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November 2011

posted Nov 24, 2011, 4:36 AM by Troop 16   [ updated Nov 24, 2011, 4:48 AM ]
Dear Scouting Family:
We trust that November is a time of thankfulness for all of you. We are thankful for having a great troop of boys to work with. We are also thankful for all the adult help and support given over the year.

Wreath Business
From our wreath sales committee: HELP NEEDED!

Very few scouts have submitted wreath order numbers. We currently have sales reported of 276 wreaths, which is down dramatically from last year at this time. Last year we sold over 2100 wreaths. Wreath sale orders are due this Friday, November 4 at the troop meeting. Please remember that our target selling goal is an average of 30 wreaths per scout. Included is a spreadsheet indicating current sales – please review it to be sure money your scout has collected and turned in is accounted for.

Since we order more than are actually sold, boys should continue to sell. When boys sell beyond their initial order (as turned in on Nov. 4th), they need to call Dick Tresselt with new totals. Anyone selling a 72” or 84” wreath needs to call Mr. Tresselt to confirm availability.

Money collected can be turned in at troop meetings or dropped off at Mr T’s house. The minimum is 15 wreaths to attend the winter campout at Shin Go Beek.

Our storage location again this year will be at the home of the MacMillans (scout Drake MacMillan). Thanks much, Tom and Kemmy.

If you can assist with the unloading of wreaths on Saturday morning (8:30 AM), November 19, please join us. This is a big job – we need all the scouts there. Once again, the work of unloading on the 19th will be followed by rocket launching (built the previous night at the troop meeting).

Whether you are helping with unloading or distribution or not, please remember to pick up your wreaths at the MacMillans on Saturday, November 26, between 8:30 AM and noon. If you cannot make it that day please call Dick Tresselt or the MacMillans in advance to make other arrangements. Should you need to make an early delivery, please call Dick Tresselt.

A sales hint: If you are going away to Grandma's, a relative's or a friend's home for Thanksgiving or if they are coming to town for the holiday, you can sell them a wreath and deliver it then. Since the wreaths are being delivered Saturday, November 19, you can pick up those wreaths on that day.

Popcorn Sales
If your son has made any popcorn sales, he must turn in sales totals to Dick Tresselt not later than this Friday, November 4, which is the Council deadline for reporting.

October Campout
Our campout to Apple River Canyon State Park could not have been better! Despite gloomy weather in the week leading up to the campout, the weekend weather was beautiful. Friday night set-up went very well, with all scouts pitching in to complete the work. Scouts spent the day hiking and exploring the canyon and ended the day with a top-notch campfire. Kudos to all the performers for the great skits and songs! Thanks to our drivers for making the trip to and/or from the state park: Jim Bicak, Linda and Dennis Bonner, Bill Conner, James Conner, Terry Dutton, Peter Harlan, Chris Heffernan, Mike Hoag, Bill Richardson, Val Rodriguez, Sheri Sauer, and Mike Stewart.

November Campout
Note that signup is this Friday, November 4, for our great Wisconsin backpacking campout. This is a very unique campout – we’ll be backpacking in Kettle Moraine Forest near Kewaskum, Wisconsin. The troop has backpacks for any scout who doesn’t own his own. Backpacks can be picked up at Friday’s meeting. Please be certain your boy looks over the gear list to be handed out at the meeting. If your scout won't be at Friday's troop meeting, but still plans to go on the backpacking trip, he must call his patrol leader to inform him (before Friday).

Other Information
Troop Ski Trip – Mark your calendar for our annual ski trip to Cascade Mtn. in Portage, WI. On January 21, we’ll travel by charter bus to Cascade Mtn. for a day filled with skiing and snowboarding. This is a great trip for all scouts – even beginners. Parents and siblings are welcome to join us, as well. Prices are very reasonable for a day of skiing/snowboarding, transportation and pizza dinner. Look for more info in December.

Summer Camp 2011 
Believe it or not, we’re already thinking summer camp! Troop 16 is headed to Camp MaKaJaWan for the first time. One difference we’ll have to adjust to is uniforming. All scouts will need a couple pairs of BSA shorts and socks for daily flag ceremonies. Start planning now. For more information on summer camp, visit our troop website (www.troop16oakpark.com).

Assistance for scouts
It is the Troop 16 adult committee's position that no scout should opt out of troop activities or events due to a financial hardship. Through our fundraising and donations, funds are available to assist in paying fees for troop activities and events. If your scout is in need of this type of support, contact Jim Bicak to confidentially discuss ways in which the troop can help assist in supporting your son's involvement in scouting.

Troop Committee
Our Troop Committee meeting this month will be Thursday, November 10, at First United Church from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. We encourage and welcome all parents to attend. Please note that committee meetings are the second Thursday of each month.

Sincerely,
Jim Bicak, Scoutmaster  
Don W. Lennie, Committee Chair  

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