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January 2011

posted Jan 11, 2011, 7:55 AM by Troop 16   [ updated Jan 22, 2011, 10:05 AM ]
Boy Scout Troop 16 
Oak Park, Illinois 
January 11, 2011 
Dear Scouting Family:  

Welcome to our 95th continuous year with a charter for Troop 16.  2011, of course, will be another busy 
year for us.  Our full calendar from January to June is included in case you have misplaced the previous one.  
There are some minor changes.  
Wreath Wrap-Up 

Please note:  if you still have money and/or a sales list to turn in, please do so by this Friday.  
The lists are important both for determining rebates, as well as confirming actual sales.  Scouts will only 
receive their cash rebates when money and sales lists are turned in.
It is important that we take note of the extraordinary efforts made by our scouts in selling wreaths this 
year.  We achieved an excellent effort, with over 2000 wreaths sold.  Special thank-you‟s go to the MacMillans 
for the use of their yard and to Neal Heriaud, Michael Downs, and Mike Stewart for leading the wreath sales 
support committee and, as always, to Dick Tresselt for managing the entire process.  We were fortunate to 
have the assistance of numerous parent volunteers this year, as well.  Thanks to all for assisting. 

Cash rebates will be paid at the troop meeting on January 21 to all scouts who have monies and sales 
lists in.  On the included sales list if you see an amount listed in the Owed column or if the List column has a 
$0, it means we are not ready to pay that scout‟s rebate.  If you have any questions about what may be due 
from your son, please call Dick Tresselt right away. 
January Campout 

Our annual winter campout to Shin Go Beek is January 28-30.  You have already received the signup 
form, which is due on January 21.  Click here if you need it again.  Remember that to be eligible to attend the 
scout must have sold at least 15 items in our wreath sale.  Money and sales lists must have been turned in to 
support this.  Please note the early departure time for this campout:  Friday, January 28, at 4:30. 
Swim Party 

Our annual swim party is tentatively set for Friday, February 4, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Concordia 
University‟s pool.  Please note the earlier start time for this event.  Scouts should be dropped off and picked 
up at Concordia pool.  Parents and siblings are invited, as well.  The date could shift to February 11 - we will 
confirm this as soon as we hear from Concordia.  It is important for new scouts who weren’t at summer 
camp to attend the swim party to work on rank advancement requirements. 
Committee Meeting 

Our Troop Committee meeting this month will be Thursday, January 13, 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! 
Scout Participation 

For the past several years our troop has determined certain participation requirements to remain a 
member of the troop.  For the fall they are:  attend 40% of the meetings, attend 1 of the 3 campouts, and sell 
wreaths; for the spring:  attend 40% of the meetings and attend 2 of the 5 campouts; over the course of the 
year:  participate in 1 of 3 troop service projects.  A scout who does not meet the requirements for two 
consecutive semesters is considered inactive. 

Scouts who did not make the requirements in the fall should know who they are.  If there are 
extenuating circumstances, the scout needs to speak with our Senior Patrol Leader Sully Stewart or Mr. Bicak 
very soon. 

Ski Trip 

45 scouts and 20 family members joined us for our annual trek to Cascade Mountain last Saturday.  We 
had a beautiful day of sunshine and little wind that made the cold manageable.  One of our former 
scoutmasters, Bob Bell who works there, was waiting for us when we arrived and did a great job of organizing 
and managing the lessons.  A great time was had by all. 
Troop Website 

Our Troop is starting a website!  Newsletters, paperwork, and other useful information will be posted 
there.  Visit and add it as a bookmark in your web browser!  We also have 
a troop youtube site.  If you take video or make a slide show of a troop event, we‟d love to post it here: 
Troop Text Alerts 

Have you and your scout subscribed to our troop text message system?  Knowing that many of our 
scouts use text messaging frequently, we feel this may be an effective communication method to scouts (and 
parents) with messages like, “campout signup tonight” and “don‟t forget to turn in your wreath money Friday.”  
There is no ability to reply to the alerts – this is a one-way communication tool.  To subscribe, text "troop16‟ (no 
spaces) to 41411.   You will receive a confirmation message indicating you are added to the list. 
Jim Bicak, Scoutmaster     
Don W. Lennie, Committee Chair      
Current Calendar 
7  Troop Meeting  7:30 PM  Winter Sports/Winter Camping - meet in gym 
8  Ski Trip  7:00 AM  Cascade Mountain Ski Area - Portage, WI 
13  Adult Comm. Mtg.  7:30 PM  Parents invited 
14  Troop Meeting  7:30 PM  Catapult Building 
21  Troop Meeting  7:30 PM  Card Game Night/Campout signup 
28-30  Campout    Shin Go Beek, Waupaca, WI (click for form) 
4  Troop Swim Party  7:00 PM  Meet and pick up at Concordia Pool – Confirmed Date
10  Adult Comm. Mtg.  7:30 PM  Parents invited 
11  TLC Meeting  6:30 PM  for scouts with leadership positions 
11  Troop Meeting  7:30 PM  Patrol Leader elections/Merit Badge-apalooza 
18  Troop Meeting  7:30 PM  Youth Protection Training/Campout signup - meet in gym 
25-27  Campout  7:00 PM  Warren Dunes SP, Sawyer, MI