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eScouter - August 2013


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The Chicago Area Council is proud to unveil a new staffing model designed to improve efficiency and provide better service and support to our families and volunteers. The new reorganization matches the talents of our executive staff with the key support functions in the field.
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 and to see who your unit's executive is.

This fall we will have two membership recruitment trainings for each service area of the council. The first training will be for the key 3 members in each unit: cubmaster, committee chair and chartered organization representative as well as the unit membership chair and unit commissioner. The second training will be for all leaders in your service area. All leaders are encouraged to attend this training. Click here for more information or to see when your training will take place.

If you have not done so already, you must inform Myriam ( or x 209) or Steve ( x 202) of your intentions to remain in good standing with the council. Please contact either of them to maintain your unit’s fundraising options.

The 2013 Popcorn Sale Training will be held at 10am on Saturdays, August 17 (Five Holy Martyrs Church, 4327 S. Richmond) and August 24 (St. Cornelius Church, 5430 W. Foster Ave.).  Each unit kernel attending will receive a Popcorn Kickoff T-shirt, Sales Kit and order forms and the unit will get a 2% commission bonus. 

Scouts selling $600 will get a 105-ZX-Crossbow. Scouts selling $1500 will get a $50 Gift card. We also have several main prizes for Scouts this year. The top 10 Scout sellers will get a Pizza Party at Dave and Busters!!! There will be a weekly drawing to those Scouts who fill up their order forms to also go to a free Pizza Party at Dave and Busters! The Top Scout seller will receive a package deal for an overnight stay with his/her family at the Timber Ridge Lodge and 4 water passes with a $100 gift card!!! 

sign up to sell: go to

If you’re an Eagle Scout, we’d love to have you join us.  Upcoming activities include: Softball Game on 8/11 and a Law Merit Badge Clinic on 10/5 for the Scouts of CAC (see Advancement Section for more info).

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

If your unit has not completed a Friends of Scouting presentation in 2013, it's not too late!  Call your unit serving executive to schedule your FOS presentation today!  Not sure who your executive is?  Click here to find your unit or 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.


This Friday, August 2nd, is the annual Camp Out Night with the Windy City Thunderbolts and tickets are still available! Cheer the Bolts to victory and support the BSA-Chicago! All of the campout activities are free as long as you have a ticket to the game.   Campout activities include a movie eat popcorn on the Party Deck and games and sleeping in the out­field. Breakfast will be provided in the morning. To receive this special discount you must download and use the Scout Night flyer.

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

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.


On Saturday, September 14th  the Chicago Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting is once again hosting a Scout day at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. Scouts can explore Catholic discipleship and priesthood while fishing on the beautiful seminary lake! There will also be opportunities to work on: a partial Fishing merit badge; Webelos Forester 3, 4, & 9, Naturalist 5, 10, 12,Outdoorsman 8 and  Readyman 4, 10, 12. Please see flyer or contact Ms. Cheryle Wall at


Calling all Boy Scouts, especially those that speak Spanish, to volunteer…
You are invited to Fiesta Familiar 2013 at Lincoln Park Zoo on Saturday, September 28th from 9am to 5pm. Come out in your class A uniform to help teach young children about the home & garden or science & technology. Exhibitors need your help to aid youngsters with experiments and crafts. Come out and inspire a child to learn, show your Scout pride and complete some service hours too (note: you do not have to commit to the entire day)! Contact if you are interested in participating.

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.

Beginning on August 8th, units can register for this ALL AVIATION Scout Camporee!!!  Scout AirFest 2014 will be held at the Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, IL the weekend of August 8-10, 2014.  This camporee is open to Scouts of all ages!!!  Be sure to visit the event website at The first 50 units to complete their unit registration will be guaranteed to receive a FREE INTRODUCTORY FLIGHT as well as a reduced event fee!  Prepare for take-off!!!  Register early!!!

Now that the 2013 BSA Jamboree is over it's time to start planning to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

This WSJ theme is "WA".  The kanji character “WA” means harmony, unity, friendship, and peace. It is in this spirit that the Scout Association of Japan will welcome Scouts from around the world to the 2015 World Scout Jamboree, Wa: A Spirit of Unity.

From July 28 to August 8, 2015, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, on reclaimed land in southwestern Japan for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.T

he event brings together Boy Scouts, Venturers, leaders, and staff and provides opportunities to raise awareness of global issues, explore the environment, participate in community service, make friends from around the world, and deepen understanding of developments in science and technology.V

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The long-awaited requirements for the Boy Scouts of America’s Sustainability merit badge have been released. The badge joins the Eagle-required list as an option to Environmental Science merit badge. Scouts must earn either Sustainability or Environmental Science on their journey to Eagle. Scouts may begin working on Sustainability MB once pamphlets arrive in Scout Shops and at in early August. You may also go to to print out worksheets for this and all of the other merit badges available.

The Boy Scouts of America also released the Programming merit badge, an elective badge that challenges Scouts to, among other requirements, "write, debug, and demonstrate a functioning program." Programming MB continues in the BSA's long tradition of preparing young men for modern-day careers, so I'm a big fan already. Scouts may begin working on Programming MB once pamphlets arrive in Scout Shops and at in early August. You may also go to to print out worksheets for this and all of the other merit badges available.

If you feel you are qualified to be a merit badge counselor for either the Sustainability or the Programming merit badges please contact your district advancement chair so you can sign up to help the Scouts earn these badges. 

Summer camp has very busy this summer with a record number of Scouts.  This means that there will be a record number of badges and advancements to record.  Please try to record advancements as soon as possible. Advancement reports can be done online or manually.  If you need help with either process please let us know.

Did you know that Scouts can still advance even after they earn the rank of Eagle.  Eagle Palms can be earned by doing the following:

  • Be active in your troop and patrol for at least three months after becoming an Eagle Scout or after award of last Palm. (Eagle Palms must be earned in sequence, and the three-month tenure requirement must be observed for each Palm.)
  • Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  • Make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership ability.
  • Earn five additional merit badges beyond those required for Eagle or last Palm. (Merit badges earned any time since becoming a Boy Scout may be used to meet this requirement.)
  • Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
  • Complete a board of review.

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. To date, only 18 spots remain.  Registration should be sent to Mr. Huntington as indicated on the form, NOT the council office. Click here for more info.


A big thank you to Mike Brus and his staff for putting on the NYLT course taking place at Owasippe this week! 


It's not too late to sign up - limited space remaining for this year's Wood Badge course!  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!  Click here for more information

As a leader in the Boy Scouts of America, you are tasked with presenting to groups of Scouts, family members, and other leaders.  While this course is important if you want to be a trainer, don't be fooled by it's name, Trainer's EDGE is not just for those on the training team.  This course will help you become comfortable with presenting in front of groups and give you new ideas on how to make sure you capture your audience's attention each and every time.  The next Trainer’s EDGE course will take place on 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 an exciting training opportunity this fall? With over 70 classes to choose from, the University of Scouting is your chance to learn more than just the basics of Scouting. We have 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.

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 Nov. 2, 2013 - 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM at St. Stanislaus Kostka. This course is running concurrent with the University of Scouting and participants will eat lunch with the University of Scouting participants.  Click here to download the 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.

Summer camp refunds identified at settlement have been processed as of August 7th.  Refunds placed in the unit account will be available before August 24th.  Any requests to change or review settlement forms or an adjusted refund must be placed before August 20th to be considered. 

Site reservations for 2014 open up to all on September 1st 2013.  Below are links to the site reservation forms. 

Owasippe Boy Scout Resident Camp
Owasippe Webelos Resident Camp
Reneker Family Camp

Please remember that site reservations are first come first served and the dates and prices on the form are subject to change.  Keep an eye on the council website for updated fees.

Units who have an outstanding balance from the 2013 season will not be able to reserve a site until that balance has been resolved.


The Chicago area council is always looking for new program ideas for Owasippe summer camp.  If you have an idea that you would like considered please download the New Owasippe Program Proposal form.  Follow the questions and send or fax the completed form by September 15th.  Proposals received after September 15th will not be considered for the 2015 season. 

The proposal form is a starting point but requires a fair amount of thought.  Please take your time and be thorough.  Fully thought out program ideas will more likely be considered. 

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

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 completion of the Ordeal sets each new OA member on an exciting journey to Brotherhood.  Every Arrowman who completes at least 10 months of active service is eligible and encouraged to seal his membership in the Brotherhood ceremony.

Many Ordeal members currently meet the requirements but neglect to take the time to apply and participate in the Brotherhood ceremony.  Unit leaders should be supporting and encouraging Ordeal members to complete their final step in the OA induction. Adults, as unit leaders and Ordeal members, can help by setting the example and complete their final step through the Brotherhood ceremony. 

Make plans to attend the final induction opportunity for this year at the Lodge Fall Fellowship.  If you have any questions about the requirements for the Brotherhood you can contact one of your local chapter officers.


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School is right around the corner! Be prepared this year with our Boy Scout Book Bag perfect for hauling around all those books as well as your lap top! Pack you lunch to go with our Cub Scout Insulated Lunch Bag perfect for keeping things cool right up until the moment it’s devoured! Just in this week, the 2014 Scouting Collectors Hat, get yours to add to your collection while they last! Get the perfect gift for your new Eagle Scout with our Eagle Wallet and Pen Gift Set! Just because Summer is almost over, doesn’t mean that the camping season is over! Pack up our new Kelty 44 Liter Redwing Backpack with everything you need for long hikes or weekend overnights!

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.

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