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May Newsletter

posted May 13, 2017, 2:47 PM by Troop 16
Dear Scouting Family, 

Troop 16 welcomes the families of our 22 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. You can always check our website for a current calendar and other information: 

Family Campout – June 9-11 
Register now for our Family Campout to Pokagon State Park in Indiana June 9-11! Attached to this email is the flyer for summer camping fun with your family. We’ll cook all meals as a group and the troop will facilitate many fun activities, including boating, hiking, swimming, fishing and more! Please RSVP by May 12. 

May Campout 
Our May campout is to Rock Cut State Park near Rockford, IL, May 19-21. Signup for the campout is Friday, May 12. 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 12 meeting and know if a parent is driving/attending. Late signups will not be accepted. 

Final Troop Meeting 
Friday, June 2 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. 

Summer Camp
If you are already signed up for summer camp, look for a letter in the US Mail arriving today or tomorrow! 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 15 at 7:30 PM. This meeting is required for all first year campers and their parents. This meeting is optional for returning campers. We will be collecting all fees and paperwork from 6:30-7:30 PM, prior to the start of the meeting. 

Scouts must have a couple pairs of Boy Scout (or similar-looking) pants or shorts for summer camp. Boy Scout socks are a good idea, too. They are synthetic and great for camping. You can purchase these items at the Scout Store in LaGrange or downtown Chicago (or online at If you are still thinking about attending camp, we need you to sign up ASAP. Please call Terry Dutton if you have any questions about the summer camp program. 

Forest Preserve Clean-up Service Project 
Our annual Thatcher Woods cleanup will take place Saturday, May 6. We will meet at the Thatcher Woods parking lot on Chicago Avenue (behind Trailside Museum) at 9:00 AM and finish by 11:00 AM. Juice, donuts and coffee will be provided. Participants should bring work gloves. No RSVP is needed; scouts and parents can meet at the forest preserve to participate. This service project may be canceled if river flooding continues this week.

Eagle Court of Honor 
Please join us on Saturday, May 13 at 4:00 PM in the main sanctuary for an Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

Other Service Project Opportunities 
A few scouts are needed to help at First United’s Gospel Choir Concert on Saturday, May 6 in the early evening. Scouts will be handing out parking information flyers to guest arriving at the parking lot entrance and directing them to parking areas. More information and times will be announced at Friday’s troop meeting. 

The Food Pantry at First United Church needs our help! On Saturday, May 13, the US Postal Service has their annual food drive, so our help is needed unloading, sorting, and shelving all of the donations. More information and times will be announced at upcoming troop meetings. 

Parents-Join The Troop Committee!
Our final Troop Committee meeting of the year will be tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2, at First United Church, from 7:30 to 9:00 P.M. We welcome all parents. 

Sincerely, Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster
Jim Bicak, Committee Chair

Current Calendar 
May 2: Adult Comm. Mtg. 7:30 PM Parents invited 
May 5: Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Iron Chef 
May 12: Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Patrol Olympics/ Campout Sign-up 
May 19-21: Campout 7:00 PM Rock Cut SP, Rockford, IL 
May 26: No meeting Memorial Day Weekend 
May 26-29: Camp Makajawan Work Weekend Scouts and parents invited to attend 
June 2: Troop Meeting 7:30 PM End of Year Slide Show/ SPL Election 
June 2: Court of Honor 8:00 PM All Parents Invited – Sanctuary 
June 9-11: Family Campout Pokagon State Park, Indiana 
June 15: Summer Camp Forms and Fees Due 6:30 PM At Church prior to Pre-camp meeting 
June 15: Pre-Summer Camp Meeting 7:30 PM Attendance required for all parents of first year campers (and scouts) 
July 9-22: Summer Camp Camp Makajawan