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An amazing Court of Honor

Last night (August 25), we recognized our Scouts many accomplishments over the summer months.  In a completely packed and somewhat steamy Chapel Hall, our emcees, Jacob S and Charlie A, presented hundreds of awards in dozens of categories.  Jacob and Charlie wrote up great rank advancement ceremonies and recruited Scouts to read them as the ranks were presented.  From Scout to Eagle Palms, we had them all!  In addition, we saw another 114 Merit Badges presented, too.  We also recognized Trailblazer, Scuba, Snorkeling, Airfest, Kumbaya, National Outdoor, Baden-Powell and more!  Whew!  What a night.

After the ceremonies, we enjoyed a huge buffet of snacks including cookies, Bavarian pretzels and ice cream.

While the night was certainly impressive, behind the scenes may even be more remarkable.  Mrs. Sherry Judge, our fantastic Advancement Chair, orchestrated each card, pin and patch as well as every single computer entry to keep it all on file as our Scouts progress through the ranks.  Many, many hours are required to make one Court of Honor a success.  Well done! When you see Mrs. Judge, please be sure to thank her. 


Hello Everyone!

Chris J here, with a reminder that I am leading my Eagle Project this weekend.

This Sunday, August 10th from 2 PM to 3:30 PM, I will be executing the distribution phase of my Eagle Project. The goal of my project is to increase the public awareness of the proper way to dispose/recycle electronics. We have had an Electronics Recycling Drop-Off facility in Grayslake for a few years now, but old TVs, computers, and other various electronics are still seen at the side of the road.

On Sunday, the plan is to increase awareness of the Drop-Off facility by having scouts going door-to-door providing informational flyers on where, when, and how residents can recycle old and unused electronics.

It would be awesome if you could join in, so come out and help!

We will meet at my house, where we have had PLC meetings in the past.  If you need the address or directions then please contact me via the information below.

There will be snacks and drinks for everyone that helps out.

I hope to see you all there!

Yours in scouting,

Chris J


Sunday, August 10, 2014 @ 2PM

Meet at my house (In the West Trail / Haryan Farms subdivision) Directions

We will be distributing flyers door-to-door.

Please come in your uniform and wear shoes good for walking in.

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Order of the Arrow: News, next Arrowmen Meeting and NOAC 2015

What a year 2014 has been for our Troop in the Order of the Arrow.  Way back in February, the troop held the annual election for new members using a secret ballot.  At Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan this summer, we saw the outcome: seven Scouts and six adults gained admission to OA as Ordeal members.  On Friday evening at camp, at the impressive OA Callout Ceremony, the following Scouts and adults were recognized: Ethan B, Fritz K, Nick K, Zach L, Alex Kk, Chris M, Ryan R, Mr. Joe Matthews, Mr. Craig Levy, Mr. Dave Sislow, Mr. Matthew Symonds, Mrs. Cheri Blenniss and Mr. Vyt Tamulaitis.  Please congratulate them when you see them.  They were fully inducted into the Order of the Arrow during ceremonies held on Saturday night.

We also had thirteen current members of the Order of the Arrow decide to take the next step and seal their membership by becoming Brotherhood members.  These individuals self-elected to go to the next step.  They studied the traditions and purpose of the OA, then submitted to another day of service working alongside the Ordeal candidates.  New Brotherhood members: Nathan C, Andrew G, Nick G, David H, Kyle J, Nathan S, Matthew S, Alex T, Rahil V, Mr. John Boos, Mr. David Cibula, Mr. Michael Hoffman and Mr. Kevin Mack.  Well done!

Finally, in closing the OA story, I ought to report that Kevin Wehde and I were selected for the Vigil Honor this year.  There were 19 youth and adults selected in our Council this year.  We completed our Vigil on Friday night and returned to the troop on Saturday morning.  The Vigil ceremony is very special, perhaps even spiritual.  I hope many Arrowmen in our troop are able to experience this as well.

All Troop Arrowmen are invited to attend our next Arrowmen meeting on August 27.  The meeting will be held at the Symonds Building on Rt 120 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  Expect fellowship, fun and service. More details soon.

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.  Arrowmen are encouraged to attend the National Order of the Arrow Conference in Michigan.  See the article on NOAC 2015 on our website or go to our Council’s OA web page to sign up.

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