Winter Break Merit Badge Bash

Troop 24 Scouts have been invited to participate in District Merit Badge/Trail to First Class program. At this point we are looking for Troop 24 adults who are YPT trained who plan to attend (training is available online). Adults who are willing to attend as a Troop 24 chaparone, please reply to this email so the event can be opened to scouts who do not have a parent available to attend with them. Please see the invitation below:

Hello Portage Creek Troops,

Troop 33 is organizing a Holiday Merit Badge Bash for Scouts BSA, on Tuesday Dec. 27 and Wednesday Dec. 28, at St. Francis Xavier Church at 124 N. Spring Ave. in LaGrange.  The event is being planned to offer merit badge sessions for the First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation and Citizenship in the World merit badges. Troop 33 is also planning sessions for First Class trail requirements in orienteering, knots and lashings. 

The plan is to offer the sessions in two daytime events, 9am – 5pm, on Tuesday and Wednesday during the Holiday Break from school. Scouts should bring their own lunch, water bottle, folding chair, dry-indoor shoes if snowing, scout book, MB worksheets/pre-requisites, completed permission slip (to be provided by Troop 33), and $5 per day(building usage fee).  Troops with scouts interested in participating will need to provide two deep YPT trained adult leadership to be present at the event for their scouts on the day or days they plan to participate. 

Troop 33 Scoutmaster Marko Magajne is organizing the event for Troop 33 and has offered to open the event to other troops in the district.  If you have scouts and leaders interested in participating in the event, please contact Marko Magajne at (708) 218-8580 or by e-mail at mfmagajne@gmail.com.

Yours in Scouting,

Mike Mikulski

Portage Creek District Activities Chair

(708) 715-0513

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge

On Sunday, October 2nd from 1pm to 3pm, Troop 24 Merit Badge Counselors will meet with our high school aged scouts to help them earn the Citizenship in Society Merit Badge. This meeting will occur in the Riverside Presbyterian Church Social Hall. Scouts who wish to participate should read the Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Requirements and begin work immediately on requirements that can be done independently. If possible, scouts should attend next week’s troop meeting (9/29/2022) for a brief discussion regarding prerequisites. This program will be offered again at later dates for our younger scouts.
Sign up HERE.

World Conservation Award Program

The Forest Preserves of Cook County and our Scout Council are offering a merit badge program at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Willow Springs. Dates have now been finalized for the program. Scouts can earn Environmental Science, Soil and Water Conservation and Citizenship in the World merit badges. See the World Conservation Award Program Flyer for more information.
One adult from our troop must attend if any of our scouts participate. Let us know if you plan to attend – you can email committeechair@troop24riverside.com. Be aware that some dates conflict with planned Troop 24 campouts! This Friday is the last day to register.

World Conservation Award Program

The Forest Preserves of Cook County and our Scout Council are offering a merit badge program at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Willow Springs.
Scouts can earn Environmental Science, Soil and Water Conservation and Citizenship in the World merit badges. See the flyer for more information.
One adult from our troop must attend if any of our scouts participate. Let us know if you plan to attend – you can email committeechair@troop24riverside.com.

Campout this weekend

Please register now if you are interested in participating in the campout this weekend. Click HERE for the original post about the campout, which includes sign up links.
You may choose to attend just for fun or to participate in the Water Sports and Motorboating merit badges.
If you want to attend but cannot depart at 11:00 am on Friday, reply to this email to ask about other options.
If you want to participate but still need to complete the swim test, reply to this email about options.
If you will be working on the Motorboating merit badge, remember to do your online boating safety training! See the original post for the link to training.

Motorboating and Water Sports Merit Badge Weekend

Troop 24 is offering Motorboating and Water Sports merit badges at a Troop campout August 12 – 14, 2022. The merit badge class is limited to 8 Scouts so that 4 can work on Motorboating and 4 can work on Water Sports then switch activities. The cost of the outing will be $50 per scout.

We will leave from RPC on Friday, August 12 at 11:00 am. We will be staying in tents at the Staubus property on Shafer Lake in Hartford, Michigan. Please click on the links provided here to see the requirements for both merit badges. Please review these with your scout.

Motorboating
Water Sports

This Merit Badge event is only open to Troop 24 Scouts who already have the Swimming merit badge and who have passed the BSA Swim Test this year. Scouts who want to earn the Motorboating Merit Badge need to be at least 12 years old and complete the online certification class at https://www.boat-ed.com/michigan/ which has a cost of $29.50. Scouts may sign up for this campout if they will be working on both merit badges OR just one of the two badges. Scouts under 12 years old can do Water Sports, and scouts who already have one of these badges may do just the other. Please indicate that in the “Notes” when you sign up.

The campout is also open to additional scouts who previously started or completed these merit badges. The campout is also open to scouts for camping only (but not merit badge instruction). You can check on the Troop 24 Website “Upcoming Events” page to make sure your registration was fully submitted and accepted.

If you have a PFD that your son likes to wear please feel free to send it with them. If not we will have PFD’s for everyone. Make sure that they pack a swimsuit that they can tie, towel, and sunscreen.

In addition to our merit badge instructors Mr. Hartwig and Mr. Flaherty, we are looking for adult drivers, preferably adults who will stay for the entire event and participate as chaperones. Please sign up on the Adult Form if you can help with this event.

Here are links to the forms:

SCOUT FORM – DOING THESE MERIT BADGES FOR THE FIRST TIME
SCOUT FORM – CAMPING ONLY OR PREVIOUSLY STARTED THESE MERIT BADGES
ADULT FORM

Swimming Merit Badge at the Pav YMCA – Sunday May 22

Troop 24 will be offering a Swimming Merit Badge class at the Pav YMCA on Sunday, May 22 from 3 to 5 pm. The class will be held at the swimming pool at 2947 S. Oak Park Avenue in Berwyn. The Swimming Merit badge is required for any scout to participate in other water activities such as scout boating outings. Scouts will need to bring the $15 class fee (cash or check made out to Pav YMCA), swim trunks and a towel to this class. Goggles are recommended.

Please let us know if you will attend – Sign up HERE.

Merit Badge News

Troop 24 will provide the opportunity to earn several merit badges this spring. During Troop meetings, we will work on Art and First Aid merit badges. On Sunday, May 22 from 3 to 5 pm we will have a troop Swimming merit badge class at the Pav YMCA.

For general information about how to earn merit badges, click HERE.

Our Council is offering an upcoming program for scouts to earn several merit badges and the World Conservation Award. Click HERE for a flyer. Troop 24 will have a leader present so don’t let that requirement stop you from signing up. This is a limited enrollment program so please call the number on the flyer ASAP if interested.

Three Fires Council has a merit badge day on May 7 at Camp Big Timber in Elgin.

See our previous post for other local and online classes. We highly recommend the Oak Brook Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing merit badge and the St. Louis Chess Club online Chess merit badge. Both are free and very good!

Merit Badge classes are not Troop events and you will need to provide your own transportation.

Merit Badge Opportunities

Troop 24 will be offering merit badge instruction at Troop meetings over the next few months in Electricity, Gardening and First Aid. The Troop is planning to offer merit badge classes on weekend days in Swimming and Aviation. More details coming soon!

For scouts who want to earn additional merit badges, check out these programs:
DuPage County Forest Preserve Merit Badge Classes
Rolling Meadows Park District
Fly Fishing MB at Oak Brook Trout Unlimited
Burpee Museum in Rockford
Morton Arboretum MB Classes
St. Louis Chess Club Virtual Chess MB (also offered as a summer program)
Railroading MB at Illinois Railway Museum
Daniel Boone Council Virtual Programs (Eastern time zone!)
Triton College MBU
Please be aware that some of these programs do conflict with planned Troop events.

Swimming Merit Badge at Pav YMCA

Troop 24 will be offering a Swimming Merit Badge class at the Pav YMCA on Sunday, January 16 from 3 to 5 pm. The class will be held at the swimming pool at 2947 S. Oak Park Avenue in Berwyn. The Swimming Merit badge is required for any scout to participate in other water activities such as scout boating outings. Scouts will need to bring the $15 class fee (cash or check made out to Pav YMCA), swim trunks and a towel to this class.

Please let us know if you will attend – Sign up HERE.

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