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May 2014

posted May 2, 2014, 3:51 PM by Troop 16   [ updated May 2, 2014, 3:59 PM ]
Boy Scout Troop 16 
Oak Park, Illinois 
May 1, 2014 

Dear Scouting Family: 
The troop wishes to welcome the families of our 12 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 16-18. Signup for the campout is Friday, May 9. 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 9 meeting and know if a parent is driving/attending. Late signups will not be accepted. 
Canoe Day Trip 
The date for this event is Saturday, May 31. Please note the attached signup form and waiver. Think about joining us for this fun trip on the Kishwaukee River near Rockford, IL. 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. 

Family Campout 
 We hope you can join us for our family campout June 14-18 at Alley Springs Campground in the Ozarks 
(Eminence, Missouri). It will be five days of swimming, fishing, floating, 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! Please sign up ASAP. The form is attached and RSVPS are DUE 
MAY 9. 
Summer Camp 
The troop will be at Camp Makajawan July 6-19. 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 Thursday, June 12 at 7:30 PM. This meeting is required for both the scout and a parent. 

Final Troop Meeting 
Friday, May 30 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. Dutton 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. 
Food Drive Help 
Our annual Food Pantry service project is on Saturday, May 10. Scouts and parents should arrive at First 
United at 3:30 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 5:30 PM.

April Campout 
Our April backpacking campout to Kettle Moraine Forest was a true example of the importance of the Boy Scout Motto: BE PREPARED. The cold and rainy weather made for an interesting trip. Scouts who weren’t prepared with rain gear or the items included on the gear list may not have had their best experience with the troop. We know that many had a fun and positive trip, so we hope that this was a learning opportunity for all! 
Other Info 
Do you have Cub Scout uniforms around the house that aren’t needed? There are some cub packs in need, 
and your donation would be appreciated. You can drop off gently used Cub Scout uniforms at our troop meetings. 
Our final Troop Committee meeting of the year will be Tuesday, May 6, at First United Church, from 7:30 to 9:00 P.M. We welcome all parents. 

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Terry Dutton, Scoutmaste 
Jim Bicak, Committee Chair