Meetings take place
most Mondays
between 7:00pm-8:30pm
at Edison Park Lutheran Church

Upcoming troop meeting dates

HALLOWEEN PARTY – Monday Oct 24th

Costume or class A required. Each patrol needs to have a game to lead the rest of the troop


Christmas is around the corner and that means it’s time for Troop 955’s annual Christmas Trees, Wreaths and Poinsettias Fundraiser. For those new to the troop, we sell 6-7 foot Fraser Fir Christmas Trees freshly cut in Wisconsin. We also sell Wreaths, Swags and Garland Rope, also freshly made by hand in Wisconsin. Wreaths and Swags come with pine cones and a bow. Our Beautiful Poinsettias are red and are available in 6.5”, 8” and 10” size pots from Kennicott Brothers in Chicago. The size of the poinsettia flowers are about 12”, 24” and 36” across respectively. We accept cash, checks and COD. Proceeds help support all Troop 955 activities and help defray the cost of camping. A percentage of a scout’s sales will be credited to the scout for camping activities such as Owasippe and Summer Adventure. There is a place at the bottom of the order form for the scout’s name.

I will need 4-5 scouts for church services at EPLC on October 23 and October 30, 2016 to hand out order forms to the church members from 8:15 am to 10:30 am. Please email me at: if you can make it. I can sign off on volunteer hours for scouts if they need them.

The deadline for orders is Monday October 31, 2016. There is no troop meeting this day due to Halloween but you may drop off orders at Mr. Gawne’s house that evening where special scout treats will be waiting. You may also drop them off at my house that evening or any time before. Orders may also be brought to EPLC, the troop meeting, emailed, phoned in or snail mailed.
I can special order trees 9-10 feet tall. Tall trees will likely be Balsam firs. The cost is $70. Please indicate on the order form that you would like a 9-10 foot tree and change the cost. 8 foot trees are available at the regular price of $60, but please specify on the form that you would like one.

Pick up is Sunday November 27, 2016 from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm at EPLC. All scouts and a parent are requested to volunteer. I will send up a volunteer sign up request a week or two before. I can hold items for anyone who will be out of town. Mr. Gawne will also make a limited number of local deliveries of items for those who need them, but please write on the order form that you need delivery. Someone must be home to deliver poinsettias, and items must be paid for beforehand.

You may call me or email me (Mary Hoffman) with any questions or requests. My phone is: 773-763-0586. Email is: .

The order form can be found here.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
Mary Hoffman (Joe Broomhead’s mom)

CAMPING, CLIMBING, COOKING, and ARCHERY!!! – Nov 4th, 5th, 6th

The PLC has determined that we won’t be doing Turkey in the Sand this year. However, we have a pretty cool outing planned in its place. We will be camping at a Boy Scout Camp near Janesville, WI. This will be the last tent camping for a few months (unless the PLC wants to do a night in the snow), so this is a great opportunity to do many different outdoor things that may be on hold during the winter months.

This campground has a ravine in it, and although I have never been there, the layout looks pretty good for capture the flag. We are also looking to do some archery AND we will be heading off to an 8000 square foot climbing facility with a great bouldering area as well as multiple beginner to advanced climbing walls. Shorts, t-shirt and indoor shoes are recommended for this portion of the event.

We will be leaving EPLC at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4. Scouts must be wearing outdoor shoes. Patrols will display their food and they must have their patrol box or we will leave the patrol in Chicago. We expect to fold up camp between 10:30 and 11:00 on Sunday. The cost for this event is $27.00. That includes camping, climbing, archery and Sunday breakfast. Patrol food expense is additional. Sunday breakfast will be troop cooking. It will be prepared on Saturday evening and cooked Sunday morning.

Read the October 24 meeting blurb for more important information about this camp and the new procedures occasioned by the patrol (now known as the Imaginary Food Patrol {IFP}) who came camping in May with no food and no plan, expecting others to take care of them.

Please bring payment to Oct 24th troop meeting of drop off to Mr. Gawne’s house by October 31st

BOWLING FOR FUN – Monday Nov 7th

Classic Bowl, 8530 Waukegan Road, Morton Grove. The fee for the bowling is $9.00 per person and that includes shoe rental if you need shoes. Bring your fee to the troop meeting on Oct 17 or 24 along with the universal activity form. If you forget, you can bring it to Mr. Gawne’s house on Oct 31


Popcorn forms were passed out to the troop. Popcorn helps the troop AND the scout because we share the revenue. Popcorn sales help the scouts going to jambo, help themselves. Need forms? Call the Gawne’s. Help scouting. Help troop 955. Help YOURSELF! Buy popcorn! Sell Popcorn!


All positions for troop leadership are open for election. These positions are as follows:
Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, bugler, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, webmaster, or outdoor ethics guide, must apply again for a leadership position.

Once a scout has reached first class, he must show active leadership in a leadership position in order to advance. That means he must fulfill the requirements of his position as delineated in the leadership position descriptions shown on our website.

The scouts will apply to the SPL who, with the consent of the Scoutmaster, will appoint scouts to troop leadership positions.



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Ray Gawne says “When I was a Boy Scout my Scout Master said it was just a big summer camp and I did not go. I went as an adult on Staff and as a contingent leader and boy was he wrong!”

Ron Wat says “I was impressed not by the mile long zip lines, huge arena shows, thousands of scouts in one place being hushed by a scout salute, rock climbing, rappelling, skateboarding, mountain biking, scuba diving, shooting sports, water sports, tech quest robotics and more. The best thing by far was the camaraderie built among the 32 scouts in my troop that came from all over the Chicago Area. Northside, Southside, Lakefront, Sox Fans and Cubs Fans all became a single unit by the end of the Jamboree.”


The 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook is now in service. Old editions are now defunct and no longer applicable. Many changes in rank requirements (which went into effect 1 Jan 16) are included in this edition as are many procedures and instructions, particularly in the first aid section. The book also has many upgrades for scout record keeping, etc.

Scouts are now required to complete scout skills in the manner prescribed in the 13th edition and NOT in the manner prescribed in the 12th edition. A scout who attempts to do CPR, for example, as described in the 12th edition, will be doing it incorrectly.

There are a lot of updates in the new book. This book is for sale at all scout shops, on line at or at Chicagoland Hobby, 6017 N. Northwest Highway. It comes in spiral binding or ‘perfect’ binding.


A new Medical Condition Update Form for Outings will now be required for each scout to be completed and turned in at departure time of each event. Please click here for the form.


Did you miss the summer tweets? Here’s the directions on how to follow the troop on twitter. Click here


The universal registration form can be found by clicking the Resources/Troop Forms tab or click here.

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