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Troop 2 Fundraiser this weekend

posted Feb 5, 2021, 5:19 PM by Eric Strasser   [ updated Feb 5, 2021, 5:23 PM ]

Wise Guys Pizzeria in South Elgin (Owned by Kevin Valus, a fellow Troop 2 Scouter and Eagle Scout) has agreed to help Troop 2 with a fundraising opportunity by sharing a percentage of every order made on Superbowl Sunday with the Troop.  Don’t forget you need to mention Troop 2 when you place your order. So, lets drive as many sales to Wise Guys to help out both the Troop and Kevin’s Pizzeria. CARRY OUT OR DELIVERY 

Troop 2 Holiday Greenery & Poinsettia Sale – 2020

posted Oct 20, 2020, 5:32 PM by Eric Strasser   [ updated Nov 9, 2020, 11:00 AM ]

Troop 2 Boy Scouts are selling quality products for the Holiday Season to help earn 
funds that will offset their costs for camping, equipment and many other Scouting adventures. NOTE: Nearly all profits go to the Scout!
NOTE: All Orders and Money are due Tuesday, November 10th
All Products will be delivered Saturday, November 21st

Pancake Breakfast 2020

posted Dec 19, 2019, 6:57 PM by Greg Ehmann   [ updated Dec 19, 2019, 6:58 PM ]

Boy Scout Troop 2 invites the public to its annual Pancake Breakfast on January 25th 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church, 101 Spring St., Elgin. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, french toast, sausage, coffee, juice, milk and more. Cost is $7 per person, $5 for seniors, and $25 for the family. Children under 5 are free. The troop also operates its large multi-module HO scale train layout during the event. Proceeds provide the troop with summer camp expenses and to fund volunteer programs.

To purchase tickets ask a Troop2 scout. 
Troop Information
  • 1st shift - 7am to 9:30am
  • 2nd shift - 9:15am to 11:45am
  • 3rd shift - 11:30am to 2pm
Adults work in the kitchen and Scouts work on the floor. You can work more than one shift. Let Mrs. Jernberg know ASAP which shift you prefer. All Scouts and Scouters are required to wear Class 'A' Uniforms at the Breakfast. 
Any questions and to signup please call or email Mrs. Jernberg at 847-302-0207 or

Eagle Projects completed in 2019

posted Aug 15, 2019, 9:37 AM by Greg Ehmann   [ updated Dec 19, 2019, 5:35 PM ]

Troop 2 Life Scouts have completed 2 Eagle service projects in 2019 so far. 
  1. Conner McCowan - Benches at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center
  2. Maverick Matchinski - Eyeglass drive in Gliberts

Electronics Merit Badge

posted Feb 19, 2019, 8:59 AM by Greg Ehmann   [ updated Mar 6, 2019, 1:26 PM ]

Welcome to the Electronics merit badge information page. During this merit badge at the March 2019 camp out we will:
  • Explore the function and symbols of electronic parts. 
  • Solve a problem using Ohm's law
  • Discuss test equipment: multi-meter, oscilloscope and logic analyzer.
    • Measure different values using a meter and oscilloscope.
  • Learn how to solder various parts.
When complete we should have an electronic circuit that flashes an LED.

Tasks to do 

2015-03 Electronics

  1. Read through the BSA Electronics pamphlet.
  2. Get a blue card from your Scoutmaster.
  3. Print the merit badge workbook.
  4. Presentation material

Electronics merit badge requirements

1. Describe the safety precautions you must exercise when using, building, altering, or repairing electronic devices.
2. Do the following:
a. Draw a simple schematic diagram. It must show resistors, capacitors, and transistors or integrated circuits, Use the correct symbols. Label all parts.
b. Tell the purpose of each part.
3. Do the following:
a. Show the right way to solder and desolder.
b. Show how to avoid heat damage to electronic components.
c. Tell about the function of a printed circuit board. Tell what precautions should be observed when soldering printed circuit boards.
4. Do the following:
a. Discuss each of the following with your merit badge counselor:
i. How to use electronics for a control purpose
ii. The basic principles of digital techniques
iii. How to use electronics for three different audio applications
b. Show how to change three decimal numbers into binary numbers and three binary numbers into decimal numbers.
c. Choose ONE of the following three projects. For your project, find or create a schematic diagram. To the best of your ability, explain to your counselor how the circuit you built operates.
i. A control device
ii. A digital circuit
iii. An audio circuit
5. Do the following:
a. Show how to solve a simple problem involving current, voltage, and resistance using Ohm's law.
b. Tell about the need for and the use of test equipment in electronics. Name three types of test equipment. Tell how they operate.
6. Find out about three career opportunities in electronics that interest you. Discuss with and explain to your counselor what training and education are needed for each position.

Wilderness Survival

posted Sep 17, 2018, 12:15 PM by Greg Ehmann   [ updated Sep 24, 2018, 4:14 PM ]

October 2018 will be a Wilderness Survival campout.

Wilderness Survival merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a. Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while participating in wilderness survival activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, or lessen these hazards.
    b. Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses that could occur in backcountry settings, including hypothermiaheat reactionsfrostbitedehydrationblistersinsect stingstick bites, and snakebites.
  2. From memory, list the seven priorities for survival in a backcountry or wilderness location. Explain the importance of each one with your counselor.
  3. Discuss ways to avoid panic and maintain a high level of morale when lost, and explain why this is important.
  4. Describe the steps you would take to survive in the following conditions:
    a. Cold and snowy
    b. Wet
    c. Hot and dry
    d. Windy
    e. At or on the water
  5. Put together a personal survival kit and explain how each item in it could be useful
  6. Using three different methods (other than matches), build and light three fires.
  7. Do the following:
    a. Show five different ways to attract attention when lost.
    b. Demonstrate how to use a signal mirror.
    c. Describe from memory five ground-to-air signals and tell what they mean.
  8. Improvise a natural shelter. For the purpose of this demonstration, use techniques that have little negative impact on the environment. Spend a night in your shelter.
  9. Explain how to protect yourself from insects, reptiles, bears, and other animals of the local region.
  10. Demonstrate three ways to treat water found in the outdoors to prepare it for drinking.
  11. Show that you know the proper clothing to wear while in the outdoors during extremely hot and cold weather and during wet conditions.
  12. Explain why it usually is not wise to eat edible wild plants or wildlife in a wilderness survival situation.

Backpacking 2019

posted Mar 20, 2018, 9:32 AM by Greg Ehmann   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 9:37 AM ]

The April 2019 Campout will be a Backpacking adventure to the Kettle Moraine state forest (northern unit) near Kewauskum Wisconsin.

See additional information for Backpacking below or contact Larry Mandelin


Robotics Merit Badge

posted Feb 26, 2018, 3:29 PM by Greg Ehmann   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 3:38 PM ]

Welcome to the Robotics merit badge information page. During this merit badge we will explore general capabilities of robots, build and program robot and hold a competition between 2 to 3 teams.

  1. Read through the BSA Robotics pamphlet and workbook/notebook.
  2. Read up on the general capabilities of robots and the instructions for building a robot. Chapter 1 in the SumoBot Manual and then pages 11-24 in the StampWorks Manual will help you get started understanding the programming.
  3. Work completed at campout
    1. Req 1,2, 3 and parts of 4 (notebook pages 1,2,3,4)
      1. Req 1 add 1 more hazard
      2. Req 3 needs you to find some pictures of the different fields of robotics 
    2. Final code from campout posted below, you can install the Editor software below to view and edit this code.
  4. Choose a task to complete for (notebook pages 5,6,7,8 & 9)
    1. Task can be
      1. Robot that stays inside the ring
      2. Robot the tracks and follows objects
      3. A full SumoBot
      4. Robots that follows a black line
    2. Notebook page 5 (pseudo code)
      1. Draw a flow chart of how the control program works
    3. Notebook page 6 (software code)
      1. Include the software code and comment on what each section is doing
    4. Notebook page 7 (code modifications)
      1. Note and change you can make to the code to have the robot perform better
    5. Notebook page 8 (final design)
      1. Note any change you made to the design to improve the operation of the robot or of a subsystem such and the line sensor or IR detection
    6. Notebook page 9 (potential for improvements)
      1. Make notes for any future improvements that still can be done
  5. Summarize the work above in Req 5
  6. Research online and complete Req 6b & 7
    1. First Lego League
    2. Vex Robotics
    3. NASA Robotics competitions

Robotics merit badge resources
  1. Robotics MB book
  2. Robotics workbook/notebook
  3. SumoBot Manual
  4. Applied Robotics with the SumoBot Text
  5. BASIC Stamp Editor Software
  6. BASIC Stamp Syntax and Reference Manual
  7. StampWorks Manual

    Sample Competition

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