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eScouter - April 2013


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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.

The Construction Industry Dinner Show is the largest single fundraising event for the benefit of the Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. In 2007, the Executive Committee of this event initiated a Scholarship program in memory of 2 key former volunteers. In 2012, the committee lost another key member and decided to honor him through this program as well. Proceeds raised from this effort go directly to defray college or higher education costs of the selected recipients. Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America will award one scholarship to a high school 12th grader/senior wishing to pursue a career in any business, professional, or trade field of study. The deadline has been extended to April 3, 2013.  The detailed application requires two letters of recommendation and an official transcript. Interested parties are encouraged to begin the application early to ensure they can complete it on time.


Scouting is in the process of a careful and deliberate review of our membership policy related to openly avowed homosexuals.  We want as much input as possible from our registered members To that end, below is a link to a survey that you can complete to have your opinion considered on this deliberation.  The survey period ends April 5, 2013.  You can only complete the survey if you are a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America. To receive the survey you will need to go to the link below and register your member ID and email address. Once your membership is verified you will be sent a link to the survey.

At the end of April camp card sales will come to an end. In May, leaders must wrap up the campaign by collecting leftover cards and payments. This will allow you to locate kids and parents while school is still in session.

On June 1st the council office will be open from 10am to 1pm to give you the opportunity to settle out on the weekend. Scout prizes will be delivered to the office only if you ordered them in advance through the award zone or if you ordered them from Myriam by May 13th.

Final sales numbers for 1st and 2nd prizes must be reported ( or x 209) by JUNE 1st to be in the running for the iPad or gaming system. Email, call or fax in your Scout’s name, how much they sold and what unit they are from by June 1, 2013 at 12 midnight to be considered for 1st or 2nd place. NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS DEADLINE WILL BE MADE.

If you would like to continue selling after June 1st you must prepay the $2.60 owed to the council for each card you wish to keep.

Double Caramel Crunch and Kettle Corn may not be available next fall, so get them while you can!  We’ve marked them down to $10 per container or 6 for $50.  What a deal!  Order $100 worth and we will deliver to your house!

Butter & Butter Light Microwave are still $48/case of 6.  The rest of the items are 50% of retail price until we run out.

Look for Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese popcorn coming this fall!

Annually we ask our current members and their family members to help support Scouting through our Friends of Scouting campaign.  This year's campaign began 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.

Congratulations to the Iroquois District!!! This District is at 100% of units scheduled & already over 90% of their District Friends of Scouting Goals!!!

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: Lori Beltran:
North River: Chris Jurek:
River Trails: Maria Lopez:
Western Trails: John Lohr:

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


Recharters are now past 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 if you don't know who your DC or DE are, 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,


The Chicago Herpetological Society invites Scouts of all ages to roam 40,000 square feet of hands-on fun and learning!  Scouts will see, handle and discuss hundreds of species of reptiles and amphibians at the University of Illinois PE building on the weekend of April 13 & 14.  All Scouts in uniform pay just $5!  For more info on this remarkable experience, click here.

On Wednesday, April 17, Honor Flight Chicago will escort approximately 92 World War II veterans to Washington, DC in a series of “honor flights” dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans living in the Chicagoland area.  We would love for you to join us at Midway Airport to welcome our returning heroes from an exhausting but exhilarating day of honor.  Please wear your class A uniform and bring your welcome home and thank you signs.  To be a part of this meaningful event, meet at Midway Airport’s Baggage Claim 1 by 7:25pm.  If you can’t make it, there is another way you can help!  After a day of camaraderie and reminiscence, these veterans think that their day is over.  But waiting for them, on the flight home, is the sound of: “MAIL CALL,” the same call that kept their spirits alive during the war.  We want to insure that each veteran gets a packet of mail.  THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP.  We ask that Scouts write letters to these veterans to thank them for their service. For more information on Honor Flight Chicago and “MAIL CALL,” please click here.  Flight schedule for the rest of the year is: May 14, June 12, July 10, August 7, September 12, October 2 and October 30.  More details on these flights to follow.


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. Ticket orders are still being accepted but spots for the parade cannot be guaranteed.  T-shirt orders can no longer be accepted.  Click here to download the registration form.


Don’t miss out on a day of physical fitness, fun and advancement at the Latino Leadership Committee’s 5k for Earth Day in Humboldt Park. This is the second annual walk/run event in partnership with our friends at 5k Earth Day Chicago. Sign-up using our discount codes. Kids 10 and under are free. There will be obstacle courses, sprints and activities after the run for your competitive Scouts. Sign-up at and use promo code SCOUTPARENT for a $5 discount for adults and SCOUT $3 discount for Scouts over 10 swag bags and t-shirts are included in your fee.  Call Myriam with any questions 312-421-8800 x 209.

The 4th Annual Council Wide Service Project will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Douglas Park (1400 S Sacramento). We are excited about being able to provide Douglas Park with the kind of special care that Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Crews, Explorers and their families can happily provide. The Chicago Area Council has been responsible for over one thousand people providing over 2000 hours of loving care to fix-Up and clean- up areas in Chicago as a service project. Join us for this great event.  For questions please contact Shar at 708-453-5121 or


The Chicago Rush are pleased to invite the families and friends of Chicago Area Council Boy Scouts of America to the game on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 3pm. Scouts will receive a Chicago Rush patch, take part in pre-game festivities, in-game promotions, and Scout-exclusive raffles.  Download the ticket order form for more information.     

The annual Pause for Patriotism, taking place May 17-19, has become a community festival where several thousand citizens learn about the importance of Patriotism and the critical role our Armed Forces fill in keeping our Country free. An action packed day provides thousands of children, Scouts and schools from all over Illinois to meet with Armed Forces personnel, observe flyovers, and climb into helicopters and other military equiptment. A fireworks show is provided and Scouts will camp out with military personnel to experience MRE's and utilize equipment such as night goggles. $8/person includes fishing tournament, kickball tournament, dutch oven cookoff, and more.  More information.

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.


The Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for a FEW GOOD VOLUNTEERS who are 17 or older males, to act as Camp Counselors for a week-long session at the annual MDA Summer Camp.  This year the Chicagoland MDA will be holding it’s annual camp session at Camp Red Leaf, Ingleside, IL June 22ND — June 28TH.  This exciting week serves children ranging in ages 6 to 17 from Northern Illinois that have a neuromuscular disease. All of your basic needs are provided for you while at camp (i.e. housing and food) but you will need to provide your own transportation to and from the campsite.  MDA Volunteer Counselors help by PUSHING WHEELCHAIRS, LIFTING & CARRYING YOUNGSTERS, AND EVEN “BUNK DOWN” near their campers in case they need help at night, but above all act as a friend and mentor. The first day of camp is dedicated to volunteer training, in preparation for our campers’ arrival the next day. This TRAINING DAY WILL BE HANDS ON and will allow you to feel comfortable with the many different aspects of MDA Summer Camp.  For more information, click here.

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)

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 Chicago Cubs and the Boy Scouts are teaming up once again! On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, the Cubs are offering specially priced tickets to all Boy Scouts, family members, and friends as the Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds!  Upper Deck Box Outfield tickets regularly priced at $40 are reduced to $31*, Terrace Reserved Infield tickets regularly priced at $33 are reduced to $23*, Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets regularly priced at $29 are reduced to $21*, and Upper Deck Reserved Outfield tickets regularly priced at $20 are reduced to $14*.  All participants will receive a commemorative 2013 Scout patch and the first 1,000 participants will also have the opportunity to run the bases after the game (Weather permitting).  Order your tickets today!

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 BSA’s 131st current merit badge has finally been released.  The Game Design merit badge teaches Scouts how to create, test, and refine a game from one of four categories.

The work revolves around creating an actual game in one of these four categories:

  • Electronic (games for computers, game systems, or mobile devices)
  • Outdoor/Athletic (sports or games like capture the flag)
  • Tabletop (dice-based games, board games, card games)
  • Pen and Paper or Role-Playing Games

If you feel that you are qualified to be a merit badge counselor for this badge, please contact your district advancement chair to sign up.  The Scouts would appreciate your help and guidance in earning this great new merit badge.

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.

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.


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.

Save the date for the Wood Badge Dinner which will be held on May 9, 2013.  Fellowship begins at 6pm with dinner at 7pm.  The dinner will be held at: VFW, 7256 W 63rd Street,Summit, IL 60501.  Registration forms will be available soon at www.chicagobsa.orgHosted by the C7-118-11-1 Owl Patrol.  For more information contact:Karen Schneider,, 630-512-0839 or Ken Nikiel, Wood Badge Coordinator, 773/545-2661

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

Limited space available to hurry and sign up!  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.


The new online program sign-up will go live on April 1st 2013. Keep an eye out for the online sign-up instruction guide. It will provide detailed instructions on how use the registration system. It will be available on the council website by April 1st as well.

  • Units will be able to sign up for every merit badge and High Adventure program.
  • Materials will be provided for units to help plan their summer program.
  • Units will be able to make changes to their unit’s schedule up to just before camp.

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 2014 are Monday, July 14th through Sunday, 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

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. 

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 including all forms and the leader's guide can be found at

Order of the Arrow

It is not too late to schedule a camp promotion for your unit. Owasippe Lodge is prepared to help you plan your camping program for 2013. The greatest adventures of a Scout's life begin at Boy Scout camp. Summer camp provides a wealth of experiences, advancement opportunities, and just sheer fun.  An Order of the Arrow presentation can heighten the interest among your Scouts and increase Scout participation.  Schedule a camp promotion by contacting your local OA chapter or Ted Kumzi at

Each summer, the Order of the Arrow offers a myriad of different High Adventure opportunities to meet your summer needs whether its wetting your appetite by going for a plunge in the Atlantic Ocean with the Ocean Adventure at the Florida Sea Base; maybe hiking is your passion, what better place to go than the Philmont Scout Ranch where you can hike the same trails as your Scoutmaster or Scouting ancestors as a part of your Trail Crew experience.

These opportunities are open for all registered Arrowmen between the ages of 16-21. The cost ranges from $200 to $250 for a two week experience for the treks and Wilderness Voyage. See the complete details at


Each year Owasippe is in need of repairs and updates to get the camp ready for the summer programs. We can use your help: skilled and unskilled. Many projects include general repairs and cleaning.  We have several projects for skilled carpenters, plumbers, and electricians. After the projects are completed join in all the brotherhood, fun, and fellowship that will take place (Hiking, Boating, Fishing, Campfires, Pudgy Palooza, Games, etc.). The shooting range will also be open on Sunday afternoon. All interested Scouts and Scouters should sign up by filling out a registration form.


100 picnic tables are needed at Owasippe. With the support and generous donation from the OSA we are well on our way to exceed our goal of 30 tables this year. But 100 tables are needed and we can still use your HELP. You, your chapter 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 estimated cost for materials to build one table is $225.

April 3                    Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – Steve Fossett Center, 7:30 PM
April 19-21             Section C-7 Conclave – DeKalb County Fairgrounds
May 1                     Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – Steve Fossett Center, 7:30 PM
May 24-27             Lodge Work Weekend - Owasippe Scout Reservation


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Scout Shop

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Are you ready for Summer Camp and Jamboree? Be sure you aren’t left unprepared! Pack comfortable and pack light with our new Ultra-Light Mummy Sleeping Bag! Rated up to 20 Degrees! As comfortable as sitting on a log can be, adding the extra 2 pounds of our Ultra Light Camp Chair is one of the smartest decisions any camper can make. Easily clipped to the outside of a backpack and fits comfortably inside the Jamboree Duffel Bag! Make sure you are ready for the time you’ll be spending on the waterfront with our new BSA Swim Trunks!  Sleep comfortably with our new Thermarest Scout Sleeping Pad, and Thermarest Compressible Pillow, designed to be light weight, and built for maximum comfort. Be sure to stop in the Chicago Scout Shop for your Summer Camp and Jamboree packing lists to make sure you’re prepared for whatever adventure comes your way!

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
Call for Holiday Hours of Operation

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

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

Contact Information

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