Archives for April 2013

Coming into the home stretch for rank advancement

As we approach our May Board of Review and Court of Honor, scouts should work with their patrol leaders and the scoutmasters to ensure that the requirements for rank advancement are met, and that plans are in place to complete any open items.

The rank requirements can be found in the Boy Scout Handbook:

  • Tenderfoot requirements are on pages 432-433
  • Second Class requirements are on pages 434-435
  • First Class requirements are on pages 436-437
  • Star Scout requirements are on page 438
  • Life Scout requirements are on page 439
  • Eagle Scout requirements are on pages 440-441

The requirements can also be found on the website.

For scouts who are working on advancement to First Class, we are trying out a Google Form that can be used to identify the requirements that you’ve completed and the requirements you need to complete.

Your responses from the form will be shared with the patrol leaders and scoutmasters to help plan activities at this weekend’s Starved Rock campout, and to plan additional activities in the coming weeks.

Any feedback on the form would be appreciated, and can be sent to

Starved Rock campout permission slips due Tuesday

Our campout at Starved Rock State Park is this coming weekend. Signed permission slips are due at Tuesday’s Troop meeting.

A copy of the fly for the campout can be downloaded here.

Astronomy observation session Friday, April 5

We will have an observation session to help meet requirements for the Astronomy merit badge at 8pm at Crow Island Woods. The session will be led by Andy Bulluck of Skokie Valley Astronomers. The session should include constellation-spotting, stargazing, planet-watching and tracking satellites including the International Space Station.

Details on the observation session can be downloaded here.

Are you weather smart?

The website includes training resources that can be valuable to everyone involved in scouting. As the days grow longer, spring warms, and we spend more time outside, it’s good to refresh our knowledge of how to to plan for and respond to severe weather including thunderstorms, hail, and tornados.

The Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather online course takes 30-40 minutes to complete, and is available in the E-Learning section of the MyScouting website.

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