Wreath Pickup!!!

Christmas_wreathIt’s pickup and delivery time. Starting at 3pm this Friday Scouts can pickup their wreaths and begin delivery. Pickup times are from 3pm-8pm on Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday. Here is the map for the pickup location which is the same as last year.

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There will be a special meeting for all sophomore, Juniors and Seniors this Monday during the advancement portion of the meeting. Mr. Jeffers is asking those scouts to make an extra effort to be at the meeting! Thanks.

The Troop Leader Council (TLC) voted to have a Troop meeting on Monday the 23rd, which is during Thanksgiving break.
It will be a Class B uniform event, featuring team building games and some time for advancement.

Staying in town for Thanksgiving Break? Do you have time to kill after you have delivered all of your Christmas Wreaths?

Nate Boyd is looking for a few good men to help with the building of a Unilock block seating wall at the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve. Contact Nate at 630-462-0719 for details.

Paul Perrine is collecting plastic grocery bags as part of his Eagle Project. These bags will be turned into sleeping mats for the homeless of Chicago. He needs 700 bags for 1 mat so he needs a lot of bags! Please bring any used, but still intact, bags to future scout meetings and give them to Paul. Scouts will have a chance to earn service hours while making the bags into ‘plarn’ (aka plastic yarn) at future working sessions to be scheduled.
Please continue to bring in money as it is collected rather than waiting and turning it in all at once. Once you believe you have turned in all of your wreath/popcorn money, please see Mrs. Zayed to confirm that our records match.

Wreath pick-up is this Friday, November 20th from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday, November 21st from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Church of Resurrection, 935 W Union Ave, Wheaton. This is the Friday and Saturday BEFORE Thanksgiving. If the scout cannot pick up his wreaths during these times, he MUST make arrangements for someone else to do so.

Top Seller Appreciation
This year, in cooperation with the OA, the troop is offering delivery to the homes of the top sellers (gold and platinum). Delivery hours are the same as the pickup hours listed above. If the OA has not yet contacted you, please contact Mr. LaBrot ( or 630-673-2867) to confirm your availability to receive shipment of your wreaths during those times.

Bad Wreaths
As soon as you get your wreaths home, count and recount your wreaths and check each wreath for quality issues before you begin deliveries. Bad wreaths should be exchanged at the Troop meeting on Monday, November 23rd.

Wreath Care
It is very warm this year, so it is very important to keep the wreaths off of concrete and asphalt and out of the sun. Water the wreaths daily, including the planters, which should be watered just like a plant. The wreaths are live greens and love water.
The troop has received the popcorn order from Council except for the Chocolate Lover’s Tin and the White Chocolatey Pretzels. Our troop will receive those on Saturday 11/21 and we will bring them to the Church of the Resurrection. You may pick up your popcorn order anytime during the wreath pickup except for the CLTs and WCPs. Those will not be available for pickup until after 9am on 11/21. All popcorn must be picked up by 1pm on 11/21 (same as wreath pickup). If you cannot pick up your popcorn, you must make arrangements with someone else to pickup your popcorn order.

If you want to get your popcorn sooner and want to pick your order up from Mr. Bylls’ house in Warrenville, please call him and schedule an appointment. He can be reached at 630-364-6003. (This would be helpful so he has less to transport to the Church of the Resurrection!)

A copy of the 2016 Consent Form is attached and also available on the Troop’s website. All Scouts wishing to continue with Troop 23 for 2016 must turn in the completed Consent Form and pay dues by November 16th. Dues are $50 per Scout and cover the BSA and Council fees. If your Scout has not reached the $400 minimum wreath sales goal, you will also need to pay the $200 program fee or portion thereof. All items are due on November 16. Any Scouts who have not paid or have not turned in the Consent Form will not be rechartered for 2016.

Adults, please take this time to verify that your Youth Protection training and health forms are up-to-date as these documents are required for rechartering. Also, please notify the Troop 23 leadership if you do not plan to continue in a leadership role with the Troop.

The lock-in this year will be on December 19th at the Tivoli Bowl in Downers Grove. Included will be unlimited bowling (including shoe rental), billiards, popcorn, and pop. We will also have access to hook video game systems up to three flat screen televisions. We are still developing additional plans; stay tuned! Adults: sign up here:

11/17- Adult Troop Committee – 7p – First Presbyterian
11/20-21 – Wreath Pickup – Church of the Resurrection
11/21 – Popcorn Pickup – 9a – Church of the Resurrection
11/23 – Bad wreath exchange – During scout meeting
12/3 – Troop Leadership Committee (TLC) – 6p – First Presbyterian
12/19 – Troop lock-in, Tivoli Bowl, Downers Grove

“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” -Vince Lombardi (Submitted by Mr. Jeffers)

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Mr. Bylls, 630-364-6003.

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The Philmont Log – 11/15/2015

Philmont arrowhead logoOn July 7th, 2016 – nearly 8 months from now – Troop 23 is sending two crews to Philmont Scout Ranch in northeastern New Mexico, and our scouts are already preparing for the outing. A trek at Philmont is a difficult endeavor, and going on practice hikes well in advance is vital. I would know. My name is Jacob Hands, and I was on one of the crews our troop sent to Philmont in 2014. To this day, I consider it one of the most challenging things I have done in my Scouting career. I also consider it the most fun I have ever had as a Scout. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has not been there yet. I will be writing entries for this Philmont Log over the next few months, giving my tips and tricks to surviving Philmont for the members of the current crews and for those who take on Philmont after us. See you then!


If you have been to Philmont and have your own advice for future hikers, email me at

Find more information about Philmont on their official website at

White water rafting requirements

Parents and Leaders,

Our Troop swim is this Saturday from 12-2p at the Wheaton College Sports and Recreation Complex. This is a great opportunity to get advancements done prior to summer camp and to have some fun.
In addition, we have our whitewater rafting campout planned for May 15-17. Boys who want to fully participate must have completed the BSA Swimmer classification within a year prior to the event. If you got the BSA Swimmer classification at summer camp last year, you still have it for this trip. If you did not obtain the Swimmer classification last year, or you are new to the troop, please come and take the swim test on Saturday so that you may fully participate on the Rafting campout.
The Swimmer classification requires this:
Operation of any boat on a float trip is limited to youth and adults who have completed the BSA swimmer classification test. Swimmers must complete the following test, which must be administered annually.
Jump feetfirst into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.
For activity afloat, those not classified as a swimmer are limited to multiperson craft during outings or float trips on calm water with little likelihood of capsizing or falling overboard. They may operate a fixed-seat rowboat or pedal boat accompanied by a buddy who is a swimmer. They may ride in a canoe or other paddle craft with an adult swimmer skilled in that craft as a buddy. They may ride as part of a group on a motorboat or sailboat operated by a skilled adult.
Leaders, if you are available on Saturday, please come to the Swim event so that we have enough help to administer the Swimmer classification test and advancements.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Yours in Scouting,
Rob Bylls
Troop 23 Committee Chairman

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