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Spaghetti Dinner 2018

patchOur annual Spaghetti Dinner is here! This Saturday, we will be serving a delicious dinner from 4-7 pm. Some Scouts are assigned to set up beginning at 3 pm, others work the dinner itself, while another group will clean up from 7-8 pm.

Scouts should be in uniform and be sure to wear a hat, too.

Check out the link to the Work Schedule to see when you’re assigned to help. Here is a flyer for Saturday

All Scouts are asked to bring a dessert for our dessert table. Please bring enough for 24 servings of “store bought, non-refrigerated” goodies.

March 2018 Rollerskating Campout

We had a great time on the March Rollerskating campout. We spend Friday night locked-in at the McHenry Roller rink and Saturday camping out at Van Patten Woods. Saturday was cool, but all the scouts old and new did great. Here is a video and some photos from the campout.  

The Great Mystery Campout

Get your patrol together and solve this mystery.  

You will follow the clues to the site of this month’s Mystery Campout.  It’s not hard but you have to be sharp.

Grab the Permission Slip and bring it to the Monday, April 16th meeting with your food money ($15 cash).


Boy Scout Troop 96

Scoutmaster: Kevin Waldenstrom 


 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


March Campout

3/16 – 3/18 Roller Rink lock-in/camp-out campout: 
We have a great weekend planned.  Friday night we will meet at 5:15 pm in the StG Parking Lot and then head over to the McHenry Roller Rink.  There we will skate, have a cracker barrel snack and then set-up camp when the place clears out.   Saturday, after a hearty breakfast we break camp and move camp to Van Patten Woods for some outdoor fun and basic camping skills.
Here’s the Permission Slip.  Print it out and bring it to the March 12th meeting with $15 cash for food.

New Calendar

Troop 96 Calendar

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

Upcoming events for Troop 96:

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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.


Jacob Stutzman, our Troop’s newest Eagle Scout


On Monday evening, 05 Feb 2018, the North Star District Eagle Board of Review met during our regular troop meeting.  Their task was to determine if Jacob Stutzman met the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout.

After a thorough review of his documentation, an interview with Mr. Waldenstrom and a detailed conversation with Jacob, the Board unanimously approved his application for the rank of Eagle Scout!  Jacob is the first troop Eagle Scout of 2018! When you see him, congratulate him on his accomplishment.  

Well done, Jacob!

Next PLC – Jan. 30th!

Our next PLC will be on January 30th at the Symonds Lakes Funeral Home. The meeting will run from 7:00 to 8:30, and all scouts are welcome to attend. This is an important PLC, as we are preparing for the arrival of new Scouts. Come to the meeting with ideas for skill sessions and activities to help introduce the new scouts to scouting with Troop 96. 

Winter Court of Honor on Jan 29

Mr. Waldenstrom wants to remind everyone that our Winter Court of Honor will be held on Monday, Jan 29.  The ceremony will begin at 7 PM in the Chapel Hall at StG.  Scouts should be in full uniform (and wear their merit badge sash, if they have one).

Our emcees ask that you check out the Duty Roster assignments for the Court of Honor:

Larrys   Desserts,  Help with setup

Paw Patrol,  Drinks, Skit

Ninja Pandas  Desserts, Set up and move food table, Serve food and pour drinks, 

Sloths  Desserts, 4 Scouts to greet guests and help carry things, 2 Scouts to pass our programs, 2 Scouts to reserve from row for Scouts 

Savage Squad  Desserts, Skit, Cleanup 

Salty Businessmen  Desserts, Skit

Parents and families are encouraged to attend.  There will be refreshments after the ceremonies.  See you there!

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