- Wreath Sales are underway and going strong – total so far is over $13,000 towards our $60,000 goal – we can do it! Congratulations to Brandon B and William W for being our “Top Dog” for weeks 1 and 2! Keep selling – this week’s challenge is “Overall total sales”!
- October 12th 1pm-5pm – Davis W’s Eagle Project – County Farm at Great Western Trail- more details to follow.
- October 18th-19th – Camping at Blackwell Forest Preserve for JOTA (Jamboree On the Air) – we will set up our ham radio demonstration for the Webelos Recruitment on Saturday afternoon and connect with others around the world during the annual JOTA event occurring all weekend long.
- October 19th 2pm-5pm– Webelos Recruitment at Blackwell Forest Preserve – Youth Camping Area – We will be demonstrating Ham Radios as well as Dutch oven cooking, fire building and more!
- November 2nd 9am-2pm – Ham Radio Merit Badge at Wheaton Police Department. Contact Kevin Oleniczak if interested in participating.
- November 9th – Annual Three Fires Council Training Academy 8am-4pm. Various training for Adult Leaders offered as well as Senior Patrol Leader and Den Chief Training.
- November 23rd – Wreath Distribution at Winfield Church. Times TBD, usually in the morning around 9-11am. All scouts are required to attend to sort the wreaths and take home their product. Distribution of individual sales should be completed by Tuesday, November 26th.
- November 29th – December 1st – Retail sales at Gary Church and Dominicks – sign up for times to work the sales.
Upcoming Troop Meetings
- Oct 1st – PLC
- Oct 8th – Tentative at Winfield Church – Patrol Box Painting
- Oct 15th – Regular Troop meeting at Gary Church
- Oct 22nd – Regular Troop meeting at Gary Church
- Oct 29th – Webelos recruitment – Pumpkin Carving!
- Sept. 27th-29th – Tent camping at Ice Age Trail
- Oct. 25th-27th – Tent camping and Troop Bike Ride. Location TBD
- Nov. 15th-17th – Ray’s BMX Bike Park
- Committee Meeting – September 26th, 7-8:30pm (all parents are welcome to attend)
- Committee Meeting – October 24th, 7-8:30pm (all parents are welcome to attend)
Our troop has been busy with Eagle projects. We have had 4 scouts over the past several months work on their Eagle projects. Congratulations to Jacob P, Adam K, Steven S and Anthony S. Projects have ranged from building stairs and shelves for a the high school theatre department, clearing invasive species at the Morton Arboretum, upgrading a busy corner of the Illinois Prairie Path and installing a bench, and collecting food and toiletry items to send care packages to troops overseas. What great projects! Our scouts have made an impact on the communities around us. We are very proud of all of them and thanks to all the scouts and their parents for standing behind our scouts to get this done. Check out the photos below to see some of our scouts in action.
Jacob – Stairs are looking good
Stairs all done!
Adam’s – Morton Arboretum
Adam – Job Well Done!
Steven – Prairie Path Work
Starting to Look Pretty
Hard at Work
Anthony – Donations Sorted
Donations filled the trunk
Job all done – Time to eat!
Friday, 8/16 3-7pm, Saturday, 8/17 9-1 or later if needed and Sunday, 9/18 if needed (time TBD) – Steven S. Eagle Project!
- Steven is sprucing up the entrance to the Prairie Path on the northwest corner of County Farm and Geneva Roads (across the street from Walgreens). He needs the help of fellow scouts as well as adults to complete the project. He will be replacing a worn out bench, replacing rotting timbers around three planting beds, trimming the bushes and weeding in the area, then adding fresh mulch.
- How can the scouts help? Volunteers should bring work gloves, eye protection (if you have it – we will have some on site as well), rakes, shovels, pitchforks for mulch, any other garden equipment you feel might be useful.
- There is limited parking at the entrance to the Prairie Path, so we recommend parking across the street in the open areas of the Prairie Trail Center Parking Lot.
- Snacks, water and sandwiches will be provided both days.
- IMPORTANT: Volunteers of any age must fill out the County Special Even Release Waiver (available at meetings and on ScoutTrack) and return to a member of the Stantz Family. Waivers will also be available on site, but advance submission is preferred.
Friday, August 16th 6:00pm – Saturday, August 17th 3:00pm – TLT at Winfield Church – All Scouts holding a leadership role, or hoping to hold one should attend this training. This training is open to all scouts in any rank. We will be helping Steven Stantz on Saturday with his Eagle Project, so please bring a signed waiver with you Friday night. This can be found on Scout Tracks.
Sunday, August 25th! Set up/Take down Gary’s Worship in the Park, 8am set up, 10am worship, 11am picnic, 11:45-12pm take down (ending times subject to change) – Join us at Memorial Park, corner of Hale and Seminary roads, across from Gary Church. We will be setting up tents/tables/chairs etc. for the worship service and picnic that follows. All are welcome to attend the contemporary service and picnic. Hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring a dish to pass. There will also be games for the younger kids. All family members are welcome!
Tuesday, August 27th and Tuesday, October 1st – Salesmanship Merit Badge – Join us at 6:15, before the regular weekly meeting. Mr. Duve will be helping the boys earn their Salesmanship Merit Badge just in time for our wreath sales fundraiser. The boys will learn strategies on how to sell as well as who to sell to. A Scout must attend both sessions to obtain the merit badge.
- August 16th-18 th – Steven S’s Eagle Project – Prairie Path, corner of County Farm and Geneva Rds.
- August 16th 6pm – 17th 3pm – TLT (Troop Leadership Training) Winfield Church
- August 25th 8am-1pm – Set-up/Take-down for Gary Church’s Worship in the Park
- August 27th – 6:16-7pm – Salesmanship Merit Badge at Gary before the regular troop meeting
Upcoming Troop Meetings:
- August 20th – Court of Honor planning and Patrol Method Explanations
- August 27th – Court of Honor planning and Scuba/Dunes presentations
- Sept 3rd – PLC
- Sept 10th – Court of Honor planning and Jamboree presentation
- Sept 17th – Patrol Merit Badges and Wreath Selling Skills
- Sept 24th – Patrol Merit Badges and Campout Planning
- Committee Meeting – August 29th, 7-8:30pm (all parents are welcome to attend)
- Committee Meeting – September 27th, 7-8:30pm (all parents are welcome to attend)
For this week’s troop meeting, we held a fishing derby and ‘it was off the hook!’ ™ What a GREAT IDEA!
We met at Herrick Lake Forrest Preserve west parking lot and carpooled. It was a short drive, only a couple of minutes at most and when we arrived our host, Mr. Dan Basore, was ready for us. He had hooks, bait, and poles ready for us. Mr. Peterson had met Mr. Basore, a local conservationist and avid fisherman, at an Earth Day event this year. Mr. Basore lives along Herrick Lake Road and has a small pond full of fish ranging from small blue gill all the way up to a few large bass on his property and he graciously invited Troop 35 to come visit and fish.
Mr. Basore shared with us his love of fishing and explained his method of catching fish. He uses a small float, not a bobber, and a hook with the weight attached and for bait, wax worms. His presentation was short – perfect for a group of eager young anglers, and a few old goats. It was a perfect evening for fishing – it was warm and the air still with just enough light to see well. It wasn’t long before one of the young anglers caught a fish. Before long, we had hooked over sixty fish and thrown them back, of course. I am sure a few fish were hooked multiple times but the scouts had a wonderful time and learned a valuable lesson about how to fish. You can see from the photos below, it was a ‘whale of a time,’ even though we didn’t catch one!
Don’t forget, there are two meetings remaining in July and even though the days are moving quickly, there is always time work an advancement requirement, polish off an unfinished merit badge or just to go fishing and practice what Mr. Basore taught us.
welcome to my pond
Mr. Basore explains the float
the first fish of the night!
reeling one in….
a dockful of scouts fishing and having fun
Old Goats can fish, too!
Mr. Peterson hard at work!
another big one!
this is bait!
a happy scout and and another fish getting ready to be off the hook!
getting ready to toss it back
Mr. Basore and a happy scout!
our group as the sunlight fades and the…
… moon sets over the pond
Sunday, scouts from Troop 35 packed their bags, climbed on to buses and headed off to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Mount Hope, West Virginia. A couple of the troop’s leaders – Mr. Leonard and Mr. Bottom were already there waiting for the troop’s scouts and getting ready for over 40,000 more! They have been tweeting and posting pictures – you can see them re-tweeted on @WheatonTroop35’s Twitter feed on the right hand side of the browser or you can follow along on Twitter.
While there are many scouts making the trip to the National Scout Jamboree there are plenty of scouts staying back waiting (and dreaming) for their turn. The troop has plenty of activities planned for the next month so scouts can enjoy summer to its fullest!
- 7/16 – Troop Fishing Derby “It’ll be an ‘Off the Hook Time:” Come join us for a Fishing Derby! Prizes will be awarded, so bring your poles and be ready for a “whale of a time”! We will meet in the west parking lot (off Herrick Road) and car pool to Mr. Bassor’s pond (not far away) we just don’t want to overcrowd his driveway. Please arrive at 6:45 PM so we can leave a few minutes before 7 PM in order to cast off as early as possible. If you don’t have a pole, come anyway! A Scout is resourceful – we’ll have line and hooks available to make your own pole – and if you have extra poles you are willing to share – please bring those with you as well.
- 7/23 – Swimming: Come join us for a fun evening of swimming at Rice Lake Pool from 5PM to 8PM
- 7/30 – PLC: Monthly Patrol Leaders meeting to discuss and plan the events for the coming month. All scouts (and parents welcome)
- 8/1 – Troop Committee Meeting: Monthly meeting to discuss and plan the coming month’s activities. All parents are welcome.
- 8/9 to 8/11 – Camping: tent camping at Warren Dunes at Warren Dunes State Park near Warren, Michigan
- Work on those advancement opportunities – Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class and beyond – check your scout book to make sure you are prepared to make the move to the next rank
- Merit badges – do you have any merit badges you need to finish while you have time? School will be back in session before you know it.
- Do you need to sew anything new onto your uniform? Such as new rank, patrol patches, or job titles? Remember Class Bs are the summer uniform, but see above for the return to Class As after Labor Day.
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