Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best
to do my duty, to God and my Country,
to obey the Scout Law,

to help other people at all times,

to keep myself physically strong,

mentally awake and morally straight.


Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal,

helpful, friendly, courteous, kind,

obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave,

clean and reverent.


About Us

Karen and David HooglandDavid and Karen live in the Chicago area with their three sons, Tim, Jeff and Doug. They have been involved as leaders in Boy Scouts of America since 1996. They have been homeschooling parents since 1999. This website and the accompanying email list were established at about that same time.


David is an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 617, based in Chicago Illinois. The troop is in the Arrowhead District, part of the Chicago Area Council. David is an Eagle Scout, earning that rank in 1975. He is currently working as a Deputy Sheriff in Cook County. He is also a master carpenter and stained glass craftsman. (See his work at 3 Boy Glassworks.)


Karen is a Committee Member for Troop 617. In addition, Karen is also the webmaster for Arrowhead District and the owner/manager of the Arrowhead District email list. Karen is self-employed; she has a successful graphic design, desktop publishing and computer tutoring business called KZH Design.




Tim, the oldest son, earned his Eagle Badge in February 2007. He has been involved in scouting since a Tiger Cub. He still participates in scouting as a volunteer leader.  Tim is a successful entrepreneur, working in his own small computer business. He also works full time for a computer company based out of Chicago. Tim was homeschooled from fourth grade through high school. You can find more information about his work on his blog at


Jeff, the middle son, holds the rank of Star. Jeff has been a scout since he joined as a Tiger Cub in first grade. He finished his Bachelor's in Mathematics, along with a teaching certificate, in May 2011. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Mathematics at Illinois State University, where he is also a Graduate Assistant. Jeff continues to work in the entertainment world as a sound technician. He is also a lead developer on the Bodhi Linux project, a Linux based computer operating system. Jeff also writes a technology blog. Jeff was homeschooled from second grade through high school. You can find more information about his work on his blog called Thoughts on Technology.


Doug, the youngest son, became a Life Scout in Troop 617. Like his brothers, Doug has been an active scout since he was a Tiger Cub. He is working on a degree in computers at the local college and also works full time with his older brother, Tim. Doug likes to create 3 Dimensional designs on the computer; this past summer he had an opportunity to work with a video game development company, in Peculiar, Missouri. Doug was homeschooled from first grade through high school. Doug also enjoys creating tutorials for different computer projects. You can find more information about his work at TopHATTwaffle's Web Site.


Tim, Doug, Jeff - 2005 Flag Day CeremonyThe Hoogland family believes that scouting and home education are a terrific fit. Their sons have enjoyed the adventure scouting has provided.


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