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October 2011

posted Oct 14, 2011, 10:28 AM by Troop 16   [ updated Oct 14, 2011, 10:30 AM ]
Dear Scouting Family:
We’re off to a busy start. You should have received the full troop calendar with last month’s newsletter. But always check the abbreviated calendar printed with each monthly newsletter as changes do occur. Please share this information with your scout.

September Campout
Our first campout of the year was a great success. 45 scouts and 12 adults enjoyed a weekend of hiking and exploring at Mississippi Palisades State Park, near Savanna, IL. The weather held and the scouts were able to take advantage of the beauty of the area along the Mississippi River. The wildlife was abundant, with scouts hearing or seeing deer, vultures, owls, and coyotes. Thank you to our adult volunteer drivers: Jim Bicak, Josh Chrisman, James Conner, Chris Clardy, Terry Dutton, Scott Frankel, Mike Hoag, Peter Harlan, Chris Heffernan, Jerry Hutchinson, Kandiah Kanagandram, Bill Richardson, Kurt Roskopf, and Dan Sullivan.

Food Pantry Help
Troop 16 provides regular volunteers for the food pantry located at First United Church. There are many opportunities for scouts and parents to volunteer, including weekly opportunities at 6:30 PM on Fridays immediately before our troop meetings. Scouts should contact Asst. Senior Patrol Leader Matt Woytek to sign up. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Scout Volunteers Needed
Troop 16 is signed up to help at Des Plaines Valley Council’s Webelos Overnighter at Green Valley Forest Preserve (Dupage County) on Saturday, October 15 from 8 AM-6 PM. About six scouts are needed to help lead an activity for 4th and 5th grade Webelos Scouts. If you can help with this event, please contact Mr. Bicak. This counts as service hours!

Summer Camp 2012
The troop committee is considering a proposal to attend a different summer camp for the 2012 season – Camp MaKaJaWan, operated by the Northeast Illinois Council ( This idea has been shared with the youth leaders of the troop and has received positive feedback from scouts. We encourage scouts and parents to visit Northeast Illinois Council’s website to learn more about Camp MaKaJaWan. The troop committee will be voting on this proposal at its October committee meeting (Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 P.M.). Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the committee meetings.

Wreath Sales Information
Our wreath sales kick-off is this Friday. The troop is counting on you. Please review the attached letter regarding wreath sales so both you and your scout understand your role in this important endeavor.
Key dates to remember:
Friday, November 4 - Sales totals for each of the wreath items need to be brought to the troop meeting. Scouts should continue selling since we order extras for later sales.
Saturday, November 19 – wreath arrival and unloading, 404 N. East Ave at 8:30 A.M.
Saturday, November 26 – scouts pick up wreaths for delivery (If you have a customer needing an early delivery, contact Mr. Tresselt to arrange for early pickup.)
We are grateful again to the MacMillan family for providing the storage space for the wreaths.

October Campout
Signup for this campout will be at our troop meeting Friday, October 14; be certain your boy brings his $15 for his patrol leader for food and knows if a parent is able to drive. On Friday, October 21, we will depart for Apple River Canyon State Park from the church parking lot promptly at 7:00 PM. Please be certain that your boy is properly dressed for the weather (and wearing his uniform) and has packed rain gear.

Popcorn sales
While our troop is not selling popcorn as an official troop fundraiser, we do want to let you know that you can place an order for popcorn if you are interested. All you need to do is contact Dick Tresselt at 848-5040. An information sheet is included with wreath sales material distributed to all scouts on October 7. Checks should be payable to Troop 16. Order deadline and payment deadline will be the same as our wreath sales – Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. Pickup can be made in time for Thanksgiving. This is a way to get some good popcorn and also supporting the scouts. Our Council provides sales prizes for the boys and the troop will provide same 4.5% rebate as we would for wreath sales.

Committee Meeting
Our monthly troop committee meeting occurs Thursday, October 13, 7:30 PM, at First United Church. We do encourage any interested parents to attend – hope to see some of you there to learn what your son’s troop is doing.

Troop Website
Visit for information, including this newsletter, photos and videos of our camping trips, a current calendar, and more!
Jim Bicak, Scoutmaster
Don W. Lennie, Committee Chair

Troop 16,
Oct 14, 2011, 10:30 AM
Troop 16,
Oct 14, 2011, 10:30 AM