The University of Scouting is offered by many Scout Councils across the United States to Scouting volunteers at all levels! That means Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, Sea Scouting, Exploring, Commissioners, adult leaders. Its a day of FUN and FELLOWSHIP! The University of Scouting offers practical courses to help Scouters lead unit activities.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND UoS?
Everyone! The University of Scouting, Chicago Area Campus (UoS) is open to all registered adult leaders in the BSA and from all Scout Councils. Training sessions are broken into four program areas and one area of general interest. Review the attached course descriptions and you will surely find more courses that interest you than there is available time in the day.
The NYLT course will be conducted at Owasippe Scout Reservation, Twin Lake, Michigan. The course date is July 28, 2013 to August 3, 2013.
Applications with a paid deposit or full payment will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the course reaches a capacity of 48. Alternates will be placed on a stand-by list.
Deposit is due with application, then monthly payments until balance is paid in full. Cancellations prior to July 5th will receive a full refund less $50 deposit. Cancellations after July 6th will not receive any refund!
Scholarships are available. Please contact Ernest Espinoza @ the Scout office for more details on scholarships.
Final sales numbers for 1st and 2nd prizes must be reported by June 1st to be in the running for the iPad or gaming system. Email, call or fax in your Scouts name, how much they sold and what unit they are from by June 1, 2013 at 12 midnight to be considered for 1st or 2nd place. NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS DEADLINE WILL BE MADE. On June 1st the council office will be open from 10am to 1pm to give you the opportunity to settle out on the weekend. Scout prizes will be delivered to the office only if you ordered them through the award zone system by May 13th. Click for more info.
On Friday, June 21, you are invited to Scout Day with the Schaumburg Boomers. The first 200 Scouts to order tickets will be entered for a chance to throw out the first pitch! All Scouts will be able to participate in a parade, running the bases, and the post-game fireworks. To top it off, it is super hero night! For just $10 more, campout at the field overnight and enjoy a movie, s'mores and breakfast the next morning! Purchase tickets online at www.boomersbaseball.com/CHICAGO or download an order form.
Going to camp with your troop? Owasippe Scout Reservation is the perfect place to get trained! We are currently offering several training sessions for adults during every period at camp. These include Youth Protection Training, Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster specific training, IOLS, and Troop Committee training.
Calling all trainers, calling all trainers! Thinking about being a trainer? Place on your calendar for the next upcoming Trainer's EDGE for Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Council office. Download the registration form for additional details. For any questions please contact Bob Kurth at email@example.com or Ernest Espinoza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In February, the Boy Scouts of America embarked on the most comprehensive listening exercise in its history to consider the impact of potential changes to its membership standards policy. Please click to see the current update of this process.
The Annual Meeting of the Chicago Area Council will take place on Monday, June 17, 2013. The meeting will commence at 7:00 P.M. at Soul City Church, 1130 W. Adams Street, Chicago (corner of Racine and Adams) in the first floor auditorium. Suggestions for consideration by the Nominating Committee for Members-At-Large, Board members, Officers, National Council representatives or Advisory Board members should be submitted in writing to the Nominating Committee, Chicago Area Council, 1218 W. Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60607. All suggestions must be submitted by Chicago Area Council registered Scouters and must be received by May 18, 2013. Suggestions for consideration by the Committee on Program and Resolutions must be submitted in writing by Chicago Area Council registered Scouters and must be received by May 18, 2013. Click for more information.
Each summer, the Owasippe management and staff strive to offer new program opportunities for scouts. This year is no different, with the creation and offering of Golf Merit Badge.
To help facilitate this program, the Owasippe staff is looking to build a surplus of equipment to lend to scouts participating in the merit badge. This includes, but is not limited to, clubs, balls, and golf bags. Basic clubs needed would be a driver, 3-wood, 3-, 5-, 7- and 9-irons, pitching wedge, sand wedge, and putter.
To be considered an active member of the lodge and be entitled to wear the lodge flap and sash, your dues must be paid annually. By paying your dues on time you directly support the activities and programs of the lodge as well as you are able to attend events, receive all mailings, and purchase lodge properties such as patches, flaps, etc. You must also be registered in a pack, troop, crew, team, or as a member at large in order to be considered an active member of the lodge. Each year Owasippe Lodge provides needed service and materials in support of Camps at Owasippe. Your dues help us to maintain these efforts. From lodge dues, merchandise sales and fund raising efforts Owasippe Lodge contributed more than $7,000 in materials at camp in 2012.
The Chicago Cubs and the Boy Scouts are teaming up once again! On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, the Cubs are offering specially priced tickets to all Boy Scouts, family members, and friends as the Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds! Upper Deck Box Outfield tickets regularly priced at $40 are reduced to $31*, Terrace Reserved Infield tickets regularly priced at $33 are reduced to $23*, Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets regularly priced at $29 are reduced to $21*, and Upper Deck Reserved Outfield tickets regularly priced at $20 are reduced to $14*. All participants will receive a commemorative 2013 Scout patch and the first 1,000 participants will also have the opportunity to run the bases after the game (Weather permitting). Order your tickets today!
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. Click 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 email@example.com with questions or to sign up.