St. Patrick Troop 10
Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
With over five million members, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is the largest youth organization in the U.S,, and it is believed over one hundred million Americans have been members. Eleven of the twelve men to walk on the moon were Scouts, and two of them Neil Armstrong and Charlie Duke - were Eagle Scouts. The BSA trains youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and personal fitness. These ''Aims of Scouting'' have prepared many of our country's leaders, including members of Congress. Throughout Troop 10's 75-year history, leadership has worked with scouts, parents, and the community to promote the vision of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA): to prepare young people to make lifetime ethical choices by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Troop 10 meets every Monday from 7:30- 9:00 p.m. at the Crane Road Church, where they learn scouting skills, play games, and plan monthly campouts. Monthly campouts help scouts advance in important skills: cooking, hiking, planning, and friendship while working on merit badge requirements necessary for advancement in the BSA.
Scouts also plan annual summer camp and ''High Adventure'' trips at the weekly meetings. In dealing with various organizations while planning these trips, Scouts learn monetary values and communication skills. The Troop attends Mass on every campout with a visiting priest at the campsite or by visiting a local parish near the camp.
Troop 10 is proudly involved in various community service projects: cleaning the roadside of
debris in the Adopt-A-Highway program; providing helping hands at Paddyfest; and decorating graves of soldiers in local cemeteries on Memorial Day services. Eagle Scout projects have benefited school and community organizations, such as remodeling and refurbishing various buildings at Garfield Farm and Corron Farm, and bookcases and learning areas at Lazarus House. Each Eagle Scout is required to perform a service project which benefits the parish, school or community. Troop 10 is also well represented in the Cathoree, a Rockford Diocese Catholic Retreat hosted by the Catholic Committee on Scouting,
Always seeking to reach more of our youth (boys aged 11-18), the Troop welcomes volunteers. Scouting program volunteers must become a registered scouter with the BSA, attend Protecting God's Children (the sexual abuse seminar required of all volunteers in the Rockford Diocese who interact with children), and complete the BSA youth Protection Program. Volunteers determine how committed they wish to be involved. In a leadership role, volunteers should at least attend weekly meetings and monthly campouts. Volunteers in an administrative role are also welcome.
There are lots of summer activities coming up, including summer camp in Rhineland, Wisconsin June 29 - July 5 and a High Adventure trip in August to Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, Visit Troop 10 on the Web at http://www.troop10info.com/
Thinking about becoming a Scout or program volunteer? For more information, contact:
Scoutmaster Jeff Ricketts, 630-443-3476, firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee Chair Florence Jolly, 630-587-6195, email@example.com or
Chartered Org. Rep Elaine Miloch, 630-584-5492, firstname.lastname@example.org