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January 2012

posted Feb 3, 2012, 9:39 AM by Troop 16   [ updated Feb 3, 2012, 9:39 AM ]
Boy Scout Troop 16 
Oak Park, Illinois 
January 10, 2012 
Dear Scouting Family:  
Welcome to our 96th continuous year with a charter for Troop 16.  2012, 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 2100 wreaths sold.  Special thank-you's go to the MacMillans for the use of their yard and to Neal Heriaud, Michael Downs, John Jenks, 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 upcoming troop meetings 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. 
Summer Camp Promotion 
At our troop meeting on Friday, January 20, staff members from Camp Makajawan will present a promotion for our scouts.  Parents are welcome to attend, as well.  This will be a great way for our troop to become familiar with our new camp. 
January Campout 
Our annual winter campout to Shin Go Beek is January 27-29.  The signup form is included (Campout Signup).  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 27, at 4:30. 
Ski Trip 
Space is still available!  If you haven‟t signed up, please contact Mr. Bicak ASAP to do so.  Family members are invited, too.   
Summer Camp High Adventure Survey 
Camp Makajawan offers high adventure trips for older scouts during summer camp!  Troop 16 plans to have a crew on a high adventure trip during one of our two weeks at camp.  Scouts can attend camp for a week and experience high adventure the other week.  We need your help in determining which trip Troop 16 scouts will attend.  For all scouts 8th grade and up: Please complete the survey found on our website by clicking here: Troop High Adventure Survey , or by visiting our website at . 
Swim Party 
Our annual swim party is tentatively set for Sunday, February 5 in the afternoon (time to be determined) at the OPRF HS pool.  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 11, 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 at least 1 troop service project.  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 David Sauer or Mr. Bicak very soon. 
Troop Website 
Newsletters, paperwork, and other useful information are always posted on our website.  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