Troop 64 was first chartered on February 2, 1937 and has been continuously serving youth for the past 76 years.
The Troop is chartered by the First Baptist Church of Okemos. We meet at the church on Monday nights from 7:00–8:15 p.m. Generally, the last Monday of the month is the Patrol Leaders Council meeting where the activities for upcoming months are planned. This meeting is attended by the Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, all Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders, other scouts in leadership positions, Scoutmaster, and Committee Chair.
The Troop has one Scoutmaster and five Assistant Scoutmasters. The Troop Committee currently has seven registered members. These members are parents of current and alumni Scouts who take an active part in supporting the activities of the Troop. The Troop committee meets on the last Monday of each month at 7:45 p.m. at the church. We welcome all parents to take an active role in the Troop. A strong, active Troop Committee is essential to a healthy troop.
Troop 64 is committed to the BSA philosophy of a “boy run program.” The Scouts conduct an annual planning conference where they evaluate the past year’s goals, set new goals for the coming year, and plan the troop calendar. The Troop Committee reviews the annual plan, makes suggestions for change if needed, and then votes to support the plan. The troop welcomes family involvement in all areas.
The troop maintains an active, year-round program. In addition to spending a week at summer camp, the Troop plans weekend activities each month. Many times during the year, the scouts plan a purely fun night, such as bowling, movie, or a game night. Past activities have included:
Backpacking/Hiking Trips - Philmont Scout Reservation, Pinckney Waterloo, Tahquamanon Falls, South Manitou Island, and SeaBase: scuba diving in Islamorada, sailing in Marsh Harbour, The Bahamas;
Other Activities—Wright Patterson Air Force Base; biking; Gettysburg; whitewater rafting in West Virginia; Camp Northwoods and Camp Gerber; movie nights; Lugnuts overnight camping; Pinewood Derby; USS Silversides; dogsledding; luge; canoeing/kayaking; winter camping, and skiing.
Day Trips - In addition, Troop 64 has taken a number of day trips, including visits to the Ford Rouge Car Plant, the Kalamazoo Air Museum, and the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and swimming and biking trips.
Service Projects - Troop 64 has conducted a number of service projects, including gathering food for and distributing Thanksgiving baskets, placing wreaths at the Poor Farm Cemetary, planting flowers, assisting at the Toys for Tots/Salvation Army Toy Shop, and helping at the Parkinson’s Foundation Walk.
2014 Calendar—Our tentative calendar for 2014 includes trips to Camp Rotary, Pictured Rocks, Tahquamenon Falls, Mackinac Island, and some of us are taking a trip to Seabase in the Florida Keys for the Keys Adventure trip. Our calendar is available (click on the yellow button to the left). Pictures of some of our recent trips and activities are posted (click photos).
The Troop has most equipment needed for camping: Tents, Stoves, Dutch Ovens, Lanterns, Dining Flies, Cooking Kits, etc. Each Scout is expected to provide his own personal gear (e.g., sleeping bag, flashlight, water bottle, etc.)
The Troop conducts various fund raising projects to support the outdoor activities of the Troop. The fundraising projects allow the troop to purchase additional equipment and fund individual accounts for Scouts to help defray the costs of summer camp and other trips. In the past we have sold popcorn, picked pumpkins, held a car wash, picked up Christmas trees, and hosted a pancake breakfast.
The Troop dues for each Scout are $50.00 annually. This amount is prorated for the time of year at which the boy joins. The dues cover National Registration fees, advancement awards, merit badges, etc. Any family needing financial assistance should contact our scoutmaster.
Although we attempt to keep all costs to a minimum, there are additional costs for camping and other outings. In general, a local weekend camping trip would cost between $15 and $25. Costs for other trips and events depend on the length of time, distance, cost of the event (such as campsite, entry or ticket fees), and travel (for instance, airfare or ferry costs).
Troop 64 has a “Uniform Closet,” where Scouts donate outgrown clothing. The outgrown clothing is then recycled for use by other Scouts within the Troop. If you are in need of uniform items, feel free to contact the Scoutmaster.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either individual listed below.
|Susan Bathke||Stuart Landay|
|(517) 803-9090||(517) 214-4462|