Bike to Illinois Beach State Park starting right from our troop room! This a 35 mile bike ride (each way) with an overnight campout at the park.
The bike trail is relatively flat and a combination of paved and crushed stone. Most of the trail is exclusively limited to bikes and foot traffic. There are small sections in Highland Park and Zion where the trail goes through town and will require travel on sidewalks. You can Google Green Bay Trail and Robert McClory Bike path for additional details and both the trails are also marked on Google maps.
The trail runs parallel to the Union Pacific North Metra line. If you would rather bike only part of the trail, you can choose to join the ride at the following stops:
- Braeside (25 miles to campsite)
- Highland Park (20 miles to campsite)
- Great Lakes (15 miles to campsite)
In addition, the Zion train station is minutes from the campsite.
This summer, we worked on 4 Eagle Projects from Evan, Ryan, Nick, and Hayden.
On August 25th to 31st 2019, the troop visited Camp Tesomas. It was lucky that we were able to go, after the unfortunate destruction at Camp MaKaJaWan. We had a lot of fun, jumping off the Iceberg, earning merit badges, and listening to the Mountain Dew Song!
In June 2019, Liam and Mr. Geyer enjoyed an adventure to the Florida Sea Base. Joining 6 Venture Scouts, they SCUBA dived through coral reef, seeing everything from dolphins and turtles to sharks and eels.
In action, Riley, Ethan, and Wyatt. Welcome to new member Henry.
In the Spring Court of Honor, we swore in three new leaders, Riley as SPL, Ethan as ASPL, and Wyatt as Quartermaster. Congrats to them for the elected positions and their commitment to lead us for a year. Thanks to outgoing SPL Adam, ASPL Steven, and Quartermaster Joe.
With a record number of troop members at 67 scouts, we had a record number of pancake customers of 510. Miraculously all the diners came evenly through 7a to 12p without massive waits in line. All dishwashers, bus boys, recycle composters, bake sale scouts, greeters, pancake flippers, sausage scouts each worked swiftly as needed. Thank you parents for supporting the busy morning. Thank you to Starbucks for the Passionfruit Tea, Milk, and Coffee. Thank you to West End Florist for the table flowers. Thank you to outgoing chair Ms. Hancock as well as Ms. Phenany and Ms. Rayment for working on the committee for Pancake Breakfast.
We scaled the rock face like Spiderman. Well, we had ropes, but it was exhilarating dangling in the air.