Prospective Troop 35 scouts: what you need to know

Welcome! We’re glad you came to our website. Please feel to browse through the website to learn more about Troop 35. For information we’ve put together specifically for prospective Troop 35 scouts, please download this slideshow. If you have questions, please contact webelos@wheatontroop35.org. We’re happy you’re here!

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Wreath orders due Oct. 11

Scouts from Troop 35 are relying on this website to sell their Christmas greenery. Because of the pandemic, the City of Wheaton does not allow door-to-door sales, and the scouts will not have retail locations. 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.

If you’d like to order, please click here.

Click here to download a catalog.

Orders are due Oct. 11. The wreaths will be delivered the week of Thanksgiving. Thank you for supporting Boy Scout Troop 35!

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Buy wreaths online; support Troop 35

Scouts from Troop 35 are relying on this website to sell their Christmas greenery. Because of the pandemic, the City of Wheaton does not allow door-to-door sales, and the scouts will not have retail locations. 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.

If you’d like to order, please click here.

Click here to download a catalog.

Orders are due October 11. The wreaths will be delivered the week of Thanksgiving. Thank you for supporting Boy Scout Troop 35!

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Troop 35 hosts fun open house

Scouts had a blast at the Webelo open house. Troop 35 scouts led the Outdoor Adventurer Advancement for the Webelo Arrow of Light. The Cub and Boy Scouts made their own fried dough, tied bowline knots, and played Gaga ball and badminton.

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Troop 35 to host open house

If you’re thinking about joining Boy Scouts, Troop 35 would love to share with you all the fun things they do. On Sat., Sept. 26, Troop 35 is hosting an open house from 1-4 p.m. You can explore outdoor scouting stations to learn more about the troop. If you’re interested, please email daugie@sbcglobal.net for location and to RSVP. Masks required.

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Court of Honor celebrates achievement

Troop 35’s latest Court of Honor ceremony was a bit different than usual, thanks to the pandemic. Scouts wore masks, and instead of the scout handshake, you can see the “air handshake” in the photos below. Troop 35 celebrated the accomplishments of more than 20 scouts who collectively earned more than 70 rank advancements and merit badges over the past several months.

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Scouts explore Boundary Waters

Scouts from Troop 35 camped and canoed their way through the Boundary Waters in Minnesota this summer. Northern Tier in Ely, MN is one of the Scouts BSA High Adventure bases. You can see what fun the scouts had in the photos and comments below.

Northern Tier was an experience of a lifetime. The things we saw and experienced together will be with me forever. I highly recommend that if anyone has the chance to go, they shouldn’t hesitate. It is one of a kind.

Eric Richmond, Troop 35 Eagle Scout
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Troop 35 hosts in-house summer camp

When the pandemic put a pause on Troop 35’s annual trip to Tesomas summer camp, some older scouts stepped into action. They planned a multiple-day outdoor camp at Winfield Church where scouts could earn merit badges, achieve rank advancements and have fun.

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Troop 35 enjoys “camp-in”

While campsites are closed to groups, Troop 35 found a way to enjoy the outdoors by hosting a “camp-in.” Scouts pitched tents in their own backyards, cooked outside, and held a contest for the best-looking meal. They also got together at a park for some mask-wearing socially distanced games.

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Eagle Scout project helps community

Scouts from Troop 35 held a book drive to support the community, including the Epilepsy Foundation. The scouts sorted and boxed up hundreds of books as part of Robert W.’s Eagle Scout project. Many books will go to the Epilepsy Foundation, and some will fill a new book-sharing box for the community.

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Troop 35 scout participates in “Taps Across America”

Musicians from across the country, including Troop 35’s Noah B., played taps from their front porches at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day. Twenty years ago, Congress passed a law that 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day is “The National Moment of Remembrance.” It’s an annual event that asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, to take a minute to remember those veterans who have died in military service. Because traditional parades and ceremonies were canceled due to the pandemic, “Taps Across America” was formed as a way to honor the significance of Memorial Day, while remaining socially distant.

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Troop 35 announces latest Eagle Scout

Congratulations to Eric Richmond, Troop 35’s newest Eagle Scout. Because of the pandemic, Eric had his Eagle Board of Review virtually with members of the Three Fires Council and Troop 35’s committee. He says it means a lot to achieve Eagle, as it shows perseverance and character, plus love and dedication to scouting, especially Troop 35.

“Troop 35 has been and always will be a second home for me. The atmosphere and the people there really make it seem like a family. There is a ton of support from everyone.”

Eric Richmond, Eagle Scout, Troop 35

His advice to younger scouts wanting to achieve Eagle Scout?

“Never stop and rest. Never give up, and get to Eagle as fast as you can.”

Congratulations Eric! Troop 35 looks forward to celebrating with you in person soon.

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Scouts work on merit badges during pandemic

Even with the stay-at-home order, scouts from Troop 35 are working toward earning merit badges. Some of the badges scouts are working on include Cooking, Family Life, Music, and Reading. For Eagle-Required Family Life, you must complete daily chores plus finish both an individual and family project. You can see in the photos below, one scout is cleaning blinds for his individual project and another is assembling masks as part of a family project. For Eagle-Required Cooking, you must cook breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, using different cooking techniques. In the photos below, you can see the scouts pan frying breakfast and baking dessert. Although scouts may not be able to finish all of the requirements, they can accomplish quite a lot during the stay-at-home order, even meeting with their merit badge counselor over video calls.

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Troop 35 goes virtual during pandemic

Not much can stop Troop 35 from keeping up its Tuesday night meetings. Not even COVID-19. This week, scouts met virtually. They logged on to their phones, tablets or computers, and they linked together through videoconferencing. In the coming weeks, the scouts will learn more about merit badges and requirements they can work on from home. Troop 35 will continue to stay connected virtually, and scouts look forward to when they can meet face-to-face again.

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Welcome new scouts!

In the past several weeks, scouts from Troop 35 have attended multiple crossover ceremonies, where Webelos “cross over” into Boy Scouts. Troop 35 welcomes new Boy Scouts with a neckerchief, neckerchief slide, Troop 35 patch and epaulets. The new scouts can participate right away attending meetings, campouts, and service projects. They can start working toward rank advancements, earn merit badges—and of course—make new friends. Welcome to Troop 35!

Here are some photos from crossover ceremonies:

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Troop 35 goes tubing; two scouts earn Polar Bear award

Troop 35 had a blast tubing at Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. The scouts stayed at Camp Oh-DaKo-Ta, near Burlington, Wisc. Most scouts slept and cooked inside the cabin, but two boys earned the Polar Bear award. For the Polar Bear award, you must camp outside when the temperature falls below 32-degrees. In the 24-hour period you are outside, your meals must be cooked over a charcoal or wood fire. Congratulations to Eric S. and Jack M.!

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Gary Church honors scouts; Troop 35 serves up cobbler

Scout Sunday took on special relevance this year as February 2020 marks the 100th anniversary since scouting officially formed a relationship with the Methodist Church. During the church service, Gary United Methodist Church honored scouts who completed the “God and Church” religious emblem program, including two scouts from Troop 35.

Scouts receive the “God and Church” religious emblem.

Troop 35 served up cobbler for the celebration at Gary United Methodist Church. The congregation enjoyed peach, apple, and chocolate cherry. Troop 35 also displayed decades of historical artifacts.

According to the United Methodist Church, United Methodist congregations have provided a home base for more scouts than any other denomination in America. Today, 3,111 United Methodist churches charter 9,611 scout units serving 309,739 youth, including Troop 35 at Gary United Methodist Church.

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Court of Honor celebrates achievement

Congratulations to the following scouts who advanced in rank since Troop 35’s last Court of Honor ceremony:

Scout: Eric S.; Tenderfoot: Logan A., Caleb B., Asher J.; Second Class: Noah B., Caleb B.; First Class: Ben A., Jack M.; Life: Ben B., Stephen W.; Eagle: Michael W.

Troop 35 also awarded many merit badges at the Court of Honor ceremony, including Canoeing, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Family Life, Nature, and Personal Management.

Scouts and parents heard a Friends of Scouting presentation, explaining the importance of fundraising for the Three Fires Council. Scouts also voted for the boys they thought worthy of the Order of the Arrow, BSA’s honor society. Congratulations to all scouts for your hard work!

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Troop 35 competes at Klondike Derby

Scouts from Troop 35 competed against other troops at the Klondike Derby at Camp Big Timber in Elgin. Activities included archery, BB shooting, tug of war, tomahawk throw, log sawing and more.

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Top wreath sellers celebrate

Scouts in Troop 35 who sold at least $1500 in wreaths earned a spot at a Dave & Buster’s party. The top sellers played games and had a blast together. Troop 35’s annual wreath fundraiser helps to pay the troop’s expenses, such as campsite fees, food, equipment, gas, and other activities.

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Congratulations, Jack Vail!

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!

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Troop 35 helps with Christmas Sharing

As Christmas Sharing celebrates its 50th year, scouts from Troop 35 enjoy helping out. The boys packed boxes with food, toiletries and household products, which will go to needy families in Community Unit School District 200.

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.

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Electronics lock-in a favorite with scouts

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.

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Wreath sales at two locations

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.)

(Fri. Nov. 29, Sat. Nov. 30, Sun. Dec. 1, Sat. Dec. 7, Sun. Dec. 8)
(Friday and Saturdays, 8:30-4:30, Sundays, 9:30-4:30)
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Troop 35 tours lead-zinc mine

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.

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Scouts speak at Wheaton City Council meeting

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.

Troop 35 scouts stand with Wheaton Mayor Phil 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.

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Troop 35 bikes to campout

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.

Boy Scout teaching other scouts bicycling skills using the EDGE method (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable.)
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Future leaders learn valuable skills

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.”

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Last days to pre-order wreaths

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.)

Thank you for supporting Troop 35!

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Recruiting in the rain

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.

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Learning and practicing canoeing skills

Several scouts from Troop 35 recently paddled their way to a canoeing merit badge at Silver Springs State Park in Yorkville. Thank you to the Three Fires Council for organizing the merit badge day.

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Troop 35 celebrates with Court of Honor

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!

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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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