Troop 20 Events & Troop News
Here’s the current schedule:
- May 14 - Troop Meeting at Watts Park, Glencoe (across from the skating rink)
Wear class B uniforms (scout t-shirts and shorts, no Scout shirt needed).
- May 17 - Bike Rodeo at Crow Island School
- May 18, 19 - Fun Campout at Wonderland Camp
- May 21 - Boards of Review
- May 27 - Memorial Day Parade
- May 28 - Court of Honor - Winnetka Community House
*All scouts should be in uniform at every meeting. Got a question where those patches go?
Go to this Web site http://www.bsauniforms.org/#/boy-scout/item-boyscout
Makajawan attendees - Payment of $290 *per week* is now due for all scouts attending camp. Payment should be made out to "Boy Scout Troop 20" and mailed to Skip Shade. Scouts can also bring payment to the troop meetings on May 14. The last day we can accept payments is May 21. After that, there will be a council-imposed late fee of $25 per week.
Bike Rodeo - May 17
The Bike Rodeo is going to be held on May 17 at Crow Island. We need to get 10-12 scouts to volunteer. The scouts will get dismissed early from school at 2:40 and arrive at Crow Island by 3:00. Pick-up is at 5:30pm.
We also need 2 adult volunteers to help Katie Scullian supervise the Scouts in setting up the course, from 3:00 – 4:00.
Thanks to Katie Scullion for organizing. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fun Campout - May 18, 19
What is a Fun Campout?
Our fun campout is an opportunity to leave the tents & cooking in Winnetka. Wonderland Camp, right across the border in Wisconsin, has lodges, camp store, and a cafeteria for us to eat. These amenities frees up some time for the Scouts to go boating, swimming, hiking, games, & a bit of advancement opportunity for the younger Scouts. The only money required for this campout is for the camp store.
For more information on Wonderland Camp, refer to: http://www.wonderlandcamp.com
You should be very clear on the permission slip about driving requirements (how many you can take, when you can leave by exact time, when you need to return by exact time).
Click below for the release form that the SALVATION ARM requires. Each attendee (Scout & Parent) must complete this form. Bring this form with you to the Campout. Each driver should collect these forms BEFORE leaving Winnetka. We will collect them and turn them in upon arrival at Camp Wonderland.
Attached is tit is the responsibility of the Scout to contact the Driver for departure time/location.
Lastly, here is the schedule for the campout:
Depart Winnetka: around 8.30 on Saturday. The van will depart from the Winnetka Community House Parking Lot at 8.30 AM.
10 - 12 AM: Zip Line
1 - 3: Lakefront, Canoes
3 - 5: Softball games, Basketball, etc.
Depart Camp Wonderland before/after breakfast at driver's discretion.
** All meals/lodging are paid for already. No bedding required. The Camp provides sheets/blankets,pillows.
High Adventure Trips
Wind River High Adventure Varsity Backpacking Trip
Click here for a a description of our Wind River High Adventure Varsity Backpacking trip planned for this summer from 7/20 to 7/27. The details are included but this will be a high altitude challenging hike in one of the more beautiful mountain ranges in WY. It is a outstanding opportunity to experience the beautiful mountains and lake that make up Wind River. Contact info and how to sign up are included. Please contact Rian Wren or John Canfield if you are interested..
John Canfield email@example.com
Rian Wren firstname.lastname@example.org
Yosemite High Adventure Trip
This would be a hiking trip, not a backpacking trip. There are reservations for 3 tent groups (4 to a tent) at Housekeeper Camp along the Merced River in Yosemite. Scouts must be Star rank or above.
The plan would be to fly out to the west coast on Sunday 8/18 and drive to a hotel just outside the park. Our check in day is 8/19 (Monday); our check out day is 8/23 (Friday) and we would fly home that afternoon/evening. This gives the NT kids a good chance to regroup before starting school on the 26th. We sleep in these camp accomodations (there are showers and you sleep in bunk beds) and would be doing lengthy day hikes each day, hopefully including Half Dome and El Capitan. Our plan is to figure out the best way to do breakfast, take lunch and plenty of water on the trail, and cook dinner in camp each night.
Budget is around $2,000 per person as we look at flight, van rental, lodging, and food.
In addition to the spectacular scenery, there are also lots of U.S. Ranger programs which can be used towards merit badges too.
Please let Mr. Vorwald or Mr. Snell for any information relating to the trip.
For more information click the links below
Calvin Chung and Quentin Pitluk are leading a backpacking trip to the Michigan UP in August, perfect for younger scouts to try their hand on the trail for a few days. Please contact Calvin if interested at email@example.com
- Aug 16-21st
- introduction to backpacking (4 days, 3 nights on the trail)
- opportunity for senior scouts to act as crew chief
- Estimated $400 trip fees
- indicate interest ASAP, $100 deposits due by April 5th
- parent and Scout kickoff meeting in mid April to set dates for training hikes.
Click here for an overview
Florida Sea Base Scuba Diving
Troop 451 has a tentative reservation for a SCUBA Live-aboard trip from July 4-11, 2014. We would travel a day or two before & after.
The Troop only has 7 participants signed up so far of a possible 12, leaving 5 openings. Mal O'Connell is a former Troop 20 ASM and is inviting Troop 20 to participate.
The deposit is due in their hands on the 21st, so I would need to know by this weekend if anyone is interested.
We have two leaders (one experienced sailor and one experienced diver), so we are set in that regard, although another leader or two would be welcome.
Feel free to give Mal O'Connell a call on cell phone at 847-921-3502 if you need any more information.
Click here for the permission slip
British Virgin Islands Sailing and Scuba Trip
August 2-9 2014
AN unforgetable HIgh Adventure trip, sailing in the British Islands where you will suba dive, enjoy water sports, and visit historical islands. Sail with our crew of 20 aboard the Cuan Law, the largest sailing trimaran in the world, custom designed to be energy efficient, roomy and comfortable.
Scouts who are 13 and older by August 2, 2014 and hold rank of star or higher are eligible. Each crew member must be certified or have completed an Open Water Dive course. PADI courses are offered at TL Fritts all year round.
For more information contact Mr. Naegele:
Cell Phone: 773.213.7400
Don't forget to send your pictures of Troop Events and Campouts to John Dolan, firstname.lastname@example.org. John will post them on the Web site.
Click Here or click on the Scout Troop 20 logo on the Home Page to view the pictures.
Tubing Video Link
Ski Trip to Granite Peak Video Link
Kankakee River Canoe Trip Video Link
Surfing Campout Video Link
Troop 20 Merit Badge Book Library
Daniel Grossman is the new troop librarian and would like to tell you more about our merit badge library that is located at TL Fritts Sporting Goods. We have a collection of merit badge books which any scout in our troop can check out. The requirements to check out a book are to put $5 in the jar and take out $4 when the book is returned.
If you have merit badge books that you have checked out from our library and are no longer using please return them.
If you have any questions about our library please contact Daniel at .email@example.com
Troop 20 Merit Badge Book Inventory
Congratulations to our new Junior Assistant Scoutmaster – Tom Ball.
We’re excited to have him in this leadership role.
The Scout Uniform - Wear it Proudly
For the Court of Honor, Scouts are expected to be in a complete and neat uniform! The founder of the Boy Scouts, Lord Baden Powell said, "The uniform makes for brotherhood, since when universally adopted it covers up all differences of class and country." This is why we take the uniform seriously. The inside cover of the scout handbook has a guide of where to place the various insignia. Each scout should have the patch representing their current rank proudly displayed on their left pocket. There are special adhesive kits at the scout shop. In a pinch, a stapler works wonders too! The scout shop can help with patch placement as well. The scout shop is open on Saturday from 9am to 1pm and weekdays from 9am to 6pm. It is located at 2745 Skokie Valley Road in Highland Park.
Troop 20 recognizes the invaluable contribution our mothers make with our ”Mom’s ribbons” and ask our moms on hand to come to the stage with their son who is advancing in rank. Moms should place the pins representing your scout’s accomplishments on your ribbon. Please wear your ribbon proudly whether or not your son will be recognized for advancement. Obviously, we want Dad up there in the event Mom isn’t on hand.
Here is the proper way to display your scout sash:
Merit badges ONLY are worn on the FRONT of the sash. On the back of the sash, additional merit badges may be sewn as well as temporary insignia may be sewn. "Temporary insignia" is defined by the BSA as special insignia for participating in unit, District, Council or national events or programs. Previous rank, service stars and pins are NOT to be worn on the sash. The 50-Miler, large camp patches, Historic Trails Award, aquatic emblems (like Mile Swim or Boardsailing emblems) and other "equipment decoration insignia" do NOT go onto a merit badge sash -- there are separate places for those items.
Scout Uniform News
USED UNIFORMS Have you outgrown your scout uniform? Need a different size for the next Court of Honor and the Memorial Day and Fourth of July Parade? Troop 20 has a limited supply of used uniforms available for free. Elise Ball is our uniform coordinator. You can email her with your size requirements at firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll let you know what's available. Donations of used uniforms in good condition may be dropped off to their home at any time.
High Adventure Exchange Program
Elise Ball has agreed to extend the exchange program to include camping/high adventure items like rain gear, boots, zip-off pants, etc. So, as you are going through your gear for this summer's trips, please take any items in good condition, that you have outgrown, over to Elise so that we can build up an inventory.
The troop is always looking for ideas and for feedback on camping activities.
We are open to suggestions of new places to camp. Please E-mail Mr. Huels at email@example.com if you have any suggestions or comments on our past trips.
Doing a Good Turn...For America
Good Turn for America is a national call to service by the Boy Scouts of America to address the issues of hunger, homelessness, and poor health in our nation. In this effort, the Boy Scouts of America is partnering with some of the nation's most respected service organizations, including The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, America's Second Harvest, and the Department of Homeland Security. These organizations and thousands of others will work to provide opportunities for youth and volunteers to fight hunger and homelessness, and teach the habits of healthy living.
Youth and volunteers are looking for ways to serve their communities. At the same time, service organizations need dedicated volunteer help. By working together, we can improve our young people, our communities, and the nation. From canned food drives to disaster clean-up the members of the Boy Scouts of America have recorded over four million hour of volunteer service to their communities over the past two years. For more information on Good Turn for America and to see some heartwarming stories, visit www.goodturnforamerica.org
Pass it On
Do you know a boy, young man or young woman who would benefit from a Scouting program? Maybe a relative, neighbor, or someone from church. Why not let their family know what Scouting has meant to you and your family! Scouting instills values that parents want for their children... Honesty, Integrity, Leadership and Accomplishment and it does it in a way that provides fun and adventure to the child. Remember your Scouting experience. How you felt on your first camping trip, the way you stood proud when you earned your first badge, the sense of accomplishment when you did a good turn. Today's young people can still feel that today. Help them find a Scouting program near them by visiting these helpful websites.
Troop 20 expects all scouts to wear the Troop 20 BSA uniform to all meetings at NSCD. The uniform includes just 3 items: 1. Scout shirt (tucked in) 2. Scout pants or shorts (I see they have new ones that are a little more stylin) 3. Scout belt (green web belt with scout buckle, or other approved scout belts like the Philmont belt). Scouts who do not wear the uniform will not be allowed into the meeting.