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September Newsletter

posted Sep 15, 2016, 1:51 PM by Troop 16   [ updated Sep 15, 2016, 1:54 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.

            Parent support is crucial in a troop our size. We have over 110 scouts registered at this time.  Please find a way that you can contribute to the troop. 

One method of supporting the troop is reading this newsletter and other messages we send to families. 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. 

Troop Parent Committee – Next week on Tuesday!

Our Troop Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month.  Our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 6, 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.

First Troop Meeting

            Our first troop meeting of the year will be on Friday, September 9.  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.

Service Project Coming Up – Help Needed!

            Rush Oak Park Hospital and other organizations are creating gardens along Madison Street throughout Oak Park.  As part of this project, we’ve been asked to provide volunteers to assist with planting a variety of flowers and plants to help get this project started!  Volunteers are needed on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9am-noon.  Interested scouts and family members should meet at Rush Oak Park Hospital (520 S Maple) on the South side of the parking garage (Monroe and Wenonah) at 9am on Saturday.  Bring work gloves, and trowels or small shovels. Scouts earn service hours, which are necessary for rank advancement.

General Campout Information

            The Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) 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.

            Scouts must sign up for camping trips one week in advance.  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 Rainbow Scout Camp, near Morris, IL, September 23-25.  Of course we will need several drivers and adults willing to stay.  For this campout the deadline for signing up is Sept. 16The 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 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.

Merit Badge Counselor Training

            Looking for a way to get involved in the troop? Consider becoming a merit badge counselor!  There are over 130 merit badges offered, and you can become a counselor for as many badges as you’re interested and knowledgeable in.  We particularly appreciate additional counselors for Eagle-required merit badges.  Information on all the merit badges can be found at

            Merit badge counselor training will be held on Wed., September 21 at 7pm at First United Church (our meeting place).  For more information or to register, contact Mike Stewart ( Please note that this event is organized by the Pathway to Adventure Council and is not a troop-run event.

Other Information

            Our Senior Patrol Leader is James Kennedy (708) 870-64-14.  If your scout has a question that cannot be answered by his patrol leader, James would be the next person to call.

            Our 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. To unsubscribe, text STOP to 41411.

            Follow the troop on Facebook: Troop 16 Oak Park


Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster, 630-347-7633,

Jim Bicak, Committee Chair, 445-8156,