2014 BSA Health Form and Summer Camp Info

Please utilize the NEW 2014 version of the BSA Health Form for all troop and camp updates point forward.  We will have copies at the troop meeting on Wednesday for anyone who needs them.
If you are planning to attend summer camp and have not yet signed up please contact Mrs. Ashcraft at your first opportunity.  cmashcraft@yahoo.com
Additionally, if you are registered for camp and have not submitted your merit badge course requests, t-shirt size or permission slip this needs to be accomplished asap (adult shirts and slips too please).
The following dates apply to camp:
May 7th – balances due ($130 for scouts, $75 adults)
June 16th- BSA health forms due (parts A,B,C) – for all scouts & adults attending camp.
A Parent Meeting to discuss Summer Camp will be announced soon.  If you have any questions before that time please contact Mrs. Ashcraft or an adult leader.
Finally, please read the following information from Camp Buffalo if you are interested in the Sustainability merit badge:
Dear Troop 533, Calumet Council,
If you have any Scouts who are interested in taking the Sustainability merit badge at 2014 Boy Scout Summer Camp at Camp Buffalo this summer, here are the prerequisites for the Sustainability merit badge for this summer:
1. Before starting work on any other requirements for this merit badge, write in your own words the meaning of sustainability. Explain how you think conservation and stewardship of our natural resources relate to sustainability. Have a family meeting, and ask family members to write down what they think sustainability means. Be sure to take notes. You will need this information again for requirement 5.
2. Water. a. Implement three ways to reduce water usage with your family, and tell how these affected your family’s water usage after 4 weeks.
2. Food. a. Develop a way to reduce your family’s food waste, and track the results for 2 weeks.
2. Stuff. a. Keep a log of your family’s purchases (excluding groceries) for 2 weeks, and categorize each purchase as essential or non-essential.
In addition, there is requirement 5a that requires a family discussion after 1-4 are finished. I believe that this is something that could be a done at camp in the merit badge class if all of the pre-reqs are finished.
****It is important to have the family meeting BEFORE the Scout starts this merit badge and to track the items listed above. Scouts should bring their tracking records with them to camp to demonstrate to the merit badge counselor that these steps have been completed or started prior to camp.****
Thank you.

Upcoming Activities (updated 3-24-14)

Scouts, Scouters, Parents and Guardians,



April 02- Troop meeting at Elliott.
April 04-06- Camping weekend at Starved Rock in Illinois.  533 camping boot camp instruction. Webelos, this campout is especially for you. Don’t miss it.
SUMMER CAMP-  If you are planning to attend summer camp July 06-12 and have not submitted your information to Mrs. Ashcraft please take care of this asap.  Spots are filling quickly for merit badges.

April 4-6 – Starved Rock Campout.  533 camping boot camp instruction.

May 16-18 Calumet Council Spring Camporee.  Location TBD.

June 6-8 OA Spring Fellowship.  Camp Betz .  OA members only.

June 21-27 NYLT Participant week.  Camp Betz .  You must be first class and 13 years old to attend.

Ten Commandments of Leadership

Excerpts from a speech given by Eddie Snow, Oakland #3, at the District Assembly May 18th, “If You Were Arrested For Being A Rotarian, Would There Be Enough Evidence To Convict You?” These are St. Edward Wrestling Coach Howard Ferguson’s “Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership.”

1. People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered.
Love them anyway

2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable .
Be honest and frank anyway.

6. The biggest men with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest man with the smallest mind.
Think big anyway.

7. People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

9. People really need help, but may attack you if you do help them.
Help them anyway.

10. Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best your have anyway.

A Leader

A leader is best
When people barely know that he exists,
Not so good when people obey and acclaim him,
Worst when they despise him.
“Fail to honor people, they fail to honor you,”
But of a good leader, who talks little,
When work is done, his aim fulfilled.
They will all say, “We did this ourselves.”

Flag Facts

  • Only the President and Governors of the State can order flags on government buildings to be flown at half staff.
  • When a flag is no longer serviceable or repairable, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, such as burning.
  • It is acceptable to wash or dry clean an American flag when it is soiled or otherwise dirty.
  • You do not have to destroy a flag that has touched the ground. If it becomes dirty, the flag should be cleaned.
  • The Flag Code does not prohibit any individual from having the flag draped across a coffin. The deceased does not have to be a veteran to have the flag draped on their coffin.

Tips for Knife Safety

6 Tips for Knife Safety

#1- Cut Away, Not Toward
Always cut away from yourself whether using, sharpening, or cleaning your knife.

#2 – Right Tool for the Job
Don’t use a knife for unintended purposes (it’s not a screwdriver, hammer, ice pick or pry bar!).

#3 – Right Knife for the Job
Learn how to use all types of knives safely and choose the correct one for the job at hand. Whenever possible, use a retractable knife. Always check to make sure you have the appropriate tool available.

#4 – Give Your Full Attention
When working with a knife, give the job and knife 100% of your attention. Don’t allow distractions!

#5 – Sharp Knives are Safe Knives
Always keep your knife sharp — dull knives require more force to cut and are more likely to slip.

#6 – Let it Fall

Never try to catch a falling knife, no matter how instinctive it is. Just move out of the way.


Pocket Guide – Avoid these plants


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Automatic Notifications

Whenever a posting, like this, is added to the troop website all registered users are automatically sent an e-mail detailing the latest item. The key is registered users. Currently there are 58 e-mail addresses on the list. Sometimes I can tell who that person is by reading the address. Other times the address cannot be easily deciphered as to who it is. So if you change your e-mail address you will need to register that new address by following the link Sign up for the newsletter.

If you have never received the automated notifications then you need to sign up.

If you are signed up and want to be taken off the list then just send me a note and I’ll take care of it.

I can only delete addresses from the list. Only you can add yourself. Once you put in your address a confirming notice will be sent to that address. If still want to be added then reply as instructed.

Mr. Sikora

Patrol Assignments – Updated as of 8-7-2013

Scouts and Scouters,

An unbiased selection process was used to assign scouts to either the Thundercats or Badger patrol. Check out the link on the troop’s web page to see your patrol mates. You can find the listing on the right hand column under DIRECTORY.

Mr. Sikora

Merit Badge Counselors Needed for New Merit Badges


BSA has added several new merit badges. Right now there are no counselors to go to for these badges. If you are so inclined and have the expertise in these areas then I encourage you to sign up as a counselor at the Scout office. It’s easy and rewarding.


Mr Sikora