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Welcome to Troop 65 located in Lockport, Illinois

Troop 65 is an active Troop in Lockport, IL that regularly meets every week. 

Weekly Meetings:

Every Tuesday

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Meeting Location and Charter Holder:

Lockport American Legion Post 18

15052 South Archer

Lockport, IL.  60441

Troop 65 is a boy led organization. Youth leadership meets monthly and plans regular meeting agendas, plans outings, 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 but 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.

Speaking of monthly campouts, 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 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 its 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!

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.

Please use the Contact Us link to request information.

 

Troop Meetings Resume in-person Tuesday 7/14

Posted on Jul 8 2020 - 9:32am
Troop 65’s plan was approved by Rainbow Council and American Legion John Olson Post 18 to perform in-person meetings.

Online Merit Badge Classes

Posted on Apr 20 2020 - 9:15am

Online Merit Badges


There are many options in signing up for an online merit badge class.  You can google this topic and many will show up.  With all good things, we need to ensure the process is followed as much as possible since Covid-19 is challenging us in more ways than one.  In Scouting, a lot of this interaction takes place during our face-to-face meetings but this is not a possibility at this time.  We need to ensure we are communicating to the SM Corps. since we are relying on online activities.  Please follow the below process as best you can.

Agenda for Tuesday, 4/14 meeting - Please read

Posted on Apr 9 2020 - 9:50am
T65,
 
As stated during our last Troop meeting, our meetings will be broken up in 30 minute segments.  We are attempting to have something for every scout.  The goal is review the subject during a session and stop at the 30 minute mark.  Then we will pick it back up during the following week's meeting.
 
Below is next week's meeting agenda.  Please note the time slots.  The Zoom meeting will be the same going forward.  So, have your Scout log in at the appropriate time and the others will drop off.
 
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Troop 65 Meetings resume Tuesday April 7th at 7pm via Zoom

Posted on Apr 3 2020 - 9:35am
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T65 New Parent Meeting - Tuesday 3/31 at 7pm online

Posted on Mar 25 2020 - 8:20am

T65 New Parents,

 

We usually go over the fundamentals of Boy Scouts and Troop 65 during our first get together meeting.  Unfortunately, the current situation has delayed our face to face.  So, we will host an online meeting to review the material and answer any questions that you may have. 

Troop Website Verification - Action Required by Friday 3/20

Posted on Mar 17 2020 - 2:20pm

T65,

 Important information – Action Required

 As the Covid-19 challenges continue, we want to ensure that everyone is up to date on our Troop Website at www.T65bsa.org.  Communication is going to be critical during this time.

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