Upcoming Activities – September and October

Scouts and Scouters,
These were the meetings planned at the September PLC meeting:
26th – Patrol/Cabinet/Administration, Cooking Merit Badge part 1 (Note cooking is an Eagle required badge)
  3rd – Pack 936 Webelos II Den visits, do stations
10th – Golf Merit Badge paperwork
14th – Golf game at Wicker Park 1 pm (first 9 holes required of badge)
17th – Meal planning for camp out, Cooking Merit Badge part 2
19th/21st – Fall Camporee, theme Cooking Merit Badge
28th – Golf game at Wicker Park 1 pm (second 9 holes required of badge)
Thomas Ashcraft – Scribe
Golfing Merit Badge Permission Slip
Click on this link to get a copy of the permission slip

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Ted Smith

From Jim Carr-

Fellow Scouters:

On Saturday evening, Jon T. (Ted) Smith passed away at his home in Tampa, Florida after a courageous battle with cancer.  Ted was a long time Scout and Scouter from Munster, Indiana.  He grew up in Munster and was a scout in Troop 33 (later Troop 533) and Post 33 in the late 1950’s.  In 1965 – 1966, Ted became the institutional representative from the Munster Lion’s Club to Troop 533 at Elliott School in Munster.  In this role, he was not just a figurehead but attended troop meetings and court of honors.  Literally, every scout in the troop knew Mr. Smith as “their IR” from the Munster Lions.  In the late 1970’s when Troop 533 was struggling, Ted agreed to become the Troop Committee Chair since his son was in the troop.  In the early 1980’s, Ted moved to the role of Assistant Scoutmaster and also served as “chief cook” for the scout leaders on campouts.  As the partner in his family’s business, Smith & Brooks Meats in Hammond, Ted cooked incredibly delicious meals on the open fire and in dutch ovens.  The scout patrols would always checkout his meals for the adults and would often replicate his menus on subsequent campouts.  With his fun loving and adventurous attitude, he was always popular with the scouts.  In 1985, Ted gladly accepted the position of Scoutmaster for Troop 533.  While two scouts would attain the rank of Eagle under his tenure, many more scouts were inspired to advance to Eagle Scout in the years following his term.  In addition to being continuous active with Troop 533, Ted also was a devoted member of the Order of the Arrow where he served as Chapter Ceremonial Advisor and a Chapter Advisor.  Some of the most memorable “tapouts” and opening ceremonies involved fire lightings with miraculous fire starts with a little help from friendly gunpowder.  During one year, Ted secured cowhides and one buffalo hide in order for the ceremonial team members to make their own authentic Indian regalia with shirts, leggings, and headdresses.  Ted was a recipient of the Michigamea Lodge Service award.  In 1987, Michigamea Lodge #110 recognized his efforts by awarding him the Vigil Honor with his Indian name, Nimawanachew, meaning “Provider”.  After Ted retired, he moved to Tampa, Florida.  At this time, I am not aware of arrangements.  He is survived by his partner, Luanne, his sons, Darryl and George, his grandsons, JT and Charlie.  “Scoutmaster’s Benediction: May the Master of all True Scouts be with us until we meet again.  Good Night Scouts!”  Good Night Ted.


Jim Carr

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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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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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