OWASIPPE 100TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE PATIO
There is still plenty of room to purchase your Commemorative Patio Brick at the Owasippe Centennial patio. This would make a great gift for a friend or loved one. Click here to download the order form.
2012 LEADERS’ MANUAL
The 2012 Leaders’ manual has printed and is currently being handed out at the Owasippe Leader meetings. The Leaders’ Manual and all the supporting documentation for camp are available on the council website under the camping section. Everything you will need for Boy Scout summer camp will be in this manual. There is a working list of errors found in the Leaders’ Manual on the website. Click here to view the page.
ONLINE PROGRAM REGISTRATION
The new Online Program Registration system for camp is active and going well. Over 450 Scouts have signed up for programs so far and it increases every day.
The online program registration system allows you to sign up your Scouts for programs prior to your arrival at camp. Registration will help camp better prepare for your arrival. You will also want to use the system for registering for High Adventure and outpost programs.
To use the system, click here or visit the camping section of the council website. You can download a copy of the Online Program Registration instructions off of this page which will lead you step by step through the system.
SUMMER CAMP ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
Camperships, Leadership and Transportation can be made available to troops needing special assistance. Make sure that all of your Scouts have the opportunity to attend Owasippe and call Chris Townsend (312) 421-8800 ext. 227 if you need help. It is a priority of the Chicago Area Council that all troops attend a session of summer camp.
Camperships are granted because funding is provided, in part, by Friends of Scouting and the popcorn sale. It is important that units participate in FOS and popcorn and units who do will receive priority funding in 2012. The deadline for camperships is May 1st, 2012. Only the 2012 form will be considered by the campership committee. (Espaňol)
2012 OWASIPPE FEES AND DATES
Information about Boy Scout summer camp at Owasippe can be found on our website.
NOTE ON LATE FEES
Late fees will be charged to anyone who is not paid their summer camp fees in full by May 31st. Often times there are issues where fees are coming in late, or there are people waiting on camperships.
If you are waiting on a campership, pay the amount due less the amount of campership you have applied for. So if the fee is $260 and you have a $70 campership pending, send in $190 and a note stating that you are waiting on a campership for that Scout. If the campership is not approved or it is less than what was applied for, you can send in that balance late or pay it at settlement and avoid the late fee.
Extensions will be given only with the approval of the camping director and all extension requests must be made before May 31st 2012. Extension requests made after that date will be denied and a late fee will be applied. There will be no exceptions in this. Late fees will not be waived after the fact as it has happened in years past. This is an important change.
Collecting Payments from Scouts and Families
We strongly encourage unit leaders to communicate the late fee policies to Scouts and their families ahead of time so late fees are not a surprise.
New Scouts are Scouts who join Boy Scouts any time after January 1st 2012, and are not subject to the late fee. In instances where additional Scouts join and payments are not made prior to camp, proof of registration may be requested by the camp administration. Proof would be the unit copy of the Scouts application.
The camping department will do our best to work with you on late fees. If you have issues with the late fees or the payment timeline, you must contact the camping department before the payment deadline.
RENEKER FAMILY CAMP
Troop going to camp and the family wants to go to??? Why not stay at Reneker Family Camp. Cabins are still available.
Camp Reneker is run differently than the other section camps as its program is offered to families with adults and children of both genders and various ages rather than to Boy Scouts. There are currently five age groups with programs designed specifically for each. Age group programs run in the morning. In addition, all campers are encouraged to participate in the general program, which runs in the midday and evening. Activities available to campers include swimming in the pool, archery, hiking, BB guns, and crafts. For more details go to the Camping / Owasippe Scout Reservation menu or contact the camping office at (312) 421-8800 x226
Webelos Camp is starting to fill up. You can find information about Webelos Camp on our website. If you or members of your unit are interested, please contact the camping department for availability or if you would like someone to come talk to your unit.
COUNSELOR IN TRAINING PROGRAM (CITs) AT OWASIPPE
This year, Owasippe Scout Reservation has the pleasure of introducing the most extensive, immersive, life-changing leadership program offered by the Scouts today: The New Counselor Leadership Development program. NCLD arms participants with the leadership tools and experience needed to succeed on camp staff, in their Scout Troops, and at life in general, all while simultaneously developing their moral/ethical foundation. Our goal is to produce versatile, conscientious leaders who don’t just do well, but also do good.
Drawing on elements from NYLT, the National Youth Leadership Training program, NCLD teaches the foundation, theory, and practice of leadership. NCLD equips candidates with proven, powerful leadership skills, with applicability in Scouting, school clubs, college, business, and more.
NCLD is available to Scouts 14 and 15 years old by June 1st. There are two options for the course: 3 week program, which will run periods 1 – 3 or 4 – 6, and the comprehensive 7-week program that starts staff week. For more information, click here. For an application, click here.
CUB SCOUT DAY CAMP 2012- WORLD CRUZ’N CUBS
One of the highlights in a Cub Scout’s year is the annual Cub Scout Day Camp. Give your Scouts what they are looking for! Cub Scouts in the Chicago Area Council can register for one or both of the exciting day camps being offered in 2012.
North Side Day Camp @ North Park Village
June 20-22, 2012
Wednesday 8:15am-3:15pm, Thursday and Friday 8:30am-3:15pm
5801 N. Pulaski Rd. Chicago, IL 60646
Cost: Regular - $75.00
Camp Director: Shar Wyatt 708-453-5121
Webelos In Town Camp @ North Park Village
North Park Village will be hosting a Webelos In Town Camp, this will be a 2 day and one night camp designed to give the 1st and 2nd year Webelos an opportunity to camp right at North Park Village, close to home, with their parent or adult guardian. The program will run Monday June 18th - Tuesday, June 19th. Check-in will begin at 8:15am and program will start at 9am on Monday and continue through 3:15pm on Tuesday afternoon.
Cost: $95.00 per youth
Adult Partner: $15.00
Camp Director: Shar Wyatt 708-453-5121
South Side Day Camp @ Trinity Christian College
July 18-20, 2012
Wednesday and Thursday 8:00-3:30pm, Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
6601 W. College Drive - Palos Heights, IL 60463
Early Bird Registration Deadline: 5/15/2012
Cost: Early Bird - $55.00 Cost: Regular - $75.00
Camp Director: Helen Gesell 708-423-5045
For more information or forms, visit: www.chicagobsa.org/daycamp.
Every Scout should have the opportunity to experience Philmont at least once. This can be that opportunity. Openings are available for the 2012 Council contingent trip which will leave Chicago on Friday, July 13, 2012 return on Saturday, July 28, 2012. You DO NOT need to find a group of people to participate in this activity. Single youth applicants may participate even if their Troop or Crew doesn’t. Campership money is available for participants in need of assistance. Applications are due June 1st. Click for the Youth Application and the Adult Application. For more details, contact Chris Townsend (312) 421-8800 x227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 NATIONAL JAMBOREE / GO BIG, GO WILD
Get ready! The 2013 National Scout Jamboree is coming and it ain't your father's jamboree. We're talking seriously high adventure, people! Whitewater rafting, zip-lining, rappelling, mountain biking, hiking, and more - with 50,000 of your closest friends at the brand new Summit Bechtel Reserve in the wilds of West Virginia.
There is still time to sign up for the Jamboree. Please see the council or The Summit website for more information on how to sign up for the Jamboree. There are still spots available for this excited opportunity of a life time!
When: July 15 -24, 2013
Where: The Summit Bechtel Family National Scouting Reserve, Beckley, West Virginia
For the latest information, pictures and videos check out the Summit websites:
Council Jamboree Page: www.chicagobsa.org/jamboree
2013 NATIONAL JAMBOREE RALLY!
What is the National Jamboree? Where is it being held? Can I go? What happens at a Jamboree? Want answer to these questions and more…Then attend one of our Jamboree Rallies. There will be a presentation about the Jamboree, the program and early information about travel arrangements. We will also have people on site to help with signing up on the Summit website. Refreshments will be served.
- May 22 @ 7pm - Steve Fossett Center - 1218 West Adams Street Chicago, IL 60607-2802
- May 23 @ 7pm – St. Monica Parish Rzany Hall – 5115 N. Mont Clare Ave, Chicago, Illinois, 60656
- May 24 @ 7pm - First United Methodist Church - 100th Street & Central Avenue Oak Lawn, Illinois, 60453
JAMBOREE CONTINGENT LEADERS ANNOUNCED
The Chicago Area Council is pleased to announce the following Jamboree adult leadership for our two troops:
Scoutmaster: Tom McDonough
1st Assistant Scoutmaster: Ron Wat
2nd Assistant Scoutmaster: Otis Pope
Scoutmaster: Eddie Banks
1st Assistant Scoutmaster: Sal Gaeta
2nd Assistant Scoutmaster: Matt Tobias
FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT OF COOK COUNTY CAMPING SURVEY
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is developing a new Camping Master Plan and they want your help. In addition to updating and enhancing the current camp facilities that are available for organized youth groups, they are considering whether they should add additional camping experiences and programs to engage broader populations, such as families, retreat or reunion groups, day camps, and people with special needs.
In an effort to determine what might best serve the interests of the public, they have developed an online survey to encourage input on potential camping experiences. Please take a moment and share your thoughts by completing the survey, available at www.camping.fpdcc.com.
Please take advantage of this unique opportunity for Scouts and Scouters that use the resources of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County for any type of day use to overnight use and would like to do more outdoor activities. At the end of the survey, you can contact the District's planner at his phone number to personally talk with him about your needs or suggestions. Also please contact your Cook County Commissionaire to let him know of your camping ideas or concerns.