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 13 – Parade protocal
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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Munster Town Council Recognizes our 90th anniversary

Thank you to the members of the Munster Town Council, which recognized Boy Scout Troop 533 at last night’s council meeting. Troop 533 is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year! Founded in 1927, the troop was around to help President Coolidge dedicate Wicker Park. More than 100 boys have reached the rank of Eagle Scout. (More on their way too!) A special thanks to Chris Ritchey Ashcraft for making this happen.

Town Council Recognition of Troop 533 at 90 years


This can also be viewed on Facebook – Scout 533 Parents.

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Court of Honor – Photos

I’ve posted a number of photos of the mid year Court of Honor. Just follow the link below to take a look.

Court of Honor – June 28, 2017


Awards were issued for completing the Polar Bear endurance test. Many merit badges and a good number of rank advancement badges were issued that night. This years high adventure crew were recognized for their accomplishments.

Congratulations to all.


Mr Sikora

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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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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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New Scout Welcome

A sincere welcome is extended to Cub Scouts to join Boy Scouts. The meeting tonight gave a quick introduction to the activities the troop has done and plans to do this coming year. The Cub Scouts were shown the new cook stoves and patrol boxes. They also assembled six of the troops two man tents.


Parents were encouraged to give the troop a try. One of the very best ways to start off is to attend the Father and Son Campout coming up during the weekend of February 18th. The location will be at Camp Betz. You don’t want to miss this. The sleeping arrangements are all indoors. Meals are prepared by the adults. The scouts have the maximum opportunity to get to know each other and have lots of fun. Bring a sled to enjoy the snow.



Click on the above link to view the photos taken during the meeting.


Mr. Sikora

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Merit Badge Counselor – Latest Addition

Scouts and Scouters,

Just to let you know, I signed up to be a Merit Badge Counselor for 6 Eagle-required badges… all 3 Citizenships, Communications, Cooking & Family Life.

Mrs. Ashcraft


Also to let you know I’ve signed up for the Digital Technology merit badge. The computer merit badge has been revised and renamed to mimic the rapid changes in technology.

Mr. Sikora

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The Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to –
Be clean in my outdoor manners.
Be careful with fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors.
Be conservation minded.

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