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

Upcoming troop meeting dates


Crossover is also coming up fast. It is April 24 – 26 at Camp Crown. Every scout in the troop should be making his best effort to help with this annual welcome event that he benefitted from when he crossed over from Cub Scouts. After all, a scout is helpful, loyal and helps other people at all times.

The registration deadline for crossover is our next meeting, April 13th. Please submit the universal activity form and the $12.00 fee for the event. All scouts participating must have a valid BSA medical form in our hands. Expired forms will preclude participation.

PARENTS: Please remember that you are invited – even encouraged – to come out for dinner and the ceremony on Saturday night. You get a free meal and free entertainment! How good is this!

Really, your attendance is important to us and will go a long way to make our new parents feel welcome and a bit more at ease about what they are getting mixed up in. It helps new scout parents a lot if they can talk with experienced parents about what the troop does. Hey, when is the last time that you crossed a monkey bridge? There is something your neighbors the Jones haven’t done. Get one up on the Jones. Don’t miss this opportunity.

You can even bring your tent and stay the night. We will guarantee a dynamite breakfast on Sunday and you will have no duties at all for the event! How often can you watch your son clean up without having said anything to him???


The forms mentioned below can be found under the RESOURCES/TROOP FORMS tab above.

Questions have arisen in regards to the iron chef scheduling. I am getting asked questions such as what time should patrols arrive, guests, etc. Here is the deal.

Patrols must figure out how long it will take them to set up their cooking area, prepare the food and be ready to serve. The required time that they must serve portions of the meal by are copied from the information sheet on our website (HINT _ HINT!). The information sheet also tells patrols that Mr. Gawne will be at EPLC at 2:30 on Saturday. Patrols can arrive anytime after 2:30.

Mr. Gawne will actually be at the Church at 2:00 p.m. so patrols COULD, if they wanted to or needed to, arrive as early as 2:00 p.m.

Guests should have received a formal, written, invitation from their scout’s patrol giving them the time that they are to arrive.

Keep in mind that the verbiage below repeatedly uses the phrase, “no later than” to describe time.

Appetizers must be served no later than 5:15 p.m. or points will be deducted.

Initial of PL ________________________

Patrols must be sitting down to dinner NO later than 6:15 p.m.

Initial of PL ________________________

Dessert must be served NO later than by 7:00 p.m.

Initial of PL ________________________


How would you like to win an led lantern, a multi tool and a very nice knife? Interested? Here’s the deal. Beginning Monday, March 2 and at every troop meeting until April 13 we will be timing scouts as they tie four knots in succession.

The knots are: the square knot, the bowline, the tautline hitch and the clove hitch. The fastest time wins all three items. The three runners-up receive multi tools.

Even if you couldn’t tie any of these knots there is plenty of time to get really good at them between now and April 13. A scout may be timed only once per troop meeting, but may try at every troop meeting he attends. One prize per person. (In other words if you have the two fastest times you can’t win two prizes.) Void in California and anywhere else where it might be prohibited.

Put a rope in your pocket. When you have a moment, tie a knot. Practice is what will give you the advantage. Do you embrace challenge or are you one of those naysayers who just gives up? Every scout in the Troop is capable of winning. That means that you can do it.


The patrol leaders council has weighed, considered, evaluated, tweaked and decided! Here is the result of their efforts for the Troop 955, 2015, summer, mini-adventure.

Day One: We start out before the rush hour on Aug 13 and head for Dayton, Ohio. We set up camp at the scout camping area of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, right near the runway area. Cool! We will tour the immense National Museum of the Air Force where an incredible history of Air Force planes is on display. We have been here before and this is a great scout place. Dinner will be Air Force chow.

Day Two: After an early Air Force breakfast on Day 2, we head for the Ace Adventure Center in the New River Gorge, climb in our rafts and raft the upper New’s Class II through Class V rapids. After a great time (jump rock, swim surfing class IIs, splashing, rafting class 3, 4 and 5 rapids and more) on the river, we head for the showers, then cabins and pizza.

Day Three: Day three affords the opportunity for the use of the Ace Lake facility (included in price) or the option (extra fee) of such activities as horseback riding, zip lines, rock climbing, mud obstacle course, mountain biking, cliff rappelling or more. After lunch we head north and stop at the NFL Pro Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio and then a night at the KOA with swimming pool, showers, etc.

Day Four: Day four sees us at Cedar Point, “roller coaster capital of the world” according to them, and then back to Chicago before the bewitching hour.

Estimated Cost (final cost based on gas pricing at time of trip.) $380.00
Initial deposit due ($100.00) on or before April 15, 2015!
See attached form for additional payment schedule. Payments to Mr. Broomhead
See the attached form for your deposit and other conditions. Form


Does it ever occur to you that, “the kids have all the fun?” Well, the troop committee thinks so too and they have decided to do something about it. SO, PARENTS, Mark May 15 on your calendar as a tentative date when YOU get to have the fun. We are cooking up a parent only night wherein you are guaranteed to get some laughs, kick back, make some new friends and have a good time. More next week!


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


A new universal registration form will be used for most events. This form can be found by clicking the Resources/Troop Forms tab or click here.

Event Calendar