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November Newsletter

posted Nov 11, 2017, 9:55 AM by Troop 16
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
Scouts 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!​ ​ ​41​ ​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 Headless Chicken Patrol is leading with an average of 25.2 items, followed by The New Scouts (18.7 items) and The Honey Badgers (15.1 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.​ ​18​ ​at​ ​8:30​ ​AM

Wreath​ ​Pick-up​ ​Times:​ ​Saturday,​ ​Nov.​ ​18​ ​after​ ​wreath​ ​unloading​ ​or​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​following​ ​week

Storage​ ​Location:​ ​Biek’s home, 440 N. Linden (Linden and Chicago Ave.), Thank you, John and Tina!
Please​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​your​ ​scout​ ​to​ ​sell​ ​wreaths​ ​until​ ​they’re​ ​all​ ​gone!

November​ ​Campout
Note​ ​that​ ​signup​ ​is​ ​this​ ​Friday,​ ​November​ ​3​,​ for our trip to BSA Adventure Camp (aka The Ranch) Rochelle,
IL, November 10-12. 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, so please let your scout know if you can help.

2018​ ​Registration
It’s time for re-registration! Each calendar year, the troop must register with the national and local Boy Scout council. Registration is $50 ($62 with Boys’ Life magazine). Please pay your dues promptly. Order of the Arrow members should also pay the OA dues of $15. You were sent a registration email last week. A re-registration form is attached to this email. Registration payment must be received no later than November 17.

Service​ ​Opportunity​ ​-​ ​Sarah’s​ ​Inn​ ​Ribbon​ ​Removal​ ​-​ ​November​ ​4
October was Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, and Sarah’s Inn has had ribbons around downtown Oak Park for this event. We have been asked to help by removing all the ribbons on Saturday, November 4. Volunteers should meet in front of Community Bank of Oak Park (Forest and Lake St) at 10am on Saturday, November 4. Please bring a pair of scissors to cut the ribbons.

October​ ​Campout
Our campout to the Kurtenbach’s Family Farm could not have been better! 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, and working on some plumbing projects. A group of older scouts helped to build a bridge on an ATV trail. Thanks to our drivers for making the trip to and/or from the farm.

Summer​ ​Camp​ ​2018​ ​–​ ​Believe it or not, we’re already thinking summer camp at Camp Makajawan! Save the dates for camp: July 8-22, 2018. 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 held on Tuesday, November 7, at First United Church from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. We encourage and welcome all parents to attend.

Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster
Jim Bicak, Committee Chair

Current​ ​Calendar

3 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM First Aid pt 2 /Campout​ ​signup​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
4 Service Project Sarah’s Inn Ribbon Removal (downtown Oak Park)
7 Adult Comm. Mtg. 7:30 PM Parents invited (church meeting room or hall)
10-12 Campout 7:00 PM BSA Adventure Camp, Rochelle, IL
17 PLC meeting 6:30 PM for scouts with leadership positions
17 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Pet Rocks!
18 Wreath arrival /
Wreath Pick-up
8:30 AM
11:00 AM
440 N. Linden (Linden and Chicago Ave)
24 No meeting Thanksgiving Weekend

1 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Egg Drop 
5 Adult Comm. Mtg. 7:30 PM Parents invited (church meeting room or hall)
8 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Youth Protection Training Night (parents invited to attend)
15 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Trivia Night
22 PLC meeting 6:30 PM for scouts with leadership positions
22 Troop Meeting
Court of Honor
7:30 PM
8:00 PM
High Adventure Slide Shows 
Court of Honor – all parents invited - Sanctuary

Dec​ ​29 No meeting Merry Christmas/Happy New Year
Jan​ ​5 No Meeting Happy New Year