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eScouter - February 2013


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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

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.


The Bill of Rights Institute is excited to announce the launch of their BRAND NEW Eagle Scout Competition.  The competition is open to high school students who are Eagle Scouts, or Life Scouts who are planning or implementing their Eagle Scout project.  The competition asks applicants to answer several questions tied to the Citizenship and the Nation merit badge and their Eagle Scout project for a chance to win $1,000!  The winner can choose to receive the prize either entirely as a scholarship, or as a combination of scholarship and funding to put towards his Eagle Scout project.  As a bonus, the winner’s unit will receive $500!  The deadline is Sunday, February 10, 2013.  Apply online at  For questions or more information, email Brittany at


The 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program application is now available for qualified students.  The criteria of applicants are that they have financial need, are high ability, and are presently in the 7th grade.  The scholarship will support them academically through the 4 years of high school, they will have an educational advisor and will be able to participate in various programs that will enrich and prepare them to attend top tier universities.  The application deadline is March 21 and can be completed on line at:

Serve Illinois is happy to announce the launch of the Fourth Annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards nomination process.  These awards recognize individual volunteers and volunteer programs through a statewide award program to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois.  For the first time, there will also be awards for businesses that support service.  Visit for more information.

Within each age category, applications will be given special priority based on the areas below, in alignment with priority areas as defined by the Corporation for National and Community Service:

Economic Opportunity
Environmental Conservation
Disaster Preparedness/Response
Veterans Affairs

A panel of judges from across the state, comprised of Governor-appointed Commissioners, will select the award recipients.  Nominations will be accepted until February 15, 2013 by 5:00 PM CST at the address below.  The winners will be notified no later than March 30, 2013.   The Governor and Serve Illinois Commission will host a ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Springfield, Illinois to honor the 3rd Annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Award recipients and the organization they serve in April 18, 2013.

To learn more, read about past awardees, and nominate your volunteers, please visit

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!

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.


By now, CubMasters, ScoutMasters, Charter Reps and Committee Chairs should have all received a notice in the mail and a free sample. Inventories are moving much faster than last year. Surely the extended sales period (three full months), improved vendors, year-long expiration dates and prize incentives have something to do with it. Don’t find yourself without an option for those that say “I won’t be around to make your pancake breakfast or spaghetti dinner.” Objections like this are easily resolved with the camp card as an option. Call Myriam at 312-421-8800 x 209 to schedule a pick-up, Roundtable delivery or special arrangement. You can also order online at or drop a note to

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

Units should have received prizes from Trails End by now.  If your unit has not received its prizes, please contact Steve Adams, ext. 202.

Annually we ask our current members and their family members to help support Scouting through our Friends of Scouting campaign.  This year's campaign will begin on January 1st, 2013 and runs until June 1st, 2013.  Donors who contribute at specified levels will receive special recognition. There will be more information about recognition at your unit's FOS presentation.  In addition, this year we will have pacesetter units! These units will work on getting 100% of their unit's participation through the efforts of their pacesetter unit chairperson.  We are committed to providing you with high quality programs and service and your donations will help us continue to do so.  Donating is easy and we can also send you statements conveniently to your home and its tax deductible! You can also go online and give at or e-mail Ernest Espinoza for assistance at or call 214-907-9759.

As soon as you know when your Court of Honor or Blue and Gold Banquet is then please contact your Family Friends of Scouting Chairman/scheduler or your District Executive. Also, please recruit your unit Friends of Scouting chair to assist the presenter at our Family Presentations!

District Friends of Scouting Scheduler:
Arrowhead: Cathy Whicker:
Fort Dearborn: Joe Stocchero,
Greater Southside: Shani Smith, 773-721-4934
Indian Trails: Diane Gedroc:
Iroquois: Beltran Lori:
North River: Chris Jurek:
River Trails: Maria Lopez:
Western Trails: Lohr John:

For any questions please contact Ernest Espinoza at  or call 214-907-9759


Recharters are now due! Remember that the charter fee has been increased to $40. Membership fees for youth and adults are the same at $15 and Boy’s Life is also the same at $12. Please get with your District Commissioner or District Executive if you need help in your rechartering process. For more information or who your DC or DE is please contact Ernest Espinoza at or call at 214-907-9759.

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  

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

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

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

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


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 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:


On Saturday, February 16, you are invited to participate in a day 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. THE TROOP OR UNIT THAT PURCHASES THE MOST TICKETS WILL GET A SPECIAL FAN TUNNEL EXPERIENCE!  Purchase tickets online at or download an order form.

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: 2/2, 2/19, 2/23, and 3/2. For availability questions or to sign up, contact Mark Turenne at 773-508-2439 or

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!

The 2013 White Sox Scout Day will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2013 vs. the Minnesota Twins. The game will be played at 2:05pm. Upper box tickets will cost $17, outfield reserved tickets will cost $19 and lower box seats are $25 each. Come out and join thousands of families at this annual event that celebrates two great American traditions - Scouting and the Chicago White Sox. The first 1,800 orders will get the chance to parade on the field before the game and the first 1,800 Scout to arrive will receive a patch. Click here to download the registration form.


Please consider joining the Chicago Area Council’s Latino Leadership Committee at our 2nd annual 5k on April 27th. Centered in the heart of the Puerto Rican community, Humboldt Park offers Scouts and leaders a perfect opportunity to get some exercise in a safe environment.  We invite everyone to participate in both the race and Scouting obstacle course. Whether you are feeling competitive or just want to have some fun this event teaches us the importance of taking care of ourselves and our Earth. Encourage better health and fitness in your unit. Scouts 10 and under are free. Register at enter SCOUTPARENT for the adults ($5 off registration)and SCOUT for youth ages 11-18 ($3 off registration). Call Myriam with any questions 312-421-8800 x 209.

On Friday, June 21, you are invited to Scout Day with the Schaumburg Boomers.  The first 200 Scouts to order tickets will be entered for a chance to throw out the first pitch!  All Scouts will be able to participate in a parade, running the bases, and the post-game fireworks.  To top it off, it is super hero night!  For just $10 more, campout at the field overnight and enjoy a movie, s’mores and breakfast the next morning! Purchase tickets online at  or download an order form.


Interested in inspiring children to love, study, and protect animals and the environment? Lincoln Park Zoo's Conservation Camp is looking for a selective group of fun, energetic high school students to join the team as Conservation Camp Teen Volunteers. Conservation Camp Teen Volunteers will gain professional work experience along with assisting the camp groups, organizing activity materials, and inspiring children to learn.

All applicants must meet the following requirements.
•             Must be enrolled in high school.
•             Have a positive attitude and strictly adhere to Lincoln Park Zoo policies, procedures and guest-service standards.
•             Must be comfortable standing and traversing zoo grounds in all weather conditions.
•             Complete an online application, submit one letter of reference and a personal statement.
•             Successfully complete an interview with the Volunteer Services Manager or Manager of Public Programs.
•             Attend and complete a half day position specific training in the spring.
•             Must be available to volunteer during the summer months Monday-Friday 8:00am-3:30pm (1/2 hour break)

Spring Break Camp (Application Due March 11th)
March 25th-April 5th

Summer Camp (Application Due May 10th)
Session 1: June 10th – June 28th
Session 2: July 8th – July 26th
Session 3: July 29th – August 16th

If applying for Spring Break Camp please use same form as summer teen volunteers found on website:

For more information contact Andy Weber, Student Programs Facilitator, at 312-742-6230.

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!

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 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.


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.

It is the start of a new year.  Please make sure to get all advancements in as early as possible in order to have the youth’s record reflect all of their proper advancements.  All Webelos advancement including Arrow of Light MUST be turned in and recorded prior to the Scout’s being registered in a Boy Scout unit. 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.

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:

The cooking merit badge will be a required badge for all Eagle 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Webelos Pin Day: Naturalist and Scientist |  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)


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.


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

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 or Ernest Espinoza at

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 or Ernest Espinoza at

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

BAWOW training takes all the great information in the BALOO Outdoor Training and combined it with the Outdoor Webelos Leader Training. Offered on April 6th 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 for more information or to download the registration form.

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.

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

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

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

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 Remember, if you took training online, you DO NOT need to fill out this form – just enter your BSA member id number in your MyScouting profile and it will update your record at the council office automatically.

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

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

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


It is time to start thinking about summer camp program again and the Owasippe Leader Meetings are the best time to get up to date information on operations and programs for the 2013 season.  Units are encouraged to send their camp coordinator and Scoutmaster.  At the meeting you will be able to pick up your camp packet that includes important paperwork as well as the leader manual.  Members of the camp leadership team will be in attendance to go over the material and answer any and all questions you may have.

Meeting Dates and Locations

Tuesday February 26 - 7:00pm 
Grace Community Christian Church
2770 Montgomery Rd.
Aurora, IL 60504

Wednesday February 27 - 7:00pm
Steve Fossett Center for Scouting
1218 W. Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Thursday February 28 - 7:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
10000 S. Central Ave.
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Monday, March 4 - 7:00 pm
Our Lady Mother of the Church
8747 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago
(West of N. Cumberland)

Summer Camp Fees
Chicago Area Council Scouts: $265
Scout from Other Councils: $280
Adult Leader Fees: $160

Reserve a Site for Summer Camp
$100 Site Deposit is due at application.  The deposit is non-refundable after December 15th; the deposit will be applied to the balance of your troop fees.  Please note that a $100 deposit is due per site and per week.  Units staying in two sites for two weeks would owe a $400 deposit.

February Payment
All units must submit a payment of $30 for each youth and adult attending camp by February 28th. 

May Payment
Final payment must be submitted by May 31st.  This payment should include any camp cash certificates or campership credits. 

Late Fees
Payments received after May 31st will incur a $30 late fee per Scout.  Late fees will be assessed at unit settlement at the end of the week.  If you need an extension, you must call the camping department prior to May 31st.  Late fees will NOT be waived after the fact.  New Scouts pay regular fee.

New Scouts
Scouts who join the troop after January 1st of the year they attend camp are not subject to late fees.

Payments should be in the form of a check payable to Chicago Area Council.  They can be mailed to the council office at 1218 West Adams St.  Chicago IL, 60607. 

Deposits are non-refundable at any time.  Any Scout whose fees are paid who does not attend camp may receive a refund less $50 administrative fee to cover cost incurred for the program.  If a camper leaves camp for medical reasons after arriving, a pro-rated refund (less administrative expenses) based on days at camp can be requested in writing.  All refund requests must be made before November 1st. 

Camperships are granted because funding is provided, in part, by Friends of Scouting and the popcorn sale. Campership applications should be submitted by April 15, 2013. Decisions will be made by May 15, 2013. Only NEW SCOUT applications may be submitted after June 30th. When available funds are fully allocated, a waiting list will be maintained. Only the 2013 form will be considered by the campership committee. (Espanol.)

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

Individuals who are interested in working on camp staff can still apply.  Please send an application to the Scout office and contact Chris Townsend to set up an interview.  Interviews generally take 20 minutes but applicants should plan on being there for about an hour.  Please bring an application and 3 letters of reference if possible.  An application must be filled out and turned in to participate in an interview.  Applications can be found online here.  Please contact the camping department with any questions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:
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We are currently seeking an adult male crew leader for our national jamboree crew. Any interested leaders should contact Ken Nikiel @ 773-505-2661, or Chris Townsend @ the council office as soon as possible! The council currently has reserved space for 1 crew. Youth positions are on a first come first served basis. If you know of any youth who may be interested we recommend they register ASAP! All interested persons should log onto the summit website at and complete registration there. It’s easy and pain free!

One of the highlights in a Cub Scout’s year is the annual Cub Scout Day Camp. Give your Scouts what they are looking and asking for!

Cub Scouts in the Chicago Area Council can register for one or all three of the exciting day camps being offered in 2013. Each camp has different deadlines so please read carefully. This year we are announcing the New Twilight Camp that runs in the afternoon to evening! We have also added an entire extra day of fun and excitement.

FREE Leader's Meetings:
The Cub Scout Day Camp leaders’ meeting is an opportunity for parents and leaders to come by and get information about the 2013 Cub Scout camp program including meeting the camp directors and learning about the program. It also gives parents the opportunity to ask any questions that they might have regarding the program.

- North Side Day Camp Meeting - March 7th 7:30 pm - Norridge Park District (Overhill and Lawrence Ave)
- South Side Day Camp Meeting - March 28th 7:30 pm - First United Methodist Church, 100th & Central Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL
- Central Twi-Light Camp Meeting - March 19th 7:30pm – St. Stanislaus Kostka, in the library, 1255 N. Noble, Chicago, IL

The Camps:

North Side Day Camp @ North Park Village
Dates – Tuesday, June 25 - Friday, June 28, 2013
Tuesday 8:15am-3:30pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30am-3:15pm
5801 N. Pulaski Rd. Chicago, IL 60646
Early Bird Registration Deadline: April 15, 2013 Registration Deadline: June 17, 2013 Shirt Pick Up: will call
Camp Director: Shar Wyatt 708-453-5121
Business Mgr: Diane Gedroc 773-792-2957

Twilight Camp
Dates – Tuesday, July 9 - Friday, July 12, 2013
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 3:00 to 7:00 pm
St Stanislaus Kostka, 1255 N. Noble, Chicago

Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 15, 2013 Registration Deadline: June 30, 2013
Orientation & Shirt Pick Up: July 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm at St Stanislaus Kostka, in the Library,1255 N. Noble, Chicago

Camp Director: Karla Larios 773-319-4232
Program Director: Gale Lewis 773-277-0821

South Side Day Camp @ Trinity Christian College
Dates – Tuesday, July 16 - Friday, July 19, 2013
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00-3:30pm, Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights, IL 60463

Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 15, 2013 Registration Deadline: June 30, 2013
Orientation & Shirt Pick Up: July 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Trinity, 6601 W College Dr, Palos Hts at Ozinga Chapel

Camp Director: Helen Gesell 708-955-6418
Asst Camp Director: Tammy Lorz 708-424-5652

North Park Village and Trinity Christian College Overnighters:
On Thursday evening, at North Park Village and at Trinity Christian College, there is an opportunity to have a camp overnighter. This is an option for ALL campers and their adult partners. Further information will be provided in the Leader Guide.
Cost: $20.00 per person – registration and health forms required

Camp Fees:
Scouts and siblings who register before the early bird deadline pay just $75.00 for four days of Fantastic, Unbelieveable, Nonsense!
Those registering after the early bird deadline pay $95.00.
Adult leaders pay just $20.00.

More information on Cub Scout Day Camp can be found at

Order of the Arrow

Unit election must be completed at least two weeks prior to the planned induction weekend but no later than June 1, 2013. Elected ordeal candidates are welcome to attend any one of the scheduled induction weekends in 2013.  All unit elections must be completed by a certified lodge or chapter election team. To schedule a visit by an Order of the Arrow election team, contact your local OA Chapter Chief, Chapter Adviser or Owasippe Lodge through the council service center.

Youth Membership Qualifications:
To become eligible for election, a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout must have the approval of his unit leader prior to the election.  The unit leader must certify that the nominee meets all specified requirements listed below at the time of the annual election.

  • A Boy Scout or Varsity Scout who holds the First Class rank, is under the age of 21, and is registered as an active member of the troop or team may, with the approval of his unit leader, is nominated for election. Prior to the annual election, the unit leader must also certify the nominee’s Scout spirit and youth membership qualifications.
  • After registration with a troop or team, have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.

The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for Arrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position of office to one or more of the following: their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or their Scout Camp. At the Lodge Winter Banquet nine dedicated and deserving Arrowmen were called out for the Vigil Honor. The following Arrowmen will complete their Vigil at the Annual Lodge Work Weekend in May.

David Clemente - Indian Trails
Salvatore Gaeta - Indian Trails
William Kirby - Indian Trails
Alexander Ostojic Jr. - Indian Trails
Otis Pope – Greater Southside
David Relstab - Arrowhead
Kyle Rinholm - Indian Trails
Wayne Schimpff - Indian Trails
Conrad Zadlo Jr. - Iroquois

An Owasippe Lodge camp promotion team can help you plan your summer camping program at Owasippe for 2013. Build the excitement of attending summer camp by having experienced OA members to share their adventures at camp with your troop.  Attending summer camp at Owasippe will provide a wealth of new experiences, advancement opportunities, and just sheer fun.  An Order of the Arrow presentation will heighten the interest among your Scouts and increase Scout participation.

Schedule your Order of the Arrow camping promotion visitation by contacting your local Chapter Chief or the Chapter Adviser in your District or contact Owasippe Lodge through the council service center.

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  

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.

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.

February 6        Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – Steve Fossett Center, 7:30 PM
March 6            Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – Steve Fossett Center, 7:30 PM
April 19-21       Section C7 Conclave - DeKalb County Fairgrounds


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Scout Shop

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Are you ready for the most extravagant night in Cub Scouting? Of course we’re referring to the BLUE AND GOLD BANQUET! Come to the Chicago Scout Shop for all the accessories you need to make this night unforgettable! Cub Scout cups, plates, table toppers, centerpieces, gift bags, and awards for not only the scouts, but leaders and parents as well! We have gifts and awards to recognize everybody for their efforts to support the Pack! If you have a long list of awards, make sure to email your list to to make sure you aren’t left empty handed! Or call 312-738-3324 to place your order or fax your order to 312-738-3243. We’re here to make this process as easy as possible for you, and help any way we can.

The Chicago Scout Shop is now accepting applications for Sales Associates.
Shifts vary Monday - Saturday. Applicants must be; Reliable, Friendly, Energetic and Retail Experience.
Helpful Pluses: Familiarity with the Scouting Program and Bilingual. Applications available upon request.

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

M-W & F: 8:30am-5pm
Thursday: 8:30am-7pm
Sat: 9:30am-3pm
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The Chicago Scout Shop is for use by Scout families, volunteer leaders and Council staff, so that they may deliver the best Scouting program possible. Please let us know how we may assist you. (312) 738-3324

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

Contact Information

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