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

Upcoming troop meeting dates


Camp is just around the corner. An updated equipment list is here for your use. The biggest changes are that we have identified those things that your scout will absolutely need at equipment check night. (Note the asterisks) Without those things in his footlocker he cannot be cleared to go.

Equipment night is 7:00PM June 27, 2016 at EPLC. This is a MUST ATTEND for everyone. Even if you are driving to camp, you MUST do equipment night and get your son’s gear checked, do a medical review, make out OUR envelopes, etc. You may arrive at any time between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

MEDICAL FORMS ARE DUE IN TRIPLICATE ON JUNE 27th. Please use the official BSA form for CAMPING (sections A, B, & C) located HERE.

ALL MEDICINE NEEDED FOR CAMP SHOULD BE DROPPED OFF JUNE 27TH. Please label, date, and box up the medicine along with directions for use.

Gear will be checked and your son must have all the asterisked items or you will need to go back and get it. There is no, “I will bring it on Saturday.” We learned long ago that this does not work.

Make sure that you have cash for the envelopes. Nothing larger than a $10.00 bill. This is the woods! There are no ATMs, change machines or bank tellers. This is the woods! We know that you only like 50s and hundreds, but stop by the bank before next week anyway and get some small bills. It will be a deja vu moment! Remember, trees can’t make change.

Envelopes are needed for – Dog n Suds $10 to $15 – Spending money for trading post $20 to $35 – Monster shake $10 – Culvers $10 to $12 – Water park $12 to $15 – Pizza Night $7 to $10

We encourage you to write to your Scout while he is in camp. It takes mail approximately 2‐4 days to reach camp so plan accordingly. Packages should only be sent with items of necessity left at home. All deliveries should be addressed as follows: (Be sure to write your son’s troop number and campsite name on the envelope)

Your Scout’s Name & Troop Number (955)
Name of Section Camp (Blackhawk)
Site Number
Owasippe Scout Reservation
       9900 Russell Road
       Twin Lake, MI  49457

All drivers meet at EPLC on Saturday morning at 0830 and proceed to camp. First stop is Michigan exit 1 at the rest stop. (Just in case we leave without you, you might be able to catch us there. 2nd stop is a fast food location in Holland as chosen by the scouts (usually Culvers). Third stop is Owasippe. No detours from the group! Everyone stays in relative proximity so that if we have a breakdown, a recovery is simple. (22 years of doing this – I know a few things.)

Scouts wear full class A for the drive to camp.

Tweets will be sent out upon arrival at camp.

If you can pull a trailer, please call/text Mr. Gawne at 312 213-6591.


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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 PLC has determined that the troop should do our Railroad Tunnel, Rails to Trails BIG bike ride program again. We have done this event three times in the past and each time the scouts that participated had a really great experience AND earned the eagle required Cycling merit badge.

This event is no small undertaking and to pull it off we MUST have the assistance of scout parents. Without this assistance, this outstanding series of events cannot occur and the scouts will lose out.

Scouts will need to follow protocol just as we lay it out in order to complete the program and go on the BIG ride.

The first step is for scouts to sign up by submitting an application. The application can be found here.

This application is attached and must be turned in before the scout completes the first part of the program – the safety ride. There will be two safety rides. The first is scheduled for Sunday May 22. Please meet at Norwood Park School at 2:50PM. The second will be within the next few weeks and will be announced at the troop meeting on May 23. Scouts need to complete the safety ride successfully (that means they have to demonstrate that they know how to ride safely) BEFORE they can start the trail ride program.

There will be multiple opportunities for scouts to get in the 2-10 mile rides, 2-15 mile rides and the 1-25 mile ride before the MANDATORY for all BIG ride participants ride on September 24.

We need adults to help out in three areas to make this event a success

1). We need adults for the safety rides. This does not require owning or getting on a bicycle. Bring a lawn chair and a latte. We give you a clipboard and you observe and mark the scouts as they go by. Mark a scout-take a sip! Real easy! Send an e-mail to titled SAFETY RIDE VOLUNTEER if you will help. Include your name and phone number and come to Norwood Park School on Sunday May 23rd at 2:50 p.m.

2). We need adults for the trail rides. These can either be adults who want to do the BIG ride or those who are willing to help out here in Chicago. Adults will also have to submit an application and it can be found here. Adults who volunteer MUST attend a briefing from the Scoutmaster before doing any trail rides. (There is a very specific way that we do scout rides and we ALL do the rides that way!)

3). We need logistics people for the BIG ride. Logistic people are like the stage crew. They are the drivers for the BIG ride. They bring the riders to Church #1 Friday night with the gear. Saturday morning, the scouts pack up the gear that doesn’t go on the ride and the logistics crew loads it and gets it to Church #2 for the next night. Somebody also has to drive my truck and the trailer.

The logistics crew will also meet the riders at the lunch location (a park on the trail) and make sure that everybody eats, refreshes water, drinks, then drinks, etc. During their free time logistics people are free to tour, shop, read, swim, etc.

On Sunday the logistics team meets the riders at the end of the trail and we all head back. Logistics volunteers also need to fill out the adult support application.

To begin this pretty complex event, I need to have all the adult spots filled, so we need our adult volunteers to step forward now.

I have been asked about bringing other family members, siblings, etc. on the rides. As much as that would be a nice family thing to do, we really can’t do that. These are scout rides, done in a scout ride manner. Just like scout camp outs, hikes and similar events, we operate these, with certain exceptions like crossover and Turkey in the Sand, in a manner that is designed for scouts only. These events are scouts leading scouts and making them family events really throws a monkey wrench in that scenario. This is the true difference between Boy Scouting and Cub Scouting. It is also the underlying reason that the adults who will be helping us need to have a briefing with the scoutmaster before they ride.


Owasippe fees are due. The cost is $290 per scout. Please fill out the registration form and return it to the next scheduled troop meeting.

The 2016 registration form can be found here.


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.


If you are in a Troop Leadership Position and learning about how to be a leader (Leaders are NOT born as leaders, leadership is a learned skill) you may want to consider National Youth Leadership Training.

This course is based upon the leadership techniques developed by Robert Blanchard who is the author of multiple best sellers on management and leadership. The NYLT syllabus is basically the same as that used by the Wharton School of Business Leadership Course and many others. The scouts will receive outstanding leadership training. I was course director for 4 years and I did it because the change in the scouts over six days was amazing.

To be eligible a scout must:

Have completed Troop Leadership Training. (This is the training that we did a couple months back that was mandatory for all scouts in a leadership position.)
The scout must be 13 years of age at the time that the course starts.
The scout must have achieved the rank of First Class.
The scout must have the Scoutmaster’s approval.

Courses will be held at
Camp Sol R. Crown, Wilmot, WI, July 10-15
Camp Big Timber, Elgin, IL, June 12-17
Camp Frank Betz, Berrian Springs, MI, June 18-23

If you are interested talk with Mr. Gawne. Troop 955 does offer partial scholarships to this course. Next year and for the years after 2017, the course will be offered at Owasippe.


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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