Starve Rock Camp – - March 27th

The campout out for March will be at Starved Rock State Park. We will be leaving on March 27 and will return on March 29. The cost for the campout is $20 per person. You can sign up at the meetings or via paypal.

Please let me know if there are any questions.

Beth Pierson

2015 Fundraising

Annual Butter Braid fundraiser has begun. Orders are due back on March 17th and the product will be delivered on March 31st. Please be sure you are able to pickup your fundraiser on that night as the pastries are frozen.

Candy bar sales have also begun. Boxes can be picked up on Tuesday Feb 17th. The deposit required is $30 per box and you sell the bars for $2 each with a profit of $30 a box. Deposit can be made via cash, check or PayPal (link under About Troop 83 heading).

Please contact Jen Kolaski or Rosie Sanchez for questions or issues.

Cascade Mountain – Ski Trip

The next campout will be a cabin campout paired with skiing on Feb. 20-22. The boys will be staying at Glaciers Edge Camp and the traveling to Cascade Mountain on Sat for skiing in Portage, WI. The final price will vary depending on how many people go and which option is selected. The price for camping will include a Cracker Barrel Friday evening and breakfast on Sat and Sunday. The prices are as follows (all Paypal buttons setup and ready for use):

Camping – $28.00
Lift ticket – $49.00
Ski rental or snowboard – $34.00
Helmet – $8.00
Learn to turn package- group ski lesson with lift ticket/rental/helmet – $89.00

In addition to these cost they will be eating on the slopes Sat. And dinner will be on the way back to the cabin so extra money will be required for eating. The campout is limited to the first 12 scouts to sign up. Any questions feel free to email me.

Beth Pierson

Camp Wokanda – Dec 12-14

Our December campout is a cabin campout in Peoria. We will be staying at Camp Wokanda over the weekend of December 12-14. We will be visiting Upper Limits in Bloomington on Saturday for a climbing merit badge course and some free climb afterwards. Cost for the weekend is $60/scout, $50/leader. Space is limited for this campout!

Payments can be made at our regular Tuesday meeting on December 9 or via PayPal through the Troop’s website. Payment is due by 12/9.

Thanksgiving Feast Campout – Nov 21-23

Our annual Thanksgiving Feast and Webelos Invite Camp-out this year will be held at Rainbow Council the weekend of November 21-23. We will prepare and serve a FULL THANKSGIVING FEAST, with all the trimmings! During the day Saturday the Boy Scouts will have planned activities for the Webelos. If you plan to attend you can pay using the troop website paypal link (its under the about troop 83 header on the website). We have 2 options $25 to camp per person for the weekend which includes all meals or for Saturday only the cost is $10 per person (please plan to arrive by noon on Saturday). The deadline to confirm is 11/14.

All local Webelos 1 & 2 are invited as well. Come see how much fun you can have with Troop 83 when you cross over next year.


Luke Ford – Scoutmaster

Gary Ingram – Committee Chair


We have two fundraisers going on currently. Popcorn and Wreaths.

Forms have all been emailed out, if you have any questions contact Rosie Sanchez ( – or 773-679-0111) or Jen Kolaski ( – or 708-308-9457).

    All money for both fundraisers are due on October 28th.

Silver Springs Survival Campout October 18th

Our event for October is a survival campout at Silver Springs on October 18. The fee is $10.

You can pay at the meeting on Tuesday or via PayPal through the Troop’s website. Payment is due by 10/14.

The survival campout is a one night campout on October 18. We will be meeting at the church on Saturday morning at 8am. Scouts will need:
o VCR tape case (case will be handed out prior to the campout)
o Food for the day (must fit into the VCR tape case)
o Something to cook with (scouts should talk to the scoutmaster or an ASM if they have any questions)
o Tarp for building a shelter (tarps will be provided, if needed)
o Cord/rope for building a shelter
o Sleeping bag
o Appropriate clothing
o Raingear
o Knife (don’t forget your Totin’ Chip)
o Personal first aid kit
o Fire starting materials
o Scout book

McKinley Woods Campout

Our event for September is a biking camp-out at McKinley Woods on the weekend of September 19-21. The fee is $15 for the weekend. Due to limited camping space we are adding a day trip option for $10. Any day only cyclers will be expected to get there early enough to join the rest of the troop.

Please note: Drop off and pick up for this campout will be at the campsite in Channahon, not St. John’s parking lot.

AirFest – August 8th – 10th Lewis University

We will be leaving from the church parking lot at 5:00pm this Friday. Parking will be limited, so please plan to travel with the troop to the event.

Please see Airfest Leader’s Flight Manual – rev 7-24-14 (pages 18-35) for camper information. This link includes a schedule of the activities for scouts. There are too many activities to be able to attend everything, so please review and plan out your weekend appropriately. Keep in mind, scouts should use the buddy system.

All campers will require a security pass in order to check in. These will be passed out in the parking lot prior to leaving. Noone will be allowed into the activities area without a security pass.

Space will be tight for this campout. We will not be cooking any meals. The troop will provide cold breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Vendors will be available for scouts to buy lunch and dinner on Saturday.

Scouts should pack light. Trailers will not be allowed into the camping area, so scouts will have to haul their gear from the parking area to the campsite. Items to make sure they bring:

- Sleeping gear
- Toiletries
- Sunscreen
- Bug spray
- Change of clothes
- Flashlight/Headlamp
- Camp chair
- Water bottle
- Money for lunch and dinner on Saturday/trading post
- Cell phones will be allowed on this campout, but there will not be any facilities available for recharging

In case of emergencies, my cell number is 815-545-0273.

Gary Ingram
Outdoor Activities Coordinator

Devil’s Lake Campout – - July 18th – 20th

Our event for July is a camp-out at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, WI on the weekend of July 18-20. The fee is $27 for scouts/$25 for registered leaders. The fee is due by the beginning of the meeting on July 15th or through paypal through the Troop’s website prior to the meeting.

Devil’s Lake has several activities available including fishing, hiking, boating, and swimming. All activities dependent on leader availability and may require additional costs.

I’ve had several people express interest in a canoe trip. I’ve called around and availability is very limited. Cost would be around $25 per participant. If you are interested in canoeing, please let me know as soon as possible and, if we have enough interest, I’ll try to get a reservation.