Judy Bremer

There was some sad news that I thought you might want to let the Troop know. Judy Bremer passed away last week. Judy was the Troop Treasurer for many years. When I took over as Scoutmaster, she had already been the Treasurer for a long time. I can say, she was tight with the money, always watching out for the Troop.

Some in the Troop may not be aware that Judy secured all the flags for the color guard to honor her late husband Herb. Herb left the money in his will for the Troop. Judy and Herb always wanted the Troop to have the finest color guard in the area. Judy is also the mother of Don Bremer who is a Troop 533 Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster.

 My wife and I will be attending her service today. If you could include this sad news in the Troop blog, I would appreciate it.

Julius Ballanco

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Troop Scribe Report – June 15th Meeting

The following info is information on things that we discussed at Mondays plc meeting. This Wednesday there will be a Court of honor, scouts will need the bring a food dish to share. Dress in class A. The Court of Honor will be held at Cloister in the Woods at 7:00. The meeting of the 24th, we will have to -inventory-clean up-clean out the patrol boxes. We also need scouts who didn’t make signs for last years summer camp. On the Wednesday on July 1st we will do a parade mock and finish up sign making. An other idea that was brought up at the meeting was to make a water bottle holder made of duct tape. Also on the July 1st meeting the patrol leaders will have to make a game where the scouts go in a station and the patrol leaders will teach a different lesson they have learned from scout to first class. There will be no meeting on the 8th of July because there will be summer camp. July 15th meeting will be at Centennial Park in Munster. It will start at 6:30.meet at the north end of the park.The first 30 minutes of the meeting will be to scope out the area for further on service projects with the next hour and a half will be for ultimate Frisbee and fishing. Meeting at Froyo afterwards is not been agreed on. On July 4th there is two parades. The first one(kiddie parade) is at 10:00. Meet at Fairmeadows church at 9:00. The second one (town parade)we will meet at 1:00pm at the Munster pool parking lot.

Edward Jania

Troop 533 Scribe

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Hiking Merit Badge – 6/28 7/12 7/19 7/26 8/2

For those interested in the hiking merit badge…

I am doing a 10 mile hike at Wicker Park on Sunday, June 28th.  Mr. Christiansen will serve as the second adult for 2 deep leadership but other adults would be greatly appreciated.  Interested scouts should arrive at 7:45 as we will begin hiking promptly at 8:00 am.  We will be hiking around the park for nearly 5 laps.  Scouts will need comfortable clothes, shoes, plenty of water, snacks/food, sunscreen, etc.  Hopefully we should be done by noon.
Prior to the hike interested scouts need to get a blue card filled out and signed by Mr. Shelton.  Also, prior to the hike, scouts should be working on the merit badge papers.  They can be found at www.meritbadge.org.  Once on the website search for Hiking and print off the merit badge workbook pages.  I also have a few copies of the merit badge workbook pages…just see me at a Wednesday meeting if you want a copy.  The following numbers should be completed prior to the first hike:
1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, 5 (hike #1 only).  After the hike is complete #7 (hike #1 only)
As scouts complete these portions of the merit badges they should see me at a Wednesday meeting prior to the hike or make arrangements with me so that I can look over their work and discuss it with them.
I am also planning to schedule hikes on the following Sundays:
July 12, 19, 26, August 2 with locations to be determined (hopefully one at the Dunes).  They will also start at 8:00 am.
The merit badge requires 5 separate 10 mile hikes and one 20 mile hike.  We will tackle the 20 mile hike at a later date.  Scouts seeking to complete the merit badge can do some of the 10 mile hikes on their own if they cannot make the dates mentioned above.
E-mail Jennifer Christiansen with any questions.
The following are the hiking dates and locations for the hiking merit badge:

Since I am not sure how long each hike will take please send your scout with a cell phone or a number where you can easily be reached.  The links to the maps are not the greatest but they are what I could find.  Just copy a link and paste it into a new tab.

June 28th-Wicker Park, Highland, IN
-meet by beach volleyball court on west side facing Ridge Road
-arrive at 7:45 am, begin hike at 8:00 am
-map (we will hike about 5 times around the park)
July 12th-Oak Ridge Prairie, Griffith, IN
-we may want to meet up at Elliott and carpool because if there is an attendant on duty it is $5 to park
-meet at Elliott at 7:30 am, leave for Oak Ridge Prairie at 7:45 am, begin hike at 8:00 am
-map (we will hike on trails throughout the park)
July 19th-Erie Lackawanna Trail, Highland, IN
-meet at trail parking on 45th, just east of Dairy Queen
-arrive at 7:45 am, begin hike at 8:00 am
-map (we will hike 5 miles south and back 5 miles), you will need to zoom in for greater detail
July 26th-Gibson Woods, Hammond, IN
-meet at Gibson Woods at 9:00 am (when gates open), begin hike at 9:15 am  ***NOTE LATER TIME***
-map (we will hike on trails throughout the park)
August 2nd-Indiana Dunes
-we may want to meet at Elliott and carpool because it is $7 to park
-meet at Elliott at 7:15 am, leave for the Dunes at 7:30 am, begin hike around 8:00 am
-map (we will take trail #10 for 2 laps)

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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

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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

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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

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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


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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.

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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.”

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Flag Facts

  • Only the President and Governors of the State can order flags on government buildings to be flown at half staff.
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  • 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.

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