Adult Leaders

The scouters of Troop 8 are the bunch of mentors and outdoor crazies who are willing to subject themselves to rain, snow, mosquitos, storms, more rain... all to help the youth leaders put together a great outdoor program for all the scouts. Scouters range from young Troop 8 alumni to members of the parish and community to parents who enjoy being outdoors with kids. They're screened by us, and trained by the BSA, the St. Thomas parish program, and the university's Outdoor Adventure program in youth protection, wilderness first aid, and outdoor leadership skills.
Steve Zekany photo
Steve has been with the troop since 1997, in a variety of roles as a scout and adult - everything from PL to QM to SPL to ASM and now Scoutmaster. When he's not out with the troop, Steve works for U-M as a neuroscience researcher studying brain activity related to drug abuse.
Eagle Scout
Bob Geier photo
Bob Geier is a long-time professional educator, having taught high school science and math, serving as a school administrator, state policy director, and now working at UM's School of Education. Trained by the National Outdoor Leadership School, he's been working with the St. Thomas scouting programs for almost 20 years on four continents and 15 states/provinces.
Seth Dawson photo
Seth joined Troop 8 as a 6th grader in 1999. After participating in several venture trips including - ice climbing in Munising, MI, cycling in Denmark, rock climbing in Red Rocks, NV, and sailing in the Windward Islands - Seth received his Eagle Scout award in 2007. Currently, Seth continues to help out the Troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster, and practices dentistry in Bay City, MI.
Eagle Scout
Jason was a scout in Troop 8 for seven years, from 2008 to 2015. He is unsure if he is actually an Assistant Scoutmaster, but at this point is too afraid to ask. (edit: He is now, as he has filled out the requisite paperwork!) Jason is a student at the University of Michigan, studying everything from English Language and Literature, to Ecology, and Russian, and hopes that all of that will somehow get him into medical school. When he grows up, he hopes to be a pediatrician, as he likes working with children. (Hence his continuing involvement with Troop 8.)
Colin Forgacs photo
Colin has been with Troop 8 since he was a sixth grader, participating in several venture expeditions and earning his Eagle Scout award. He is currently in Oregon pursuing his Masters degree.
Eagle Scout
Eric Fretz's photo
Eric aka "Mr. Fretz" has been a Scout or Scouter for 32 of his 43 (or so) years. Eagle class of 1983 in the National Capital Area Council. Philmont Alumi (1983 trek 627A2). He has served as Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Chartered Organizational Representative, Troop Committee Member, Explorer Advisor, and Venture assistant in troops from Maryland to Hawaii. He was the founding leader of the Victory Base Council, one of two groups supporting Iraqi Scouting, during his 2008-9 deployment to Baghdad. He lives on the Huron River just outside of Ann Arbor and stays busy with various unpaid or poorly paid jobs while his wife brings home the bacon, and he spends the rest of his time being a bad example.
Eagle Scout
Joe Mahowald photo
Hello - I am a former parent of three scouts, and now am a Scouter (Assistant Scoutmaster) and Parent Ombudsman. I regularly go on the troop trips (except skiing), and can discuss and frequently answer any questions that parents may have. Please feel free to contact me.
Chester Miller

Eagle Scout with Saginaw MI troop 303 way back in 1978. My favorite trips when I was a boy scout were backing on Isle Royale and canoeing the Boundary Waters canoe area of northeastern Minnesota. Currently employed with the US Environmental Protection Agency as an Electrical Engineer protecting the air we breath.

Eagle Scout
David Michaels photo
Seven years in Troop 8 Engineering Physics student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Research Assistant working on the hydrodynamics of leatherback sea turtles
I am awesome. Any questions?
Eagle Scout