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

Upcoming troop meeting dates

TROOP REGISTRATION

It is getting to that time of the year when the Boy Scouts of America requires all scouts (and adult leaders) to re-register. As such, we need all parents to come out on Monday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. and re-register their scouts.

This is a deadline event as I have to take what we do on Monday and get it to Council on Tuesday, December 12th.

As you can see, there is not much leeway. Therefore, to ensure that your son remains a scout and that his membership does not expire, we need at least one parent to come to this event. There is paperwork to be done and plans to be made.

EVERY scout needs a parent at this event. Please mark your calendar.

TROOP CHRISTMAS PARTY/AWARDS NIGHT

A reminder that our Christmas Party/Awards Event is Dec 18. We will be taking you, somewhat vicariously, to the Camp Blackhawk “GO” dining hall for dinner with a real camp dinner and some dining hall hijinks and laughter. The cost – IF YOU AGREE TO SING AND ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE FUN – is $5.55 per person.

If you want to sit quietly by and not sing or participate, submit $10.00 per person. This is an event for the whole family. Scouts will wear full class A. Family members may dress like elves, Santa, members of Santa’s immediate family or themselves.

Please use the troop activity form to register and, in the bottom margin, indicate the number of non-scout siblings under the age of 11 who will be attending. SIGN-UP on or before Dec. 4th.

Legal Notice: we have changed mashed potatoes in the menu to macaroni and cheese. Because this is a celebration and part of a program, fat and calories remain irrelevant despite the change.

CAMP CHICAGO

I am proud of the PLC for coming up with a new and exciting twist for Camp Chicago. December 1 and 2 are the dates.

Camp Chicago requires a special application located here.

This application must be fully filled out and signed by the parent (not the scout signing the parent’s name) and submitted with the $40.00 payment by November 20th. Sign up after this the cost goes up to $55.00.

Camp Chicago is a whole new format for this year. This format has been designed by the PLC. We start out at the Forest Preserve Camp Alphonse at 6:30pm for a ‘Mystery Hike’ on Friday evening. Upon completion of the hike we proceed to EPLC for fun, games, and food. Sleep, followed by breakfast and then a Metra ride and we go off and stand in space about 99 floors above the street.

After standing in space we go look at space and find out about it at the Adler Planetarium. This is also the start of Space Exploration Merit Badge. Lunch at the Planetarium with a sensational view of Chicago looking in from the Lake.

After the Planetarium we visit Lincoln Park Zoo, home of the famous ‘Zoo Lights’. Then parents meet us at the Zoo at 6:00pm for more Zoo exploration and fun or the ride home.

CHRISTMAS TREES, WREATHS, AND POINSETTIAS

Christmas is around the corner and that means it’s time for Troop 955’s annual Christmas Trees, Wreaths and Poinsettias Fundraiser. We sell 6-7 foot Fraser Fir Christmas Trees freshly cut in Wisconsin. We also sell Wreaths, Swags and Garland Rope, also freshly made by hand in Wisconsin. Wreaths and Swags come with pine cones and a bow. Our Beautiful Poinsettias are red and are available in 6.5”, 8” and 10” size pots from Kennicott Brothers in Chicago. The size of the poinsettia flowers are about 12”, 24” and 36” across respectively. We accept cash, checks and COD. Proceeds help support all Troop 955 activities and help defray the cost of camping.

THE ORDER FORM IS LOCATED HERE

The deadline for orders is Monday October 30, 2017. Orders may be brought to my home (see order form attached), Edison Park Lutheran Church, emailed, phoned in or mailed to my home.
I can special order trees 9-10 feet tall. Tall trees will likely be Balsam firs. The cost is $70. Please indicate on the order form that you would like a 9-10 foot tree and change the cost. 8 foot trees are available at the regular price of $60, but please specify on the form that you would like one.

Pick up is Sunday November 26, 2017 from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm at Edison Park Lutheran Church, 6626 N Oliphant in Chicago. I can hold items for anyone who will be out of town until December 1, 2016.

You may call me or email me with any questions or requests. My phone is: 312/636-5881 and I am available in the evening. Email is: troop955treeswreaths@gmail.com .

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Boy Scout Troop 955 and Ann Pistone.

SWIM LIKE A DOLPHIN

The Playdium in Glenview of offering swim classes to all scouts for a nominal fee. Please find details of the program LOCATED HERE

FAMILY SKI OUTING

Saturday, January 6, 2:00 to 10:00 p.m.

This is a great way to make a super family day. Grand Geneva is only 70 minutes from EPLC and really easy to get to. We start at 2:00 p.m. so you don’t have to get up early and you still have time to cut the grass before you leave. If nobody or somebody in your family doesn’t know how to ski, a lesson is only $5.00 (price increase from last year but still dirt cheap).

If you know a scout that wants to go to Switzerland in 2019 THIS is a great place to start him off.

This event is run under the auspices of the Indian Trails District, Pathway to Adventure Council, BSA, but the people who run the event are from Troop 955. Invite relatives, neighbors and friends (As long as they are nice. A scout is cheerful and friendly and we want our participants to be so as well. If not, I make them write a dissertation about the Scout Law.)

If addition to skiing we will offer ice skating, cross country skiing, sledding, hotel discounts and Spa discounts. If you don’t like skiing, drive the kids up for skiing and hit the Spa, then hit the hot chocolate – there’s a tough day at the slopes!

This is great pricing for skiing and we will have food discounts, room discounts and Spa discounts coming as well. Sign up will be via the Pathway to Adventure website and should be up and running by Halloween.

WINTER IS A BLASTSLEDDING ON STEROIDS OUTING

The PLC has determined that Troop 955 should, once again, do sledding that is exceptional! The LUGE is our destination January 12, 13, 14, 2018. The Muskegon Luge is one of only four Luge tracks in the U.S. and is the only one open to the public and specializing in Boy Scout programming. Go to the Muskegon Winter Sports website and check out their videos on Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Skating and, of course, the Luge to see what the fun is all about.

Our scouts will be able to do the Luge and (choose 2) skate, cross country ski, or snowshoe at this premier winter fun place. This is like a small preview to Switzerland activities only you don’t need a passport. Parents – we have done the Luge many times. Our only injuries of consequence (a few bumps and bruises) were to adults and they recovered without medical assistance – just linament!

Owasippe winter housing was full, so we will be staying at Camp Gerber (next door to OSR). Our cabin holds 20 people. Luge fills up fast and one of the Saturday Luge sessions is already full. As you apply we will book the luge session. We cannot afford to wait for everyone or for a deadline and possibly miss out. You will want to book this immediately so that you don’t miss out.

The cost for this event is $69.95. That includes the luge, scout choice of (pick 2 of the 3) skating, cross country skiing, or snowshoeing, hot dog lunch at the winter park, cabin, breakfast Saturday and Sunday and Dinner on Saturday. Pretty good deal, America!

Scouts registering will fill out the Universal Activity Form. In the top margin, in large letters they will write their two choices from the three options of cross country skiing, skating or snowshoeing. They will then go to the website, www.mssports.org/wp-contents/uploads/2016/01/MWSC_LugeWaiver.pdf and print out the waiver. The waiver will be completely filled out and signed and will be submitted with the activity form and the fee of $69.95.

TROOP SKI EVENTGRANITE PEAK

Granite Peak is the closest thing we have to Swiss skiing. As such, we want to offer scouts the opportunity – this year and next – to show what they can do and to demonstrate that they can ski at a level that will allow them to maneuver the Swiss slopes in a safe manner. Granite Peak, therefore, is one of our offerings.

February 3/4 looks like a good day for such an outing. Granite Peak, as of 26 Sept, has not yet set their group prices for 2017/2018, so we don’t know pricing. We would do the stay at a Church thing as usual to keep our cost down. Departure would be Saturday morning and return would be Sunday – midday. We would do lunch in the Granite Peak parking lot to avoid the high food prices. Stay tuned for more data.

CAMP BUFFALOTHE WINTER EVENT February 17, 18, 19, 2018

Camp Buffalo in Monticello, Indiana is a summer camp for the Sagamore Council in Indiana. It is also a pretty cool place in the winter. The PLC has chosen Camp Buffalo for a February encampment on President’s day weekend. We will be doing patrol cooking outdoors (unless we have sub-zero conditions) for three meals. (Opportunity for advancement). Among the things planned for Camp Buffalo is usage of their indoor archery range.

CROSSOVER

Crossover will be April 27 – 28 at Camp Solomon Crown, Wilmot, Wisconsin. The weather will be perfect and we invite all parents to come out for free dinner and really cool ceremony and watch what their sons in action doing really good stuff. Mark your calendar.

CAMP ROKOLIO

Get out your hat with the horns and prepare to land at the Viking Ship! Our annual trip to Rokolio will include a stay at the Viking Ship. March 9, 10 and 11 are the dates for fun and games at one of our favorite locations.

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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