Welcome to Troop 61

Milwaukee, WI

If you are looking to join Boy Scouts...we invite you to stop in for a visit

Upcoming Events

May 2022 

2 (Mon) Committee Meeting - All Adults are Welcome

6 (Fri) Troop Meeting - Campout Prep - Cinematography II (Scripts)

7 (Sat) Cemetery Cleanup Service Project

13-15 (Fri-Sun) Campout - Peninsula State Park - Filming

20 (Fri) Troop Meeting - Cinematography III (Editing)

27 (Fri) No Meeting - Memorial Day Weekend

30 (Mon) Memorial Day

June 2022 

3 (Fri) Troop Meeting - Open Advancement

6 (Mon) Committee Meeting - All Adults are Welcome

10 (Fri) Troop Meeting- Open Advancement

16 (Thur) Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge Clinic

17 (Fri) No Troop Meeting - Prep for HAT

18-27 High Adventure Trip - Pictured Rocks National Shoreline

24 (Fri) Troop Meeting - Open Advancement

July 2022 

1 (Fri) Troop Meeting

8 (Fri) Troop Meeting - Prep for Summer Camp

15 (Fri) Troop Meeting - Prep for Summer Camp

21 (Thur) Pack the Truck

22 (Fri) Bring Gear to Scout House

23-29 Summer Camp at Jag Lake (Saturday-Friday)

August 2022 

5, 19, 26 No Troop Meetings

1 (Mon) Cleanup Gear Away from Summer Camp

12 (Fri) Eagle Court of Honor - Arnsdorf, Hagen, Tarrence

September 2022 

5 (Mon) Labor Day

9 (Fri) Troop Meeting - Open Advancement

11 (Sun) Bike Hike

16 (Fri) Troop Meeting

23 (Fri) Troop Meeting

30 (Fri)Troop Meeting

October 2022 

7 (Fri)Troop Meeting - Campout Prep

14 - 16 (Fri-Sun) Devils Lake Campout

21 (Fri) Troop Meeting

28 (Fri) Troop Meeting

Scouts and Birds Visit Peninsula State Park 


The one sure way to know you're spring camping in the woods -- waking up to the chirping of thousands of birds at 4:30am! 

The Troop 61 campout to Peninsula State Park aligned with Wisconsin's bird migration weekend and the warblers, grosbeaks, wrens, wood peckers, cranes, robins, and blue jays were in the house performing concerts all weekend. Our Saturday and Sunday wakeup calls were the sounds of woodpeckers and pheasants.

Piliated Wood Pecker making holes in a Cedar 

Other highlights:

  • Playing "Among Us" at the Campfire

  • First year scouts composing "Can't Get to Heaven" rhymes. 

  • Bob Lee doing a great Jascha Walter cobbler reenactment

  • Leo's brave face after eating a handful of leftover Jalapeño peppers 

  • Taking down Mr. Bieser's floppy canopy in two minutes when a thunderstorm threatened

  • Putting up the Troop canopy in under five minutes with all hands helping

  • Unexpectedly warm temperatures on Saturday

  • Swimming in ice cold Green Bay (worthy of a polar plunge in January)

  • Exploring the towering cliffs along the eastern shoreline

  • A delightful hands-on resource filled Nature Center

  • Seeing a giant Crane in the parking lot

  • Stopping by the stage in the middle of the park

  • Big rainstorm overnight Saturday that all the scouts slept through

  • No water at the group campsite!!

  • Bob and Joe's long trip to get water

  • Tacos, omelets in a bag, chocolate chip banana pancakes

  • Lots of fruit and veggies

  • Xaiver planting sprouted acorns along the trail

  • Climbing the newly opened tower with the wheelchair ramp

  • Brunmeier's Hwy 57 adventure on the way home

  • Chatting on Zello during travel

  • Borrowing Doc's car to pulling the White Trailer (Thanks Doc!)

  • Stopping at Neshotah City Park in Two Rivers on the way home

  • Mr. Brunmeier learning to hang wet tents 

Check out pictures and videos from the weekend:
Troop 61 Facebook Group
Google Photo Album

Flying Set for June 18








(Note date change from previously announce date of June 11.)

Saturday, June 18, 9:00 to 12:00
Meet: Scout House at 9:00am for a ride or at the Airport by 9:45
Limit: 10 youth from our group
Location: Timmerman Field Airport - EAA Chapter 18 - 
Cost: Free
We have made reservation for 10 youth to participate in this free event. Please respond to this email if you would like to be one of the 10. 

We'll get another chance to fly on June 18. At that time scouts will take free flights in the small engine aircraft owned by members of Young Eagles. The volunteer pilots take between two and four scouts in each plane for flights around the city. The flights are an amazing experience -- being in the cockpit with the pilot can be exhilarating.
The experience at the Timmerman Field.  

  • All scouts and their siblings 17 and under are welcome to attend.

  • Wear your Class A uniform

  • Cost:  Free!

  • All return to scout house by around noon. 

Snacks:  Bring your own snacks and beverage. 
Uniform:  Wear your Class A uniform.  Webelos, if you don't have a scout shirt yet, wear your Webelo uniform.
Contact Info:  The troop may be contacted the day of the event via Patrick Bieser's cell phone at 414-915-6423.  
To finish Aviation Merit Badge scouts need to complete requirements 2a. "Take a flight in an aircraft" and 2b. "Perform a pre-flight inspection."
This will NOT be an official Troop 61 event, but rather it will be held as a private family outing. Troop leaders will be at the airport on the day of the event to help chaperone, but the EAA will be in charge of the event. 

Seat 1:  Maya Sankpal-Tatera
Seat 2:  Karol Lazarski
Seat 3:  Anjali Sankpal-Tatera
Seat 4:  Evie Davauer
Seat 5:  Joe Smukowski
Seat 6:  Leo Brunmeier
Seat 7:  Vincent Brunmeier
Seat 8:
Seat 9:
Seat 10:

Summer Camp 2022 at Jag Lake 

Saturday July 23 to Friday July 29 

Permission Slip and Summer Camp Details - Forms are due Friday, May 20th


  1. Mark the last week of July on your calendar

  2. Download the Health Forms (see below) and make an appointment for a physical for Part C

  3. Let us know about any food or other allergies on the Permission Slip (see below)

  4. Turn in your permission slip!

Summer Camp Time!
All scouts are encouraged to attend Summer Camp, always the highlight of our scouting year, and our annual opportunity for fun and advancement in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
Camp is held at the DNR Jag Lake Group Campground near Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.  This is a great opportunity to experience scouting's finest. Dads and moms are welcome and encouraged to attend - even if it's only for a weekend.
Health Form
All scouts and adults are required to complete an annual health form. Health forms will be available next week, and must be completed by licensed health care provider.

  • The Form is available at the scout house or at this link:  Health Forms Parts A, B, C  (Link has been corrected)

  • Parts A, B & C are all we need.  Parts A & B are completed by parent.  Part C is complete by health professional. The health professional can be a doctor, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner.

  • The health form is good for one year and must be redone every year per national BSA policy. 

Note: We are contacting a local PA and Troop leader to see if he will once again offer free Scout physicals at the Scout House. If so, we will let you know the dates when they will be offered. 

Summer Camp Jobs for Adults and Junior Leaders

Since 1971 we have been proud and lucky to be among the elite Scout Troops who self-host a week-long Summer Camp in the northwoods. Jag Lake is an oasis of wilderness, adventure, learning, and fun, and it's each year because of our family of adult leaders. Our volunteers provide the smarts, backbone, and muscle that make our programs possible. 

We need help in key areas. If you are curious about any of the following for all or part of the week of July 23-29 please reply to this email . 

  • Load Master (for packing the truck on Thursday July 21)

  • Truck Driver Saturday July 23 - up to Camp

  • Truck Driver Friday July 29 - back from Camp

  • (The truck driver is welcome to stay all week, or we can help arrange transportation back to or from Milwaukee. You do NOT need a CDL to drive the truck.)

  • Waterfront Director

  • Food Shopping prior to camp

  • Commissary Director (hand out groceries and / or prepare meals three times a day)

  • First Aid Manager (nurse, doctor, PA, NP, RN, EMT, or other First Aid Training)

  • Lifeguard at the waterfront

  • Campfire Planner

  • Campfire Song and Skit Leader

  • Insect Study Instructor

  • Cooking Merit Badge Instructor

  • Camping Merit Badge Instructor

  • Environmental Science Instructor

  • Swimming Instructor

  • Lifesaving Instructor

  • Wilderness Survival Instructor

  • Canoeing Instructor

  • Rowing Instructor

  • Sailing Instructor

  • Fishing Instructor

  • Frisbee Golf Course Manager

  • Rocketry Instructor

  • Program Area Manager (games, resources, and supplies)

  • Crafts Instructor

  • First aid Instructor

  • Communications Instructor


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Guidelines for any in-person meeting at the Scout House.


If you are meeting in person for a special reason at the scout house along with observing 2 deep leadership you must also...wear masks at the meeting and social distancing must be observed.

We will keep air circulating in all rooms using the heaters. Doors and windows will be opened to provide additional ventilation.

We are limited to 20 people inside. In the event that more than 20 people show up we will ask adults who wish to hold discussions to gather outside. Priority for indoor space will be given to scouts and adults who are actively engaged with scouts. 

Parents and all adult leaders must complete and sign this Covid-19 release and checklist before coming to meetings. It's straightforward and simple. Print it out and take one minute to complete and sign.

We will plan for activities, advancement, and board of reviews to be done outside where possible.

Leadership Positions

Boy Scout have many opportunities to learn leadership skills.

Leadership positions are also needed for certain rank advancements.

Click here to visit our page on leadership positions and how to get involved in one. 

All Scouts. Please complete BSA Cyber Chip.

We remind all scout and parents of the importance for all scout to be safe when online whether interacting with people online whether it is a class, merit badge or just communicating with others. Please download and complete the cyber chip workbook with your parents. Email your completed  pdf workbooks to Couselor@troop61.com. Use "Cyber Chip for (Scouts Name)" in the subject line when you email the completed workbook.

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