Event for new Scouts and families

Troop 18 is part of the Potawatomi District of the Northeast Illinois Council. The District is hosting a welcoming event for the new Scouts next Saturday morning at Lovelace Park  in Evanston, on Gross Point road between Wilmette Ave. and Central St.

The event runs from 9 am to noon, and includes fishing instruction and a Fishing Derby, with contests for the biggest and the smallest fish. Detailed information and online registration is available on the Council website. While you’re visiting the site, be sure to check out the Council’s calendar for upcoming events and opportunities.

Time to RSVP for Wisconsin River canoe trip

This could be your sandbar! Click for map of our route.

This could be your sandbar! Click for map of our route.

Please remember to RSVP if you’re going on the Wisconsin River canoe camping trip on September 14 and 15 [info]. The RSVP form is here.

Payment and all paperwork are due at our meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Winnetka Congregational Church:

  • Payment of $35 per Scout; checks should be made out to Troop 18.
  • Scouting permission slip, either from the flyer or downloadable here.
  • Waiver required by the canoe outfitter, downloadable here.
  • Scouting health information form, which is required for any Scout or adult who participates in an outing. This does not require a doctor’s signature or exam, but includes important health and allergy information that the trip organizers should know when planning and conducting the trip. It can be downloaded here.

First Fall meeting next week! Canoeing in September! Devil’s Lake in October!

Scouts and Parents,

We’ll have our first post-summer meeting on Tuesday, September 3, at 7:30 pm. Because of the rummage sale preparations underway at Christ Church, our September meetings will be held in the gym of the Winnetka Congregational Church at 725 Pine St. We’ll be preparing for our first outing of the year …

Canoeing the Wisconsin River on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15. This trip was a blast for everyone last year, with overnight camping on a river sandbar. You should have received an email from troop18info@gmail.com that contained the information and liability waiver for the trip.

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.

Are you weather smart?

The scouting.org 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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Survey: Trip to Harley-Davidson Museum for engineering merit badge

In addition to its many exhibits, the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee offers a scouting program to meet many of the requirements for the Engineering merit badge.

If you’re interested in a Troop 18 trip to the Museum, please cast your vote in the online survey.

Scout’s honor: One vote per Troop member.

2013 Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan information now posted

There’s a new web site for the Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation operated by the Northeast Illinois Council, including a list of more than five dozen merit badges and multiple High Adventure programs being offered this year. Troop 18 will be at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan from July 14-20 this summer. Information on signup and fees will be coming out soon.