Special Advancement Session

As we wind up the last days of 2014 a couple of lucky scouts came to a special advancement session on 12/30. The result was that several were able to check off a couple of items towards rank advancement. Several others completed rank requirements, had a scout master conference and completed a board of review.

Scouts who advanced a rank will be announced at the next troop meeting, on January 7th.

Formal rank awards will be awarded at the next court of honor.

Good work to all.

I’ve posted a couple of photos.

Advancement Session photos

Just click on the above link.

Mr. Sikora

Upcoming Troop Events

  • 12/17/14  7:00 to 8:30 – Court of Honor.  Elliott Elementary cafeteria.  Bring a dish to share.
  • We will NOT meet the two weeks of holiday break.
  • 01/07/15  7:00 to 8:30 – troop meeting at Elliott.
  • 01/09/15  to 01/10/15 Climb On overnight and climbing merit badge.  Details to follow but….  Meet at approximately 8:30 on Friday.  Drive to the Climb-on facility in Homewood.  Sleep indoors, climb in the morning.  Home around 10 AM Saturday.

You’ve been busy – 2014 Recap in photos from Mr Shelton

Mr Shelton and I finally got together and uploaded his photos of many 2014 troop activities.

It is certain that our scouts can’t honestly say “I’m bored” or There is nothing to do”. The evidence is shown in all the fun things Mr Shelton captured in photos.

When you go to the photo website look for the following albums:

2014-11-09 I&M Canal – by Mr Shelton

2014-10-19 Fall Camporee – by Mr Shelton

2014-07-10 Camp Buffalo – by Mr Shelton

2014-06-14 Indiana Dunes Campout – by Mr. Shelton

2014-05-17 Spring Camporee – by Mr Shelton

2014-04-11 Cub Scout Crossover – by Mr Shelton

2014-04-05 Starved Rock Campout – by Mr Shelton

2014-02-08 Father and Son Campout – by Mr Shelton


Yes there are a lot of photos to enjoy. I suggest that when you go the the photo site you put it in “slide show” mode and let er rip.

Hint – Once you select an album there is a little “v” symbol in the upper right hand corner of the  which drops down the selection to either play a slide show or download you favorite photo to your computer. Hope this helps.


2014 Photos from Mr Shelton

(click on above link)

Mr Sikora


Engineeering Merit Badge – Photo Gallery

Harley Davidson museum and the engineering merit badge activities of our scouts are depicted in a new photo folder. Check it out.

Harley Davidson 2014-12-06 Photos

(click on above link)

Mr Sikora

Fright Night – Photo recap

Scouts and Scouters,

Just click on the link below.

Fright Night 2014 Photos


Mr Sikora

Popcorn Sales – Pie in Face Photos

The Popcorn sales culminated with a dual Pie in Face spectacular.

A couple of photos have been posted to the troop photo site.

Mr. Sikora

Fall Camporee – Photos Available on Line

Camp Betz lived up to a long standing tradition. It rained!. That didn’t stop our dauntless knights to complete their quest. Mother nature even zapped our campers with a brisk 28 DEGF on Sunday morning.

A secondary activity to the Fall Camporee Monty Python and the Holy Grail stations was the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air. The scouts talked to scouts in other states via amateur radio.

Photos are available on the troop photos site.


Mr. Sikora

Daniel Spencer Eagle Project Photos

Mr. Wagner has provided photos of Daniel’s Eagle project activities at Wicker Park. Check them out at the troop photo site.


Mr. Sikora

Mr Goodwin Takes Pie for Popcorn Sales


Logan Gomez was the top popcorn seller last week and randomly selected Mr Goodwin as the recipient of the pie in the face.

Ten Commandments of Leadership

Excerpts from a speech given by Eddie Snow, Oakland #3, at the District Assembly May 18th, “If You Were Arrested For Being A Rotarian, Would There Be Enough Evidence To Convict You?” These are St. Edward Wrestling Coach Howard Ferguson’s “Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership.”

1. People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered.
Love them anyway

2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable .
Be honest and frank anyway.

6. The biggest men with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest man with the smallest mind.
Think big anyway.

7. People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

9. People really need help, but may attack you if you do help them.
Help them anyway.

10. Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best your have anyway.