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

posted Nov 14, 2019, 6:04 PM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg   [ updated Nov 15, 2019, 1:58 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.

7-16-19 Global Rocket Launch, 7-20-19 Space Exploration Merit Badge

posted Jun 24, 2019, 3:29 PM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg


Celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary and make history at the Global Rocket Launch with Boy Scout Troop 41 & Cub Scout Pack 341 on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 6:30 pm at the Sugar Grove UMC Harter Road Farm.

Boy Scout Troop 41 & Cub Scout Pack 341 will be participating in the Global Rocket Launch with our friends around the world as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s launch to land man on the moon in 1969.


The rocket launch will be part of a collection of worldwide events to celebrate the global achievement from five decades ago when we launched and landed man on the moon for the first time in 1969.

Scouts should build their rockets at home and bring them to the Launch.  Scouts can purchase rocket kits from a hobby store to launch on our launch pad.  Scout’s can also launch 2-Liter pop bottles with our AquaPod compressed air launcher.


BSA Tall Grass District is hosting a workshop for the Space Exploration Merit Badge at Chicago Blaze Rugby Club, 13011 W Smith Rd, Lemont, IL 60439, USA.

Cost $15 if you build a rocket that we provide. Come at 9 AM

Cost $5 if you bring your own rocket and engine. Come at 10 AM

Cost $8 if you bring your own rocket without an engine

(only A8-3 engines will be supplied)


You must RSVP to

Joni Mimnaugh at 630-921-1122 or email at

or contact Ed Rafacz at 630-258-3090 or email at

- Scouts should bring

- A signed blue card

- A sack lunch

- Water, hat, sunscreen and bug spray

Newsletter: Stories from Historic Troop 41 Scouts

posted Jun 1, 2019, 8:21 AM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg

Extra!  Extra!  Read all about it!  To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Troop 41, Scouts from the past and present gathered together for personal interviews and fireside chats to tell their stories.  History came to life thanks to Dave Seraphin's archives and Scouting friends of the Sugar Grove Historical Society. 

6-2019 Newsletter Troop 41

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

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