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May 2013

posted May 1, 2013, 9:33 AM by Troop 16   [ updated May 1, 2013, 10:17 AM ]
Boy Scout Troop 16
Oak Park, Illinois
May1, 2013

Dear Scouting Family:
The troop wishes to welcome the families of our 16 new scouts who have recently registered with the troop. We hope that your son’s time with Troop 16 is enjoyable and productive. A reminder especially for our new families: Since emails can get lost or deleted, it might be best to print the newsletter and save it for reference. There is material pertinent for both parents and scouts.

May Campout
Our May campout is to Rock Cut State Park near Rockford, IL, May 17-19. Signup for the campout is Friday, May 10. We need several drivers and adults to camp for the weekend, as this is one of our highest attended weekend campouts of the year. Scouts who are attending must bring $15 cash to the May 10 meeting and know if a parent is driving/attending. Late signups will not be accepted – except from parents who are willing to be the Campout Driver Logistics Coordinator for the next 12 months because that helps to give a good appreciation of what it takes to organize driver space for 50 scouts getting to a campout and back every month.

Canoe Day Trip
The date for this event is Saturday, June 1. Please note the attached signup form and waiver. Think about joining us for this fun trip on the Nippersink Creek near Richmond, IL in McHenry County. All scouts must have passed the BSA swim test. New scouts – if you are interested in coming on this trip, we’ll arrange a swim check night at Rehm Pool the week prior to the event. (Forms at bottom of this post)

Family Campout
We hope you can join us for our family campout June 7-9 at Pokagon State Park in Indiana. It will be a weekend of boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, and more! This is a great opportunity to introduce your family to camping. We do all the planning, provide the equipment, plan and shop for the meals – you come for the fun. Families assist in preparing, cooking, and cleaning meals, as well as the camping activities, such as campfires and hiking. We hope you can join us! A signup form is attached with this newsletter. Many people have said they are coming, but few have signed up - please sign up ASAP.(Forms at bottom of this post)

Summer Camp
The troop will be at Camp Makajawan July 7-20. Boys may attend for either of the two weeks or for both. Here is the chance for fun in the Wisconsin sun. Ample opportunity is available to earn merit badges and work on advancement. If you are still thinking about attending, we need you to sign up ASAP. If your boy is new to the troop, camp provides a great opportunity to get to know other boys and work on early advancement. Please call Jim Bicak if you have any questions about the summer camp program. He will be happy to talk with you.


If you are already signed up, you will soon receive a separate mailing about summer camp from Jim Bicak. Please read that letter carefully. It will contain information about camp medical forms, fees due, merit badge schedule, and confirmation of week(s) your scout is attending. Our deadline for collecting all fees due is our pre-camp meeting on Monday, June 17 at 7:30 PM. This meeting is required for both the scout and a parent.

Food Drive Help
Our annual Food Pantry service project is on Saturday, May 11. Scouts and parents should arrive at First United at 2:30 P.M. to volunteer. The work includes unloading a delivery truck, sorting and organizing donations, and shelving or boxing the food. This is a great opportunity for service hours, which scouts need for rank advancement. We hope you can join us. Late arrivals are welcome. Work will continue until about 5:00 PM.

Thatcher Woods Cleanup
Due to flooding, our river cleanup has been postponed. Information will follow when the land is dry.

April Campout
Our April campout to Lowden Scout Camp near Oregon, IL was a dry and fun weekend! Despite the last minute campout location change due to flooding, the scouts enjoyed a weekend of hiking and exploring near the Rock River. All the scout patrols cooked all of their meals over charcoal and fire, as well.

Final Troop Meeting
Friday, May 31 is our year-end meeting and Court of Honor. Boys will be electing next year’s Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) at that meeting. Any scout interested in serving as SPL needs to speak with Mr. Bicak by our May campout weekend.

The regular troop meeting begins at 7:30, and the Court of Honor in the church sanctuary begins at 8:00. All parents are invited to join us for this ceremony recognizing all scouts who have advanced a rank since December. All New Scouts will be recognized, as well. Refreshments will be served afterwards. This will be a nice way to wrap up our year and we hope to see you there.

Other Info 
Our final Troop Committee meeting of the year will be Tuesday, May 7, at First United Church, from 7:30 to9:00 P.M. This will be Committee Chair Don Lennie’s official last meeting as Troop 16’s Chairman, a job that he has graciously held for the past 25 years! We welcome all parents.

Jim Bicak, Scoutmaster
Don W. Lennie, Committee Chair
Troop 16,
May 1, 2013, 10:00 AM
Troop 16,
May 1, 2013, 10:03 AM
Troop 16,
May 1, 2013, 10:03 AM
Troop 16,
May 1, 2013, 10:03 AM