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Webelos Invitational Campout 2023

Join us at the 30th Annual Troop 96 Webelos Invitational
November 11-12 @ Camp OH-Da-Ko-Ta in Burlington, WI
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ALL WEBELOS I & II (or any boy in 4th or 5th grade) and parent(s) are welcome to attend a fun-filled camping experience. Come to see what Troop 96 is all about. See the patrol method in action. Meet the Scouts and Adult Leaders. Most importantly, just come up and have fun!
The troop will provide a fun-filled daytime program with scouting activities, games, demonstrations, and opportunities to learn Boy Scout skills and the joining requirements.

Arrive Saturday Morning at 9 am and enjoy the day at beautiful Camp OH-Da-Ko-Ta. Be sure to stay for our amazing Thanksgiving Feast with an entertaining campfire program!
Saturday Night Camping is encouraged! Bring your own tent, sleeping bag, and personal gear. 

Sign-up below. For additional information or questions please call Tom O’Keefe at 630-337-3616, or e-mail: If leaving a message, please Indicate Your Name, Your Son’s Name, Pack #, Webelos 1 or 2, and a return telephone number for a prompt reply.

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Boy Scout Troop 96

Scoutmaster: Eric Dolson


Boy Scout Troop 96 has been an active part of Grayslake, Illinois for many years.

The current Troop was granted a charter from the Boy Scouts of America in September 1983. The chartered organization at that time was the St. Gilbert’s Parish Council. The St. Gilbert Knights of Columbus became the Troop’s sponsor in February 1990.  We camp every month (except December) and are active in High Adventure, too.  In recent years, the troop sent Scouts to the US National Jamboree in West Virgina and several contingents to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. We are proud of the hundreds of hours of community service work we perform each year and, of course, are especially proud of our more than 80 Eagles Scouts.


Troop 96 is a member of Boy Scouts of America Northeast Illinois Council’s NorthStar District serving youth in Grayslake, Hainesville, Round Lake, Gurnee, WIldwood and surrounding areas.Membership in Troop 96 is open to all boys who are at least 11 years old (or who have completed fifth grade or who have earned the Cub Scout Arrow of Light, but are younger than 18 years old). Additionally, a boy must read and promise to observe the Scout Oath and Law. A registration form and a Personal Health and Medical Record form must be completed, signed and returned to the Troop prior to a new Scout participating in any outdoor event. This includes complete payment of registration fees.

We meet every Monday night, year round, from 7 to 8:30 PM at the St. Gilbert Chapel Hall.  If you’d like to visit us and see what we do, send an email to

New Calendar

Troop 96 Calendar

We have an exciting year ahead, so mark your calendar for these great events.

Upcoming events for Troop 96:

Feb 2018 Camping

We have a great winter camping trip planned for this month!  On Friday night, Feb 16, we’ll head north to Indian Mounds Scout Reservation near Oconomowoc, Wisconsin (just west of Milwaukee).  Friday and Saturday nights, we will “camp” in a cabin.  On Saturday, we’ll head a bit further north to Sunburst Ski Area for a day of skiing and snow tubing.

Your permission slip is due on Feb 12 along with your fees and waiver forms*, as follows:         

Lift Ticket for Skiing or Snow boarding – $15.00
Ski equipment or Snowboard rental – $15.00
Helmet Rental – $5.00

Tubing (3 hour Session) – $22.00

Skiing lessons, what Sunburst calls a one-hour zone lesson, is $8.00.  

* The forms for Skiing and Snowboarding should be available at the Feb 12 meeting.


Nov 2017 Camping

This month, we complete our camping year with the big Webelos Invitational Campout.  We will host area Webelos Scouts and showcase Troop 96.

The campout will be held at Camp Ohdakota near Burlington, Wisconsin.

Scouts should be in the parking lot on Friday night by 5:15 with their gear.  Scouts should eat dinner before arriving.

Permission Slip is due Nov 6 at the troop meeting.

October Zip Line Campout Video

What a great weekend for a campout!  The troop had a great time  soaring through the trees on the Ziplining Campout

August 2017 Campout

This month, the troop returns to beautiful Rock Cut State Park near Rockford.  The youth campground sits right on the lake making it a perfect spot for an “Anything That Floats” weekend.

Grab your permission slip and bring it to the Aug 21 meeting with $15 cash for food.

Climbing in Sept 2017

This month, we head back to Wisconsin for a weekend of climbing and hiking at Devil’s Lake State Park.  The troop will camp in nearby Mirror Lake State Park on Friday and Saturday.

Permission Slips are due on Sept 11, along with a waiver document (also available at the Troop Meeting).  Scouts pay $15 cash to their patrol for two members of the patrol to do the grocery shopping for the campout.


Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan 2017 Permission Slip

Here are the permission slip(s) you’ll need for your son to go to Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan this summer.

The troop provides transportation to and from camp for a very nominal fee (much less than the bus service offered by the Council).  We encourage you to have your son ride with his fellow Scouts and to avoid “special arrangements.”  You might image that it is very complex to get 40+ Scouts and 10-12 leaders to camp  – even without special arrangements.

Week One Permission Slip (July 9 to July 15)

Week Two Permission Slip (July 16 to July 22)

Camping in April 2017

This month, we’re heading to the far Northwest (the far northwest of Lake County!).  We’ll be going to beautiful Chain O’ Lakes State Park. We’ll be tent camping in the youth campgrounds.  On Saturday, Scouts will have the choice of fishing, hiking or both.

April is a great month to go camping.  Get your entire patrol together and head out for a fun weekend at a great state park.

Grab the PERMISSION SLIP and bring $15 cash to the Monday, April 17 troop meeting.

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