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October 2016 Newsletter

posted Oct 8, 2016, 2:09 PM by Troop 16
Boy Scout Troop 16 
Oak Park Illinois
October 2, 2016

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. You can also find a current calendar on our website ( Please share this information with your scout.

Wreath Sales Information 
Our wreath sale is underway! We need the help of all families to make this a successful fundraiser. Each scout was given his sales binder at the Sept. 30 meeting. It is expected that all scouts and families participate, and incentives are in place to encourage participation! If your scout wasn’t at Friday’s meeting, his wreath binder was dropped at your home on Saturday or Sunday. If you didn’t receive it, please contact us ASAP. 

Friday, October 28 – Initial Sales Orders Due. Scouts should continue selling since we order lots of extras for sales after this date. Scouts should keep selling until the wreaths are gone. 

Saturday, November 19 – Wreath unloading and pickup, 440 N. Linden (Linden and Chicago) 8:30 A.M. Scouts can pick up their wreath orders after the delivery and unloading are complete (until 3:30 PM).

October Campout
On Friday, October 21, we will depart promptly at 7:00 PM for the family farm of a former Troop 16 scout near Chatsworth, IL. Sign-up for this campout will be at our troop meeting Friday, October 14; be certain your boy brings his $15 cash for his patrol leader for food and knows if a parent is able to drive. Please be certain that your boy is properly dressed for the weather (and wearing his uniform) and has packed rain gear. LATE SIGNUPS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

Food Pantry Service Project 
First United’s Food Pantry needs our help unloading and sorting donations from the Girl Scout Food Drive on Saturday, Oct. 22. Scouts and parents are needed in two shifts: from 2pm-4pm and 4pm-6pm. The work includes unloading a delivery truck, sorting and organizing donations, and shelving or boxing the food. This is a great opportunity for service hours, which scouts need for rank advancement. We hope you can join us for any or all of the time. Late arrivals are welcome. This is a campout weekend for the troop, so we’re hoping those scouts who aren’t camping can step up to help out with this important project. No RSVP needed.

Committee Meeting
Our monthly troop committee meeting occurs the first Tuesday of each month. This month we meet on Tuesday, October 4, 7:30 PM, at First United Church. We encourage any interested parents to attend – hope to see some of you there to learn what your son’s troop is doing and get involved with our troop’s operations. Our main areas of interest at this time of the year are our annual budget and our wreath sale.

Popcorn sales 
While our troop is not selling popcorn as an official troop fundraiser, we do want to let you know that your scout can sell or place an order for popcorn if you are interested. All you need to do is contact Dick Tresselt or Neal Heriaud. An information and order sheet was distributed to all scouts at the September 30th troop meeting. Checks should be payable to Troop 16. Order deadline is October 21st and payment deadline is December 2nd. Pickup can be made in time for Thanksgiving delivery. This is a way to get some good popcorn and also support the scouts. Our Council provides sales prizes for the boys and the troop will provide same rebates as we do for wreath sales.

Merit Badge Opportunities 
Throughout the year there are various opportunities for scouts to earn merit badges. These activities are not Troop 16 organized events, but scouts are welcome to sign up individually to participate. Scouts need a “blue card” for any merit badge they take, so please see or contact Mr. Jenks for blue cards. Here are some upcoming opportunities:

Microsoft Merit Badge Courses Photography – Oct. 8 Programming – Oct. 9

September Campout 
Our first campout of the year was a great success. 47 scouts and 12 adults enjoyed a weekend of hiking and exploring at Rainbow Scout Reservation, near Morris, IL. Thank you to our volunteer drivers. If you weren’t able to volunteer to drive for September, we hope you find another campout where you’re able to help.

Troop T Shirts For Sale
Our 100th anniversary t-shirts are still for sale. All scouts attending summer camp received a t-shirt. Shirts were also available for sale at our June 100th Anniversary event. If you’re interested in purchasing a troop t-shirt, contact Mr. Tresselt.

Troop Website/Facebook 
Visit for information, including this newsletter, photos and videos of our camping trips, a current calendar, and more! Follow us on Facebook: Troop 16 Oak Park

Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster
Jim Bicak, Committee Chair