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October 2013

posted Sep 30, 2013, 9:07 AM by Troop 16   [ updated Sep 30, 2013, 10:52 AM ]
Boy Scout Troop 16
Oak Park, Illinois
September 30, 2013

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.

Honor Flight for Former Troop 16 Eagle Scout and WWII veteran
You received an email last week with information regarding Mr. Jim McClure’s Honor Flight 
( – which is Wednesday night (Oct. 2). Mr. McClure joined Troop 16 in the 1930s and became an Eagle Scout. He is a veteran of WWII, a former scoutmaster of Troop 16, and father and 
grandfather to Troop 16 Eagle Scouts. 

Scouts and families attending should plan to meet at the church parking lot at 7:00pm. We’ll travel 
by bus to Midway Airport. Scouts should wear COMPLETE uniform, including scout shorts/pants and scout 
uniform shirt. If you haven’t RSVP’d, but can attend, please contact us ASAP.

Wreath Sales Information
Our wreath sales kick-off is this Friday – ALL PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND FRIDAY’S 
TROOP MEETING (new scout parents at 7:30, all other parents at 8:15). 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. Watch the wreath sale tips video on youtube: Wreath Sales - Do's and Dont's

Key dates to remember:
    Friday, November 1 - 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 23 – wreath arrival and unloading, 404 N. East Ave at 8:30 A.M.


October Campout
Signup for this campout will be at our troop meeting Friday, October 11; 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 18, we will 
depart for the family farm of a former Troop 16 scout near Chatsworth, IL, 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. The scouts have planned this as a “wilderness survivial” campout, so 
survival tools (rain tarps, rope, flint and steel, etc.) are encouraged. 

We Want You - To Be a Merit Badge Counselor
Looking for an easy way to help the scouts? Sign up to be a merit badge counselor! Scouts don’t 
earn all of their merit badges at summer camp – especially the Eagle-required badges. We’re looking for 
merit badge counselors for both Eagle-required and optional merit badges. There are a lot more merit 
badges than you might think…and likely you have a talent or skill set for at least one of them. For a 
complete list of merit badges, visit

The first step to becoming a counselor is to come to a quick 90-minute training during our Oct. 11 
troop meeting. RSVP for the Oct. 11 training to Advancement Chairman John Jenks.

Committee Meeting
Our monthly troop committee meeting occurs the first Tuesday of each month. This month that is 
tomorrow - Tuesday, October 1, 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 and get involved with our troop’s operations. 

September Campout
Our first campout of the year was a great success. 51 scouts and 11 adults enjoyed a weekend of 
hiking and exploring at Rainbow Council Scout Camp near Morris, IL. Thank you to our adult volunteer 
drivers this month.

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  An information and order sheet is included with wreath sales material distributed to all scouts on 
October 4. Checks should be payable to Troop 16. Order deadline and payment deadline will be the same 
as our wreath sales – Nov. 1. 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% cash rebate and summer camp rebates as we do for wreath sales.

Troop Website
Visit for information, including this newsletter, photos and videos of our 
camping trips, a current calendar, and more!

Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster 
Jim Bicak, Committee Chair 

Current Calendar

    1 Adult comm. meeting 7:30 PM All parents welcome to join
    2 Honor Flight 7:00 PM Midway Airport – meet at Church at 7PM
    4 PLC meeting 6:30 PM for scouts with leadership positions
    4 Troop meeting 7:30 PM Tower Building /Wreath sales kickoff Austin D
    11 Troop meeting 7:30 PM Wilderness Survival/Campout signup Jared C
    18-20 Campout 7:00 PM Kurtenbach Family Farm, Chatsworth, IL
    25 PLC meeting 6:30 PM for scouts with leadership positions
    25 Troop meeting 7:30 PM Haunted Tunnel - Halloween Ethan W

    1 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Woodcarving/Pinewood Derby - Wreath Orders Due Tommy H
    5 Adult comm. meeting 7:30 PM All parents welcome to join    
    8 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Legos Night/Campout signup Collin H
    15-17 Campout 7:00 PM Owasippe Scout Camp, Twin Lake, MI
    22 PLC meeting 6:30 PM for scouts with leadership positions
    22 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Rocket Building Collin P
    23 Wreath arrival 8:30 AM 404 N. East Ave followed by rocket launching
    29 No meeting
    30 Wreath pickup 8:30 AM 8:30 to noon, MacMillan yard, 404 N. East Ave.