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eScouter - January 2013


Calendar

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


News

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.

NESA CHICAGO ANNUAL PLANNING MEETING
Calling all Eagle Scouts!  We appreciate your participation with NESA Chicago and want to hear what you think. NESA Chicago is holding a planning session for the next year and beyond and want to understand which programs and events our fellow Eagles liked and what they would like to see in the future.
Join us on Saturday January 12 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM at the Council Service Center located at 1218 West Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois to share your thoughts. Pizza will be provided. Please check www.NESAChicago.org for more information. To register go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/480721838619314/ or email NESAChicago@Scouting.org.  We look forward to seeing you in January!


2012 SILVER BEAVER RECIPIENTS
The Silver Beaver Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award for 2012. The Silver Beaver is the highest award the Boy Scouts of America gives for service to youth in a local Council. The Silver Beaver recipients will be honored at the Council Annual Dinner. Those to be honored are:

  • Linda Helm - Greater Southside District
  • Don Kita - Arrowhead District
  • Frank Kriegseis - Arrowhead District
  • Carmine Macchiaroli - Indian Trails District
  • David Mroczkowski - Fort Dearborn District
  • Melvin Reynolds - Fort Dearborn District
  • Teri Ross - Fort Dearborn District

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.

COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY
In an effort to better understand how our volunteers would like to receive communications from the council, we are asking all volunteers to take a few moments to complete a short survey by February 15, 2013. Take the survey now!

CEREMONY SCOUTS NEEDED
Our industry dinner shows are the largest fund-raising events of the year for the Chicago Area Council. This is a great opportunity to showcase your Scouting participation in the opening ceremonies in front of prominent community and business leaders. These events will be held on Wednesday April 10 and Thursday April 11 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on 151 East Wacker Drive in the east tower Grand Ballroom. Ceremony Scouts and their leaders will need to arrive at 4:45 P.M. Dinner will be provided to Scouts and their accompanying leaders. Interested units should return the commitment form and will be contacted to confirm their participation.

COUNCIL EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD
On or before January 21 of each year, an Eagle Scout, his parents, or any registered BSA volunteer (with the Eagle Scout's permission) may submit his Eagle Scout leadership service project for consideration. The Scout must have passed his Eagle board of review in the prior calendar year (January 1 to December 31). Each council NESA committee will choose one winner from among the council nominees. The winner will receive a certificate and a bronze device for the Eagle Scout embroidered knot from the National Eagle Scout Association. All council winners will be considered for the Regional Eagle Scout Project of the Year Award. Council winners are encouraged to submit a link to an HD video about their project to the national NESA office.  Application.

2013 CAMP CARD CAMPAIGN

Camp cards will be ready for pick up as soon as January 14th at the council office. If you want your cards before January Roundtables go online, sign-up for the quantity you want and indicate your availably. Myriam or Steve will get back to firm-up. Get a jump on fundraising by signing up now at www.chicagobsa.org/campcard. Happy selling!

CATHOLIC COMMITTEE ON SCOUTING
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. Parking is available in the Cathedral lot, but we ask that you leave the lot immediately after the ceremony. * Do you know of a Catholic school or Church without Scouts and would benefit from having a Scouting program? If so please contact Joe Stocchero at 312-421-8800 ext 239 or joseph.stocchero@scouting.org * We have a new website for catholic Scouting - Please visit our new website at  https://sites.google.com/site/chiaccs/

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

SPECIALS WHILE SUPPLY LASTS:
Double Caramel Crunch: Buy 5 for $85, get 3 Free
Kettle Corn: Buy 4 for $68, get 2 Free
Sweet & Savory $25
Case of Butter Microwave (6) $63

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

MAD SCIENCE OF CHICAGO
Mad Science is on a mission to spark the imagination of Scouts everywhere. Our special events are perfect for Blue & Gold Dinners and awards events. We have workshops to help your Scouts achieve their Scientist Pins and Belt Loops.  All Mad Science programs are inquiry based, very interactive and hands-on! We bring everything to you and clean up afterwards. For more information please click here, call 773-227-3345, or email us at madscientist@mschicago.com.


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.


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: 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

SCOUT DAY AT MONSTER JAM!
Exclusive after-school show for Boy Scouts! Thurs., Feb 7, 2013 at Allstate Arena; Rosemont, IL. ALL Tickets SMASHED to $10! Order tickets online at www.monsterjam.com/chicagoscouts. Order NOW for great seats! Purchase tickets by 1/13/13 and automatically be placed in LUCKY 13 drawing "UPGRADE TO FRONT ROW SEATS" - maximum number of upgrades in one order is 13! Deadline to order is 01/31/13. Coordinated by Finch & Finch Group Sales. Email questions to: indygroupsales@sbcglobal.net.


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!

SCOUT NIGHT WITH THE CHICAGO CUBS

The 4th Annual Scout Night with the Cubs will be held Tuesday, August 13th at 7:05pm at Wrigley Field vs. the Cincinnati Reds.  Stay tuned for additional details and the order form!

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.

SCOUT AIR FEST 2014
Save the date for this all aviation camporee to be held at the Lewis University Airport, in Romeoville, IL, the weekend of August 8-10, 2014.  This event is open to all Scouts from Cubs to Venturing and everythin in between!  Check out the event website at www.scoutairfest.org. There is a video on the site that will fill you in with many of the details of the camporee.  If you are on Facebook, please like the event page "Scout Air Fest" and follow us on Twitter!!!  This will keep you in the loop as the event evolves.


Advancement

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.

Attention all Cub Scout leaders, Boy Scout leaders, Venture Crew leaders, and parents, do you know about the NOVA Awards? The Boy Scouts of America's NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with cool activities and exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. The hope is that the requirements and activities for earning these awards stimulates interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday living and the world around them. Counselors and mentors help bring this engaging, contemporary, and fun program to life for youth members

There are four Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM—science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

  • Cub Scout Nova awards: Science Everywhere, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go!
  • Boy Scout Nova awards: Shoot!, Start Your Engines, Whoosh!, and Designed to Crunch
  • Venturer Scout Nova awards: Launch!, Power Up, Hang On!, and Numbers Don't Lie

More information on these awards can be found at: http://www.scouting.org/stem/Awards/AboutNova.aspx

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.

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.

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)

2013 RAILROADING MERIT BADGE CLINIC

Are your Scouts interested in earning the RailRoading Merit Badge?  If so, mark Saturday, June 8, 2013 on your calendar.  Scouts will complete all requirements to earn the Railroading Merit Badge at the Chicagoland Lionel Railroad Club’s Train House in New Lenox, IL.  Scouts who wish to participate must pre-register.  Space is limited to 80 Scouts and it will fill up fast!  8AM check in and start at 9 AM to 4 PM approx   $15.00 per Scout includes lunch of 2 hot dogs, chips and a can of pop.  You will also receive a beautiful patch to commemorate this great day.  All participants need to have the Merit Badge Card signed by their Scout Master.  Click here for registration information.


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

FLORIDA SEA BASE AND PHILMONT TRAINING CENTER COURSES OFFERED IN 2013
The Florida sea base located in the warm weather of Florida has conference courses. The Philmont Training Center is located in the beautiful Mountains in Cimarron, New Mexico. For information on the training opportunities for this Winter and Summer please stop by the Council office and pick up your guide or e-mail Ernest Espinoza to send you information at eernest@bsamail.org.

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 second 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.

ANNUAL WORK WEEKEND/VIGIL INDUCTIONS - MAY 24-27
Owasippe Lodge, Order of the Arrow, would like to invite all members & non-members (anyone who loves Owasippe) to come out and help prepare Owasippe Scout Reservation for another great year of summer camp and join in all the brotherhood, fun, and fellowship that will take place (Hiking, Boating, Fishing, Campfires, Pudgy Palooza, Games, etc.).  All interested Scouts and Scouters, skilled and unskilled can sign up by filling out a registration form

LODGE PICNIC TABLE PROJECT
The lodge continues a goal to replace 100 picnic tables at Owasippe. The need is great. Last summer we were able to build 30 new tables.  The new tables were placed in Camp Carlen for Webelos Camp and provided a first time, first class impression of Owasippe to the future Boy Scouts in our council.    Again, with your help, we can come even closer to this goal; improving the quality of camp for all our scouts at Owasippe. You or your unit can support this project by making a donation in any amount, large or small, to help defray the cost of the materials. The labor to assemble the tables will be provided by the lodge during the Work Weekend of 2013. The estimated cost for materials to build one table is $225.

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
January 6         2012 Lodge Winter Banquet – Sabre Room, Hickory Hills, 2:00 PM
January 26       Winter Council of Chiefs Meeting – Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells
February 6        Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – Steve Fossett Center, 7:30 PM
Feb 22 -24        NLS - Geneva Center, Rochester, Indiana
March 6            Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – Steve Fossett Center, 7:30 PM
April 3               Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – Steve Fossett Center, 7:30 PM
April 19-21       Section C7 Conclave
May 1               Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – Steve Fossett Center, 7:30 PM
May 24 – 27     Memorial Day Work Weekend – Owasippe Scout Reservation


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We know how cold Chicago winters tend to be, but you still want to be supporting your favorite teams! Stay comfy and warm at those outdoor games with our BSA Stadium Seat! Thank everyone for all their wonderful work and gifts this year with our Boxed Holiday Cards to show how much your loved ones are appreciated! It’s that season again! PINEWOOD DERBY! Everyone’s favorite time of the Cub Scout Year! Remember that the Scout Shop has all the tools you will need to make that car faster, better looking, and number one on the track! All of our associates know how to use every tool in the shop and can help you use them as well! Make your car look cool with our new PWD Decals and Templates! New weights have come in as well! Add that weight needed to make your car extra fast this year with our PWD Tungsten Weights! We do have the tools to cut out your pinewood derby car to whatever shape you desire, but if you want a pre-cut car, we have that as well! The PWD Wedge Kit offers a pre-cut wedge shape to get you ahead of the game! But check with your packs rules and regulations to see if they are acceptable to use! Good luck to all the racers out there!

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

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1218 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL.
Ph 312-421-8800
www.chicagobsa.org.
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