My name is Mark Skumatz and I am currently serving as scoutmaster for Troop 169 in Okauchee Wisconsin. I have a long relationship with Troop 169. My family has always been involved with scouting. My parents meet in scouts. Growing up we camped out while doing scout outings with the sea scout ship that my father was part of. When I was a boy attending Nashotah grade school I was part of Cub Pack 169. As I continued in scouting I moved on to Troop 169 (my father was cub master and eventually scoutmaster of each). I became the 2nd boy to attain the rank of Eagle Scout in the troop and became a second generation Eagle as my father had attained his Eagle rank years before. I continued with the troop after turning 18 and became Assistant Scoutmaster, before taking a break to go on to school and start working in my adult life. My scouting career has come full circle as my 2 sons, one a junior and one a freshman at OHS, are now part of Troop 169 and on their way to attaining their Eagle rank.
The reason I have come back to 169 is that the troop has a wonderful history of helping boys in becoming wonderful young men. There have been many changes over the years, but through the efforts of the boys and their families the troop has survived. They have valued the organization and how it helped them grow. They also realized that it needed their help along with way to survive to help the next group of boys. Troop 169 is not just a place that boys can go to learn a few skills like cooking, camping and maybe how to tie a few knots, but to learn to lead and how to plan. They also learn to think outside the "box" when it comes to planning exciting new adventures. In 2014 the troop hiked a week on the Appalachian trail. In 2015 they planned 2 high adventures. The first was a week long kayaking trip to the Mississippi river and the 2nd a week long backpacking trip in the Porcupine Mountains in the UP. Myself and the other adults of Troop 169 hope that you will see the value of being part of this exciting troop and stop by for a visit.
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster Troop 169
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