Troop 4 Newsletter

Ontatah District - Potawatomi Area Council Volume 11 - Issue 4 April 2014

Upcoming Events

April 2014
2... Round Table 7:00 pm
3... P4 Pinewood Derby
4... Committee Meeting 6:30 pm
5... Troop Leadership Training
8... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
9... P30 Crossover
12... Fundraiser Pickup
22... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
25-27... Governor Dodge Outing
29... Hwy X Clean Up

May 2014
6... PLC Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
7... Round Table 7:00 pm
8... Committee Meeting 6:30 pm
13... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
16-18... OA Spring Conference
16-18... Rokilio Theme Outing
20... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
27... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
31... SJN Festival - Flush Tank

June 2014
1... SJN Festival - Flush Tank
3... PLC Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
6-8... Kickapoo River Outing
10... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
15-20... NYLT
17... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
24... Troop Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm
28... Nick S’s Eagle Court of Honor
TBA... Committee Meeting

Spring Product Sale
PICKKUP: April 12 @ ETC from 12 - 2 pm

April Governor Dodge Outing
April 25-27, 2014

A fun weekend and the troop’s first tent camping of 2014! We’re going to Governor Dodge State Park for a weekend of fun scout activities.

When: April 25-27... Meet at ETC on 4/25 at 4:30 pm. We’re leaving promptly at 5 pm. Return will be 4/27 around 11 am.
Cost: $25 / person

Money and permission slips are due at the April 15th troop meeting. Everyone going (including adults) must have a current Part A & Part B Health Form.

Rokilio Space Theme Outing
May 16-18, 2014

In May we’re visiting the theme camp Rokilio -- the Space Ship area... Fun activities are in the process of being planned by the PLC!

When: May 16-18... Meet at ETC on 5/16 at 4:30 pm, we’re leaving at 4:45. Return on 5/18 around 1pm.
Cost: $40 / person ($5 discount for signing up by April 22)

Money and permission slips are due May 13. Everyone going needs their Part A & B health forms.

Troop Elections

Congratulations to the newly elected Troop Leadership!    
SPL = Jarod B  ASPL = Kameron A  
Bison Clan : PL = Zach L APL = Josh B
Egyptian Jackals : PL = Riley J APL = Ed B
Rambunctious Raccoons : PL = Tanner Z APL = Jared O
Shadow Ninjas : PL = Jared L APL = Zach T
And the appointed positions:    
QM (Equipment) = Joe P QM ( Food) = Collin M Scribe = Sean W
Troop Guide = Sam D OA Rep = Ed B Chaplain’s Aid = Duncan M
Den Chief = Tanner Z Historian = Ethan P Librarian = Tyler V
Webmaster = Lucan M Bugler = Josh B Instructors = Eric D, Hunter H, Tony B, Mason E, and Adam H

Troop 4 Portal

Want to know how much money’s in your scout account? Can’t remember if you signed up for an outing? You can find out on-line.

We’re moving to a new Troop 4 Portal -- With the upgrade, you will need a user name & password to logon. The scouts have been pre-loaded (emails will go out this week with the user name). Parents... You can now have your own logon. If you have more than one scout in the troop, you can associate all your scouts with one user name!

The old Scout Account Balance page will be up through April. Email Liz with any questions.


Jimmy N
Zach T
Nate K
Mason E
Branigan M

May Roundtable
May 7, 2014

This is the OA cook out and Dutch oven dessert contest.

We’d like a few scouts interested in cooking a Dutch oven dessert for the contest.

Baloo Service Opportunity
April 12, 2014

Liz is looking for a few scouts to help out at the Baloo Cub Scout Training on April 12 (at ETC). You’d mostly be tending the Dutch ovens for lunch and helping out with a few sessions. Sign up at the troop meeting -- see Liz with any questions.

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 scout’s 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 scout’s responsibility to see that he has done the pre-requirements, has all the materials for the clinic, and taken out a blue card.

Summer Camp
July 6-11, 2014

Sign Up and Pay 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.

Health Forms for Summer Camp

National just released an update to the Health Forms. If you have already had your doctor’s appointment and turned in Part C in 2014... You’re ok. For everyone else (which is everyone but one scout), you need to use the new forms. They can be found on the troop website ( or on the grey shelves at troop meetings.

April’s Quiz

  1. What condiment plausibly could slowly erode prison bars? Ketsup, salsa or ranch dressing.
  2. True or False: As seen in the movie Speed, if a city bus moving at 50 mph makes a tight turn, it will fall on its side unless the passengers all move to the inside-turn side of the bus.
  3. James Bruce taught himself Arabic and Amharic to prepare for his 1768 journey upriver in search of what spot?

March’s Answers: 1) False. 2) 100 years. 3) The Seven Years’ War

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
Jenny Landquist

Rob Landquist
- Scoutmaster

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

Youth Leadership - PLC
SPL - Jarod B
ASPL - Kameron A
PL (Egyptian Jackal) - Riley J
PL (Bison Clan) - Zach L
PL (Rambunctious Racoons) - Tanner Z
PL (Shadow Ninjas) - Jared L

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:
May 8, 2014

Next Round Table: May 7 at 6:00 pm. This is the OA cookout ($5 for meal w/ drink) and Dutch oven dessert contest.

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

Keep up to date on what's happening in the troop! Subscribe to the Troop 4 mailing list. Send an email to Liz Danner with subscribe scout-troop4 in the body of the message.