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DEC 2: Train to Chicago Museum of Science & Industry. See posting.

DEC 5: Troop Meeting, 6:30pm, MCS Center Building

DEC 11: Leadership Meeting, 6:45pm, Antwerp Township Hall

DEC 12: Troop Meeting, 6:30pm, MCS Center Building

DEC 14: Roundtable,7pm, Van Buren Conference Center - 490 South Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, MI

DEC 19: Final Troop Meeting of the year, 6:30pm, MCS Center Building

JAN 8: Leadership Meeting, 6:45pm, Antwerp Township Hall

JAN 9: Troop Meeting, 6:30pm, MCS Center Building

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Troop 161 News

Chicago Trip December 2nd


The Troop 161 December event will be a day trip via commuter train to Chicago to visit the Museum of Science and Industry! We’ll meet in Mattawan in the morning, and then drive to Michigan City, IN. From there, we will take the South Shore Line commuter train to the 57th Street station in Chicago. We’ll then walk about 5 minutes to the museum. We’ll spend about 4 hours exploring in the museum, then stop in Michigan City for a Pizza dinner.

Scouts should plan for a long day and dress comfortably (and in Class A’s!) for a day mostly inside. The train and especially the walk to and from the museum will be COLD, so a coat is a requirement!

Cost: $25 per person. Covers round trip train, Museum, and the Pizza Dinner in Michigan City

Registration: Turn in this form and payment at a troop meeting. We will accept reservations through Tuesday, November 28th. You can also email me at to make your reservation.

Drop Off: 8:00 AM Saturday 12/2 @ Mattawan Later Elementary parking lot.

Pick Up: 10:00 PM Saturday 12/2 @ Mattawan Later Elementary parking lot.

Bring: Class A uniform (wear all day), small backpack or bag – scout handbook, coat, money for souvenirs, snacks, and money for lunch at the museum. If a scout wants to do any extra activities at the museum, extra money will be needed. More information will be provided about museum options.

Medical Forms: Current BSA Medical form (part A and B) must be completed and on file for all Youth and Adults attending Scout events. If you do not have a current BSA medical form (A-B) on file with the Troop you will need to do so!

Behavioral Contract: Please understand that in case of serious rule violation(s) and per the Troop behavioral contract, I may be contacted to pick up my son from activity prior to its completion.

Outdoor Activity Coordinator: Dave Alsvig/ cell (616)-970-1432

BSA Service has moved!

The Boy Scout Service Center is up and running at our *NEW* Service Office located at 3497 South 9th Street in Kalamazoo.

Attention Merit Badge Counselors

Attention all Merit Badge counselors and those that may want to be Merit Badge counselors (we can always use more).

Jon Walsh has been working on a resolution to the Merit Badge Counselor “issues”, and it appears the easiest solution for those that would like to be a Merit Badge Counselor is to re-do an up to date form for what you would like to teach. Once you have completed this form, Jon will then take the forms and identify what other documents the District will require to get us all re-signed back up as official counselors.

The form is attached and its link is below. You should print out the form and then bring it to the next meeting for collection. I talked with Jon tonight, and he will be at next weeks meeting (9/20/16). As reminder, ALL MB Counselors will need to have UP TO DATE YOUTH PROTECTION. So if you are nearing the end of your 2 year cycle, PLEASE re-do it at your earliest convenience.

If you have any questions please call or text Jon at : 269-744-0056.

Here is the form / link for MB Counselor.

Life to Eagle Page

Useful information to help all Life Scouts on their path to Eagle, complete with a PDF download.

Merit Badge Handbooks

Please return all Merit Badge handbooks that you are currently not working on. Also, if anyone would like to allow the troop to borrow any Merit Badge handbooks they have purchased, in particular the First Aid Merit Badge handbook. Currently, we are trying to resupply the handbook library.


The SCOUTStrong Presidential Active Lifestyle Award Challenge will help you add activity to your life, and reward you when you do!

This challenge is for everyone associated with the Boy Scouts of America, including Scouts, Venturers, Parents, Volunteers, Council Staff, Board Members, Friends of Scouting, and BSA Alumni.

To earn the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge Award, you are required to meet a daily activity goal of 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 minutes a day for kids under 18 for at least five days a week, for six out of eight weeks. Stick with the program and you'll earn an award in less than two months.

For more information on the SCOUTStrong PALA Challenge, visit the BSA website page here.

Be a Merit Badge Counselor!

Available for download are two presentations, the Merit Badge Application Packet and the Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Handbook, created by the Scout Council to provide insight on the application process to become a merit badge counselor and merit badge counselor training.

The troop has several counselors already and will be updating our list. If you are interested in pursuing this rewarding opportunity please review the two PDFs and then contact Jon Walsh, Troop 161's merit badge coordinator. Talk to Jon at one of the troop meetings or you can contact him at:
Home: 668-6850
Cell: 744-0056

or email Mary Jo Case Brown at and she will follow-up.

Adult Training
Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. Adults who hold leadership positions, transport, camp, participate in other Troop activities or are a Merit Badge Counselor are required to complete and stay current in BSA YPT. Upon completion of training please provide a copy of your certificate to Wendy Hoppenworth.


Boy scouts of America Hall/McElwain Merit Scholarship and Eagle Scout Academic Scholarship applications can be found at  There are also religious, civic and institution-specific scholarships available.

Community Service Request Form available
here and on the downloads page!

Parent Info:

Leadership Meetings

Please join us for Troop Leadership Meetings every second Monday of the month at 6:45 in the Antwerp Township Hall beginning in August. Anyone is welcome who is interested in the Troop and what we are working on.

Volunteer opportunities for adult leaders:

Looking for someone to take over maintaining the website in 2018. If interested, contact Wes Garman - Knowledge of HTML helpful but not necessary.

Volunteer Support:

As always, thank you for the tremendous support of all of our adult leaders! Our troop is a success because of your dedication.

Please turn in Healthforms ASAP to Nancy Garman,

Annual Health Form

Parent's Guide now available for download.



Any questions, please contact John Assenmacher

If you have news to post, contact Wes Garman via email:

Troop 161 is sponsored by the Mattawan Lions Club.

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