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Summer Camp Payments Due Now

A deposit of at least $50 from each Scout and adult planning to go to Summer Camp is due.  We are now enrolling participants in the Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Summer Camp registration system run by our Council.

Cost for one week at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan, including camping, food and transportation, is $335 while two-weeks is $620. Adult leaders pay $145 per week.  Your total fee may increase due to any other activities that you choose to sign up to do (some examples are the fees for supplies purchased at the trading post for merit badges, charges for Order of the Arrow membership, costs for whitewater rafting, shooting sports and horsemanship).  To continue reading, click Read More (below).


April 2014 Permission Slip

In April, we’ll drive out to Mississippi Palisades on Friday evening and camp at the State Park along the Mississippi.  On Saturday, we’ll drive about an hour into Iowa to explore the caves at Maquoketa Caves State Park.  Scouts should be sure to bring flashlights, a change of clothes and a large garbage bag to put their muddy clothes in for the drive back.

Grab the April 2014 Permission Slip here.

palisades      maquoketa     


Order of the Arrow Team Meeting on April 9

Attention all members of the Order of the Arrow!

There will be a first-ever meeting that is limited only to Troop Arrowmen (youth and adults) on Wednesday, April 9.  The meeting will be held at the Symond’s Funeral Home at 7PM until 8:30PM

We will decide on our upcoming events and service projects.  We hope to set up special events for Arrowmen (like going to professional baseball, soccer or hockey games, organizing special adventures like shooting, climbing, canoeing or ??  We also hope to take on community service projects that the Arrowmen will “own and operate.”  Wear you uniform and sash.  Pizza and soda will be served.  Please contact Mr. Klemens (at to confirm your attendance.  We need to make sure we have enough food.

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry – March 21

The Knights of Columbus, our sponsoring organization, is holding a Fish Fry this Friday, March 21 from 5 to 8P.  The event will be held at the St. Gilbert Parish Center (gym).  They are offering Breaded Alaskan whitefish, French fries, cole slaw, bread, mac & cheese, dessert;  soda, beer, bottled water and wine available for purchase.

Cost is only $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and children under six are $6.  Proceeds benefit St. Gilbert parish, School, and our community.  Seats are limited, so arrive early!


This Weekend’s Campout

Three Scout Patrols and one adult Patrol will be heading out for this weekend’s March Campout.  Everyone should plan to be in the StG Parking Lot on Friday by 5:30p.  Scouts should be in uniform with all gear packed (and have already eaten dinner).

We will go directly to the McHenry Roller Rink and skate in the evening.  At 9 PM, the general public leaves and we have the facility to ourselves.  We will set up our tents inside and have a cracker barrel snack before light’s out.

To help with your packing, we suggest you grab the Troop Weekend Packing List to guide your gear selection.  March can be a very tricky month to be outdoors.  Plan for any kind of weather – but so far it looks pretty good.  Avoid cotton jeans and gym shoes.  Scouts need to wear boots and synthetic fabrics. 

We’ll move from McHenry on Saturday morning to Camp Lakota near Woodstock.  We’ll spend the rest of the day and overnight working on camping skills and having fun!

Friends of Scouting Results

January 26th 2015 at the Court of Honor we initiated the Troop 96 FOS campaign in true Troop 96 tradition.  We again reached a new presentation night high for pledges.  With all of the pledges reported to date, we have a total of $13400 pledged against a goal of $9500.

 I want to thank all of those who have pledged thus far for their generosity.  It was truly a ‘First Class’ effort.  We received back a total of 45 cards.  If yours was not among them we have until April 30 2015 to complete our campaign.  As of now we are eligible for a credit of $670 in Council services and supplies.  This will continue to grow at a rate of 5% of pledges until April 30.  Your support will help guarantee that we have more stories such as Brian’s that I shared.  With our Troop and Council it is a good chance that it will be your son the next time.

Click on this link to a fillable PDF pledge card form if you did not get one.  Be sure to indicate if your employer matches and that your pledge should be credited to North Star Troop 96.  It can be returned to me via email at:

Yours in Scouting,

Kevin Rupprecht

Troop 96 Chartered Organization Representative

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