Scouting Spirit! A column by Hyde Park’s Scout Troops

There is a lot of wonderful news this week to share about Scouting in our Community!

Half of the Cub Scouts from Pack 3599 attended the Snoozeum at the Museum of Science and Industry this past weekend, where they were able to explore the museum after hours and watch the latest IMAX extravaganza- Dream Big- Engineering the World. One of the benefits of Cub Scouts, and Scouting in general, is their focus on learning in Science/Technology/Mathematics(STEM) topics. Scouts are able to achieve special STEM NOVA awards based on their level of study and participation. These Cub Scouts and the rest of the Pack will be preparing for their epic annual Pack Pinewood Derby on Feb. 3, by designing and creating their own race cars from a raw block of wood. This time honored tradition of Cub Scouting brings families together to assist their sons in creating their own racing cars! Cub Scout Racers, prepare for hours of fun!

Boy Scout Troop 512 is pleased to announce that they will host an Eagle Court of Honor on Feb. 16, for Elliot Rich. Elliot is the 80th Scout to earn Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Boy Scouting. Troop 512 is the longest serving Boy Scout Troop on the Southside of Chicago with a 95-year continuous tenure. More about their rich history in the coming weeks!

Boy Scouts from Troop 599 recently returned from their own “Frost Base” on Jan. 12-13 at Camp Bullfrog in the Cook County Forest Preserves. There the Scouts learned about cold weather camping and safety and completed an 11 mile hike in the Palos Trail system. They ended the day with a visit to the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, a jewel in the Cook County Forest Preserves. The weather may have been cold, but the sights and experiences in the outdoors were outstanding!

It is that time of year again. The Girl Scouts (Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes) are starting to take orders for their beloved Girl Scout Cookies! Your favorites are all available for purchase: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Savannah Smiles, Toffee-tastic and Girl Scout S’mores. The Girls Scouts have been selling cookies for over one hundred years. The program helps the girls to fulfill their dreams, follow their passions and change the world. It encourages the girls to adopt an entrepreneurial spirit, develop people skills, understand business ethics, set goals and learn about money management. Please support your local Girl Scouts by buying a box or two. If they miss you at home or at work, you will be able to purchase the cookies at Treasure Island from the end of February through the end of March on Saturdays and Sundays. The best news is that 100 percent of the money stays local.

Yours in Scouting!

For more information or to join a local Scouting Unit, please reference the contacts below:

Cub Scout Pack 3599     K-5th Grade
Boy Scout Troop 512     6th– 12th grade
Boy Scout Troop 599     6th -12th grade
Brownies Troop 20396     2nd-3rd grade
Girl Scout Juniors Troop 20089     4th-5th grade
Girl Scout Cadette Troop 20089     6th-8th grade