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eScouter - November 2013


Calendar

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


News

BSA MEMBERSHIP FEE INCREASE
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.

POPTOBER 2013

It’s Poptober Season!!!   If you haven't registered for the sale, do so at: www.chicagobsa.org/popcorn New prizes and New products!!! Order forms were mailed to all Scouting households in August. Take Orders are due Monday, November 11th for delivery Saturday, November 23rd.  You may come Saturday, November 9th from 9am to 2PM to turn in Popcorn or dollars!!! Please mark these dates on your calendar now! If you need anything please contact Ernest Espinoza, call him at 312-421-8800 ext. 248 or e-mail at eernest@bsamail.org OR Steve Adams stadams@bsamail.org

COUNCIL POPCORN DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS FOR NOVEMBER 23, 2013
Indian Trails, Fort Dearborn, North River, and Western Trails districts pick up at the north side location: DHL, 10601 Seymour Ave., Franklin Park, IL (south of Irving Park Road and just west of Mannheim).
Arrowhead, Greater Southside, Iroquois, and River Trails districts pick up on the south side at: New Process Steel, 5761 W. 118th St., Alsip, IL.

WALMART & SPORTS AUTHORITY JOIN THE 2014 CAMP CARD - PRE-ORDER NOW!
SUPPLIES ARE NOT GUARANTEED!

The addition of a $5.00 off Walmart and $10.00 off Sports Authority purchases are going to make this an easy sale. Distribution and inventories of the 2014 will be handled in a very different manner. If you want to ensure your unit gets cards send Myriam an email (myriam.herrera@scouting.org) with your unit number, the quantity you want and the adult leader(s) that will be in charge of the campaign in your unit. Additional inventories will be minimal. To make sure your Scouts earn their way to camp pre-order now!

2013 CAMP CARD BLOW OUT
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 (myriam.herrera@scouting.org or x 209) or Steve (steve.adams@scouting.org x 202). 

SUPER SCOUT STORIES WANTED!
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!


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 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 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 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.

2014 COUNCIL ANNUAL DINNER
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.

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.

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.

EAGLE SCOUT RECOGNITION DINNER
On January 7, 2014 NESA Chicago will celebrate the accomplishments of the latest Eagle Scout class from the Chicago Area Council.  This year's speaker is Dr. Clyde Yancy, Chief of Cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  The dinner will be held at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in the Feinberg Pavilion. This year we announce that the dinner will also serve as a "Gathering of Eagles" and we hope to have the largest reunion of Eagle Scouts gathered in Chicago present at the dinner.  All new Eagle Scouts (November 2012-November 2013) will receive an invitation in the mail to attend as the guest of a sponsor.  Anyone is welcome to attend as a sponsor.  There will be a special rate for all Eagle Scouts who are 25 years old or younger.  More details to follow.

NESA CHICAGO CAREER MENTORING PROGRAM

Last fall we held our first-ever career fair for Chicago Scouts and high school students.  We had over 25 professionals on hand to provide the youth an opportunity to learn from adult experts about careers in a number of different industries. 

We would like to continue providing this type of mentoring to Chicago Scouts and high school students by creating a network of professionals who would be willing to travel to local schools to do a short presentation (no more than one hour total) about their industry and career interests. 

This program will be conducted in conjunction with the council’s Career Exploring program.  We will utilize a career interest survey to determine which industries the students are most interested in so we are able to coordinate appropriate speakers.  The program would be open to all students (male and female) and, if allowed by the school, Scouts who are at least 14 years old. 

Currently we are gathering information on professionals who would be interested in participating in this program by speaking at a school once or twice a year.  If you are interested, please visit www.NESAChicago.org/CareerMentoring and fill out our brief survey.

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

HOLIDAY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
The Cathedral Shelter Christmas Basket Program has been a staple for in-need Chicago families since 1920. Help support one of these families by choosing to be a sponsor with your unit.  It is a fantastic way to actively participate in service and outreach, and it can assist in educating Scouts about the needs of the community around them. For more information contact Parker Callahan at pcallahan@cathedralshelter.org or visit their website at http://www.cathedralshelter.org/programs/christmasbasket

SCOUT DAYS AT MEDIEVAL TIMES
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.


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.  We have been informed that this event is now taking a waiting list.

2013 SCOUT NIGHTS WITH THE CHICAGO WOLVES
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!

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
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.

MONSTER JAM AT ALLSTATE ARENA FEB 6

MONSTER JAM rolls into Allstate Arena for EXCLUSIVE SCOUT SHOW with ALL TICKETS SMASHED to $10 on THURSDAY, FEB. 6, 6 P.M.   Visit:  www.monsterjam.com/chicagoscouts to order tickets NOW! Orders are prioritized by date received so order NOW to sit close to the DIRT and ACTION!

This exclusive show only:  FREE post-show PIT PARTY for all in attendance to meet drivers and take photos of the AWESOME MONSTER TRUCKS! Special anti-bullying campaign is part of this year’s show: CRUSH BULLYING WITH SCOUTS AND MONSTER JAM.   And don’t forget, ALL Scouts through the door receive an commemorative MONSTER JAM scout patch FREE when entering Allstate Arena on show day!

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!!!

WOSM RELAUNCHES WEBSITE AS A PERMANENT ONLINE JAMBOREE
On October 16, 2013,The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) redesigned and launched their new website and it is now a permanent online Jamboree at scout.org.  Since the launch, the site has had over 36,000 unique visitors and the numbers are increasing by the minute. Scouts and scouters from all over the world are creating profiles, posting their stories and sharing those of others.

Want tips and suggestions? Wondering about a specific issue? Chances are a fellow Scout knows the answer. Scout.org includes an "Ask"-section, where you can post your question. One example is Hannah Atkinson from the UK who is asking for tips on campfire treats, see her posting here  http://scout.org/node/10480.

This is just the beginning. Within the next two weeks a Google translate feature will be added so that you can read all the content on scout.org in your language of choice. You will also be able to follow specific individuals or groups, and be up to date with what they’re doing.  You can already prepare for this feature today - if you see a post that you find interesting, click on the profile of the person who posted it and select “follow”. This way, their posts will automatically be included in a specific news stream for you once this feature is activated. In other words, stay tuned - there is still a lot to look forward to.

You can be part of developing the scout.org universe. If you have any ideas or suggestions, don’t hesitate to share them by clicking on the "feedback" button. And above all - don't forget to invite your Scouts friends to join in on the fun on scout.org.

23rd WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE
The 23rd World Scout Jamboree will be held at Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, from July 28 to August 8, 2015.  “WA: a Spirit of Unity” is the theme for the Jamboree. The Kanji Character “?” (WA) embraces many meanings such as unity, harmony, cooperation, friendship and peace. WA also represents Japan and its Culture. Go to www.23wsj.jp for more information.
 
*BSA is in the process of finalizing pricing and participation information for the 2015 World Jamboree in Japan. Registration is not ready yet, so please go to www.scouting.org/International/data.aspx to provide your contact information and, when registration is ready, BSA will contact them.  You can also send an email to Gary Gole, Area 4 VP, National/World Jamboree Area Coordinator, wjr4two@gmail.com  

www.chicagobsa.org\international 


Advancement

What’s changing with the Cooking merit badge? There are two major changes coming to this badge. The first is that Cooking merit badge will become Eagle-required beginning Jan. 1, 2014. The second is a major overhaul to the requirements, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.  Beginning Jan. 1, 2014,  regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on Eagle, unless he fulfills all the requirements — with the exception of his board of review — before Jan. 1, 2014, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout. On January 1, 2015, any Scout who begins working on Cooking must use the new requirements and the new pamphlet.

Cinematography merit badge is now Moviemaking merit badge, effective immediately. The design of the badge won’t change, and new pamphlets are expected in Scout shops in mid-November. There are some new requirements that have been added and a few that have been changed.  Please make yourself aware of these new changes by picking up a copy of the new Moviemaking merit badge pamphlet.

What is the Recommended Merit Badge Process:
1. The Scout indicates an interest and discusses it with his unit leader.
2. The unit leader signs a blue card and provides the Scout with at least one counselor contact.
3. The Scout contacts the counselor.
4. The Scout, his buddy, and the counselor meet (often several times).
5. The Scout completes the requirements.
6. The counselor approves completion.
7. The Scout returns the signed blue card to his unit leader, who signs the applicant record section of the blue card.
8. The unit leader gives the Scout the applicant record.
9. The unit reports the merit badge to the council.
10. The Scout receives his merit badge.

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.

Venturing Advancement Update

  • The Venturing Bronze, Gold, and Silver awards are on their way out.
  • A new four-by-four advancement program will replace the Bronze, Gold, and Silver awards beginning in 2014.
  • A young man or woman who reaches the fourth level in each of the four pillars will have earned the highest award in Venturing.
  • The names of the levels haven’t yet been decided, but you can be assured they won’t be Level I, Level II, Level III, and Level IV.
  • The focus of the awards will be on continual growth in the four pillars of Venturing: Adventure, Leadership, Service, and Personal Growth.
  • Each level will challenge the Venturer to first learn the skills, then demonstrate them, then teach them to others, then mentor others in those skills. (Sounds like a smart application of the EDGE method to me.)

The new program will be phased in slowly, meaning Venturers currently working on the Bronze, Gold, and Silver awards can continue their progress. Here’s the plan:

  • If working on current awards:
    • May continue working on current awards until Dec. 31, 2014
    • May convert to new awards after May 2014, beginning with the Level II Award
    • Must utilize the new awards requirements after Dec. 31, 2014
  • New awards:
    • May convert to new awards after May 2014
    • Beginning with the Level II Award for current Venturer
    • Beginning with Level I Award for new Venturers
    • Must switch to the new awards requirements after Dec. 31, 2014

Expect many more details about program specifics in the coming months.

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.

CLIMBING MERIT BADGE WITH VERTICAL ENDEAVORS
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 anita@verticalendeavors.com with questions or to sign up.


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.


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.

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, 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 or to register online.

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.

AREA 7 COMMISSIONER CONFERENCE
Are you a Council, District, Unit, or Roundtable Commissioner looking for the latest "scoop" as well as some fun and fellowship? Come join us for the Central Region/Area 7 Commissioner Conference on Saturday, November 23rd at McDonalds's Hamburger University - 2715 Jorie Boulevard, Oak Brook, IL. Space is limited, sign up now! 
More information.


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

OWASIPPE SUMMER CAMP STAFF
Former High Adventure and Blackhawk Camp Director Sean Haneberg was selected to serve as the 2014 Owasippe Reservation Director.  Sean will assemble a management team that will select and hire a camp staff of over 100 people. 

Interviews will be held on Saturday, November 30th, from 9am to 2pm, at the Steve Fossett Center, 1218 West Adams Street.  Scouts and Scouters interested in serving on camp staff should complete an application and attend.  The Counselor in Training (CIT) program begins at age 14, serving at camp for half of the summer season.  CITs age 15 will serve the entire summer season.  Visit www.chicagobsa.org/owasippe for more information.  Additional interview opportunities will be announced.

2014 RESERVATIONS
Site reservations for 2014 opened 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.

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 Steve Adams at steve.adams@scouting.org.

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!


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 represented 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.


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, 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.

ANNUAL LODGE WINTER BANQUET
Be sure to mark your calendar to enjoy some great food and pleasant fellowship at the Annual Lodge Winter Banquet.  The banquet will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2014  from 1pm-5pm at the VFW Hall, 7256 West 63rd Street; Summit, IL. The cost will be $20.00 per person (ages 11 and older) and $10.00 per person (ages 3-10). The deadline for registration is Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Note that the council office will be closed this year from December 23, 2013 to January 4, 2014 so get your registration form in early.  We hope to see you at the annual Lodge Winter Banquet. 

New High Adventure Opportunities for Arrowmen
2014 NATIONAL ORDER OF THE ARROW SUMMIT EXPERIENCE
Summit Bechtel Reserve – Bradley, WV
The Order of the Arrow Summit Experience program is an eight-day adventure at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, bordering the New River Gorge National River Area. While experiencing over 10,000 acres of adventure, you have the opportunity to explore the Summit like no one else, while blazing trail with the first year of the Order of the Arrow Summit Experience Program. Four days of the program will be focused on building or maintaining trail around the Summit, and the New River Gorge National River Area. The remainder of the experience will revolve around white water kayaking and rafting, along with mountain biking, climbing, and participation in other Summit activities. Participants will not only build trail, but also bonds of brotherhood as they start their High Adventure journey.

The program is designed to entice younger Arrowmen to participate in High Adventure. Lodges and Chapters are encouraged to participate as a crew. Arrowmen ages 14 but not yet 18 will have the opportunity to explore all that the summit has to offer in terms of adventure, brotherhood, and cheerful service. Contact the lodge for more information on this new OA program or go to http://adventure.oa-bsa.org.

OWASIPPE LODGE VIGIL ALUMNI DINNER
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 tkumzi@sbcglobal.net.


Local Programs

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Scout Shop

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SANTA'S SCOUT SHOP - DECEMBER 7TH 10AM-2PM
It’s a great time of year to celebrate with your Scouting family and we’ve got a fantastic day planned. Join us for Santa’s Scout Shop on Saturday, December 7.  Experience a fun day loaded with holiday surprises as your local Scout Shop “elves” host festive family activities and assist you with awesome gift suggestions.  And while you’re there, be sure to enter your name in our special 4’ ScoutStuff Stocking giveaway! So please drop by for a great day and a great way to support your friendly local Scout Shop.

Filled stocking giveaway offer is valid during this one-day event only. Product assortment for giveaway will vary by store. You may enter the stocking giveaway in one of three ways: 1) In person at your local National Scout Shop; 2) By mailing a 3” x 5” index card with your name, address, and phone number to the address below:

Santa’s Scout Shop Giveaway 2013
Chicago Scout Shop
1218 W. Adams
Chicago, IL 60607

Santa’s Scout Shop event is exclusive to participating National Scout Shops. Cub Scouts must be accompanied by an adult. Not valid on previous orders; may not be combined with any other offer.

It’s that time of year again! The air is getting colder, and Christmas will be here before you know it, and we have the perfect gifts for the Scouts in your life! Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout 2 Disc Box Set is now available! Missed the shows? Now you can watch them whenever you want! CONGRATULATIONS! YOU FINISHED WOODBADGE! Now you have to send out Christmas cards! Show everyone how proud you are with these Woodbadge Christmas Card Set! Want to count down the days until Santa comes? Now your little guy will be able to keep track of the days with our new Advent Calendar! Time to add another ornament to the tree. Whether you are new to Scouting or have been at it for years, the 2013 Collectible Ornament will be the perfect addition to your tree! Did you get your collectible porcelain houses last year? Did you miss your chance? Well now they’re back! IN LIMITED SUPPLY! Only 5000 made in the country! Get yours today! And don’t miss out on the newest additions! Trees, Scouts around the fire, and the new Lighted Porcelain Wall Tent! Put Owasippe memories right on your mantle for all to see.

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 Us

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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