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eScouter - July 2013


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The Chicago Area Council would like to thank Chuck Dobbins for his leadership as Scout Executive for the past five years.  As of July 1, Chuck assumes his new role in the BSA as an Area Director for the Northeast Region.  We wish you the best Chuck!

On April 17, 2013, the Chicago Area Council Board of Directors approved the reorganization of the districts in our council. The new plan means that we will go from our current eight districts to two service areas that combine four districts into the North Service Area and four districts into the South Service Area. Click here for more information.

If your unit has not settled out your camp card accounts you are past due. If you have cards and/or money to turn in do so ASAP so your popcorn orders are not delayed. Call Myriam (x 209) or Steve (x 202) to set-up a time to settle out.

Congratulations to the following Scouts for their extraordinary salesmanship and their efforts to earn their way to camp:

1. Christian Carr – Pack 3700 sold 465 cards
Jakiah Hamilton – Pack 3914 sold 400 cards

These young men earned an iPad Mini for their exceptional efforts.

Popcorn sale training dates are at 10am on Saturdays, August 17 and August 24. Locations will be announced soon.  Each unit attending will receive a sales kit and order forms, a 1% commission bonus, and samples of some new products to share with their Scouts.

We will have several new products for this fall’s sale.  For those who have requested a $5 Show & Sell product, we will have a 3-pack butter microwave.  A delicious combination of dark and white chocolate drizzled on popcorn called Dark & White Chocolate will be our new $18 chocolate product. Single bags of Sour Cream & Onion and Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese will sell for $12 each.  Two products will be available in tins: Chocolate Lover’s ($60) and White Chocolatey Pretzels ($30).  With all of these changes, Scouts will have plenty of opportunities to sell the great products that Trail’s End provides each year.

Order forms will be mailed to all Scouting households in August.  August and early September is a great opportunity to take some orders while the weather is nice.  Include those orders in your Show & Deliver Orders, which are due Monday, September 9th for pickup on Saturday, September 21st.  Take Orders are due Friday, November 8th for delivery Saturday, November 23rd.  Please mark these dates on your calendar now.

To sign up to sell: go to

If you’re an Eagle Scout, we’d love to have you join us.

Upcoming activities include: After-Hours Networking on 7/9 at Rock Bottom Brewery, Sailing Lake Michigan on 8/1, Softball Game on 8/11 and a Law Merit Badge Clinic on 10/5 for the Scouts of CAC.

Check out our website,, join our groups on Facebook ( and LinkedIn (search for NESA Chicago), or send us an email,

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 Indian Trails, Iroquois and Greater Southside Districts!!! These three districts are at 100% or more of their district FOS 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

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.


In celebration of the debut of The Jungle Book the musical, which runs at Goodman Theatre through August 11, 2013, the theater is offering a specially priced $36 ticket for evening performances Tuesday through Friday. For added value, Scouts may participate in post-show question and answer periods with members of Goodman Theatre’s artistic staff on Wednesday and Thursday evenings through July 25, 2013. In order to get the discount, you must use the promo code BSCOUTS at the following link when prompted  Please also note that handling fees still apply. The $36 ticket is for seating within the last six rows of the mezzanine (B-seating). This special rate saves you up to 35% off regular prices for these performances.  All Scouts who purchase tickets get a free Goodman patch at the gift shop by showing their Jungle Book tickets and mentioning that they are with the Scouts.

The Jungle Book
A new musical based on the Disney animated film and the stories by Rudyard Kipling 
Adapted and Directed by Mary Zimmerman
June 21 through August 4, 2013

From the imagination of Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, this dazzling new adaptation of a timeless favorite is sure to enchant. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s time-honored children’s tales and the classic Disney film—with beloved songs from the movie and new Indian-inspired music and dance—this spellbinding world premiere is the theatrical event of the season.

On Wednesday, July10, 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 8:30pm.  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: August 7, September 12, October 2 and October 30.  More details on these flights to follow.

he X Sport Fitness Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon is rockin’ through July 18 – 21, 2013. They need your help to make this event spectacular. With over 1,300 Race Crew volunteer positions available there is a spot for everyone, including groups or individuals.  Each Race Crew member will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag.  For more information, click here.

Join us on July 21, 2013 for Scout Day at Chicagoland Speedway.  Scout and sibling tickets are only $5, adult tickets are $25.  Everyone (adults included) are invited to bring a Pinewood Derby car to race in an effort to create the world record for the most Pinewood Derby cars raced in one day!  FREE camping in Chicagoland Speedway Lakeside Campground.  Click here for more information.  To order your tickets, call Blayne Sim at 815-722-8800 or email

The Chicago White Sox have dedicated Friday August 9, 2013 to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Illinois Conservation Foundation. Pre-game activities for the kids will begin at Gate 1 @ 5:30pm. We will have backyard fishing, the conservation trailer, horseshoes, and bean bag toss. 
(You must have a pass for Gate 1 to participate in the pre-game activities). The Illinois Conservation Foundation will give each Boy or Girl, 17 years of age or under, a voucher for a FREE Rod, Reel and Tackle Box ($20.00 value! Redeemable at Henry’s Bait & Tackle,3130 South Canal St., Chicago IL 60616).  Click here to download the order form or go to and click on Sox Baseball tickets. 

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!

One of the most colorful parades in Chicago, the 26th Street Mexican Independence Parade celebrates Mexican Independence with floats, mariachi bands and dancing in the streets. This parade annually attracts close to a million spectators and shoppers to the area and is one of the nation?s largest parades. Over 100 different businesses, companies and institutions involve themselves with this event each year. Will you be involved? Click here for more information.

Please join us for the 4th annual Chicago Fire Scout night on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm. Your $18 ticket includes a soccer clinic, the game, a patch, scoreboard recognition and an overnight camp-out at the dome where the Fire practices.  Due to space restrictions the sleepover is only for first 250 sign-ups!  If you plan on participating in the clinics, game and overnighter at the Chicago Fire act fast!  Space is limited and CAC is not the only on council invited to participate.  Click here for more information or to sign up.

The Jamboree-on-the-Internet, or JOTI, is an annual Scouting event sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement. This event utilizes the Internet and the numerous devices that are used to get online, from your home computer to iPad tablets, to link Scouts from around the world. Last year, JOTI had almost 16,000 Scouts and leaders in 146 countries registered in the worldwide JOTA-JOTI database!

Tell Me More
Scouts of any age can participate, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers. Scouts can participate at home with the help of an adult, or they can participate in a Scout group at a unit event.  JOTI uses the Internet to allow Scouts to “meet” other Scouts from around the world and share more information than just “Hi.” The exchanges can include such information as name, location of event, Scout rank, age, and hobbies. Some exchanges lead to long-lasting friendships. Another great idea is to incorporate JOTI participation to help fulfill a Citizenship in the World or Computers merit badge requirement! A participant patch is available, as is a certificate/log sheet that can be used to keep track of all the exchanges made.

When Is It?
The 17th Jamboree-on-the-Internet is October 19–20, 2013. The official hours are from Saturday at 00:00 hours CDT (right at midnight Friday) to Sunday at 24:00 CDT(midnight Sunday evening). So you’ve got the whole weekend to make JOTI contacts.

How Can I Participate?
Go to, for information on how to participate, what is needed, and what website to visit during the JOTI weekend.

The planning for this amazing AVIATION FOCUSED camporee is making amazing progress.  The event will be held the weekend of August 8-10, 2014 at the Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, IL.  You can be a part of planning for and making this a memorable event for Scouts from across the country!!  Just visit the event website at to learn more.  "LIKE" the event on Facebook and be entered to win a COMPLIMENTARY DISCOVERY FLIGHT!!!


If you want to work on merit badges but are not sure of all of the merit badges that are available to earn, please visit the Council Scout Shop for all of the merit badge pamphlets.  You may also go to to print out worksheets for each merit badge.  These worksheets are a great tool that can help the Scout get started on merit badges.

Please be advised that the Guide to Advancement is being updated and is due out this summer.  Here are some key points regarding the change in the wording on all blue cards effective immediately and available for purchase in the Scout Shop.  Some changes in the upcoming 2013 Guide to Advancement are:

  • Unit leaders must have a discussion with a Scout before the Scout gets the signed blue card. This discussion is meant to be a “growth-oriented and positive conversation” rather than a restrictive one.
  • Any registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or qualified Venturer or Sea Scout may begin work on any badge at any time, provided he’s had this discussion with his unit leader as indicated on the blue card.
  • But to elaborate on the first two points, the blue-card signature no longer indicates “approval to begin work,” meaning a Scout may count certain requirements for a merit badge before he has the blue card. For example, nights of camping completed before he has the blue card for Camping merit badge will still count.
  • Units, districts and councils do not have the authority to implement a different system for merit badge approval or documentation.
  • The Scout and unit leader should come to an agreement as to who the merit badge counselor will be. Lacking agreement, the Scout must be allowed to work with the counselor of his choice, as long as that person is registered and approved by the council committee.
  • A Scout may want to take advantage of merit badge fairs or midways, or merit badge instruction at rock-climbing gyms, whitewater rafting companies, or museums. That’s acceptable, provided the counselors are registered and the Scout has a discussion with his unit leader and gets a signed blue card.

This is a reminder that Eagle Scout projects may not be started prior to receiving approval and signatures from your Scoutmaster, a troop committee member, and the District Advancement Chair.  Once these signatures are received, it is at that time you may start working on your project.  Working on a project before full approval will lead to your project being turned down.

Summer is a great time to start planning your Eagle Scout projects. Please remember to obtain all of the required signatures that are needed prior to starting your project. 

Please make sure to take advantage of all the advancement opportunities that are made available to you by your unit over the summer.  If your unit is done meeting for the summer, this is a great time to go through each Scout’s records and enter their advancement records.

All Scouts need to be registered with your unit in order for any advancement records to be entered.  Please make sure all advancement forms are showing the Scout’s proper name.  If a nickname is used, the council will not know who this is and will consider that Scout as not registered. 

Many Scouts come home from camp with merit badges that have been partially signed off on.  Not to worry.  These badges can be completed throughout the year if the Scout chooses to work on them.  Please contact your District Advancement Chair for a list of Merit Badge Counselors that can complete the merit badges with your Scouts.

All Scouts need to be registered with your unit in order for any advancement records to be entered.  Please make sure all advancement forms are showing the Scout’s proper name.  If a nickname is used, the council will not know who this is and will consider that Scout as not registered. 

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!

The American Numismatic Association is the country's largest club for coin collectors.  Their annual coin show and convention (World's Fair of Money) is one of the largest coin shows in the world. Scouts who attend the show, and the adults with them (whether or not in uniform) get in free!   A Coin Collecting Merit Badge Clinic will be held on Saturday, August 17.  Additionally, a unique "Scouting at the ANA" activity patch has been designed for this show.  The patch has segments for Chicago 2013, 2014 and 2015; uniformed Scouts and uniformed adult leaders may earn the patch and the 2013 segment, on any day of the show. The patch and segment are free to those who earn it; the program is being sponsored by the Chicago Coin Club and the Illinois Numismatic Association.  Advance registration is requested, but not required.  For more information about these opportunities, click here.

On Saturday, October 5, 2013 NESA Chicago will offer its third annual Law Merit Badge Day to the first 30 Scouts who register from the Chicago Area Council. Registration should be sent to Mr. Huntington as indicated on the form, NOT the council office. Click here for more info.


Going to camp with your troop? Owasippe Scout Reservation is the perfect place to get trained! We are currently offering several training sessions for adults during every period at camp. These include Youth Protection Training, Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training, Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills, and Troop Committee Training.  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


Wood Badge for the 21st Century is advanced leadership training that goes beyond basic training.  It is designed to help Scout leaders reach their full potential and to improve the quality of their units. It is for all volunteers from all program levels including top and assistant leaders, committee members, district and council volunteers.  One of Scouting’s most cherished adult leadership programs, Wood Badge brings adult leaders together to train and learn the principles Scouting was founded upon. Patrols camp, cook, and live and learn together, forging the bonds of friendship while learning and re-committing to core Scouting ideals.  This year's course, officially called C7-118-13-1, is being held August 16-18 and September 20-22 at Camp Frank Betz in Berrien Springs Michigan and there’s a spot for you and your Scouting friends!  Click here for more information

Calling all trainers, calling all trainers! Thinking about being a trainer? Place on your calendar for the next upcoming Trainer’s EDGE for Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Council office. Download the registration form for additional details. For any questions please contact Bob Kurth at or Ernest Espinoza at

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 Rainbow Scout Reservation: 2600 N. Winterbottom Rd., Morris, IL. 60450- September 27-29, 2013. Click here
 for more information.


Looking for exciting training this fall with over 70 classes to choose from?!!  Looking for a fun and exciting training event! Here is your opportunity! Many new and exciting classes being offered this year!!! Plenty of parking, babysitting and patches!!!

When: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Who: For ALL Adult Scout Leaders, all Commissioners, District & Council leaders
Where: St. Stanislaus, 1255 N. Noble St., Chicago, IL 60642

For more info please contact our University Scouting 2013 President Randy Etapa at or 773.822.7540 or click here for the UOS Handbook with registration form .

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.


Chicago Area Council is proud to present the 2013 National Scout Jamboree Contingent patch set. The thematic five-piece Jamboree Shoulder Patches surrounding the large center patch depicts historic scenes from Chicago's rich past as represe...nted by each of the four stars on its municipal flag. Do not miss out on owning a piece of that history with our unique patch collection. All patches are sold as a set. Download the order form now.

The new online program sign-up went live on April 1st 2013.  The online sign-up instruction guide is available on the council website.  It provides detailed instructions on how use the registration system.

  • 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.

You have until two weeks before you arrive at camp to register for programs.  High Adventure programs are on a first come, first served basis.

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. 

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 Tuesday, July 15th 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. 

2013's Remaining Camps:

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

Trinity Christian College Overnighter:
On Thursday evening, 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

Owasippe Lodge 7 is proud to present the 2013 National Scout Jamboree Order of the Arrow patch set. This two-piece patch set (top flap and bottom pocket) depicts an iconic scene of Chicago’s skyline and the sun rising over Lake Michigan, re...presented by a six point star from our municipal flag. This patch set is being offered exclusively to dues paying members of the Order of the Arrow, Owasippe Lodge and Out-of Council OA members. Proof of registration may be required. Download the order form now.

Final Order of the Arrow Induction for 2013
Remember that Order of the Arrow candidates have one year from the date of their election to complete their Ordeal. The final induction weekend for 2013 will take place at the Lodge Fall Fellowship on the weekend of September 6th - 8th at Camp To-Be-Ne-Bee near Michigan City, IN. The camp is located 60 miles from the center of Chicago, about 1 hr. 15 min.  OA candidates in your unit that are unable to complete their Ordeal at Summer Camp should plan now to attend this event. This will be the last opportunity for all candidates elected in 2013 to be inducted into the Order of the Arrow.

The weekend will offer a unique opportunity for your candidates to reflect on their personal commitment to the principles of the Scout Oath and Law as well as becoming acquainted with the principles and purpose of the Order of the Arrow. The weekend is undertaken by every new member and is a meaningful and inspiring outdoor experience that will not be soon forgotten.

Unit leaders should also encourage all their Ordeal members who have completed 10 months of service to their unit and meet the simple five challenges of Brotherhood membership to take this opportunity enter the circle of the Brotherhood.

Download the reservation form.

If your unit does not have OA members in your unit you should take the opportunity to learn more about the program while attending summer camp at Owasippe.  Your Section Camp OA coordinator is ready to meet with you to explain the great opportunities for you and your youth leaders.  Take the time to meet with him for more information about the Order of the Arrow.


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Ready for camp? Bring these last minute items to make your stay much more comfortable! Permethrin is the ultimate in virus carrying insect protection. Spray on your clothes, and it will kill bugs on contact for up to 6 washes! Hiking long distances? Avoid blisters with the right socks! Thorlo Socks are the best hiking socks you can get to keep your feet dry and comfortable on those long hikes! Preserve those memories from those camping trips with our new scrapbook supplies! Remember all the good times from Cub Scouts to Eagle with our Cub Scout Scrapbook Kit, Eagle Scout Scrapbook Kit, Eagle Scout Photo-Insert Scrapbook, and more for every occasion!

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.

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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
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