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Camping June 2015

This month we’re headed to a favorite destination of Troop 96: camping at Indiana’s Potato Creek State Park and whitewater rafting on the St. Joseph River through downtown South Bend on the East Race Waterway.  The state park is beautiful and the waterway is amazing.  Check out this link for the whitewater rafting.

Food costs are $15 and rafting is $5 per run (typically, Scouts are able to do three runs, sometimes four).

Permission Slip is due on June 15 along with food money (in cash) payable to the patrol leader.  You can get the June 2015 Permission Slip by clicking on the link.


Memorial Day Troop Meeting

UPDATE 5/25@5:55PM  Meeting is ON,  but due to possible showers in the area, we ask that parents stay very close in case we need to leave and head to the cars.  Current radar suggests storms may dissipate before reaching GL, but the potential exists for a t-shower.  We will not be going in the water, but will probably get wet!  Cookout plans will go forward.  See you soon – fingers crossed.

UPDATE 5/26@5:10PM  A t-shower is passing GL now.  A decision on tonight’s meeting will be posted here at 6PM. 

Our regular troop meeting won’t be held, but we are having a picnic!  The PLC is planning for us to meet at Jones Island (corner of Alleghany and Harvey) on Gray’s Lake.  Bring a dish to share (if you like) and the troop will be providing meat and buns.  Several Scouts have volunteered to cook starting at 6:30.  Bring your swim suit, too, if you are going on the June Campout.  We will run an “unofficial” swim test to make sure everyone is comfortable in the water.  Wear a Scout T-shirt: no uniform expected.

Swimming Merit Badge Revised


SwimmingSwimming merit badge, that Eagle-required summer camp staple, has been upgraded and revised just in time for the 2014 summer camp season.

The new requirements focus more on teaching Scouts correct stroke mechanics while continuing to emphasize basic water skills. Previous requirements like snorkeling, competitive swimming and CPR (which Scouts learn more fully in other merit badges anyway) have been removed.

With the new requirements, the goal is to teach Scouts to swim with greater ease and efficiency, as well as keep them safe in and around the water.

Scouts may use either the old or new requirements in 2014 — it’s their choice. On Jan. 1, 2015, they’ll become official, and only Scouts who have already started working with the old requirements may use the old ones.  Click Read More to continue reading…


Spring Court of Honor, Monday at 7p

Our Spring Court of Honor will be held on Monday, May 19 at 7 PM.  Our Scouts will be recognized for their advancement and other accomplishments since we last celebrated in January.  Families and friends are invited to attend and share the Scouts’ success.  After the ceremonies, there will be refreshments served.

Eagle Scout Dinner for Class of 2014

The Northeast Illinois Council celebrated nearly 250 new Eagle Scouts in the last year during a Recognition Dinner on April 29.  Five Scouts from Troop 96 attended (Nathan T, Christian M, Nathan C, Ethan D and Sean K).  Check out the “class photo” by clicking on Read More


May 2014 Campout

The May Campout is going to be a blast!  We’re heading to Camp Crown for a weekend of camping, and we’ll head to Camp Henry Horner in Ingleside for their Ropes Course on Saturday.  Once we get “back home” to Crown on Saturday afternoon, the Scouts may will shelters to stay in overnight (or stay in tents if they prefer).  We’re hope for clear skies so we can bring out our telescopes for an evening astronomy session, too.

Costs for the weekend are $15 for food plus $20 for the Ropes Course and payable on Monday, May 12 when the Permission Slips are due.

Grab your copy of the Permission Slip and join us for a great May outing.

Henry Horner


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