To start the new year, Troop 35 celebrated Jack Vail’s journey from Cub Scout to Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony, held at Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, recognized not only Jack, but also all of the people who helped him along the way, including his family, his mentors, his scoutmasters, and his fellow scouts. Only two percent of people who begin scouting become Eagle Scouts. Well done, Jack!
Christmas Sharing started in 1969 when a school social worker was concerned about less fortunate students and families and asked his church, Gary United Methodist Church, to help. Now, 50 years later, Christmas Sharing has grown to include eight churches, 20 schools and hundreds of families. Families receive food, clothes, toys and other items to make the holiday season brighter. Troop 35 also helps to load items in families’ cars.
Every year, Troop 35 takes a night to play games, including their favorite electronics. The troop invites Webelos scouts to come and have fun and get to know each other better, hoping they continue their scouting careers and become Boy Scouts. This year, Troop 35 also elected their next senior patrol leader at the electronics lock-in.
You can find scouts from Troop 35 selling wreaths at two locations, the two weekends after Thanksgiving. The money raised helps to fund the troop’s expenses, such as campsite fees, food, equipment, gas, and other activities. Please stop by!
New location: former Fresh Market parking lot (south side of Roosevelt Rd. between Lorraine Rd. and Lambert Rd.)
Walgreeens parking lot (Southwest corner of Geneva Rd. and County Farm Rd.)
Scouts from Troop 35 traveled to Platteville, Wisc. to tour the 1845 Bevans Lead-Zinc Mine. They visited a museum and watched the National Guard documentary, Dawn of the Red Arrow. Below is a photo of scouts at the mine’s elevator.
Troop 35 scouts working on the Communication merit badge attended the Wheaton City Council meeting Monday night, and Wheaton Mayor Phil Suess asked them to address the council. The boys shared their names, troop, and why they were there. You can view the meeting here. The photo below shows Troop 35 scouts with Suess before the Wheaton City Council meeting.
One of the requirements of the Communication merit badge is to attend a public meeting, practice active listening skills, take notes on each point of view, and prepare an objective report. Earning the Communication merit badge is a requirement for Eagle Scout rank.
Scouts from Troop 35 biked more than 10 miles each way to camp at Pratt’s Wayne Woods Forest Preserve in Wayne. The boys worked on several merit badges, including Cycling, Camping, and Cooking. The scouts also enjoyed some relaxation time.
Boys from Troop 35 took the time to learn leadership skills this weekend. They stayed at the youth cabin at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve and worked through the BSA’s “Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops.”
You have until Sun., Oct. 13 to pre-order wreaths and support Boy Scout Troop 35. 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. To order, you can click here. Deadline for ordering is 9 p.m. on Sunday. 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.)
Scouts from Troop 35 set up their canopy at Cantigny Park to talk to Cub Scouts about moving on to Boy Scouts. Webelos from all over the community came out to learn more about each troop. If you’d like to know more about Troop 35, please contact our Webelos coordinator through this link.
Dozens of scouts from Troop 35 received merit badges and collected their new rank patches at this Fall’s Court of Honor ceremony at Gary United Methodist Church. Below is a photo of some of the scouts who advanced to a higher rank. Congratulations, and well done!
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.)
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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:
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.
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:
Scouts enjoyed the winter wonderland of Wisconsin with skiing, snowboarding and tubing. They stayed at Camp Oh-da-ko-ta near Burlington, Wisc. and had a blast at Sunburst Winter Sports Park. The pizza and music at the Organ Piper made for a great end to a day on the slopes.
If you are interested in coming to a troop meeting - we meet Tuesday evenings from 7:00 until 8:30 at Gary United Methodist Church in downtown Wheaton, IL. There are always plenty of leaders to meet, answer questions, and gather information. Please contact ourWebeloes Recruiting Chair by clicking the link to obtain more information.