- Next Meeting – Monday, December 23 – 7:00 PM - Ahearn Center
We’ll be celebrating Christmas and announcing the winners of the 2019 participation awards. Plan to be there for open gym and pizza.
Class B Uniforms!
- 2020 National BSA Dues – Payment Needed – Thank You!
This is the last call for dues. If you haven’t paid yet, you could be dropped from the charter effective January 1st. Dues are $80 per Scout and $48 per Leader. Checks should be made payable to Troop 965.
- Eagle Scout Court of Honor - Saturday, January 11 – Ceremony starts at 2:00 – Ahearn Center
Zack Ryan and Brian Pritt will receive the rank of Eagle Scout at the Eagle Court of Honor. This is the pinnacle of the Scouting experience. We hope everyone will attend.
We need Scouts and Leaders to arrive at 1:00 to help set up. Thank you!
- Upcoming Dates – Mark Those Calendars!
- Monday, December 30 – No Meeting – Happy New Year!
- Wednesday, January 1 - New Year’s Day Canoe Trip (see below)
- Monday, January 6 – Troop Meeting
- Saturday, January 11 – Eagle Scout Court of Honor (see above)
- Fri-Sun, January 17-19 - Cabin Camping at BSA Camp Sol Crown/Tubing at Wilmot
- Saturday-Sunday, January 25-26 – Sock Drive at Church
- Saturday-Sunday, February 1-2 – Sock Drive at Church
- January Cabin Camping – BSA Camp Sol Crown – Jan 17-19
We’ll spend part of the weekend on the tubing hill at nearby Wilmot Mountain. More information to come.
See you on Monday!
Scoutmaster, Troop 965
New Year’s Day Canoe Trip
We’ll be taking our annual New Year’s Day float on the North Branch of the Chicago River. We put-in at the Willow Road Dam at Skokie Lagoons and paddle about seven miles to the Forest Preserve landing in Linne Woods on Dempster Avenue. The woods along the river shelter us from wind and the paddling keeps us warm. The woods have a very different feel in the winter, especially if there has been snow. It’s a great opportunity to spot wildlife, too.
In order to be eligible for the canoe outing a Scout must have successfully completed the BSA swim test. The BSA swim test requirement can be waived if you are accompanied by a parent. Call me if you have questions. The permission slip for the outing is in the Resource Center.
If I don’t hear from you, I won’t have enough canoes and PFDs and you won’t be able to go!
If You Are Going:
- Every participant must bring a minimum of two liters of water, snacks, gloves (we recommend two pairs), and a knit hat. At least a couple of us will have a first aid kit and fire-starting supplies (not likely to be used, but good to have).
- It is also very important to bring a complete change of clothes sealed in a water-proof bag. In the event of capsizing it is critical that you can change into dry clothes for the rest of the trip.
- It is also strongly recommended that you wear hiking shoes or boots and warm socks, as the bottom of the canoe gets cold from the temperature of the water. The only part of me that has ever gotten cold on these trips is my feet when I didn’t wear hiking boots and warm socks.
- We will meet at St. Juliana at 8:00 am on New Year’s morning to load the canoes and get up to the river. We will be back in the neighborhood no later than 1:00 pm.