Boy Scouting encourages boys to develop physical, mental, and emotional fitness and to adopt and live by meaningful personal standards as a cornerstone for success in life. These values include the basic principles in the Scout Oath and Law. Boy Scouts learn to develop personal strengths by example and through hands-on experience. Activities include fitness and leadership training, wilderness adventures, and merit badge incentives for boys mastering hobby and career skills. Scouting encourages boys to expand and test their personal initiative, courage, and resourcefulness.
Boy Scouts learn some of life's more serious lessons while having fun. Boys learn about important values, such as helping yourself by helping others, and honoring the basic rights of others. Boy Scouting’s active learning experiences include hiking, camping, and other outdoor expeditions; competitive individual and team sports activities; and community or religious service projects. Many Boy Scouts first practice basic leadership, self-government, and citizenship skills during regular troop campouts and meetings.
The Scouts of Troop 150 run an active outdoor program. We have monthly campouts and outings at state parks and scout camps in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. Those campouts include backpacking, cycling, canoeing, skiing, camping, scout camporees and other outdoor activities. The Troop's high adventure group, the Venture Crew, goes on one or more high adventure trips each year. The Troop also spends two weeks each summer at Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan in northern Wisconsin. The camp, run by the Northeast Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts offers sailing, canoeing, horseback riding, riflery, archery, wilderness survival, backpacking, craft work, nature studies and many other activities.
In addition, some Scouts from Troop 150 spend time backpacking at Philmont in New Mexico. Philmont Scout Ranch is run by the Boy Scouts of America. It offers a broad range of intermediate to advanced backpacking experiences for scouts who are 14 years old and older. Recently, one of Troop 150's Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders attended the Boy Scout World Jamboree in the Netherlands. Two other Scouts and our Scoutmaster also recently attended the National Scout Jamboree.
Troop 150 is over 50 years old. It was founded in 1958. It's membership varies between 30 and 60 scouts. The troop currently has four patrols. Troop 150 has graduated nearly 80 Eagle Scouts. Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church sponsors the troop and provides excellent indoor and outdoor facilities for its operations. Most of our Scouts live in Deerfield and Highland Park, although several each year come from Riverwoods and Highwood.
Troop 150 holds weekly meetings, September through July, on Thursday evenings at 7:15pm to develop skills and prepare for the monthly outings. The troop holds one meeting off-site every six to eight weeks to learn specific skills. Troop 150 also has ½-day and full day outings in the Chicago area including biking, trips to museums, swimming and sailing.
Troop 150 believes strongly that the boys should lead their own program. A Scoutmaster and several Assistant Scoutmasters provide the scouts with help and guidance in setting up and running their program. The troop also has an active Troop Committee with parents providing help and support to the Scoutmaster team. Troop 150 puts a strong emphasis on helping scouts develop the skills and experience needed to develop and run an exciting scout program. That's done through the participation of older, more experienced scouts, parents and volunteers from outside the troop.
Membership in Troop 150 is open to all eligible boys who have completed the fifth grade and are between the ages of 11 and 17, or have completed their Cub Scout Arrow of Light award. Boys interested in joining Troop 150 are encouraged to attend one of our regular Thursday meetings with their parents to meet the scouts and the adults and learn about the Troop's program. We also encourage you to join us on one of our campouts in November or December.
Troop 150 does charge each Scout an annual dues fee. A small portion must be paid in cash, but each Scout is encouraged to earn the rest of their dues during our annual fundraising efforts in October to November. Scouts can also earn credit towards the cost of summer camp and outings during the fundraising events.
As soon as a boy becomes a member of the Troop, so does one of his parents or guardians. Personal involvement of one of a boy's parents in Troop activities is expected. We have noticed over the years that there is a significant correlation between the degree of interest and involvement by the parents and their son's success in Scouting.
Opportunities for parent involvement include participation in Troop outings, servings as drivers for Troop outings, serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster or helping with any one of a number of activities as part of the Troop Committee. Speak with any Scoutmaster or Committee Member for more information on volunteer opportunities.
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