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Welcome to Troop 65 located in Lockport, Illinois

Troop 65 is an active Troop in Lockport, IL that regularly meets every week. 

Weekly Meetings:

Every Tuesday

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Meeting Location and Charter Holder:

Lockport American Legion Post 18

15052 South Archer

Lockport, IL.  60441

Troop 65 is a youth led organization. Youth leadership meets monthly and plans regular meeting agendas, plans outings, as well as menus, duty rosters, etc. Each year a list of places to go weekend and long-term camping is created by the youth leadership and brought to the adult committee by the Scoutmaster for approval.

Adult leadership is available to be a resource, offer guidance to drive and chaperone on trips and outings but not to run the meetings. All youth are expected to be a part of Troop operations, initially in their “patrol”.  As each Scout becomes older and more proficient in Scouting skills he will be expected to fill a Troop leadership position and lead by example.  This is also an advancement requirement.

The uniform of the Troop is the field uniform shirt (Class A shirt) the Troop kerchief and blue jean pants with a belt.  Shoes and socks must also be worn – no sandals unless we are at an outdoor event that sandals are appropriate footwear. If the Scout would rather wear the field uniform green pant they are also acceptable ~ but not required. Our “uniform” also includes coming to meetings with the Boy Scout Handbook, a pen or pencil and paper or a notebook. All scouts are expected to be in uniform at all meetings. The uniform must also be worn to and from all campouts, and on all outings and hikes, etc. unless otherwise instructed by Troop leadership.

Speaking of monthly campouts, monthly campouts are usually within a short drive of Lockport. We depart from the American Legion on Friday evening and return on Sunday afternoon. The fees are dependent upon the cost of the campground, user’s fees and food for the weekend. The Troop also goes to Summer Camp every year.  We generally travel to a new and different camp each year. Summer Camp fees usually range between $400 and $450 per person.

The Troop owns tents, dining canopies and plenty of camping “gear.”  We may need help pulling the trailer on some outings depending upon which adult leader is going and who has pulled the trailer during any given year. Our trailer has its own inertia braking system and four wheels. It is a very stable piece of equipment and weighs in at approximately 3000 pounds fully loaded.  Scouts can bring their own tents – if they desire – it is not necessary though.  A list of personal gear that would make 1st time packing for these outings easier is available from the Troop.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to come along on all outings - but your presence is not always necessary. We do need additional drivers from time to time – whether you can stay the weekend or not.  We will make that announcement the week before the outing based upon who is available to chaperone and the size of their vehicles.

If we haven’t made it clear enough yet – We encourage and need your adult participation in the Troop!  We need additional Assistant Scoutmaster’s, Merit Badge Counselors, various Chairpersons and helpers, Chaperones, Drivers, etc. Our Adult Committee meets once a month to plan our annual calendar and carry out the business end of the Troop.  Parents are encouraged to participate as Members of Committee, event or outing chair or as one of the officers. BSA training is available for all positions!

Thanks for your interest in our Troop; we hope that you will join the adult leaders’ groups.  We also hope that you enjoy your time in the Troop working with the scouts building great memories.

Please use the Contact Us link to request information or contact our Scoutmaster, Don Marta, at dtmarta@yahoo.com.


2023 Summer Camp Information

Posted on Jan 10 2023 - 8:15am
Happy New Year.  Summer Camp Planning Begins!!
It’s that time again to start our preparation for Summer Camp 2023.  We are heading to Owasippe Scout Reservation.  Owasippe is considered the gem of the Midwest for Scout Camps. They offer about 50 different Merit badges, some various High Adventure actives, or the week long Ultimate Adventure for the older Scouts.

Summer Camp 2022 Important Dates and Info

Posted on Jan 10 2022 - 10:06am

It’s hard to believe but Summer Camp Planning is here.  

Camp Famous Eagle

Farmington, MO 63640

Saturday 7/16 to Saturday 7/23

Summer Camp Pre-Requisites Sign-offs in July / Information

Posted on Jun 29 2021 - 10:22am

We have handed out paperwork to each Scout to help identify any Pre-Requisites for Summer Camp merit badges. Please note that not all merit badges have pre-requisites.
You can also go to the Ransburg Scout Reservation website, scroll down and select "Documents & Downloads", then select "2021 Activity Schedule". This document will list every merit badge and the requirements are on the right hand side. Look up the merit badges that your Scout has registered for Summer Camp.

Upcoming Event Fees and Forms Due Dates

Posted on Mar 24 2021 - 10:03am

We thought to send a due date reminder on needed forms and payments. Health forms and permission slips can be turned in early (highly encouraged). The good thing is that we have two camping trips scheduled in April and May. With every campout, fees and permission slips are needed.

Summer Camp - Attendance commitment

Posted on Jan 8 2021 - 11:56am

Troop 65,

 This is an Important message about this year’s Summer Camp at Ransburg Scout Reservation.  Of course, this email just came in after our Parent’s meeting.  Please take the time to read the message below.

Troop Meeting - Online

Posted on Nov 9 2020 - 9:06am
We will have a Troop meeting for Tuesday 11/10 at 7pm.  The meeting will be held online.
We will be discussing the current status of our Scouting activity and the impact of the new restrictions of Covid-19.
Parents are welcome to sit in and share any ideas they may have.
Join Zoom Meeting

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