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September 2013

posted Aug 31, 2013, 7:44 AM by Troop 16   [ updated Aug 31, 2013, 7:55 AM ]
Boy Scout Troop 16
Oak Park, Illinois
August 29, 2013

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 100 scouts
registered at this time. Parent support is crucial in a troop our size. Please find a way that you can contribute to the
troop.

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.

First Troop Meeting
Our first troop meeting of the year will be next week on Friday, September 6. At this meeting, patrols will be
formed and the scouts 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 scouts at their Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) 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 scout 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.
We would like at least one “patrol parent” to stay for the weekend.

At each campout scouts must have a proper scout uniform (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 Rainbow Council Scout Camp, near Morris, Illinois, September 27-29. Of course we will
need several drivers and adults willing to stay. For this campout the deadline is our troop meeting on
September 20. The fee due to the patrol leader at that time will be $15. Scouts 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.

Youth Leadership Development Weekend
All scouts Star Rank and above are invited to attend a Leadership Development outing Sept. 21-22 at Green
Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville, IL. This weekend is an opportunity for our youth leaders to work on their leadership skills, plan improvements for our troop, and have fun together! It’s rare that we have a small group outing in Troop 16, so we’re looking forward to it! Look for a flyer with additional information.

Troop Participation Requirements
All scouts in the troop are expected to meet the minimum participation standard: (1) attend 40% of the
meetings; (2) attend one campout in the fall and two in the spring; (3) participate in one service project; (4) participate in wreath sales.

Philmont Scout Ranch – High Adventure 2014
Join Troop 16 July 26 - August 9, 2014 for a backpacking trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in the mountains of NE New Mexico. Scouts will spend 11 days exploring this area and choosing from activities including rock climbing, trout fishing, burro racing, black powder rifles, gold panning, mountain summiting, branding and mule packing, among others.

Scouts must be Star rank and have graduated eighth grade by the time of the trip to be eligible. Trip cost is
projected to be $1,100. To sign up for this trip provide a deposit of $200 by September 20, 2013. Checks may be made payable to BSA Troop 16 and can be turned in at troop meetings or to Dick Tresselt at his home. An additional payment of $500 will be due November 22, 2013 and the final $400 will be due February 14, 2014.

Once sign-up is complete and the crew roster is established, planning meetings and training hikes will be
scheduled during the year. Please contact Rick Easty if you have any
questions.

Other Information
Our Senior Patrol Leader is Jared Corbett. If your scout has a question that cannot be
answered by his patrol leader, Jared would be the next person to call.

Our website has lots of information, including a calendar of events: www.troop16oakpark.com
We have a troop text message system, where you can receive reminder texts from the troop. To signup text “Troop16” to 41411.

Our Troop Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month. Our first meeting will be Tuesday,
September 3, at First United, from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. We welcome all parents at our monthly committee meetings, which are designed to support the troop’s logistics, programs, and finances

Sincerely,
Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster
Jim Bicak, Committee Chair
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