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Spring 2021
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Dear Scouts, Parents, and Leaders

Let’s get ready for our Summer Adventures!

Meetings at the Presbyterian Church – We will hold all of our meetings outside in the First Presbyterian Church Parking Lot from now until later this fall. If a particular Tuesday has bad weather, Scoutmaster Chuck Williams will send an email out at 5:00 pm to let you know if we will continue on that night to meet outdoors or if we will switch to ZOOM instead. We are able to get much more Scouting done when meeting live. All meetings will start at 7:15 pm and end around 8:45. Our meeting schedule for the next few months:

  • May 4, 2021 7:15 pm First Presbyterian Church – Topics include Hiking and Land Navigation.
  • May 11, 2021 7:15 pm First Presbyterian Church – Topics include Hiking and preparing for Spring Hike.
  • May 18, 2021 7:15 pm ZOOM – Leadership Meeting (Patrol Leaders, all Ax-men and Paul Bunyan Members).
  • May 25, 2021 7:15 pm First Presbyterian Church – Court of Honor, we will recognize all the accomplishments from the winter and early spring. Parents should attend.
  • June 1, 2021 7:15 pm First Presbyterian Church – Topics include preparing for Family Canoe Camp
  • June 8, 2021 7:15 pm First Presbyterian Church – Topics include preparing for Summer Camp
  • June 15, 2021 7:15 pm First Presbyterian Church – Topics include preparing for Summer Camp
  • June 22, 2021 7:15 pm First Presbyterian Church – Topics include preparing for Summer Camp

179 Amazing Adventures

JUNE 27 - JULY 3, 2021

Dear Scouts Parents and Leaders:

I’m writing today to discuss Summer Camp at Cole Canoe Base on June 27 thru July 3, 2021. Every member of 179 should make plans to attend Summer Camp each year. A Scout or Venturer grows more in Scouting this one week than any other event throughout the year. I plan on everyone being there, so if for some reason you’re not able to make it please reply back and let me know. Registration is happening now. The cost is $375.00 for the week. There is a $25.00 late fee if not registered by May 1, 2021. There are scholarships available to help families that are struggling, we want everyone to go, contact me to hear more about these scholarships.

Here is the list of who is going so far:

George Alexander Ryan Andrick Calvin Malisow
Rachael Ayotte Braden Baker Andrew Milton
Evan Budgery Sean Baker Tarun Miryala
Tom Brown Scott Bloomfield Cam Phillips
Dawn Dowds Ian Carrizales Sohan Pinnamaraju
Brian Efrusy Mark Choma Parker Reaves
jeff ely Zane Cook Jonas Reese
Gregory Hooker Kent Cowell Francisco Rodrigues
Thomas Hull, Sr Alex Eagle Davy Romine
Michael Imel Andreww Eagle Peyton Rouse
Connie Knie Matthew Eruppakkattu William Ryan
Arthur Malisow Michael Garlinghouse Vyom Sahasrabuddhe
John Merenda Alexis Gebs Ray Schilke
Jason  Pernick Anthony Gebs Matthew Schultz
Donald Peters Kyren Gebs Ben Simms
Michael Peters Noah Genslak Colin Smith
Brett Reese Fernando Gonzalez Jonah Swafford
Michael Schultz Zack Hill Reuben Swafford
Frank Silvagi Joshua Hooker Gavin Tisch
Greg  Stevens Kouta Horiguchi Carmelo Tuzzolino
Mike Sturm Justin Hull Pasquale Tuzzolino
Brian Ulmer Edison Imel Trevor Ulmer
Scott Wauldron Franklin Imel Movitz Vestlund
Jason Wilburn Alexander Jiang Josh Wagner
Chuck Williams Zaine Kent Nicole Wauldron
Todd Williams Norman Klawender Jr Noah Wauldron
  Vitaliy A Koponen Colin Wilburn
  Kevin Kyles Quinn Wilson
  Charles Leckenby Kate Workman
  Cecilia Lindman Grayson Yandora
  Jackson Lindman Alex Zerbonia
    Nate Zerbonia

We are in the process of working with the Scouts and Venturers to schedule their week at camp. You can download the Program Sign-up Form to see what is available and start deciding what you would like to do. Scouts that are Tenderfoot or Scout Ranks will follow the “Camp Tenderfoot” schedule and do not need to fill out this form.

Cole Canoe Base Merit Badges: On the Program Schedule, at the top there are the Cole Merit Badges. Covid Protocols for their Merit Badges are asking that within each patrol the Scouts/Venturers form into “PODS”. A POD has 3 or more Scouts/Venturers that are all taking the same Cole Merit Badges. The PODS allow for any requirement that takes two Scouts/Venturers to work together, our Scouts will have someone from their patrol to work with instead of someone from another troop to minimize contact with people outside our troop. Of course, there will be distancing and face coverings at all times. Each 179 Scout or Venturer will need to find at least two others from their patrol to do Cole Merit Badges with them.

Troop 179 & Venturing Activities: These activities (Merit Badges & Skills Training) will take place in our campsite and will only include people from our troop so no PODS are needed and you can sign up to take anything separate of what other patrol members are doing.

Program Sign-up Form: When filling out the form you will fill out the Cole Merit Badges in the first section and list the others in your POD. Then there is a section for the 179 Activities you would like to take. A few things to remember:

  • You can’t take a Cole Merit Badge & a 179 Activity that occupy the same time slot.
  • All Venturers (Paul Bunyan Members Included) are required to do Service Projects in the 9:00 time slot unless you have permission from SM Williams or Adviser Stevens.
  • All New Scouts & Traditional Scouts are required to participate in the Service Projects in the 11:00 time slot unless you have permission from ASM M. Peters or ASM A. Malisow.
  • All Ax-Men members should check with ASM Efrusy to see what time slot they will be instructing at Camp Tenderfoot.


Current Health Forms must be filled out (they expire annually) which includes Parts A, B & C (part C requires an exam by a health professional. Most of our members need a new Part C and many haven’t turned in Parts A & B since last year. I have been talking about this since January and now is a good time to schedule a physical exam with what ever health professional you use. These Forms are required.

Thanks for your attention to this email and I am looking forward to a great week at Cole Canoe Base!

Scoutmaster Chuck Williams



May 14, 15, & 16, 2021
Highland Recreation Area


At this outdoor camp we are at Highland Recreation Area's Teeple Hill Group Camp, We will spend the weekend hiking and backpacking the many trails of Highland Recreation Area. We will work on several of the Chief Pontiac Trail's Hiking Programs, including a Brave Hike and a full Credential Trail (17 mile) Back Pack Hike. New Scout will work on Second & First Class Hiking Requirements. Should be a weekend of Great Hiking and Camping Fun.

The Venturers and Philmont Crew will be on the long hike, as opposed to the Winter or Canoe variants, and a new trail that most of us have never done before. The Venturers will be classified as an Order of the Arrow hike While the Philmont Crew will be classified as a regular hike. This means Venturers pre hike is required to be 300 words on the Ottawa Nation and the Philmont hikers report must be on Chief Pontiac. If you don't wish to get a medal, please let Mr. Schultz (Venturers) or Mr. Imel (Philmont) know so they won't keep asking for reports.

The formatting is quite specific and the details can be found on this checklist: https://chiefpontiacprograms.org/pdf/CPT_Essay_Checklist.pdf

In order to make it easier to meet the requirements, use these Google Doc templates. Edit the Google Doc name and header to match your details. For the OA Hike use: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rzshur5I7rYHnXI2cIzJF8YoLpXkb7VP2NTR_8QSiX8/edit?usp=sharing

For the regular CPT Hike use: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ydUeVLAV1Pjik_kJ7lZYujfaZFuX7lng71nVBZhFHBU/edit?usp=sharing

Share them on Google Docs to Mr. Schultz and Mr. Imel with them as a commenter.


The Noquet Nation
of Michigami Lodge #29

May 21, 22, & 23, 2021
D-bar-A Scout Ranch
2021 Spring Induction Weekend

Congratulations to the 179 candidates for Scouting's National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow. Our 2021 Candidates are: Nathan Albanese, Said Baca Mora, John Paul Baker, Ian Carrizales, Alex Eagle, Andrew Eagle, Daniel Gafarov, Roshan Ganesan, Kouta Horiguchi, Markus Micha, Jeremy Perinpanayagam, Nathan Perinpanayagam, Vyom Sahasrabuddhe, Rakshan Samynathan, Ray Schilke, and Jonah Swafford.

They will have their first opportunity to complete their induction into the Order of the Arrow at this Induction weekend! This weekend will feature inductions for new members, Brotherhood membership conversions, service opportunities, activities and the 2021-2022 Noquet Nation Officer Elections. All attendees must show a completed current BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (parts A-B) at time of event sign-in.

We look forward to seeing them with their new Arrow Sash. For more information talk to SPL Davy Romine


Family Rifle River Canoe Trek & Venture Gauntlet
June 4, 5, & 6, 2021
Cole Canoe Base, Alger, Michigan

Our Annual Canoe Trek is always a favorite of Scouts, Leaders and Parents. We travel to Cole Canoe Base in Alger, Michigan (just south of West Branch off I-75). We camp in tents and patrols do their own cooking for the weekend. Parents & Siblings camp and eat with the GOATs.

Adults are needed in great numbers this weekend; with all the new Scouts this spring we will need adults (leaders and parents) to help them with their first aquatic activity. BSA and Troop Procedures are greatly in effect for the weekend due to the inherent risk of being on moving water. A short synopsis of these are:

  1. Must be a 2020 BSA Swimmer in order to canoe without an adult (2 youth in a canoe). We will hold swim test nights for youth needing to test prior to the canoe trip. See Information below.
  2. All Scouts who took the test and passed either the Beginner or Non-Swimmer swimming status must be in a canoe with an adult. You can retake the test if you would like to see if you can get to Swimmer status.
  3. All Scouts who have not been on a canoe trip with 179, regardless of swim test ranking will canoe with an adult. The test will tell us your swimming ability but not your canoeing ability. Please try to make the test being offered. All Scouts must take the swim test for summer camp and taking it in the JCC's pool is much easier than in Cole Canoe Base's lake.
  4. All canoeing adults also need to take a Swim Test. There is no sense in putting our children in canoes with adults if in an emergency they are not strong enough swimmers themselves.

We need many adults on the trip to cover the number of Scouts in Canoes, parents please consider coming if you have experience canoeing.

SWIM TESTING: Each year every Scout and Adult must take a swim test so that as we do activities in the water our Aquatics committee has a good idea as to the Scouts ability in the water. We are working hard to find a pool to support testing, otherwise we will do swim tests at Cole Canoe Base in the lake. 






What: Whitewater Rafting and other adventures
Where:  Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania
When: 6 days: Sunday, July 18 – Friday, July 23
Who: 179 Venturers (or have completed 8th grade)
Cost: $300: (includes all activities, food, transportation, and camping)

Contact President Ryan Andrick with questions at paddlemsl@gmail.com



Leadership training is perhaps the most important opportunity available to our Scouts and Venturers. National Youth Leadership Training is a key part of the leadership development of the BSA’s youth members. NYLT is an intense, six-day experience centered on the concepts of what a leader should BE, what a leader should KNOW, and what a leader should DO.


If you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please e-mail: Chuck Williams

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