The Goodbyes are said and the boys are on their way!

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The scouts from Troop 35 gathered this morning at Memorial Park before loading the troop trailer with scout’s gear and driving north. Thirty-five scouts are beginning the adventure of a lifetime, some are renewing an old friendship with Camp Tesomas, … Continue reading

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Get ready – Summer Camp: 2015 is almost here!

WARNING – Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.

Summer Camp is FIVE FOUR DAYS away and I am excited…. it doesn’t matter that I’m staying home, but my heart is at Tesomas. once you’ve visited you always remember your visit. Always.

I was looking at a way to help the bloggers – the adults who will be sharing the troop’s adventures with us – how to add content and I came across the photos from Summer Camp 2009. It took me back to my first visit. That year there were 18 brand new scouts led by 8 seasoned scouts and many adult leaders went to summer camp at Camp Tesomas – this year these scouts will be seniors in high school and finishing their scouting careers. WOW! How time flies and how close objects are in the mirror. Of those 18 scouts below, one (Anthony S.) has already achieved Eagle and several others are VERY close. Keep working and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

By the way, EVERY ONE OF THE EIGHT seasoned scouts that went in 2009. achieved the rank of Eagle – Adam, Sam, Rodger, Preston, Davis,  Dan, Jacob, and Steven. WOW!

this is the crew we sent in 2009

this is crew we sent in 2009

A few reminders before camp begins:

  • Make sure to label all items T35 and Scouts’s last name.
  • Medication forms (posted on ScoutTrack bulletin board) need to be filled out and brought along with any medication going to camp.
  • OPTIONAL: Below is an example of how to address care packages or mail you intend to send your scout. You should allow 5- 7 days for receipt, which means mailing of care packages should be sent by Thursday.

Scout’s Name, Troop 35
Tesomas Scout Camp
5403 Spider Lake Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501

  • $40 – forty dollars (in $5 – five dollar bills, preferably) is a good amount to send with your scout – the banker will hold the money for the scout…
  • NOT OPTIONAL – make sure you set your alarm clock and arrive at Memorial Park (across from Gary United Methodist Church) as close to 6AM as possible. The troop trailer will be leaving at 7AM – it’s a six hour plus drive to 5403 Spider Lake Road and the troop will need to check in, set up camp, get a camp tour, eat dinner, attend an opening night campfire all before 9 PM. It’s a busy day.  Monday morning at camp comes early!

I wish I could go, but in a way I go every year. Enjoy the photos and don’t forget to thank the bloggers who bring you the goods from summer camp 2015! Take a look back at Summer Camp 2009!

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If you think you have read this before, you probably have – it’s a re-post (with some rewording) from 2014. Some messages are timeless.

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Troop 35 enters the 21st century…

cyberchipDepending on your source, Troop 35 was founded in 1912 or 1923 – long before all of today’s scouts. Regardless, Troop 35 is one of the oldest continuously chartered scout troops in Illinois. The troop is fortunate to have been sponsored the entire time by Gary United Methodist Church and beginning Tuesday night, the troop will beginning making steps into the 21st century…….

A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

The Scout Law. The Boy Scouts were founded on these principles and they endure today. Scouting’s founders could never fully imagine how technology would change scouting. But today, scouting continues to grow and change. In 2012, to meet the challenges of today’s technology, the BSA developed the CyberChip.

Beginning with Tuesday’s (3/10) scout meeting, the troop will begin training all scouts on the Cyber Chip, a modern day tool for scouts of all ages. It accompanies the Totin’ Chip and Firem’n Chit as essentials for a modern boy scout.

Tuesday’s training will begin with internet safety awareness and conclude, at the end of March, with the troop working to develop a troop wide phone and electronic device policy that is in step with the 21st century. The troop policy will include the point that all scouts earn and maintain a Cyber Chip to use technology at scout functions – troop meetings and outings.

The troop recognizes that in order for this to be successful all scouts need to be present at the scout meetings in March. The troop also recognizes that parents need to be involved to support the program in all parts of a scout’s life – at scout functions, at home, at school, and in the community – because a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent in every way.

Tuesday night, March 10th,

  • All scouts will be provided a copy of The Scout Law and Cybersafety\Cyberbullying to take home and discuss with their parents. Please take time to discuss what the policy means and how it applies in your home and family.
  • Also, scouts and their parents will be asked to develop a family policy about appropriate uses for technology in your home – the troop is not asking for copies of your agreement, but simply acknowledgement that the scout and the family have discussed and come to agreement – a scout is trustworthy.
  • Scouts will be required to watch videos on internet safety that are appropriate for their age and level of development and discuss them with their parents. The troop will use the ideas presented in these video presentations in the following meeting – Tuesday, March 17th – Happy St. Patrick’s Day in advance.

Below are the requirements for the Cyber Chip. The troop is using the grades that scouts will be in the fall to divide scouts.

As always, parents are welcome to attend the meeting – the troop appreciates and encourages your support, scouting is impossible without the support of our parent community.

Upcoming Events

  • March 20-22: Lakota Campout – Cabin Camping – campout planning will be a part of 3/10 and 3/17 meetings!
  • March 26: Troop Committee Meeting – all parents welcome
  • March 30: April 3: Spring Break DuPage County schools
  • March 31: Scout function TBA – it’ll good! Stay tuned.
  • April 11: Annual Planning meeting 9AM – 2PM
  • April 11: Flaming Arrows Campout – Winfield Church
  • April 24-26: Troop Campout – Starved Rock State Park! (tent camping)
  • April 30: Troop Committee Meeting – all parents welcome
  • May 3: Green and Gold Ceremony

Photos from our recent campout to the USS Silversides in Muskegon, MI.

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Post President’s Day Update

Name the ONLY US President who was an Eagle Scout? Answer in the comments section if you know! Remember a scout is trustworthy, so no Googling!

At this evening’s troop meeting Troop 35 welcomed ten of our newest scouts! So far this season, 11 scouts have crossed over from Cub Scouting to join the troop. Tonight they learned about the difference between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts – a Boy Scout troop is boy led and that means the older boys take the lead in running meetings. The new scouts began their new scouting career learning all about scout skills – basic first aid, knots – especially the square knot!

Also the meeting was spent planning for the upcoming campout at the USS Silversides in Muskegon, Michigan – the campout is Saturday, February 28th and the scouts will be home by noon Sunday!


photo courtesy of USS Silversides

Upcoming Events

  • 2/26: Troop Committee Meeting 7PM at Gary United Methodist Church (all adults welcome
  • 2/28 to 3/2: Camping overnight USS Silversides – Muskegeon, MI
  • 3/7:  Merit Badge University at York High School
  • 3/20 to 3/22: Cabin Camping at Lakota Camp Group
  • 3/26:  Troop Committee Meeting 7PM at Gary United Methodist Church (all adults welcome
  • 4/11: Spring Court of Honor

As always, troop meetings begin Tuesday evenings at 7PM and parents are welcome to come to circle at 8:30 PM – it’s our APP!

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Scout Sunday – 2015

A scout is reverent. Sunday, February 8, 2015 is Scout Sunday. Every year Troop 35 scouts take part in Scout Sunday to thank Gary United Methodist Church for their support and prayers. Additionally, we prepare a sampling of our special Dutch oven fruit cobblers. This year our scouts made 12 Dutch ovens filled with apple, cherry, blueberry, and peach cobblers. The scouts prepared them, served, and cleaned up afterwards. Below is the litany for Scout Sunday that was part of Sunday’s service.

Scout Sunday - 2015

Scout Sunday – 2015

Litany for Scout Sunday

When Scouts across the country make their promise, they agree also to live by the Scout Laws. The basic principles of this law are not new, but have existed for centuries.

I will do my best to be trustworthy and loyal.
God has said, “Never will I leave you: never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

Helpful and friendly.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

Courteous and kind.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another forgiving each other, just as Chris in God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Obedient and brave.
Be strong and courageous, do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord God us with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

Cheerful and thrifty
“God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Clean and reverent.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” (Psalm 51:10)

We pray together:
Thank you, O God, for your ministries that teach our young people what it means to be faithful to you and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We pray for all scouts and their leaders. Make them, and us, your servants in the world and give us all the wisdom to hold in reverence all life and always revere your holy name. Amen

This year marks the 103rd year Gary United Methodist Church has sponsored Troop 35, we are thankful for the support and blessings of the church.

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