David 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.
The Hoogland family believes that scouting and home education are a terrific fit. Their sons have enjoyed the adventure scouting has provided.
If you would like to share your experiences with scouting and home education, please email us at