Dunes Campout

Scouts, Scouters, Parents and Guardians,
The June campout will take place at the Indiana Dunes.  Please complete the attached permission form and return it to Mr. MacDonald or I at a meeting no later than June 19th.
Mr. Shelton
(select the above for a pdf of the permission form)

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Flag Retirement Ceremony – This Saturday

If any Scout would like to earn a flag retirement badge, come on out this Saturday.

The Munster VFW will be conducting a Flag Retirement Ceremony this Saturday at the Community Veterans Memorial.

We will not allow the Scouts to handle the burning itself – we will be keeping them at a safe distance. They can conduct the ceremony and pile up the flags for the burn. The burn itself is way too dangerous for youngsters, as Pack 936 will also be invited.  The fire gets HOT enough to melt the plastic lenses in your glasses.

If they are so inclined, come on out around 10:45 am.  Park on Valparaiso near Progress and there is a gravel road that leads to Vietnam.

If you can please let me know by Thursday who will be attending, so I can ensure we have enough badges for everyone.


Jesse M. Casiano


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Memorial Day Flags – Scout Owen Snow


Flags being installed at the Sikora home by Owen Snow and Mr. David Snow. Thanks for a great looking display.

Mr. Sikora

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Upcoming Troop Meeting Activities

The plans for the upcoming meetings are as follows:

5/29/19 First meeting at Westminster: church clean-up (bring gloves and tools)

6/5/19 Swimming requirements at the Hammond YMCA

6/12/19 Swimming requirements at the Hammond YMCA


Stephen Heritage

T533 Scribe

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Swim Tests at Hammond YMCA

Good Afternoon,

I spoke to the Hammond YMCA this morning and confirmed our swim dates.
June 5th from 7-9 pm, we will be conducting the Swim Test for those going to Summer Camp this year.
June 12th from 7-9 pm, we will be conducting the requirements for Second Class and First Class Ranks.
Each boy will need to fill out and have a parent sign the attached form. Please ensure all initial and signature lines are filled out.
Swim Test Waiver
The cost is $8.00 per boy and will be collected the day of the event.
I understand that there might be conflicts with summer vacations and family plans. I am trying to coordinate both events on the 5th, depending on how long it takes to do the swim tests.
If you are interested in attending,  please let me know so I can give them a rough estimate.
Very Respectfully,
Jesse Casiano

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Crime Prevention and Fingerprinting Merit Badge

What – TWO merit badges to earn in one day.
When – Saturday April 27th-10:30 am.
  • Where – Meet in front of Munster town hall.
  • Lunch – Pizza Hut immediately following. We can walk to lunch.
  • Parents can pick up Scouts at 1:30 pm from Pizza Hut (or meet for lunch and pay $5.00).
  • With a little bit of pre-work, both badges will be completed same day.
  • Complete one blue merit badge card for each badge before the meeting (get two at the next Troop meeting).Counselor info-Steven Hulsey 1445 Coventry Lane, Munster. Cell 219-484-9558.
Prerequisite to-do:
1)  Print workbook for both merit badges and bring with to town hall (meritbadge.org).  Fingerprinting- complete items 1, 2 and 3. Pre-work.
Crime Prevention-review merit badge book and be prepared to discuss neighborhood watch and drug awareness programs. Pre-work.
Bring a pen or pencil as well. Clip board to write on.

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Latest Troop Eagle Scouts – James Shelton and Ben Dodge

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Flags Across Munster

Spring is here and it is time once again for Troop 533’s community service/fundraiser project, Flags Across Munster.
I will be at the meeting on Wednesday (April 10, 2019) to explain the program to the scouts and give them a packet with flyers and subscription sheets. 
Here’s how it works. 
For every $25 flag subscription a scout sells, $9 goes into their personal scout account. So, if a scout sells 10 subscriptions, a scout gets $90. The scout is required to post and take down the flag on Memorial Day, Flag Day and Fourth of July.  The flags go up as close to sunrise as possible and come down at sunset. 
You can start selling now. Non-Munster residents can sell in their neighborhoods.
Deadline to turn in your money and subscription list will be MAY 15, 2019. You can sell more after that date, but I need a deadline to gather the money and deliver the flags. We have had people ask for flags after Memorial Day. We don’t prorate the subscription, but most people are happy to pay the full $25.
We will arrange a time for you to pick up your flags.  You will keep them through July 4 and we will arrange a time for you to return them.  In the past, I set aside a few hours on the Saturday or Sunday before Memorial Day for pickup at a location TBD (probably Westminster Church).  Return date will be after Summer Camp, probably during a scout meeting.

I have attached the Flags Across Munster flyer to this email, along with a sheet to track the subscriptions. 
Some FAQS from the flyer:

What Is Flags Across Munster? For $25 a year, a Boy Scout from Troop 533 will post and retire a 3×5 flag in your yard on Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Fourth of July.  By participating in Flags Across Munster, you will help instill values, while encouraging and supporting our scouts. You will also be displaying your patriotism when the flag flies proudly in your neighborhood. Your donation will help pay for the scout’s camping trips and activities.


How does it work? A scout will post and salute the flag in the morning and retire and salute the flag in the evening. We will insert a 12-inch long PVC pipe (1 inch) flush to the ground to secure the flag pole. The 3-foot by 5-foot flag will be attached to a ten-foot pole.


How do I subscribe? We ask for $25, cash or a check payable to Troop 533, when you sign up for your subscription. The scout will take your name, address and phone number/email and will be responsible for the delivery on the three holidays.


What about the flags? These are U.S.  flags, made in the USA from Chicago’s WGN Flag Company. Questions? Email: flagsacrossmunster@gmail.com. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

John Dodge
Adult Committee Chairman
Flags Across Munster Coordinator.

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Cross-Over Ceremony Pack 236 (Elliott Pack)

Yes, you need service hours for rank advancement…..


Here is a chance to show scout spirit by participating in the Pack 236 Cross-Over.

DATE – April 9th, next Tuesday

LOCATION – Ridge United Methodist Church, 8607 Columbia, Munster

Time – 6 pm to 9 pm

Dinner will be served to participants.

Contact Mr McDunn to confirm your attendance.


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Rayhan Zaman – Eagle Board of Review Photos

Zaman Eagle BOR Photos

Mr Zaman proudly forwarded these photos of our newest Eagle scout.

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