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Office Closed Monday, September 1, 2014
In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the Steve Fossett Center for Scouting will be closed on September 1, 2014. The office will reopen at 8:30am on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
Owasippe Shooting Sports Open
The Camping Committee of the Chicago Area Council invites you to participate in the THE OWASIPPE SHOOTING SPORTS OPEN, COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND, OCTOBER 10, 11, 12, 2014. Shooting Events Begin Saturday, Oct 11 at 10:00 (sleep late after the ride from Chicago). Additional events will be available on Sunday, Oct 12, 2014. COMPETITION AND FUN IN RIFLE SHOOTING, SHOTGUN SHOOTING, TARGET ARCHERY, PAINTBALL AND 'RUN n SHOOT. Click for details and to register online.
New Council Information and Updates
A new feature/section has been created on our website. The New Council Corner in the upper right of the red menu will contain periodic updates and news regarding the formation of the new council.
2014 WOODBADGE Dinner
The 2014 WOODBADGE Dinner will be held at Biagio's Banquets, 4242 N. Central Ave., Chicago on September 25, 2014, from 6:00-9:00 PM. Click for more details and registration.
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will be held at Rainbow Scout Reservation September 26, 2014. Click for details, online registration, or downloadable registration forms.
Mexican Independace Day Parade
Adding to the excitement of Festival de La Villita is the 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade on Sunday afternoon, September 14. This gala celebration of Hispanic culture draws more than 150,000 spectators who line the parade route. Festival de La Villita is the end destination of the Mexican Independence Day Parade and brings thousands more, including families, to the fest on its last day. Click for details on how to sign-up and march.
Board of Directors Approves Updated Owasippe Scout Reservation Strategic Plan
The Chicago Area Council Board has approved the updated Owasippe Scout Reservation Strategic Plan. Click the title above to read the full document.
Chicago Scout Shop Seasonal Associate Wanted
The Chicago Scout Shop is currently looking for a seasonal associate. Click the title for details.
Transitional Charter and Annual Meeting Update
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Owasippe getting spruced up with infusion of cash and love
Owasippe Scout Reservation is getting lots of love, from trail builders, former staff members and its owner, the Chicago Council of Boy Scouts. The sprawling Boy Scouts camping spot has been getting spruced up for its summer camping season, which begins in late June, although the harsh and long winter has hampered some efforts. The Chicago Council is making good on its commitment to invest $1 million into the camp's aging facilities that had been neglected as the council spent years planning to sell the property in northern Muskegon County. Click for the full story.
Fox News Features Technology In Scouting
Click to watch a recent segment by Fox News highlighting how the Boy Scout are enhancing and melding technology into our program! On Saturday, May 31, 2014 the Discovery Outpost, will hold its Grand Opening at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. A full day of Scouting activity and demonstrations will be available to Scouts and the public. The Northwest Suburban Council, BSA has leased the space near the play area of the mall to highlight the fun and educational activities of Scouting. The five BSA Councils in the area hope to attract more Scouts and volunteers into the program from the 28 million annual mall visitors. website:
2014 Popcorn Sale
In partnership with surrounding Chicagoland councils, the council popcorn committee announces a coordinated sale in 2014. This new venture brings new prizes, promotions, partnerships, advertising, and recognition for Scouts all of which promise to make this year's sale an exciting beginning to a great future. An initial flyer will be given out at April Round Tables with additional information rolled out as the sale year progresses. Contact your district or council popcorn representative with any questions or visit for more info.

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