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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Troop 35 is the place to be!

Scouts of Troop 35 you do NOT want to miss these upcoming events!

Cabin Camping this weekend!

Who:       Anyone and everyone who is a Boy Scout in Troop 35 – whether for a few years or a few days!
What:     Join us for a fantastic camping experience inside a cabin – or outside in a tent for those who want to earn their “Polor Bear” badge/certificate!
Where:   Hoover Forest Preserve in Yorkville – just a short distance from home!

When:     6pm Friday, January 23rd to 1pm Sunday, January 25th (YES – THIS FRIDAY!)

Why:       To have the time of your life! We’ll work on advancements, cook in dutch ovens, go for a hike perhaps, or have fun in the snow if there is any. It will be fun – you won’t want to miss it!


Klondike at Cantigny!

Who:       Again anyone and everyone who is a Boy Scout in Troop 35 – whether for a few years or a few days!

What:     Klondike at Cantigny – a council lead event where the boys compete to complete different tasks at different stations – we will be using our patrol sleds!

Where:   Cantigny

When:     Camp overnight on Friday, January 30th, or join us on Saturday morning, January 31st (Times and places TBD by Tuesday’s meeting January 27th)

Why:       Because it’s a blast and who doesn’t like a little friendly competition among troops? Troop 35 needs your help to win!


Submarine overnight and Winter Luge!

Who:       All scouts – reservations needed – there are still a few open slots – contact Mr. Armstrong to sign up now!

What:     Luge sledding (boys did it last year and had a blast – will Mrs. Bielik come back for a rematch?) and then spend the night in an actual submarine!

Where:   Muskegon, Michigan

When:     8am Saturday, February 28th to 1:30pm Sunday, February 29th

Why:       This will be an experience of a lifetime to sleep on a Submarine, and to fulfill your dreams of being an Olympic Luge competitor – all in the same weekend!


Merit Badge University!

Who:       Any Scout wanting to earn Merit Badges to help him achieve his next Rank advancement – don’t forget you need a total of 21 to become an Eagle Scout!

What:     Merit Badge University – a day-long event where scouts can take up to 4 classes to earn 4 merit badges. Sign up online via the link provided by Mrs. Leonard. Please be aware that some merit badges will have pre-requisites that need to be completed before going. And you will need to get a blue card signed by Mr. Peterson or another Assistant Scoutmaster.

Where:   York High School in Elmhurst

When:     Saturday, March 7, 2015

Why:       To earn 1, 2, 3 or 4 merit badges in one day! Why not?!

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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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