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September 2014

posted Sep 1, 2014, 9:50 AM by Troop 16   [ updated Sep 1, 2014, 10:10 AM ]
Boy Scout Troop 16
Oak Park, Illinois
September 1, 2014

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 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 this Friday, September 5. 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. 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.

At each campout scouts must have a proper scout uniform and appropriate gear for the season.

First Campout
We’ll be going to Camp Lowden, near Oregon, IL, September 19-21. Of course we will need several drivers
and adults willing to stay. For this campout the deadline is our next troop meeting, September 12. The fee due to the patrol leader is $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.

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.

Troop Parent Committee
Our Troop Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month. Our first meeting will be Tuesday,
September 2, 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.

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

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


Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster
Jim Bicak, Committee Chair

Troop 16,
Sep 1, 2014, 10:09 AM