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Boy Scout Troop 166 in Chicago
Welcome to the home page of Troop 166 We Rock! Weather or Not!
Headquartered in Chicago, IL.
Summer HQ at Owasippe Scout Reservation 
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Big NEWS!

We have a new Eagle Scout! Congratulations to

Eagle Scout Quinn Friedl!

We're very proud of you!

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Troop 166 Activity Report

Our troop has been pretty busy in the past month or so.

On January 28, we competed in the district Klondike Derby at Camp Reinberg in Palatine IL. We spent the day out in the cold, competing in various Scout Skill-related challenges. Tasks included fire-building, wilderness engineering, axemanship, caber-tossing , Frisbee golf and an obstacle course (complete with sled and gear). Sadly, we didn’t win any trophies, (our Scouts are trained to do these things well, not fast), but we did receive a round of applause from the entire district upon our completion.

On February 10th, we departed for Camp Sullivan in Oak Forest. This was a cabin camp intended to aid our Scouts in planning and execution without the need or overhead of setting up and striking tents. Cooking is also much faster in a warm kitchen. It probably saved us an hour on the bacon alone. We did use the Dutch ovens outdoors for our supper of Shepherd Pie and apple cobbler, but it sure is nicer cleaning up in a sink with running water. Activities there included building and testing a travois for hauling gear, working out on a climbing wall, and a short hike to a local haunted cemetery. No ghosts in the daytime, but our Assistant Scoutmaster reported an inexplicable difficulty in remaining upright. Spooky.

Coming up this weekend, our two eldest Scouts will be attending the Order of the Arrow’s National Leadership Seminar in Rochester Indiana for a weekend of advanced leadership training.  In March, we will be testing our rescue and first aid skills in the district’s First Aid Meet, followed by our next weekend camp at Camp Oakarro in Wadsworth, IL. This one WILL BE IN TENTS!

2016 - 2017 Operations - We've got a program, want to be a part of it?
DATE EVENT TYPE EVENT NAME LOCATION NOTES / RESULTS
August 13, 2016 Picnic Owasippe Lodge Annual Picnic TBD Just chillin' 
August 21, 2016 Day Trip Bristol Renaissance Faire Bristol, WI Come for the turkey leg, stay for the... never mind.
 September 11, 2016 Hike   Orienteering   Countryside, IL  Honing our land navigation skills
September 16 -18, 2016 Order of the Arrow Fellowship Camp Betz Berrien Springs, MI OA Brothers only
October 1, 2016 Day Trip Feast of the Hunter's Moon Indiana Historical reenactment
October 14 - 16, 2016 Encampment White Pines Forest State Park Mt. Morris, IL Exploring the cliffs and rivers. Maybe an orienteering course?
October 22, 2016  Hike  Haunted Hike  Elgin, IL  A Scout is Brave....
October 28 - 30, 2016 Competition Camp Fall Camporee Oregon, IL Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout?
November 12, 2016  Training OA Lodge Leadership Training  Chicago, IL  Additional leadership training for Arrowmen 
November 13, 2016 Hike Orienteering Harms Woods, Niles, IL Honing our land navigation skills
 December 2, 2016 Observatory tour  Dearborn Observatory   Evanston, IL  Extreme stargazing
 December 4, 2016  Marksmanship Training Archery Range   TBD  
December 17, 2016 Day Trip Ice- or roller-skating TBD Just for fun
December 31, 2016 - January 1, 2017 Cabin Camping Annual Film Fest Troop HQ, Chicago, IL Bring a DVD, Scoutmaster will choose
January 7, 2017 Skiing Grand Geneva Resort Lake Geneva, WI Rental available, one lesson mandatory
January 8, 2017 Order of the Arrow Annual Banquet TBD Good food and Fellowship
January 28, 2017 Competition Klondike Derby TBD Competing with other troops in winter Scouting skills
February 17 - 19, 2017 Cabin Camping Camp Sullivan Tinley Park, IL Probably a hike, too
March 11, 2017 Competition First Aid Meet Chicago, IL Competing with other troops in First Aid skills
March 24 - 26, 2017 Encampment Camp Oakarro Wadsworth, IL We'll see what happens out there...
April 8, 2017 Day Trip Ice- or Roller-skating TBD Just for fun
April 21 - 23, 2017 Encampment / Competition Spring Camporee TBD Competing with other troops in camping skills
May 12 - 14, 2017 Encampment Starved Rock State Park Ottawa, IL Beautiful place
May 13, 2017 Hike W.D. Boyce Trail (16 mi) Ottawa, IL Terrific hike!
May 26 - 29, 2017 Encampment / Service Owasippe Lodge Work Weekend Twin Lakes, MI Helping to prepare our home camp for the season
June 24 - July 8, 2017 Summer Camp Owasippe Scout Reservation, Camp Blackhawk Twin Lakes, MI Two weeks in a world of Scouting
August 4 - 6, 2017 Encampment Pathways to Eagle Bolingbrook, IL Camping and high-power merit badge work.



2015 - 2016 Operations
DATE EVENT TYPE EVENT NAME LOCATION RESULTS
October 9 - 11, 2015 Expedition McKinley Woods Channahon, IL Fun, no injuries
November 6 -8, 2015 Expedition Churchill Woods Lombard, IL Fun, no injuries
November 15, 2015 Competition Orienteering Meet Deer Grove Forest Preserve Competed with honor.
December 19, 2015 Hike Lincoln Park Zoo Lights Chicago, IL Completed and enjoyed the show.
December 31, 2015 Celebration Annual Overnight Film Festival Troop Headquarters Confidential
January 8, 2016 Tour Dearborn Observatory Northwestern University Must try again for clear skies.
February 6, 2016 Competition Klondike Derby Camp Dan Beard, Northbrook, IL Competed with honor.
March 12, 2016 Competition First Aid Meet Chicago, IL Forfeited for lack of available Scouts
March 19, 2016 Fun outing Galloping Ghost Arcade Brookfield, IL Owned the joint!
April 1, 2016 Expedition Blackwell Forest Preserve West Chicago, IL Heavy winds and four kinds of precipitation. New troop motto: Weather or Not!
April 9, 2016 Fun Outing  Bowling Chicago, IL Many improved scores. Discovered new fried treat!
May 21, 2016 Day Trip  Swim training Shabbona Park Pool, Chicago, IL Prepped for Summer Camp swim tests.
June 11, 2016 Day Trip Swim training Shabbona Park Pool, Chicago, IL Cancelled for lack of interest.
June 25 - July 9, 2016 Long-Term Expedition Owasippe Scout Reservation Twin Lakes, MI Fantastic!
August 5 - 7, 2016 Expedition Pathways to Eagle Bolingbrook, IL Excellent! One complete merit badge and two partials per Scout. Not bad for a weekend.








 2014 - 2015 Operations
DATE EVENT TYPE EVENT NAME LOCATION RESULTS
2014
January 4
Expedition Ski Trip Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI Fun, no injuries
February 1 Competition Klondike Derby Camp Lakota, Woodstock, IL Competed with honor
March 22 Competition First Aid Meet St. Cornelius School Competed with honor
April 12 Hike Iroquois Spirit Trail (10 mi.) Tinley Park, IL Incomplete
April 25 - 27 OA Camp Section Conclave Staughton, WI Confidential
May 2 - 4 Camp Churchill Woods Glen Ellyn, IL Hosted Webelos and aided their advancement
May 23 - 26 Service Camp OA Work Weekend Owasippe Scout Reservation, Twin Lake, MI Prepared camps for summer camp season
June 21 - July 5 Long-Term Camp Summer Camp Owasippe Scout Reservation, Twin Lake, MI Scouts distinguished themselves over two weeks in camp
August 1 Advancement Camp Pathways to Eagle Bolingbrook, IL Advancement toward Eagle rank
September 5 - 7  OA Camp  Fall Fellowship Camp Betz  Berrien Springs, MI   Confidential
September 20  Service   Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive Local area  Charitable donations collected, tootsie rolls eaten. 
October 11 Day Trip  AirCamp 2014 Rockford Airport, Rockford, IL Success
October 12 - To be rescheduled Bike Hike TBD TBD
October 26 Competitive hike Orinteering Meet Willow Springs Completed with honor
November 16 Competitive hike Orinteering Meet Deer Grove Completed with honor
November 30 Hike Iroquois Spirit Trail (10 mi.) Tinley Park, IL  Incomplete
December 31 Lock-in First Annual Troop 166 Film Festival Troop HQ  Profound Success!
2015
January 16 - 18
Weekend Cabin Camp Herrick Woods Wheaton, IL  Cancelled. Cabin not available.
 February 7  Competition Klondike Derby  Woodstock, IL   Competed with honor
March 14 Day Trip Roller Skating TBD  To be rescheduled? I never had this much homework when I went to High School!
March 21 Competition First Aid Meet TBD  
March 27 - 29 Weekend Camp Blackwell Forest Preserve Warrenville, IL  
April 17 - 19 Competitive Weekend Camp Spring Camporee / Grant Pilgrimage Galena, IL  Changed our minds. We'll go fishing instead.
April 18 Day hike Fishing Des Plaines River  Back on! 
May 1 - 3 Weekend camp Channahon State Park Channahon, IL  
May 22 - 25 Service Camp Memorial Day Work Weekend Owasippe Scout Reservation, Twin Lake, MI  
June 27 - July 11 Long Term Camp Summer Camp Owasippe Scout Reservation, Twin Lake, MI  


2013 Operations
DATE EVENT TYPE EVENT NAME LOCATION
January 19 Expedition Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Evanston, IL
February 2 Expedition Klondike Derby Camp Dan Beard, Northbrook, IL
February 15 Expedition Dearborn Observatory Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
March 22 - 24 Expedition Camp Dan Beard Camp Dan Beard, Northbrook, IL
May 3 - 5 Weekend Expedition I&M Trail McKinley Woods, Channahon, IL
May 18 Expedition Civil War Re-enactment Naper Settlement, Naperville, IL
June 22 - July 6 Long Term Expedition Summer Camp Owasippe Scout Reservation
August 2 - 4 Advancement Expedition Pathways to Eagle Bolingbrook, IL
September 14 Advancement Outdoor Meeting Schiller Woods, Grove 5
September 21 Service K of C Tootsie Rolls Neighborhood
September 21 - 22 Public Relations Art in the Park Portage Park
September 29 Day Expedition Orienteering Meet Waterfall Glen
October 6 Service Bullying Seminar United in Faith Lutheran Church
October 19 Special Meeting Jamboree-on-the-Air Troop HQ
November 8 10 Expedition Camp Oakarro Wadsworth, IL

2012 Operations
DATE EVENT TYPE EVENT NAME LOCATION
January 21 Competition Indian Trails Swim Meet Did not participate due to illness Maryville Academy, 1150 N. River Road, Des Plaines
February 4 Competition Klondike Derby Did not participate due to weather Camp Dan Beard, Northbrook
March 25 Competition Orienteering Meet Deer Grove Forest Preserve
April 4 Election Flaming Arrow Patrol Leader Election HQ
April 13-15 Expedition Overnighter to Camp Sol R. Crown Trevor, Wisconsin
April 25 Special Meeting Parents' Night - Camp Promotion, Camp Cooking, etc. Troop HQ
April 28 Competition First Aid Meet St. Cornelius Church, 5430 W. Foster
May 12 Service Project Dunning Conservation Area Oak Park Avenue, North of Irving Park Road. Chicago
May 18-20 Expedition Overnighter Kankakee River State Park, Bourbonnais, IL
June 30 - July 14 Long-Term Expedition Owasippe Scout Reservation, Camp Blackhawk Whitehall, MI
September15-16 Fund-raiser Arts in the Park Portage Park
December 16 Day Trip Bowling Waveland Bowl


2011 Operations

DATE EVENT TYPE EVENT NAME LOCATION
March 20 Ceremony Eagle Presentation at the church
March 25 - March 27 Expedition Camp Lowden Oregon, IL
May 14 Service WELCA Luncheon at the church
May 22 Expedition Orienteering Meet Miami Woods, Morton Grove Forest Preserves
June 3 - June 5 Expedition White Pines Forest State Park Oregon, IL
June 18 Service Flag Retirement Ceremony at the church
July 2 - July 9 Expedition Owasippe Scout Reservation, Camp Blackhawk Whitehall, MI
August 13 Family Day Trip Bristol Renaissance Fair Bristol, WI (just over the border on I-94)
September 7 Ceremony General Court of Honor Troop Headquarters (UIF)
September 10 Day trip Indian Summer Pow Wow Milwaukee, WI
September 18 Service Chair and shelter setup, takedown at the church
September 24 Day Trip The Grove Glenview, IL
October 15 Expedition Kankakee River State Park Overnighter reduced to day trip due to adult leadership issues. Bourbonnais, IL
October 29 Hike Algonquin Woods Nature Trail Des Plaines, IL
November 19 - 20 Expedition Camp Alphonse Palatine, IL
November 20 Orienteering Meet Harms Woods Glenview, IL