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Rifle Merit Badge – Sunday, October 3rd, 2021. 

Venturing Crew 188 has invited us to a Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Clinic that will be hosted by Crew 188 on Sunday, October 3rd, 2021. 

This event is open to all Troops in the Trailblazer District in PTAC for Scouts looking to complete the full Rifle Shooting Merit Badge in one day, or for those looking to complete a partial that they may have started at summer camp.

The clinic will be going through the full Rifle Shooting Merit Badge. This would include classwork, safety, shooting time, and cleaning.

Information about the Event:

Date: Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

Location: Camp Lowden, 4418 S Scout Road, Oregon, IL 61061

Costs: $20 per Scout – Adults are not charged as they will not be shooting
Includes 50 rounds of ammo (Extra rounds can be purchased if needed)

Sessions: 2 sessions will be held throughout the day and are each limited to 24 scouts

Session #1: Check-in: 8:30 AM / Clinic goes from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (limit 24 scouts)

Session #2: Check-in: 12:30 PM / Clinic goes from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (limit 24 scouts)


Aviation Merit Badge

Lock-in at eaa aviation museum in Oshkosh to earn aviation mb.


Merit Badge University

February –  Location is York Community High School in Elmhurst, Illinois.  Registration opens around December 21st and closed Jan 31.


Shooting sports – rilfe, shotgun, pistol, archery

Aurora Sportsmen’s Club

shooting flyer w/prices


Amazon Fulfillment Center – Kenosha, WI – Daytrip

Tours are normally Mon-Fri either 10:30am to 3:30pm


Cascade Mountain Skiing – Usually January

Scouts would leave on Friday night and check in at the Quality Inn and Suites in Lodi, WI. We “Camp” in the Conference room with pool access. Saturday we will ski at nearby Cascade Mountain in Portage, WI. Late Saturday afternoon we’ll head back to the hotel for pizza, movies, and swimming. There will be a light breakfast Sunday morning before driving home.


Muskegon Luge 

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex – possibly stay at Owasippe in the winter or else stay on the USS Silversides Submarine


Toboggan – Echo Valley or Pokagon State Park



US Grant Pilgrimage

Usually in April (blackhawk council)

Last year, more than 2000 attended.


East Race Waterway

Anyone interested in having the troop do a day trip to South Bend, Indiana East Race Waterway?  They have built a man-made whitewater rafting in the middle of the town.  Each trip down only lasts about 5 minutes.  Scouts would need to be swimmers, 54 inches tall, and anyone 16 and under would need an adult in the boat. 


Monthly Campout Ideas

Revolutionary War Reenactment – Catigny Park in Wheaton

WWI Reenactment

Civil War Reenactment

White Pine’s Horseback Riding, Oregon, IL

Indiana Dunes State Park

Warren Dunes, Michigan

Apple River Canyon

Blue Mounds State Park (Cave of the Mounds) – Rock Climbing

Starved Rock – Hiking

5 Mile City Hike in Chicago – 1 day outing

Governor Dodge State Park

Whirleyball Outing – 1 day outing or troop meeting

Turkey Run State Park – Indiana

Kettle Moraine – Mountain Biking and Hiking

Cross Country Skiing?

White Water Rafting – near Napowan

Chain-o-Lakes State Park – Fishing

Johnson’s Mounds – Sledding, Cabin Camping

USS Cobia Submarine

Black River Canoeing

East Race Waterway – White Water Kayaking, South Bend, Indiana

Fox Valley Ice Arena – Ice Skating

Eagle Cave

Lincoln Pilgrimage – held annually in Springfield, IL

Spelunking – Cumberland Caverns in Tennessee

Kalamazoo Air Museum (Air Zoo)

Zip Lines – in 2016 we went to Lake Geneva Canopy Tours

Pokagon State Park – Indiana  – Toboggan runs in winter


Backpacking Campout Ideas

Friday night at Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve, Route 173, Wadsworth, IL 60083.  Saturday night at Camp Oakarro.  Backpack 3 miles along the Des Plaines River trail to get to the camp on Saturday.


Ice Age Trail @ Kettle Morraine


High Adventure Ideas


Sea Base

Colorado White Water Rafting

Boundary Water Canoe Outing

Camping Ideas

The Northeast Suburban Council put together a very useful guide to camping location options:

Where to Camp



Blackhawk Scout Night


Great Lakes Naval Station – troop has visited in the past

Upper Limits Climbing Gym in Bloomington


Annual Campout Goals

Each year we must do at least one of each of the following:

1 Backpacking Campout – minimalist / advanced camping

1 Camporee – for OA callout

1 week of summer camp

1 ski outing

1 canoe/kayak outing

1 lock-in

1 hiking campout – for 5 mile hike and to get cooking requirements

1 recruiting campout

2 Cuba Road Cleanups



Flags on Graves 

Memorial Day Parade


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