Troop 35 looks forward to Court of Honor ceremony

Scouts will collect merit badges and rank advancement patches at the Fall Court of Honor ceremony on Sept. 15 at Gary United Methodist Church. The scouts will plan, set up, lead, speak at and clean up after the ceremony.

Many scouts worked on the canoeing merit badge at Troop 35’s July outing on the Fox River (see pictures below.)

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Order your wreaths; support Troop 35

Troop 35 is now selling wreaths door-to-door. This is the troop’s only fundraiser of the year. The money raised helps to fund the troop’s expenses, such as campsite fees, food, equipment, gas, and other activities. Click here to order your wreaths online or to make a donation. Troop 35 will accept online orders until Oct. 13. Scouts will deliver the wreaths after Nov. 23.

The boys will also sell wreaths at two locations on the two weekends after Thanksgiving. You can see them at the Prairie Trail Shopping Center parking lot at the intersection of Geneva Road and County Farm Road, and at a location in South Wheaton (check back for updates.)

Thank you for supporting Troop 35!

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Scouts serve at “Pull-Up Bars for Patriots”

Troop 35 led the Pledge of Allegiance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the inaugural Pull-Up Bars for Patriots memorial at Rathje Park in Wheaton. The permanent memorial honors LCpl. Nicholas Larson, a United States Marine who died for his country. Larson grew up in a house across the street from Rathje Park and loved to play there as a child. He also served as a Boy Scout before becoming a Marine.

Pull-Up Bars for Patriots is a non-profit organization that hopes to establish permanent memorials by raising sets of pull-up bars to honor fallen service members while encouraging physical fitness in communities across the United States. Troop 35 was honored to be part of the ceremony for the first Pull-Up Bars for Patriots memorial.

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Scouts soak up last days of summer

Scouts from Troop 35 camped at the Warren Dunes in Michigan to celebrate summer. They swam in Lake Michigan, climbed the dunes and had a blast.

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Remember this?

With only about a week of summer left before most students go back to school, we thought it might be fun to take a look at this photo from June. Troop 35 celebrated the start of summer with a bonfire, complete with the burning of homework! You can see stacks of papers ready to be burned.

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Rainbow spotted at summer camp

Here are a few more photos from Troop 35’s trip to Tesomas Scout Camp in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, including a rainbow!

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Troop 35 having a blast at summer camp

Swimming, fishing, chess playing and much more… scouts from Troop 35 are enjoying summer camp at Tesomas Scout Camp, in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Take a look at the photos below.

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Troop 35 leaves for summer camp

Forty scouts plus adult volunteers from Troop 35 left this morning for Tesomas Scout Camp, in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The scouts will tent camp for a week, about 10 miles from Rhinelander. The boys will work on merit badges, rank advancements and their outdoor skills. For many scouts, they look forward to summer camp all year long.

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Troop 35 serves community

Scouts from Troop 35 strive to be good citizens in the community, and one way they show it is through volunteering. Take a look at the photo below. Scouts worked in mud and rain to clear buckthorn from the Sensory Garden Playground in Lisle this spring.

Troop 35 scouts cut down brush at the Sensory Garden Playground this spring.

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Troop 35 hunts for geodes

Troop 35 discovered beautiful geodes on their latest camping trip. The scouts traveled to the St. Francisville Geode Mine in St. Francisville, Mo. Take a look at some of their treasures:

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Congratulations, Eagle Scouts!

This month, Troop 35 honored two of its newest Eagle Scouts, Eric Brunner and Danny Hjellming. Troop 35 celebrated each of the boys’ achievements at their own Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at Gary United Methodist Church. Congratulations to Eric and Danny on years of hard work! You are now part of an elite group—in recent history, only six percent of eligible scouts in the Boy Scouts of America have earned the Eagle Scout award.

Eagle Scout Danny Hjellming (center) at his Eagle Court of Honor ceremony.
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Troop 35’s latest adventure: scouts sleep underwater

Scouts from Troop 35 went on a different kind of campout—they traded their tents for the bunks on a submarine. The boys learned about the USS Silversides, a World War II submarine docked at the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum in Muskegon, Mich. Scouts toured the sub and museum, they took down the flags, and some scouts even slept in the torpedo room, underwater. Scouts not only learned lessons of history, but they now have a new appreciation for the people who serve our country.

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Troop 35 serves up sweet treats for Scout Sunday

In celebration of Scout Sunday, boys from Troop 35 cooked up cobbler for the churchgoers at Gary United Methodist Church. They made many varieties, including cherry, peach and blueberry. The scouts served up cobbler from more than a dozen Dutch ovens. They displayed flags and photos and answered questions.

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Troop 35 heads for the snow hills; Newest Eagle Scout honored

Scouts from Troop 35 skied, snowboarded and tubed for a fun cabin camping trip in January. They traveled to Sunburst Winter Sports Park in Wisconsin where some of them tried a winter sport for the first time.

Newest Eagle Scout honored

Congratulations to Trevor Bottom, Troop 35 Eagle Scout. Trevor chose to hold his Eagle Scout ceremony at the Court of Honor ceremony at Gary United Methodist Church in January 2019.

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Eagle Scout’s life is all about service

Special Agent Stuart Zeigler earned his Eagle Scout rank decades ago with Troop 35, and he’s been serving his community and country ever since. Zeigler has traveled all around the world, including protecting former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.

“BSA, specifically Troop 35, prepared me for a life of service. The close mentorship and friendship of friends and adult leaders encouraged me to pursue law enforcement and service. My favorite memories are several life-long friendships, the Essex England Scout Jamboree, and summers spent at various camps and camping. I think of my memories with Troop 35 nearly once each day and am grateful for my time there.”

Stuart Zeigler, Special Agent and Troop 35 Eagle Scout

Zeigler’s next assignment will be at the United States Embassy in Thailand where he will serve as the Law Enforcement Attaché to the U.S. ambassador.

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Troop 35 helps with Christmas Sharing

Scouts from Troop 35 packed food boxes for Christmas Sharing this week at Gary United Methodist Church. The food will go to families in need in Community Unit School District 200. Christmas Sharing serves families in District 200 with food, clothing, toys, books and more. Learn more about how you can help at http://www.christmas-sharing.org/.

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Wreaths are here; Webelos welcomed

If you ordered a wreath from Boy Scout Troop 35, you should see it on your doorstep in the next week or so. If you still need some greenery for holiday cheer, the scouts will be selling outside the following locations in Wheaton, Nov. 23 – 25 and Dec. 1 – 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

CVS: 2000 S Naperville Rd (Near Danada)

Walgreens: Geneva and County Farm Rd.

Scouts from Troop 35 are excited to welcome Cub Scouts to their meetings. Check out Instagram to see the fun we had teaching about first aid, camping and more:

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Scouts bike to latest campout

Scouts from Troop 35 biked more than 25 miles round-trip to enjoy fall camping at Pratt’s Wayne Woods Forest Preserve. They had fun chopping wood, playing badminton, and appreciating the mild autumn air.

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Troop 35 learns about aviation at AirCamp 2018

Troop 35 joined thousands of other scouts in a jamboree-style camping weekend filled with aviation-themed activities at AirCamp 2018. Scouts camped at the Chicago Rockford International Airport, where some even took flight. Pilots from the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) took scouts in their small aircraft and taught them the basics of flying. Take a look at some of the photos from the weekend, including mountain biking, GaGa ball, archery, and some football fun:

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Court of Honor ceremony

Dozens of scouts received a new rank and merit badges at this fall’s Court of Honor ceremony. From the Scout rank to the highest rank of Eagle, Troop 35 recognized them all. Congratulations scouts!

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Chase M. is one of the “masters-of-ceremony” for the Court of Honor.
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Trevor B. stands with his dad. He is one of Troop 35’s newest Eagle Scouts. Well done, Trevor!
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A hot and sunny day for the Court of Honor ceremony. Thank you to Troop 35 for setting up shade tents. And, thank you for preparing and serving a delicious lunch.
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Some scouts perform a silly skit at the Court of Honor ceremony. Way to entertain the crowd!
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