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Announcing February Newsletter

posted Feb 10, 2017, 6:36 PM by Troop 16
Dear Scouting Family: Our second semester always seems a bit busier than the first one (if that’s possible), so please save this letter and note the calendar at the end. Please share this newsletter with your scout. 

Troop Ski Trip Saturday 
We’re headed to Cascade Mountain on Saturday, February 11. The bus will LEAVE at 7AM. If you’re late, we’ll already have left. 

February Campout 
The signup deadline for the February 24-26 Warren Dunes, Michigan, campout is February 17 at the troop meeting. If you have not yet volunteered to drive on a campout, this one is close enough to do a drop-off or a pick-up. 

Annual Troop Dinner on March 4 
Save the date! Our 101st annual troop dinner will be held on Saturday, March 4 at 6:30 PM at St. Giles Parish in McDonough Hall, 1103 N. Columbian. Please note the change in location. A signup flyer is attached with this newsletter. RSVPs must be received by February 24. Walk-ins are welcome to stand along the wall and not eat due to planning needs for food service and table space. 

Summer Camp 
Yes, we’re already thinking summer camp! Our summer camp dates are set for July 9-22 at Camp Makajawan. Scouts can attend for one week or both. It is strongly encouraged that scouts attend summer camp for at least a week. This is the best opportunity for merit badge and rank advancement requirement work. Deposits are due at the troop dinner (March 4) in order to get the lowest camper fee. Rebates are given based on your scout’s wreath sales. 

New Scout Joining Night
We need your help! Word of mouth from our current scout families is our only recruitment tool. If you know or have any fifth graders interested in scouting, please be sure they know about our Joining Night on March 10 at 7:30. This is an informational meeting for prospective New Scouts and their parents. Boys do NOT have to be a Cub Scout to join Boy Scouts. Even if Webelos have not yet "crossed-over," we'd like them to come to this meeting on March 10. 

Merit Badge Opportunities 
There are a couple upcoming merit badge opportunities happening around our area. Please note, these are not troop events, nor is the troop organizing a group to attend. These are for individual scouts. Scouts should wear full uniform if they attend. Any scout attending a merit badge needs to secure a “Blue Card” from Mr. Gill or Mr. Dutton before the event. 

Chess Merit Badge
February 20 (Presidents Day) in Downers Grove 

Merit Badge Academy
March 25 at Elmwood Park High School. A variety of merit badges are offered. A flyer is not yet posted, but check to see if the flyer is posted. Please note that Troop 16 has counselors for all Eagle-required merit badges, so scouts are encouraged to select optional merit badges if they attend. Eagle-required badges can be earned throughout the year working with one of our troop’s counselors. Calendar further down the page. 

January Campout 
Our first January campout at The Ranch in Rochelle was a big success. Scouts spent the day keeping warm and active, then were able to enjoy pizza and bowling in the evening. 

Sincerely, Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster and Jim Bicak, Committee Chair

Current Calendar 
2/10 - Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Signs and Codes 
2/11 - Ski Trip 6:45 AM Cascade Mtn, Portage, WI 
2/17 - Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Campout signup/ Pinewood Derby 
2/24-26 Campout 7:00 PM Warren Dunes SP, Michigan 

3/3 - Patrol Ldrs Council 6:30 PM for scouts with leadership positions and a Troop Meeting at 7:30 PM: Order of the Arrow final election/Troop Dinner Prep 
3/4 - Troop Dinner 6:30 PM – St. Giles, McDonough Hall 
3/7 - Adult comm. meeting 7:30 PM All parents welcome to join 
3/10 - Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Campout Signup/ New Scout Joining Night/ Bottle Lamps 
3/12 - Merit Badge Academy in Elmwood Park HS 
3/17 to 19 - Campout: Meet in parking lot at 7:00 PM. Campout at White Pine State Forest, Mt. Morris IL 
3/24 - Patrol Ldrs Council 6:30 PM. For scouts with leadership positions 
3/24 - Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Fencing 
3/31 - No Meeting 7:30 PM Spring Break