Noah Wyke’s Eagle Project

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From Noah:

“This is Noah Wykes and just to let you all know I am still currently raising donations for my eagle project. I am accepting returnable bottles and monetary donations. I need to raise about $450 and anything that can help get me there will be greatly appreciated.

For those of you who don’t know, my Eagle Scout project is building 4 picnic tables at Brownell Middle School so students are allowed to eat outside. Again thank you for everything! For additional information and if you want to donate, just email me at wykesnoah66@yahoo.com.

Yours truly,

Noah Wykes
Troop 96

Haunted Forest Campout Notes

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Hello Troop 96 Scouts and Parents,

Meet at GP Memorial Church this Friday, October 14, 2016, by 4:30pm
Don’t forget your $10 food money!

Important Gear:
Rain Gear
Water Bottle
Mess Kit
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Extra shoes
Warm coat
Read the attached list
—>Scout Cell phones can stay home.<—

We currently have 29 scouts signed up (Great!), including 15 scouts of the Scout/Tenderfoot/2nd Class ranks, working on skills in camp, and the 14 scouts (ranks 1st Class and above) working the trail crew.
We have 12 adults signed up to drive, and 10 staying in camp.

With 29 scouts signed up, we need 29 seats EACH WAY.
We currently have 27 seats (with one TBD car quantity) for Friday (meaning…SHORT 2 SEATS) and 24 seats (with one TBD car quantity) for Sunday (meaning…SHORT 5 SEATS).
Parents, as always, the best way to ensure your scout has a ride to camp is if YOU are behind the wheel. Please consider helping your son and his scout troop with driving.

PARENTS, YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO CAMP WITH US! It’s really not too bad. The scouts do ALL the work. Really. I wouldn’t lie.

***Winter camping gear rules apply.

Questions? Contact T.J. Malbouef
Scoutmaster, Troop 96 Boy Scouts
mobile: 313-409-7413

New Scout Essentials

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Hello Troop 96!
For families new to Scouting, we’re going to keep this brief and on-point. If you are a returning boy scout or parent, the contents of this email will neither shock, nor alarm. Here we go:

The Boy Scout Uniform & Handbook

Consists of:

* Troop 96 neckerchief (provided by Troop) & Slide (make or buy)

* Official Boy Scout Shirt (short sleeve recommended)

* Official Boy Scout Pants or Shorts or Convertibles (zip-off)

* Official Scout Belt

* Official Scout Socks (they are high quality, buy a few pair)

* A Pen (seriously. There’s slot for it on the shirt pocket)

* Green Epaulettes (loops on the shirt shoulders)

* Green/Tan “96” patch(es)

* Purple World Scout Crest (round with white fleur-de-lis)

* Great Lakes Council Shoulder Patch

* Official Boy Scout Handbook (important!)
Where to get it:

The best places are the local Scout Shops.

* Detroit – 1776 W Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48208, Saturday 10-3

* Troy – 1155 East Long Lake Road, Saturday 10-5

They will have all sizes in stock. Troop 96 also has a uniform locker in the basement of GPMC which will be open during Troop meetings. Sizing is limited and many of the uniforms do not have patches. Caveat emptor.

You and your scout have a couple of weeks to pull this all together. Don’t panic.


We camp every month during the school year and for a week in the summer (w/o 7/30/17). Your scout has been placed in a patrol with seasoned scouts who will teach them how to camp. How can I be sure? It’s a requirement for their next rank.

Our first camp out is at The Rendezvous on Friday 9/23, regardless of what’s on the printed schedule you picked up Monday. That’s eight (8) days from now. The packing list is attached. We meet in the church parking lot Friday at 4:30 PM sharp. Please consider driving to/from or camping with us!


1. If your boy needs boots, get ‘em this weekend and break ‘em in (mention you’re a boy scout at Moo$ejaw for 15% off).

2. No cotton socks. Synthetic or wool are best.

3. Your scout should play a significant role in packing his own bag for this outing.

4. On Monday, your scout should bring $10 for food to be collected by his Patrol Leader (who is a scout, not an adult).

5. This camp out will be fun and large. Use of the ‘buddy system’ is a must.
Dues & Forms

If you have not yet filled out an application for your new scout, please complete and email to me. Dues are $45 for the year. Checks or cash in marked envelopes work best. Troop meetings are a solid delivery point.

That should cover the bare essentials. More to follow in the coming weeks. If you have questions, please email jim.rossow@gmail.com and tjmalbouef@att.net and one of us will respond.

Thank you for being part of Troop 96!

Jim Rossow


Here’s to Another Wonderful Year of Scouting Adventures!

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Another Summer spent, another school year begins…

And Scouting is BACK!  So don your Class A’s, roll up your neckerchief, wiggle on your woggle and practice your scout sign!

We will see you Monday nights at 7:15! Wonderful things are planned this year and your friends, new, old and yet to be made, are looking forward to sharing them with you!

What I wish Every Scout Parent Understood

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Check out this article by Clarke Green, a fellow Scoutmaster:

I  received this question from a Scout parent:

“I am new to the Boy Scout Program and I am not getting answers to questions.

For instance my son is to bring a blue card to a merit badge event for the counselor to sign. I got a blue card from the Scoutmaster. Another parent with experience in Boy Scouts told me that they needed to be signed by the Scoutmaster, so my son took the blue cards to the next meeting but the Scoutmaster would not sign them because the counselors name wasn’t filled out. My son and I did not know that was necessary.
Is there a briefing or meeting for parents with no experience in Boy Scouts, so they know what to do or ask ? I feel there is a lack of needed information.”
I answered:
“Typically we don’t have detailed briefings or meetings about this sort of thing for parents. It’s not that we don’t appreciate the role parents have in Scouting or that we want to keep them in the dark. It’s just that Scout parents aren’t the ones we want asking these sorts of questions or doing these sorts of things, we want their Scout to be asking and doing.

You are a bit frustrated because you feel you lack the information a responsible, supportive parent needs. Many parents feel this way – you are not alone! I want to help by giving you the most important information a Scout parent needs to know and what I wish every Scout parent understood…”

To read the entire article,  click on this link:


Jam Out at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree!

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Every 4 years, Boy Scouts host a giant gathering which draws scouts from around the country, and from around the world.

Where: Summit Bechtel Reserve, West Virginia
When: July 15-28, 2017
What: High Adventure Event=Zip Lines, BMX, Skateboarding, Merit Badges, Sports, and much more!

For more information, see Jim Rossow at the next meeting!


Calendar now working!

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A google calendar with events for the rest of the year has been posted under gptroop96.wordpress.com/calendar/. Head over there now!