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September 2011

posted Sep 2, 2011, 1:03 PM by Troop 16   [ updated Sep 2, 2011, 1:15 PM ]
Dear Scouting Family,
If you are a new family to the Troop, welcome! If you’ve been with us before, welcome back. This letter contains important information about our fall activities, and our full year calendar also is attached. Please share all of this information with your scout, and save it for future reference. Newsletters will be published on a monthly basis. Be sure to check the calendar at the end of each newsletter, since there may be changes from the full-year one included with this newsletter. A full troop roster will be sent out shortly.
Our continued growth means we need your help and support more than ever. We have over 65 boys registered at this time. Parent support is crucial in a troop our size. We will begin this year with required parent meetings on September 7 or September 11. (See note below)
If your son is no longer active in the troop and you wish to be dropped from the mailing list, please send an email to troop16 at gmail dot com. Remember, you may have the newsletter sent to multiple addresses. Send a message to troop16 at gmail dot com with a request to add another email address or with any change of address information.

Parents Meeting
Your attendance is needed at one of our required parent meetings. The first of these will be on September 7 at First United Church, 7:30 PM. The other option is Sunday, September 11, 3:30, at Pilgrim Congregational Church (Scoville and Lake- enter on the north side of the building and come downstairs). These meetings should last less than an hour and are to establish our expectations for parents during the year. Please bring your calendar along so you are able to sign up for ways to assist the troop and your checkbook to pay annual registration fees.

First Troop Meeting
Our first troop meeting of the year will be next Friday, September 9. At this meeting, patrols will be formed and the boys will elect their patrol leader for the year. It is very important that scouts attend the first meeting to be a part of the election process. Remember, meetings always start at 7:30 P.M. and end at 9:00 P.M. Scouts must wear their uniforms. Parents are always welcome to attend, but are especially encouraged to come in for the last 15 minutes of the meeting to hear all of our announcements.

General Campout Information
The boys at their troop leadership committee (TLC) meeting chose locations for the campouts. The year’s calendar is attached. It is possible that some adjustments will be made as the year progresses. Be sure to check the "Current Calendar" printed at the end of each monthly newsletter.
Normally the cost of a campout is handled on a patrol basis; it is $15 per boy for each campout. Cooking is done separately by each patrol with equipment provided by the troop. The troop pays for adult food costs, although they are welcome to contribute. Adults eat as their own patrol on campouts, but one adult is always invited by each patrol for each meal.
If there are four or more boys attending from a patrol they will function as a patrol. Only if there are 3 or fewer boys will they will need to combine with another patrol. We would like at least one “patrol parent” staying with the patrol for the weekend.
At each campout boys must have a proper scout shirt (which must be worn to meetings as well) and their scout handbook. Other very basic equipment needed:
1. Hiking shoes/boots (no gym shoes in the winter)
2. Appropriate, warm clothing, including rain gear
3. Sleeping bag

First Campout
We’ll be going to Mississippi Palisades State Park, near Savanna, Illinois, September 23-25. Of course we will need several drivers and adults willing to stay. Boys must sign up and pay the fee to their patrol leader at the meeting one week before the campout; boys need to know at that time if a parent will be driving. Adults are not charged a meal fee. For this campout the deadline is our troop meeting on September 16. The fee due to the patrol leader at that time will be $15. Boys need to bring the exact amount of cash to give to the patrol leader. Please let your boy know for this meeting whether you are able to drive to the campout.

Troop Participation Requirements
The boys’ leadership committee adopted the following requirements for a scout to remain on the troop roster: (1) attend 40% of the meetings; (2) attend one campout in the fall and two in the spring; (3) participate in one of the two service projects; (4) participate in wreath sales.

Other Information
Our Senior Patrol Leader is David Sauer. If your boy has a question which cannot be answered by his patrol leader, David would be the next person to call.
Our website has lots of information, including a calendar of events: www.troop16oakpark.com
Join our text message list by texting “troop16” (no spaces, no quotes) to 41411. Please note: some providers do not allow this function.
Terry Dutton, (terry.j.dutton at gmail dot com) is in charge of our new scout program. Please feel free to contact him with your questions.
Our Troop Committee meeting this month will be Thursday, September 8, at First United, from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. We welcome all parents at our monthly committee meetings, almost always the second Thursday of the month.

Sincerely,
Jim Bicak, Scoutmaster, JSBicak at aol dot com
Don W. Lennie, Committee Chair, donlennie314 at gmail dot com

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