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April Newsletter

posted Apr 8, 2017, 9:16 AM by Troop 16
Boy Scout Troop 16 Oak Park, Illinois 
April 2, 2017 

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! 

Eagle Court of Honor – Join us on Sunday, April 9 at 4:00PM in the main sanctuary for an Eagle Scout Court of Honor. 

April Campout - Note that Friday, April 21, is signup for our great Wisconsin backpacking campout April 28-30. 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 21 troop meeting, but still plans to go on the backpacking trip, he must call his patrol leader to inform him (before the meeting). We are in need of at least several adults to backpack with us on the patrol overnights – the trips are of varying length. Note: New Scouts will not participate in this outing. 

New Scout Campout – April 22-23: Our newly joined scouts will have their very first camping trip with the troop on a special New Scout Campout on Saturday to Sunday, April 22-23. We’ll be camping at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Winfield. New Scouts will spend the day working together as a patrol, working with our troop equipment to camp and cook together and having fun! Troop guides and some troop adults will also participate. More information will be sent to parents of new scouts. 

Service Project - Our annual Thatcher Woods cleanup will take place Saturday, May 6. 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.

Family Campout – June 9-11: Save the date for our Family Campout to Pokagon State Park in Indiana June 9-11! More information will be available at the Troop 16 dinner, but save this June 9-11 date now for summer camping fun with your family. We’ll cook all meals as a group and the troop will facilitate many fun activities, including boating, hiking, swimming, fishing and more! 

Summer Camp Uniforms and Medical Forms - We’ll be at Camp Makajawan July 9-22 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 22, 2016 or newer). The BSA’s medical form must be used. Click this link for the BSA’s medical form: BSA MEDICAL FORM 2017. 

AYSO VIP Soccer Buddy Program - Would your teenage scout like to volunteer some time on Saturdays this spring? OPAYSO is looking for buddies for soccer players with special needs. Buddies assist players in various ways, both on the field and off, and they are crucial to the success of the league. AYSO provides buddy training, so volunteers do not need to know a lot about soccer, and they do not need to have prior experience working with kids with special needs. Being a buddy is a great way to gain that experience and to do some good in the community. The time commitment is just 2 hours a week, on Saturday afternoons from April 8-May 27, at Ridgeland Commons. The exact time has not been confirmed yet. 

    New Buddy Training will be held in the evening on Wed April 5, and an All-Buddy Meeting (including returning buddies) will also be held on Wed April 5. If you want to sign up or have questions about what being a buddy entails, feel free to email us at

Parents - Join the Troop Committee! - Our Troop Committee meeting is on Tuesday, April 4, First United Church, from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. This is a great way to get involved with the troop at an administrative level. 

Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster and Jim Bicak, Committee Chair

Current Calendar
April 4 Adult Comm. Mtg. 7:30 PM: Parents invited 
April 7 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Backpacking food and meals 
April 9 Eagle Court of Honor 4:00pm  
April 21 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Backpacking Gear Prep/Backpacking Campout Signup 
April 22-23 New Scout Campout 10:00am Blackwell Forest Preserve 
April 28 New Scout Patrol Mtg 7:30 PM For all new scouts (new scouts do not attend 4/28-4/30 campout) 
April 28-30 Campout 7:00 PM Kettle Moraine State Forest, Kewaskum, WI May 
May 2 Adult Comm. Mtg. 7:30 PM Parents invited 
May 5 PLC Meeting 6:30 PM for scouts with leadership positions
May 5 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Iron Chef Patrol Competition
May 6 Spring Service Proj. 9:00 AM Thatcher Woods cleanup - all scouts be there 
May 12 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Patrol Olympics/Campout signup 
May 19-21 Campout 7:00 PM Rock Cut SP, Rockford, IL 
May 26 No meeting Happy Memorial Day June
June 2 PLC Meeting 6:30 PM for scouts with leadership positions 
June 2 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Senior Patrol Leader Election / Court of Honor 
June 2 Court of Honor 8:00 PM All Parents Invited – Sanctuary 
June 9-11 Family Campout Pokagon State Park, Indiana 
June 15 PRE-CAMP MEETING 7:30 PM Required For Scouts attending summer camp and Parents