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North Aurora looking to form Boy Scout troop

Veterinarian heading up efforts

NORTH AURORA – The village has been without a Boy Scout troop for more than two decades.

Veterinarian Thomas Brooks, of the Fox Valley Veterinary Clinic in North Aurora, would like to change that. He is trying to start a Boy Scout troop in North Aurora.

“I felt bad our North Aurora boys were going elsewhere to be in a Boy Scout troop instead of staying here,” Brooks said. “We should have a Boy Scout troop in this community.”

The village has two active Cub Scout packs, but it has not had a Boy Scout troop since the 1990s, Brooks said. Brooks had served as the scoutmaster of Troop 3 in Aurora, and he would serve as the scoutmaster of the new troop.

He will be joined by Jan Lundsteen, who will be the troop committee chairman as it gets organized. Lundsteen started Troop 46 in Lily Lake.

The new troop will meet at Union Congregational Church, 405 State St., North Aurora, which is the chartering organization. The troop will be part of the Foxfire District, which serves West and East Aurora school districts.

“Everything is in place except the Scouts,” Brooks said.

The minimum number of boys needed to start a troop is five, Brooks said. According to the Boy Scouts’ website,, a boy is eligible to be a Scout if he is 11 years old, or if he has completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old but is not yet 18 years old.

For information about the troop and for application forms, contact Brooks at 630-896-6664.

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