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eScouter - February 2014


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The Council Service Center will open at 10am on Thursday, February 20th.

The Silver Beaver Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award for 2013. The Silver Beaver is the highest award the Boy Scouts of America gives for service to youth in a local Council. The Silver Beaver recipients will be honored at the Council Annual Dinner. Those to be honored are:

  • Marie Gawne - Indian Trails Program District
  • Felix Gonzalez - Iroquois Program District
  • Tom McDonough - Fort Dearborn Program District
  • Colleen Polite - Western Trails Program District
  • Norbert Talend - North River Program District

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.

The Construction Industry Dinner Show is the largest single fundraising event for the benefit of the Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. In 2007, the Executive Committee of this event initiated a Scholarship program in memory of two key former volunteers. In 2012, the committee lost another key member and decided to honor him through this program as well. Proceeds raised from this effort go directly to defray college or higher education costs of the selected recipients. Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America will award one scholarship to a high school 12th grader/senior wishing to pursue a career in any business, professional, or trade field of study. The deadline is March 15, 2014.  The detailed application requires two letters of recommendation and an official transcript. Interested parties are encouraged to begin the application early to ensure they can complete it on time

Annually we ask our current members and their family members to help support Scouting through our Friends of Scouting campaign.  This year's campaign will begin on January 1st, 2014 and runs until June 1st, 2014.  Donors who contribute at specified levels will receive special recognition. There will be more information about recognition at your unit's FOS presentation.  In addition, this year we will have pacesetter units! These units will work on getting 100% of their unit's participation through the efforts of their unit chairperson.  We are committed to providing you with high quality programs and service and your donations will help us continue to do so.  Donating is easy and we can also send you statements conveniently to your home and its tax deductible! You can also go online and give at or e-mail Ernest Espinoza for assistance at or call 214-907-9759. Click here for more information

All remaining popcorn has been reduced to half of normal retail price and is available at the Reception Desk.  We have enough that a couple of units can take out a consignment, sell what they can, and return the balance in a few weeks.All patch/pin orders and prize orders have been submitted and should have been received by now.  All camp cash certificates have been sent to unit leaders.  Contact us if there is a problem.

Ordering, delivery & distribution:
Place your order for camp cards now. Only half the inventory that was ordered in 2013 was ordered for this year; units with proven sales will get first priority.

Limited amount of product will be circulated at roundtables. If you have sold cards in the past or if you submitted a pre-order form please contact Myriam ( or x 209) or Steve ( or x 202) to make arrangements to receive your product.

To help you in you be more successful you can modify this sell sheet to reflect discounts in your area.

Selling Benefits:

  • Savings valued at $100+
  • Save/sell anywhere throughout the U.S.
  • Your customers self-select the offers relevant to them
  • Up to 10 printed discounts; unlimited online savings
  • Sears $5.00 off
  • Sports Authority $10.00 off?

The council reserves the right to limit distribution quantities. If you have not settled out on your 2013 campaign you will not be able to participate.

Click here to see the BSA site:
Click here to see the discounts in your area:

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!

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.

The 1st World Scout Education Congress brought people together from over 200 countries and territories where Scouting exists. For three days, participants and experts shared, discussed and debated their experiences and expertise in educational aspects of the Scout Movement. This event will help point the way forward, looking at the future for the educational methods of Scouting.  Read more about this event at

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.

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.

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,

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.


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 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!

Deadline extended to February 3rd! MONSTER JAM rolls into Allstate Arena for EXCLUSIVE SCOUT SHOW with ALL TICKETS SMASHED to $10 on THURSDAY, FEB. 6, 6 P.M.   Visit: 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!

Scout Day with the UIC Flames basketball team is on Saturday, February 1st. Due to the late notice, UIC will honor the Scout Day $5 ticket prices for their March 1st game as well. Click here for more information.

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 by April 8th and save $10 off the $40 fee.

ICELAND INTERNATIONAL JAMBOREE 2014  July 29 - 27, 2014 hosted by The Icelandic Boy and Girl Scout Association. Location: Hamrar, Akureyi, Iceland.  Departure date: July 17, 2014.  Cost, $2600 per person (includes round trip travel US-Iceland, camp fee, lodging, tour, food, event fee, patches, neckerchief, duffel bag and lots of fun).  Nomination deadline is February 1, 2014. Contingent size will be 8 youth  (ages 15 - 20) and 2 adults.

15th CARIBBEAN JAMBOREE 2014  July 21 - 28, 2014 hosted Scouting Antiano . Location: Ronde Klip Campsite, Willemstad, Curacao. Departure date: July 20, 2014.  Cost, $1600 per person (includes round trip travel US-Iceland, camp fee, lodging, tour, food, event fee, patches, neckerchief, duffel bag and lots of fun).  Nomination deadline is February 1, 2014. Contingent size will be 18 youth  (ages 15 - 17) and 4 adults. Nomination deadline is February 1, 2014

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 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 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,\international 


When a youth advances to any rank level, from Bobcat to Eagle, it is important that this is recorded on his BSA record. Rank advancement can be recorded on-line or by hand using the unit advancement form. If you have any questions about turning in advancement records please contact the Council office

Cooking merit badge is now an Eagle-required Merit Badge as of Jan. 1, 2014.

We would like to extend a big thank you to Teri Ross who was the Council Advancement Chair for the last three years. Under her leadership the CAC increased overall advancement, held a yearly training, and was diligent in enforcing national Youth Protection policy. – Thank you Teri

The new advancement chair is Jim Pomposelli. Jim is an Eagle Scout, is the Committee Chair for Troop 1 chartered to the Menomonee Boys and Girls Club and has two sons in Boy Scouts. Jim’s contact is Welcome Jim.

The council has been experiencing many issues and errors in the Eagle Application process.  These errors include many things including but not limited to the following:

  • Scout history incomplete
  • Incomplete dates for ranks and merit badges
  • Improper leadership roles being reflected
  • Missing dates and signatures by all proper parties
  • Board of reviews being scheduled without prior council verification

In order to make sure these things are alleviated, the attached Eagle Application Checklist must be completed and included with all Eagle Applications that are submitted to the council for approval.  If this form is not included and signed by a unit leader, the application will be returned until it is received.  This is to ensure that the application is completed right the first time around.  Requirement #6 which is the Scout’s statement of ambitions and life purpose MUST also be attached or the application will be returned until received.  Please allow five (5) days for approval when a complete Eagle Application is turned in to the council for approval.


The advancement committee is holding a day of advancement training on Saturday February 22, 2014.  Please see the attached flyer for all of the training classes available.  We encourage all to attend.  There are classes for both youth and adults.

With the Council restructuring into a North and South Service Area, All Merit Badge Counselors will have their BSA registration either in the North Area or South Area. The process for approvals will still be through Program District Advancement Commissioner (chair).

All merit badge counselors must have valid youth protection training.  The advancement committee strongly encourages and recommends each new merit badge counselor take merit badge counselor training that is provided by the council advancement committee.  This training is very helpful and provides counseling specifics and updates that may not be known otherwise. Our council also requires they must 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 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.

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. 

On Saturdays Feb 15th and March 8th (must attend both sessions) Scouts in the Chicago Area Council BSA are invited to a Merit Badge University held at the University of Chicago. Scouts will learn from experienced Eagle Scouts from the University as well as expert instructors. Scouts who attend both mandatory sessions will have the chance to complete two out of the four merit badges offered: Computers & Public Health OR Robotics & Programming. Click here for more information.

Any Boy Scout interested in earning the Chess Merit Badge is invited to a one day clinic on February 17th from 9-2:30pm at the American Legion Hall in Downers Grove.  For those who have already earned the merit badge, tournament play will be offered – please indicate on registration form.  The cost is $15 which includes lunch and a patch.   Snacks will be available for purchase.  Chess boards will be provided.  For more information, click here.

The Three Fires Merit Badge Clinic is open to Scouts in the Chicago Area Council. The Clinic will be held on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 beginning at 8:00am at the York Community High School, 355 W. St. Charles Rd., Elmhurst, IL and will end at 4:30pm. The cost is $40 per scout and includes both a hot lunch and a special patch.

Registration began on January 25th for the Three Fires Merit Badge Clinic. The Merit Badge Clinic offers dozens of merit badge offerings and is attended by Scouts from all over Chicagoland. Registration ends on February 21st and many merit badge classes fill up quickly so please register as soon as you can. Most merit badges require that prerequisite work is completed by the Scout prior to attending the Clinic so please thoroughly examine all of the pages on the Three Fires Merit Badge Clinic website.

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!


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, March 1, 2014 at the Council office. Download the registration form for additional details. For any questions please contact Bob Kurth at or Ernest Espinoza at

This Basic Training Extravaganza is a council-wide training day dedicated to conducting training for adult leaders in all phases of the Scouting family. On March 29th at St. Stan’s Kostka (Division and the Kennedy Expressway), 1255 North Noble St., Chicago, Illinois 60632. Please Car Pool. This is the opportunity to attend leader-specific training to prepare you for your opportunities and responsibilities relating to your leadership position.  This single day is packed with an abundance of information for leaders who want to provide the best program possible for their Scouts. You can register for all the basic trainings for Cub Scout, Boy Scouts and Venturing. There is even Charter representative Training offered! And best yet the Cub Scout trainings are also offered in Spanish! Click here to download the registration form. For any questions please contact Bob Kurth at or Ernest Espinoza at

En Español – 2014 Basico de Cub Scouts - March 29th, 2014  Tenemos entrenamiento basico para los lideres de primero a cinco grado en espanol! El entrenamiento esta ofrecido en la Universidad de Scouting en la St. Stan’s Kostka (Division and the Kennedy Expressway), 1255 North Noble St., Chicago, Illinois 60632

BAWOW will be offered on April 5th. We have taken all the information in the BALOO Outdoor Training and combined it with the Outdoor Webelos Leader Training. It is important for all of the leaders that will be doing outdoor activities with the Pack to participate in this training.

North Service Area - Estelle Sieb Center on 7750 West Irving park Road, Norridge, IL. Contact Shar Wyatt 708-453-5121,  North Registration Form.

South Service Area - Third Baptist Church on 1551 West 95th Street, Chicago, IL. Contact Helen Gesel 708-955-6418, South Registration Form.

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 Cantigny Park - April 25 -27, 2014. Click here for more information.

NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well. NYLT will be on June 21- 28, 2014 at Camp Betz.  Download the application or pick one up at the Council Service Center. 

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

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.


For the first time in many a year, the Chicago Area Council will be showcasing what our Camping Committee Chair calls, “the 4700 acre ecological wonderland that is Owasippe.” During the Columbus Day weekend, October 10-13, 2014 we will be holding the Owasippe Shooting Sports Open.  This event will require many different talents. If you are willing to help, we have a job for you.  Click here for more information about the event and/or how you can help.

Fourteen members of the MOB (Make Owasippe Better) were at Camp from January 14 thru the 20th . They accomplished many task that included repairing 44 cots that have been returned to service. Another 52 cot frames were repaired and are now awaiting new covers that will be completed soon. Other projects included some plumbing and electrical repairs at food prep. A good time was had by all.

Members ate well and had some great fellowship time and they finished the weekend with a hike to Paradise Valley while it was snowing. If you would like to be a member of the MOB please send an email with your contact information to

Volunteer to help improve Owasippe this spring at a work weekend.  Several skilled and unskilled labor work weekends will be held to improve the camp.  See the attached flyer and sign up today.

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

The Camping Committee has set the 2014 Scout fee at $280 and the Adult fee at $165.  There are no “out of council” surcharges.  The Camping Committee has set the Reneker cabin fee (attending with unit) at $310 and the attending without unit fee at $410.

We’ve discounted any NEW REGISTRATIONS for Period 2 (June 29-July 5) at Reneker Family Camp beginning February 1st by $75 to encourage your family to celebrate our Nation’s Birthday at Owasippe.  Families with a Scout or Adult in Boy Scout Camp will pay $235 for the cabin rental and families without relatives in camp will pay $335.  This is a great way to learn about Owasippe if you have a Bear or Webelos Scout who will cross over to Boy Scouting in the next few years.  Programs are available for youth and adults of all ages and the swimming pool will feel very nice on July 4th.  Even if your family can’t stay the whole week, this is a great opportunity.  For more information, call the Camping Department or see the website.  We hope to see your family at Camp Reneker any time this summer.

More candidates are needed for Boat Drivers at Blackhawk, Teen Group Leader at Reneker, Driver/Lifeguard for High Adventure (must be Michigan resident), Medical Staff, and Camp Administrative Assistant.  For more information, see the website.   If interested, please apply today! Click here for an application.

The Counselor In Training (CIT) Parent’s Meeting will be held Sunday, April 13, 1pm to 3pm, at the Steve Fossett Center for Scouting, 1218 W. Adams, Chicago.

Come meet the Camp Directors and hear about the exciting program opportunities at Owasippe this summer.  Leader’s Meetings will be held February 24th, 26th, 27th and March 3rd.  See the attached flyer for locations.  Scout and Leader $30 deposits can be made at these meetings.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

The Chicago Area and Calumet Councils will be working together to provide two sessions from July 7-11 and July 14-18, 2014, of Webelos Pirate Camp at Camp Betz. Camp Betz is located approximately 1.5 hours from Chicago in southwestern Michigan. Former Blackhawk Director Alex Lohse will serve as Camp Director. During the 5 day/4 night experience, Webelos will work on outdoor-related Activity Pins including Aquanaut, Craftsman, Geologist, Outdoorsman, and Shooting Sports Belt Loops while enjoying a pirate themed camp. Download the flyer for more information.

We are offering both print and online registration for Webelos Camp. Download the reservation form and mail  to the council office. Visit: for Session One from July 7- July 11 or for Session Two from July 14-July 18. Pricing for the camp includes meals from Monday Dinner through Friday Breakfast as well as all program supplies necessary for activities and advancements. The cost per Webelos Scout is $225 if requiring a camp provided tent. We are offering a $25 discount ($200) for those Webelos who will be providing their own tent. The cost per adult is $150. A $25 deposit per person is required for a reservation either print or online. Please contact Alex Lohse at 312-421-8800 ext. 238 or with any questions or for assistance.

The Chicago Area and Calumet Councils are excited to announce that applications are being taken for staff positions at Webelos Camp. Interview dates are scheduled at both Councils in conjunction with NYLT staff interviews. Download the flyer for more information. Qualified candidates should download and fill out the application and provide three letters of recommendation. If you are unable to attend either date and are interested in working at Webelos Camp please contact Alex Lohse at 312-421-8800 ext. 238 or to make alternate arrangements.

One of the main highlights in a Cub Scout’s year is the annual Cub Scout Day Camp!  Give your Scouts what they are looking and asking for! This year all three camps are offering a full 5 day week of excitement and adventure from the opening flag ceremony to the closing of the day. With so much fun, adventure and friendship what more can a boy want! Cub Scouts in the Chicago Area Council can register for one or all three of the exciting day camps being offered in 2014. Each camp has different deadlines so please read carefully. This year we have a NEW location for our north side camp that offers a private fenced location, plenty of parking and loads of room.

The 2014 Cub Camps:

North Side Day Camp @ All Saints Cathedral   (New Location)
Dates – Monday, June 16 - Friday, June 20, 2014

Monday - Friday 8:45 am-3:30 pm
9201 West Higgins, Chicago

Early Bird Registration Deadline: April 15, 2014  Registration Deadline: June 11, 2014
Orientation & Shirt Pick June 7th or 8th, 2014

Andy Pierce 312-421-8800 Ext 241
Shar Wyatt  708-453-5121
Business Mgr: Diane Gedroc  773-792-2957

Twilight Camp @ St Stanislaus
Dates – Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 11, 2014
Monday -  Friday 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
St Stanislaus Kostka, 1255 N. Noble, Chicago

Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 15, 2014   Registration Deadline:  June 30, 2014
Orientation & Shirt Pick Up: July 8th, 2013 at 7:00 pm at St Stanislaus Kostka, in the Library, 1255 N. Noble, Chicago 

Camp Director: Geoffrey Gawne 312-421-8800 Ext 270
Program Director: Caleb Sturghill 312-421-8800 Ext 254

South Side Day Camp @ Trinity Christian College
Dates – Monday, July 14 - Friday, July 18, 2014
Monday – Thursday  8:00 am - 3:30 pm, Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights, IL 60463 

Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 15, 2014   Registration Deadline:  June 30, 2014
Orientation & Shirt Pick Up: July 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Trinity, 6601 W College Dr., Palos Heights at Ozinga Chapel

Camp Director: David Tafur (312) 421-8800 x 246
Program Director: Helen Gesell (708) 955-6418

Camp Fees:
Scouts and siblings who register before the early bird deadline only pay $100.00 for five days of Fantastic, Unbelievable, Nonsense! Those registering after the early bird deadline pay $125.00. Adult leaders pay just $25.00.

Tot Lot at the Trinity Christian College location ONLY: Leaders spending the day with campers may drop off their 3-5 year olds at the Tot Lot for a fee of $50.00 for the week.

Forms: All forms can be downloaded from under program and day camp soon!

Camperships are available to assist needy Scouts in attending Owasippe Boy Scout Summer Camp, Cub Day Camp, Camp Betz Webelos Camp or NYLT at Camp Betz.  Scouts can apply for a campership of up to half of the “Early-bird” fee for these programs.  Camperships should be submitted by April 15, 2014, so a response can be received by the unit by May 15, 2014.  Click here
for the application.

The Chicago Area Council contingent dates for 2015 are Sunday, July 19th through Friday, July 31st. 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, 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. 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

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!

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, Order of the Arrow would like to invite all members & non-members (anyone who loves Owasippe) to come out and help prepare Owasippe for another great year of summer camp and join all the brotherhood, fun, and fellowship that will take place (Hiking, Boating, Fishing, Campfires, Pudgy Palooza, Games, etc.).  Click here to download a registration form.

Remember that paying your dues is required for us to maintain you as an active member of Owasippe Lodge. The dues this year remain at a modest $11.00 if paid before March 15th.  The dues received last year helped support many of the activities and programs of the lodge and contributed to the cost of materials that were needed for vital service projects at Owasippe. Only with your support can we continue to serve our beloved camp and provide the needed materials for projects that benefit all Scouts. We encourage that all unit leaders survey the OA members in their unit during this time of re-charter. This is a great opportunity to also collect Order of the Arrow dues and submit them to the lodge as a unit.  Dues may be submitted online or via dues forms that are available online and at the council service center.

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.

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Blue and Gold Dinners are coming up quickly! Blow everyone away this year with your decorations! Start out with our Blue and Gold7 Piece Décor Kit to set the mood for the night! Take advantage of the Blue and Gold 2 Piece Lantern Kit to light up your night! The new Blue and Gold Centerpieces will be a great way to top off your tables! Add that little bit extra this year with our Blue and Gold Cupcake Stands and Blue and Gold Cupcake Cups to put the night over the top!  

Monday through Friday: 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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.

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

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Contact Us

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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