Boy Scout Troop 96
- Written by Pat Klemens
In Boy Scouts, when a Scout completes all the requirements for his next rank, he sits down for a chat with the Scoutmaster. This is a requirement of every rank and gives the Scout and the Scoutmaster a chance to talk one-on-one.
The Conference is also one of the few times that we can get to know each other better. It’s a great chance to make a connection that wouldn’t otherwise happen. Of course, every Scoutmaster Conference is done in full view of the rest of the troop, but is done in a confidential manner, in keeping with the Youth Protection Guidelines.
The Scoutmaster Conference is not a re-test of the Scout. The person who signed his book indicating completion of the requirement does the testing. The Scoutmaster Conference is designed to check on the learning that took place, but more importantly, to better understand how the Scout is progressing in the troop and how he feels about his membership.
Since every Scout in the troop needs a Scoutmaster Conference for each rank, there are times that the schedule can get really busy. For example, when all of the new Scouts join, we see a big increase in Scoutmaster Conferences since everyone is excited to get their first ranks.
In order to schedule a Scoutmaster Conference, a Scout can ask at a troop meeting, send me an email or call on the phone. The Scout needs to take the initiative. I schedule them in the order requested. Scoutmaster Conferences vary in length, but typically last about ten minutes for the first ranks, and longer for the higher ranks.
I like to tell Scouts that a better name for a Scoutmaster Conference might be a Scoutmaster Conversation. Our meeting is a chance to talk about Scouting, the troop, and his progress and plans.
- Written by Pat Klemens
New Scouts are arriving! At the Monday, Feb 10 troop meeting, eleven new Scouts attended. They were celebrated on Sunday at Pack 627's Blue and Gold Dinner and received the Arrow of Light Award. (Check out their group photo below after the jump.) It's great to have all of you with us. Soon Scouts from Pack 188 and 96 will also be joining. Also at last night's meeting, Joe T and Kevin G completed their first rank and are our newest Boy Scouts. Well done!
What is a Campership?
Camping and other outdoor activities are an essential part of Scouting. The outdoor program is one of the most recognized methods of scouting. Indeed, it is easiest to enjoy the full benefits of the Scouting program by attending events like Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan summer camp, Jamboree and Philmont.
Every Scout deserves a week at summer camp, and no Scout should miss camp because of a lack of funds. We feel so strongly about the outdoor program that Troop 96 has put a process in place to reduce the chance that a scout will be denied a camp experience due to financial constraints. We call this our Campership Fund to assist our Scouting families.
- Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 22:24
- Written by Pat Klemens
At the January 2014 Court of Honor, David H received a Certificate of Meritorious Service from the Northeast Illinois Council. He was recognized for "demonstrating an outstanding example of Scout skills" that ensured the well-being of a family member. Last August, David responded calmly and effectively when his sister needed immediate care. David came to her aid, alerted their parents, contacted Grayslake emergency services, treated her for shock and made her comfortable. Well done, David. Thanks for the reminder that we must always "Be Prepared" for anything that comes our way. We're proud of you and so glad you were ready when care was needed.
Our troop celebrated the advancement to Eagle Scout of Nathan T last fall. While every Eagle Scout Court of Honor is special, this one was noteworthy because the new Eagle took the time to think, write and deliver an address to those present, especially the younger Scouts in the room. I asked him to share the speech so it could be on our website. (Thanks, Nathan!) Click READ MORE to read his speech.
- Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 14:56
- Written by David Cibula
The PLC has voted to have each Scout purchase 5 stakes to be used to set up their tents. In addition, the PLC decided that all Scouts would buy the same stake from the troop to be uniform. Between 2 Scouts there will be 10 stakes to set up the tent. This will prevent further damage to the "loops" and since each Scout owns their own there will be less chance of losing one and having it get caught in mowing equipment and injuring someone. The new tent stakes have arrived and are available for purchase. They are orange for high visibility and are quite robust. Cost is $1 each - 5 for $5. We will begin selling them to individuals starting Monday. Adults may also buy stakes for the same price. As an added incentive to keep the stakes in good shape, when a Scout leaves the troop he may re-sell the stakes back to the troop for half price if they are in good condition.