- Next Meeting – Monday, November 4 – School Hall
We had a good Troop meeting this week. We worked with Mr. and Mrs. Gehrling to pack 75 sack lunches for Uncle Pete’s Ministry. The Scout Oath contains these words:
- On my honor I will do my best
- To do my duty to God;and my country
- and to obey the Scout Law;
- To help other people at all times;
- To keep myself
- physically strong,
- mentally awake,
- and morally straight.
If you’re wondering why I highlighted some of the words in the Oath I want to make sure you know why we would make sack lunches for homeless and hungry people. It is estimated there are 9,000 people in Chicago who are homeless. This is a modest way to help them in their need. A Scout is HELPFUL!
We also had a fire building contest to test our fire building skills. Six teams of Scouts competed to see who could build a fire the fastest that would boil water in a paper cup. Congratulations to Luke and Jonah who built a fire that had the water boiling in a little less than 6 minutes. Nice work guys!
Next week we will be working on individual advancement.
Class A uniforms for everyone!
- November Cabin Camping Weekend – Nov 15-17 – Thanksgiving Dinner for Families
Our November camping weekend is our Troop celebration of Thanksgiving. We are camping at BSA Camp Lakota in Woodstock where we will host a Thanksgiving Feast for our Scouts and their families on Saturday evening.
We are inviting the families of our Scouts to join us at Camp Lakota on Saturday afternoon for Mass and the Thanksgiving Feast. It is very important that we have a good count for the meal, so we have the right amount of food. We need everyone who is planning to come out for dinner to RSVP by Monday, November 11. Please let me know if you can join us so we can include you in the count. Thanks.
- October Camping at White Pines Forest Wrap-Up
Here’s a summary of the White Pines weekend:
- 16 Scouts and leaders headed out to White Pines Forest State Park last Friday night.
- Tom Skilling on WGN 9 says that it has been cooler than normal for this time of the year!
- The overnight temp on Friday night was 29 degrees (!), but it was dry.
- On Saturday morning we did a 5 mile hike in the beautiful Lowden Miller Forest near White Pines.
- After lunch on Saturday, the rain moved in and steadily built during the afternoon.
- By late afternoon the rain was getting heavier and everyone was wet.
- The forecast for Saturday night was rain through midnight and a low temp of 35 degrees.
- Around 4:30 on Saturday we made the decision to bug out. We were concerned that wet Scouts and leaders and cold overnight temps were making the outing a little less than pleasant!
- By the time we broke camp and unloaded at St. Juliana - in a downpour - everyone was soaked to the skin. I think we made the right decision to call it off!
- Thanks to Shawn J. for his work on the food for the Scouts. He did a nice job of planning and supervising their meals.
- Patrol Leader Council Meeting – Monday, November 11 – 7:00 PM
PLC members – Mark your calendars for the November 11 PLC meeting. More information to come.
- Scout Mass – Sunday, November 10 – 9:30 AM
Join your fellow Scouts and Leaders for Scout Mass. Class A uniforms unless you are heading out on the Orienteering outing (see below) that morning.
- Orienteering Outing – Harms Woods – Sunday, November 10
Troop 965 will be participating in an Orienteering Meet at Harms Woods Forest Preserve on Sunday, November 10th.
Orienteering is a fast paced treasure hunt in the forest preserve! Sometimes a compass is nice to use, but usually you can navigate using the features marked on the map, just as you would a street map.
Patrols of four scouts will compete against other patrols and other participants to complete the course by finding all of the control points in the shortest amount of time. Your patrol is given a detailed 5-color map of the forest preserve that is made by the Chicago Area Orienteering Club. You pick up an e-Punch and a Clue Sheet. The Clue Sheet tells you exactly what natural feature you're to look for inside each of the 100m diameter circles drawn on your map. You report to the start table for a start time and then you're off into the woods, trying to find each of the control features of your chosen course where you punch the electronic reader, and return to the finish line in as short a time period as possible.
We will leave from St Juliana Church immediately after Scout Mass. Bring water to drink on the trail. Cost for this event is $5.00
Interested scouts should bring the permission slip and $5.00 to Mr. Gulliford at the Monday, November 4 Troop meeting.
- Cub Scout Spaghetti Dinner – Saturday, November 2
If you are free on Saturday night stop by the Cub Scout Spaghetti Dinner to show your support for the Cub Scout program. Service hours can be earned if you help with the dinner.
- November Merit Badge Workshop - Saturday November 16 - 9 am to Noon
Barrington United Methodist Church, 98 Algonquin Road - Fellowship Hall (on Algonquin Road, East of IL 59 and West of the Palatine Road intersection)
The Clinic features traditional counselor meetings for over 60 merit badges including all three Citizenship merit badges, and many STEM, rare and new merit badges. The final list of merit badges available will be provided once counselors have been confirmed.
Advance registration will be available online. Advance registration provides Scouts priority admission to the clinic. Scouts will be matched to counselors based on registration date and time sequence. Scouts are welcome to attend without advance registration.
Each Scout may register for the one merit badge they desire to meet a counselor. After meeting a counselor, Scouts may register for an additional merit badge.
Online advance registration is open October 1 through November 11 (5 pm).
Clinic questions or requests may be sent to ScoutNews.SignalHill@gmail.com
See you soon!
Scoutmaster, Troop 965