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Listed below are the adult leaders who will be attending the Jamboree with our Contingent.

Herb Dulzo is the Chairman of the Chicago Area Council Jamboree Contingent.  He has been involved in scouting since he was a Cub Scout.  Herb is currently an Advancement Chairman for Troop 617 and Arrowhead District Camp Promotion Chair. He attended the 2001 Jamboree as a leader, the 2005 Jamboree as a staff member and will be Assistant Director for the Central Region bikathalon at the 2010 Jamboree.


Ray Gawne is our Contingent Coordinator.  Ray is from the Indian Trails District Troop 955. When Ray was a Scout his Scoutmaster told him that the Jamboree they were holding at a place called Valley Forge was just going to be a big, overcrowded campout. Ray decided otherwise when, in 2000, he heard some Jambo staff members talking about how great it was. He went to his first Jambo in 2001 as Jambo staff and was amazed at what he had missed. He returned in 2005 as SM of a great CAC contingent troop and is looking forward to the awesome experience of his third jambo in 2010.


John Leonard Troop 1016 SM, is the Scoutmaster for Troop 1 in the Fort Dearborn District.  This will be John’s first Jamboree.

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Gunard Polite Troop 1016 1st ASM, is from the Western Trails district.  He has been in Scouting for 28 years, has served as Webelos Leader for pack 3065 in the Prairie Trails district for 9 years, committee member Troop 6, Cubmaster for Pack 3213 of Western Trials, and now serves as the Scoutmaster of Troop 213 and District Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner.  Gunard has been the Scoutmaster of provisional Troop 8643 nine years straight while attending camp Blackhawk at Owasippe Scout Reservation.  He is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, completed Woodbadge in 2003, C-10-02, Woodbadge staff member for course C-24-08.  Scouting is his greatest Joy.


Alex Lohse, Troop 1016 2nd ASM, has been involved with Scouting since 1998.  His youth highlights include: the Voyageur Wilderness Program at the Boundary Waters, Philmont Scout Ranch, National Order of the Arrow Conference (2004, 2006), Senior Patrol Leader (Troop 1224) at the 2005 National Scout Jamboree, National Conservation and Leadership Summit, and staff for the ArrowCorps 5 project at the Mark Twain National Forest.  His training highlights include: Junior Leader Training, National Leadership Seminar, National Youth Leadership Training, Scoutmaster Specific, and Intro to Outdoor Skills.  Alex is an Eagle Scout from Troop 904 and a Brotherhood member with the Vigil Honor in Owasippe Lodge, Order of the Arrow. He has served as Lodge Chief, a two-term Chapter Chief, and a veteran staff member at Owasippe Scout Reservation.  He currently serves Scouting as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 969 in the Indian Trails District.  He is also the Associate Chapter Adviser for Nacha Alluns OA Chapter and is a member of the Indian Trails District Program Committee.


Nico Burks, Troop 1016 3rd ASM

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Mike Kelly Troop 1017 SM.  He has been continuously registered in Scouting in the Chicago Area Council since he was a Cub Scout, which is too many years to count!  Mike is an Eagle Scout, Woodbadge trained, and is currently the Scoutmaster for Troop 943 on the Northwest side of Chicago.  He served as the Cubmaster for Troop 3943 for three years.  He also has served in various committee roles for Troop 932 in Chicago over the years.  Mike has received the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award.


Val Mertens Troop 1017 1st ASM, from the Indian Trails District Troop 955, joined Scouting in 1967.  He earned the Eagle Scout rank in 1971, completed his first Scoutmaster training in 1971 and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow in 1971.  Val continued in Scouting while in the military in Sheppard AFB Texas, Ft. Rucker Alabama, and Ft Campbell Kentucky.  He achieved Brotherhood in OA in Tennessee in 1979 and completed WoodBadge in 1980 with Middle Tennessee Council.  Val has held the positions of Junior Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 1803, Assistant Scoutmaster in Troops 826, 851, 955and 49 (Texas), Committee Chairman for Cub Pack 3958 and Scoutmaster in 851 and 509 (Tennessee).  He is currently on the Troop committee for 955, the Crew Advisor to Venture Crew 9955, and the past Adviser for Nacha Alluns Chapter of Owasippe Lodge. He has attended training for Cub Scouting, Catholic award advisor, NLS and Venture Leader Specific Training.  He attended the 2001 Jamboree as staff at Trading Post C and the 2005 Jamboree as 2nd ASM.


Tom McDonough, Troop 1017 2nd ASM is from the Fort Dearborn district.


Joseph Fuentes, Troop 1017 3rd ASM

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Richard Gosha Troop 1018 SM, is from the Greater Southside District Troop 356.  Rich has been in Scouting for 35 years, 8 years as a Scout and 27 years as a Scouting volunteer.  In 1982 he was awarded the rank of Eagle.  Rich presently serves  as Scoutmaster of Troop 356. He was a member of Owasippe Scout Reservation staff as CIT (79), Scoutcraft (Blackhawk 80, 81).   He successfully completed Woodbadge training C-6-98 (bobwhite), and was a staff member of courses C-10-02 and C-16-04.  Rich served as 2nd asst Scoutmaster Troop 1222 of the Chicago Contingent to the 2005 Jamboree.


Frank Kriegseis, Troop 1018 1st ASM, is an Eagle Scout, Scoutmaster for Troop 683 in Burbank and the Arrowhead District Chairman. He received the District Award of Merit in 2008. As a Boy Scout in his youth, he has been to Philmont, and Northern Wisconsin Canoe Base and many years of Summer Camp at Camp Mach Kin O Siew in Northern Wisconsin. An avid outdoorsman, he loves to Hunt, Fish and Camp. He looks forward to celebrating 100 years of Scouting with the Chicago Contingent.



Ken Witkowski, Troop 1018 2nd ASM

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Dean Pfolsgrof, Troop 1018 3rd ASM

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