Dad Lad Campout


Our Troop’s Dad & Lad campout will be February 14th-16th at Camp Betz. This is a cabin camping event and a great opportunity to welcome WEBLOS cubs scouts to our troop. Permission forms are required.  Should you need a form, they will be available at our meeting.

Some activities we can look forward to: Sledding, Hiking and other available outdoor activities.

Special equipment needed: Winter clothes for outdoor activities, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, water bottle, sled. Cot if you have one. Troop 533 will supply all meals for this event.

Thank you,
Ali Illyas

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Thomas Ashcraft – Eagle Court of Honor

The above link takes you to photos of Thomas Ashcraft Eagle rank Court of Honor.

Congratulations Thomas and family.

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FYI – Activity Dates Changed

1 – The Climb On activity has been moved to the evening of Friday January 31st and concluding on Saturday morning February 1st. Participants will be earning the Climbing merit badge.

The above is a link to the Climb On website.

The above is a link to photos from a previous Climb On.

2 – The Father and Son weekend at Camp Betz is now happening from Friday February 14 to Sunday February 16.

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2020-1-9 Court of Honor

Click on the above link to access photos taken at the court of honor.

Mr Shelton is honored for his many years of cheerful service as Scoutmaster.

New Scoutmaster, Dan Blue, has some large shoes to fill.

Remember that Climb On has been moved to January 31.

Mr Sikora

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2019-12-07 Kalamazoo Air Zoo

Click on the above link for a couple of photos and videos.

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Recharter & Next Court of Honor

On behalf of Mr. Poulsen

Scouts and Scouters of Troop 533,

Due to scheduling conflicts with School Activities, We are rescheduling the Court of Honor to January 8th 2020.  There will be a regular meeting on December 11th. The agenda will be on Orienteering using a map and compass.  

Also please remember the recharter paperwork and payment are due by the December 11th meeting.


George Poulsen

Committee Chairman

Troop 533

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Rayhan Zaman Eagle COH

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Winter Hike and Map/Compass

Hello Troop 533,
You are invited to participate in a Winter Hike and Map/Compass Class on Saturday, December 21 to be led by Mr. Shelton and Mr. Thompson.  All are welcome, but those pursuing Second Class rank should definitely come to this event.  Items a, c and d below will be reviewed in depth during the meeting on December 11th.   
We will meet at Elliott Elementary at 8:30am for an 8:40am departure to Indiana Dunes.  The class and hike will last from 9am-11:30am and we will aim to be back to Elliott by noon or shortly after.  While there, we will cover the following Second Class rank requirements:

  1. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Use a map to point out and tell the meaning of five map symbols.
  2. Using a compass and map together, take a 5-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.
  3. Describe some hazards or injuries that you might encounter on your hike and what you can do to help prevent them.
  4. Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass or an electronic device.

Scouts must have appropriate clothing, shoes, backpack, water bottle, book, first aid kit and a good attitude.  We will have compasses and maps for participants to share.  If you would like to bring a compass it should be the type shown far below.  We hope many of you will be able to make it!

Yours in Scouting,
Mr. Shelton and Mr.Thompson


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Popcorn Fundraiser – Update

Hello everyone, things have really changed from past years with the popcorn fundraiser. A major change is ALL scouts must register to sell to get credit for their sales. Registering is easy just go to Once there click on register (it is in the top right corner). In the last page of the registration you will need to fill in the council, district and unit. Council = Pathway to Adventure, District = Thunderbird, Unit = Troop 533. 
At that point the scout sales page will appear. The next thing to do is have the Trails-end app added to a smart phone. Orders can now be taken on this app. With this app credit card sales can be taken. The scout will be able to keep track of all his sales on the app page.

After the scout is registered and starts selling with his app the sales will show up on Troop 533’s Trails-end site. I will be able to then order popcorn and deliver it to the scout so he can make deliveries to customers on a more timely basis.
I will be at troop meetings to answer questions.

Thank you,– 
Michael Barton Popcorn Kernel

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Popcorn Fundraiser

Hello Scouts and Scouters. My name is Michael Barton. After a number of years Keith Wolak has stepped down from the popcorn fundraiser. I have assumed his position as the new POPCORN KERNEL for troop 533. I have only been with the troop for a few months, as such I am still learning how things are done within the troop. I hope you will bear with me.

The popcorn fundraiser is kicking off a couple of weeks earlier than in past years. I will be sending out information a quickly as it can be put together. I do not plan on changing any of the practices/policies from last year. If you are at the troop meeting tonight I will have take order forms to give out.
Thank you,
Michael Barton

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