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November 2016 Newsletter

posted Nov 19, 2016, 3:04 PM by Troop 16   [ updated Jan 13, 2017, 9:41 AM ]
Boy Scout Troop 16
Oak Park, Illinois
November 1, 2016

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! 31 scouts have not turned in any wreath sales numbers! If
you haven’t reported any wreath sales yet, please reply to this email with your sales numbers. All scouts should keep selling wreaths! Please remember that our goal is 30 wreaths sold by each scout. Money collected can be turned in at troop meetings or dropped off at Mr Tresselt’s house.

Patrol Wreath Sales Competition: Currently The Bucks Patrol is leading with an average of 19.9 items, followed by The Raccoons (16.9 items) and The Honey Badgers (15.8 items).

Since we order more than are currently sold, boys should continue to sell. Anyone selling a 72” or 84” wreath
needs to call Mr. Tresselt to confirm availability.

Wreath Unloading – ALL SCOUTS: Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8:30 AM
Wreath Pick-up Times: Saturday, Nov. 19 after wreath unloading or throughout the following week
Storage Location: 440 N. Linden (Linden and Chicago Ave.)
Please continue to encourage your scout to sell wreaths until they’re all gone!

November Campout
Note that signup is this Friday, November 4, for our trip to Mississippi Palisades in Savanna, IL, November 11-13. If your scout won't be at Friday's troop meeting, but still plans to go on the trip, he must contact his patrol leader to inform him (before Friday). Late signups will NOT be accepted. We are also in need of drivers to stay the weekend with us – due to the distance, driving one way is not the best option.

It’s time for re-registration! Each calendar year, the troop must register with the national and local Boy Scout
council. Registration is $35 ($47 with Boys’ Life magazine). Please pay your dues promptly. Order of the Arrow members should also pay the OA dues of $15. Registration payment must be received no later than November 18.

BSA Youth Protection for Scouts – November 18 – Parents Invited
Every two years our troop presents the BSA’s Youth Protection Training program for our Scouts, which focuses on youth protecting themselves from abuse through the “Three Rs: Recognize, Resist, Report”. This is a BSA-produced video with discussion throughout. Parents are invited to join us at our November 18th Troop meeting for this presentation, which will begin at 8pm.

October Campout
Our campout to the Kurtenbach’s Family Farm could not have been better! 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. Our adults spent the morning providing some service to the Kurtenbachs, painting a building, hanging a new door, and repairing the toilet! Thanks to our drivers for making the trip to and/or from the farm.

Other Information
Summer Camp 2017 – Believe it or not, we’re already thinking summer camp at Camp Makajawan! Save the
dates for camp: July 9-22, 2017. Scouts can attend for one week or both weeks. Wreath sales can dramatically reduce the cost of summer camp for your scout!

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 postponed due to the Cubs game! We’ll meeting Monday
night, November 7, 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 usually the first Tuesday of each month.

Current Calendar
November 1: Adult comm. meeting 7:30 PM All parents welcome to join

November 4: Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Cold Weather Camping /Campout signup 

November 7: Adult Comm. Mtg. 7:30 PM Parents invited (church meeting room or hall)

November 11-13 Campout 7:00 PM Mississippi Palisades SP, Savanna, IL

November 18: PLC meeting 6:30 PM for scouts with leadership positions

November 18: Troop Meeting 7:30 PM BSA Youth Protection Night-Parents Invited, Meet in gym (SPL)

November 19: Wreath arrival / Wreath Pick-up at 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM at 440 N. Linden (Linden and Chicago Ave)

November 25 No meeting Thanksgiving Weekend

December 2 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM First Aid (part one) 

December  6 Adult Comm. Mtg. 7:30 PM Parents invited (church meeting room or hall)

December  9 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM First Aid (part two)

December 16 PLC meeting 6:30 PM for scouts with leadership positions

December 16 Troop Meeting: Court of Honor from 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM and High Adventure Slide Shows (SPL)

Court of Honor – all parents invited - Sanctuary

December 23 No meeting Merry Christmas/Happy New Year

Jan 6 No Meeting Happy New Year

Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster
Jim Bicak, Committee Chair