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Nick G is our newest Eagle Scout!




The North Star District Advancement Committee met on Wednesday, January 27 to conduct an Eagle Scout Board of Review for Nick G.  After a thorough review of his credentials and in-depth interview, the Board approved Nick as the newest Eagle Scout.  Well done!  We are proud of you and look forward to celebrating with you at your Court of Honor later this year.

Court of Honor on Monday!

Our big Winter Court of Honor is this Monday evening, beginning at 7 PM.  We’ll recognize the Scouts’ many ranks and other awards as well as several special awards.  We’ll also hold promotions for Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan and Boundary Waters.  If that weren’t enough, we’ll have our annual Friends of Scouting solicitation, and a presentation for several adults who completed their Wood Badge training.  Finally, we’ll celebrate our Silver Acorn recipient, Cete Rupprecht and our Key Scouters: John Boos, Mike Hoffman, Kevin Mack, Joseph Matthews, Dan Ostick, John McCall, David Campbell, Anthony McDowell, Matt Symonds, Peter Klett, and Vyt Tamulaitis.  These adults will receive their awards at the District Dinner on February 6.

Please join us for this special evening.  When the ceremonies are complete, we’ll enjoy refreshments provided by the Scouts.

Troop 96 at MaKaJaWan in Winter with Photos

Monday, 10:30 AM Update: The troop is heading home.  Everyone is in great spirits, warm, fed and very excited to share their adventure with the rest of the troop at tonight’s meeting.  They estimate their arrival to GL about 2:30 to 3:00 PM.

Sunday, 5PM Update:  Scouts and adults are thriving at MaKaJaWan!  They’ve kept themselves warm and all are in good spirits!  They’ve done more hiking and you can see the entire group on the lake and at the new climbing tower, below.

Sunday, 11 AM Update: Scouts and adults made the trip to MaKaJaWan on Saturday, Jan 16 during the coldest outbreak of the winter yet.  While we were cold in Grayslake with Saturday’s overnight temperature of -3, it was really cold at MaKaJaWan with just -14 degrees!

Although the cabins were heated, you might say the heat wasn’t too effective.  Overnight, the temperatures in the cabins didn’t get above 20 degrees!

With all this, you’d think it must be pretty miserable – and you’d be wrong.  They have been sending regular reports of their activities: a hike to the OA Bowl, going out to our summer site at Iroquois, hiking across the lake, even making an ice rink to play hockey on the lake.

Check out the pictures, below…


Summer Planning with Troop 96

Yes it is cold and snowy outside and the holidays are over, so what is there to look forward to?  Summer, I tell you.  People are starting to look at their 2016 calendars and starting to plan summer activities.  For Troop 96 this summer that means two things…

First is our annual summer camping adventure in northern Wisconsin at the beautiful Makajawan Scout Reservation.  The troop has reserved 2 weeks.  As experienced Scouts, you may attend either one week or two and it is your choice of which weeks you attend based on your schedule.  Remember, 2016 crossover Scouts are limited to only attending Week 1 their first year.  Week 1 runs from July 10-16.  Week 2 runs from July 17-23.  So block your calendars now.  More information and details will follow, but a $75 deposit will be needed by mid-March.

A second adventure is also available this year. (Click Read More to continue…)


Permission Slip 2016

The January Permission Slip for our trip to Camp MaKaJaWan is linked here.

Please print a copy, have it signed and bring it to the Jan 11 meeting with your food money ($15 cash).

We’re going to have a great time at beautiful Camp MaKaJaWan in winter!



Happy New Year 2016!

The holidays are behind us already!  I hope everyone enjoyed their break.  It’s time to get back to Scouting…

Our first meeting of the year is Monday, Jan 4.  The very next day, Tuesday, Jan 5, is our monthly PLC Meeting to plan January and February troop meetings.  The PLC meeting will be held at the SPL’s house again this month beginning at 7 PM.

Don’t forget our first ever trip to MaKaJaWan in the winter!  The winter weather is cooperating and the long-range forecast looks great.  We’ll head to MaKaJaWan on Saturday, Jan 16 for the first-ever Saturday through Monday winter campout.  Mark your calendars!

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