Troop 4 Newsletter

Ontatah District - Potawatomi Area Council Volume 11 - Issue 2 February 2014

Upcoming Events

February 2014
1... Klondike Day
5... Round Table 7:00 pm
6... Committee Meeting 6:30 pm
11... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
13... P163 Crossover
15... Pancake Festival
18... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
20... P22 Blue & Gold 6 pm
22-23... Snow Sport Outing
22... P163 Winter Jamboree
25... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
27... Montessori Pinewood Derby
27... P4 Blue & Gold 6 pm

March 2014
5... Round Table 7:00 pm
6... Committee Meeting 6:30 pm
9... Court of Honor
11... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
18... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
21-23... Whitewater Swimming Pre-Test Outing
22... Scouting For Food - Bag Pickup
25... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
27... P4 Pinewood Derby
30... P89 Pinewood Derby

April 2014
2... Round Table 7:00 pm
3... Committee Meeting 6:30 pm
8... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
22... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
25-27... Governor Dodge Outing

February Snow Sport Outing
February 22-23, 2014

Enjoy the outdoors in Wisconsin in Winter! This is a cabin camp, but if anyone wants to sleep outside, you need to see one of the ASMs. We’ll be camping at Camp Gray and then Skiing at Cascade Mountain on Sunday! Cost: $30 for cabin & $30 for skiing. Ski / snowboard rental available for $30.

HELMETS MUST BE WORN by BSA policy. If you do not have a helmet you can rent one at Cascade Mountain.

Permission slips available. A waiver is also required for the camp. We need final counts for Cascade Mountain by Tuesday, February 11th.

Summer Camp
July 6-11, 2014

No, it’s not too early to be thinking about Summer Camp. Now is the time to sign up and pay to get the lowest price of the season!

Sign Up and Pay by the February 25, 2014 troop meeting and camp is only $280. (If you sign up by April 22nd, the cost is $305. After April 22nd, the cost goes up to $330. Webelos that crossover and sign up by June 1st receive the $280 price.)

If you attended NYLT -- and the troop will have at least one campership to send a scout to NYLT -- the cost is only $250 until April 22nd.

Permission slips are out and available! Take advantage of the low price and sign up NOW. Sign up for Merit Badges are now available. Space in Merit Badges is limited. Sign up as soon as possible.

Rotary Pancake Festival
February 15, 2014 @ Waukesha Expo Center

This is a service opportunity -- come help at the Waukesha Rotary Pancake Festival! Troop 4 is going to be working from 10:45 am to 2 pm . Scouts in uniform and working get free pancakes. Adults... See Dean for extra tickets.

Swimming Pre-Test Outing
March 21-23, 2014

Permission slips are available! New this year: We’re going to IMR Friday night. We will need drivers Saturday morning to bring the scouts back to Waukesha for Scouting For Food (be at IMR at 8:15 am).

If you can’t go all weekend:
Scouting For Food Bag Pick Up - Be at ETC at 9:00 am. We will need extra help to sort & pickup
Swimming Pre-Test - Be at the Whitewater Acquatics Center at 12:00 pm to be tested. Cost is $7 for swimming only.

Spring Product Sale

We’re getting ready for the Spring fundraiser. We’ll be selling Racine Kringle and Cheesecake from March 1 to March 18 with delivery on April 12.

The Council sale of $5 cards is still under consideration as we must pay for them up front and they are non-returnable. Let Mrs. Anderson know if you are willing to commit to selling and how many.


Tony B


It’s time to welcome the new scouts into the troop at Crossover Ceremonies! We need boys to attend to welcome our new scouts! There are three crossovers:

February 13 -- Pack 163
February 20 -- Pack 22
February 27 -- Pack 4

Pinewood Derbies
Next One: February 27, 2014

Troop 4 has a history of helping Packs with their pinewood derbies. Our boys work the track and shuttle cars to the Pack’s parents ALL get to see the races. The cub scouts LOVE seeing our guys and knowing one day that might be them. We run several over the spring

Montessori School is February 27th. 6 pm at Montessori School on Summit.
Pack 4 is March 27. This will be at Lowell.
Pack 89 is March 30.

A Note about Advancement & Service Hours

If your son does service outside of the troop, we will count it! A note about the dates, amount, a brief description and SIGNED by an adult (parent or leader of the service activity) need to be turned in. We cannot count hours that are just written (or added) to the back of the advancement sheets.

Advancement Requirements: there are only a couple that a parent can sign off on (such as Second Class #10). Otherwise, older scouts will teach and test their skills with a scoutmaster signing off. For First Class #5, a note signed by the person they talked to gets them credit.

A Note About Merit Badges & Blue Cards

As a reminder, it is a scouts responsibility to sign up for merit badges. This includes finding clinics or calling merit badge counselors and taking out and getting blue cards signed.

Occasionally the troop will announce merit badge opportunities or facilitate registration, but it is still the scouts responsibility to see that he has done the pre-requirements, has all the materials for the clinic, and taken out a blue card.

NYLT - National Youth Leadership Training
Ice Cream Social: March 9, 2014 -- Course Dates: June 15-20, 2014

Any scout First Class and 13 or older (as of June 1). Those 18-20 may attend if a registered member of a venturing crew. What is NYLT? A fun week of learning about leadership and how to become a better leader inside your troop and community.

Find out more at the Ice Cream Social on March 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church (20275 Davidson Road) in Brookfield. Registrations will be taken at the Ice Cream Social.

For more information & a registration packet, visit the Youth Training (NYLT) page of the Potawatomi Area Council’s Website or see Liz.

February’s Quiz

  1. Six of the top 10 U.S. cities in population are found in which 2 states?
  2. True or False: Davy Crockett could have fired a shot at an axe blade and slip the bullet in two.
  3. The Loire flows into what bay?

January’s Answers: 1) B. Glass blocks out infrared light. 2) Hannibal, Missouri. 3) False.

Troop Leadership

Committee - Chair
Boni Danner - Chairperson - 542-7002
Liz Danner - Treasurer / Secretary / Web - 574-1140
Jim Anderson - ASM Outings
Matt Danner - ASM Equipment
Karen Anderson - Fundraising
Dean Danner - ASM Advancement
Rob Landquist - Pack Liaison
Bob Grubb - Charter Org. Rep
Jim Voigt
Randy Thomas

Rob Landquist
- Scoutmaster

Rich Benkstein Asst. Scoutmaster
Fred Bomberg Asst. Scoutmaster
Tony Hwilka Asst. Scoutmaster
Jim Schramke Asst. Scoutmaster
Joe Zomchek Asst. Scoutmaster

Youth Leadership - PLC
SPL - Jarod B
ASPL - Zach L
PL (Egyptian Jackal) - Ed B
PL (Bison Clan) - Tyler V
PL (Rambunctious Racoons) - Tony B

Charter Organizations
St. John Neumann Catholic Church
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Please contact Liz Danner with items and/or corrections for the newsletter.

Committee Meeting

Next Committee Meeting:
March 6, 2014

Next Round Table: March 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm. OA meeting starts at 6:30 pm.

Drop Offs

Anything that is due to the Troop can be dropped off at ETC to Liz or Dean Danner's attention weekdays 8 am - 4:30 pm.

Mailing List

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