due no later than May 10.
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.)
That would pay for about four camping trips a year, or nearly a third of the cost of summer camp!
Our goal this year is to sell 300 flags, and we hope to expand the fundraiser in future years.
If you have any questions, feel free to email or see me at Wednesday’s meeting!
Mr. Dodge

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Eagle Workbook

Need a PC version of the Eagle Workbook? Just click on the link below.

If you have problems opening the file then check to see if you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

Eagle Workbook (512-927_fillable)


Mr. Sikora

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High Adventure 2017

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Next Campout – Starved Rock

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Father and Son – Photo Recap

Scouts and Scouters,


The annual trek to Camp Betz was most unusual. What is normally a snowy dead of winter activity turned out to be a glorious 60+ DEGF day in February.


I’ve taken a couple of photos during the weekend which can be accessed from the following links…


Father and Son Photos 2-17-17


Father and Son Photos 2-18-17


F&S 2017 – The Movie

When the “movie” appears on your screen be sure to click on the small icon in the upper right hand corner to get sound.


Father & Son Photos – 2015

The above link will take you to what a more typical winter weather F&S. I didn’t make it to the 2016 F&S. If anyone has photos they would like to share for 2016 then I’ll add those to the photo collection. Just bring them to the pancake breakfast or the next troop meeting. I’ll have my laptop handy.


I hope I was able to catch you in the fun activities.


Mr. Sikora

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Flags Across Munster

Troop 533 took delivery today of 300 American flags (made in America!). By selling $25 annual “subscriptions” to residents, our scouts will be posting these flags across town on Memorial Day, July 4 and Veterans Day. We will start officially selling in April but there is no harm in lining up customers informally now! More details to come soon. #FlagsAcrossMunster

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Red River Gorge – High Adventure

I am pleased to announce that Troop 533 will be traveling to Red River Gorge June 17-24 for an action-packed high adventure trip.
We plan on canoeing, rock climbing, zip lining, backpacking and maybe more.
I am still working on final cost, but I am estimating around $500/person. I NEED A PERMISSION SLIP AND $150 DEPOSIT BY APRIL 1 so that I can make reservations for all of the activities.
To be eligible, a scout needs to be 14 years old and First Class rank. We are looking for a couple of adults to join Mr. Shelton and me on the adventure.
Yours in scouting
John Dodge
Adult Committee Chair

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Philmont 2018

Hello all!
Troop 533 will be traveling to Philmont Scout Ranch in 2018!
We will arrive in Cimarron, N.M., on June 10, 2018 and leave on June 22, 2018.
Philmont requires a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $100, which I need by March 8, 2017. (Yes, just a few weeks from now!)
The cost for the 12-day trek is $940. That DOES NOT include the cost of the train ticket, which we estimate will be an additional $600, round trip.
For your planning purposes, here is the payment schedule:
March 8, 2017: $100 deposit
Oct. 1, 2017: $420
March 1, 2018: $420
Train ticket money due date is TBA.
Space is limited to 10 scouts for this trip.  A scout must be 14 years old,  first class rank. Priority will be given to scouts based on rank and age.
Email me or Mr. Shelton if you have any questions.
Yours in scouting
John Dodge
P.S.  Look for a separate email soon regarding our High Adventure trip for 2017. We plan on a week of canoeing, backpacking, rock climbing and zip lining in Red River Gorge in Kentucky. 

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Permission Slip – 2017 Summer Camp

Permission Slip 2017 Summer Camp

(click on the above to download a pdf of the permission slip)


(click on the above to take you to the camp website)

Please read the permission slip carefully. There is a lot of info as to camp cost, due dates, required medical forms and desired merit badges. By all indications this is going to be an awesome summer camp.

Please return the signed permission slip to the troop meeting with your check payable to TROOP 533.


Mr. Sikora

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Webelo Scout Welcome – Power Point Presentation

The troop meeting on January 18th featured a power point presentation of typical scouting events to show the Webelo scouts and their family some of the activities they can expect if they join the troop.

Webelos presentation

To see that presentation once again just click on the above link to download a pdf version of the presentation. The file will be sent to your download folder from which you can launch your pdf viewer to enjoy and share.

Good job Scouts.

Mr. Sikora


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