Popcorn Kickoff

Scouts and Parents,

Next Wednesday, August 26th, is our POPCORN KICKOFF.  You won’t want to miss it for several reasons!

1)      We will have the first round of sign-ups for booth sales (a/k/a “show and sell” dates) on Wednesday, Aug 26th.  Scouts will be allowed to sign up for ONE shift Wednesday the 26th.  They will do so in Rank Order.  PLEASE LOOK AT THE ATTACHED SCHEDULE OF “SELL DAYS” AND COMPARE IT TO YOUR FAMILY CALENDAR SO YOUR SCOUTS KNOW WHICH DAYS THEY SHOULD AVOID.   All “show and sells” will be from 10am to 4pm with the following two hour shifts 10a-12p, 12p-2p, 2p-4p.   REMEMBER, EACH SCOUT NEEDS TO BRING A PARENT TO THE SHOW AND SELL, SO PLEASE COORDINATE WITH YOUR SCOUT AHEAD OF TIME. Any unfilled “show and sell slots” will be reopened on Wednesday September 2nd.  Scouts will be allowed to sign up for ONE shift.  They will do so in REVERSE Rank Order on this day.  Any unfilled slots after this will be on a first come first serve basis.  We need everyone’s participation, so please help.

2)      We will pass out the “Take Order” Forms and “Popcorn Packets” to all Scouts in Attendance.  Getting off to a quick start is critical to Popcorn success to beat the competition.  In addition, our Troop has TWO incentives where the sooner you sell the better.

a.       Our Troop will have a Laser Tag Outing again this year and there is a qualification deadline.

b.      NEW THIS YEAR we will have a special prize opportunity EVERY WEDNESDAY for SEVEN WEDNESDAYS starting September 2nd.  If you don’t get started selling on August 26th, you will miss out on a chance at a GREAT prize.  Hint: it’s something everyone on the planet would want!

3)      We are going to have some fun with:

a.       A Brief Program

b.      Popcorn Samples

c.       A Reveal of ALL the Great Incentives this year!

If this e-mail leaves you with questions ….. Good!  We will cover all those questions Wednesday the 26th.   PARENTS, be aware that this year’s packet your Scout brings home will have several pages SPECIFICALLY FOR YOU (including an updated version of the attached calendar with ALL critical dates!) so please review the packet.


Keith Wolak

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Thornton Quarry Photos

Mr Hulsey kindly shared a bunch of photos of the recent troop activity to Thornton Quarry.

2015 Thornton Quarry Photos by Mr Hulsey

Just click on the above link to take you to this photo collection.

Mr Sikora



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Geology Merit Badge and Electricity Merit Badge

Mr Mike Larson will be conducting Geology and Electricity merit badge.

Scouts scheduled for the geology merit badge as follows:
Saturday, Sept.12   10:00 to noon
Gabe Diam
Sam Fuller
Charlie Iverson
James Ashcraft
Wyatt Kucginsli
Caleb Mckeever
Kyle Jen
Saturday,Sept.19  10:00 to noon
Teddy Milan
Cooper Beck
Calvin Christiansen
Cooper Christiansen
Rayhan Zaman
Jack Tiebel
James Shelton
Both classes at my house, 8843 Waymond, Highland, In
Bring blue card and work sheets
If anyone needs to swap days it doesn’t matter to me. I”m just trying to keep the groups equal size
All scouts doing the electricity merit badge will meet at my house, 8843 Waymond on Saturday August 22, from 10:00 to noon. Again, bring blue card and work sheets.
The second part will be on Saturday, August 26, 9:00 to noon. Location to be announced.

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Troop Photos – Summer Camp, 4th Parades, Climb On, Silversides, Court of Honor

I’m finally getting around to uploading a ton of photos from Troop parents.

Thanks for sharing.

2015 Photos by Troop Parents

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

Mr. Sikora


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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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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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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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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

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


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