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February 2015 Camping

This month, the troop returns to skiing, snowboarding and tubing at Sunburst Ski Area near Kewaskum, Wisconsin.  We will be staying in cabins near Oconomowoc, Wisconsin at the Indian Mounds Scout Reservation.  It’s a great camp and we’ll be in cabins in case we get wet while on the hills tubing and skiing. 

The fees for food ($15 cash) and your activity fees are due with the Permission Slip on Feb 16.

$30 for lift ticket, $8 for Ski or Snowboard rental, $5 for Helmet, $10 for Lesson (if needed)

TUBING: $19 for 3 hour session

Scouts can bring their own equipment for skiing or snowboarding HOWEVER a helmet is required for either activity.

Grab the Permission Slip and plan for a fantastic winter outing.

Winter Session of Troop Leadership Training completed

The following Scouts met on Saturday morning, Jan 24, at the Grayslake Village Hall to participate in Troop Leadership Training.  Topics included Troop Operations, Patrol Operations, Communication Skills, Leading/Teaching EDGE, Servant Leadership and more.  Please congratulate these Scouts when you see them: Cameron B, Kevin G, Andrew G, Cameron D, Hunter M, Justin J, Collin J, Spencer B, Will D, Nathan C, Matthew S, Ethan B, Joey C, Rahil V, David H and Nick G.

Troop Court of Honor, Jan 26

Parents, families and friends are invited to our big Winter Court of Honor.  Scouts will be recognized for ranks earned and merit badges completed.  There are also a number of special awards to be presented for both youth and adults.  Additionally, a presentation on Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan with all of the new programs for 2015 will be given plus we’ll present our annual Year-in-Review video of the troop.  Refreshments will be served after the ceremonies.  I hope you can join us to celebrate the troop’s accomplishments.  Oh, and the annual Friends of Scouting drive will be held at the Court of Honor, too.

Arrowmen Meeting on Feb 10

Hello Arrowmen of Troop 96,
    Coming up on Tuesday, Feburary 10th will be the Troop’s Arrowmen at Mr. Symond’s place. We get updates on what we discussed at the last Arrowmen meeting. Please bring a snack/dessert to share. People will need to bring their own beverage.
In cheerful service
Andrew G

Troop Leadership Training set for Jan 24

The PLC has set the morning of January 24 to conduct Introduction to Leadership Skills.  This training is a necessary expectation for all Scouts holding a troop position.  The training will take place at the Grayslake Village Hall from 9:00 AM till noon.  Upon completion of the training, Scouts will be recognized with their Trained patch signifying that they completed this aspect of their troop position.

Scouts will need to contact Mr. Klemens with their intention to attend no later than January 21 (in order to have sufficient supplies and snacks).  Send an email to Mr. K or add your name to the sign up sheet at the troop meeting.

Happy News to start the Year

Did you ever realize that perhaps the first word almost everyone in the world says on New Years Day is “Happy?”  Happy New Year.  Well, there is some Happy news to share:  Mr. Dave Cibula was selected to receive the troop’s highest recognition: the Silver Acorn Award.  The award will be presented at the annual North Star District Dinner on Feb 7.  Mr. Cibula is being recognized chiefly for his exemplary work as our Ma-Ka-Ka-Wan Chairman in 2014 (and other work!).

Also, Mrs. Cheri Blenniss will be honored with the District’s highest award, the District Award of Merit.  Only five people from across the District are recognized each year.  In addition to Cheri Blenniss, the other recipients include Thomas Johnson, Mike Anderson, Caroline Thacker and Ron Russell.

Any troop adults who would like to attend the dinner are invited.  Please register at the NEIC website with this link.

We are going to Philmont two years in a row!

We have “won the lottery” for a single crew of 12 people to go to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 2016.  Although we are sending three crews in 2015, we have the opportunity to send folks again in 2016.  To be eligible to go to Philmont, a Scout must be at least 14 years old and First Class.  Scouts who were not eligible to go this year may be eligible in 2016.  We will plan to send 9 Scouts and three adults. 

Do you want to go?  If so, you will need to commit NOW.  No later than Jan 20, 2015, we will need your $100 deposit to save your spot.  Total cost for the trip is not yet known, but a fair estimate of $1300 to $1500 is likely.

Please see Mr. Klemens right away or send an email.  We will fill the crew in the order we receive deposits.  Don’t wait and be disappointed.



Jan 2015 Permission Slip

Our January 2015 Winter Campout will be a great weekend at Camp Crown (just over the state line into Wisconsin).

We have the use of the Jadel Training Center for the weekend which gives us the flexibility of using it as a warming shelter or even sleeping inside overnight (although everyone knows that tent camping is the best!).

Permission slip and $15 cash are due at the Monday, January 12 troop meeting.  No exceptions.  Plan to join us….don’t forget that the Monday after the campout is a school holiday, too!

Grab the PERMISSION SLIP here and round up your patrol for a full weekend of fun.

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