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Troop 14
LaGrange, IL

Voyageur
Trace
District

Des Plaines
Valley
Council
811 W. Hillgrove
LaGrange, IL 60525
708-354-1111

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Adventure Day

The Des Plaines Valley Council is hosting a day event called Adventure Day on Saturday, April 5 for all the troops in the district. Adventure Day begins with a morning 6.5 mile hike along the Salt Creek Trail, starting at Brookfield Zoo Woods and ending at Bemis Woods South. Following the hike, there will be several emergency preparedness presentations as well as sessions covering skills needed for rank advancement.  Scouts will hike the trail with their patrol.

The sign up sheet for Adventure Day was handed out at last week's troop meeting.  Click here for a copy of the form.  The form needs to be turned immediately.

This is a big event that the council has planned.  It should be fun!


Our April campout is focused on climbing. The outing will be on the weekend of April 25-27.

We will camp near Bloomington, Illinois in Moraine View State Park -- a gorgeous place to camp and fish; and then spend the latter part of Saturday afternoon and evening climbing at Upper Limits Climbing Gym in Bloomington. This is an old grain elevator converted to climbing towers.

It's been over 4 years since the troop was last here. It was quite popular then, and the older scouts requested that we go again. Upper Limits is one of the largest climbing gyms in North America. Classes will be offered for Climbing Merit Badge and also Rock Climbing 101.  For those already experienced in rock climbing and don't need a class, you can sign up for Open Climb. Space is limited and will be allocated to those who sign up first. If you don't plan to climb, you are welcome to sign up for the camping only option.

Click here for the permission slip and waiver form.


The Troop Calendar has been revised.

For the updated caledar covering Jan thru August, click here.


Scribe Report

Devils Head Weekend Ski Trip - February 7th-9th, 2014

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Devils Head Day Ski Trip - February 15th, 2014

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by Corey Urbashyich


2014 Winter Court of Honor

The winter weather this year has been unusual with schools closing due to sub-zero temperatures. For that reason the January COH was held on February 4th.

Click here to see pictures of the COH


Scribe Report

on the " Day of Service"

Invasive Species Removal Project

Beemis Woods, December 14th, 2013

About 2 weeks ago, the troop went to Bemis Woods to cut down Buckthorn trees in the woods.

Buchthorn Trees

The Buckthorn tree is an invasive species that grows rapidly and takes out surrounding plants by stealing the other plants food source.

The troop discovered that the way the buck thorn is spread is through the birds. Birds eat the buck thorn berry and when they fly to a different place and poop it out, it makes the buck thorn spread.

The troop was in Bemis woods for a good couple hours trying to remove this fast spreading catastrophe. All the guys in the troop worked very hard and in a timely fashion, keeping in mind that there was only a limited amount of daylight for them to make use of.

Fullersburg Woods

It was a great learning experience and we hope that all of our hard work will slowly put an end to this invasion and restore the forest to its natural state. We had hot chocolate, Hot Dogs, and Cookies. Parents of the troop supplied all. Thank you!

Corey Urbashich

Click here to see Photos

 


Scribe Report

Want to see what happened on our last campout? Click here to see our latest scribe reports.


NEW REQUIREMENT FOR THE RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT 

Cooking Merit Badge

Starting January 1, 2014 the Cooking Merit Badge will be a required Merit Badge for the rank of Eagle Scout. Any Scout that has not completed the rank of Eagle Scout before January 1, 2014 will be required to complete the Cooking Merit Badge to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. None of the current required Merit Badges for the rank of Eagle Scout will be dropped. The Cooking Merit Badge will be added to the current list of Required Eagle Scout Merit Badges for the rank of Eagle Scout. 

Currently a Scout must earn 21 Merit Badges for the Rank of Eagle Scout. 12 Eagle Scout required Merit Badges and 9 elective Merit Badges. After January 1, 2014 a Scout will still need to earn 21 Merit Badges to complete the rank of Eagle Scout, however he will need to earn 13 required Merit Badges which will include the Cooking Merit Badge and 8 elective Merit Badges. 

If there are any questions please contact your District Advancement Chairman.


Merit Badge Opportunities

The Field Museum, Morton Arboretum and Fullersburg Woods are offering Merit Badge classes this fall.

Check out these opportunities and our new 2013 / 2014 Troop Calendar: Click Here.

 


 


Philmont High Adventure Trip

Two crews from Troop 14 left for Philmont Scout Camp on August 1, 2013.

For Corey's account of the trip, Click Here.

Philmont Crew



Camp Mac

Another successful camp concluded July 21 thru 27 at Camp Mach-Kin-O-Siew in Elcho Wisconsin

For more information on summer camp Click Here.


Peshtigo White Water Rafting
May Campout - May 17 - 19th

Everyone had a great time. Check out our photos.

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Click here to see Video .wmv or .flv


Get your bicycle ready for the summer season!

Click here for Bicycle Maintance instructions


Prepare for warm weather camping. Mosquitos and Ticks can be more than just an annoyance.

Preventing Tick Bites:

Be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active. Take prevenative measures.

Repel Ticks with DEET or Permethrin Use repellents that contain 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) on the exposed skin for protection that lasts up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Avoid applying to hands, eyes, and mouth.

Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and remains protective for up to 70 washings.

Other repellents registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may be found at http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/.

Find and Remove Ticks from Your Body.Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you. Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Take extra care to check for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in the hair.

Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs. Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill remaining ticks.

What causes Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well.

Where are Lyme carrying ticks prevalent?

CDC Map of Reported Cases of Lyme Disease in the United States 2011

Reported Cases of Lyme Disease - United States 2011

10 Facts to know about Lyme Disease

West Nile Virus

The West Nile virus (WNV) is most often spread to people from the bite of an infected mosquito. The WNV normally cycles between mosquitoes and birds. However, people may be infected if they are bitten by a WNV-infected mosquito.

Preventing West Nile Virus:

Preventative measures start with wearing repellents to keep the mosquitos from biting. Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants at these times.

Repel with DEET or Permethrin Use repellents that contain 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) on the exposed skin for protection that lasts up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Avoid applying to hands, eyes, and mouth.

What Are the Symptoms of WNV?

  • Serious Symptoms in a Few People. About one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness. The severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent.
  • Milder Symptoms in Some People. Up to 20 percent of the people who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have become sick for several weeks.
  • No Symptoms in Most People. Approximately 80 percent of people (about 4 out of 5) who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms at all.

What Should I Do if I Think I Have WNV?

Milder WNV illness improves on its own, and people do not necessarily need to seek medical attention for this infection though they may choose to do so. If you develop symptoms of severe WNV illness, such as unusually severe headaches or confusion, seek medical attention immediately. Severe WNV illness usually requires hospitalization. 

Where is West Nile most prevalent?

Mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus are found throughout the country. Many urban areas have mosquito abatement programs to reduce the risk of bites.

West Nile Virus map

 

 


Check out the new equipment buying guides and "Gear Up" articles.

Prepare for the warm weather outings!

Guides and Articles Scroll to the bottom...


Recipes Wanted!

We'd like to compile a Troop recipe book that will be tested and refined over future campouts and posted on this website. No better way to remember the good times than over a favorite dish. It will also give the grub hustlers some guidelines for shopping.

Please submit your recipes to the Troop's webmaster.


New High Adventure Offering!

Troop 14 Trip to BSR

August 2014

What is BSR? It stands for Bechtel Summit Reserve.

 
Summit

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, aka the Summit, is the permanent site of the national Scout jamboree and home to the Boy Scouts of America's newest national high-adventure base. The Summit occupies 10,600 acres in West Virginia's New River Gorge region—a world-renowned adventure sports destination known for its world-class climbing rock and monster whitewater.

Mr. Hutto reserved a spot at the Summit for a Troop 14 crew to do the river trip. The six day adventure will begin August 2, 2014. Reservations and deposits must be received by May 31, 2013.

After a two of days of preparation and training, the crew will head to the New River Gorge for three days of river paddling on one of the oldest rivers in the world. During your first two days on the river in kayaks, you will encounter periods of quiet water interspersed with Class I to Class III rapids. You will spend each night at one of the Summit's river camps. Then, you will conclude your river trip with a heart-pounding raft run on the Lower New that includes Class III to Class V rapids. Participants must be good swimmers as evidenced by passing the BSA's swimmer test.

Contact Mr. Hutto to reserve your spot. Click here to Email Mr. Hutto now!

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Get the complete list of High Adventure offerings for 2013 - 2014 by clicking here!

Boundary Waters - Three separate crews are planned for August of this year. Each one taylored to a different difficulty or interest.

Philmont Scout Ranch - Aug 1 - 14, 2013 Mountain hiking and Camping

Sea Base Fishing Adventure - SOLD OUT!

Sea Base Sailing - June 22 - 29, 2014 Florida Keys Coral Reef Sailing

Bechtel Rafting and Kayaking Adventure - Aug 1 - 8, 2014 West Virginia Class I, II, and III rapids.


LaGrange Patch Article on the record number of DPVC Eagle Rank Advancements in 2012. The list includes a short description of the Eagle Service Project for each Scout.

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Still adding some interesting material about PTSD to the webpage:

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TROOP 14’s WINTER CAMPOUT AT ILLINI STATE PARK

BY STARVED ROCK

MARCH 2&3, 2013
Awesome hiking, eating and sleeping!

A new Troop record 8 degrees Fahrenheit!

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Starved Rock Scouts


Troop 14 Caving in Bluespring Cavern October 2012

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Troop 14 climbing on
Camp Rainbow's Ropes Course Sept 2012

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2012 Camp Mac Early Crew

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Troop 14 on Dive at
British Virgin Island July 2011


Voyageur Trace Cententennial Jamboree in Woodstock, Illinois
October 2010

Tomo


Summer Camp 2008

Tomo

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Horsemanship Merit Badge

Horse

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Climbing at Upper Limits

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River Rafting on the Wolf River in Wisconsin

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Skiing at Cascade Mountain in Wisconsin

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Canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Troop 14

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Luging in Michigan


A Troop 14 Boy Scout is speeding through a turn in the luge. On a recent winter outing, the young men of Troop 14 received an introduction to the Olympic sledding sport, called luge, at the Muskegon Winter Complex in Muskegon, Michigan, one of only four luge tracks in the United States.

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Climbing at Devil's Lake State Park

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Troop Meetings - Knot for the weak hearted!

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Sea Base Trip
August 2005

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Summer Camp
July 2005

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Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
May 2005

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Boy Scout Troop 14 is sponsored by the
First United Methodist Church of La Grange.


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