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Troop 41 Activities Suspended 3/15/20 - 4/6/20

posted Mar 15, 2020, 9:34 PM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg   [ updated Mar 17, 2020, 10:49 AM ]

After serious consideration of the current events and after receiving direction from Three Fires Council, Troop 41 is suspending all face-to-face troop activities until April 6, 2020.  We are tentatively planning to have our next meeting on April 7, 2020 at the Sugar Grove Community Building at 7:00 P.M. We hope to resume our Scouting activities soon.  Please stay tuned. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

This would also be a perfect time to work on finishing up the paperwork requirements on any Merit Badges that you haven’t completed yet.  The Family Life & Personal Management Merit Badges would be excellent choices.  These are Eagle Scout required badges and need much coordination and time with the family.  You will be amazed at how much you can learn just from your own family.


posted Mar 3, 2020, 4:47 AM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg   [ updated Mar 15, 2020, 2:24 PM ]

Show your patriotism and help support local 
Sugar Grove Boy Scout Troop 41 !  

On select holidays, Scouts from Troop 41 will post the USA flag in your yard in the morning and retrieve it in the evening.


Four 2020 Holidays


Memorial Day
Flag Day
4th of July
Labor Day


2’x3’ USA flag is posted in the front yard 1 foot behind the sidewalk towards the house.


Our Scout USA Flag Posting service is available in the neighborhoods of Sugar Grove, Foxmoor, Fairfield Way, and BlackBerry.

For credit or debit card, please visit our online store:

For cash or check, please click on your neighborhood below and pay your visiting Scout directly:

If you have questions, please email:

Boy Scout Troop 41  

Thank you for your support! 

2/18/20 Luigi’s Fun Night and Court of Honor (Webelos Welcome!)

posted Jan 13, 2020, 3:27 PM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg   [ updated Feb 1, 2020, 10:42 AM ]

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, too!  This is a great opportunity to meet Troop 41 Scouts, leaders and their families.

5:30 pm     Dinner begins
6:15 - 7:05pm     Tag for Scouts
6:15 - 7:05pm     Info Presentation for Parents
7:15 - 7:45pm     Court of Honor

We need at least 50 people to attend, so all scouts and families are encourage to attend and support the Troop.

Dinner will cost $7 for kids 12 and under and $9 for anyone over 12. There will also be an option to purchase game cards and tag at a discount as well. Everyone is welcome to come for dinner and fun! The event is cash only.

Please sign-up at troop meetings or email to let us know how many will be coming and to help us plan.

3/27/20 - 3/29/20 Campout: Engineering Open House at University of Illinois

posted Jan 13, 2020, 3:19 PM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg

We are excited to announce that “EOH 100: A Century of Innovation” will be held on March 27th - 28th, 2020. It’s the 100-year Anniversary.  Come and visit some of the 300 student-run exhibits.

Scouts will be “roughing it” in a hotel with a free breakfast!

Scouts should bring a day pack for “hiking” around campus.

2/8/20 - 2/9/20 Skiing Campout at Cascade Mountain

posted Jan 13, 2020, 3:11 PM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg

Troop 41 is going on another Skiing & Tubing Campout at Cascade Mountain in Portage, Wisconsin for 2020.  

Troop 41 Families are welcome to join us at the discounted skiing/tubing rate.  Seasoned and beginner skiers are welcome.  This is part of “Scouting Days At Cascade Mountain” event.  The Troop will be staying at a hotel Saturday night in the Wisconsin Dells.

1-13-20 Troop 41 Visits Sugar Grove Park District Board Meeting

posted Jan 13, 2020, 3:04 PM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg

Scouts working on their Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge are attending the Sugar Grove Park District Board Meeting on 1-13-20.  The Scouts are interviewing Board Members, sharing concerns and ideas, and asking about ways they can help.

The Sugar Grove Park District Board meeting times, agendas, and minutes are posted on their website.

Merit Badge Workbook

12-7-19 Hand-Made Holiday Swags and Centerpieces at Booth Sale

posted Nov 14, 2019, 6:04 PM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg   [ updated Dec 4, 2019, 4:03 AM ]

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 7, 2019 for its Booth Sale.  Please stop by to visit us.  Thank your for your support!     

9am-3pm John Shields Elementary Schoo

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!


9-10-19 Potawatomi Indians Special Presentation

posted Aug 22, 2019, 10:26 AM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg

Did you ever wonder why our Council is called “Three Fires”? Did you ever wonder where the Order of the Arrow traditions like the “Ordeal” came from?  Did you know that Maramech Hill District is being consolidated and will become Potawatomi District?


Clif Frantz is a Historic Re-enactor for the Potawatomi Indians.  He is a former Troop 41 Scout from the 1950s and son of Grof Frantz who helped start Troop 41 in 1949. His presentation will help the Scouts make a connection to their history that was inspired by Native Americans. 

The name "Three Fires Council" came from the three Native American Tribes who participated in the "Council of Three Fires". These tribes included the Ottawa, Chippewa and Potawatomi Indians. The Potawatomi who were known as "The Keepers of the Fire". Three Fires Council will be consolidating its districts into 3 districts named after each one of these Tribes. Instead of the Maramech Hill District, our Troop will be under the Potawatomi District.

The Order of the Arrow "Ordeal" is symbolic of the trial that Braves in the Potawatomi Tribes had to endure before becoming Warriors.

July 2019 Philmont Trek

posted Aug 14, 2019, 5:24 AM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg

Troop 41 and Troop 34 ventured together to Philmont, BSA’s premier High Adventure™ base in the rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. The Troops embarked on two different Treks for the 2-week hiking, camping, and high-adventure experience.  Scouts and leaders trained for over a year beforehand, taking regular hikes with full backpack gear and backpack camping through the terrain of Isle Royale in Lake Superior last summer.  All the Scouts and leaders returned from Philmont with some great stories!


Philmont High Adventure Scout Trip Itinerary

July 12-July 26, 2019



71 Miles




7/15/19      Lovers Leap 

Ranger Training; Trail Camp

7/16/19     Shaefers Pass 

Rock Climbing & Rappelling; Water @ North Fork; Trail Camp

7/17/19      Clarks Fork 

Climb Shaefers Peak; Climb Tooth of Time; Chuck Wagon Dinner; Campfire

7/18/19      Cyphers Mine 

Hunting Lodge Tour; Gold Panning, Blacksmithing, Campfire

7/19/19     Mount Phillips 

Mine Tour @ Cyphers Mine; Climb Comanche Peak; Trail Camp

7/20/19     Crooked Creek 

Climb Mt. Phillips; Rocky Mountain Fur Co., Tomahawks @ Clear Creek; Homesteading

7/21/19     Lovato

Jicarilla Apache Life @ Apache Springs; Trail Camp

7/22/19     Lookout Meadow 

Fly Tying & Fishing @ Fish Camp, Tour Rayado Lodge; Trail Camp

7/23/29     Crater Lake 

Conservation Project; Continental Tie & Lumber Co., Spar Pole Climbing, Campfire

7/24/19     Zastrow

New Mexican Homestead, Cantina @ Abreu; Geocaching, Dutch Oven Cobbler, Campfire

6-23-19 Troop 41 is in the Newspaper: Kane County Chronicle

posted Jun 27, 2019, 5:17 PM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg   [ updated Jun 27, 2019, 5:19 PM ]

“Scouting values transcend time as Sugar Grove troop celebrates milestone anniversary”


Kane County Chronicle 6-23-19

SUGAR GROVE – In 1949, Harry S. Truman was president of the United States and the village of Sugar Grove wasn’t incorporated.

A lot certainly has changed in the past 70 years, but one thing that has remained a constant is the Boy Scouts of America Troop 41 in Sugar Grove, which was founded in 1949.

“I think scouting is still the same,” said Dave Seraphin, chaplain and former scoutmaster. “The same values we picked up many years ago, these new Scouts do, too. Boyhood has not changed. The boys are still the same as they were 30 years ago. A boy is a boy is a boy. He’s fun to work with. He goofs around. He gets very serious. They do the same pranks today that they did way back then.”

Troop 41 has recognized its wonderful, long history with a few special 70th anniversary events already this year, including fireside chats in April and May at the Sugar Grove Historical Society and most recently a Family Potluck Indoor Picnic at the Sugar Grove Township Community Building on June 9.

“It’s been a wonderful thing,” said Jim Fox, current scoutmaster of Troop 41. “We were filled from wall to wall here, and some of the gentlemen that were here had never met before. It just goes to show that Troop 41 isn’t just who you see here every Tuesday night, it goes back much further than that.”

And even if you go back to Troop 41’s humble beginnings, you can see things that remain today.

“Our scoutmasters were always concerned for us,” said Dave Frantz, a Scout from 1959 to 1963. “There may be differences in scouting today than there was when we were younger, but one of the things was, and still is, that scoutmasters and adults involved in scouting will be there for you. We never lost any boys. You were never by yourself. We always had a good time. We did a lot of first-aid training, but we never had to use it on each other.”

Former Troop 41 Scouts reflected on the impact it has made in their lives. The group includes Doug Musser, highway commissioner of the township of Sugar Grove, who became an Eagle Scout in 1974.

“Scouting gave me the confidence to do other things, other challenges,” he said. “I was never afraid to try anything. I still have my Scout book, and I still look at it if I have a question.”

Rick Johnson, a Scout from 1959 to 1961 and president of the Sugar Grove Historical Society, said he’s interested in the values that others have brought and passed down to him.

“For me personally, I’ve always been shy,” he said. “Learning about my family’s history as well as being in scouting and interacting with other kids my age and adults helped me mature. It came at just the right time for me.”

Clif Frantz, a Scout from 1953 to 1958 whose father, Groff, helped start Troop 41, said his memories remain so vivid because when you grew up in Sugar Grove in the 1950s you had to find the fun for yourself.

“There wasn’t a movie theater within miles,” he said. “The nearest one was in Aurora. You couldn’t get a fountain Coke. There was no entertainment whatsoever. But fun was free, and you provided it for yourself.”

His younger brother, Dave Frantz, said that most of today’s kids probably aren’t experiencing that kind of fun any longer.

“I wish the young people today in Sugar Grove could have the same pleasure we had as kids,” he said. “Talking about how it affected you and your life, I think it helps kids to have a standard.

“I always preach to my kids, well that’s what they tell me, that there is a right way to do things and there is a wrong way. When you do things the wrong way, it will usually come back to you. If you do things the right way, your life will be good. That’s basically being a Scout, doing things the right way.”

And any reminiscing about being a Scout isn’t fully honest without camping tales and other adventures, as well as misadventures.

“I remember one time after a Scout meeting in the Community House, I broke my arm right there,” said Bill Lye, a Scout from 1952 to 1958. “Before they put the ceiling tiles up downstairs, there were pipes up there. I climbed up on a table and jumped off and grabbed a pipe. I was swinging on it and then fell and broke my arm. About a month or so later after it healed, someone asked me, ‘How’d you break your arm?’ So I said, ‘Let me show you.’ I got up on the table, jumped up and grabbed a pipe and then I fell and broke my arm again!”

Clif Frantz recalled an old swimming hole in Bliss Woods.

“When we were about 8 or 9 years old and Sugar Grove had a population of only about 200 people, we used to ride our bikes down the middle of [Route] 47 to Bliss Woods to go swimming,” he said. “We’d swim all day long. There wasn’t an adult, a lifeguard, a life preserver or anything. No supervision whatsoever.”

Fond memories of camping and canoeing also were shared.

“I always enjoyed the Boundary Waters with the troop when we went up to northern Minnesota to go canoeing for a week,” said Mike Hauge, a Scout leader and father of Eagle Scout Mike Hauge (1999). “That’s been a highlight in my memories of Troop 41. It’s been a few years since we did that, and we are looking to perhaps do that again in the future.”

While Troop 41 Scouts from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s probably didn’t think back then that someday they’d be celebrating such an anniversary with teens and pre-teen scouts a year before 2020, it showed the youngsters how much of an impact scouting can make in one’s life.

That included 11-year-old Jacob Rubo, who joined the Scouts only a few months ago.

“It’s been pretty cool to meet these older scouts and listen to them sharing all their memories with the younger scouts,” he said. “We’re actually a lot alike in many ways, which is cool. I’ve made a lot of new friends, so I’m happy to be a Scout.”

Many Scouts in Sugar Grove feel the exactly same way.

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