Troop News

NYLT participants

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On May 16, both TJ Dulac and Donovan Dunham attended NYLT training at D-Bar-A Scout Reservation. Also, Jimmy Fennessey and Matthew Fleckenstein served at instructors! Nice job, everyone.

Memorial Day Service Opportunity

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Once again we have been invited to participate in the Memorial Service at Grosse Pointe Memorial on May 26th.

This is a great way for scouts to honor those who have given their lives in service to our country and counts toward rank advancement.

This is what they need:

8:30-9:15 Setup
9:15-10:00 Handing out of programs to guests
10:00-11:00 Ceremony
11:00-11:30 Teardown

That’s 3 hours of community service! If your schedule is tight, you can attend only the portions you are available.

Please let Dan Clements know by responding to him via e-mail or sign up at Monday’s troop meeting.

Camp Schoenherr: Worst Weather, Ever?

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It’s been overheard by this reporter, that several survivors of the 2014 Camp Schoenherr Expedition, claim this was the worst weather ever faced on a Troop 96 campout!

On Saturday, April 12, 2014, Michigan was hit by a violent Spring thunderstorm.  It left thousands without power and the generated straight-line winds left a path of wreckage that ruined trees, homes, cars, powerlines, businesses and more!  Hail and heavy winds took a toll on many communities, especially Lake Orion, Michigan.

April 12, 2014 Radar Map of Storm
April 12, 2014 Radar Map of Storm

We always remind ourselves of the importance of safety and being prepared.  Scouts can take anything, and this past weekend, we did!

We are glad there was no reported loss of life, but for many Michiganders, the cleanup and repairs will take many weeks to complete.

Welcome to Our newest Eagle Scout

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Harrison Krasner has just completed his primary requirements for Eagle, pending his Board of Review. Congratulations!

Donovan Dunham passed his Eagle Board of Review on February 24, 2014.
Please join us in congratulating him on this awesome and important milestone in his scouting life!

Donovan’s Eagle project was collecting children’s books for the Head Start program at Poupard Elementary. He collected over 900 books for the kids!

Donovan’s plans include attending summer camp and working with young scouts, while pursuing several Eagle Palm Awards! He is also attending NYLT training in May.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend Summer Camp!

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By Donovan Dunham
Eagle Scout

Attending summer camps are some of the greatest experiences you will ever have during your scouting career. For three years, Troop 96 has attended Pioneer Scout Ranch in Ohio. It’s an awesome place! While at Pioneer, you will earn Merit Badges, learn new skills and make new friends. Here are just 10 top reasons why YOU should come (with me) to summer camp with Troop 96:

Earn those Merit Badges! You can choose from over 100 merit badges to earn at camp. Some are crucial eagle-required badges, which can be difficult to earn back home during the year. But you can knock out a key badge in less than a week at summer camp! And many of our scouts have come home with up to six badges from a single week at camp!

Take an active Leadership role! Our weekly meeting leadership positions last several months. And sometimes that can be intimidating for younger scouts. Well, Summer camp is your chance to gain leadership skills, for just one week! Responsibilities run from Librarian to Bugler to Quarter Master to Senior Patrol Leader. This is a perfect springboard into the longer posts throughout the year.

Lasting Scouting friendships. You will be amazed by how many friends you will make in one short week at summer camp! Not only will you meet new friends from all over, you will strengthen the relationships you already have in Troop 96.

SNACKS!!! Make sure to bring some of that money for a small pick-me-up at the camps trading post! Just the sort of thing you need between Merit Badge classes. Oh, I also should mention the mess tent. We get three squares a day, under a circus tent, with lots of great food choices. And they do the dishes!

Exciting and Unique Merit Badges. You definitely won’t be bored at Pioneer. Aside from earning the badges, the experiences you gain are priceless. Do you like stargazing? Driving a four wheel ATV? Swim in a lake AND in a pool. How would you like to actually FLY A PLANE? I did it. You can, too!

Camp activities. Camp Pioneer offers many cool activities that take place after merit badge classes are over. They host not one, but TWO root beer cantinas. Enter the duct tape contest or take a midnight nature hike. There is also the popular Waterball competition, a drenched, muddy, exciting spectacle, featuring a classic firetruck and… Well, you need to see it for yourself!

Play outside. Video games and computers monopolize our lives at home, so it is a breath of fresh air (literally) to spend a week outside with your scouting buddies! Chill at camp with a Frisbee, or maybe some stickball, and you can be sure that you won’t regret leaving your digital life behind for a week.

Opening and Closing campfires and “Flags”. These events start off and fill out our week, featuring funny shows, skits, awards, mail calls, and lots of information. Last year, one new award was given at the closing campfire. It was called the “Titanium Cranium Award”, brought into existence by the bravery and hard-headedness of our own T96 scout, Garrett Schreck. Let’s just say, it pays to wear your helmet!

RUSTY THE DOG! This adorable little guy makes his daily rounds, going from campsite to campsite, visiting random troops, and gracing us with a little doggie smile to start off our mornings!

Making Memories. The things we do as scouts will stay with us the rest of our lives. And Summer camp is something that holds special meaning. So don’t waste your youth, get out there, live life and make things happen for yourself!

Congrats to Our Four New Eagle Scouts!

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4 new Eagles
4 new Eagles

We are extremely proud to welcome FOUR new Eagle Scouts to our ranks, inducted at the January 26 Court of Honor.

Jimmy Fennessey

Matthew Fleckenstein

Lawrence

Andy Kane

Committee Meetings Coming Up

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Here is a list of upcoming Committee Meetings.  Parents and Adult leaders are always welcome to attend.  All meetings start at 8:30 pm and end at 9:30.

February 3, 2014

March 3, 2014

April 7, 2014

May 5, 2014