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eScouter - October 2012


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The Voice of the Scout survey is how the National BSA will help guide decision-making for our future programs and operational delivery.  This is your chance to tell the BSA what you think about our programs!  On September 24, parents, Scouts & Venturers over 14, volunteers and chartered organizations were emailed Voice of the Scout surveys.  The surveys have been designed to be very brief but will give needed insight into the variety of experiences at the unit and district within our council. 

Surveys will stay open for three weeks, and then information will be referenced for making key decisions to drive Scouting forward, as guided by the people that matter most - our members.  It will be a continuous program, in that surveys will be launched twice per year, with no household receiving more than one survey every six months. 

Watch your inbox for the Voice of the Scout survey (and check your junk mail folder too - just in case!).  Please take a few minutes of your time to participate!

The Unit Charter Fee and Post Participation Fee for all local Scouting units and Exploring posts will increase from $20 to $40 effective January 1, 2013. This means that the new fee will begin with units that have a December 31, 2012 renewal date (a charter period beginning January 1, 2013). In addition, the Unit Charter Fee and Post Participation Fee will now be called the Unit Liability Insurance Fee. For additional information contact Lou Sandoval, Council Commissioner at

As the new Scouting season starts to ramp up this fall and units are collecting fees and selling popcorn, we know that questions regarding the proper way to set up the finances for your unit may arise. Please click here to review the Fiscal Policies and Procedures for BSA Units document provided by the National BSA Office.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) created a Red Ribbon Week patch to encourage and support Scouts who wish to learn about Red Ribbon and participate in local efforts to educate youth about the dangers of drug abuse. Observed annually from October 23 to October 31st, Red Ribbon Week is a national celebration promoting youth education on the dangers of substance abuse. The DEA encourages all Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups to participate. Patches will be given to the first 25,000 qualifying Boy Scout and Girl Scouts but in order to earn the patches, a unit leader must submit the intent to participate by Friday, October 5th. Click here for more information and requirements.

The BSA National Office's Marketing Group will be conducting focus groups in Chicago about high adventure bases.  The groups will be made up of Boy Scouts 11-18, Venturers, parents of Boy Scouts and Venturers, and Scouting leaders of Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews.  Plaza Research of Chicago will be randomly calling from a membership list of potential participants from these above groups (Boy Scouts, Venturers, parents, and Scouting leaders) from approximately October 1 through October 12 to ask them to participate in the focus groups.  You may not opt in to these groups, but we wanted you to know that this is a legitimate BSA meeting that you are encouraged to attend if you receive a phone call.

The CAC is working in collaboration with other councils in our area and new prospective vendors to keep improving on the value of the card. If you have relationships with Chicago area fast food chains or retail outlets contact Myriam Herrera at 312-421-8800 x 209 or The card is scheduled to launch in early January. Sales will run through the end of April. Please plan on including the camp card in your spring fundraising efforts.

We hope your sale is going well so far.
Recognitions for all Scouts (even if the unit takes camp cash or 5% bonus commission):
-Sell at least one item, get a patch or pin.
-Fill up an order sheet and fax, mail or deliver it by October 31 to Steve Fossett Center, get a MYSTERY PRIZE.
-Sell $600, get a $20 gift card and opportunity to request 2 free Wolves Hockey tickets to the 7pm game on Saturday, January 19th.
-Sell $1500, get a $50 gift card and a t-shirt with all $1500 sellers listed
-Sell $2500, join the College Scholarship, and get 2 Blackhawks tickets.
-The top popcorn seller for the council will have the opportunity to be recognized on the court at a Harlem Globetrotters game on December 28th and will receive 4 tickets to the game.

For units taking prizes, there is a $150 prize level offered on the prize form by Chicago Area Council.  It must be ordered on the form, not through the computer system.  Individual Scout(s) may take camp cash instead of prizes even if the rest of the unit takes prizes.  All on-line sales count toward prize goals.  Scouts may continue taking orders or selling on-line after the Take Order deadline (Nov. 5th) to real a higher prize or to accumulate more camp cash.

For on-line selling, if a Validation Code is required, enter the word: popcorn.

Order Calendar:  Appointments will be taken for these days:
Friday, Nov. 2; Saturday, Nov. 3 or Monday, Nov. 5th for Show & Deliver Returns, Early Payment, and submitting Take Orders and Prize Orders.  If your unit does not have any returns, the kernel may order on-line, and mail the roster and prize form along with a copy of the invoice and a check for the popcorn.  Please note:  If your unit does not achieve its goal by Nov. 5, you may continue selling until January 2nd to try to reach the goal.

Saturday, November 17   Take Order Distribution –
New Process Steel (Alsip): Arrowhead, Greater Southside, Iroquois & River Trails Districts; DHL (Franklin Park): Indian Trails, Fort Dearborn, North River & Western Trails Districts.

Any popcorn needed after distribution will be filled with leftovers from the Take Order.  We will continue to reorder popcorn as needed through Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Messengers of Peace
Launched in September 2011 and recently adopted by BSA, Messengers of Peace is a global initiative designed to inspire millions of young men and women in more than 220 countries and territories to work toward peace.  Any Scout or Scouter who participates in a project that has had a significant impact on the community in one of the three dimensions of peace can qualify as a Messenger of Peace. 

JOTA-JOTI: Jamboree of the Air and Jamboree over the Internet will be held this year the weekend of October 20-21. Through JOTA, Scouts are introduced to radio technology and to other Scouts around the U.S. and around the world. They get a chance to talk with one another and share information that broadens their perspective on other cultures, on geography, and on the technology and hobby that provides the means for their communication.

Be Part of a BSA Contingent
As a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, the Boy Scouts of America gets invited to many different international/national events in different countries every year. This is a great opportunity for the BSA to connect with the world through the interaction with local Scouts and Scout leaders at those special events. Consequently, it provides us, our BSA Scouts and adults, an excellent opportunity to learn about other countries, people, and cultures through Scouting activities, plus learn Scouting skills and make new friendships as part of the adventure.

Upcoming events include:
JAMCAM 2013 will be hosted by the Scout Association of Columbia, Jan 4 – 11, 2013 Nomination deadline: Oct 30, 2012
14th World Scout Moot: hosted by The Association des Scouts du Canada, Aug 8 – 18, 2013 Nomination deadline: March 31, 2013

More information about International Scouting opportunities can be found at  

Annually, the Chicago Area Council recognizes the contributions of volunteer Scouters with the Silver Beaver Award, the Boy Scouts of America's highest honor for service in a local council. Many of your fellow Scouters are deserving of this award and should be considered for recognition. However, in order to receive the award, one must be nominated by another Scouter. If you know a deserving Scouter, send in their nomination form today. Nominations are due to the Steve Fossett Center for Scouting no later than 4:30pm on November 30th.

There are some important changes for this year's nominations. First, only the 2012 nomination form will be accepted, any other version of this form will be returned unconsidered. Additionally, the committee will only consider the first four letters of recommendation submitted for a nominee. This means that if more than one nomination is submitted for the same person, the first four letters submitted will be used and the others will not be considered. This change has been made to respect the selection committee's time and to prevent "stacking the deck." If you have any questions about the procedure for making a Silver Beaver Award nomination, please contact Shayna Hofmeister at

The Venturing Leadership Award is presented by councils, areas, regions, and the BSA National Council to Venturers who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Venturing Code and Venturing Oath.

- Be registered and involved as a Venturer for at least one year.
- Be a youth member when nominated for the award.
- Hold a leadership position or an office at the unit, district, council, area, region, or national level (as appropriate for the level of the award presented).
- Show exceptional dedication and give outstanding leadership and service to Venturing and to Venturers (on the level appropriate for the award).

To make a nomination:
- This nomination form must be submitted to the Steve Fossett Center for Scouting no later than 4:30pm on November 30th.
- Attach letters of recommendation from Venturers, Scouters, acquaintances, teachers, place of worship, etc.
- Attach additional sheets, if necessary.
- Attach a picture of the nominee when submitting the form.

Join us for some old fashioned 50s fun and make the night a memorable one!  So, it's back to the 50s for one night, to celebrate our Annual Chicago Area Council Dinner delight! This year’s 50s themed dinner will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Victoria Rosemont (Rosemont Holiday Inn Express) located at 6600 Mannheim Road Rosemont, 60018. The dinner will celebrate of the council’s accomplishments from the last year and we will present this year’s Silver Beaver Awards and the Venturing Leadership Award. For more information or to register, click here.

The Chicago Area Council no longer receives funding allocations automatically from the United Way. The only way to ensure your donation is directed to Scouting is by stating your preference on your annual pledge form. You will receive a reminder in the mail on how to designate your contribution to help fund the programs, leader training and infrastructure expenses that the Council assumes to ensure your Scouts have a quality experience. If you do not receive the letter or need it sooner please click here to be directed to the new form and additional instructions. As always, thanks for partnering with us to make Scouting available to Chicagoland’s youth.

Vehicles donated to One Car One Difference help our council. Your unwanted vehicle is picked up and auctioned and the proceeds support the Chicago Area Council. Refer to the FAQ sheet or One Car One Difference website for more information.

“Scouting’s Journey to Excellence” is the BSA’s new council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and council. To see the requirements for your unit or view a webinar for more information, please click here.

If you’re an Eagle Scout, we’d love to have you join us. Check out our website,, join our groups on Facebook ( and LinkedIn (search for NESA Chicago), or send us an email,


On Wednesday, October 3, Honor Flight Chicago will escort approximately 95 World War II veterans to Washington, DC in a series of “honor flights” dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans living in the Chicagoland area.  We would love for you to join us at Midway Airport to welcome our returning heroes from an exhausting but exhilarating day of honor.  Please wear your class A uniform and bring your welcome home and thank you signs.  To be a part of this meaningful event, meet at Midway Airport’s Baggage Claim 1 by 8:20pm.  If you can’t make it, there is another way you can help!  After a day of camaraderie and reminiscence, these veterans think that their day is over.  But waiting for them, on the flight home, is the sound of: “MAIL CALL,” the same call that kept their spirits alive during the war.  We want to insure that each veteran gets a packet of mail.  THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP.  We ask that Scouts write letters to these veterans to thank them for their service. For more information on Honor Flight Chicago and “MAIL CALL,” please click here.  Another flight will take place on October 23, more details to follow.

This family fun campout offer is available for the weekend of Oct. 6-7 and features an exclusive campsite for your pack (with fire ring), use of all campground facilities, admission to Wild West Town, and participation in Saturday evening activities at campground (hayride, movie, and flashlight candy hunt) for just $24.95 per person. Just a few of the fun activities at the Wild West Town include: pony rides, panning for gold, cowboy roping lessons, an archery range, a live wild west show - and lunch is included! Click here for more information!

The council's Exploring Program and NESA chapter are hosting a career fair for Scouts and Chicago Public School students to explore and learn about several different career fields and skilled trades. The purpose of the fair is to enlighten students about different career possibilities. The fair will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 9am-12pm at the Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls, 1535 N. Dayton, Chicago, IL 60622. There is no cost to attend! Click here for more info.

No creatures...just the interesting facts & secrets!

See & hear the story behind the Asylum Xperiment, as well as pneumatics, make-up, costuming, themes & more directly from haunt creators Dave Link & Spike Mike Skodacek!  PLUS Your Troop Name on the Odeum Electronic Marquee for all to see!  Starts at 3:00PM on Saturdays & Sundays Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21.  ONLY $11 Per Person for but must have 10 people minimum.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.  Click here for more information.

Blast Cars are one of the newest innovations to the Boy Scout program, and one of the first races will be held on October 27th. If you have never heard of it, think of it as a pinewood derby on steroids, using CO2 powered cars!! Click here for more information.

The Greatest Show on Earth returns to Chicago this November and value priced Scout tickets ($12, $17) are available now. Friday Scout performances will be held at Allstate Arena November 2nd and November 9th. Friday Scout performances will be at United Center November 16th and November 23rd. For Allstate Arena group inquiries, call 773-327-3778. For United Center group inquiries please call 312-455-7469.

Imagine a history lesson presented by a King and his Noble Court set within the walls of an 11th century-style castle. Step back in time and experience spectacular horsemanship, amazing swordplay, medieval games of skill and an authentic jousting tournament between six brave knights of the realm. As the tournament takes place, the castle’s serf and wenches serve your Scouts a feast fit for a King! The 2012 Scout Matinee Dates are November 10th (4:30pm), 11th (2pm and 4:30pm), 17th (4:30pm) and 18th (2pm and 4:30pm). All Scouts receive a medieval patch! Click here for more information.

The Scouts and Scouters of Indian Trails invite all Chicago-area Scouts and their families to come enjoy a Free Scout Family Movie Day, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, courtesy of the Portage Theatre, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. The show will be "Rango," starring Johnny Depp. For directions and parking, please view the theater web site: flyer.

Volunteers are needed for the Schaumburg Half Marathon/5k Turkey Trot on November 24, 2012 raising money for Special Olympics IL. Volunteering at running events is exciting, inspiring and FUN!  All volunteers receive a free event shirt for volunteering. Volunteers would help with registration and check in of participants, water stations, course marshaling, clean up, etc.
Where: Bussee Woods Forest Preserve, Schaumburg, IL. 
When: 11/24/12- 7:15am-noon & 8:15am-12:45pm
Contact: Danielle Starykowicz, 847-344-0861,

Hunger is a way of life for far too many in our country. It may seem ironic, but in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, millions of people each year are forced to choose between putting food on the table or paying for other necessities of life. An estimated 13 million people go to bed hungry each night. The Chicago Area Council can do its part to alleviate hunger in Chicago and America. This year's bag distribution will take place on December 1, 2012 and collection will take place on December 8, 2012. Additionally, we received a grant that will be covering the cost of the 2012 Scouting for Food program, including patches, so there will be no charge for patches this year but there is no guarantee that we will receive this funding again next year so the $1 fee/patch may return in the future. Join the 2012 Scouting for Food team and help end hunger. Click here for the unit commitment form due October 8th!

The UIC Flames have dedicated the game on December 15th to the Boy Scouts. On this days, UIC would like to offer specially priced tickets ($3 ticket only or $5 ticket + patch) to all Chicagoland Scouts and their family and friends. Any unit that purchases 30+ tickets can reserve a free bus ride to the game provided by UIC. Click here for more information.

Boy Scouts are invited to cruise with Santa during a special Spirit of Chicago luncheon cruise at Navy Pier! The cruise will take place on Saturday, December 15th. Ship Boards: 12:30pm Cruises: 1:15pm – 3:15pm. Enjoy great views of the Chicago Skyline from Lake Michigan, a full lunch buffet, dessert station, DJ entertainment & dancing, unlimited Juice & Soda & an APPEARANCE BY SANTA!! Cost is $35/person (normally $54). Call Tiffany Weinstein at 312-321-7606 or e-mail her at to set up your cruise!!

Now in their 87th consecutive season of touring the world, the Globetrotters showcase a captivating assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks, and ball handling wizardry… with a side-splitting array of comedy guaranteed to entertain both the young and young at heart!  On December 28th, the Harlem Globetrotters would like to offer all Scouts, family and friends a special discounted ticket!  Groups that purchase 50+ tickets are eligible for some special group experiences so get all of your Scouts and their families together (combine your pack/troop/crew purchase if necessary) and come out to the Globetrotters game!  Click here for save the date and group experience information.  More details to come!

Cub Scout Exclusive Overnight (Ages 7-11)
Make the Nature Museum your home for the night and experience the world of nature and science like never before! Explore our exhibitions after hours and meet one of our live animals in a custom Critter Connection. We provide fun, age-appropriate activities and games, evening snack and continental breakfast in Nature’s Lunchbox, and sleeping accommodations. This overnight experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you and your Scouts! For additional information, email or call 773-755-5111, ext. 7.

Date: January 18-19, 2013
Cost: $40 per scout; $15 per chaperone
Location: On-site at the Nature Museum
Chaperones: The Nature Museum requires a chaperone to Scout ratio of 1 chaperone to 5 Scouts.
Registration: Registration for all Scout exclusive overnights opens December 3, 2012.
Overnight Focus: Regional Nature

Monster Jam® is the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring the biggest names in monster trucks including Grave Digger®, Maximum Destruction®, Monster Mutt®, El Toro Loco®, Captain’s Curse® and Blue Thunder®. Monster Jam is set to invade the Allstate Arena February 8-10, 2013 and there are special Scout rates available ($10, $13.50) for the following shows: Feb. 9th @ 2pm, Feb. 9th & 10th @ 7:30pm. For more information, call 773-327-3778.

Scout night will be Saturday, March 9, 2013 7:00 PM vs Milwaukee Admirals. Come early for the free pregame fun fest from 5-6:30pm in the All State Arena Skyline room. Click here to download the order form for this fun-filled day!

Shedd Aquarium is pleased to offer this special rate to all Scouts and their families for a day that will be filled with adventures, discoveries, live-animal encounters and the wonders of the waters of the world.  Special Scout extras: Shedd Aquarium Salute to Scouting patch for each Scout, scavenger hunt available in advance by request and 4-D Experience included with visit.  Click here for more information.


All Merit Badge Counselors must have valid Youth Protection Training.  The Advancement Committee has been checking every registered Merit Badge Counselor in our counsel and have found there to be many counselors who have expired YPT.  When confirming if one has valid training, we look at that person’s ScoutNet profile.  If it doesn’t show that you have completed Youth Protection Training in ScoutNet in the last two years you will be removed as a Merit Badge Counselor by your district Advancement Chair.  If you are not sure if you have taken it and want to find out please call your district Advancement Chair or call the counsel office.  If you know you have taken it but it does not show up please provide a copy of your completion certificate to the counsel office or your Advancement Chair so it can get processed.

Summertime has quickly come to an end. Please make sure to get ALL summertime advancements turned in to the council as soon as possible.  This includes any merit badges or ranks that have been earned.  It is important for all Scouts to have their achievements recorded properly AND in the year that they were earned.  Once a new calendar year starts, these advancements cannot be recorded.  Proper advancement is also required for Journey to Excellence.

Reminder……We are in need of Merit Badge Counselors for the new Search and Rescue merit badge.  There are also many new badges that are going to be rolled out soon.  These include Game Design, Animation, Signs Signals & Codes, and Programming.  If you feel you are qualified in any of these areas or know someone who is, please contact your district Advancement Chair to sign up as a Merit Badge Counselor.  We are in need of counselors for all of these and would appreciate the help from any qualified individual.

No Eagle Scout board of review can be done without the Eagle Scout Application first being processed by the council office.  If you go to your board of review without your application being processed your board of review will be cancelled or not valid and will have to be completed again.

If you have any questions regarding this or any other advancement issue, please make sure to contact us.  We are always available to help you with any questions that you may have.  Our Staff Advisor, Joe Stocchero, can put you in touch with your District Advancement Chair if you don’t know who it is.  Please contact him at

Hey, Cub Scouts, did you know you can earn an achievement award with your baseball cards collection? Boy Scouts, you can earn a merit badge with your special collection of cards. Visit for more information!

Work towards your archaeology badge with the Scout programs at the Oriental Institute. Scouts will experience a simulated dig in the Kipper Family Archaeology Discovery Center, visit the museum’s world-renowned galleries, and participate in activities like a scavenger hunt and ceramic reconstruction. Fees: $15/Scout for a two hour program including our simulated dig program. Click here for more information.

Badge Days at The Field will have Boy Scouts trekking across the Museum with fun scavenger hunts, exploring natural sciences through hands-on activities, and experiencing a behind-the-scenes tour with a Field Museum scientist. Scouts will receive: Program supplies, Behind-the-scenes tour of special restricted collections areas, Basic Admission to The Field Museum, a "Badge Day at The Field" patch, and free parking in Soldier Field. Badges offered are: Mammal Study, Indian Lore, Geology, and Environmental Science (requires two sessions to complete the badge). Click here for additional details.

One Saturday a month Vertical Endeavors in Warrenville hosts a five-hour class in which a Boy Scout from any troop can meet all of the requirements for the BSA Climbing Merit Badge. Badge requirements include: belaying, rappelling, knot tying, rope management & more. They recommend Scouts be at least 12 years old and have completed the First Aid Merit Badge. There must be a minimum of 6 participants to run the event. Click here to see available days and download a flyer that can be passed out to your Scouts. Contact Anita Johnson, Program Coordinator, at (630) 836-0122 or with questions or to sign up.

Dates: See below. (Dates are also available by special request - must have a minimum of 10 Scouts)
Cost: $20 per scout for one 2-hour programs; $30 per scout for two 2-hour programs or one 4-hour program.
Location: On-site at the Nature Museum.
Chaperones The Nature Museum requires 1 chaperone for every 5 Scouts.
Registration: To register for any of the 2012-2013 Boy Scout Badge Specific Events complete and return the Boy Scout Badge Event Registration form which can be found at Space is limited. Once a workshop is sold out it will be noted on the website.

Webelos Pin Day: Naturalist and Scientist | October 21, 2012 or February 2, 2013; 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Naturalist or Scientist; 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Naturalist or Scientist

Natural Sciences Merit Badge Day | November 11, 2012 or April 28, 2013; 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Mammal or Reptile/Amphibian; 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Mammal or Reptile/Amphibian
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Insect (April 28 only, includes 1 hour lunch break)


Fall is the time when many new Scouts and volunteers join Scouting.  It’s important to get your volunteers trained as soon as possible to ensure both the volunteer and the Scouts enjoy their time in Scouting.  Training makes the job of a volunteer that much easier and more fun and give them the tools to provide a great program for the Scouts!

Saturday, October 6th at 8am - Cub Scout leader basic training – hosted by Indian Trails District – Estelle Sieb Center (7750 West Irving Park Road, Norridge, IL)

Saturday, October 13th at 8am - Cub Scout leader basic training – hosted by River Trails District - Five Holy Martyrs' Hall (4327 S. Richmond Ave.)

Saturday, October 20th at 8am - Cub Scout  and Boy Scout leader basic training – hosted by North River District - St. Stans’ Kostka (1255 North Noble).

En Español - Octubre 20 a las 8am para los lideres de primero a cinco grado en la escuela St. Stan’s Kostka (1255 North Noble)

Saturday, November 10th at 8am - Cub Scout leader basic training – hosted by Indian Trails District – Estelle Sieb Center (7750 West Irving Park Road, Norridge, IL)

Just what is a Den Chief? A den chief is a Boy Scout that works with Den Leaders and a Cub Scout Den and when trained, becomes worth his weight in Gold! This is a one day, one stop training for every Boy Scout already involved with a Pack or would like to become a Den Chief. Den chief training will be offered on Saturday, October 6th at 8am – hosted by Indian Trails District – Estelle Sieb Center (7750 West Irving Park Road, Norridge, IL).  Click here for the flyer.

The University of Scouting offers practical courses to help Scouters lead unit activities.  It’s a day of FUN and FELLOWSHIP! 
When: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Who: For ALL Adult Scout Leaders, all Commissioners, District & Council leaders
Where: Veteranos Memorial Campus, 4248 W. 47th St., Chicago, IL 60632
More information: University Handbook
For more info or to help out please contact Dave Ducat at or 773.744.7667 (cell)

BALOO will be offered on November 10th at the Estelle Sieb Center on 7750 West Irving park Road, Norridge, IL. BALOO is Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation for Cub Scout pack leaders. This course presents information for a pack on the safe planning, organization, and skills necessary to take a pack on a safe outing or campout. As of January 1, 2009, it is necessary for one person in a pack that is going on a campout, to have BALOO training in order to obtain a tour permit. Click here for the registration form. For questions, contact Shar Wyatt 708-453-5121,

The next Wood Badge course will be offered August 16-18th and September 20-22, 2013. Wood Badge is the premier adult leadership development course for the Boy Scouts of America. It teaches contemporary leadership and team-building skills in a comfortable outdoor setting, where learners become members of their own troop. Wood Badge's effectiveness as an effective leadership development experience has been applauded by industry training professionals. Its positive influence on graduates' individual unit-level program is unparalleled. Click here for more information.

Did you recently receive a postcard stating you need to take a training that you’ve already taken? If so, update your training record by visiting Remember, if you took training online, you DO NOT need to fill out this form – just enter your BSA member id number in your MyScouting profile and it will update your record at the council office automatically.

Please check out the website for the training requirements. and go under program, then training. You can download the training requirement PDF.

Looking for training near you? Visit the Council Training Page or for upcoming sessions.

The BSA online learning center is where you can take various online courses. All of these courses are now found through your MyScouting page at In order for your training to be recorded, you must have entered your member ID number into the MyScouting system.


Have you ever had a program idea for Owasippe Summer Camp? The camping committee is interested in your ideas. If you have any program ideas please share them with the camping committee. Ideas can be sent in at any time but most ideas will be considered for the 2014 season. Please send the New Owasippe Program Proposal form to the Council Office.

Individuals who are interested in working on camp staff are invited to attend the first interview day:
Saturday, November 24th.  Chicago Area Council Service center at 1218 West Adams Street, Chicago.  9 AM until 2 PM.

Applicants are welcome to come by any time within that time frame.  Interviews generally take 20 minutes but applicants should plan on being there for about an hour.  Please bring an application and 3 letters of reference if possible.  An application must be filled out and turned in to participate in an interview.  Applications can be found online here.  Please contact the camping department with any questions.

Do you have a favorite Scoutmaster you want to recognize, a loved one who has gone to the great council fire, or perhaps a staff person who made a difference? Or would you like to have your own name or troop number solidified in Owasippe history? Now you can remember that person or event that meant so much with a brick on the Owasippe 100th Anniversary patio.

The Owasippe 100th Anniversary Patio began as a part of Owasippe Scout Reservation’s 100 th Anniversary celebration in 2011. This is a great opportunity to document your time at Owasippe Scout Reservation or honor a family member or volunteer in a brick that will be permanently installed in in the Ad Center Complex at Owasippe Scout Reservation. These bricks will help to pave the way for Owasippe’s future as all proceeds from this program will go to endow Owasippe Scout Reservation. Fill out the order form and submit it to the council office or visit to order yours today!

The Chicago Area Council contingent dates for 2013 are Monday, July 15th through Saturday, July 27th. These dates do not include time necessary to travel to and from Philmont Scout Ranch and are tentative. Philmont is located in northeaster New Mexico, just outside of a small town called Cimarron. The property covers about 214 square miles and ranges in elevation from approximately 6,000 feet above sea level at base camp to 12,441 feet above sea level on top of Mt. Baldy. Considered “high desert” area, temperatures in the summer range from 90+ during the day to 40 at night, depending on the area of the ranch where you are traveling.

Who can participate?
This contingent is available to any registered member of the BSA. Philmont participants must be at least 14 years old by January 1 of the year they attend, or have completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation. There are no rank requirements, only the age minimum. Each unit can send up to 6 people, but no more than 2 adults.

What is the cost?
We will collect approximately $1200 per participant in payments. The first payment, a $100 deposit, is due immediately and is non-refundable. The final payment will be due on May 1st. This money will cover all expenses EXCEPT personal gear and souvenirs at Philmont.

Click for the Youth Application and the Adult Application. For more details, contact Chris Townsend at

Get ready! The 2013 National Scout Jamboree is coming and it ain't your father's jamboree. We're talking seriously high adventure, people! Whitewater rafting, zip-lining, rappelling, mountain biking, hiking, and more - with 50,000 of your closest friends at the brand new Summit Bechtel Reserve in the wilds of West Virginia.

There is still time to sign up for the Jamboree. Please see the council or The Summit website for more information on how to sign up for the Jamboree. There are still spots available for this excited opportunity of a life time!

Want to know more about how the jamboree will be laid out? Want to know here your will be climbing, mountain biking or running the zip line? Here is a great new interactive map to show you all exciting events happening at the jamboree!

When: July 15 -24, 2013
Where: The Summit Bechtel Family National Scouting Reserve, Beckley, West Virginia

For the latest information, pictures and videos check out the Summit websites:
Council Jamboree Page:


The council currently has reserved space for 1 crew. Youth positions are on a first come first served basis. If you know of any youth who may be interested we recommend they register ASAP! All interested persons should log onto the summit website at and complete registration there. It’s easy and pain free!

Order of the Arrow

October 19 & 20, 2012
Our Lady Mother of the Church
8748 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago

A Trade-O-Ree is an event where people buy, sell and trade Boy Scout memorabilia. It is a great place to acquire items, meet friends and learn about our hobby. The Owasippe Lodge Trade-O-Ree offers an opportunity for all Scouters and Scouts to see impressive and historical scouting memorabilia from Camp Owasippe, NOAC, Jamborees and other Regional and National Scouting Events. Many of these items will be up for trade or sale and the admission for you is FREE. Unit leaders should bring their Scouts and see some of Scouting’s history.

8 foot tables are available for rent to those who are interested in displaying and trading their personal collection of scouting memorabilia.  For more information contact John Kennedy at (815) 544-3918 or download the flyer.

Owasippe lodge is in the process of updating the “Where to go Camping Guide”. The main purpose of the guide is to provide unit leaders with a consolidated listing of information regarding local camping information. You can help us.  If there is any exciting place or high adventure that your unit or you have experienced and would like to share it with other leaders please send the location and contact information to your local chapter chief and adviser or to the lodge through Ted Kumzi at


October 3               Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – 1218 W Adams   
October 19-20        Lodge Trade-O-Ree – Our Lady Mother of the Church - 8748 W Lawrence Ave., Chicago
November 3           LLD—University of Scouting
November 7           Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – 1218 W Adams   
November 17         Lodge Vigil Dinner – European Chalet


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Scout Shop

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The new 2013 Collectors Caps are in! Whether you are a serious collector or just want a really nice new hat, this one is a win win!
Maybe you are new to Cub Scouting and need a new hat for when you are out and about, the Cub Scout Collectors Cap is a great fit for everyone!
It may be getting cooler outside but you lose more water in the cold than you do the heat! Stay hydrated with the Cub Scout Camelback Bottle and show off your Cub Scout pride!
A great Mess Kit for Cub Scouts is the Cub Scout Snack Set! Don’t let that delicious cobbler get away from you!
The Eagle Scout Centennial History Book makes a great gift for the new Eagle Scout! Let them know they are a significant part of history by letting them know what happened in the 100 years before them! Find out what other new items we just got in by visiting the Chicago Scout Shop!

The Chicago Scout Shop is always accepting applications for Sales Associates.
Shifts vary Monday - Saturday. Applicants must be; Reliable, Friendly, Energetic and familiar with the program.
Helpful Pluses: Retail Experience and Fluent in Spanish. Applications available upon request.

Registering your advancements online or turning in an advancement form is the only way Scouts are credited with advancing in rank and completing Merit Badges. This is true for all program levels. Please show an online printout or paper copy of the Advancement Report when purchasing advancements so we can help to ensure that your Scouts receive the proper credit at the Council office.

M-W & F: 8:30am-5pm
Thursday: 8:30am-7pm
Sat: 9:30am-3pm
Call for Holiday Hours of Operation

The Chicago Scout Shop is for use by Scout families, volunteer leaders and Council staff, so that they may deliver the best Scouting program possible. Please let us know how we may assist you. (312) 738-3324

For information on the Scout Shop and National Supply click here.

Contact Information

Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
1218 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL.
Ph 312-421-8800
Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
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