Twas the night before Christmas…

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the camp
It was “lights out”, and the ground was all damp.
The Scouts socks were hung by the fire with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The Scouts were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of square knots danced in their heads;
Carl in his ‘kerchief, and Doug his cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out in the woods there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Grabbed up my bow, for something’s moving I see,
I’m glad I got the merit badge for Archery.

The moon was full with such a bright glow
It made night look like day to the objects below,
It’s a good thing ‘tho that’s no sasquatch I was about to shoot,
It looks like reindeer, a sleigh, and Captain J? In a Santa suit?!?

I’m confused, as my eyes adjust, I take a pause;
Is that a sleigh? Naa, this can’t be Santa Claus.
I’m thinkin’ I had too many s’mores or somebody’s playing a game,
And just then whoever this is starts calling the reindeer by name; 

“Now Jonah! Now Ryley! ON! Noah and Jesse!
Now both Alex’s and both ’s as fast as you can,
Now Brandon! ON Joshua! Now Will! ON Joey and William,
Now Aaron, Allyn, and Gus, ease up and land!

That big sleigh and the Sixteen reindeer were moving in fast,
And like magic, the Tenderfoot landing was not Second but First class.
The man in the sleigh really was Santa, it’s him I’m getting to meet,
The biggest Star of my Life flew in like an Eagle, says he needs to eat.

We warmed by the fire, and shared some stories no doubt,
And I’m thinking this guy sure knows what it takes to be a scout.
He gave me a present and said he knows about my Totin’ Chip,
It was the brand new Boy Scout knife with the loop for a clip.

After a Dutch oven dinner and a blueberry cobbler, he had a jolly ole face,
We cleaned up, and besides the missing food we left no trace.
He got right to work stuffing the Scouts socks with toys and treats,
I’m really hoping Santa had some magic powder or that’s all gonna smell like stinky feets.

In a flash he was in his sleigh and gave his team a shout,
He looked at me with a three finger salute, I knew he was a scout.
I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
Merry Christmas Troop 35, and to All a Good night!


See you all in 2015! It’s gonna be a great year!
Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

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November 19th Update

  • Dates to Remember
    • Nov 22nd – Wreath Distribution Day – sign up for your time to pick up your wreaths!
    • Nov 25th – NO BOY SCOUT MEETING!
    • Nov 28th-30th – Wreath Retail Sales
    • Dec 5th-7th – Wreath Retail Sales
    • Jan 16th-17th – ILT at Winfield Church (for any scout holding a leadership position after 1/13/2015 elections
  • Upcoming Troop Events
    • Nov 25th – NO MEETING
    • Dec 2nd – PLC Meeting – all scouts are welcome. Board of Reviews for any scout needing one in order to advance on December 16th.
    • Dec 9th – OA Elections and Christmas Sharing food packing
    • Dec 16th – Mini Court of Honor – bring an appetizer or dessert to share
    • Dec 19th – Lock in at Gary Church
    • Dec 23rd – NO MEETING
    • Dec 30th – NO MEETING
    • Jan 6th – Regular Meeting for all boys – SPL and ASPL elections
    • Jan 13th – Troop Elections
    • Jan 23-25th – Cabin Camping at Hoover

Things of Interest:

Scouting for Life Blood Drive

Scouts can earn the Blood Donor Day Patch by recruiting two blood donors to participate in the Mon., Dec. 8 – Sat., Dec. 13 Scouting For Life Blood Drive to be held at 14 Chicagoland Heartland Blood Centers.

To schedule an appointment, contact Esmeralda at 630-301-6179 or call 1-800-786-4483.

Or, register online at

Please note: a photo ID is required for blood donation.

Philmont Scout Ranch – 2016 TREKS


Philmont Unit Registration for 2016 Starts October 29th. Start planning your unit 2016 Philmont expedition now! Individual unit reservation requests for 2016 expeditions for Philmont Scout Ranch will be made online beginning Wednesday, October 29 thru Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at / FLIER WITH INFO you will need!

If you are planning on attending Philmont with our Three Fires Council contingent, the 2016 Council Contingent Information will be available in December 2015.

NESA – National Eagle Scout Association Scholarships

NESA – National Eagle Scout AssociationWebsite

The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is a fellowship of men who have achieved the Eagle Scout rank and who desire using their efforts and influence toward forming the kind of young men America needs for leadership. The objective of NESA is “to Serve Eagle Scouts and through them, the entire movement of Scouting” – NESA The applications for the 2015 NESA Eagle Scout Scholarships are available at NESA. The 2015 NESA scholarship window opens October 1, 2014, with a submission deadline of December 31, 2014. Winners will be contacted by July 15, 2015.

The National Eagle Scout Association offers two types of Eagle Scout scholarships: NESA Academic Scholarship applicants must be Eagle Scouts graduating high school and entering college in the year for which they apply for a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded only to those who graduate from high school in the calendar year in which scholarships are presented. Exception: Scouts whose Eagle Scout boards of review are held the same year of their high school graduation may apply in that calendar year. They may receive a scholarship one time only. NESA Merit Scholarship applicants must be Eagle Scouts graduating high school or undergraduate college students no farther than completion of the junior year. Recipients may receive the scholarship one time only.

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Early October update!

Congratulations to the Honey Badgers for getting the highest score in the surprise uniform inspection!!


  • Sun Oct 5th – Highway Cleanup. We could use some additional scouts to help keep our portion of adopted highway clean
  • Tues Oct 7th – PLC Meeting – all scouts are welcome. Scouts in a leadership position should be there. Patrols leaders should find a sub if
    they can’t be there so that all patrols are represented.
  • Sun Oct 12th – Jacob P’s Eagle Ceremony. Setup – 12:30pm. Participants arrive at 1:30pm with ceremony at 2pm. Reception at 3pm at Gary. Tesomas style bonfire at Winfield church at 5pm.
  • Fri Oct 24 – Sun Oct 26 – Canyon Camp / Chestnut Mountain. This is at a historic boy scout camp. Activities include mountain luge track
  • Sat Oct 25th – Ryley Z’s Eagle Project at the Morton Arboretum. If you’re not camping, help one of your fellow troop 35 scouts with his Eagle project. Meet at 8:45am to collect seeds at the Schulenburg Prairie. Wear long sleeves, pants and work gloves. All other equipment will be provided. Lunch will be served.

Wreath Sales
A Scout is Thrifty. A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property. Thrifty is the ninth point of the Scout Law – immediately after Cheerful and right before Brave.

Our only troop fundraiser is wreath sales and we do it just once a year. The money from this fundraiser goes to support your troop. It pays for equipment, trailer repairs, and more – enables us to keep our troop operational. It also helps scouts pay their way for Summer camp, High Adventure trips and any other scouting activities. Sales are down compared to this time last year. Please get out there and do your part. You Gotta Wanna!!!

This past week’s contest was the 26″ Noel Wreath. Our winner was Brandon B. who sold 5 units. Way to Go Brandon – You gotta Wanna! Also please note that the last date for wreath money turn in is Tues Oct 28th.

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early August check-in

northerntierIt’s been a wonderful summer and Troop 35 scouts have been making it happen…..

  • 34 scouts and several adult leaders spent a week at Camp Tesomas – working on scout skills and merit badges, swimming, boating, and spending time at Shootin’ Sports. A good time was had by all. Honest. (you can see the posts from camp below or here)
  • Two crews – 11 scouts and 4 leaders – spent a week at BSA’s Northern Tier canoeing and camping the Boundary Waters. They came home yesterday afternoon tired and exhausted, but satisfied in the fact that they had the time of their lives in the wilderness of northern Minnesota and almost southern Canada. A photo page will follow – stay tuned.


Even though there are 17 days of summer vacation remaining (if you attend Wheaton’s D200 schools), there is plenty left to do.

  • We have one more camping adventure – at Warren Dunes in southern Michigan – August 15th to 17th. It’s a good time and if you have time, put it on your calendar and plan to attend.
  • The Fall Court of Honor is Saturday, September 13th at 6 PM at Winfield Church.
  • Even though it’s too late, for the fall Court of Honor – FINISH THOSE MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADVANCEMENT. If you didn’t submit them before July 29th, you’ll have to wait for the December Court of Honor to have them awarded.
  • There is a camping trip in late September to Kettle Morain State Park in Wisconsin

And so much more….. just check out the calendar – here is a link or follow the menu above.

This Tuesday’s meeting is the monthly PLC – the monthly meeting to plan the calendar, meetings, and activities led by Jonah and his leadership team. All scouts are welcome, just bring your scout spiral, a pencil, and any ideas you have.

There are two more scout meetings before school resumes on Thursday, August 21st – see you there.

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Just a little taste of Tesomas

As some may already know I had the opportunity of going with the troop to summer camp this year as an adult leader for the first time, being the past summers I was on staff for the summers since i aged out. I had taken a lot of various photos (many ended up in the blogs) and after we arrived back many had asked to see more of them. So for tonight’s meeting (July 8th) it was planned to have the video played. The video also has been posted on YouTube and Vimeo so those that aren’t in town this evening (like myself) or just are unable to attend can still see it. I just ask that those going to the meeting please don’t watch it until you are at the meeting! I posted it also so you can watch it again and again if you’d like. This video has about 250 of the 10000 photos I have which include photos from the others on our trip ( I had close to 8k myself). I hope everyone enjoys this video and is able to see it! I am currently working on putting together a page of all my photos and those from others so all parents can see their children and hope to have this up later this month!

And remember at Tesomas 2014… “It’s one for the books!!!”

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