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eScouter - November 2012


Calendar

To view the council calendar, visit www.chicagobsa.org or click here.


News

SILVER BEAVER NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
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 shayna.hofmeister@scouting.org.

COUNCIL VENTURING LEADERSHIP AWARD NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
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.

Qualifications:
- 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.

2013 COUNCIL ANNUAL DINNER
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.

2013 NESA EAGLE SCOUT SCHOLARSHIPS

The applications for the 2013 NESA Eagle Scout scholarships are now available at www.nesa.orgThese are the only scholarship applications acceptable in 2013. The applications must be printed and mailed to the national office when completed.   All applicants are required to be Eagle Scouts and NESA members. All scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than midnight on December 31, 2012.  If you have any questions, please call the NESA office at 972-580-2032.

CATHOLIC COMMITTEE ON SCOUTING
Thank you to everyone who helped make the St. Mary of the Lake fishing derby a great success. For   many families, this was the first time they have visited the beautiful grounds of the Chicago Archdiocese Seminary.

Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII Awards
Board of Reviews in the Chicago Area Council will take place on December 3rd and December 30th.  More information.  The award ceremony will be Sunday, January 27th, 2013 at 2:30 pm at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago for St George, AAD and PPXII recipients. More information about the ceremony will follow as we get closer.

CAMP CARD 2013
Look for more information at November Roundtables on the launch of our 2013 Camp Card Campaign.


BSA DISCOVER® PREPAID CARD
We’re proud to announce that the BSA Discover® Prepaid Card is coming!  With the Scout Prepaid Card, parents will be teaching their Scout how to manage money wisely. This is NOT a credit card, but a prepaid, reloadable card that can be replenished from any bank account. It’s a great way for Scouts to manage their daily spending, and it’s safer and more convenient than carrying cash.  Get your Scout a BSA Discover Prepaid Card today by clicking on the Order Now button at www.ScoutsAreThrifty.com.

Also, be on the lookout for more information regarding the new Boy Scouts of America Credit Card. In addition to all of the existing rewards and benefits Discover offers, this card will offer a Scouts Rewards section where cardholders may donate their points to a council or purchase Scout Shop products with their points.

POPCORN 2012
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.
-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 leaders registering 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.

INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING
Through the BSA's International Department, American Scouts and international Scouts are provided a common resource of programs, funding, and training that increases and enhances their experience in the brotherhood of Scouting.  Some of these programs include the 2015 World Scout Jamboree, Messengers of Peace and JOTA-JOTI.  More information about International Scouting opportunities can be found at www.chicagobsa.org/international.    

UNITED WAY
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.

DONATE YOUR CAR TO SUPPORT SCOUTING
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 (J2E)
“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.

NESA CHICAGO
If you’re an Eagle Scout, we’d love to have you join us. Check out our website, nesachicago.org, join our groups on Facebook (facebook.com/NESAChicago) and LinkedIn (search for NESA Chicago), or send us an email, nesachicago@scouting.org.


Activities

AMERICORPS SAFE FAMILIES PROGRAM
The AmeriCorps Safe Families Program works to help community members prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies.  American Red Cross AmeriCorps members teach a number of classes in health, safety, and disaster education
. All program instructions are free of charge, however you are encouraged to purchase course materials for each student to gain an optimal learning experience.  More information about American Red Cross AmeriCorps classes.

SCOUT DAYS AT MEDIEVAL TIMES
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.

FREE SCOUT MOVIE DAY
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: http://www.portagetheater.org/HomePrintable flyer.

SCOUTING FOR FOOD – DECEMBER 2012
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!


SCOUT NIGHT WITH THE CHICAGO SOUL FC
Chicago Soul FC, Chicago’s new professional soccer team, is thrilled to announce its first annual Scout Night! The event will be held at the Sears Centre Arena on Friday, December 14, 2012. Come watch the Soul take on rival and reigning league champions, the Milwaukee Wave. The game will feature the original 1966 Batmobile! The Soul will also present Dilly Bar Night, during which Dairy Queen Dilly Bars will be given out at the door to the first 1,000 fans under age 11. Benefits for Scouts include: Discounted ticket prices ($22 at box office), opportunity to “Camp Out” on the field after the game, and the announcement of your unit over the PA system during the game.  See the event flyer for more information.


SCOUT DAY WITH THE UIC FLAMES
The UIC Flames have dedicated the game on December 15th to the Boy Scouts.  The game will take place at 1pm.  On this day, 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.


THE WORLD FAMOUS HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS ARE BRINGING THEIR 2013 TOUR TO THE CHICAGO AREA!
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 registration and group experience information.

BUNKING WITH THE BUTTERFLIES AT THE PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM
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 overnights@naturemuseum.org 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

2012 SCOUT DAY WITH THE CHICAGO WOLVES
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!


SCOUTS SAVE OVER 25% OFF REGULAR ADMISSION AT THE SHEDD AQUARIUM
The
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.


Advancement

All merit badge counselors must have valid youth protection training.  They must also be at least 21 years old.  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.

It is imperative that all units record their youth’s advancement.  If you need your online code for advancement please contact Joe Stocchero.  If you are unable to record advancements online, please make sure to complete the handwritten report and turn it into the council for proper recording.

Merit badge counselor training will be offered at University of Scouting on November 3rd, 2012.  If you would like to attend please make sure to register for the training as soon as possible.

The advancement committee will be holding another advancement training day on February 23, 2013.  This training will include basic advancement training, Life to Eagle training, merit badge counselor training, and youth protection training.  Please see the flyer for more information and to register.

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 joseph.stocchero@scouting.org.

BASEBALL CARD CLUBHOUSE
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 www.baseballcardclubhouse.com for more information!

ARCHAEOLOGY BADGE WORKSHOP AT THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE
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.


CLIMBING MERIT BADGE WITH VERTICAL ENDEAVORS
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 anita@verticalendeavors.com with questions or to sign up.

ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT THE PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM
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 http://www.naturemuseum.org/scouts/ Space is limited. Once a workshop is sold out it will be noted on the website.

Webelos Pin Day: Naturalist and Scientist |  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)


Training

UPCOMING BASIC TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
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!

En Español - Noviembre 3 Tenemos entrenamiento basico para los lideres de primero a cinco grado en espanol!  El entrenamiento esta ofrecido en la Universidad de Scouting en la Academia de UNO en 5050 S. Homan Academy, Chicago, IL 60632.

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)

2012 UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING
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: UNO Soccer Academy, 5050 S. Homan Ave., Chicago, IL 60632
More information: University Handbook
For more info or to help out please contact Dave Ducat at d.ducat@comcast.net or 773.744.7667 (cell)


2012 BAWOW TRAINING
BAWOW training takes all the great information in the BALOO Outdoor Training and combined it with the Outdoor Webelos Leader Training. BAWOW will be offered on November 10th at the Estelle Sieb Center in Norridge. 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 to download the registration form.

TRAINER’S EDGE
Calling all trainers, calling all trainers! Thinking about being a trainer? Place on your calendar for the next upcoming Trainer’s EDGE for Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 at the Council office. Download the registration form for additional details. For any questions please contact Bob Kurth at smask1244@yahoo.com or Ernest Espinoza at eernest@bsamail.org.

INTRODUCTION TO OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (IOLS) OFFERED APRIL 26-28, 2013
IOLS is a hands-on program giving adult leaders the practical skills needed to lead Scouts in the outdoors. Required for scoutmasters and assistant scoutmasters to be considered trained, this course is recommended for anyone working with Scouts at outdoor activities or campouts. This weekend of camping, learning and fun will be held at Camp Big Timber in Elgin - April 26 -28, 2013. Click here for more information.


WOOD BADGE COURSE OFFERED IN 2013
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.

UPDATE YOUR TRAINING RECORD
Did you recently receive a letter stating you need to take a training that you’ve already taken? If so, update your training record by visiting www.chicagobsa.org/update. 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.

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

COUNCIL AND DISTRICT TRAININGS
Looking for training near you? Visit the Council Training Page or www.chicagobsa.org/training-dates for upcoming sessions.

MYSCOUTING.ORG ONLINE TRAINING
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 www.myscouting.org. In order for your training to be recorded, you must have entered your member ID number into the MyScouting system.


Camping

SUMMER CAMP DATES
As many of you know the Chicago Public Schools have adjusted their school year with classes ending on June 24th 2012.  This does affect dates for both Owasippe summer camp and Day Camp.  Below are the official dates for Boy Scout summer Camp, Webelos Camp and the North Side and South Side Day Camps.

Owasippe Boy Scout Summer Camp
Period 1 June 23 – June 29
Period 2 June 30 – July 6
Period 3 July 7 – July 13
Period 4 July 14 – July 20
Period 5 July 21 – July 27
Period 6 July 28 – August 3

Although the dates do conflict with the end of CPS, we feel that the number of units that would be affected is acceptable.  Units that have a conflict period 1 will have priority for unreserved sites for period 2 or the rest of the summer.

Owasippe Webelos Summer Camp
Session 1 July 8 – July 12
Session 2 July 15 – July 19
Session 3 July 22 – July 26

North Side Day Camp
June 25 – June 28

This moves the North Side Day Camp back one week from its traditional dates but it will not conflict with the end of School and will cover that time period between CPS and the Chicago Park District summer programs.  Also note that day camp will last for four days instead of three. 

South Side Day Camp
July 16 – July 19

CAMP STAFF INTERVIEWS
Individuals who are interested in working on camp staff are invited to attend the first interview day: Saturday, November 24th.  The interviews will be held at the Chicago Area Council service center at 1218 West Adams Street, Chicago from 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.

OWASIPPE 100TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE PATIO
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 www.chicagobsa.org/brick to order yours today!

EXPERIENCE PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH IN 2013!
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 christian.townsend@scouting.org.


2013 NATIONAL JAMBOREE / GO BIG, GET WILD?
Ready to GET WILD? 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.

Sign up NOW! Spots stills available for this excited opportunity of a lifetime, but they are going fast. Please see the Council or The Summit website for more information. Register online at the Summit website. If you have signed up already but missed the first meeting, contact the council to be assigned to a troop, (312) 421-8800 ext 227.

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, near Beckley, West Virginia?
Cost: $1,300 total - $100 deposit made to Chicago Area Council at time of registration. Partial & equal payments due in Nov., Jan., Mar., and April.

For the latest information, pictures and videos check out the Summit websites:?
Council Jamboree Page: www.chicagobsa.org/jamboree?
Register Online: summit.scouting.org
Council Facebook: www.facebook.com/2013JamboreeChicagoAreaCouncil
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheBechtelSummit?
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TheBechtelSummit

VENTURING AT THE 2013 NATIONAL JAMBOREE
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 a summit.scouting.org and complete registration there. It’s easy and pain free!


Order of the Arrow

UNIT - CHAPTER COMMUNICATION
Remember that the Order of the Arrow serves Scouting; our role is to support Scouts, help them succeed, and offer them opportunities outside of the unit. Open communication between the chapter and unit leadership is critical for success.

The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.

As Scouting’s National Honor Society and as an integral part of every council, our service, activities, adventures and training for youth and adults will be models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich the lives of our members and help extend Scouting to America’s youth.


Every unit that has Order of the Arrow members should appoint one youth (under the age of 18) to serve as the OA Troop Representative and one Adult (age 21 or older) to serve as the Troop Representative Adviser.  The OA Troop Representative Adviser is a new, official BSA adult position of responsibility to guide the youth troop representative and be a voice of the Order at the adult level in the troop structure.

The OA Troop Representative can also be an official leadership position within the troop and youth can earn time towards their leadership rank requirements just as with den chief, troop scribe, or any other recognized leadership position.

There are numerous possibilities for the job description of the OA Troop Representative and his Adviser in your unit. The beauty is that it is flexible enough to allow a unit to fine-tune the exact responsibilities. However, the most basic tasks of the representative will be to coordinate service opportunities within the unit, to coordinate unit involvement with the Order of the Arrow, including unit elections, camping promotions, and inductions, to request of the lodge and chapter the resources to help meet unit needs, and to report back to the lodge and chapter on the success of their program. An OA Troop Representative can also:

  • Provide high adventure presentations to the unit.
  • Coordinate the Ordeal induction process for newly elected candidates.
  • Participate in unit members’ paths to Brotherhood.
  • Lead community service projects for the unit.
  • Inform unit members of OA meetings and events.
  • Help keep updated OA membership of unit.
  • Communicate lodge membership dues process.
  • Serve as a liaison between the chapter and the unit.

Contact your local Chapter Adviser with your selection of your OA troop representative.

UPCOMING LODGE EVENTS
November 3           LLD—University of Scouting
November 7           Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – 1218 W Adams   
November 17         Lodge Vigil Dinner – European Chalet
December 5           Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – 1218 W Adams


Districts

ArrowheadWebpage - Calendar

Fort Dearborn Webpage - Calendar

Greater Southside Webpage - Calendar

Indian Trails Webpage - Calendar

Iroquois – Webpage - Calendar

North River Webpage - Calendar

River Trails Webpage - Calendar

Western Trails Webpage - Calendar

Exploring – Webpage - Calendar

Sea Scouts Webpage - Calendar


Scout Shop

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There is absolutely no reason to be uncomfortable while camping. Stay comfortable around the campfire in the Cub Scout or Boy Scout Camp Chairs! Complete with cup holders to hold your favorite beverage!
Do you think you have what it takes to go beyond the basic knot skills? Of course you do! Create useful camp gadgets with our new Knot Kits! Create survival bracelets to neckerchief slides!
It’s getting to be that time of the year! Some would say the most wonderful time of the year! Be proud of your scouting with our new BSA Ornament!
What is missing from your Holiday display of light up houses? How about a place for your Scouts to meet? Maybe a Trading Post or a Ranger Station? We now have all 3 to complete your collection of Scout Christmas Light-Up Houses!


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.

SCOUT SHOP HOURS:
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
www.chicagobsa.org.
Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
Council Employee Directory