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Chicago Area Council would like to thank the Construction and Metals industries for the ongoing support of the Scouting program. The upcoming dinner shows are the largest fund-raising events of the year. Part of each evening’s program consists of a silent auction. We now offer pre-event online bidding and item previews. The websites for each auction are: and If you have any questions, or if you want to donate any items for the auction please contact Joe Stocchero, 312-421-8800 x 263 or
2014 Council Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Chicago Area Council will take place on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. The meeting will commence at 7:00 P.M. at The University of Illinois Chicago, Student Center East, Room 302, 750 South Halsted, Chicago, Illinois. Click for detailed information including nominating procedures.
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.
Ceremony Scouts Needed
Our industry dinner shows are the largest fund-raising events of the year for the Chicago Area Council. This is a great opportunity to showcase your Scouting participation in the opening ceremonies in front of prominent community and business leaders. These events will be held on Wednesday April 30th and Thursday May 1st at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on 151 East Wacker Drive in the east tower Grand Ballroom. Ceremony Scouts and their leaders will need to arrive at 4:45 P.M. Dinner will be provided to Scouts and their accompanying leaders. Parking will be validated as well. Interested units should return the commitment form.
Current News from the Advancement Committee
The latest news from the council's advancement committee.
Trainer's EDGE Offered 5/31/14
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, May 31, 2014 at the Council office. Download the registration form for additional details. For any questions please contact Bob Kurth at or Ernest Espinoza at
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Scout Day with the Chicago White Sox
The 2014 White Sox Scout Day will take place on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The game will be played at 1:10 pm. Upper box tickets will cost $17, outfield reserved tickets will cost $19 and lower box seats are $25 each. Come out and join thousands of families at this annual event that celebrates two great American traditions - Scouting and the Chicago White Sox. The first 1,800 orders will get the chance to parade on the field before the game and the first 1,800 Scout to arrive will receive a patch. Click to download the registration form.

2014 National Youth Leadership Training
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. Click for details.
Support Owasippe Work Weekends 2014
There are many opportunities to lend a hand to make improvements Owasippe Scout Reservation this spring as well as prepare the camp for opening. The Make Owasippe Better (M.O.B.) Weekends are April 25-27, May 2-4, June 6-8, June 13-15. The OSA Fix It Weekend is May 16-18. The Order of the Arrow Memorial Day Work Weekend(MDWW)is May 23-26. Click for detailed information on how to help Owasippe!
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. Click for details.
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! Click for details.

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