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April 2013

posted Apr 5, 2013, 6:46 AM by Troop 16   [ updated May 1, 2013, 10:12 AM ]
Boy Scout Troop 16
Oak Park, Illinois
April 2, 2013

Dear Scouting Family: 
Please be sure to share this newsletter with your scout and post it in a convenient place. Our
annual dinner was a great success, highlighted by our patrols’ creative skits and our tribute of thanks to Don Lennie for his 25 years of service as Troop 16’s Committee Chairman. If you didn’t get an opportunity to see the video, here’s a link:
Joining Night
Next week on Friday, April 12, we are hosting Joining Night. We need your help! Word of mouth from our current scout families is our only recruitment tool. If you know or have a fifth grader interested in scouting, please be sure they know about our Joining Night on April 12 at 7:30. This is an informational meeting for prospective New Scouts and their parents. Boys do not have to be in Webelos to join Boy Scouts. Even if Webelos have not yet "crossed-over," we'd like them to come to this meeting on April 12. If you have any questions, please call Terry Dutton.

April Campout
Our campout this month, April 19-21, is at Rainbow Council Scout Camp near Morris, IL. Signup is Friday, April 12. Scouts need to bring $15 (cash) for their patrol leader and they need to know if a parent will drive or attend the weekend. Rainbow Camp is located nearby, so if you haven’t driven to a campout yet, perhaps you can help this month. Late sign-ups are not accepted.

Family Campout June 7-9
We are excited to announce that Troop 16’s Family Campout is back! We’re again headed to Pokagon State Park in Indiana June 7-9. This is our only trip that your entire family is invited to attend. Join us for a weekend of boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, and more! This is a great opportunity to introduce your family to camping. We do all the planning, provide the equipment, plan and shop for the meals – you come for the fun. Families assist in preparing, cooking, and cleaning meals, as well as the camping activities, such as campfires and hiking. We hope you can join us! A signup form is attached with this newsletter (or click here to download).

Summer Camp
We’ll be at Camp Makajawan July 7-20 this year. If you haven’t yet signed up for camp, please do so ASAP. Camp fees vary based on a scout’s wreath sales. Scouts must have a couple pairs of Boy Scout (or similar-looking) pants or shorts for summer camp. You can purchase these at the Scout Store in LaGrange or downtown Chicago (or online at Also, please note all scouts must have a annual physical exam completed within the 12 months prior to summer camp (July 20, 2012 or newer). The BSA’s medical form must be used. A copy of the medical form with some troop information already included is attached.

Service Projects
Our annual Thatcher Woods cleanup will take place Saturday, April 27. We will meet at the Thatcher Woods parking lot on Chicago Avenue (behind Trailside Museum) at 8:45 AM and finish by 11:00 AM. Juice, donuts and coffee will be provided. Participants should bring work gloves. No RSVP is needed; scouts and parents can meet at the forest preserve to participate.
Our other service project will be on May 11, helping with the Post Office Food Drive, from about 2:30 to 5:00 PM. Scouts should meet at First United Church at 2:30.

Parents - Join the Troop Committee!
Our Troop Committee meeting is tonight - Tuesday, April 2, First United Church, first floor, from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. We encourage parents to attend. This is a great way to get involved with the troop at an administrative level.

Jim Bicak, Scoutmaster
Don W. Lennie, Committee Chair
Troop 16,
Apr 5, 2013, 7:04 AM