Campouts & Activities
Currently, Troop 69 has about 25 members and is very active. We enjoy outdoor activities such as camping and hiking. Every year we take a trip downhill skiing/snowboarding, biking, and our annual (and popular) gourmet cooking campout. We also camp one weekend every month during the year (except December) and attend summer camp as a troop. We learn outdoor skills such as camping, cooking, and orienteering.
Past adventures included backpacking, cross-country & downhill skiing, and even camping in a cave and on a submarine. These excursions have taken us to New York, South Dakota Black Hills, Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan, Iowa, and Tennessee. Not all of our travels are so distant, as we also take advantage of the excellent parks and camps in Illinois and nearby Wisconsin.
On these campouts, we cook in patrols usually on gas stoves. Our troop has extensive camping equipment including tents, stoves, patrol boxes, etc., which are well maintained.
Troop 69 prides itself on the diversity of its camping options each year. Troop 69 normally alternates between a local (within 300 miles) Boy Scout summer camp and summer camps further away from Palatine, but generally within a 1,000-mile radius.
In 2013, Troop 69 has selected Resica Falls Scout Reservation in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania for its summer camp. On the way, the Troop will visit Gettysburg National Military Park as this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Our past summer camps have included:
2012 — Camp Tesomas, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
2011 — Ben Delatour Scout Ranch, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
2010 — Boy Scout Jamboree, Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia
2009 — Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota
2009 — Napowan Adventure Base, Wild Rose, Wisconsin
2008 — Lewis & Clark Scout Camp, South Dakota
2007 — Camp Roy C. Manchester, Kentucky Lake, Kentucky
2006 — Camp Waubeeka, Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation, Brant Lake, New York
2005 — Camp Hiawatha, upper Michigan
2004 — Camp Medicine Mountain, Black Hills of South Dakota
2003 — Camp Napowan, Wisconsin
2002 — Virginia and Appalachian Trail
2001 — Philmont Scout Ranch and Camp Castle Rock, Wisconsin
2000 — Ben deLatour Camp and Elkhorn High Adventure Base in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
1999 — Philmont Scout Ranch and Camp Lowden in Oregon, Illinois
1998 — Camp Boxwell in Tennessee
1997 — Black Hills, South Dakota
Families are encouraged to join us on our trips by staying in the camp’s family camping area or nearby campground.