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Troop 96 2017-2018 Camping Plan

We have an exciting year ahead, so mark your calendar and get ready for the adventure.

August Anything that Float Campout at Rock Cut State Park

September Rock Climbing Campout at Devils Lake State Park

October Zip Line Fall Colors Campout – 10/20-10/22

Get ready for an amazing weekend experiencing fall colors from a completely new angle. Experience our most thrilling Eco Adventure with the 2 to 2 1/2-hour guided Canopy Tour. Soar through the fall colors on 8 different zip lines, 5 sky bridges, 3 spiral stairways and a one-of-a-kind “floating” double helix stairway which wraps around a breathtaking ash tree. The 1,200-foot Racing Zip Line is the grand finale!

November WEBELOS Invitational Iron Chef Campout – 11/10-11/12

Troop 96 loves to cook.  In fact, we wrote the book on it.  In November, we are heading up to Camp OhDaKoTa for this annual favorite.  We are inviting Webelos and friends interested in scouts to join us on Saturday to learn more about the Troop.  We also would love for families to join us Saturday night for the great Thanksgiving Feast and the grand Dutch Oven dessert buffet.

January The MaKaJaWan Snowmageddon Campout – 1/13-1/15 (Saturday to Monday)

MaKaJaWan is an awesome place in summer, but it’s also a winter wonderland in January.  We head up Saturday on Martin Luther King weekend and return on Monday.  Will be cabin camping with a great mix of outdoor and indoor activities.  Don’t forget to pack cocoa.

February Troop 96 Winter Olympics Snow Sports campout – 2/16-2/18

The winter Olympics returns in 2018 and so does the Snow Sports campout.  We will be cabin camping this weekend and plan to spend the day skiing and tubing.

March Roller Rink Lock-in and Camping 101 Campout – 3/16-3/18

What a way to welcome crossing over Webelos into the Troop.  Friday night we will be spending the night in a roller rink and then camp out on the rink floor.  The lights and roof will be a blessing as the new member set-up a Troop tent for the first time while older scouts can take advantage of spending the night in a roller rink. Saturday, we break camp and then test those new skills setting up outside at a nearby campsite.

April THE Games Challenge Mystery Campout – 4/20-4/22

This campout is a mystery that needs to be solved.  Are you up for the challenge?

May Biking Campout – 5/18-5/20

We will be heading to the Lake Le-Aqua-Na and be spending the day biking the Jane Adams trail.

June Roller Luge Campout – 6/15-6/17

We will be heading to the Mississippi Palisades State Park and spend the Roller Luging Roller at Chestnut Mountain Resort.


Camp MaKaJaWan and Philmont Trek


Re-register for another year of Scouting in 2017!

During September and October, all Scouts and Adult Leaders will be able to enroll for another year of great Scouting with Troop 96. 

  • $51 per Scout ($24.00 for national fee, $12.00 for Boy’s Life and $15.00 dues)
  • $24 per Adult Leader
  • Families with two or more boys, pay $39 for each boy after the first if they want to share the Boy’s Life subscription. 
  • Payment by check is preferred and checks can be made out to Troop 96 or payment may be taken from the boys’ Scout Accounts after confirmation of sufficient funds by Mr. Busch.

All money due any Monday Troop Meeting from September 5 until October 31, 2016

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Service hours for helping at St. Gilbert

The St. Gilbert Annual Parish Picnic organized by the Knights of Columbus is this Saturday from 6 to 10 PM (right after the 5:00 Mass).  We are looking for volunteers to help setup from 2:30 to 5:00 PM and/or run the games/clean-up from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.  They can work as little as an hour or stay all evening.  A meal will be provided for anyone working the evening shift.

Any questions, please contact Mr. Durnil at: or 847-548-2825

Our BIG Court of Honor, Sunday, Aug 28

rank patches

On Sunday, August 28, we’ll hold our BIGGEST Court of Honor of the year.  We’ll gather at Hasting’s Lake Forest Preserve (on Gelden Road, just west of Grass Lake Road in Lindenhurst).  The ceremonies will begin at 2:00 pm.  We’ll recognize and award our Scouts for their many accomplishments this summer, including at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan.  Immediately following the ceremonies, we will enjoy a cookout picnic.  We ask each family to bring your family’s “favorite summer dish” to share.  The troop will provide burgers and brats.


Back to StG and Campout Prep

We enjoyed our last summer evening on Jones Island last Monday.  Beginning Aug 15, we will return to the Chapel Hall at StG for our regular, weekly troop meetings.  This Monday we’ll be working on campout prep.  Bring your permission slip and $15 cash for food.  Also, if your family will be joining us on Saturday afternoon, we’ll need to know on Monday, too.

The Good News keeps coming…


Alex TLast night (Aug 4), the North Star Advancement Committee met again to review the credentials of one of our Eagle candidates.  I am pleased to report that after a thorough review and interview, the Board of Review announced that Alex Tamulaitis had successfully completed all the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout!  Well done, Alex! 

We look forward to celebrating with you at your Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

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