Troop 35 Newsflash March 21, 2013

All Camp Cards and Money need to be returned by April 2nd to Melinda Keske. She will be at the March 2th meeting and the April 2nd meeting. If you are not attending either, please contact her to make alternate arrangements.

2 or more Troop Guides are needed to help lead out new Flaming Arrows. We will have 15 boys in this group and the more leaders we have the better to help them begin their Boy Scout Trail. If you are interested please see Mark H.

“Gone Fishin’! – anyone interested in earning their Fly Fishing Merit Badge, Fermi Lab is offering a free clinic. Continue reading

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Troop 35 News Flash – Feb 28, 2013

Scoutmaster Conferences and Board of Reviews
The Spring Court of Honor and Green and Gold will be Sunday April 14th from noon to 4pm so mark your calendars for that. Also encourage your scout to look over their advancements and see if they are ready to move to the next rank. If they are are, they should be scheduling a Scoutmaster conference and talking to Mrs Duve about their Board of Review.

Hoover Polar Bear Campout
Three scouts earned their Polar Bear Award at the Hoover Campout and slept in a snow shelter that they built. Congratulations to Joey Cat, Jesse Exner and Mark Harrison.

Merit Badge University
We had a great turnout for MBU. Fourteen scouts attended various classes including 7 of our brand new scouts that have crossed over to our troop in the past couple of months.

Fly Fishing Merit Badge
If you are interested in the fly fishing merit badge. Watch the troop scoop for the flyer. This is being run by Trout Unlimited. See ASM Carl Peterson with questions.

Annual Planning Meeting Continue reading

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Troop 35 Newsflash February 13, 2013

Scout Sunday
We had a great turn out and 9 wonderful dutch oven cobblers at Scout Sunday at Gary Church. The congregation always looks forward to this delicious event – thanks to all who participated.

TLT – Troop Leadership Training
Friday-Saturday our new leadership team had a great time at TLT held at the Winfield Church. Not only did they work on training for their new positions, they also enjoyed team building activities that included the Boy Scout’s version of “snow built clown car”. You have got to watch the video! Boy Scout SNOW EXPLOSION below…. Continue reading

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Troop 35 Newsflash, January 23, 2013

Welcome New Scouts!
Congratulations and Welcome to our 6 new Boy Scouts who crossed over from Cub Scout Pack 335!

We warmly welcome you to our troop and look forward to getting to know all of you as you continue your scouting journey.

Upcoming Events:

  • Jan 25th-27th – Cascade Mountain Cabin Camping and Skiing
  • Feb 2nd – Klondike at Cantigny 8am-5pm (more details to come)
  • Feb 22nd-24th – Hoover – Polar Bear Camping 6:30pm meet at Gary Church
  • March 3rd – Highway Clean-up
  • March 10th – Highway Clean-up Rain Date
  • March 9th-10th – OA overnight at Rush Copley open to all scouts and friends – registration required
  • March 15th-17th – Lakota Cabin Camping
  • April 14th – Court of Honor – “Green & Gold”, set up at noon, event is 1-4, clean-up till 5pm
  • April 19th-21st – Camp Lowden Cabin Camping

Upcoming Troop Meetings

  • Jan 29th – Klondike planning and Future Events Planning! (Meeting in Gamon Hall – lower level of Gary Church)
    • Each scout has been asked to do a little research and fine 5 places he would like to go. These can be ideas to do during a Troop Meeting on a Tuesday night. They can be something we can do in a day as a day trip. Or they can be ideas of places to go for a weekend campout or perhaps even a longer 3 day get-away. Within reason (no trips to the moon!) if you want to do it, or you have a friend in another Troop who has done it and it sounds like fun – bring it! We will then take those ideas and begin to plan on how we can get there.
  • Feb 5th – PLC – all scouts are welcome to come and plan future meetings
  • Feb 7th – Committee Meeting
  • Feb 12th – Permission slips due for Hoover Camping – Campout planning/Flaming Arrow’s advancement/simple campout supplies/Okpik presentation about cold weather camping
  • Feb 19th – work on rank advancements
  • Feb 26th – 1st Aide rank advancements w/stretcher carries


  • Get your ideas together for January 29th meeting!
  • Klondike – February 2nd
  • Spring Court of Honor – April 14, 2013
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Scoutmaster Minute – New Year 2013



Now that the Holiday’s are over and I’ve just awoken from a 2-week

hibernation it’s time to get focused on Scouting and look ahead to a whole year of new opportuities!

There is a fundamental change that happens when a boy leaves Cub Scouts and bridges into Boy Scouts. New Boy Scouts learn early-on that the responsibility of advancement and the pace of earning merit badges now rests squarely on their own shoulders.

Mom and Dad aren’t expected to carry that burden once the boy enters the big leagues.

With summer camp fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to to set goals. Careful planning, smart goal-setting and constant encouragement are essential components of goal achievement.

Scouts who are disciplined to set specific, measurable and realistic goals give themselves the best chance of steadily earning merit badges and rank advancement on the path to Eagle Scout.

Please, Please, Please don’t wait for the last minute!
Goal-setting is not solely a tool for earning merit badges and rank advancement. Scouts can set a wide variety of goals that will help them in their journey. While goals are very personal and individual, here are ideas for you to consider as you learn this life-long skill:

Short-term goals (achieve in 30 days or less)

  1.     Plan a month’s worth of Good Turns- 30-days makes a habit for this core value in Scouting
  2.     Learn two new knots- this essential skill in Scouting takes practice
  3.     Learn about the Troop leadership positions and decide which one is best for you
  4.     Organize and re-stock your first-aid kit
  5.     Teach a younger scout how to correctly fold a flag, then practice, practice, practice

Longer-term goals (achieve in 3-6 months)

  1. Help a younger scout earn 1 merit badge and 1 rank advancement
  2. Complete any partial merit badge you have
  3. Master orienteering- Map and compass mastery can be intimidating, yet it’s a vital survival skill
  4. Look ahead to your next rank, set a date and make a plan to achieve it
  5. Earn enough money in your Scout Bucks account to buy a scout-related item, just for you
  6. Earn a certification- i.e., first aid, CPR, BSA lifeguard
  7. Earn an Eagle-required Merit Badge

The number of goals you set is as important as the quality or complexity of the goals.Setting  too many goals can lead to frustration when they aren’t all met. This may lead to an urge to   give up all together.

If this all sounds like too much for you, start by setting one near-term and one longer-term goal.

The important thing is to get your mind and your body in motion… NOW!!! 

Looking forward to a great 2013!
Your Scoutmaster,
Mr. Cat.

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