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eScouter - September 2013


Calendar

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


News

SILVER BEAVER NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED
Annually, the Chicago Area Council recognizes the contributions of volunteer Scouters with the Silver Beaver Award, the Boy Scouts of America's highest honor for service in a local council. Many of your fellow Scouters are deserving of this award and should be considered for recognition. In order to receive the award, one must be nominated by another Scouter. If you know a deserving Scouter, send in their nomination form today. Nominations are due to the Steve Fossett Center for Scouting no later than 4:30pm on November 29th. Only the 2013 nomination form will be accepted (it has changed since last year), any other version of this form will be returned unconsidered.

Once again, the committee will only consider the first four letters of recommendation submitted for a nominee. This means that if more than one nomination is submitted for the same person, the first four letters submitted will be used and the others will not be considered. This policy has been established to respect the selection committee's time and to prevent "stacking the deck." If you have any questions about the procedure for making a Silver Beaver Award nomination, please contact Shayna Hofmeister at shayna.hofmeister@scouting.org.

COUNCIL VENTURING LEADERSHIP AWARD NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
The Venturing Leadership Award is presented by councils, areas, regions, and the BSA National Council to Venturers who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Venturing Code and Venturing Oath. Qualifications:

  • Be registered and involved as a Venturer for at least one year.
  • Be a youth member when nominated for the award.
  • Hold a leadership position or an office at the unit, district, council, area, region, or national level (as appropriate for the level of the award presented).
  • Show exceptional dedication and give outstanding leadership and service to Venturing and to Venturers (on the level appropriate for the award).

To make a nomination:

  • This nomination form must be submitted to the Steve Fossett Center for Scouting no later than 4:30pm on November 29th.
  • Attach letters of recommendation from Venturers, Scouters, acquaintances, teachers, place of worship, etc.
  • Attach additional sheets, if necessary.
  • Attach a picture of the nominee when submitting the form.

COUNCIL ANNUAL DINNER - SAVE THE DATE
Save the date for this year's Council Annual Dinner that will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Victoria Rosemont (Rosemont Holiday Inn Express) located at 6600 Mannheim Road Rosemont, 60018. The dinner will celebrate all of our adult volunteer leaders, including the presentation of this year’s Silver Beaver Awards, and all of the council’s accomplishments from the last year. More information to follow.

MEMBERSHIP STANDARDS MOVING FORWARD
Upon approval of the membership standards resolution in May of this year, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America began reviewing its policies and guidelines to help ensure a smooth transition to the new policy. Click here for more information that will help in answering questions you may have regarding the implementation of the resolution.

DISTRICT REORGANIZATION EXECUTIVE ASSIGNMENTS
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.

2013 FALL MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT
Contact your unit serving executive now to set up school talks and use our flyers, posters and yard signs to get the word out!!! Not sure who your unit serving executive is?  See the article above for the link to the list!  For more information, please contact Ernest Espinoza at eernest@bsamail.org or 312-421-8800 ext. 248.


CAMP CARDS - LAST CALL, INVOICES COMING...
If you have not contacted Myriam (x 209) or Steve (x202) to provide them a status of your camp card campaign an invoice is headed your way for the full amount of the cards you checked out. Avoid the issues! Send myriam.herrera@scouting.org an overview of your cards sold, those that are outstanding and what you will be returning to buy yourself some time.

2013 POPCORN SALE
It’s Poptober Season!!!   If you haven't already signed up for the sale, do so online at www.chicagobsa.org/popcorn. While you're there, check out our new prizes and new products!!! Order forms were mailed to all Scouting households in August.  August and early September are the perfect 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 Monday, November 11th for delivery Saturday, November 23rd.  Please mark these dates on your calendar now. If you missed the training you can still get your packets and order forms from Ernest Espinoza, call him at 312-421-8800 ext. 248 or e-mail at eernest@bsamail.org

NESA CHICAGO
If you’re an Eagle Scout, we’d love to have you join us. Check out our website, nesachicago.org, join our groups on Facebook (facebook.com/NESAChicago) and LinkedIn (search for NESA Chicago), or send us an email, nesachicago@scouting.org.

2013 FRIENDS OF SCOUTING CAMPAIGN
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 eernest@bsamail.org  or call 214-907-9759.

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

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

SCOUTING’S JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE (J2E)
“Scouting’s Journey to Excellence” is the BSA’s 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.


Activities

PATROL CHALLENGE
We have received a number of inquiries from Scouts in California who are participating in a Scouting event called Patrol Challenge. Units that sign up to participate in this scavenger hunt are required to take their picture (or have someone do it for them) at various locations throughout the US.  One of the early clues is asking them to take a picture at the sign marking the beginning of Route 66 (Adams & Michigan Ave in front of Panda Express).  If they cannot make it to this location themselves, they must have at least 2 Scouts and a leader in uniform take a photo while holding a sign with their team name.  If your unit is interested in helping out the units that have been contacting us for help, please email Shayna at shayna.hofmeister@scouting.org and she will get you in touch with the teams to coordinate.

SCOUTS TO PARTICIPATE IN MEXICAN PARADE ON SEP 8
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.

HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO
On Thursday, September 12, Honor Flight Chicago will escort approximately 93 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 8:25pm.  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: October 2 and October 30.  More details on these flights to follow.

GET THE SCHOOL YEAR STARTED WITH A VIP EXPEREINCE AT DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS 100 YEARS OF MAGIC!
A century of classic and new Disney stars are taking to the ice to share memories, laughs and excitement in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. The magnificent celebration is coming to United Center in Chicago, September 11-15.

This magical moment in entertainment history combines Disney’s unforgettable stories and enthralling characters that have entertained families the world over. The captivating production features the largest cast ever of lovable Disney stars on ice – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Stitch, Nemo and the Incredibles – and exciting moments from Disney’s Mulan and The Lion King.

Scout Performance:  Friday, Sept. 13,  7 p.m. SAVE up to $7.50 per ticket.
 

CLICK HERE for MORE INFORMATION and ORDER INSTRUCTIONS   CLICK TO PREVIEW THE SHOW!

SCOUT DAY AT ST. MARY OF THE LAKE UNIVERSITY
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 cherylewall@sbcglobal.net.

VOLUNTEER SCOUTS NEEDED FOR FIESTA FAMILIAR AT LINCOLN PARK ZOO 9/28
If you have Scouts that love the Scouting program, are patient and have a desire to teach, we invite you to join us on September 28th at the zoo. Volunteers will be helping little kids with projects, experiments or crafts as they learn about gardening, technology, and art. We want Scouts smiling and looking sharp in their uniforms. Show off your Scout pride in front of the 30,000 visitors that are expected at this Latino focused fun experience. All Scouts fitting this criteria are encouraged to send myriam.herrera@scouting.org a note indicating their interest. The event will be from 10am to 5pm, but you don’t have to be there all day. Come and mentor a child and show them how cool it is to be a Scout!

2013 CUB SCOUT FAMILY FUN DAY
We would like welcome you and your family to Cub Scouts!  Please join us on October 5th, 2013 for a fun day for the whole family.  Enjoy activities such as fishing, games, an obstacle courses and more!  
Registration starts at 11:30AM and the event starts at noon! The cost is $5 per Scout and $3 for each non-Scout. Pre-Registration Deadline: 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2013 Note: Families may bring their picnics and enjoy the grounds prior to noon. Please wear weather appropriate clothing, shoes and hats.  Cub Scout uniform preferred.  Don't forget your water and snacks!

Two locations to choose from!  Click below on the location nearest you for the registration form with more information!

South - Sundown Meadows - Countryside, IL (Grove 2 – Shelter - .01 mile South of 67th St. on South LaGrange Rd.)

North - Schiller Woods East Picnic Grove - Chicago, IL (Grove 12 – Shelter -West of N. Cumberland Avenue on West Irving Park Rd.)

SCOUT NIGHT WITH THE CHICAGO FIRE
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.


17TH JAMBOREE ON THE INTERNET, OCTOBER 19–20, 2013
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 www.scouting.org/joti, for information on how to participate, what is needed, and what website to visit during the JOTI weekend.

RED RIBBON WEEK - OCT 23-31
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) created a Red Ribbon Week patch to encourage and support Scouts who wish to learn about Red Ribbon and participate in local efforts to educate youth about the dangers of drug abuse. Observed annually from October 23 to October 31st, Red Ribbon Week is a national celebration promoting youth education on the dangers of substance abuse. The DEA encourages all Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups to participate. Patches will be given to the first 15,000 qualifying Boy Scout and Girl Scouts but in order to earn the patches, a unit leader must submit the electronic Activity Report no later than Thursday, October 31st. Click here for more information and requirements.


SCOUT NIGHTS WITH THE BLACKHAWKS
The 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks have reserved a very limited number of tickets for Scout Nights on Sunday, November 10th and Sunday, March 25th at 6:00pm. All Scouts in attendance will receive discounted tickets, a patch, and unit recognition on the scoreboard. Please click here for more information.

SCOUTING FOR FOOD
The Chicago Area Council can do its part to alleviate hunger in Chicago and America. This year's Scouting for Food bag distribution will take place on December 7, 2013 and collection will take place on December 14, 2013. Click here for the unit commitment form!


HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS SCOUT DAY - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27
Save The Date! The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their 2014 tour to the Allstate Arena on Friday, December 27th, 2013. The Harlem Globetrotters would like to offer all Scouts, family & friends a special discounted ticket offer during the 2014 World Tour! Globetrotter Scout themed patch included with ticket purchase! Ask about opportunities to present the color guard, top popcorn seller recognition, fundraising, meet-n-greets and more! More information and ticket prices/order form to come! Click here for more info.

IMAGINE ROAMING THE FIELD MUSEUM AT NIGHT!
Bring your sleeping bag for an exciting adventure among towering dinosaurs! Dozin’ with the Dinos is a unique opportunity for Scouts ages 6-12 to spend the night at The Field Museum and enjoy games from around the world, a self-guided tour of Inside Ancient Egypt – in the dark! - and much, much more! Cap your night of exploration with cozy bedtime stories before drifting off to sleep in one of our awe-inspiring exhibitions. Tickets sell out fast, so get yours now!  For a list of 2014 overnight dates and more information, click here.

SCOUT AIR FEST 2014
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 www.ScoutAirFest.org. 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!!!

23RD WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE, JULY 28- AUGUST 8, 2015
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.

The 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.

Visit http://www.chicagobsa.org/program/international-scouting/50138  or http://www.23wsj.jp/index_e.html for updates


Advancement

All Merit Badge Counselors must have valid Youth Protection Training.  The Advancement Committee has been checking every registered Merit Badge Counselor in our council and have found there to be many counselors who have expired YPT.  When confirming if one has valid training, we look at that person’s ScoutNet profile.  If it doesn’t show that you have completed Youth Protection Training in ScoutNet in the last two years you will be removed as a Merit Badge Counselor by your district Advancement Chair.  If you are not sure if you have taken it and want to find out please call your district Advancement Chair or call the council office.  If you know you have taken it but it does not show up please provide a copy of your completion certificate to the council office or your Advancement Chair so it can get processed.

Summertime has quickly come to an end. Please make sure to get ALL summertime advancements turned in to the council as soon as possible.  This includes any merit badges or ranks that have been earned.  It is important for all Scouts to have their achievements recorded properly AND in the year that they were earned.  Once a new calendar year starts, these advancements cannot be recorded.  Proper advancement is also required for Journey to Excellence.

Reminder……We are in need of Merit Badge Counselors for the new Sustainability, Game Design, and Programming merit badges.  There are also many new badges that are going to be rolled out soon.  If you feel you are qualified in any of these areas or know someone who is, please contact your district Advancement Chair to sign up as a Merit Badge Counselor.  We are in need of counselors for all of these and would appreciate the help from any qualified individual.

No Eagle Scout board of review can be done without the Eagle Scout Application first being processed by the council office.  If you go to your board of review without your application being processed your board of review will be cancelled or not valid and will have to be completed again.

The cooking merit badge will be a required badge for all Scouts on January 1, 2014.  If a Scout has not earned Eagle by that date, then he will need to complete this badge in order to do so.  The total number of merit badges required for the Eagle Scout Award will remain at 21.  Instead of 12 Eagle required badges and 9 elective badges, a Scout will have to earn 13 Eagle required and 8 elective badges.

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

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

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

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

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

CHEMISTRY MERIT BADGE OFFERED BY THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
Complete all requirements for the Chemistry Merit Badge in a single session workshop. The session includes lecture and laboratory experience. You will get to interview a chemist in a small group setting during a pizza lunch. Three dates/locations to choose from in October. $20 fee in advance. Register at www.chicagoacs.org. Click here for more information.

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


Training

FLORIDA SEA BASE AND PHILMONT TRAINING CENTER OFFERED IN 2013 AND 2014
The Florida Sea Base, located in the warm weather of Florida, and the Philmont Training Center, located in the beautiful mountains of Cimarron, New Mexico, have Scouting training opportunities that you can share with Scouters from throughout the country. For information on the training opportunities, please stop by the council office and pick up your guide or e-mail Ernest Espinoza to send you information at eernest@bsamail.org.

2013 FALL TRAINER’S EDGE
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 smask1244@yahoo.com or Ernest Espinoza at eernest@bsamail.org.

NRA INSTRUCTOR AND USA ARCHERY INSTRUCTOR COURSES
The Northwest Suburban Council Shooting Sports Committee will sponsor NRA instructor and USA Archery instructor courses this fall. Click here for full details of which courses will be offered and when.


INTRODUCTION TO OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS (IOLS) OFFERED SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2013
IOLS is a hands-on program giving adult leaders the practical skills needed to lead Scouts in the outdoors. Required for scoutmasters and assistant scoutmasters to be considered trained, this course is recommended for anyone working with Scouts at outdoor activities or campouts. This weekend of camping, learning and fun will be held at Rainbow Scout Reservation: 2600 N. Winterbottom Rd., Morris, IL. 60450 - September 27-29, 2013. Click here
 for more information.

2013 DEN CHIEF SEMINAR 10/5/13
Just what is a Den Chief? A den chief is a Boy Scout that works with Den Leaders and a Cub Scout Den and when trained, becomes worth his weight in Gold! This is the seminar that we have been talking about for a long time and this is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of a one day, one stop training for every Boy Scout already involved with a pack or would like to become a Den Chief. Click here for more information.

UPCOMING BASIC TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Fall is the time when many new Scouts and volunteers join Scouting.  It’s important to get your volunteers trained as soon as possible to ensure both the volunteer and the Scouts enjoy their time in the program.  Training makes the job of a volunteer that much easier and more fun and give them the tools to provide a great program for the Scouts!

Saturday, October 5th at 8am - Cub Scout leader basic training –Estelle Sieb Center (7750 West Irving Park Road, Norridge, IL)

Saturday, October 19th at 8am - Cub Scout leader basic training – Five Holy Martyrs' Hall (4327 S. Richmond Ave.)

En Español - Octubre 19 a las 8am para los lideres de primero a cinco grado en Five Holy Martyrs' Hall (4327 S. Richmond Ave.)

Saturday, October 19th at 8am - Cub Scout leader basic training – St. Stans’ Kostka (1253 North Noble).

Saturday, November 2nd at 8:30am – Scoutmaster/Asst. Scoutmaster Specific Training  – St. Stans’ Kostka (1253 North Noble).

2013 UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING
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 eaglescoutflies@yahoo.com or 773.822.7540 or click here for the UOS Handbook with registration form.

2013 FALL BAWOW (BALOO & OWL)
BAWOW training takes all the great information in the BALOO Outdoor Training and combined it with the Outdoor Webelos Leader Training. BAWOW will be offered on November 9th 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. Click here to download the registration form.


UPDATE YOUR TRAINING RECORD
Did you recently receive a letter stating you need to take a training that you’ve already taken? If so, update your training record by visiting www.chicagobsa.org/update. Remember, if you took training online, you DO NOT need to fill out this form – just enter your BSA member id number in your MyScouting profile and it will update your record at the council office automatically.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
What does it take to be considered trained for your registered position in Scouting?  Check out national's list of basic training requirements to find out!

COUNCIL AND DISTRICT TRAININGS
Looking for training near you? Visit the Council Training Page or www.chicagobsa.org/training-dates for upcoming sessions.

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


Camping

2013 NATIONAL JAMBOREE CAC CONTINGENT PATCH SET
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.

2014 RESERVATIONS
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.

NEW PROGRAMS FOR OWASIPPE

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. 

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

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

EXPERIENCE PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH IN 2014!
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 christian.townsend@scouting.org.


Order of the Arrow

OWASIPPE LODGE JAMBOREE PATCH SET
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.

LODGE FALL FELLOWSHIP
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.

OWASIPPE LODGE TRADE-O-REE
The Owasippe Lodge Trade-O-Ree taking place on Oct 18-19 offers an opportunity for all Scouters and Scouts to see impressive and historical Scouting memorabilia. Many of these items will be up for trade or sale and the admission for you is FREE. 8 foot tables are available for rent for all who are interested in displaying their personal collection of scouting memorabilia. For more information download the event flyer or contact the Trade-O-Ree adviser, John Kennedy, at (815) 544-3918. The Lodge Trade-O-Ree is a major fund raising event for the lodge. Proceeds from this event is used entirely to subsidize the costs to send present and future youth leaders to the National and Regional training events like NOAC and NLS.


Districts

ArrowheadWebpage - Calendar

Fort Dearborn Webpage - Calendar

Greater Southside Webpage - Calendar

Indian Trails Webpage - Calendar

Iroquois – Webpage - Calendar

North River Webpage - Calendar

River Trails Webpage - Calendar

Western Trails Webpage - Calendar

Exploring – Webpage - Calendar

Sea Scouts Webpage - Calendar


Scout Shop

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It’s that time of year again! Time for a new year of Scouting and back to school! Prepare your little guy with everything he needs at the Chicago Scout Shop! We have Cub Scout and Boy Scout Pencils, 10 packs for only $1.99! Show your Scouting spirit with the BSA ‘Since 1910’ T-Shirt as well as many other shirts that we have, MANY ON CLEARANCE! Sleep comfortably on those cooler nights with the new BSA Men’s Sleep Pants for only $14.99! Before you know it, it’ll be time to bundle up! Prepare your Cub Scout with the new Cub Scout Knit Beanie Cap! Looking for a new merit badge? How about one that’s EAGLE REQUIRED! The new Sustainability Merit Badge can be exchanged with the Environmental Science merit badge to earn the rank of Eagle Scout! And remember, everything you see online you can get in the store shipping and handling and tax free

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.

SCOUT SHOP HOURS:
M-W & F: 8:30am-5pm
Thursday: 8:30am-7pm
Sat: 9:30am-3pm
Call for Holiday Hours of Operation

The Chicago Scout Shop is for use by Scout families, volunteer leaders and Council staff, so that they may deliver the best Scouting program possible. Please let us know how we may assist you. (312) 738-3324 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
www.chicagobsa.org.
Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
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