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April 2014

posted Apr 3, 2014, 6:49 AM by Troop 16   [ updated Apr 3, 2014, 7:19 AM ]
Boy Scout Troop 16
Oak Park, Illinois
April 1, 2014

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. We hope you enjoyed it!

New Scout Joining Night
This Friday, April 4, is our Joining Night. We need your help! Word of mouth from our
current scout families is our only recruitment tool. If you know of or have a fifth grader interested in
scouting, please be sure they know about our Joining Night on April 4 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 4. If you have any questions, please call Terry Dutton.

April Campout
Note that signup is this Friday, April 4, for our great Wisconsin backpacking campout. This is a
very unique campout – we’ll be backpacking in Kettle Moraine Forest near Kewaskum, Wisconsin.
The troop has backpacks for any scout who doesn’t own his own. Backpacks can be picked up at
Friday’s meeting. Please be certain your boy looks over the gear list to be handed out at the meeting.
If your scout won't be at Friday's troop meeting, but still plans to go on the backpacking trip, he must
call his patrol leader to inform him (before Friday). Scouts must bring $15 to Friday’s meeting to
sign up. We are in need of at least 12 adults to backpack with us on the patrol overnights –
the trips are of varying length.

Family Campout June 14-18
The troop’s annual Family Campout will be June 14-18, 2014, at Alley Spring State Park in the
Ozarks of Missouri. This is a longer and further away family campout than previous years. We hope
you can join us.
We’ll be setting up camp on Saturday, plan on arriving for dinner. We’ll cook all meals as a
group and the troop will facilitate many fun activities, including river floating, hiking, swimming,
kayaking and more! Save this June 14-18 date now for summer camping fun with your family.

Summer Camp
We will have a Pre-Summer Camp meeting on Thursday, June 12 at 7:30pm. This parent and scout meeting is REQUIRED for all summer camp participants. We’ll be at Camp Makajawan July 6-19 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 an annual physical exam completed within the 12 months prior to summer camp (July19, 2013 or newer). The BSA’s medical form must be used. Click this link for the BSA’s new medical form: BSA MEDICAL FORM 2014.

Service Project
Our annual Thatcher Woods cleanup will take place Saturday, April 26. 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.

Catholic Scout Religious Award
Current 7th grade scouts who are Roman Catholic can earn the Ad Altare Dei Catholic Scouting Medal. The purpose of this program is to assist Roman Catholic scouts in developing a fully Christian way of life in a faith community. The program lasts about 6 months and is based on the seven sacraments. More information on this program can be found at AdAltareDei . Interested 7th grade scouts can contact Chris Clardy for more information.
Nearly all faiths have a Boy Scout religious award. Click here for information on the BSA’s

Parents - Join the Troop Committee!

Our Troop Committee meeting is tonight - Tuesday, April 1, 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.

Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster 
Jim Bicak, Committee Chair