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February 2013

posted Feb 1, 2013, 12:42 PM by Troop 16   [ updated Feb 1, 2013, 12:50 PM ]
Boy Scout Troop 16
Oak Park, Illinois
February 1, 2013

Dear Scouting Family: 
Our second semester always seems a bit busier than the first one (if that’s possible), so please save this letter and note the calendar at the end. 

February Campout
The signup deadline for the Warren Dunes campout (about 90 minutes away in Michigan) is February 15 at the troop meeting.  We leave for this campout on Friday, February 22, from the church at 7:00 PM. Remember – scouts in uniform and bring your cold weather gear. If you have not yet volunteered to drive on a campout, this one is close enough to do a drop-off or a pick-up. 

Annual Troop Dinner – March 9
Save the date! Our 97th annual troop dinner will be held on Saturday, March 9 at 6:30 PM at Oak Park and River Forest High School. A separate signup flyer will be emailed out soon for this event. 
Spring Break High Adventure
The troop is headed to the Buffalo National River in Arkansas for a week of white water canoeing. If your older scout (current 8th grade and up) is interested, please contact Terry Dutton ASAP for more information. The approximate cost for this outing is $300. 

Family Campout June 7-9
Mark your calendar now for the troop’s annual Family Campout, June 7-9, 2013, at Indiana’s Pokagon State Park located just off I-69 near Angola, Indiana, less than 200 miles from Oak Park. The park offers abundant opportunities for boating, canoeing and kayaking, waterskiing, hiking, swimming, fishing, horseback riding and more. This is our third year camping at Pokagon and we’re looking forward to a great weekend! 
We’ll be setting up camp on Friday, plan on arriving for lunch or dinner. We’ll cook all meals as a group and the troop will facilitate many fun activities, including tubing and waterskiing. More information will be available at the Troop 16 dinner, but save this June 7-9 date now for summer camping fun with your family. 

Summer Camp
Yes, we’re already thinking summercamp! Our summer camp dates are set for July 7-20 at Camp Makajawan. Scouts can attend for one week or both. It is strongly encouraged that scouts attend summer camp for at least a week. This is the best opportunity for merit badge and rank advancement requirement work. Included with this newsletter is a flyer for summer camp deposits. Deposits are due at the troop dinner (March 9) in order to get the lowest camper fee. 

Summer Camp High Adventure
We are planning on two high adventure trips this summer: canoeing in the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota from July 20-28, with an approximate cost of $450 and backpacking on Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior in late July/early August.  Please contact Mr. Bicak ASAP for more information. 

Wreath rebates 
Payments were made to scouts who have turned in all money owed and sales list. If your scout has not received a rebate, either his sales list has not been turned in or all payments have not been made. Please contact Dick Tresselt ASAP with questions about this. 

January Campout
33 scouts and 13 adults braved the winter weather at Camp Shin Go Beek last weekend.  The scouts were well prepared and spent the day sledding and cross-country skiing. Some even tried ice fishing!  The day was topped off with bowling in town and pizza dinner at The Wheelhouse restaurant.  Congratulations to all of our first time winter campers (adults and scouts).  Special thanks to Bill Conner for organizing the weekend food and events and to all our drivers for their support:, Jim Bicak, Chris Clardy, Terry Dutton, Chris Heffernan, James Conner, Dan Dittmer, Kip Robbins, John Beik, Rick Easty, Tim McCoy, John Jenks, Mike Stewart, and Michael Downs. 

Our Troop Committee meeting this month will be Tuesday, February 5, at First United Church from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. We welcome all parents.

Jim Bicak, Scoutmaster
Don W. Lennie, Committee Chair