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FEB 20: Troop Meeting, 6:30pm, MCS Center Building

FEB 22: 2nd Mackinac Service Camp Sign-Up, 7pm, First Congregational Church, St. Joseph, MI

MAR 3: Pinewood Derby Concession, 9am-12:30pm, MCS Center Building

MAR 6: Troop Meeting, 6:30pm, MCS Center Building

MAR 8: Round Table, 7-8:30pm, Van Buren Conference Center, 490 South Paw Paw St. Lawrence, MI

MAR 10-11: Lock-In, St Michael Lutheran Church, 7211 Oakland Dr, Portage, MI, Times TBA

APR 7: EMU Merit Badge Day, EMU Campus, Ypsilanti, MI

Merit Badge Counselors

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We have a tremendous amount of Training coming up for our adult leaders and Scouts. Click here to view a list of all Southern Shores training available to you.

ScoutMaster Challenge!

A new Scoutmaster challenge will be coming soon! Stay tuned.

Dan Chopp takeahike@yahoo.com


Troop 161 News

Last Call for Mackinac Service Camp!

Download Application

A last call post for the Mackinac Service Camp for all qualified Scouts. I’ll need completed forms, $75 application fee (which will be refundable if Scout is not chosen to go), and wallet size pic of Scout at the Troop meeting on Tuesday. I will not be able to make the Troop meeting, but Dakota will be there to collect everything.

Make checks out to Troop 161 as I’ll have our treasurer cut one check to cover all the submissions.

Again, I would strongly urge all first time Scouts along with their parents to attend the final Sign-In this Thursday, Feb. 22 so that you can get all your questions answered regarding the service camp. Sign-In will be at 7pm at the First Congregational Church, 2001 Niles Avenue, St. Joseph, MI. Practices are May 6th and the 20th at 5pm at the Whirlpool Administration Center on M-63, Benton Harbor. 

If you have any questions, you can contact me here:
Wes Garman
Mackinac Service Camp Coordinator
 (269) 370-4512

EMU Merit Badge Day

April 7, 2018 - Ypsilanti, MI

Earn up to 2 Merit Badges in one day (prerequisites may be required). Spots fill up quickly. Cost is $25.00

Register at: https://scoutingevent.com/272-EMU2018

Merit Badges being offered:

• Communications (all day session)
• Emergency Preparedness (all day session)
• First Aid
• Energy
• Law (AM Only)
• Fish & Wildlife Management (PM Only)
• Search & Rescue
• American Heritage
• Nuclear Science (AM Only)
• Photography
• Traffic Safety
• Crime Prevention
• Space Exploration (no rocket launch)
• Oceanography
• Scouting Heritage
• Aviation
• Pulp & Paper
• NOVA Award (PM Only - this is a non-MB session) "Designed to Crunch/Numbers Don't Lie"

Prerequisites will be posted as they finalize MB Counselors

Lunch is NOT included in the day, so please plan accordingly


8:00 - 8:25 - Check in
8:25 - 8:35 - Event opening
8:45 - 12:15 - Morning Session
12:15 - 1:15 - Lunch "on your own"
1:15 - 4:45 - Afternoon Session

Event Ends

Free adult participation Training/Learning Sessions open to ALL ADULTS

Morning Sessions:
• Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity Presentation
• Michigan Crossroads Council Camps Presentation

Afternoon Sessions:
• Youth Protection / Safe Scouting Training
• Merit Badge Counselor Training

Other Upcoming Training Opportunities

Click on link for more information.

Wood Badge Adult Leadership Course - April 20-22

Summer Camp News

Although it is winter in Michigan, it is time to think about Summer Camp. We will be headed to Cole Canoe Base Camp located in Alger, MI on Saturday, June 16th and returning on Saturday, June 23rd.

We need to quickly confirm how many Scouts and Leaders will attend this year. Please send an email to edlunder@eaton.com to confirm your reservation. We will need a check for $150/Scout and $50/Leader by February 20th. Please bring your payment to a Troop Meeting on February 13th or 20th. If you cannot make a troop meeting, give me a call at 810-588-9958.

Ed Lunder

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.

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 mj@alliance-resources.com 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 www.nesa.org.  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:

Webmaster & Mackinac Coordinator needed.

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

Also, need someone to take over the Mackinac Service Camp Coordinator chair for 2019. Contact Wes Garman-captcartoon@me.com for further info.

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, ngarman@mattawanschools.org

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: webmaster@mattawantroop161.org

Troop 161 is sponsored by the Mattawan Lions Club.

Site Last Updated 05 FEB18

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