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4/23/19 and 5/14/19 Fireside Chats at Sugar Grove Historical Society

posted May 15, 2019, 5:03 PM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg

Troop 41 has been interviewing Scouts from the past, researching history to write a Commemorative Newsletter to celebrate its 70th Anniversary (1949-2019).  The Sugar Grove Historical Society hosted three Fireside Chats at the Bliss House with some of Troop 41’s Scouts from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.  

The Dream Team of Historic Scouts included one of the very first Scouts in 1949, the sons of one of the men who started the Troop in 1949, two of the very first Eagle Scout brothers in the 1970s, and Scoutmasters now in their 70s.

They each had some great stories to tell, and they turned back into 12 year old boys right in front of our eyes!


* Clif Frantz (Scout 1950s, Father Groff Frantz helped start Troop 41, Uncle Tom Frantz was Scoutmaster)

* Dave Frantz (Scout 1960s, Brother of Clif Frantz)

* Bill Lye (Scout 1950s)

* Bill Gramley (Scout 1950s)

* Rick Johnson (Scout 1950s, President of Historical Society)

* Dave Seraphin (Scoutmaster 1984-2014)


* Richard Sears (One of the First Scouts in Troop 41 in 1949)

* Bill Keck (Scoutmaster 1963-1965, From the Keck Family who owned the Keck General Store in Downtown Sugar Grove)

* Rick Johnson (Scout 1950s, Whose family has been in Sugar Grove for 5 generations since the 1860s)

* Jack Shouba (Scout 1950s)

* David Musser (First Eagle Scout 1970)

* Doug Musser (Eagle Scout 1974)

2-10-19 Scouting Days at Cascade Mountain

posted Feb 12, 2019, 8:32 AM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg

Troop 41 Scouts took to the slopes with about 1000 other Scouts and family members during Scouting Days at Cascade Mountain.  Several Scouts and family members took skiing lessons for the first time.  Many scouts worked on their Snow Sports Merit Badge.  Troop 41 worked with Elburn Troop 7 along with their Merit Badge Counselor and a Paramedic to complete several of the merit badge requirements beforehand.  Then Troop 41 meet with another great TFC Merit Badge Counselor who drove up to Cascade to help the Scouts demonstrate their skills on the slopes and finish all their requirements.  The Scouts even enjoyed swimming at a water park in the Wisconsin Dells the night before.  Thanks to all our leaders for a great February Campout!

Camp Card Sales 2/1/19-5/1/19

posted Jan 1, 2019, 2:52 PM by Cindy Loo   [ updated Jan 3, 2019, 3:16 PM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg ]

Please support Troop 41 Scouts by purchasing a Coupon Camp Card.  
The card contains $250.00 worth of savings. Several offers may be used more than once.

• Buona Beef: $3 off a $10 purchase.  
• Colonial Café: $5 off a $25 or more purchase.   
• Jiffy Lube: $8 off any signature service oil change.   
• Legoland: Buy one ticket, get one free. (Up to 4 tickets at a time)   
• Angelo Caputo's Fresh Markets: $5 off a $50 purchase.   
• Kane County Cougars: Buy one, Get one free ticket.   
• Papa John’s: Free garlic knots with a purchase of any large pizza at menu price.   
• Sports Clips: Free MVP upgrade.   

2019 Camp Cards are designed to help Scouts earn their way to Summer Camp.  
Camp Card deals value at $250 for just $5.  
The participating youth will keep 50% commission ($2.50) of the sales for each Camp Card sold!

2-12-19 Webelos/AOL Welcome Fun Night at Luigi's Pizza

posted Dec 30, 2018, 12:14 PM by Cindy Loo   [ updated Jan 17, 2019, 7:56 AM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg ]

Please join us for Troop 41’s Webelos/AOL Fun Night and Court of Honor at Luigi's!

It's an "All You Care To Eat" pizza, pasta, and salad buffet. There will be fun and games, too! Bring your family!  Bring your friends who are interested in joining Scouts! This is a great opportunity to meet Troop 41 Scouts, leaders and their families.  

Dinner will cost $7 for kids 12 and under and $9 for anyone over 12. There will also be an option to purchase entertainment at a discount. The event is cash only. Proceeds from Luigi’s will go towards the purchase of new equipment and materials for the Scouts in Troop 41.  Please RSVP and buy tickets by visiting us on Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm until February 5th during our regular meeting or just come out to Luigi's on the 12th and pay at the door.

Click here for our Invitation Flyer

5:30 pm             Evening/Dinner begins

6:15 - 7:05pm    Tag for Scouts

6:15 - 7:05pm    Info Presentation for Parents

7:05 - 7:20pm    Scout Patrol Activity

7:30 - 8:00pm    Court of Honor

Chaplain’s Corner: A Scout is Kind...But it’s Not Easy!

posted Dec 13, 2018, 4:29 PM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg   [ updated Dec 13, 2018, 4:31 PM ]

On the last camp out of 2018, I challenged the attending Scouts to make 2019 a special year by observing one “special point” of the Scout Law.  Of course we are held accountable for all the law, yet I want scouts to have their “special point” to concentrate in 2019. 

The scouts learned on Saturday, that “A Scout is Kind” is my special point of the Law. I noticed some of the faces think that one point is sure easy.

It could be easy if they are nice to you. I was working with one of my therapists that was not nice to me. In fact, I personally believe she was down right mean. I told the scouts I think she ate rusty nails for breakfast. There were a few times I wanted to hide my Scout Shirt and give her a good verbal lashing. However, a scout leader must set the example by obeying all the Scout Law not just one or two points. 

I eventually had to ask a former leader to offer me assistance because I couldn’t do it myself. Sometimes we need help of other people. This retired leader did that for me. In the end I did follow that point “A Scout is Kind”, but let me tell you it wasn’t easy. On my last day the therapist and I hugged each other and said good bye. It is not always easy to follow the points of the law, but it does pay off in the long run.

Let’s make 2019 a great year by picking one point and concentrating on it. Next year when we gather around our camp out Christmas table we will all be able to share how we helped make 2019 a great year. 

Have a happy and healthy New Year.

Mr. Dave Seraphin, Chaplain, Sugar Grove Boy Scout Troop 41  (December 2018)

12-1-18 Hand-Made Holiday Swags and Centerpieces at Booth Sale

posted Nov 14, 2018, 10:41 AM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg   [ updated Nov 28, 2018, 1:15 PM ]

Troop 41 will be selling beautiful Holiday Swags and Centerpieces with fresh greenery hand-made by Scouts at the "Holiday in the Grove" event on December 1, 2018 for its Booth Sale.  Please stop by to visit us.  Thank your for your support!     

9am-3pm John Shields Elementary School

9am-1pm Sugar Grove United Methodist Church

Photo:  This is just one example of the Scouts' handiwork from previous years!

Thank you to Town & Country Gardens in Geneva and MLA Wholesale, Inc. in Bartlett for donating all the greenery and florist supplies to Troop 41!

Kane County Chronicle Features Troop 41 Scouts for Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge

posted Nov 6, 2018, 8:35 AM by Cindy Loo

Troop 41 Scouts had a great experience during the Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge workshop at Waubonsee Community College. Reporter Chris Walker with Shaw Media captured sound bites from Seth C., Nicholas C., Dominic F., and Leader Joe C. And Hayden S. captured the Front Page!  The Kane County Chronicle article is excerpted below.


"Flat tire? These local boys can help!"

Oct. 31, 2018

Scouts from Boy Scout Troops 41 and 53 pair with college mechanics to learn and earn Automotive Merit Badge.

Recent surveys suggest that more than half the population doesn’t know how to change a tire. But quite a few teens in the Sugar Grove area now have that knowledge, thanks to a Scout program and the help of some local college students.

About 20 enthusiastic Boy Scouts earned their automotive maintenance merit badges Oct. 24 at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.

There they were afforded the opportunity to accompany college students enrolled in the Mopar Career Automotive Program (CAP) in checking under the hood, checking tire pressure, making sure fluids were properly filled, and seeing for themselves firsthand how technologically advanced today’s motor vehicles have become.

For 14-year-old Scout Seth C., the evening included his first tire change.

“That was the first time I learned how to do that and it was easier than I thought it would be,” he said.

Seth is less than two years away from potentially getting his driver’s license, and while he acknowledged he’s not really into cars, he knows he’ll be driving soon, so it’s good to learn as much as he can about cars and maintenance and safety.

“I really did enjoy this,” he said. “I learned a lot.”

Joe C.said his 13-year-old son, Nick, enjoyed the experience, as well.

“He got to use the air tools, which is always a motivator, and the impact gun, which makes a noise,” Joe C. said. “They lifted the whole car so they were able to walk underneath it. They learned about the colors as far as fluids go, and what they are, where they go and what they’re for, and learned everything about having a flat tire and knowing how to fix it so they don’t have to worry about calling a friend or a tow.”

While the Scouts gained a better understanding of automobiles, including general maintenance, safety and registration, they also were required to find out about career opportunities in the automotive industry in order to earn their merit badges.

Dominic F., a 14-year-old Scout from Sugar Grove, really liked the event. Dominic, who intends to pursue engineering, recognized a lot of similarities with his interests and the automotive industry.

“I’m not sure what was most interesting, but it was probably figuring out how to change the oil and transmission fluid and stuff like that,” Dominic said. “I’ve actually thought about becoming an engineer or something like that, so the first college I’d be going to would be Waubonsee. I’m definitely thinking of taking that type of class.”

Attendees were able to learn a lot in a short amount of time by spending time with some of the 120 students in the CAP program at Waubonsee, which began a partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles last year.

“I got a chance to talk to some of the college kids in the program, which was cool,” Dominic said. “I found out you don’t really need a partner when you lift a car to do work or someone to supervise you.”

FCA estimates about 5,500 auto technicians will be needed in the next two years to fill open positions and the number will increase to 780,000 by 2024.

Cycling Merit Badge - 150 Miles Completed!

posted Nov 6, 2018, 8:27 AM by Cindy Loo

Troop 41 Cycling Scouts completed 150 miles of rides this October 21, 2018!  All in all, Troop 41 hosted 190 miles of rides!  Many thanks to Mr. Carlson and Mr. Liu, plus the leaders and parents who rode with you, drove the SAG wagon, and fixed your flats!

CYCLING MERIT BADGE 9/10/16, 15 miles Starved Rock 7/22/17, 10 miles Bliss Woods 8/19/17, 15 miles Virgil Gilman Trail 9/17/17, 10 miles Fox River Trail 10/21/17, 25 miles Fox River Trail 5/19/18, 10-15 miles Virgil Gilman Trail 9/8/18, 15 miles Fox River Trail 9/23/18, 25 miles Virgil Gilman Trail 10/21/18, 50 miles Virgil Gilman Trail, Fox River Trail, Illinois Prairie Path, Great Western Trail

2018 Annual Greenery Fundraiser

posted Sep 28, 2018, 12:17 PM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg   [ updated Oct 6, 2018, 8:36 AM ]

Troop 41's annual greenery fundraiser has commenced.  The proceeds from this fundraiser are used to pay for monthly camping fees, new and replacement camping equipment, consumable camping supplies, incentives, and physical activity equipment.

Please click here for the LOCAL DELIVERY catalog.

Your purchase provides resources for the many opportunities we offer to help Scouts contribute to the community and to succeed in life.

Troop 41 thanks you for your support!

9-22-18 Coin & Currency Show (Coin Collecting Merit Badge)

posted Sep 18, 2018, 6:02 PM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg



Pheasant Run Resort - Mega Center, 4501 E. Main St., Saint Charles, IL

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2018, 9am - 3pm

9:00 AM - Kids Treasure Hunt 

10:00 AM - Youth Collecting (Kids of all ages) Questions & Presentations 

1:00 PM - Youth Auction 

Free Admission & Parking

Attending this will complete requirement 10b of the Coin Collecting Merit Badge. If you are interested in completing the rest of the requirements, talk to Mr. Odean, Merit Badge Counselor.  A blue card signed by Mr Fox gets you started.

Youth can go to different dealers and answer questions. For each correct answer they earn ILNA cash to be used at the auction at 1PM. The dealers donate books, coins, and guides to this auction. No one would leave empty handed.

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