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JAN 16: Troop Meeting, 6:30pm, MCS Center Building

JAN 19-21: Camp Tamarak Cabin Camping, Jones, Mi

JAN 23: Troop Meeting, 6:30pm, MCS Center Building

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

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

FEB 9-11: Tent camping-Pokegon State Park

FEB 12: Leadership Meeting, 6:45pm, Antwerp Township Hall

FEB 13: Troop Meeting, 6:30pm, MCS Center Building

FEB 16: Set-up, Troop 161 Trivia Night, 7pm, Antwerp Activity Ctr

FEB 17: Troop 161 Trivia Night, 6:30, Antwerp Activity Ctr

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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!

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Troop 161 News

Mark Your Calendar for Trivia Night!

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Hello Scout Families,

Trivia Night is scheduled for Saturday, February 17th at 6:30 pm and preparations are underway! There are a few items that we would like to mention as we get ready for this event:

• All troop members are needed to help on the 17th but also on Friday night the 16th at 7 pm for set-up. There is much to do to get ready and many hands will make it go quickly!  

• We are always in need of donations both big or small for this evening.  Larger donations are used for the Silent Auction and smaller for door prizes. No items is too insignificant! Attached is a letter to give to possible donors that explains trivia night and how their donation will be used. Also, a thank-you note that businesses or individuals can use for tax purposes. Please feel free to use these letters!

• We would like to continue the tradition of patrols creating some type of service to donate to the silent auction. An example would be a group of scouts donating 2 or 3 hours of the their time to do yard work or spring clean up. Please encourage your scout to share ideas with their patrol!

• IT'S TIME TO RESERVE YOUR SEATS AND ORDER FOOD! Attached please find an order form that can be returned to make your reservation.  You can also reserve by emailing Carrie at the addresses below or at Tuesday's troop meeting.  

Thank you and we hope to see you on Tuesday!

Carrie Assenmacher  

Camp Tamarak Cabin Camping

January 19-21, Camp Tamarak, Jones, MI

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Don't miss our first activity of the New Year.January 19-21, Troop 161 will be cabin camping in Jones Michigan at Camp Tamarack. Snow or no snow, its always a great time. Saturday morning we will head over to Bair Lake Bible camp where we will be playing Broom ball, Tubing , and Cross Country Skiing. This campout is also a great time for Advancement work, or just having fun playing your favorite board games. You will have two weeks to register starting at this Tuesdays meeting. If you miss the meetings but would like to attend, please let me know via email or call me at (616) 970-1432 , and we will make arrangements. Last day to register is Tuesday the 16th.

We've reserved two cabins –the OA and Rotary Lodges. Be prepared for the cold Fall/Winter weather conditions, and don’t forget your Scout
Handbooks! Also, Pack 161 Webelos will be visiting our camp on Saturday.

Saturday Agenda:

9-12 Broomball, Tubing, Crosscountry Skiing at Bair Lake Bible Camp
12-1 Lunch
1-4:30 Scoutcraft- How to make homemade firestarters, and cooking mashed potatoes. Will also have one scout book achievement instruction.
1:30- Webelos will visit camp

• Scouts should be prepared to hike their gear the short distance from the parking lot to the camp-site. Sleds are a great idea.
• There are some separate rooms available, so we can accommodate male and female leaders!

Cost: $20 per person. Multiple members of same family = 1st $20; 2nd $20; 3rd $15; 4th $15

Registration: Submitting this form is your commitment to the trip. We will accept reservations through Tuesday, January 16. Payment is due, at a troop meeting, by the end of the January 16th troop meeting!

Drop Off: 5:30 PM Friday 1/19 @ the Mattawan Later Elementary parking lot.

Pick Up: Noon Sunday 1/21 @ the Mattawan Later Elementary parking lot.

Gear: Scout Handbooks and normal camping gear for a cabin camp-out in cold, Michigan winter weather. See Scout handbook for guidance.

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.

For questions regarding this event please call:
Scoutmaster: Outdoor Activity Coordinators: Dave Alsvig (616)-970-1432 or Matt White (248) 504-7235

Upcoming Merit Badge Opportunities

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University of Scouting - Madison Heights - 01/27/2018

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:

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.

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 15 JAN 18

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