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September Newsletter

posted Sep 22, 2017, 9:57 PM by Troop 16
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 115 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.

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 5, 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 8. At this meeting, the scouts will form their patrols for the year. It is very important that scouts attend the first two meeting to be a part of the patrol formation and 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 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 White Pine Forest State Park, near Oregon, IL, September 22-24. Of course we will need
several drivers and adults willing to stay. For​ ​this​ ​campout​ ​the​ ​deadline​ ​for​ ​signing​ ​up​ ​is​ ​Sept.​ ​15​. 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 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.

Den​ ​Chief​ ​Trainings-September​ ​30,​ ​October​ ​7
Scouts interest in being a Den Chief for a local Cub Scout den should strongly consider attending Den Chief
training. The troop will pay for and register scouts for this training. If your scout is interested in being a den chief, contact Mr. Dutton. Transportation will be coordinated once we know who is attending.

Merit​ ​Badges​ ​and​ ​Partials
At the troop picnic, scouts received the merit badges they earned at summer camp. If your scout has any
questions about his merit badges or requirements needed to complete his partials, please have him discuss this with Mr. Gill at an upcoming troop meeting. Mr. Gill also can provide blue cards needed
when a scout is interested in completing a merit badge.

Frequently there are merit badges offered around Chicagoland by local organizations. These are not Troop
16-organized events. Here are some upcoming events opportunities:
DuPage Forest Preserve (variety of badges, dates, and locations)
Shooting Sports-September 16

Other​ ​Information
Our Senior Patrol Leader is Hugh. If your scout has a question that cannot be answered by his patrol
leader, Hugh would be the next person for him to talk to.

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. 

Sincerely,
Terry Dutton, Scoutmaster
Jim Bicak, Committee Chair

Current​ ​Calendar
September TOPIC
1 NO MEETING LABOR DAY WEEKEND
5 Adult comm. meeting 7:30 PM All parents welcome to join
8 Troop Meeting 7:30 PM Patrol Organization/Patrol Gear
15 Troop meeting 7:30 PM Campout​ ​signup​/ Patrol Leader Elections
22-24 Campout 7:00 PM White Pine Forest SP, Oregon, IL
29 PLC meeting 6:30 PM for scouts with leadership positions
29 Troop meeting 7:30 PM Wreath Sales Kickoff / First Aid (Quinn)
October
3 Adult comm. meeting 7:30 PM All parents welcome to join
6 Troop meeting 7:30 PM Cooking (Scott)
13 Troop meeting 7:30 PM Campout​ ​signup/​ ​Dodgeball, Knots (Miles)
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 Halloween Fun (Scott)
Campouts​ ​and​ ​Other​ ​Dates

September 22-24 Campout
October 20-22 Campout
November 10-12 Campout
January 26-28 Campout
February 10 Ski Trip
February 23-25 Campout

March 3 (tentative) Annual Dinner
March 16-18 Campout
April 27-29 Campout
May 18-20 Campout
June 8-10 Family Campout (tentative)
July 8-21 Summer Camp
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