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

Upcoming troop meeting dates

LITTLE DITTY ABOUT THE BIG RIDE

A little ditty concerning what to bring on the BIG ride can be found here.

A lot of the advice that is contained in this document also works for the other rides, especially as they get longer and the weather changes. The rules in the attachment will be specifically enforced for the big ride but it is worthwhile reading now.

A blank Riding Log can be found here.

Each scout must complete a ride log AND TURN IT IN TO MR. GAWNE to get credit for his 2-10 mile rides, 2-15 mile rides, 1-25 mile ride, the MANDATORY prep ride and – ultimately for day one of the BIG ride. One log for each ride. (A separate log for each ride.) At the Conclusion of day 2 of the BIG ride each scout will submit his application for the 100 miler award and the 200 miler awards.

CYCLING MERIT BADGE WARM UP RIDES

Time to get back in the saddle. (Do you know the words to the Gene Autry song of that name? If you can sing the entire first verse you win a snack bar from Mr. Gawne!!)

Below are the time/dates for upcoming rides.

  • Friday, August 12, 4:00 p.m., Hart Road, East of Milwaukee Avenue to Bunker Hill Forest Preserve. Two blocks south on Forest Preserve Road to where the North Branch Trail hits the parking lot. Look for a red pickup truck. We will ride north for 5 miles and then return. Estimated ride time 90 minutes.
  • Saturday, August 13, 2:00 p.m., Des Plaines River Trail, Devon Avenue, west of Dee Road, Forest Preserve entrance on north side of Devon. Go in a couple blocks until you see the Des Plaines River Trail marker. Bring money. There might be a stop at a frozen yogurt place where you put your flavor in a cup, then you load it with toppings, then they charge you a lot of money and give you a plastic spoon. We only go to the best places! Estimated ride time 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Friday, August 19, 4:00 p.m. meet at Camp Glenview, Harms Road, South of Lake Street. South of Hackney’s, north of Ferndale Street. We will ride the North Branch trail five miles north, about face, then return. You could do a great dinner at Hackney’s. Tell them Ray sent you. I get a kickback! Just kidding. Estimated ride time 90 minutes
  • Saturday, August 20, 2:00 P.M., MEET AT Panera Bread, 1518 Market Street, Des Plaines. This can be a 10-mile ride OR a 15- mile ride (if you have completed your 2 ten mile rides). Ten mile riders will start at Panera, go 5 miles north and end at Busse and Miner Streets, Des Plaines in the parking lot of the Des Plaines Pancake House. Pick-up parents must be on time or their scout will ride 15 miles, getting credit for 10! 15 mile riders will continue on another 2.5 miles south and return to the Panera/Yogurt place at 1518 Market, Des Plaines. Estimated 10-mile time, 90 minutes. Estimated 15-mile time, 2 hrs., 22 minutes.

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BIKE MAINTENANCE COURSE

Every scout who will be doing the 200 mile of riding needs to take an authorized bike maintenance course. For those of you who have completed the REI course, you have completed this requirement. For the rest of you READ CAREFULLY what follows.

We will be holding bike maintenance classes on the dates indicated below. All other scouts participating in this trip must take this course at ONE of these sessions. Each session is a complete course, so you only need to attend one.

For each session the scout will do the following – WITHOUT FAIL.

- Not wear a uniform

- Have his properly sized bike helmet with him. (If you are thinking of wearing a baseball hat under your helmet, keep in mind that your helmet STILL needs to be worn correctly. In most cases that is impossible. Re-think the baseball hat under the helmet look. Not gonna work!)

- Have a REFILLABLE water bottle. (Not an Avion, Ice Mountain, etc. type)

- Have a method of carrying said water bottle that is hands free

- Bring the bicycle that you will be using on the Columbus Day weekend trip

- Bring an adjustable wrench

- Bring a #2 Phillips screwdriver

- Bring a flat blade screwdriver

- Bring some 10w40 oil or some chain oil

- Bring several rags (notice that we didn’t say paper towels) that you do not want back. In other words, don’t think that peeling off that White Sox jersey and rubbing off excess oil is a good idea even if they are not playing in the cross town world series.

THE COURSE WILL BE HELD ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

August 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m. EPLC South Lot
August 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m. EPLC South Lot
August 22, 2016, 7:00 p.m. EPLC South Lot

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO RESERVE MY SPOT?

Great question! Follow these instructions very carefully.

  • Compose an e-mail to scouter9855@sbcglobal.net using the e-mail that you want a reply to come to.
  • Title the E-Mail “Bike Maintenance”
  • Only write the following in the e-mail, each on a separate line. Scout’s name Scout’s patrol The words, “first preference” followed by the date that is that scout’s first preference. The words, “second preference” followed by the date that is that scout’s second preference.

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You will get a reply to the e-mail that you used to send this information confirming the date that your scout has been assigned for the class. We have a limit on the number of scouts per session. ONE scout per e-mail please.

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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 HANDBOOKRANK 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.

TWITTER

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

UNIVERSAL REGISTRATION FORMUPDATED OCT 2015

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

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