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Troop 65 is chartered by the Lockport American Legion and are in the Waapi Lenaswa District which is one of two districts in the Rainbow Council located in Morris, IL.

The Troop generally meets every Tuesday evening (7PM > 8:30PM).  We currently meet at the Lockport American Legion Post 18 located at 15052 South Archer in Lockport, IL (151st street and Archer Road)  We also meet from time to time at alternate locations in the area.

Troop 65 is a boy led organization. Youth leadership meets on a monthly basis and plans regular meeting agendas, plans outings and outings agendas as well as menus, duty rosters, etc. Each year a list of places to go weekend and long-term camping is created by the youth leadership and brought to the adult committee by the Scoutmaster for approval.

Adult leadership is available to be a resource, offer guidance to drive and chaperone on trips and outings – not to run the meetings. All youth are expected to be a part of Troop operations, initially in their “patrol”.  As each Scout becomes older and more proficient in Scouting skills he will be expected to fill a Troop leadership position and lead by example.  This is also an advancement requirement.

The uniform of the Troop is the field uniform shirt (Class A shirt) the Troop kerchief and blue jean pants with a belt.  Shoes and socks must also be worn – no sandals unless we are at an outdoor event that sandals are appropriate footwear. If the Scout would rather wear the field uniform green pant they are also acceptable ~ but not required.Our “uniform” also includes coming to meetings with the Boy Scout Handbook, a pen or pencil and paper or a notebook. All scouts are expected to be in uniform at all meetings. The uniform must also be worn to and from all campouts, and on all outings and hikes, etc. unless otherwise instructed by Troop leadership.

We usually have two major fundraisers each year.  The first is our annual Pancake Breakfast which has been held in the Lockport American Legion on a Sunday morning in the spring.  We also sell the BSA popcorn each year - usually in the Fall.  A large percentage of all monies raised goes back into the individual Scout’s Family Bank Account to be used for anything – Scouting or camping related.

It is not unusual to be able to raise at least one half of the cost of a week at summer camp with these fundraisers – in addition many boys use these monies to pay for their monthly campout expenses.

Speaking of monthly campouts, Our monthly campouts are usually within a short drive of Lockport. We depart from the American Legion on Friday evening and return on Sunday afternoon. The fees are dependent upon the cost of the campground, user’s fees and food for the weekend. The Troop also goes to Summer Camp every year.  We generally travel to a new and different camp each year. Summer Camp fees usually range between $150 and $400 per person. The Troop also plans and attends High Adventure trips doing things like white water rafting, rappelling, serious hiking and backpacking. High Adventure usually has a minimum age and rank requirement depending upon the trip. Fees usually are in the $750-$1000 range.

The Troop owns tents, dining canopies and plenty of camping “gear.”  We may need help pulling the trailer on some outings depending upon which adult leader is going and who has pulled the trailer during any given year. Our trailer has it own inertia braking system and four wheels.It is a very stable piece of equipment and weighs in at approximately 3000 pounds fully loaded.  Scouts can bring their own tents – if they desire – it is not necessary though.  A list of personal gear that would make 1st time packing for these outings easier is available from the Troop.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to come along on all outings - but your presence is not always necessary. We do need additional drivers from time to time – whether you can stay the weekend or not.  We will make that announcement the week before the outing based upon who is available to chaperone and the size of their vehicles.

If we haven’t made it clear enough yet – We encourage and need your adult participation in the Troop!  We need additional Assistant Scoutmaster’s, Merit Badge Counselors, various Chairpersons and helpers, Chaperones, Drivers, etc. Our Adult Committee meets once a month to plan our annual calendar and carry out the business end of the Troop.  Parents are encouraged to participate as Members of Committee, event or outing chair or as one of the officers.

BSA training is available for all positions!  The Waapi Lenaswa District Training Committee is active and several classes are now available from National BSA on the Internet.

Thanks for your interest in our Troop; we hope that you will join the adult leaders groups.  We also hope that you enjoy your time in the Troop working with your son and other boys building great memories.