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eScouter - October 2013


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As with any reorganization, there are questions and concerns that members may have. Therefore, the Chicago Area Council will be having two fireside chats hosted by the Council President, John Leonard and Council Commissioner, Lou Sandoval.  This is an opportunity to find out where we are in the restructuring process, have any questions answered and how you can help in making this a seamless transition.

There will be a North and South location for the Fireside Chats:
South Service Area - Monday, October 7th 7:30 P.M. at First United Methodist   10000 Central Ave. Oak Lawn IL. 60453
North Service Area - Tuesday, October 8th 7:00pm at St. Stanislaus Kostka 1255 N. Noble St. Chicago IL.  60642

For more information please contact:
North - Mr. Dwayne Hunter at 312-421-8800 Ext. 242 or
South - Mr. Joe Stocchero at 312-421-8800 Ext. 239 or

Service Area elections will be held on Wednesday October 30th at the Steve Fossett Center for Scouting at 1218 West Adams St., Chicago, IL. 60607 beginning with the North Area 6:00pm to 6:45pm followed by the South Area 7:15pm to 8pm.  We have also extended the date for any suggestions for Area Committee Members to Wednesday, October 16th. Click here for more information.

The BSA is increasing its membership fee from $15 to $24 per year for all registered Scouts and adults effective January 1, 2014. Click here for more information.

It’s Poptober Season!!!   If you have not yet signed up, please do so online at  New prizes and new products!!! Order forms were mailed to all Scouting households in August.  Poptober is a great opportunity to take some orders while the weather is nice.  Take Orders are due Monday, November 11th for delivery Saturday, November 23rd.  Don’t forget, if the council hits the $715,000 Goal, the Popcorn Kernel for the Program District with the highest percentage increase will get to shave the head of our Assistant Dir. of Field Service, Ernest Espinoza! What a sight and everyone can come to watch! So sell, sell sell!!! 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

Purchase camp cards outright for $1.00 and maximize your popcorn show and sell opportunities. There will be no need to settle out and no returns. Buy them for $1.00 sell them for $5.00 and make a $4.00 profit for your unit with each sale or sell them for whatever you like. If you or someone else in your unit has not settled out your original order of camp cards you will not eligible for this special deal until the original order is settled. If you would like some cards contact Myriam ( or x 209) or Steve ( x 202). 

Beginning late September, parents, Scouts & Venturers over 14, volunteers and chartered organizations will begin seeing surveys delivered into their email inboxes for Voice of the Scout.  The surveys have been designed to be very brief but will give needed insight into the variety of experiences at the unit and district level within our council.  Surveys will stay open for three weeks, and then information will be referenced for making key decisions to drive Scouting forward, as guided by the people that matter most – our members.  It will be a continuous program, in that we will launch these surveys twice per year, with no household receiving more than one survey every six months.  If you have not received a survey, make sure to check you spam folder for emails that may have gone there.   Voice of the Scout is how we will help guide our decision-making for our future programs and operational delivery.  Please take a few minutes of your time to participate!

It is important for us to tell the community about the value of the Scouting program. As a unit leader, you hold the key to sharing all of the great outcomes Scouting provides. Click here to see how your unit can win prizes and bragging rights by sending us your success stories and photos of your Scouts in action!

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 27th (please note date change due to holiday office closures). 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

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 27th (please note date change due to holiday office closures).
  • 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.

We'd sure be obliged if you'd join us as we celebrate this year’s Silver Beaver recipients and all of our successes from the past year! So saddle on up and mosey on over to the Annual Chicago Area Council Dinner Round-Up.  This year's Western themed dinner will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Victoria Rosemont (Rosemont Holiday Inn Express) located at 6600 Mannheim Road Rosemont, 60018.  Click here for more information or to register.

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.

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.

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 or 312-421-8800 ext. 248.

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

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 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.


On Wednesdays, October 2 and 30, Honor Flight Chicago will escort approximately 92 World War II veterans to Washington, DC in a series of "honor flights." These are the last flights for the year. We would love for you to join us at Midway Airport to welcome our returning heroes. Please wear your class A uniform and bring your welcome home and thank you signs. To be a part of this meaningful event, meet at Midway Airport's Baggage Claim 1 by 7:45pm. 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," click here.

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.)

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 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.

Take a Scout Trip to the 11th Century at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.  All Scouts, leaders, family and friends can experience an evening of feasting, fighting and fun for just $25.00 a person on select Scout Appreciation Shows. All Scouts receive a free medieval patch. Click here for more details

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!, is an extraordinarily engineered circus experience where Children Of All Ages® find out what it takes to build The Greatest Show On Earth®. The foundation is set and the rising anticipation of high-energy, high-jinx and hilarity is ready to be transported by colorful circus machinery and unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes in Chicago!

Chicago Scout dates:  Sat., Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Allstate Arena, *Fri., Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Allstate Arena, *Fri., Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. United Center, Fri., Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. United Center
*On these dates Scout discounted tickets include first on floor to all-access pre-show and Scout clinic! 
There is always  F
REE PARKING in all official arena parking lots!

SCOUT CLINIC:  Chicago Scouts and anyone who has purchased tickets with them for Fri., 11/8 or 11/22 are invited to EXCLUSIVE SCOUT CLINIC. Chicago Scouts can participate in a question and answer session, learn about some of the humans and animal stars of The Greatest Show On Earth AND be first in line to experience the ALL-ACCESS PRESHOW.


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.

This year the Chicago Wolves are offering multiple games to bring out your Scouts for a ton of fun!  Scout nights will be held on November 16, December 7, February 22, and March 15. Come early for the free pre-game fun fest from 5-6:30pm in the All State Arena Skyline room. Click here to download the order form for this fun-filled day!

The 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!

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!  Click here for more information or to order tickets.

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.

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.

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  or for updates


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.

Please make sure that all Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks are recorded before your Scout is registered in a Boy Scout unit.  Once he is registered in a troop, any Cub Scout ranks will not be able to be entered for him.  This is why prompt recording of advancements is important.  All ranks should count for the Scout and be on their permanent Scouting record.

The cooking merit badge will be a Eagle 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.

All merit badge counselors must have valid youth protection training.  They must also be at least 21 years old.  The advancement committee has been checking every registered merit badge counselor in our counsel 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 counsel office.  If you know you have taken it but it does not show up please provide a copy of your completion certificate to the counsel office or your advancement chair so it can get processed.

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:

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

One Saturday a month Vertical Endeavors in Warrenville hosts a five-hour class in which a Boy Scout from any troop can meet all of the requirements for the BSA Climbing Merit Badge. Badge requirements include: belaying, rappelling, knot tying, rope management & more. They recommend Scouts be at least 12 years old and have completed the First Aid Merit Badge. There must be a minimum of 6 participants to run the event.  The cost is $39.99/Scout. Click here to see available days and download a flyer that can be passed out to your Scouts. Contact Anita Johnson, Program Coordinator, at (630) 836-0122 or with questions or to sign up.

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 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

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.

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.

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).

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 or to register online.

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.

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.

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!

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.


On September 25th, the Council’s Volunteer Executive Committee approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Calumet and Des Plaines Valley Councils which, in effect, would end Webelos Camp at Owasippe.  Under the MOU, the Council would promote Des Plaines Valley’s Adventure Camp at Rochelle, Illinois, providing a closer alternative for Cub and Webelos families.  Despite our best efforts over the past couple of years, Webelos Camp attendance goals have not been achieved.  It is felt that more Cubs and Webelos will enjoy an outdoor experience through this cooperative effort. 

Calumet Council has not offered Boy Scout Camp in several years and it is anticipated that Des Plaines Valley Council will follow suit.  Those two councils, would in turn promote Owasippe to their Boy Scout Troops, enabling Owasippe to serve more Scouts during summer camp.  All three councils have not yet approved the MOU.  Following that action, more information will follow.

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.

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
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.

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 Steve Adams 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, represented 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.

New lodge officers for 2013-2014 were elected at the lodge Fall Fellowship.  The lodge positions have been re-organized  by  the lodge executive committee to better serve the lodge programs and units within our council.  The new positions are Lodge Chief, Lodge Vice-Chief – Program, Lodge Vice-chief – Inductions, Lodge Secretary, and Lodge Treasurer.  Your new lodge officers are Matt Haak - Lodge Chief, Jacob Klein - Vice-Chief Program, Kyle Rinholm - Vice-Chief Inductions, and Tristan Rinholm - Secretary.

A fantastic event for all traders and non-traders or units to attend. 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.

The 4th Annual Vigil Alumni Dinner will take place on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the European Chalet Banquet Hall.  This year’s event will honor the lives and works of two distinguished Vigil Brothers – Robert J. Burns and Rev. Arties R. Philips.  If you are a Vigil Member, and have not received an invitation to attend the Vigil Dinner, please contact Ted Kumzi at


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Just in time in time for the cooler weather comes the BSA Men’s Sleep Pants!  Perfect for those cooler nights that call for a relaxing night in. Surprise your mother or significant other this season with the BSA Charm Bracelet to show how much she is appreciated! More charms to come! Keep your Cub Scout’s lunch in one place and show off his Cub Scout pride at lunch this school year with the Cub Scout Lunch Bag insulated to keep cold things cold and hot things hot and your lunch delicious! Check out our Cub Scouts Rule Long Sleeve Tee! Great for adding an extra layer under your uniform, or to keep warm outside during the fall season! New to our shelves! Show off your Eagle pride in style every time you reach for your keys with our Eagle Key Ring, also makes a great gift for that special someone!

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

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

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

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

Contact Information

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