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Troop Calendar

OCT 24: Troop Meeting, 6:30pm, MCS Center Building

OCT 27-29: Haunted Woods, Rota-Kiwan Boy Scout Reservation

NOV 7: Troop Meeting, 6:30pm, MCS Center Building

NOV 13: Leadership Meeting, 6:45pm, Antwerp Township Hall

NOV 14: Troop Meeting, 6:30pm, MCS Center Building

NOV 17-18: Fall Campout w/Webelos, Rota-Kiwan SR

Merit Badge Counselors

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Training Opportunities

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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


Troop 161 News

Haunted Woods Campout

October 27-29, Rota Kiwan Boy Scout Reservation


The October camp-out is the HAUNTED WOODS Camp Out. Scout troops will each build a spooky-station, hospitality-station, or craft-station during the day Saturday, and will then man their stations for the entertainment of visiting Cub Scouts and their families that night.

As always when camping at Rota-Kiwan parents will drop off their Scouts directly at the camp, in the main parking lot near the Boy Scout Fire-bowl & Copes Course (the old archery range) (In some cases we move right to our campsite – so check there if no one from 161 is in the parking lot.)

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

Drop Off: 5:30 pm Friday 10/27 @ the Rota-Kiwan parking lot near the Boy Scout fire-bowl & Copes Course. (former archery range)

Pick Up: 10:30-11:00 am Sunday 10/29 @ the same location as the drop-off

Gear: Scout Handbooks and normal camping gear for a TENT camp-out in cool, Michigan Autumn weather. See Scout handbook if you don’t know what that means.

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.


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!

Outdoor Activity Coordinator: Dave Alsvig/ cell (616) 970-1432
Scoutmaster: Dan Chopp/ cell (269) 998-2042

BSA Service Center Moving!

The Boy Scout Service Center located in Battle Creek,MI  will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17 and re-open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30 at our *NEW* Service Office located at 3497 South 9th Street in Kalamazoo.

The closure and relocation is being done to better serve Scouts and volunteers in the Southern Shores Field Service Council which is part of the Michigan Crossroads Council. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this temporary closure may cause and hope you will enjoy our new, larger service Center and Scout Shop.

“This move will enable us to provide a more regional service approach,” said James VanderRoest, President of the Southern Shores Board of Directors.  “It was always part of our long-term plans to open a Service Center in the Kalamazoo area.”

As always, we are here to help you have an oustanding experience in Scouting, so please do not hesitate to contact the Ypsilanti office at 734-971-7100 if you have any questions or concerns while we are on the move to our new location.
Yours in scouting,
Southern Shores Field Service Council Staff

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 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:

None listed at the moment

Volunteer Support:

A big thank you to our new Community Service Coordinator, Beth Oudekerk, Jon Walsh, our new Merit Badge Coordinator and Wes Garman, our new Mackinac Service Camp Coordinator.

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.

Site Last Updated 14 SEP 17

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