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Check out two photos from recent events

Here’s are a couple of great photos from the Feb 26th Holocaust Museum event & from the recognition ceremony for our newest Ad Altere Dei recipients at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago . Click READ MORE below.


Camping in March 2017

Crown Sign

This month, we head to one of our Council camps.  Camp Crown, near Wilmot, Wisconsin is a favorite spot.  We’ll work on camping skills, both basic and advanced during the weekend of March 17-19.

Grab the permission slip, fill it out and have your parent sign it, then bring it to the March 13 troop meeting.  You will also need $15 in cash to pay for your food.  Two members of each patrol will do the shopping – be prepared to volunteer!

Reception for Scoutmaster Pat Klemens

A 21-and-over gathering (which is a non-scouting activity) is planned on the evening of March 11 to honor the service of Scoutmaster Pat Klemens. 

Anyone can use this link below to respond with a message to Pat, see the details of the event, or RSVP for the event.

Note: The link below will leave the troop 96 website:


Order of the Arrow meeting on Feb 23


The next Order of the Arrow Arrowmen meeting is coming up fast:
The date is 2-23-17; Time:  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Symonds Lake Funeral Home

Every one should bring a treat or a drink.

Nathan C

Troop 96 has another reason to be proud – Alex K is an Eagle Scout!


 On February 9, the North Star District Advancement Committee met for Alex K’s Eagle Scout Board of Review.  The Board reviewed his Merit Badges and rank records as well as his Leadership Project. They also conducted detailed interviews of Mr. Klemens and Alex himself.

At the conclusion of the thorough review, the Board unanimously approved Alex’s application for Eagle Scout.  Alex becomes the 75th Eagle Scout in Troop 96 since 1998.

Congratulations, Alex!  We look forward to celebrating with you at your Court of Honor later this year!

Skiing and Tubing 2017

This month, the Troop heads to Wisconsin for our traditional Skiing and Tubing trip at the Sunburst Winter Sports Park near Kewaskum, Wisconsin.  We’ll camp on Friday and Saturday in cabins at the Indian Mounds Scout Reservation in Oconomowoc, Wis just west of Milwaukee.

On Saturday, the troop will take to the hills from 10 AM to 1 PM.  Scouts must choose between skiing, snowboarding or tubing.  Each has their own costs, equipment and waiver forms. 

To participate, each Scout will need to bring the following on Feb 13th, depending on their choices:

1. The Troop’s Permission Slip.  Get it HERE

2.  $15 cash to pay to the patrol leader so the patrol can buy their own food.

3. The appropriate waiver form for your activity (See Below).

4. The fees for your chosen activity, as follows:

3 Hours Tubing: $22.00    (optional NO release waiver is add’l $5)
Lift Ticket (Skiing or Snowboarding): $30.00 (optional NO release waiver is add’l $10)
Equipment Rental (Skis or Snowboard and Boots): $15.00    (optional NO release waiver is add’l $25)
Helmet Rental: $5.00
Beginners Lesson: $8.00

No Helmet is required for Tubing. Scouts may bring their own equipment and helmets for skiing and snowboarding. The lesson is available for those going out for the first time but otherwise is not required.


There are two kinds of waivers: Release and No Release.  (“No Release” Waivers cost extra and could be considered ‘insurance.’)

Daily Lift Ticket  Multiple Release 2016-2017.pdf

Daily Lift Ticket Agreement Multiple – NO RELEASE 2016-2017.pdf

Ski Club Rental Information GROUPS 16-17.pdf

Ski Rental – NO RELEASE 2016-2017.pdf

Ski Rental and Release 2016-2017Final.pdf

Snow-Tubing Daily Ticket Agreement – No Release 2016-2017.pdf

Snow-Tubing Daily Ticket Release 2016-2017.pdf

Snowboard Rental – NO RELEASE 2016-2017.pdf

Snowboard Rental and Release 2016-2017 Final.pdf

Mr. Kevin Waldenstrom – Troop 96’s fifth Scoutmaster!


WaldenstromOn January 30, 2017, Mr. Kevin Waldenstrom was sworn-in as the troop’s new Scoutmaster.  Following a somewhat emotional farewell ceremony, Mr. Klemens shared his final Scoutmaster Minute in a string dating back to January 2000.  Mr. Waldenstrom becomes only the fifth Scoutmaster since the troop began in Sept ’83 following Mr. Marcell, Mr. Parkinson, Mr. Downs and Mr. Klemens.

Mr. Waldenstrom is fully trained (in fact, he received his Wood Badge beads last week).  He’s been an Assistant Scoutmaster for the last few years and is anxious to support the Scouts of Troop 96. 

Thanks for stepping up!  Without strong leaders and parental support, the troop cannot provide Scouting to our young men.  Congratulations to Mr. Waldenstrom!

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