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December 2016 Newsletter

posted Dec 2, 2016, 6:16 PM by Troop 16   [ updated Jan 13, 2017, 9:40 AM ]
Boy Scout Troop 16 
Oak Park, Illinois 
December 1, 2016 

Dear Scouting Family: 

The calendar year is coming to a close! We hope the holiday season is a time of joy and celebration for your family. Some important dates for 2017 are listed below. As always, please refer to the calendar at the bottom of each monthly newsletter for the most up-to-date schedule. You can also view the calendar on our website:  

Winter/Spring 2017 Campout Dates 
January 27-29 
February 24-26 
March 17-19 
April 28-30 
May 19-21 

Winter/Spring/Summer 2017 Other Important Dates 
Ski Trip - February 11 
Annual Dinner - March 4 (tentative)
New Scout Joining Night – March 10 
Family Campout – June 9-11 
Summer Camp – July 9-22

Wreath Sales 
Keep Selling! Scouts should bring all cash and checks collected to Friday's troop meeting. If your scout is finished selling, delivering, and collecting, he can turn in his wreath sales binder, too. Scouts will not receive any rebates until their sales monies, lists, and items signed out from the wreath yard are all verified and matched. Attached are current sales totals, followed by current payment summary. If you have questions about your scout's information, please contact Mr. Tresselt. 

Keep selling until it's all gone! We currently have lots of wreaths still available for sale: Door Swags, 20”, 26”, 36”, 60” and garland all available. 

Committee Meeting 
Our Troop Committee meeting this month will be held on Tuesday, December 6, at First United Church from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. Parents are encouraged to attend – this is a great way to get involved with the troop! 

Aidan’s Diaper Fund Service Project Troop 16 
Scout Aidan B. is the founder of a charitable organization known as Aidan's Diaper Fund that raises money to purchase diapers for families in need. The charity has grown each year and last year Aidan was able to purchase and donate over 11,000 diapers! We would like to invite the scouts to come and help us unload the diapers at the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry on Saturday December 17th at 2 p.m. If there are any Scout families that would like to make a tax deductible charitable donation, please visit the fund Link at the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation at 

January Campout 
Our January 27-29 winter campout will be at BSA Adventure Camp (aka The Ranch aka Rochelle Scout Camp). This is a special winter campout where, in addition to enjoying the winter activities, the troop will head into town Saturday night for pizza and bowling to celebrate our great wreath sales! As with all weekend campouts, the sign-up is at the meeting prior to the campout on January 20. Late sign-ups are not accepted. To be eligible to attend this campout, your scout must have sold at least 15 items in our wreath sale. 

Troop Website 
Our calendar, newsletters, and other useful information are always posted on our website. Visit and add it as a bookmark in your web browser! 

Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster
Jim Bicak, Committee Chair

Current Calendar 
December 2 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM First Aid (Night 1 of 2) 

December 6 Adult Comm. Mtg. 7:30 PM Parents invited to participate 

December 9 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM First Aid (Night 2 of 2) 

December 16 PLC 6:30 PM for Patrol Leaders 

December 16 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM High Adventure Slide Shows 

December 16 Court of Honor 8:00 PM For all Rank Advancement August-December 

December 23 NO MEETING

December 30 NO MEETING

January 6 NO MEETING 

January 10 Adult Comm. Mtg. 7:30 PM Parents invited to participate 

January 13 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Patrol Gear 

January 20 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Campout Signup/ Winter Sports 

January 27-29 Campout 7:00 PM The Ranch Rochelle, IL