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eScouter - December 2012


Calendar

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


News

CLOSURES
The Steve Fossett Center for Scouting will be closed on the following:
Friday, December 7th at 12 Noon.    The Steve Fossett Center for Scouting will reopen on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 8:30AM.
Monday, December 24th  through Tuesday, January 1, 2013.  The Steve Fossett Center for Scouting will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 8:30AM.

The Scout Shop will be closed on the following:
Monday, December 24th through Tuesday, December 25th.  The Scout Shop will reopen on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 8:30AM.
Tuesday, January 1, 2012.  The Scout Shop will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 8:30AM.

EAGLE SCOUT RECOGNITION DINNER
On January 10, 2013 NESA Chicago will celebrate the accomplishments of the latest Eagle Scout class from the Chicago Area Council. NESA Chicago is the Chicago Chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association. The dinner will be held at the Union League Club of Chicago and our keynote speaker is Brad Lichota, Eagle Scout and Past National Chief of the Order of the Arrow . Anyone is welcome to attend as a sponsor. All new Eagle Scouts will receive an invitation in the mail based on when they earned their Eagle. Scouts and sponsors can click here for more information or to RSVP.


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 all 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.

ANNOUNCING THE 2013 CAMP CARD CAMPAIGN
Camp Cards will be ready for distribution in January. Be on the lookout for flyers during December district gatherings. A longer sales cycle, new vendors and longer expiration periods are sure to make sales grow. New management strategies will also reduce collection issues. Get more information or pre-order by going on line at www.chicagobsa.org/campcard or calling Myriam at x 209.

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
Ad Altare Dei and pope Pius XII Board of Review information:
Ceremony:
The award ceremony will be Sunday, January 27th 2013, at 2:30pm at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago for St. George, AAD and pope Pius XII recipients.
Attire for BOR:
Every Scout should be in full uniform. They will need their books properly completed including the survey on the last page.
Fees:
The Medal fee is $18.00. Please make checks out to OFCYM.
Board of reviews for CAC:
Monday, December 3th, 2012 from 7-9pm
Queen of All Saints Basilica Benedict Center, 6280 North Sauganash
Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646
Mark Kramer, Training.ACCS@gmail.com , 312-608-0834, will supervise
this board of review.

Monday, December 10th, 2012 from 7-9
St. Mary Star of the Sea, 6424 S. Kenneth Ave.
Mary Tyeptanar, 773-284-1872, will supervise this board of review.


Please visit our new website at  https://sites.google.com/site/chiaccs/

POPCORN 2012
Units may continue taking orders through December.  We will continue to reorder popcorn as needed through Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  We have some of all flavors on hand at present, so let us know what you need.

SPECIALS WHILE SUPPLY LASTS:
Double Caramel Crunch: Buy 5, get 3 Free
Kettle Corn: Buy 4, get 2 Free

ALPHA PHI OMEGA ALUMNI EVENT
On Sunday, December 16, members of the Chicagoland Area Alumni Association and other alumni and active members from the area gather to celebrate the founding of Alpha Phi Omega. Each December since 1997, we've been meeting under the street sign marking Frank Reed Horton Way for a photo.  Please join us at 6:30p.m. at the southwest corner of Halsted and Harrison.  We'll then walk to Giordano's at 815 W. Van Buren St. for dinner.  (If you're driving, plan to pay $5 to park at the Giordano's lot, then walk ~2 blocks south over the expressway for the photo). 

*Dinner will be $19/person. Children under 7 are two for one, and children under 2 are free. This price includes pizza, salad, soda, tax, and tip.

Interested alums should visit www.apochicagoalumni.org to register for the event.

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 forThe 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.


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. Unit commitment form.


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.

2012 SCOUT NIGHT WITH THE LOYOLA RAMBLERS
On Friday, January 11, you are invited to participate in a night of fun at the brand new Gentile Center that will include discounted tickets to a Loyola Ramblers men's basketball game, a commemorative patch, and a post-game free throw experience on the main floor. Purchase tickets online at www.ramblerstix.com/scouts or download an order form.

COLOR GUARD OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE LOYOLA RAMBLERS
Is your unit looking for an opportunity to present the colors at a public event?  The Loyola Ramblers are looking for Scout units to present the colors at their upcoming games.  Color Guard will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis and the unit must purchase tickets to the game they present the colors as (ask about matching the Scout Night rate!).  Current available dates are: 12/1, 12/15, 1/5, 1/11 (Scout Night), 1/26, 1/30, 2/2, 2/19, 2/23, and 3/2.  For availability questions or to sign up, contact Mark Turenne at 773-508-2439 or mturenne@luc.edu.


2013 COUNCIL SKI TRIP
What's that sound? It's your skis hitting the slopes! Wanna have fun over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend? Come to the council's annual ski trip on January, 21, 2013 from 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Sunburst Ski Resort in Kewaskum, WI. More information and registration.


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!

SAVE THE DATE FOR SCOUT NIGHT WITH THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX!
The 2013 Scout Night with the Chicago White Sox will take place on Saturday, April 20.  More information and order forms will be available soon.  Don't miss out on the fun!


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

Any Scout who was awarded a Lowes Grant gift card must have all of your paper work including original receipts, before and after photos, and your Eagle Project Workbook turned into the council office by December 20th. This paper work must be turned in even if you are not ready for your Eagle board of review.  Your paper work will be returned to you afterwards.

All Eagle applications and paper work must be turned into the council office for approval prior to any Eagle Scout board of review can be completed.  This paper work must be complete and legible.  If anything is missing or unable to be read, it will be returned to the Scout.  There is a 7-10 day turn around for all complete paperwork to be processed.

The cooking merit badge will be a required badge for all Scouts on January 1, 2014.  If a Scout has not earned Eagle by that date, then he will need to complete this badge in order to do so.  The total number of merit badges required for the Eagle Scout Award will remain at 21.  Instead of 12 Eagle required badges and 9 elective badges, a Scout will have to earn 13 Eagle required and 8 elective badges.

The sustainability merit badge will join environmental science as an Eagle Scout option after it is released at the 2013 Jamboree.  The requirements for this badge have not yet been released.

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.

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 | 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

2013 SCOUTMASTER SPECIFIC TRAINING
Who should take this course: Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. This is required to help your unit earn the Journey to Excellence Award. Recommended for Venture leaders who specialize in outdoor activities and Webelos leaders getting ready to move into Boy Scouts. Please have the Boy Scout handbook and the Scoutmasters handbook with you for the class. And of course be in uniform. The training is on Saturday Feb.16, 2013 -
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM at 4516 N. Claremont, Queen of Angels Lower Church enter on Claremont next to garage. (Free parking at Sunnyside and Western). Click here to download the registration form. For any Questions please call Steve Fee at 773-545-9122 or e-mail at SteveFee@aol.com

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.

2013 BASIC TRAINING EXTRAVAGANZA
This Basic Training Extravaganza is a council-wide training day dedicated to conducting training for adult leaders in all phases of the Scouting family. On March 9th at St. Stan’s Kostka (Division and the Kennedy Expressway), 1255 North Noble St., Chicago, Illinois 60632. Please Car Pool. This is the opportunity to attend leader-specific training to prepare you for your opportunities and responsibilities relating to your leadership position.  This single day is packed with an abundance of information for leaders who want to provide the best program possible for their Scouts. You can register for all the basic trainings for Cub Scout, Boy Scouts and Venturing. There is even Charter representative Training offered! And best yet the Cub Scout trainings are also offered in Spanish! Click here to download the registration form. For any questions please contact Bob Kurth at smask1244@yahoo.com or Ernest Espinoza at eernest@bsamail.org

En Español – 2013 Basico de Cub Scouts - March 9th, 2013  Tenemos entrenamiento basico para los lideres de primero a cinco grado en espanol! El entrenamiento esta ofrecido en la Universidad de Scouting en la St. Stan’s Kostka (Division and the Kennedy Expressway), 1255 North Noble St., Chicago, Illinois 60632

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.

NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING
NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well. NYLT will have one session this year.  July 28- August 3, 2013 at Owasippe.  Download an application or pick one up at the Council Service Center.  They must be signed by the unit leader before submitting them with deposit! For more information, please contact: Mike Brus, Course Director at (708) 212-6432 or mike86m2@prodigy.net

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 Day Camp. 

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, January 19th.  The interviews will be held at the Chicago Area Council Service center located 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 at https://summit.scouting.org and complete registration there. It’s easy and pain free!


Order of the Arrow

OWASIPPE LODGE WINTER BANQUET
Calling all Arrowmen, their family and guests!  This year’s Lodge Winter Banquet and Vigil Calling out Ceremony will be held at the Sabre Room, 8900 West 95th Street, Hickory Hills on Sunday January 6th, 2013. The cost is $23.00 per person. Since the council office will be closed for the holidays from December 24th through January 2nd, your reservation must be returned no later than December 19th. The Banquet will celebrate the lodge’s accomplishments in 2012.  Mark your calendar and come out for great afternoon of fun, enjoy a great dinner and join in the celebration and fellowship with other Arrowmen from across our council. Download the reservation form or get it through your local OA chapter.

LODGE DUES
To be considered an active member of the lodge and be entitled to wear the lodge flap and sash, your dues must be paid annually.  By paying your dues on time you directly support the activities and programs of the lodge as well as you are able to attend events, receive all mailings, and purchase lodge properties such as patches, flaps, etc. You must also be registered in a pack, troop, crew, team, or as a member at large in order to be considered an active member of the lodge. Each year Owasippe Lodge provides needed service and materials in support of Camps at Owasippe.  Your dues help us to maintain these efforts. From lodge dues, merchandise sales and fund raising efforts Owasippe Lodge contributed more than $7,000 in materials at camp in 2012.

Take time to fill out the 2013 dues form and return it to the Council Service Center today or pay online.  Encourage all the OA inducted members in your unit to do the same. OA Dues Forms are available on the council web site or at the council service center.

UPCOMING LODGE EVENTS
December 5     Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – Steve Fossett Center, 7:30 PM
January 6         2012 Lodge Winter Banquet – Sabre Room, Hickory Hills, 2:00 PM
February 6       Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – Steve Fossett Center, 7:30 PM


Districts

ArrowheadWebpage - Calendar

Fort Dearborn Webpage - Calendar

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Tis this season to show your Scouting spirit! Show your scouting spirit in your Holiday festivities with these Scouting Ornaments, available in different styles and only available for a Limited time! Send your friends and family these Scouting Holiday Cards to spread the Holiday cheer! Bring the holiday music wherever you go this year with these new GZ Rock Speakers! Stay warm this holiday season with the Kelty Sleeping Bag Liner that is easy and will keep you cozy for when the nights get cold!

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

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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
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