Philmount bound….

After more than a year and half of anticipation, planning, hikes, and equipment checks – Troop 35’s 2015 Philmont crew embarked on their journey Wednesday afternoon at the Naperville Amtrak train station.


the crew – left to right: Jonah, William, Steven, Gus, Ryley, Noah, Mrs. Zeller, Danny, Mr Hjellming, and Mr. Miller

Family members were at the station to wish the crew a proper bon voyage. They arrive Thursday and are on the trail Friday. They are going to have the trip of a lifetime and for Mr. Miller, it’s a homecoming of sorts – he attended Philmont as a scout and worked three summers as a Philmont ranger.

NOTE: Post was updated Saturday morning when the last photo arrived – can you guess which photo was added? The troop embarks Saturday afternoon at 1:45 MDT. Can;t wait to hear the stories.

You can follow the weather in the sidebar – it’s Cimarron, New Mexico and for the next 12 days they’ll be living the dream. Look for a couple of posts with photos in the coming days and all sorts of tales when they return!

Happy Trails!

Happy Trails....

Happy Trails….


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Mid-summer update

WARNING: This is a good news – bad news post.

The GOOD NEWS – Troop 35 scouts are having the time of their lives. That is what summer is for and that’s what keeps all of us motivated in January and February. Our scouts have been to summer camp at Camp Tesomas and we had a crew 4 scouts and 2 adults at Sea Base in Florida off US 1 near Islamorada, Florida in early July.

the crew

the crew

and the fun they had in south Florida.

MORE GOOD NEWS, on this afternoon (Wed. – 7/22) a crew of 10 leave the Naperville train station for Cimarron, New Mexico and Philmont Scout Ranch.  The crew will be on the trail hiking through the Sangre de Christo Mountains for ten days. They had their final shakedown Sunday afternoon at Blackwell Forest Preserve. Look for facebook updates and a post with photos or two.

 The Philmont crew - ready for a hike of a lifetime

The Philmont crew – ready for a hike of a lifetime

AND even MORE GOOD NEWS. Troop 35 will be camping at Lake Carroll THIS weekend July 24-26, so get your permission slip completed and be at the church on time!

Several scouts have been busy completing their Eagle Projects – this summer before their final year in scouts. To quote a famous scoutmaster, “You gotta wanna” in every part of your scouting life. Wreath sales pay for high adventure and the hard work of the Eagle Scout lasts a lifetime.

one more COMPLETED Eagle Project for Troop 35 scouts. Thanks to all who gave of their time.

one more COMPLETED Eagle Project for Troop 35 scouts. Thanks to all who gave of their time.


But there is a little BAD NEWS to balance the good. All GOOD things must come to an end and as of this post there are 28 days left of summer vacation. So get out there, jump, jump in, and seize the summer – one day at a time. Summer comes only once a year, that’s why it’s special.


  • Class B’s are the troop uniform for scout meetings until after Labor Day. The last meeting for Class B’s September 1.
  • School resumes on Wednesday, August 19th for Wheaton public schools.
  • Get your Lake Carroll camping permission slip in!

Enjoy the 28 days of summer remaining!

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Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

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Good morning everyone,

What an Amazing week at camp! We are all packed up and on our way home, to see all of you. Can’t wait to come back next year!

See y’all soon!!!

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Deja vu all over Again and The Last Campfire!!!

Howdy Folks,

What an Amazing Friday!  It started with a Troop 35 led Camp wide Chilly Willy, with scouts from all the troop, competing against the staff. The staff won a closely contested match 4-3.

That was about all the losing Troop 35 would be doing today. We won the Basketball & Dodgeball tournaments. We won the cooking contest and the gateway contest. We also won the cribbage tournament and the gladiator contest. Troop 35 swept most of the awards!!!

The boy’s went to the final campfire and said their goodbyes to the camp counselors. They are all excited to be heading home and seeing all of you.

That’s all for tonight, Goodnight Y’all!


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Evening everyone,

What a great day to be at camp, today is throwback Thursday at Camp Tesomas. The entire camp was open to the boys tonight and they took full advantage.  We had boys on the climbing wall, boys at the shooting range. Some participated in the chess tournament, while others just played on the trampoline at the water front. Everyone is having the times of their lives, including the adults 🙂

The boy’s are also working hard to finish up merit badges and advancements, some are even done!

The weather has been great the last couple of days and the last few look to be even better.

Goodnight Y’all!

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