Capture the Flag – 3-25-2015

Golden Opportunity – Swimming Requirements

Hello all!
Troop 533 will be offering the boys a chance to complete the “swimming related” requirements for both second class and first class rank. This is a great opportunity to get these signed off, hopefully all in one afternoon.
WHEN:  Saturday, April 4, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE:  Hammond YMCA, 7322 Southeastern Ave
COST:  $8 per Scout
BEFORE YOU GO: Complete registration forms (to be emailed later) and study pages 182 (safe swim) and pages 194-95 (safe trip afloat)
WHO CAN GO? Any new scouts, tenderfoot or second class scouts who need these requirements for rank advancement.
>> Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.
>> Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test. (See below for details)
>> With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)
>> Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.
>> Demonstrate your ability to jump feet first into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place.
>> Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.
>> Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
>> Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: side, breast, trudgen, or crawl. Swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke.
>> The 100 yards must be completed without stops and must include at least one sharp turn.
>> Rest by floating…Long enough to demonstrate ability to rest when exhausted.
Please respond to Mr Dodge if you are interested in attending.  I will send out registration forms and collect payment at a later date. If you have any questions, just ask!
Mr. Dodge

USS Silversides – Photos now on line

2015 Photos of USS Silversides by Mr Sikora


Just click on the above link to take you to the events photos.


Mr Sikora

LIONS Pancake Breakfast – Latest Photos

2015 Photos of Munster LIONS Pancake Breakfast by Mr Sikora


Just click on the above link to take you to the events photos.


Mr Sikora

Upcoming Troop Activities – Revised 3-15-2015

March 18:  Court of Honor

Anyone wanting to participate in the Potawatomi Hike on March 28th.  The cost is $5/person.  We will depart from Elliott School at 7am and return by 2pm.
You may contact Mrs. Christiansen with questions at


July 5 through July 11 – SUMMER CAMP:  Mr Qunell will be getting a full packet of information about Summer Camp late this week. More details to follow. I found a 2014 Merit Badge schedule on their website.  I have no idea if the schedule will be different in 2015, but it should at least provide an idea of what to expect and help you begin to make your choices.
Pick on the above link to get to the summer camp web site.
Have a great week and keep warm!
John Dodge

Father and Son Photos

2015 Photos of the Father and Son Campout at Camp Betz by Mr Sikora

If you like to peak at some photos of the activities at the Father and Son campout then click on the above.

Mr Sikora

You’ve been busy – 2014 Recap in photos from Mr Shelton

Mr Shelton and I finally got together and uploaded his photos of many 2014 troop activities.

It is certain that our scouts can’t honestly say “I’m bored” or There is nothing to do”. The evidence is shown in all the fun things Mr Shelton captured in photos.

When you go to the photo website look for the following albums:

2014-11-09 I&M Canal – by Mr Shelton

2014-10-19 Fall Camporee – by Mr Shelton

2014-07-10 Camp Buffalo – by Mr Shelton

2014-06-14 Indiana Dunes Campout – by Mr. Shelton

2014-05-17 Spring Camporee – by Mr Shelton

2014-04-11 Cub Scout Crossover – by Mr Shelton

2014-04-05 Starved Rock Campout – by Mr Shelton

2014-02-08 Father and Son Campout – by Mr Shelton


Yes there are a lot of photos to enjoy. I suggest that when you go the the photo site you put it in “slide show” mode and let er rip.

Hint – Once you select an album there is a little “v” symbol in the upper right hand corner of the  which drops down the selection to either play a slide show or download you favorite photo to your computer. Hope this helps.


2014 Photos from Mr Shelton

(click on above link)

Mr Sikora


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.