Scouting is an exciting undertaking that can sometimes be quite an adventure!
Troop 28 has many active Scouts ranging from 11 to 17 years of age, from new members to Eagle, with a wide variety of interests and talents. Our Scouts meet most weeks in Glencoe at St. Elisabeth’s Episocpal Church. At a typical meeting, the Scouts plan upcoming campouts or service projects, work together on rank advancement or merit badges, and then finish with a few games.
Most months the Scouts organize a weekend camping trip or other outdoor activity and during the summer, participate in Boy Scout and high adventure camps. In just the last few years, Troop 28 Scouts have gone luging, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, tubing, white water rafting, canoeing, orienteering, boating, dune climbing, and more, so there’s an activity for everyone. Our current calendar provides an idea of the Scouts’ diverse interests—and their energy!
Glencoe’s Scouts are also longstanding members of the community. Troop members also participate in several service activities during the year that encourage good citizenship in the community. Our scouts regularly lead Glencoe’s Independence Day parade and participate in the nationwide Scouting for Food program as well as the Village Veteran’s Day service, Eagle service projects, and fundraisers such as our popular spaghetti dinner. Troop 28 also participate in inter-troop activities including the Klondike Derby/Winter Jamboree, a First Aid Meet, and Webelos Woods. The stereotype many people have of Scouts is one of saving lives or hiking in the great outdoors. Troop 28 Scouts have done their share of trekking and not long ago were called on to rescue some hikers who had had an accident in Starved Rock State Park.
Scouts also have the option of participating in BSA’s Advancement program, which allows them to earn merit badges and advance through the BSA ranks — perhaps even attaining the prestigious Eagle rank. Troop 28 supports both Scouts who are actively pursuing Eagle rank, as well as those with no interest in advancement…and every Scout in between. Glencoe’s Troop 28 has been honored to see 11 Scouts attain Eagle since 2013.
We know that kids in Glencoe have a lot of options for extracurricular activities and encourage Scouts to participate whenever and however they can.