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October Newsletter

posted Nov 11, 2017, 8:31 AM by Troop 16   [ updated Nov 11, 2017, 8:45 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. 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. It
is expected that all scouts and families participate, and incentives are in place to encourage participation! 
If your scout didn’t receive his wreath sales binder, please contact us ASAP.

Friday, October 27 – 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 18 – 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

October Campout
Our next campout is coming up, October 20-22, to the Kurtenbach Family Farm, near Chatsworth, IL.
Sign-up for this campout will be at our troop meeting Friday, October 13; be certain your scout brings
his $15 cash for his patrol leader for food and knows if a parent is able to drive. LATE SIGNUPS ARE NOT

Service Projects Coming Up – Help Needed!

Saturday, Oct. 28 – Oak Park Art League Fall Clean-up
Oak Park Art League (720 Chicago Ave) has asked for our help raking leaves and cleaning up the grounds.
Please meet at the Art League at 9am. Bring a rake and work gloves. We’ll be working for a few hours, so
scouts who need to arrive late or leave early can do so. Donuts and juice will be provided!

Saturday, Nov. 4 – Sarah’s Inn Ribbon Clean-up
Sarah’s Inn has asked for help taking down ribbons displayed in Downtown Oak Park during Domestic
Abuse Awareness Month (Oct). More details on this service project will follow.

Committee Meeting
Our monthly troop committee meeting occurs the first Tuesday of each month. This month we meet
tomorrow, Tuesday, October 3, 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. An information and order
sheet was distributed to all scouts with their wreath sales binder. Checks should be payable to Troop 16.
Order deadline is October 21st and payment deadline is December 15. 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 the same rebates as we do for wreath

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. Gill for blue
cards. Here are some upcoming opportunities:

October 14 - Fall Merit Badge Clinic in Barrington (over 50 merit badges offered)
November 4 – Shotgun and Archery Merit Badge Completion at Adventure Camp in Rochelle, for scouts
with “partial” merit badges

September Campout
Our first campout of the year was a great success. 59 scouts and 12 adults enjoyed a weekend of
hiking and exploring at White Pine State Park, near Oregon, 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

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

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Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster
Jim Bicak, Committee Chair

Current Calendar

3 Adult comm. meeting 7:30 PM All parents welcome to join
6 Troop meeting 7:30 PM Cooking
13 Troop meeting 7:30 PM Campout signup/ Dodgeball/Knots 
20-22 Campout 7:00 PM Kurtenbach Family Farm, Chatsworth, IL
27 PLC meeting 6:30 PM for scouts with leadership positions
27 Troop meeting 7:30 PM Initial Wreath orders due/ Halloween Fun 

3 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Campout signup / First Aid 
7 Adult comm. meeting 7:30 PM All parents welcome to join
10-12 Campout 7:00 PM The Ranch (aka BSA Adventure Camp), Rochelle, IL
17 PLC meeting 6:30 PM for scouts with leadership positions
17 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Pet Rock Night 
18 Wreath arrival/Pick-up 8:30 AM 440 N. Linden (Linden and Chicago Ave)
24 No meeting Thanksgiving Weekend