8-28-16 - A few Haikus
Per Merriam-Webster, a haiku is "an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables respectively." As many haikus are written about nature, seasons and the outdoors, the Scribes took this opportunity to express their thoughts in haiku form, as they personally relate to Scouting. Please take a moment to enjoy their sentiment. Thank you!
Setting up our tents
Sleeping in winter is cold
Camping is so fun
Camping is awesome
We like to camp in the woods
We end up dirty
A Boy Scout is smart
A Boys Scout is creative
A Boy Scout is kind
5-23-16 - Troop 31 News: May 23, 2016
Troop 31 has had an exciting 2016 and we have achieved many accomplishments! We have attended camp outs, hikes and weekly meetings. Our Troop is always on-the-go and looking for new adventures!
Our first historical adventure occurred April 22-April 24, 2016 during the Lincoln Pilgrimage in Springfield, Illinois. The troop toured the Illinois Capital Building, viewed the governor's office and participated as spectators while the House of Representatives and Senate were in session. The group also traveled through Lincoln's Historic Site and Visitor's Center. Lastly, the Troop visited New Salem and caught a glimpse of what life may have looked like during Lincoln's time. This was a very educational and exciting adventure for our Scouts, assisting them in completing activities for the Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge.
The next camp out attended was Spring Camporee. Spring Camporee was held at Camp Big Timber the weekend of April 29-May 1, 2016. Although a very rainy weekend, the scouts enjoyed building camp gadgets, making rope using twine and a hand crank with paddle, creating a Troop 31 gateway and participating in a flag ceremony. The scouts also enjoyed a festive Order of the Arrow Call-Out ceremony. Congratulations to the following Scouts voted in to the Order of the Arrow: Alex A, Braeden C, John D, Ryan E, Tyler E, Logan G, Alex J, Joey J, Robert J, Emerson K, Grant L, Ben M, James M, Andy N, Zachary P, Charlie S, Brenden V and Omarion V.
Troop 31 Scouts have also been enjoying hours of fun and fitness in the outdoors as our hiking program has really taken off this year! A few recent hikes include hikes at Herrick Lake, Oakhurst Forest Preserve, an orienteering hike in downtown Oswego and a ten-miler at Starved Rock. The scouts are really enjoying getting out in the wilderness and learning new skills.
Our Troop gathers together as a group at the Oswego Presbyterian Church on Monday nights. We inform all Scouts of upcoming events, work on achieving rank requirements, congratulate our newest Eagle Scouts and show support for each others' successes..
If you have any interest in Boy Scouts or our Troop, please contact our Scoutmaster.
5-16-16 - We Want You... to Join Troop 31
Troop 31 is pleased to announce that we have gained many new Scouts during the past few months. We feel this is due to the many new adventures scouting brings, including meeting new people, participating in new experiences & becoming more active through outdoor activities.
The Scribes interviewed 3 of our newest recruits & this is what they had to say.
J.J. is brand new to Scouting this year. He admits, "I was paying too much attention to electronics & wanted to get out more." J.J. joined Troop 31 because he enjoyed his troop visit & thought the meetings looked really fun! He also wanted to gain personal strength, make lots of friends & attend camp outs. J.J.'s favorite memory thus far was attending the Lincoln Pilgrimage Campout, specifically visiting the war memorials.
A.K. is a new Scout, joining Troop 31 from the Prairie Point Cub Scout Pack. A.K. believes continuing on into Troop 31 is a great experience as Boy Scouting teaches you many good things, including how to survive in the wilderness. A.K. stated, "I love being out in the open where I can feel more relaxed. I like hearing the birds: it makes me calm down." A.K. hopes to one day complete his Eagle & is eager to impress a future employer with his leadership skills!
Our last interview was with K.V. K.V. came to us from Pack 331, where he thought Cub Scouting was fun. He was excited to join Troop 31 with a few other friends & loves that Troop 31 is a bigger troop! K.V. also aspires to be an Eagle one day & hopes it helps him obtain a great job. K.V. loves camping, specifically when he gets to cook outdoors & have lots of fun with his friends at the same time.
Our new Scouts rates Troop 31 "2 Thumbs Up!" A big thank you to all scouts, past, preset & future, for making our Troop an amazing organization!
3-7-16 - Troop 31 Scribes and Friends Jokes
- What has 80 keys but can't open a door?
- Why didn't the skeleton go to the party?
- Why did the skeleton play the piano?
- What did the green grape say to the purple grape?
- If Apple made a house, it would have no Windows!
- A toothbrush was sitting on the edge of the sink and weeps "I have the worst job in the world!" The toilet paper shouts "I DISAGREE!"
2-8-16 - First Assignment - 2 Great Boy Scouts
2 Great Boy Scouts: the brave Neil Armstrong and the great citizen, Gary L. Ackerman.
Neil Armstrong was a famous Boy Scout, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He was the first person on the moon! Neil Armstrong was determined to be an astronaut & demonstrated bravery as the first man on the moon. Neil Armstrong died on August 25, 2012 after complications to coronary artery bypass surgery.
Another famous Eagle Scout is Gary L. Ackerman. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 19, 1942. Gary Ackerman began his career as a junior high teacher. He was a member of the Democratic Party & later became both a New York Senator and a U.S. Representative. Gary Ackerman was a good role model because he taught junior-high school students, which could be considered challenging, and because he demonstrated citizenship as a U.S. Representative for 15 terms!
Both of these men demonstrated the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. They led their generation & future generations with loyalty, integrity & bravery. Thank you for your service, Mr. Armstrong & Mr. Ackerman!
2-1-16 - Hello Scouters & Families!
The 2016 Troop 31 Scribes are excited to try something new this year! We will do our best to bring you fun scouting facts, highlight important people in scouting, and recap the latest in Troop 31 news, both on Facebook & the Troop 31 website (coming soon). Please feel free to let us know if you have topics of interest and we are happy to learn more & write about them during 2016!
Any questions - talk to any of us!
Tyler E, Ricky M, Charlie S, or Debbie N, Scribe advisor
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