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April 2016

posted Apr 5, 2016, 3:02 PM by Troop 16   [ updated Apr 5, 2016, 3:02 PM ]
Boy Scout Troop 16
Oak Park, Illinois
April 4, 2016

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
Friday, April 8, is our Joining Night. We need your help! Word of mouth from our
current scout families is our greatest recruitment tool. If you know of (or have) a fifth grade boy
interested in scouting, please be sure they know about our Joining Night on April 8 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. If you have any questions, please call Terry Dutton or
email him.

April Campout
Note that Friday, April 8, is signup for our great Wisconsin backpacking campout April 22-24.
Signup for this trip is TWO WEEKS in advance because 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 the troop 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 the
April 8 troop meeting, but still plans to go on the backpacking trip, he must call his patrol leader to
inform him (before the meeting). Scouts must bring $15 to Friday’s meeting to sign up. We are
in need of at least several adults to backpack with us on the patrol overnights – the trips are of
varying length.

Register for the 100th Anniversary Celebration – June 4 at Thatcher Woods
The troop’s 100th Anniversary Celebration is coming up soon! We hope your family can join us
at Thatcher Woods pavilion on Saturday, June 4 from 11:00am-2:30pm for a day of centennial
celebration! Please go to the troop website ( to RSVP for this event.
Volunteers will also be needed. We’ll be soliciting scouts and parents to assist, so if you can help, let
us know!

Service Project
Our annual Thatcher Woods cleanup will take place Saturday, April 30. We will meet at the
Thatcher Woods parking lot on Chicago Avenue (behind Trailside Museum) at 9:00 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.

Summer Camp
We’ll be at Camp Makajawan July 10-23 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. Boy Scout
socks are a good idea, too. They are synthetic and great for camping. You can purchase these
items 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 (July 23, 2015 or newer). The BSA’s medical form must be used. Click this link for
the BSA’s new medical form: BSA MEDICAL FORM 2015.

Parents - Join the Troop Committee!
Our Troop Committee meeting is on Tuesday, April 5, First United Church, from 7:30 to
9:00 PM. This is a great way to get involved with the troop at an administrative level.

Troop 16 on Facebook
Like Troop 16 Oak Park on Facebook. It’s a great way to stay connected with the troop. We
regularly post reminders and notices, and sometimes post pictures during campouts and other

Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster 
Jim Bicak, Committee Chair