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

Upcoming troop meeting dates


On Monday May 5, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. the scouts of Troop 955 will gather together to roll violence toward plastic coated pieces of maple trees. Then – we will eat pizza and drink pop as if we couldn’t care less.

By order of the PLC it is time to have a Troop 955 bowling night. Come on out to the Mont Clare Lanes, 2957 N. Harlem Avenue, Chicago at 6:30 p.m. for a great time knocking those pins for a loop.

For only $10.00 (partially subsidized by Troop 955) each scout will get two lines of bowling, shoes, pizza and pop and a great deal of fun and laughter. WHAT A DEAL!

Deadline for sign – up is Monday, April 28 at the picnic. We will be giving the final count to Mont Clare Lanes on Tuesday morning, April 29. Don’t be late signing up and you won’t be sad!


Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10 is our (not on) Mothers Day campout. The troop will depart on Friday evening and return on Saturday evening. In this way all scouts will be available to greet and take care of their mothers on Mother’s Day and we will have abided by that part of the United States Constitution which requires “domestic tranquility.”

The PLC wanted to go to a State park with rock formations, however, I was unable to locate space in any State park with rock formations with less than a two hour drive. As such, we will be camping at Camp Lowden (BSA), Oregon, Illinois – adjacent to the Lowden State Forest, an area of great ravines and hills. Lowden is a tremendous capture the flag location. We have played capture the flag here on many occasions and it has been superb!

For this event we will be putting on multiple clinics which directly pertain to advancement toward 1st class. For example, we will be doing all of the second class fire building requirements and have a fire building contest with a really cool Winchester collector’s knife as the prize. This will be available to all scouts, not just those working toward first class.

Additionally, you will have an opportunity to get all of the map and compass requirements for 1st and 2nd class completed. Performance at a high level in the compass section will have rewards of its own. (Think food that is in the sweets and oils food group) We will also bring GPS units so that scouts can have some fun with them.

Patrols will need to hold a patrol meeting and come up with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus for Saturday. The Saturday dinner meal must be a Dutch oven meal. What did he say? He said, “the Saturday dinner meal must be a Dutch oven meal.” (Check out the troop library for great recipes.) They will also need (and this is really easy if you follow the patrol menu form on our website):

  • food group breakdown,
  • recipes and cooking instructions for every item on the menu,
  • food lists of food to purchase (Keep in mind that consumables are NOT supplied by the troop. Such things as paper towels, dish soap, SOS, foil, charcoal, Dutch oven liners, etc, are a PATROL responsibility.),
  • equipment lists for equipment that you will need in cooking and preparation,
  • patrol scribe report (available on the troop website) on the patrol meeting where this was accomplished,
  • Quartermaster request form (available on the troop website) for ANY equipment that your patrol will need that has not been issued to your patrol in its patrol box.

All of this will be due in Mr. Gawne’s hands on or before 7:20 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 28, 2014.

Each patrol will need a skit for the Saturday night departure campfire – OOH, something else to have a patrol meeting about.

ETA back in Chicago on Saturday night is expected to be between 11:00 and 11:59 p.m.

The earlybird cost of this event is $7.00 per person. Additionally, there will be the cost of the patrol’s food. Parents, therefore, may want to dissuade their son’s patrol from putting lobster thermador on their menu. There will be a timed, truck stop type, snack and gas stop on the ways up and back. This will help us get ready for the summer adventure.

Deadline for early bird sign up is Monday, April 28. (By coincidence there is a scout and family picnic that night at EPLC and the park across the street. How convenient!) Late sign-ups (after April 28) are $10.00.


Andrew K’s Eagle Project Dates 3-4th of May and the 17-18th of May.

Andrew has scheduled the first and third weekends of May to work on his Eagle project. As with all Eagle projects performed by Troop 955 Scouts, your help is needed and will be appreciated very much.

Andrew also intends to submit the results of this project to the Chicago Area Council for consideration for the Hornaday Badge, one of the three Hornaday awards that can be earned by a Scout. Another unique part of the project is that the Troop can earn a Hornaday Unit Award if at least 60 percent of the active members participate. We need your help!

In describing the Hornaday Awards the BSA website says to “Think of it as an Olympic Medal Bestowed by the Earth.” Andrew’s project will be in the area of Soil and Water Conservation. It will involve rebuilding a riprap, construction of two dams made of natural materials, and the placement of logs to prevent erosion. The purpose of the project is to save several trees that date back to the early 20th century and to stop some of the erosion that is taking place in the area. More detail will be provided in the coming weeks.

The project will take place in Miami Woods just south of Dempster and immediately west of the North Branch of the Chicago River. Access to the site is at the southeast corner of the shopping center on the southeast corner of Waukegan and Dempster. Work will take place from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Service hours will be reported for all work done on the project. Due to the nature of the work and the working conditions, please wear jeans and a T-shirt, and bring bug spray and sunscreen. And, as with any Scouting activity, a water bottle is a must!

If you would like to learn more about Hornaday there will be a presentation at the welcome barbecue and awards ceremony on April 28th.


NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venturers with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well. NYLT will be held June 21 – June 27 at Camp Frank S. Betz in Michigan this year. The early bird fee is $235. A $90 deposit is due by May 12. See Mr. Gawne for complete details.


Scouting provides many opportunities for boys. Not the least of these is the opportunity for leadership. In the words of Vince Lombardi, “leaders are built, not born.” To encourage our scouts to become the best leaders they can be, Troop 955 has established a scholarship fund for scouts who successfully complete National Youth Leadership Training or the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience. These leadership courses are on a par with similar business leadership courses costing thousands of dollars. They are outstanding lifetime experiences which teach lifetime lessons. Complete the application form as soon as possible to be considered for a scholarship. Scholarship Application


Progress continues in setting up the 2014 summer adventure – (Mammoth Cave, USS Yorktown, Williamsburg, Washington, D.C., Whitewater rafting & #1 Amusement park in America) Mark your calendars! The dates of the Summer Adventure are Wed, Aug 6 to Sat, Aug 16. During the Holiday Party, Dec 16th, we will be discussing this amazing opportunity for scouts and presenting a handout on where we stand. This will be the deadline for letting us know if you will be participating in this event. We will also be asking for a financial commitment of $100.00 from scouts and adults who want to make this event one of their great experiences. For this event we need to make reservations early. As such, we need a commitment early in the process. For this reason, we need people to commit to this event by this time, (Dec 16) so that we have a solid number to solidify our reservations. To apply please fill out the special summer adventure application which will be passed out on Mon, Dec 16 and include it with your deposit.


This year’s Owasippe dates are Saturday, June 28 to Sunday, July 6. On registration night, January 20, we will be collecting the $50 deposit for Owasippe. We must submit this deposit to council in February to ensure space and guarantee our participation. Please remember that scouts must attend summer camp in order to qualify for the summer adventure.


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.

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