We have approximately 25 scouts going camping this weekend which is excellent given the distance and the college visitation schedule. I also want to reiterate that conflicts are inevitable and one reason that we have many patrols in the bigger troop is to promote some flexibility in scheduling. If you have a conflict, talk to your ASM or the Camping Chair, Mr. Foster (Sfoster1313@comcast.net), and see if there is a way to come up with a later departure or earlier return. Our next Campout is a Cooking oriented campout competition on October 9-11 and is about an hour away. The weekend is a long weekend but we had to conform to the Council's dates - my apologies.
We still need volunteers to help run Bike Winnetka. We have a few more corners needing our scouts as marshals: Glendale/Oak, Glendale/Ash, Cherry/Rosewood, Prospect/Lincoln/Pine, Ash/Cedar, Church/Hill, Hill/Ridge, Ridge/Sunset, Sunset/Linden, Linden/Ash, Provident/Cherry, Pine/Locust and Elm/Hibbard. This is a very short term gig, from 3:15 until the group has passed, probably a half hour at most on Saturday September 19th. HELP! This shows our park district we support them and are thankful for the use of the parking lot for our Christmas Tree Sale. Participants also get credit for service and earn Troop 20 points toward advancement and scholarship requests for high adventure trips. You also get a long sleeved marshal's shirt. Please reply asap with a corner and your shirt size. Thank you for volunteering, Tom Frittsfirstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of our effort to increase direct leadership training and due to Steve Nied's efforts, we have arranged with the local Cub Scout packs to get a Den Chief Program up and going for those scouts who would like to earn leadership and are not yet in the Senior Staff. The program is open to the Stealth patrol and older. Den Chiefs do two great things. The first is the scout learns to lead and help organize meetings and activities with the younger Cub Scouts. The second thing it does is to show the Cub Scouts what they can look forward to in Boy Scouts. For many boys, this is the first chance they have to serve as a leader and I strongly encourage younger Scouts to talk to Mr. Nied. Please direct any interest to Steve Nied (email@example.com).
As part of our effort to make Scouts responsible, we are encouraging having them get the general Troop emails. If a Scout wants to have his email address added to the general list, please forward that request to Nat Roberts (ScoutmasterWinnetkaTroop20@Gmail.com).
We have a High Adventure Meeting scheduled Oct 4 in the early evening for those interested in learning more about how we organize trips or in running a trip. More details to follow.
We have offered the Skokie Principal some help in rebuilding the Skokie school gardens. We are still working out the details but please note that is expected to be on Oct 17. We are still awaiting word on what time she would like us there. It should be a few hours. Obviously, service hours will be awarded for the work.
We have our Boards of Review and Court of Honor coming up on Sept 29th and Oct. 6th, respectively. Please put them in your calendar and join us in celebrating the achievements of some great Scouts.