Troop 61 eBuggle - July 16, 2015


Troop Meeting This Friday - Prepare for Summer Camp!

Friday, July 17, 2015
Meeting: 7:00 to 8:45


  • Note: No Baseball
  • Finalize tent and patrol assignments
  • Patrol Leaders - Select patrol names,  Select Patrol Campsite at Jag Lake
  • Move gear from Area 51
  • Confirm Merit Badge Assignments
  • Sort and Organize Troop Gear
  • Popcorn!


Troop Leadership for Summer Camp

  • Senior Patrol - Ben Tarrence
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader - David Yanny
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader - Skyler Krogman
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader - Nathan Bahr
  • Patrol Leader - Aiden Tait
  • Patrol Leader - Aiden Mayrand
  • Patrol Leader - David Rider
  • Patrol Leader - Sean Kendl
  • Patrol Leader - Trevor Schmitt-Ernst
  • Patrol Leader - Jack Clossey



Summer Camp Rifle/Shotgun Range Permission Slip

During summer camp we allow scouts going into or attending high school an opportunity to participate in firearms familiarization at two area rifle/shotgun ranges located near Jag Lake.  Firearm safety principles are taught before firing rifles and shotguns.  A registered adult leader directly supervises each firing lane.  We allow the scouts to fire shotguns, rim fire, and center fire rifles.  In order for your scout to participate, print and sign the firearm permission slip below and turned in prior to leaving for summer camp.  If you have any questions, please call me (414) 771-4728 or email Rick Tourtillott.

I,  _________________________, parent or guardian of Scout _________________________ hereby give my permission for my son to participate in firearms familiarization during Troop 61’s 2013 Summer Camp. 


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Signature                                   Date


Summer Camp 2015 One Week Away

Saturday July 25 - Saturday August 1

Summer Camp Permission Slip, Information Flyer, & Checklist

Pocket Knives:  Put your son's name on his knife with a sharpie so when he leaves it in the program area we can get it back to him. Swiss Army or Leatherman type small knifes are welcome in camp.  Large sheath knifes or spring loaded knives are not.

Would you like your son to return home from camp with all his clothes? Write your son's name with permanent marker on all clothing items and towels. Each year we donate 25 pounds of lost and found to Goodwill.

Air mattress or cot:  Make sure your son's air mattress or cot is not more than 30 inches wide .  This insures that it will fit into a voyager tent and still allow room for a tent mate. Scouts with oversized air mattresses (or no mattress) will be assigned a troop mattress.  Queen and twin size air mattesses are too big!  No more than 30" please.

Cots are even better: A small low profile cot is an excellent substitute for an air mattress and usually more comfortable. Cots keep the scout off the ground -- especially useful if any moisture gets in the tent during a rainstorm. (Our tents do a great job, but scouts sometimes forget to close the flaps.) Here's a link to Amazon for a cot that is perfect for scouts. Cost is about $30. Kamp Rite Economy Cot (Green)

Schedule for Summer Camp 2015

Thursday, July 23 - Truck Packing

  • 7:00pm - Pack the Truck. Lots of help needed. Many things to lift (plus the kitchen sink!) No personal gear.

Friday, July 24 - Load Personal Gear

  • 6:30pm - DO NOT pack your Class A uniform. Wear it Saturday morning.
  • 7:00pm - Bring personal gear. Final Packing. 
  • 7:30pm - Go home and get a good night's sleep.

Saturday, July 25 - Departure

  • 7:00am - Meet at scout house in Class A Uniform (official scout shirt).  Bring a large bag lunch. 
  • 7:10am - Muster
  • 7:30am - Final packing, radio check, caravan assembly, hitch hookup, final tie down
  • 8:10am - Depart
  • 11:00am - Pit Stop in Waupaca (South Park on Hwy K)
  • 1:00pm - Lunch in Tomahawk
  • 2:30pm - Arrive at camp, unload truck, setup camp, swim tests
  • 5:30pm - Supper
  • 7:00pm - Free Time. (swimming, fishing, sailing, bug collecting, basketry, leather work, frisbee golf, box hockey, risk, chess, guitar jamming, volleyball, frog catching, and more.)
  • 9:15pm to 10:30pm - Campfire
  • 10:45pm - Scouts lights out.
  • 10:45pm - Leader meeting at campfire circle

Sunday, July 26 - Daily Schedule

  • 7:30am - Wake up
  • 7:35am - Breakfast
  • 9:00am - Church Services
  • 10:30am - Period 1:  Knife / Ax, Compass, Knots, Crafts, Cooking, Camping, Wilderness Survival
  • 12:45am - Period 2:  Intro to boating, Environmental Science, Sailing, Lifesaving, Insect Study
  • 1:00 - Lunch
  • 2:30pm - Period 3:  Swimming, Canoeing, Rowing, Pioneering, Personal Fitness, Art
  • 4:00pm - Group Activity:  Capture the Flag
  • 5:30pm - Supper
  • 7:00pm - Free Time.  (Optional Merit Badges:  Rocketry, Fishing, Motor Boating, Water Skiing, Citizenship in the Community / World) (Optional Activities: swimming, fishing, sailing, bug collecting, basketry, leather work, frisbee golf, box hockey, risk, chess, guitar jamming, kayaking, volleyball, frog catching, reading, and more.)
  • 9:15pm to 10:30pm - Campfire
  • 10:45pm - Scouts lights out.
  • 10:45pm - Leader meeting at campfire circle

Monday, July 27 - All Troop Banquet

  • 7:30am - Wake up
  • 7:35am - Breakfast
  • 9:30am - Period 1:  Knife / Ax, Compass, Knots, Crafts, Cooking, Camping, Wilderness Survival
  • 10:45am - Period 2:  Intro to boating, Environmental Science, Sailing, Lifesaving, Insect Study
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 1:30pm - Period 3:  Swimming, Canoeing, Rowing, Pioneering, Personal Fitness, Art
  • 2:30pm - Activity:  Renk Memorial Run
  • 5:30pm - Banquet (five course gourmet meal served by the commissary staff)
  • Evening: Same as Sunday

Tuesday, July 28 - Be Nice to Somebody Day

  • Morning: Same as Monday
  • 3:00pm - Activity:  Obstacle Course
  • Evening: Same as Sunday
  • 7:00pm - Fishing Trip?

Wednesday, July 29 - Canoe Trip

  • Day: Canoe Trip on Manitowish River 
  • Evening: Water Ski Show in Minocqua

Thursday, July 30 - Cruising Right Along

  • Morning: Same as Monday
  • 3:00pm - Activity: Obstacle Course
  • Evening: Same as Monday

Friday, July 31 - Home Stretch

  • Same as Monday
  • 3:00pm - Activity:   Capture the Flag
  • Same as Monday
  • 9:00pm - Closing BIG Campfire.  Awards Ceremony

Saturday, August 1 - There's No Place Like Home

  • 7:00am - Take down camp
  • 10:30am - Group Picture
  • 11:00am - Depart (if it's not raining)
  • 5:00pm - Arrive at Scout House, unload truck (call Patrick Bieser Sr. cell phone (414-915-6423) after 2:00pm Saturday for exact arrival time.)


High Adventure Trip: Hiking Merit Badge

Those that completed the hiking requirements* for this merit badge received an email from Paul this week detailing the next steps to complete this merit badge.  Paul will be available this Friday to discuss requirements 1-3, which includes hiking hazards, first aid and good hiking practices.  This should take less than 30 minutes.  Scouts also need to complete Requirement 7. "After each of the hikes, write a short report of your experience. Give dates and descriptions of routes covered, the weather, and interesting things you saw. Share this report with your merit badge counselor."

Please write 2-3 sentences on each of the following hikes.  You can turn this report in to him at anytime or you can e-mail it to

Waterton National Park

Tuesday June 16th Bears Hump & Bertha Lake

Jasper National Park

Thursday June 18th Bald Hills Trail at Maligne Lake

Friday June 19th Five Lakes Trail

Saturday June 20th Maligne Canyon and Pyramid Lake

Banff National Park

Monday June 22nd Plain of the 6 Glaciers

Wednesday June 24th Johnston Canyon

*In order to complete the hiking requirements, scouts needed to complete all of the hikes during this year's trip or complete a combination of hikes from this past trip and previous trips.  Contact Paul if you have any questions.


Physicals for Summer Camp

Please download and fill out the form before your physical tomorrow. If your part of the form is not completed you will be bumped for the next person in line.


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 2015 Form is available at the scout house or at this link:
  • (You can also Google: “2015 BSA health form parts A B C”)
  • 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.


75th Anniversary Celebration - August 21-23, 2015

In just one short month, Troop 61 will celebrate its 75th Anniversary as a scout troop and we are planning a full weekend of activities and events. We are one of the oldest troop in Milwaukee.

Our Facebook Page has been filling with stories and pictures from long ago. Check it out if you're on Facebook and remember to "Like" our page.

Think about stories that you can share about your scouting adventures as we will want to include them as part of the celebration. Help spread the word!


Cookie Patrol!

Parents, if you want to add a sparkle to our week, and make your son smile at lunch time, we sure do love homemade cookies . We always have store-bought cookies to hand out, but they're just not the same.  If you're able to make a donation -- any size batch is fine -- we will gladly accept them the Saturday morning we leave.  We will put your name on the container (so we can return it to you) and then let the boys know where they came from when we eat lunch together.  Just as a reminder, no nuts of any type. We have numerous scouts with nut allergies. Thanks in advance!


Aluminum Can Drive Moved to August

Saturday, August 15, 2015


The quarterly Aluminum Can Drive has been moved to Saturday, August 15.



Dinner Table Sparklers

Are on summer vacation..... Returning after summer camp! :))




July 2015



Troop Meeting. Prepare for Summer Camp

18 (Sat)

Can Drive

23 (Thurs)

Pack Truck


Prepare for Summer Camp

July 25 - Aug 1

Summer Camp at Jag Lake

August 2015



No Formal Meeting - Summer Camp Cleanup


Patrol Leaders Meeting - Plan Program for Fall Winter. 7:00 - 8:00pm


Court of Honor for all Scouts, and New Eagle Scout Erik Brzezinski

22 (Sat)

Troop 61 75th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at Hart Park - Tosa Room 6:00

23 (Sun)

Scout House Tours


eBuggle is edited and publish by:

Patrick Bieser Sr.

Program Chair, Troop 61 BSA



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