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January 2014

posted Jan 10, 2014, 4:11 PM by Troop 16   [ updated Jan 10, 2014, 4:24 PM ]
Boy Scout Troop 16
Oak Park, Illinois
January 8, 2014

Dear Scouting Family:
Welcome to our 98th continuous year with a charter for Troop 16. 2014, of course, will be another busy
year for us. Our full calendar from January to June is included. There are some minor changes from the
previous calendar published.

Wreath Wrap-Up
Please note: if you still have money and/or a sales list to turn in, please do so by Friday,
January 10. 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. The sales 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 and 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.

Committee Meeting
Our Troop Committee meeting this month is tonight, Tuesday, January 7, 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!

January Campout
Our annual winter campout to Shin Go Beek is January 24-26. To be eligible to attend this campout,
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 24, at 4:30.

Troop Ski Trip
Our annual ski trip to Cascade Mountain in Portage, Wisconsin is coming up soon! We’re headed to
Cascade on Saturday, February 8. This is a very popular day trip, so sign up soon! Space is limited and we
do fill up. Family members are welcome to attend this event, too! Please see the attached forms for signup

Spring Break High Adventure 2013
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.

High Adventure Summer 2013
Scouts Star Rank and above may be eligible for a summer high adventure canoe trip to the Boundary
Waters Canoe Area of Northern Minnesota in late July. Look for information coming in the next couple weeks.

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!

Scout Participation
For the past several years our troop has determined certain participation requirements to remain a
member of the troop. For the Fall (Sept.-Dec.) they are: attend 40% of the meetings, attend 1 of the 3
campouts, and sell wreaths; for the Spring (Jan.-Jun.): 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. Boy Scouts, like any
other activity boys are a part of, is an active commitment. While we understand that there are times of year when boys have other commitments, it is expected that scouts participate when they are able to.

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. To unsubscribe, text ‘STOP’ to 41411.

Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster
Jim Bicak, Committee Chair

Current Calendar

7 Adult Comm. Mtg. 7:30 PM Parents invited
10 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Winter Camping
17 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Campout Signup/ Patrol Gear Prep
24-26 Campout 4:30 PM Shin Go Beek, Waupaca, WI
31 Patrol Ldrs Council 6:30 PM For scouts with leadership positions
31 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Iron Chef
4 Adult Comm. Mtg. 7:30 PM Parents invited
7 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Winter Sports / Patrol Leader Elections
8 Ski Trip 7:00 AM Cascade Mtn, Portage, WI
14 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Campout signup/ Catapults
21-23 Campout 7:00 PM Indiana Dunes SP
28 Patrol Ldrs Council 6:30 PM For scouts with leadership positions
28 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Dinner Preparations / Order of the Arrow Elections