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Fwd: Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Workshop

Troop 216,

Please see below for a merit badge opportunity tomorrow.


Mike OKOniewski

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From: Mike Okoniewski <>
Date: Sat, Mar 25, 2023 at 8:34 AM
Subject: Fwd: Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Workshop
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*From:* Kevin Buhr <>
*Date:* March 24, 2023 at 09:12:13 CDT
*Subject:* *Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Workshop*

I wanted to share this with your troops. I’m very motivated to get this
merit badge workshop scheduled. My nephew needs this last merit badge to
finish his Eagle scout before his birthday next month. Please share this
with your scouts. We need 2 or 3 more youth

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Workshop

March 26th, 12:15 – 3:15 pm

To Register: email & Jeff Lott

Then you will receive an e-mail with the pre-course work and the zoom link

*Kevin Buhr* | Field Director

New Horizons, Gravois Trail, & Osage

Coffee Sale Staff Advisor

*Greater St. Louis Area Council*

4568 West Pine Blvd | St. Louis, MO 63108

M: 417-425-2961 |


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Fwd: Camp Warren Levis service opportunity this Sunday

Troop 216,

Sorry for the short notice, but I just got this. Please see below for a
service project opportunity tomorrow at Camp Warren Levis.

Also, Just a reminder that tomorrow is the District Awards dinner at
Edison’s from 4-800pm. It’s not too late to register.

Mike OKoniewski

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From: Mike Okoniewski <>
Date: Sat, Mar 25, 2023 at 8:30 AM
Subject: Fwd: Camp Warren Levis service opportunity this Sunday
To: Troop 216 <>

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*From:* Steven Kupsky <>
*Date:* March 24, 2023 at 13:08:25 CDT
*To:* Mark Mason <>, Mike O’Koniewski <>,
Christin Rigoni <>, Troop Troop 216 <>
*Subject:* *Camp Warren Levis service opportunity this Sunday*

See attached flyer for a fishing trail project being led by our old friend
Kevin Buhr. Maybe this should get emailed out to all of our troop families.
Obviously, the giant city contingent will probably not be able to


Distinguished Servant Leadership Award

Good Afternoon Troop 216,

It is my honor to announce this year’s Distinguished Servant Leadership
award winners from Troop 216 are Christin Rigoni and Tim Valley. Christin
is our activities coordinator and has been in that position for almost a
year now. This position on the Troop committee is probably the most time
consuming. Without a strong organized individual at this position, regular
monthly scout activities would not happen. We’ve had some turnover at the
activities coordinator position over the last two years, and Christin has
stepped up and taken charge without missing a beat. Tim has been our Troop
Treasure for over the past 10 years or more. He has done a great job
balancing the books, providing full transparency, and keeping the Troop
financially sound. His boys have long since aged out, but he remains
dedicated to the scouting program and believes strongly that the Troop
needs some continuity at this position. Plus, just like some other adult
leaders in the troop, he still enjoys camping when he can and likes to
remain active with the program. This recognition is longer overdue.

Please join me in congratulating these two fine individuals from our adult
leadership corps. Christin and Tim will be formally recognized at the
District Awards dinner Sunday, 26 March from 4-730pm at Edison’s, Outlet
annex. This is the third year of hosting this event at a more
sociable venue and it has been a big success. Hope you all can attend and
help celebrate the accomplishments of Christin and Tim with us next week.
Please see the link below to register and the attached flyer for more


Mike OKoniewski
Troop 1216 Committee Chairman

CPR class opportunity, Beaumont Camping/Tubing permission slip, summer camp update

Troop 216,

Please see below for information on free CPR classes being offered for the
rest of the month.

Aslo, we will be making a decision on summer camp soon. Probably will be
the 27 FEB or 6 MAR troop meeting. Quite a bit of information has been set
out about the potential of attending an out of council camp up in
Michigan. There also was a presentation/discussion at the 23 JAN troop
meeting. Please talk to your scouts about summer camp. I fielded some
questions back in January during the presentation, but that was it. We
want to make sure we’ve alleviated any concerns about our summer camp
options. We’ve got alot on the books this summer with Philmont back in the
mix. We understand that with summer school, sports/band camps, and family
vacations, schedules don’t always line up. If your scout can’t make one of
the troops scheduled camps, there is another option at S Bar F the last
week of July. It’s a trades/stem/merit badge camp for one week and does
not require troop participation. An individual scout can attend without a
parent for the entire week. Details to follow on this event.

Please let me know if you have any more questions on Camp Owasippe in
Michigan. Looking forward to the campout this weekend. Hope to see you at
the next scout meeting.

Mike OKoniewski

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From: Troop 216 <>
Date: Wed, Feb 1, 2023 at 1:17 PM
Subject: CPR class opportunity, Beaumont Camping/Tubing permission slip,
and more
To: Albert Middeke <>, Alex Rigoni <>,
Allyson Mason <>, Amber Koester <>, Beth
Martens <>, Brad Martens <>,
Brent Hall <>, Brian Heil <>,
Carrie Kistner <>, Christin Rigoni <>, David Kistner <>,
Diane Gill <>, Emily Joellenbeck <>,
Emily Klingensmith <>, Erika Hall <>, Erika Kennett <>, Gary Gill <>, Jamie Maurer <>, Jon Klingensmith <>, Katie Buckingham <>, Kevin
Buckingham <>, Kevin Buckingham <>, Kevin Rayman <>, Kirsten
Wilkerson <>, Kyle Kennett <>, Mark
Koester <>, Mark Mason <>, Martina
Bishopp <>, Mr. Wang <>, Nathan
Payne <>, Neil Joellenbeck <>, Nick
Walden <>, Peggy Emling <>, Pete
Wilkerson <>, Tara Kuhne <>, Tara
Kuhne <>, Todd Sivia <>

Hello Troop 216 scouts/parents,

For any interested scout (or adult), there is a free CPR class offered
through the Edwardsville and Glen Carbon Fire Depts. Info below. Please
call (618) 692-7540 for more information and to register.

Wed Feb 1 6:30 – 8:30 pm at RP Lumber Center (ice rink) – 3 spots remain
Wed Feb 8 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Glen Carbon Fire Department #1 (near the
covered bridge) – 10 spots remain
Sat Feb 11 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Glen Carbon Fire Department #1 (near the
covered bridge) – 4 spots remain
Sat Feb 25 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Glen Carbon Fire Department #1 (near the
covered bridge) – 3 spots remain

Also, find attached the permission slip for our next troop activity,
Beaumont Camping and Snow Tubing Feb 10-12. Permission slips and payment
due at the beginning of our next meeting, Monday Feb 6.

The boys were interested in rock climbing, I spoke with the manager at
Upper Limits Climbing in Maryland Hts. We are looking at reserving a 3-4
hour block on Sunday March 5th likely late morning to mid afternoon.
Details to come. Depending on the number of attendees, cost is $40-45.
Scouts will be able to earn the climbing merit badge at this activity.

Additional activities (mark you calendars):
Blues Hockey game, Tues 2/28 (inquire with me if interested)
Giant City Camping March 24-26
Beaver Dam and High Ropes Course April 21-23
Spring Camporee May 5-7

We may have additional activities upcoming although likely only daytime
events rather than full weekend camping trips.

As always, we love (and need) parental involvement with activities. Please
let me know if you’d like to attend any of these upcoming events.

Thank you,
Christin Rigoni

Troop 216 Beaumont 02.2023.docx

Summer Camp Discussion Monday 23 JAN – Reminder

Troop 216,

This is a friendly reminder that we will be having a summer camp parent
discussion this coming Monday at 800pm, during the last part of the regular
troop meeting. There is a good possibility we will be camping out of
council this summer at Owasippe Scout Reservation in Michigan. This is the
camp I attended as a young scout back in the 80s. It is the oldest boy
scout camp in the United States, opening in 1911 with over 5000 acres of
wilderness to enjoy. I can assure you this is an incredible camp and a
great opportunity for our troop. Please join us at 800pm for a 15 minute
presentation about what to expect. See the attached link below for the
2023 Owassippe Leader’s guide. Looking forward to seeing everyone on
Monday night.


Mike OKoniewski

Fwd: Activities update – JAN and FEB 2023

Troop 216,

Please see below for an Activities update from our Coordinator Christin
Rigoni. If you want to attend any of these events, please email Christin
Rigoni directly. It’s not too late to register for this Friday.


Mike OKoniewski

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From: Christin Rigoni <>
Date: Tue, Jan 3, 2023 at 5:15 PM
Subject: Re: Activities update
To: Troop 216 <>
Cc: Albert Middeke <>, Alex Rigoni <>,
Allyson Mason <>, Amber Koester <>, Barb
Kane <>, Beth Martens <>, Brad
Martens <>, Brent Hall <>,
Brian Heil <>, Carrie Kistner <>, David Kistner <>,
Diane Gill <>, Emily Joellenbeck <>,
Emily Klingensmith <>, Erika Hall <>, Erika Kennett <>, Gary Gill <>, Jamie Maurer <>, Jon Klingensmith <>, Katie Buckingham <>, Kevin
Buckingham <>, Kevin Rayman <>,
Kirsten Potter <>, Kyle Kennett <>,
Mark Koester <>, Mark Mason <>,
Martina Bishopp <>, Mike O’Koniewski <>,
Mike Veith <>, Mr. Wang <>, Nathan
Payne <>, Neil Joellenbeck <>, Nick
Walden <>, Peggy Emling <>, Pete
Wilkerson <>, Steve Kupsky <>, Tara
Kuhne <>, Tim Valley <>, Todd Sivia <>, <>

Hi everyone. The lock in is this Friday evening at Eden Church. Please
drop off and pick up your scout at the lower back parking lot (off to the
left side of the church when facing it).

Mr Valley has offered to accompany scouts grocery shopping for the event.
Please let me know if your scout can attend Thursday evening at 7 pm,
meeting at Schnucks.

Remember to bring board and card games as well as any electronic games and
wear comfortable clothes for playing sports in the gym.

Anyone who is not currently signed up but still wants to attend the lock in
(scouts and parents alike), please let me know. The more the merrier. You
can bring money/permission slip that evening but I’d like a final head
count before grocery shopping please.

Other reminders—the Klondike Derby is Jan 20-22. * I need two adults to
commit to this event for the scouts to be able to attend. If you can
attend, please let me know.*

If you have not purchased tubing tickets for hidden valley Feb 11 at 10 AM
please do so ASAP. *Any adults willing to attend this event should please
let me know. *

*Reminder there will be quick parent meeting regarding summer camp at 8:10
pm at the 1/23/23 meeting. Please plan to attend. *

Thank you,

Christin Rigoni

On Sat, Dec 10, 2022 at 1:49 PM Christin Rigoni <>

> Hey all. Mark your calendars for upcoming Troop 216 events…
> 1. Jan 6 830 pm to Sat Jan 7 830 am. Lock In at Eden Church
> (Edwardsville). The boys are encouraged to bring games (electronic or
> board…we should have access to Wi-Fi), sports balls for use in the gym, and
> a pillow/blanket. Wear comfortable athletic clothing. Food will be
> provided.
> 2. Jan 20-22 Klondike Derby at Camp Warren Levis (Godfrey) weekend camp
> out. (More details forthcoming)
> 3. Feb 9-11 Cabin camping at Beaumont (High Ridge MO) with snow tubing at
> Hidden Valley Ski Resort (Eureka MO). Parents of any scout wishing to
> attend will need to purchase tubing tickets at
> Please choose Sat Feb 11 at 10 am option. You will need to sign their
> waiver at time of ticket purchase. Tickets are $32 I believe. These
> tickets go fast so please do this ASAP to ensure a spot.
> 4. Feb 28 Blues game. I ordered tickets for the families that requested
> already. Anyone else wanting to join can purchase tickets independently.
> We are section 323 and 324 Row Q if you can get close to the rest of the
> group. Those tickets are about $35 each including fees.
> Please also remember that these events and activities can only happen with
> parent support. *Please consider being a parent chaperone for at least
> one of these events. Please respond to this email if you can help.*
> Summer Camp…the boys are planning to choose both the location and dates of
> summer camp in the next week or two. At the time this is finalized, we
> will reach out so you can mark your summer calendar.
> Thank you all for your support. The boys are getting to have great
> experiences because of supportive adults and parents!
> Please let me know if you any questions.
> Christin
> On Mon, Dec 5, 2022 at 7:46 PM Christin Rigoni <>
> wrote:
>> I just did a search for general admission tickets that night and found
>> seats with prices in the low $30s range. They are not in the designated
>> section for scouts but tickets are also about half the price. I don’t see
>> a good reason not to go this route and get the general admission tickets.
>> So please reconsider the price to be around $30-35. This event is open to
>> scouts and their families. Let’s still keep the deadline for tomorrow
>> afternoon for commitment…let me know the number of tickets you want.
>> Thanks!
>> On Mon, Dec 5, 2022 at 7:37 PM Christin Rigoni <>
>> wrote:
>>> Hey all. I just got an email from the Blues inviting us and other area
>>> Girl and Boy Scout troops to Scout night. Tickets are going very fast, but
>>> if you’re interested we can book a block of tickets as a group for the game*
>>> Tues Feb 28.* Currently the only ticket price available is $57 a
>>> ticket in Section 302. I can try calling tomorrow to see if they plan to
>>> open up any other blocks of tickets at a similar or cheaper price. Most of
>>> the boys expressed interest in this activity. If we are going to do this
>>> as a group, I need commitment asap (ticket availability has gone down
>>> drastically since I got the email Sat afternoon).
>>> P*lease respond to me by 4 pm tomorrow afternoon (Tues Dec 6) if you’re
>>> interested and how many tickets you want.*
>>> Once I purchase tickets, you are on the hook for the cost. Hopefully
>>> they still have enough tickets that all that want to go can and that we can
>>> sit in a group. Please respond to this email with your ticket order and if
>>> you have any questions.
>>> Thanks
>>> Christin Rigoni
>>> On a similar note, we are planning cabin camping at Beaumont the weekend
>>> of Feb 10-12 with snow tubing at Hidden Valley on Sat Feb 11. This is a
>>> similar situation where tickets go fast, so look for an email from me soon
>>> regarding commitment to this activity. Tubing tickets are around $32.

Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge – Update

Troop 216

A scheduling issue has come up and I will be unable to attend tonight’s
meeting. Session 1 of Citizenship in the nation merit badge that was going
to be offered tonight will now be next week 5 DEC at the 700pm troop
meeting. Session 2 will take place the very next week 12 DEC at the troop
meeting. Scouts who want to complete all of the requirements will need to
accomplish those listed below. The only requirement that actually involves
visiting a place is #2.

2. Do TWO of the following:
a. Visit a place that is listed as a National Historic Landmark or that is
on the National Register of Historic Places. Tell your counselor what you
learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it.
b. Tour your state capitol building or the U.S. Capitol. Tell your
counselor what you learned about the capitol, its function, and its
c. Tour a federal facility. Explain to your counselor what you saw there
and what you learned about its function in the local community and how it
serves this nation.
d. Choose a national monument that interests you. Using books, brochures,
the Internet (with your parent’s permission), and other resources, find out
more about the monument. Tell your counselor what you learned, and explain
why the monument is important to this country’s citizens.

3. Watch the national evening news five days in a row OR read the front
page of a major daily newspaper five days in a row. Discuss the national
issues you learned about with your counselor. Choose one of the issues and
explain how it affects you and your family.

6. With your counselor’s approval, choose a speech of national historical
importance. Find out about the author, and tell your counselor about the
person who gave the speech. Explain the importance of the speech at the
time it was given, and tell how it applies to American citizens today.
Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has significant meaning to
you, and tell your counselor why.

8. Name your two senators and a member of Congress from your
congressional district. Write a letter about a national issue and send it
to one of these elected officials, sharing your view with him or her. Show
your letter to your counselor, along with any response you might receive.

Sorry for the late notice about the reschedule. Hope everyone had an
enjoyable Thanksgiving.

Mike OKoniewski

Additional information available on our webpage: – check
the site often for Troop news, resources, calendar updates, etc.

Please note that this email account is not monitored 24/7. If you have a
question for a specific adult leader, please contact them privately.
Troop Committee Chair – Mike O’Koniewski
Scoutmaster – Mark Mason
Advancements – Barb Kane
New Member Coordinator – Tara Kuhne

Fwd: Scouting For Food Bag Pickup Tomorrow Morning (11/19/22) at 9:45 AM – Meet at Edison’s

Hello Troop 216!

*Scouting for Food* *Bag Pick-Up *is this Saturday (tomorrow),
11/19/20 at *9:45
AM*. We will meet at Edison’s (Edison’s Entertainment Complex) at 2477
Illinois Route 157 in Edwardsville. Hot chocolate and donuts will be
provided 🙂

Our Troop is covering our assigned, large area as well as another area that
would otherwise go uncovered, so we can use as many people as possible.

Once everyone assembles, Mr. Valley will hand out the maps of the areas in
which we hung bags last week. We hope everyone can help…and especially
need adults to help transport given the large area to cover.

Please wear your Class A uniform and appropriate footwear. In addition to
taking part in this great cause, your participation will count for service
hours and as an activity for rank advancement.

Like last year, the food drop off will be at Center Grove Presbyterian
Church at 6279 Center Grove Rd. in Edwardsville. This is another
opportunity for services hours. If you have some extra time, they can
definitely use some help in the sorting process before loading up the
trucks headed to the food pantry.

Mr. Valley can be reached by cell phone at (314) 378-8140, or at at any time for questions, updates, etc.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday morning.

-Tim Valley

Cardinals Calendars Fundraiser – Orders Due Tonight (11/14/22) if You Wish To Guaranty Delivery In Early December


Just a reminder Cardinals Calendar orders are due tonight in order to
guarantee delivery in “early December.” You can still order calendars
after tonight, but the Cardinals do not guarantee any delivery dates.

BTW, the Cardinals just emailed us a picture of the 2023 calendar cover
featuring Albert Pujols. Please see the pic attached below.

Troop 216 is again selling Cardinals Calendars as a fundraiser (funds go to
individual scout accounts, not the Troop). These calendars are beautifully
done and make great Christmas gifts…especially after the Albert Pujols’
and Yadier Molina’s retirements, Albert reaching 700 career home runs, and
the Cardinals playoff appearance!

Tim Valley has brought some calendars from previous years to Troop
meetings, and will do so again for the next couple of meetings. Feel free
to take one of these prior year calendars if you would like to use it in
conjunction with your selling efforts.

If you were not at a meeting, but would still like additional information
or a prior year calendar, Mr. Valley’s contact info is:,
or cell phone (314) 378-8140 (text or call)

Here is what you need to know:

1. Calendars sell for $17.00 each.
2. Of the $17.00 sales price…$7.50 goes into your individual scout
3. Checks should be made payable to Troop 216.
4. Orders must be turned in on the order form (attached, and paper
copies available from Mr. Valley at our Monday meetings)
5. Money must be collected with the orders. Orders turned in without
payment will not be processed.
6. Order forms and payment due date: Monday, November 14th. Mr. Valley
will be happy to stop by your house, or meet somewhere, to collect the
order forms and money if you are not able to make it to the meeting on
November 14th.
7. Calendars will be delivered in early December.


– Please see the attached PDF listing all of the great prizes the Scouts
are eligible for at different sales milestones. Allocation of prizes to
scouts selling calendars TBD.

Please contact Mr. Valley via email ( for cell phone
(314) 378-8140 if you have any questions (if a scout is emailing, please cc
a parent or another Troop leader as well).