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

Upcoming troop meeting dates


Right now, in West Virginia, the rapids are running well and the river is very exciting. Rain out east has swelled the river so that the water is running quite well right now. Of course, it will probably be different in August. This year, however, the Ace Adventure Center ( has upped the minimum age for the 16 foot rafts that we use to 12 years old from the previous minimum age of 11. Persons under the age of 12, therefore, would be in larger, 20 foot, oar guided rafts that are mostly controlled by the guides. As such, their experience will be more of a riding experience rather than the definitely participatory experience of the 16 foot rafts.

We are therefore, taking a really cool alternative to the full day raft trip. The alternative is a full day trip in inflatable kayaks. I have done this trip 3 or 4 times and it is a lot of fun, and quite exciting. At one point we stop, stack the kayaks and play king of the raft. There are other events, including jump rock, body surfing rapids and more orchestrated by our guides as we go down river and they are a blast. This trip is available to 11 year olds. It still gets you in the rapids and gives you a great and exciting ride that you can tell your friends about, and it is well worth the money.

The 11 year old participants will be doing the kayak adventure in place of the raft trip. As I said, this is a great trip and really fun. If any other scouts wish to join this group, I need to know by the end of the day, Monday, July 20. If you do not wish to change you do not need to do anything. If you wish to make a change, please text your wish to Mr Gawne’s cell phone at 312-213-6591. MAKE SURE that you identify the scout by first and last name. I do not necessarily recognize phone numbers. If I don’t know who it is, I cannot make the change, so please include the name.

Also, below are links to three different waivers. All of the waivers must be printed out IN THEIR ENTIRETY, filled out and then turned in at Mr. Gawne’s residence by August 1. Please note that you must print out, sign, and return the entire waiver for it to be valid. I have to turn in a complete waiver for every person, NOT JUST THE SIGNATURE PAGE. ( I have done this before. Many people want to print just the signature page. That won’t work. This must be printed and submitted in its entirety for us to put that person in activities.} You may also be saying to yourself, “self, my son has not signed up for horseback? Why would I fill that out?” The answer is, – - – kids change their minds. Having everyone fill out every waiver saves us from logistic problems when we are in West Virginia.

ALSO, fill out every box on the Ace waivers regardless if it appears that portions are only for biking or don’t apply to you. This is my eighth go around with the ACE waiver. I have experienced the problems of incomplete and incorrect. Print it all out and fill it all out, PLEASE. Thank you.

Ray Gawne

Please cut and paste each of these links in your browser to open:

TROOP WATER EVENTMYSTIC WATERS, DES PLAINES – August 3, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Attention all scouts: We have 35 spots for those who want to do more in the water. Take in the water slides and fun of Mystic Waters, Rand Road and Dempster, Des Plaines Can your patrol make it down the slide faster than those other guys? Who will win the water relay? We do stuff can happen in chlorinated water too! Better than your ordinary troop meeting! Leave your class A on the hanger for the mini adventure!

Bring your $10.00 to any meeting by June 29 (DEADLINE ALERT) and cement your place in the water. Is that possible? Anyway, sign up quick so you don’t miss out.


If you are going on the summer adventure you will need to print out, read and complete the document attached. This document contains choices and those choices must be made by June 15 so that we can complete booking. Please note the word “MUST” in the previous sentence. Failure to get the document to my wife by COB on 15 June will result in my making the choice for you. If you want to control your destiny, make sure that you get us the form.

If you are a scout new to the troop and are looking seriously at the summer adventure, You must decide and get Mr. Broomhead money by June 8. We are at the reservation and payment stage and, unfortunately, we cannot wait.

The document attached gives the current schedule for the group and, yes, there have been some changes. The primary change is where we will be sleeping the first night out. The change will make our whitewater experience much easier schedule wise. We have also added a stop at the Indianapolis 500 to take a ride around the track. Parents have no fear, our speed will be less than 200 mph.

Summer Adventure Information and Contract as of June 3


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