On November 14 the scouts of Troop 955 elected Sean Trotman as the next Senior Patrol Leader. Congratulations to Sean.
Current SPL Joe Broomhead will be moving to the position of Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM). Joe has done an exceptional job as Senior Patrol Leader and will be a plus to the troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster. Thank you, Joe.
The low cost deadline for Camp Chicago is WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16. Hope you didn’t miss it. Shedd rule, not ours!
PROCRASTINATORS TAKE NOTE!! Here is an opportunity (place tongue in cheek) to cost yourself an additional $12.00 (twelve) dollars by waiting until we have already placed our advance group order. Then you can pay more, have great remorse and swear that you won’t do that again!
For those who like to SAVE money and want their scout/s to have a great time, make sure that you get us the registration form and the money ($30.00) by Wednesday Night! Camp Chicago is December 2 and 3.
Next PLC is 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 4. ALL PLCs are class A uniform events. Leaders should look the part and set the example.
CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT
Monday night, December 12 will be the annual Troop 955 Christmas Party. This event features entertainment, recognition, mythical characters, food and more.
We will start at 6:30 with an ‘order your own pizza’, pizza event. (To clarify, you then eat your own pizza.) Families may place orders for medium pizzas (no pizza by the slice orders this time) and take home whatever they don’t eat. The pizza will be pre ordered and paid for in advance. The troop order form, which will be available on our website, will be used for ordering. The order deadline is December 7 – “a day that will live in infamy”, and is easy to remember. All pizza are mediums (Much easier to administer and we can offer more choices.) and come from Pizza Hut.
See the order from for more details.
JANUARY – FAMILY (or not) SKI OUTING
A great family event this will be held on Saturday, January 7 (kids still off school and probably need to be outdoors). Held at Grand Geneva, only 70 minutes north, this is a great place to learn to ski, brush up so that you are good enough for Switzerland (2018) or just have a good time. Ice Skating and Spa discounts for the un-skiers. This is an individual sign up. All family members are welcomed (except the ones who are obnoxious and consistently violate the Scout Law.)
JANUARY – WINTER SUPER EXPERIENCE!
There are 4 luge tracks in the United States of America. Three are not open to the public. ONE is open to the public and caters to scouts! By a wonderful coincidence, that track – WITH THE GREATEST SLED RIDE YOU WILL EVER HAVE – is a few miles away from Owasippe!
On January 13, 2017, Troop 955 will head for OSR and check into the health lodge for the weekend. (This is not a medical check up!) Our health will soar as we get to go down the Luge and feel what only a few have felt! Where else can you go around a 180 degree turn – sideways – on your sled. If you fall off (and a couple have) your sled will get to the track end before you do while sliding on your jacket.
We will even have an opportunity to try snowshoeing and do some ice skating on an ice track that winds through the woods. Owasippe in the winter is amazing!!!
We will return later in the day on Sunday and then recover (and do homework) on Monday, MLK day. When you go back to school on Tuesday you can casually mention that you went luging over the weekend. Let’s see your buddies match that one!
Cost for food, lodging and luge is $55.00. Add snowshoes and skating for another $10.00. Deadline is December 19.
CHRISTMAS TREES, WREATHS and POINSETTIAS
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: email@example.com .
2017 BOYSCOUT NATIONAL JAMBOREE
Sign up for the 2017 Jamboree now!! Guarantee your place and commit yourself to the Ultimate Boy Scout Experience!! For more information and to register with PTAC click here.
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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.”
NEW HANDBOOK – RANK REQUIREMENT CHANGES
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 scoutstuff.org or at Chicagoland Hobby, 6017 N. Northwest Highway. It comes in spiral binding or ‘perfect’ binding.
NEW MEDICAL CONDITION UPDATE FORM
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
UNIVERSAL REGISTRATION FORM – UPDATED OCT 2015
The universal registration form can be found by clicking the Resources/Troop Forms tab or click here.