- Next Meeting – Monday, October 7 – School Hall
Doors Open at 7:00 – Meeting starts at 7:30
We will be working on basic outdoor requirements for rank advancement such as:
- Leave No Trace
- The Outdoor Code
- Uses for the square knot and two half hitches
- The buddy system
- Safe hiking
- What to do if you get lost in the woods
Don’t forget to bring your BSA Handbook!
Class A uniforms for everyone!
- Conservation Project – Saturday, October 5 – Meet at 8:30 AM – Parish Center
From Brian Pritt: There is an opportunity for a conservation service project – which is needed to advance in rank and to complete merit badges - at Skokie Lagoons. We will be cutting down invasive buckthorn trees. The project starts at 9 A.M. and goes until about noon. We will meet at 8:30 AM in front of the Parish Center to load up. Wear grubby clothes – no uniform necessary. Bring a pair of gloves to protect your hands. Permission slip is on the Troop website.
- Hiking at Palos Forest Preserves – Sunday, October 6 – Meet at 7:30 in Church
Troop 965 will begin working on the Hiking Merit Badge and Fort Dearborn Trails Medal with a 10-mile hike on Sunday, October 6. We will hike on the Palos Trail System and the I&M Canal Trail near Willow Springs, Illinois. The hike will begin at Pulaski Woods, and end at the I&M Trail parking lot at Willow Springs Road north of Archer Ave. Using orienteering skills, the Scouts will direct us to specific sites including; the site of the first Argonne National Lab, buried nuclear waste, Maple Lake, a haunted cemetery and the Historic I&M Canal.
Each hiker must carry their own day pack, bring at least 3 liters of water to drink along the trail, and wear hiking boots. Hikers should also bring a sack lunch, snacks for the trail, rain gear, compass, and sunscreen and a hat for sun protection (sunglasses optional).
Parents are welcome to join us on the hike.
If you didn’t turn in a permission slip on Monday, please bring the signed permission slip to the outing on Sunday morning.
We will meet at St. Juliana for 7:30 Mass, depart after Mass, and return before 5:00PM.
- Patrol Leader Council Meeting – Monday, October 7 – 7:00 PM
The Patrol Leader Council (PLC) will meet on Monday night before the Troop meeting. We have a lot to discuss, including a cell phone policy and activities on the October camping weekend.
Please be on time and ready to work!
Let me know if you are unable to attend.
Fall Court of Honor – Monday, October 21 – SAVE THE DATE!
We will be awarding the rank advancements and merit badges earned since spring. We’ll also review our latest outings, outline upcoming activities and update everyone on the state of the Troop. This is an important meeting and I urge parents to attend. Please show your support for your son in Boy Scouts!
- 2021 High Adventure Opportunity – First Boy Scout Mars Crew
The Troop is exploring the possibility of putting a crew together to be the first Scout Troop to go to Mars. Let us know if you are interested in being part of this Crew. The cost to be part of the Crew will be approximately $25,000,000 per person, but the experience will be priceless! The permission slip will be on the Troop website soon.
Using space navigation skills, knowledge of rocket aerodynamics, survival skills for low earth orbit and interplanetary space, and the ability to thrive in a hostile space environment, the Scouts will direct us to the lunar surface before launching to Mars. We will visit specific lunar sites such as Tranquility Base and the site of the first Lunar Orbiter landing, before blasting off for Mars.
Each Scout must carry their own day pack including at least 3 liters of water to drink on the 2-year trip and wear hiking boots. Scout astronauts should also bring a sack lunch, snacks for the trip, radiation protective gear, and a compass. Sunscreen and a hat for sun protection are probably not needed. More information to come.
We expect to be back at St. Juliana around November, 2023 around 5:00 pm.
If you read this and realize that I am completely kidding, please send me a note. I am trying to see if anyone – anyone – is reading the newsletter. The boys aren’t reading it, so I am hoping parents are. Thanks, and see you on Mars for the Fall 2022 Court of Honor!
- Playdium Swimming Opportunity – Fall Season Starts on October 15
Please check the Troop website (Resources page) for information about swim training and merit badges at the Playdium in Glenview. The Playdium is an excellent place to learn how to swim, become a stronger swimmer and earn Swimming and Lifesaving merit badges. The quality of instruction is top notch!
See you Monday!
Scoutmaster, Troop 965