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December 2011

posted Dec 2, 2011, 7:15 AM by Troop 16   [ updated Dec 2, 2011, 7:23 AM ]
Dear Scouting Family:
Troop 16 wishes all of you the best this holiday season. Please print, share, and save this newsletter to answer your questions in the immediate future.

Wreath Business
If you have not yet picked up your wreaths, please pick them up as soon as possible from the back yard of the MacMillan family. We still have wreaths to sell – all of our small sizes, as well as garland, are available for sale.
Please remember that cash, checks and sales lists are due at the December 2 troop meeting. Cash rebates are given only after the boy has turned in his sales list and all receipts to Dick Tresselt. Included is a spreadsheet indicating the status for all boys’ accounts. Please review the included spreadsheet and contact Dick Tresselt if you have any questions regarding your scout’s sales.

Congratulations to our scouts on a great effort this year! Our sales averaged 25 wreaths per scout! A special note of thanks goes to our “wreath sales manager,” Dick Tresselt, and the wreath committee: Mike Downs, Kandiah Kanagandram, Mike Stewart, Neal Heriaud, John Jenks, Liz Summy, Mike Hoag, and many others who assisted with this fundraiser. Thanks to our scouts and parents our sales have reached over 2200 wreaths so far.

Court of Honor – December 16
Our annual December Court of Honor takes place at 8:15 on Friday, December 16 in the First United main sanctuary (preceded by regular troop meeting at 7:30). All parents are invited to attend. Light refreshments will follow the ceremony. Scouts will be recognized for the rank advancements they earned and the leadership positions they fulfilled this fall. Eagle Scout Spencer Ostergaard will officially be recognized for his accomplishments, as well.

For those of you who are new to the troop, recognition for all rank advancements since our August troop picnic will be included in the ceremony. A list of those Scouts will be sent out shortly. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend to help recognize the outstanding job done by our Scouts and your sons.

Ski Trip – January 21
Saturday, January 21, is our annual ski trip to Cascade Mountain near Portage, WI. This is the least expensive way to ski or snowboard and is a great first experience for a scout. Your scout’s never skied before? No problem! Instruction is provided by a certified ski instructor at no extra cost. Save the date – January 21. Signup information will come out soon. Space is limited and sign-up will be on a first-come first-served basis.

January Shin Go Beek Campout – Jan. 27-29
Our annual winter campout at Shin Go Beek is coming up on the weekend of January 27-29. Remember that this campout is only for scouts who have sold at least 15 wreaths. Save the dates – signup information will be out soon.

November Campout
It was a great weekend for backpacking in the Kettle Moraine Forest in Wisconsin! 45 scouts enjoyed a weekend of backpacking along with eleven adults. The weather was perfect for fall backpacking. The five crews hiked varying distances from six to eighteen miles. We hope you can join us next year for this unique experience.

Spring Break High Adventure 2012
Scouts who are Star Rank and above may be eligible to join us for a Spring Break High Adventure Canoeing Trip on the Buffalo River in Arkansas. This trip takes place over spring break and includes four days of canoeing and some time exploring the local “culture”. It’s great trip that we’ve done before with very positive feedback from scouts. If your scout is interested, please contact Terry Dutton for more information.

Philmont High Adventure Summer 2012
Have your scout take the trip of a lifetime this summer to Philmont Scout Ranch in the mountains of northern New Mexico. There are still slots for four boys to go on the Aug. 2 - Aug. 16 trek. Minimum eligibility is 14 years old and Star Rank by the time of the trip. Cost is approximately $1,000, including Amtrak tickets to and from New Mexico. Talk to trip organizer John Jenks for more details.

Other Information
Our Troop Committee meeting this month will be Thursday, December 8, at the church (first floor) from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. We welcome and invite all parents.

Jim Bicak, Scoutmaster 
Don W. Lennie, Committee Chair
Troop 16,
Dec 2, 2011, 7:23 AM