Monday, December 5, 2016

Advancement News

Congratulations to the following scouts who earned rank advancement at last week's meeting:
Max Walters: Life Scout
Anthony Frasca, Jr.: Star Scout
James Braun: Tenderfoot
Logan Kurtz: Second Class

Rank Advancement Reminders:

For those of you that are close to finishing a rank advancement in the old book, please remember that you have to have it done by December 31st. If not you will have to complete the requirements in the 2016 book. Some of them are an easy one to one change, but there are also additions to some advancement requirements.

Merit Badge Reminders:

If you are close to finishing a merit badge, and want to have it awarded to you at the Court of Honor on December 13th, please get your missing requirements in to me no later than this Friday December 9th so I have time to get to the scout shop to purchase the items.

As always if you have any questions please let me know, you can email me at

Anthony Frasca

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dinner and a movie

Come eat lunch and watch a movie with your fellow Scouts on December 22 from 12-4pm at the Savoy 16. The address is 223 Burwash Ave, Savoy, IL.  Siblings and parents are welcome.

Troop 9 will provide pizza and the movie admission fee for each Scout that brings a "necessities" bag for both the men's and women's shelters in Champaign (two bags total).  Each bag should include the following items.

Toothpaste (trial size)
Pair of gloves or mittens
1-2 pair of socks
Comb or brush
Shampoo (trial size)
Deodorant (gender specific)
Surprise item (this is up to the  Scout)

Items can be brought in either a paper or plastic grocery bag and must be marked for a male or female.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Wreath sales

It's time for the annual Troop 9 wreath sales fundraiser.  Click on the fundraising link at the right for the flyer and order form.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Troop Shoot (November 11 - 13, 2016)

The Holy Cross Troop Shoot will take place at Camp Robert Drake on November 11 - 13, 2016.

Depart:  Friday, November 11th 5:30 pm:  Holy Cross 

Return:  Sunday, November 13th 11:00am (tentative)   Holy Cross     

Cost:    $25.00   includes transportation, fees, ammunition and food (this fee is for all participants: Scouts, adults and family members). Payment and a completed permission slip (available here) are required before departing Holy Cross.

The packing list is available by clicking here. The forecast is for the 50s during the day and in the low 30s overnight. Please be prepared with warm clothes!

Directions to Camp Robert Drake are available by clicking here.

November 11th (Friday)
Heet at HCS @ 5:30pm to pack gear. Depart for Camp Drake about 6:00 PM
Dinner provided at Camp Drake (Hot Dogs)
Camp overnight @ Camp Drake (Pioneer campsite)

November 12th (Saturday)
Shooting (rifle and shotgun) throughout the day.

Evening Mass (Fr. Mendl)

November 13th (Sunday)
Breakfast and break camp
Return to HCS

Questions? Contact Charles Walters or Chris Lehmann

Friday, September 23, 2016

Eagle Scouts and Scoutmasters

Check out the list of Eagle Scouts and Scoutmasters!

Thanks to Morene Christman, Eric Meyer, and Randy Kangas for compiling and updating the list.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Caving Trip - October 2016

Troop 9 is heading down to Marengo Cave on Friday October 14.  It will be an adventurous trip that will allow the boys to explore a cave in its natural state.  The Troop is very excited to be back for the first time since 2013.  The cost of the trip will be $50 for cavers and $35 for non-cavers.

Update. Here are some pics from the trip:

The trip will be a 4 hour drive from Champaign to Marengo, IN.


While in Marengo the troop will be staying in the Marengo Cave bunkhouse called the Clifton Center.  The Clifton Center is not in Marengo Cave Park, it is about 2/10th of a mile east of the park entrance.  When coming from the west you will pass the entrance to the park go down the hill and the entrance is on your left.  There are large pines in the front and a historic home just east of the Clifton Center.

The Clifton Center is a bunk house that sleeps 22 on each side. The troop has reserved both sides. It has a bathroom and showers. Each bunk will have a mattress so all that is needed is a sleeping bag and pillow. There is also a fire pit outside. More info.

Clifton Center Address: 500 Indiana 64, Marengo, IN 47140
Marengo Cave Address: 400 East State Road 64, Marengo, IN 47140
Marengo Cave Phone: (888) 702-2837

The troop will spend Saturday going on the Caver's Day package.  If you are coming make sure to bring clothes that can get dirty because the package requires crawling around in the mud and water.

The tentative schedule for the trip:

1730 Pack and Load
1800 Depart, eat dinner at Brownsburg Wendy’s
2330 (EDT) Arrive at Cabins (lights out)

0630 Wake up, breakfast and lunch preparation
0800 Equipment prep and final checks before departing for caving
0930 Depart for Caving
1000 - 1600 Caving, eat lunch at lodge/cavern, cavern walking tour
1600 Arrive back at campsite, downtime
1700 – 2200 Dinner and activities at the cabins

0630 – 0900 Wake up, breakfast, pack-up campsite
0900 Depart for HCS
1200 (CDT) Arrive HCS

What to bring in addition to your normal gear:

  • Release form
  • Packing list for caving includes clothes that can get VERY Dirty.  Recommended clothes:
    • Inner layer: T-shirt or long sleeve shirt
    • Inner layer: thermal pants or equivalent
    • Outer layer: long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt
    • Outer layer: jeans or long pants (no sweatpants or jogging pants)
    • heavy socks -2 pair (wool or cold weather gear best)
    • boots or high-top tennis shoes
    • kneepads
    • gloves
    • trash bag for wet clothing and shoes
    • shower supplies
  • Sleeping bag and a pillow
  • Flashlight
  • Money for dinner on Friday

  • Friday Dinner: Wendy’s in Brownburg
  • Saturday Breakfast: Biscuits and gravy, fruit
  • Saturday Lunch: Sandwiches, chips, cookies
  • Saturday Snack: Trail mix
  • Saturday Dinner: Baconburgers, chips, smores
  • Sunday Breakfast: Poptarts, granola bars, fruit

Additional notes:

  • No eating, drinking, or smoking inside the cabin. All cooking and eating must be done outside.
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the giftshop
  • Observe the quiet hours 11:00pm to 7:00am.