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November 2012

posted Nov 5, 2012, 2:18 PM by Troop 16   [ updated Dec 9, 2012, 7:19 AM ]
Boy Scout Troop 16
Oak Park, Illinois
November 2, 2012


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 throughout 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 656 wreaths,
which is down dramatically from last year at this time. Last year we sold over 2200 wreaths. Wreath sale orders are
due this Friday, November 2 at the troop meeting. Please remember that our target is 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. Money collected can be turned in at troop meetings or dropped off at Mr Tresselt’s house.

Since we order more than are currently sold, boys should continue to sell. After Nov. 2, scouts need to call Mr.
Tresselt with new totals. Anyone selling a 72” or 84” wreath needs to call Mr. Tresselt to confirm availability.

Wreath Unloading
ALL SCOUTS: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 AM (followed by rocket launching at Ridgeland Common.

Wreath Pick-up
Saturday, Nov. 24 8:30 AM – Noon. (please call to make alternate arrangements for early pick-up or you can pick-up wreaths after unloading on 11/17)

Storage Location
The MacMillans,
Thank you, Tom and Kemmy (Metz) MacMillan

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 2, which is the Council deadline for reporting.

November Campout
Note that signup is this Friday, November 2, 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).
Scouts must bring $15 to Friday’s meeting to sign up. We are in need of at least 12 adults to backpack with
us on the patrol overnights – the trips are of varying length.

October Campout
Our campout to the Kurtenbach’s Family Farm could not have been better! Despite a rainy setup Friday night,
the rest of 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 farm and ended the day with a LARGE 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 farm.

Campout/Activity Pictures
Not able to join us for campouts, but want to see what’s been happening? Visit our photo pages at:
picasaweb.google.com/troop16 for photo galleries. You can also access this through our troop website:
http://www.troop16oakpark.com.

Other Information

Troop Ski Trip
Mark your calendar for our annual ski trip to Cascade Mtn. in Portage, WI. On January 12,
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 2013
Believe it or not, we’re already thinking summer camp at Camp Makajawan! Save the dates for camp: July 7-20, 2013. 
Scouts can attend for one week or both week.

Registration
Have you paid your registration dues for the 2013 calendar year. Registration is $25 ($37 with Boys’ Life magazine).

Assistance for scouts
Troop 16’s adult committee believes 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 Tuesday, November 6, 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 first Tuesday of each month.

Summer High Adventure
The troop will be offering two high adventure trips for the summer of 2013: A canoeing trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota (late July) and a backpacking trip to the Pacific Northwest (likely Mt. Rainier or Mt. Hood in early August). These trips are for older scouts 13 and older who have earned Star Rank prior to the trip, in addition to other skill and ability requirements. 
See Mr. Bicak for more information about high adventure. Not all scouts will be eligible to participate.

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