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    Serving area youth since 1925, our slogan is "Always an Adventure". A busy calendar takes our Scouts to new places and exciting events. Summer camp. High adventure trips. National disaster response. Lifetime memories. An incredible journey in Scouting awaits you.


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    Boy Scout Troop 33 found adventure while paddling in
    the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota.

    Daily Chronicle - January 2, 2016

    Troop 33 Scouts venture to Boundary Waters

    Boy Scout Troop 33, chartered by First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, sent thirteen members on a summer high adventure trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota.

    Their adventure took them paddling into a one million acre wilderness which provided opportunities to fish, canoe, portage, cook and camp. Portages are a means to travel from one lake to another with all canoes, food, camping and personal equipment carried along a rugged trail between the lakes. They worked together as a team to overcome some strenuous portages along their route.

    The itinerary included canoeing through 25 lakes and paddling just over 50 miles with about one third of that distance skirting the Canadian border. Some lakes were connected by a section of rushing rapids which made paddling even more exciting. Heavy rains were endured on several days including thunderstorms that brought high winds and hail.

    After reaching their campsites Scouts enjoyed more exploration and adventure, which featured some great fishing, cold water swimming, and the thrill of jumping off a rock cliff. One dinner was highlighted by freshly caught crayfish.

    The thirteen members consisted of eight Scouts; Hank Barnes, Bryce Comer, Travis deOliveira, Keegan Donnelly, Noah Larsen, Ryan McNett, Tim Schlick, and Aiden Witthoff, with two former Scouts turned young adults; Jeremy Snow and Nathan Overmann, plus three other adult leaders; Cohen Barnes, Tom Comer, and Chad McNett.

    Each day took them deeper into an unknown wilderness bringing a sense of freedom and accomplishment that went beyond anything they could have imagined.

    Boy Scout Troop 33, first chartered in 1925, continues their long tradition of exciting outdoor programs. Two other canoe adventures experienced in 2015 included paddling the Rock River south of Oregon and a canoe trip on the Hennepin Canal located in central Illinois. You can visit them online at: http://troop33dekalb.org

    Nick Aase.

    Daily Chronicle - June 27 2015

    Nick Aase becomes Eagle Scout

    Nick Aase, a member of Boy Scout Troop 33 chartered at First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, recently was awarded the Eagle rank, the highest award achievable in the Boy Scouts of America. Aase is the son of Gerry Aase of Sycamore and Julie Larson of Cortland.

    Aase began Scouting with Cub Pack 132 in DeKalb where he earned the Arrow of Light Award. He joined Troop 33 in the spring of 2008 and has enjoyed years of activities including day trips, service projects, weekend overnights, high adventure, disaster relief and fundraisers.

    He attended summer camps at Camp Lowden near Oregon and is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society. He earned 30 merit badges.

    Aase participated in several major activities with Troop 33. His favorite wilderness adventure was the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. He enjoyed paddling across remote lakes, fishing, rock-jumping and camping in the quiet beauty of a great wilderness.

    Hurricane Ike was Aase’s first disaster relief trip which took him to Galveston, Texas. He helped remove debris, hang drywall, cooked for volunteers and helped clean a city park.

    Another disaster project took him to Kentucky to help restore an abandoned high school into a regional disaster center. Aase’s most recent disaster project was helping with the recent F-4 tornado that hit the Rochelle and Fairdale areas.

    He planned, developed and gave leadership to an Eagle Project at the Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore, which involved salvaging an area in the basement and converting it into a storage and work area.

    Aase is a graduate of Sycamore High School and a student at Kishwaukee College.

    Boy Scout Troop 33 helped clean up tornado debris in a wooded area on Wheeler Road northwest of Kirkland. Downed trees became neat stacks of wood and brush piles. Their hard work made a visible difference.

    Daily Chronicle - May 9 2015
    MidWeek - May 13, 2015

    Boy Scouts involved in tornado relief

    Recovery from the April 9 tornado that ravaged parts of Ogle and DeKalb counties will require a community effort. DeKalb’s Boy Scout Troop 33 has worked on two projects in both Ogle and DeKalb counties.

    Their first relief project took place April 12 within 72 hours of the disaster. The Schabacker farm on Hemstock Road northwest of Rochelle was directly hit by the tornado, leveling all the barns, destroying everything but the farmhouse. It had been farmed by generations of the same family since 1863.

    The power of the tornado scattered debris from damaged homes immediately south of the farm covering its acreage. Fields were covered with rafters, beams, roofing and just about anything else you can imagine. With the owner’s permission, Scouts worked on the property walking fields and removing debris. More than a hundred other volunteer workers also removed debris that day. It was a project immediately crucial before any planting could be done.

    Scouts worked on an area covering 140 acres. As they walked the fields they found and collected all sorts of debris which were placed together in large piles. Some items were extremely large and heavy. Some had to be pried back and forth and pulled out of the ground. Tractors pulled hay wagons to load and carry the debris away to a central location and then to a landfill. The debris collected filled several hay wagons.

    Troop 33’s second project took place northwest of Kirkland on Wheeler Road where a wooded property lost more than 300 trees downed by the tornado. There to help clear downed trees, adults manned chain saws, older Scouts used hand saws, while younger Scouts carried wood. From the downed trees, stacks of cut wood and brush piles were created. D Ryan Tree Service donated a Bobcat and operator to move giant logs. Hard work made a visible difference.

    Recovery from the tornado will involve so much more. There are more fields to walk, more debris to remove and so many more downed trees to clear. There are donated items to be sorted, hundreds of young trees to plant and so much money needs to be raised. Community groups and individual volunteers are needed.

    Long Term Recovery requires a community effort. Those with interest or questions about what they can do should call the Volunteer Hotline at 815-762-8653. Individuals and groups interested in volunteering can fill out volunteer forms at http://villageofkirkland.com/2015/04/tornado-recovery-information-volunteers/.

    Fairdale, Illinois was hit by an EF-4 tornado on
    April 9, 2015, which left the town in ruins.

    Click here to see a video that gives you a good idea of the
    devastation in the area and of the need for more help.

    Click here to visit Boy Life Online for the article.

    Boys Life Online - April 2015

    Illinois Scouts help clean up after
    another tornado

    In the November 2014 issue of Boys’ Life, we told you about several Illinois Boy Scout troops that participated in an event they called Service-O-Ree. The Scouts traveled a short distance across their state to the town of Washington to help clean up after a devastating outbreak of tornadoes.

    Just a few weeks go — one year after the group’s trip to Washington — there was another tornado strike, and this one hit even closer to home.

    And, once again, the Scouts are springing into action. The most recent strike hit the town of Fairdale, Ill., in the same district where the Service-O-Ree Scouts live.

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    Scouts and leaders from Troop 33 in DeKalb and Troop 139 in Waterman backpacked in subzero temperatures in northern Wisconsin in February

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    Some scouts helped feed sled dogs while on a backpacking expedition in northern Wisconsin.

    Daily Chronicle - March 7, 2015

    Area Boy Scouts enjoy subzero backpacking

    Winter backpacking can be fun, even in the most extreme artic conditions.

    Boy Scouts from Troop 33 in DeKalb and Troop 139 in Waterman enjoyed an artic adventure together when they traveled hundreds of miles north to Tomahawk Scout Reservation near Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

    Their expedition started Friday evening. Outfitted with winter gear, they were transported to a backwoods site. In the dark of night, they hiked with backpacks and equipment sleds across a frozen lake to a remote cabin. There they reviewed winter safety protocol and emergency rescue techniques.

    Saturday morning brought -30 degree wind chill. Carefully dressed in multiple layers to provide maximum warmth, they ventured out into a piercing wind.

    Along a snow-covered trail, with backpacks and sleds, they hiked to an area to assist with sled dogs. After harnessing and feeding the dogs, they shared social time with them. It made for a fun and educational stop.

    On a frozen lake, they enjoyed kite flying. Strong winds made controlling a kite nearly an impossible task. Boys took turns. Powerful gusts of wind could bring boys off their feet for sensational face-plants in the snow. Laughter was shared.

    Lunchtime included food dropped at an unknown location. Using a GPS (global positioning system) device, Scouts were skill-tested to find their food. They found lunch in record time.

    A fire tower 100 feet tall presented another challenge. Despite cold winds, they climbed to the top for a panoramic view and the opportunity to see how deep a dropped water bottle would penetrate into the snow.

    More hiking brought them to a campsite on a wooded peninsula, where they began building snow shelters for the night.

    Called a quinzee, a shelter is created by building a large mound of snow, then digging out a sleeping area. Before digging, the snow needs time to sinter. Sintering involves snow crystals bonding to create structural mass. Their waiting time was spent sledding on a nearby hill.

    With shelters complete, a dinner of chicken and wild rice soup with breadsticks made for a filling and delicious meal. Nutritious snacks were frequent throughout the day. Nutrients and calories are important for sustaining warmth in the cold.

    Bright winter stars created a sky so unbelievable that a night hike became a necessity. Besides stargazing, it provided a cardio workout pumping warmth into every part of their bodies.

    Quinzees provided excellent shelter from frigid cold that night. Scouts slept sound and warm. They awoke to -17 degrees the second morning. Considerable time was spent preparing themselves, packing up gear and loading sleds.

    A trek across a lake, followed by a woodland trail, eventually took them to a snow tubing hill and a hot lunch. The expedition was complete.

    Time was filled with fun, fellowship, teamwork, self-reliance and challenge, all in the face of winter’s harshest conditions. They earned Snow Base Expedition, Polar Bear and Zero Hero awards.

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    Boy Scouts from left, Jordan Burke, Jack Petrie, Billy Adams, and Brandon Radtke of Troop 33 in DeKalb hold the northern pike caught while ice fishing

    MidWeek - December 18, 2015

    Scouts enjoy ice fishing

    Boy Scouts from DeKalb’s Troop 33, sponsored by First Lutheran Church, braved the winter cold for an exciting ice fishing adventure. They traveled 400 miles north to Lac Dieux Desert, a giant 4,000-acre lake, which covers a portion of the Wisconsin/Michigan border. There they learned some of the fun and rigors of ice fishing from professional guides.

    Scouts and leaders based themselves for the day in a central location on the lake outfitted with a windbreak tent, cooking grill, snowmobiles and sleds. The ice on the lake was more than 10 inches thick.

    Fishing guides explained and demonstrated the boys needed to know before ice fishing. More than 40 fishing sites had been selected where fishing-holes were drilled with power augers.

    Each fishing-hole was equipped with line, hook and bait and connected to a tip-up device identified by a bright orange flag. If a fish took the bait at a tip-up, the orange flag would pop up signifying there was a fish.

    An adult with boys would quickly respond by snowmobile or run to the tip-up site. Sometimes multiple flags would pop up at the same time sending Scouts responding in different locations.

    Responding to a flag pop up at a fishing-hole could produce different results, such as pulling up a snag of weeds, a fish escaping, or the best hoped result of catching a large fish.

    Luckily, the fish were really biting that day and keeping boys plenty busy. They caught northern pikes, crappie and perch with the total day’s catch numbering 45 fish. The largest fish of the day was a tie between two 28-inch northern pike. Of the fish caught, 34 were released back into the lake and 11 were kept for a fish fry later that night.

    As daylight came to an end, Scouts collected gear and moved off the lake. Even off the lake there was still plenty of work to do. The task of cleaning all those fish required a lot of hard work and delicate skill. Scouts received training and valuable experience under the guidance of experienced adults.

    The return to DeKalb included a stop at Cave of the Mounds near Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. Scouts enjoyed some underground adventure and education as they explored the cave and learned lessons about geology and cave formation.

    Photo provided Scouts stand atop the Double Arch rock formation while backpacking at Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. From left, Keegan Donnelly, Jordan Burke, Ryan McNett, Jack Petrie, Noah Larsen, Seth Wickens-Walther.

    Photo provided Troop 33 Scouts climbed the via ferrata on the vertical rock face of a canyon while on an adventure trip in Kentucky.

    Photo provided Troop 33 Scouts descend at high speed on a zip line while on an adventure trip in Kentucky.
    MidWeek - December 24, 2014 - page 23

    Scouts spend holiday in wilderness challenge

    Boy Scouts from DeKalb’s Troop 33 traveled to Kentucky to experience a four-part series of adventures packed into the Thanksgiving holiday.

    At Daniel Boone National Forest, they backpacked through rugged mountains, along steep wooded ridges, narrow ravines, rock formations, and sandstone cliffs. One of their favorite places was atop Double Arch rock, which provided an amazing view of the surrounding wilderness.

    Later that day, they did what millions of Americans were doing. A Thanksgiving meal, which they cooked themselves, was complete with ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans and dinner rolls.

    Rock climbing in the Red River Gorge included safety instruction and the excitement of climbing and rappelling. Training included first aid and emergencies, special knots, climbing equipment, technical skills, verbal signals and safety procedures. Then everything they learned became an action, as Scouts went straight up the rugged rock face of high cliffs and rappelled back down.

    Next was “via ferrata”, Italian for “iron road.” It’s a climbing route built across a treacherous rock face using iron rungs, pegs, carved steps, ladders and narrow swinging bridges. Harnessed and clipped to a safety cable, Scouts undertook the extreme challenge of traversing the via ferrata routes. Via ferrata was used in Europe during World War I by the Italians to move troops through the otherwise impassable Dolomite Mountains.

    Next and last was a visit to one of the nation’s largest zip line centers. A zip line consists of a pulley mounted to a cable that slides down from a high point to a lower point. Scouts used a safety harness to ride down a cable at each of seven zip lines, including some of the fastest, highest and longest in the nation. It was a Thanksgiving holiday they will never forget.

    Members of Boy Scout Troop 33 enjoyed a backpacking adventure in the back country wilderness of Black River State Forest in Wisconsin. Pictured (from left) are Tom Comer, Matthew West, Ryan McNett, Bryce Comer, Aiden Witthoff, Caeden Keith and Chad McNett.
    Daily Chronicle - November 15, 2014

    Scouts explore wilderness on Wis. backpacking trip

    Boy Scouts from Troop 33 in DeKalb enjoyed a backpacking trip at the Black River State Forest in Wisconsin. Scouts carried food, water, bedding, tents, clothing, plus cooking utensils and stoves on their backs.

    When backpacking in remote areas, scouts have to prepare for potential dangers and difficulties like adverse weather, treacherous terrain, health risk or injuries or dangerous animals. The Scouts felt trained and ready.

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    Boys Life - November 2014

    Helping other people at all times
    can be a lot of hard work - and a lot of fun.

    Four months earlier, in November 2013, a tornado outbreak accounted for more than $900 million in damage and casued more than 100 injuries across the region, and the cleanup is nowhere near finished.

    But for the residents of the town, there is hope - in the form of volunteers who have been going door to door and street to street, cleaning up debris and helping out however they can.

    Many of the volunteers are Scouts. They've been coming in from all over the area, starting just weeks after the tornados hit and continuing months later.

    This is what Scouts do - help other people at all times.
    "My mind-set is, if this had happened to me, I would want someone to help me recover," says Keegan Donnelly, a 14-year-old from Troop 33 in DeKalb, Ill., who traveled more than 100 miles with his fellow Scouts to help out in Washington. "So I want to be that person to help them."

    A Different Kind of Fun
    Completing a service project might not be fun like, say, whitewater rafting is fun. The fun in doing service comes from the satisfaction of knowing that your hard work has made someone's life better.

    Just a few weeks before the DeKalb Scouts traveled to help out the tornado victims in Illinois, Cub Scouts in Mesquite, Texas, were going door to door in their neighborhood, collecting canned goods for their Scouting for Food service project.

    Completely differenct kind of service project, similar result.

    "It helps a lot of people," says 9-year-old Ethan Cochran from Pack 1115 in Mesquite. "It's very fun, and it makes the world a better place."

    A Great Reward
    There are hundreds of ways Scouts can help out in their communities and beyond. From planting flags at a veterans' cemetery to collecting books for underprivileged kids, there's always work to be done.

    In Washington, ILL., it's hard for the Scouts not to feel sorry for the residents. Some of them lost the roof on their house; others lost everything. that's why sometimes just picking up debris doesn't seem like enough.

    "It's sad if you think about it... how hard that can be financially and emotionally," Keegan says. "the guys in our troop love helping people and talking to them, too. They are the nicest people to us. For how much they've lost, they're always trying to offer something to us.
    "That's what keeps us going our there."
    Door to door, street to street... all across the country.

    Re-enactors assigned Boy Scouts to a position and instructed them in each step during a mock firing of a civil war cannon.
    Daily Chronicle - October 18, 2014
    Living history camp takes Boy Scouts back in time

    Boy Scout Troop 33 in DeKalb “traveled” more than 200 years back in time when they spent a weekend at a living history event in Ashippun, Wisconsin.

    Scattered over acres of land were historic camps under canvas tents and tarps filled with authentic furnishings and tools. Seeing and meeting re-enactors in period dress and manner brought everything to life. They told great stories, explained how things worked, and were happy to answer every question.

    Historic camps included fur trappers, French voyageurs, long riflemen, mountain men, Native Americans, traders, musicians, highlanders, Civil War cavalry, infantry, artillery, plus French and British settlers. A large circle of teepees replicated those used by the Cheyenne Plains Indians during the early 1800s.

    DeKalb Boy Scout Troop 33 receives a check for $2,674.63 Monday from Corn Fest chairwoman Lisa Angel and DeKalb Corn Fest board members Mark Salsberry (red shirt), Stacie Haugh (black shirt), Shawn Lowe, and Melissa Butts. The auction of Northern Illinois University specialty Corn Fest football jerseys raised more than $8,000
    Daily Chronicle - October 3, 2014
    Corn Fest distributes funds from NIU jersey auction

    DeKALB – Scoutmaster Cliff Golden was surprised by the amount of money presented to his Boy Scout troop, and he knows the funds will be used to help others.

    DeKalb Boy Scout Troop 33, which often travels to help others in need, was one of three recipients of funds from the Corn Fest’s auction of corn-themed Northern Illinois University football jerseys, so it could continue to complete projects. In the past, the troop has traveled to disaster sites including New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy, and Oklahoma and Washington, Illinois, to provide relief.

    “We have some different ideas,” Golden said. “Whatever disasters come our way, we will help. We are very pleased and excited to even be considered for this.”

    The special fundraiser was a one-time opportunity for Corn Fest, said Lisa Angel, Corn Fest chairwoman and marketing development manager at the Daily Chronicle. NIU typically partners with a local nonprofit on a commemorative jersey.

    Keegan Donnelly Eagle Scout
    Daily Chronicle - September 6, 2014
    Donnelly earns Eagle Scout rank

    DeKALB – Keegan Donnelly, a member of Boy Scout Troop 33 chartered by First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, was recently presented the Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. Keegan is the son of Bernie and Deanna Donnelly of DeKalb.

    All smiles, Christopher Canaday, 13, walks off the field with his dad Mark Canaday after the coin toss before NIU's home opener against Presbyterianin Huskie Stadium on Thursday, August 28, 2014. Canady was born with pulmonary atresia and has had 33 surgeries in his 13 years and his father Mark is currently battling esophageal cancer. Corn Fest organizers chose the Canaday family as a beneficiary for the first Northern Illinois University football jersey auction, an effort to raise money by selling the Corn Fest-themed jerseys worn by the Huskies during their opening game.
    Daily Chronicle - August 28, 2014
    DeKalb's Annual Cornfest set to pop




    DeKALB – Mark Canaday has been overwhelmed by the support his family has received from the community, but he had no idea it would amount to recognition during Corn Fest weekend.

    Canaday has been battling esophageal cancer, while his son, Christopher, was born with pulmonary atresia and has had 33 surgeries in his 13 years. The family deals with many medical expenses and related costs, and with two other children, things can be tough for Mark and his wife, Amy.

    "Going to and from medical procedures, it's constant," Mark Canaday said. "It's not uncommon for us to go in and out of Chicago two or three times per month or more for procedures."

    Corn Fest organizers chose the Canaday family as a beneficiary their first Northern Illinois University football jersey auction, an effort to raise money by selling Corn Fest-themed jerseys such as those worn by the Huskies during their opener Thursday night.

    The auction was a way to help the community while showcasing town-gown relations, said chairwoman Lisa Angel, who is also the marketing development manager at the Daily Chronicle. The three-day Corn Fest opens today in downtown DeKalb, with hours of 3 to 11 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

    The auction, which is open online now through 10 p.m. Sept. 5, also will benefit local Boy Scout Troop 33 and Voluntary Action Center.

    Chad McNett, committee chairman for Boy Scout Troop 33, said the group was surprised when they were selected by festival organizers to receive funds from the auction.

    "It was kind of a mix, we were happy but very surprised," McNett said. "Comparing ourselves to the other beneficiaries, we don't even feel like we're worthy."

    However, the troop uses its funds to help others. In the past, the troop has traveled to help in disaster sites including New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, and Oklahoma and Washington, Illinois, to provide relief after tornadoes.

    "These kids love doing it," McNett said. "Sometimes it surprises us how much they love to help. The kids bust their butts all year doing fundraisers to fund projects to help others, and this is money they can spend to keep helping others."

    Voluntary Action Center was founded 40 years ago on the principle of helping others, and it will use its portion of the auction proceeds to continue services in the community, such as serving meals and providing rides to those who need them, including rides to and from Corn Fest this weekend for seniors and people with disabilities.

    "We're a grassroots agency that begins with support from the community," said VAC executive director Tom Zucker. "We were thrilled to learn we were picked to be one of the beneficiaries of this. It'll help a lot."

    Salvador Servin, of Elgin, helps set up for the Corn Fest carnival Wednesday. Corn Fest will begin Friday and run until Sunday in downtown DeKalb. The carnival will be held in the city and frontier parking lots between Second and Third streets (photo by Ryan Coasio)
    Northern Star - August 28, 2014
    Corn Fest Guide

    by Rachel Scaman

    The Huskies will sport custom Corn Fest jerseys during this year’s first football home game today.

    Corn Fest is a free annual music festival that runs Friday-Sunday on Lincoln Highway between First and Fourth streets.


    The jerseys will be auctioned off to raise money to benefit three charities Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb, Boy Scout Troop 33 and the Canaday family.

    • The Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb is an organization composed of volunteers throughout DeKalb County. The Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb provides transportation and meals for seniors and people with disabilities. The group’s public transportation facility and community kitchen are located at 1606 Bethany Road.

    • Troop 33 is a program for boys grades six through 12. Their service opportunities include local community service and national disaster relief projects.

    • Christopher Canaday, an eighth grader at Clinton Rosette Middle School, was born with pulmonary atresia, a heart defect that has made his right ventricle nonfunctional. Christopher’s father, Mark Canaday, has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Proceeds go toward providing for the family.

    DeKalb Boy Scout Troop 33 went to summer camp at Camp Lowden in July. (photo provided)
    Midweek - August 27, 2014
    Troop 33 spends week at camp

    DeKALB – Boy Scout Troop 33, chartered by First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, traveled to Camp Lowden near Oregon, Illinois, for summer camp July 20-26.

    The 21 Scouts completed a total of 87 merit badges, including badges such as cinematography, chess, geocaching, golf, oceanography and robotics. Other activities included swimming, rifle shooting, archery, wilderness survival, climbing, rappelling, bouldering, kayaking and riding all-terrain vehicles.

    The NIU Huskies will wear commemorative Corn Fest jerseys in their season opener Aug. 28. After the game, the jerseys will be auctioned to benefit three DeKalb charitable causes.. (Photo provided)
    Midweek - August 13, 2014
    Huskies’ Corn Fest jerseys to be auctioned for charity

    DeKALB – Northern Illinois University’s connection to the local community and DeKalb County run deep, and those ties, as well as NIU President Doug Baker’s continuing emphasis on maintaining and building the “communiversity” connection, are the inspiration behind the 2014 Corn Fest jerseys that the Huskie Football team will wear in the 2014 season opener on Aug. 28 at Huskie Stadium.

    In addition to recognizing the region’s agricultural roots, the special Corn Fest jerseys will be auctioned online to benefit three local causes. Proceeds from the auction will be split among the Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb, Boy Scout Troop 33, and the Canaday Family, a local family whose eighth-grade son, Christopher, was born with pulmonary atresia and has had 34 surgeries during his young life. Christopher’s father, Mark, an NIU employee, is also battling esophageal cancer.

    The Voluntary Action Center serves DeKalb through myriad programs, including Meals on Wheels, which provides hot meals to the elderly, disabled and homebound, while their TransVAC and MedVAC services provide rides for senior citizens, the disabled and the general public. The Center also works with TAILS Humane Society to make sure that seniors’ pets are well fed.

    Boy Scout Troop 33 participates in many fundraising events in the DeKalb area, and uses the money raised to travel around the country to help people in need. In addition to local activities – like their service during Corn Fest, when they stay after the events each night to clean up – they have been to the communities damaged by natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes.

    Excited Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 33 pose with their new equipment trailer. The purchase of the new trailer was made possible through a grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation. (Photo provided)
    Daily Chronicle - August 9, 2014
    Grant awarded to Boy Scout Troop 33

    DEKALB – Boy Scout Troop 33 of DeKalb received a $2,750 grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation to assist with the purchase of a new equipment trailer. Purchasing the new equipment trailer was an important goal for the troop.

    “I’m really excited about our new trailer. It can store and move a lot of equipment, which better supports our program. I’m very grateful to the DeKalb County Community Foundation for the grant,” Cliff Golden, Scoutmaster of Troop 33 said in a news release.

    The new trailer might be seen at various locations in DeKalb where the Scouts work to support many community events throughout the year.

    NIU Cornfest Jerseys
    CBS SPORTS - August 7, 2014
    Northern Illinois to wear corn-themed jersey for charity

    By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

    Eat your heart out, Iowa-Nebraska. Ya snooze, ya lose, rejected 2011 CyHawk trophy. Some programs aren't afraid to mix a little corn into their football.

    Programs like, apparently, Northern Illinois . The Huskies announced Thursday that in conjunction with DeKalb's annual CornFest -- this year, held the same weekend as NIU's season opener against FCS Presbyterian -- they would wear special corn-themed jerseys to be auctioned off for charity after the game. Behold:

    From the Huskies' announcement:
    In addition to recognizing the region's agricultural roots, the special Corn Fest jerseys worn by the Huskies during the season opener will be auctioned online to benefit three worthy local causes. Proceeds from the auction will be split among the Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb, Boy Scout Troop 33, and the Canaday Family, a local family whose eighth-grade son, Christopher, was born with pulmonary atresia and has had 34 surgeries during his young life. Meanwhile, Christopher's father, Mark, an NIU employee, is battling esophageal cancer.

    So, yeah, anyone complaining about whether these uniforms look good or not is sorta-kinda totally missing the point. Besides, there's no better place to develop the corn theme than on the shoulder pads, and it kinda looks like this is corn protected by bleeping BARBED WIRE, doesn't it?

    In short: thumbs up all the way around, Huskies.

    Eagle Scout Jonathan Snow
    Daily Chronicle - July 19, 2014
    Eagle Scout honors WWII veterans

    Jonathan Snow, a member of Boy Scout Troop 33, chartered at First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, was recently presented the Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.

    Jonathan is the son of Robert and Pamela Snow of DeKalb.

    Boy Scout Troop 33 Scout Ryan Kothrade paddles his kayak down the Little Miami River in Ohio with his troop.
    Midweek - July 16, 2014
    Scouts Ohio trip includes kayaking, aviation museum

    Boy Scout Troop 33 of DeKalb enjoyed a kayak trip to the Little Miami River of southern Ohio. Forested banks with giant trees provided a green canopy above them as clear waters brought Scouts floating past turtles sunning on logs, birds darting through trees, and even a water snake.

    Eagle Scout Alex Cohen
    Midweek - June 02, 2014
    Alex Cohen earns Eagle

    Alex Cohen, a member of Boy Scout Troop 33 chartered at First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, was recently presented the Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. Alex is the son of Jack Cohen and Debbie Hermanson Strejc of Cortland.

    DeKalb County Scouts spread out along Business U.S. 24 in Washington, Ill., removing tornado debris. (Photo provided)

    MidWeek - April 9, 2014
    Scouts aid tornado-stricken city

    Over the last weekend of spring break, DeKalb County Boy Scouts made history.

    On March 28 and 29, more than 150 local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scout leaders from 15 Scouting units traveled to Washington, Ill. to help with tornado recovery. It may have been the first time so many different Scouting groups from the local district made a disaster relief trip together, Scout leader Hugh Bisco said.

    NOTE: Troop 33 participated with a work crew of 19 people. The photo shows Troop 33 scouts clearing debris along Business Route 24 in Washington, Illinois. Troop 33 stayed three days April 28-30.

    Joseph Ryan. (Photo provided)
    Daily Chronicle - March 15, 2014
    DeKalb's Joseph Ryan earns Eagle Scout Rank

    Joseph Ryan recently received the Eagle Award, the highest award the Boy Scouts of America presents, as a member of Boy Scout Troop 33 in DeKalb.

    A 2013 graduate of DeKalb High School, he is the son of DaRin Ryan.

    Twenty-two Scouts and leaders from Boy Scout Troop 33 in DeKalb had a winter adventure in northern Wisconsin. (Photo provided)
    MidWeek - February 25, 2014
    Scouts have subzero adventure

    DeKALB – DeKalb Boy Scout Troop 33, chartered by First Lutheran Church, traveled 350 miles to experience an exciting winter adventure in northern Wisconsin.

    To prepare for the adventure, Scouts were trained in subjects that included snow shelters, warm clothing and sleep systems, nutrition and hydration, special winter equipment, buddy system, winter safety hazards, first aid, and emergency response.

    Aviation students from Kishwaukee Educational Consortium directed scouts from Troop 33 as they experienced using flight simulators..
    Daily Chronicle - February 8, 2014
    Scouts pursue aviation badge at DeKalb airport

    In pursuit of the aviation merit badge, Boy Scouts from Troop 33 in DeKalb spent a day at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport. They were the guests of Kishwaukee Education Consortium, DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport Authority, and Fly America Flight School.

    Scouts and leaders from Troop 33, 13, 18 pose for a group photo in Washington, Illinois during a tornado relief effort during Christmas break.
    Midweek - January 14, 2014
    Scouts help with tornado relief

    Boy Scout Troops from DeKalb and Sycamore traveled to Washington, Ill., after Christmas to do tornado relief work. Troop 13 - DeKalb Moose Lodge 586; Troop 18 - Sycamore Sportsman's Club; and Troop 33 - First Lutheran Church in DeKalb participated in the trip.

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