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The Annual Meeting of the Chicago Area Council will take place on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. 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. 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 22, 2012. 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 22, 2012. For more information, click here.

The Construction Industry Dinner Show is the largest single fundraising event for the benefit of the Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Proceeds from this event help bring valuable youth service programs to nearly 20,000 young people annually. In 2007, the Executive Committee of this event initiated a Scholarship program in memory of 2 key former volunteers. Proceeds raised from this effort go directly to defray college or higher education costs of the selected high school seniors. Please click here for the application.

Our construction & metals industry dinner shows are the largest fund-raising events of the year for the Chicago Area Council. We expect that over 3,000 people will attend this year. 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 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on 151 East Wacker Drive in the east tower Grand Ballroom. Dinner will be provided for Scouts and leaders. For more information please contact or click here for the flyer.

Over the course of the past couple of weeks the Council has been given an opportunity to promote Scouting on WCIU. Chuck Dobbins, Scout Executive, John Jones, Dir. of Field Services, and John Leonard, Council President have been featured on PSAs and 26 N. Halsted. The hot topic of conversation has been mentoring youth leadership skills. Keep an eye out on the U and our Facebook page for links to the upcoming shows.

Attention Camp Card Participants! Inventory is getting low. If you are not selling the cards you have please return them to the Council and settle up your account. This will allow us to reposition stock with units that having success. For those units that blowing the sales out of the water, GOOD NEWS! We will be extending the sell date from June 1st until June 15th.

Think your boys have a chance for the iPad?  They’ll have to catch up with these guys…
Kamryn Armstrong 100 cards from unit 3312
Kristian Walker 88 cards from unit 4555
Ben Mendoza 50 cards from unit 286

Sold more than that? Well, we can’t brag about you if you don’t let us know. Send your top thee seller’s totals!

The Material Donation Program allows interested parties to make donations for budgeted supplies that the council will use throughout the year. Donors can choose to donate the approved materials or to make a monetary donation to cover the cost of specific materials. Many of these items are time sensitive; please contact Shayna Hofmeister in the fundraising department before making your donation. Shayna can be reached at or 312-421-8800 ext. 263.

As a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, the Boy Scouts of America gets invited to many different international/national events in different countries every year. This is a great opportunity for the BSA to connect with the world upon the interaction with local Scouts and Scout leaders at those special events. Consequently, it provides us, our BSA Scouts and adults, an excellent opportunity to learn about other countries, people, and cultures through Scouting activities, plus learn their Scouting skills and make new friendships as part of the adventure.

This summer the Korea Scout Association will hold its 13th Korea National Jamboree, Aug 2 - 8, 2012 and the Ukraine Scout Association's Jamboree is August 18 - 25, 2012

For more information contact Greg Wojcicki via email

The Membership Campaign is underway and if you are interested in having recruitment please see your Membership Chair or District Executive! We will be setting up selected schools for recruitment.  Recharters are now late! But it’s not too late! Please get with your District Commissioner or District Executive if you need help in your rechartering process. For more information or who your DC or DE is please contact Ernest Espinoza at

All remaining popcorn has been marked down to 50% of retail price until it is gone.  Get a free 11oz. Carmel Corn with any popcorn purchase until it’s gone.

On-line Selling continues year-round.  Scouts can earn additional Camp Cash toward Summer Camp 2012.  Please let us know if that is their intention. For a leader to register on the on-line site ( , a Validation Code is required:  popcorn.

Units should be appointing their unit kernels for the fall sale.  Sign up using the uunit commitment form for a drawing on June 30, 2012 for one of two $100 Scout Shop gift cards.

The Family Friends of Scouting Campaign is an opportunity to support the Chicago Area Council. If you have pledged please complete your payment as soon as possible. Our 2012 campaign will begin on January 1st, 2012 and runs until June 1st, 2012. This is our last year in a 12 year series of the 12 points of the Scout Law FOS gifts. We will have a special gift this year commemorating the 12 patch series! More info at your Family FOS presentation.

Congratulations to Fort Dearborn, Greater Southside, Western Trails and Iroquois Districts for going over 100% in the Leadership goal which consists of their District Committee members and commissioners putting in their part!  Congratulations to Arrowhead, Iroquois, and Western Trails for leading the way and going over 100% of Family & Leadership Goal.  Congratulations to Arrowhead District for having the most units scheduled for presentations!  We are now at 84% of our Family Goal!!! Let’s all unit leaders & families get to 100% by May 15th! Details on how to get there quickly below. Please do your part to help the team.

As soon as you know when your Court of Honor or Blue and Gold Banquet, then please contact your Family Friends of Scouting Chairman/scheduler or your District Executive. Also, please recruit your unit Friends of Scouting chair to assist the presenter at our Family Presentations! For any questions please contact Ernest Espinoza at

The United Way does not allocate any funds for Scouting in the Chicago Area Council. However, you can direct your United Way gift to support your child or other children in your neighborhood. Click here to download the form needed to direct your United Way donation to the Chicago Area Council.

Vehicles donated to One Car One Difference help our council. Your unwanted vehicle is picked up and auctioned and the proceeds support the Chicago Area Council. Refer to the FAQ sheet or One Car One Difference website for more information.

“Scouting’s Journey to Excellence” is the BSA’s new council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and council. To see the requirements for your unit or view a webinar for more information, please click here.

If you’re an Eagle Scout, we’d love to have you join us. Check out our website,, join our groups on Facebook ( and LinkedIn (search for NESA Chicago), or send us an email,


Did you miss Scout Day at the IMAX on Saturday April 21st but still want to see To the Arctic 3D at Navy Pier? You're in luck! The council is offering discounted ticket vouchers to this show that can be used during any showing. This show is scheduled to run through Labor Day. The vouchers are being sold for $6/ticket($11 value). Click here for more information or to order your tickets!

On My Honor: The History of Scouting in America
February 1-June, 30, 2012
This special exhibit uses artifacts to tell the history of both Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting in America. Special programming for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be presented in conjunction with this exhibit.  See all of the programs that the Joliet Area Historical Museum offers for Boy Scouts here:

Join the Chicago Rush on May 6, 2012 as they take on the Iowa Barnstormers for a special salute to the Scouts of the Chicago Area Council! Scouts will be taking part in pre-game festivities, in-game promotions, and scout-exclusive raffles for Rush prizes. All Scouts will also receive a free Chicago Rush Patch with the purchase of a ticket. Stay after the game for autographs from your favorite Rush stars!  Click here for the registration form.

The Chicago Area Council is returning to Dunning Read Conservation Area for a day of service on Saturday May 12, 2012. Community Service is a vital part of Scouting, so save the date and get your unit involved. Many hands make light work and many Scouts make work fun! Click here for the registration form.

Volunteers are needed for the Chicagoland Spring Marathon & Half Marathon on May 20, 2012 raising money for cancer research. Volunteering at running events is exciting, inspiring and FUN!  All volunteers receive a free event shirt for volunteering. Volunteers would help with registration and check in of participants, water stations, course marshaling, clean up, etc.
Where: 425 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg,IL. 60159

When: 5/20/2012
Contact: Danielle Starykowicz, 847-344-0861,

The 2012 White Sox Scout Day will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2012.  The game will be played at 3:10pm. Upper reserved tickets will cost $12, upper box tickets are $16 and lower reserved seats are $33 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 a patch. Click here to download the registration form.

Come join the fun on June 24, 2012 for Pack Wars at Novelty Golf on Devon in Lincolnwood..  We will start at 10am play a round of 18 holes of mini-golf, swing the bat at the batting cages, tally the scores and give out prizes.  Then stay and play Pack Wars (optional).  Pack Wars refers to a game played with packs of sports cards.  All ages may participate!!  There are great prizes to be won!  Meet Tommy Hawk – one of Chicago's Favorite Mascots!  Click here for more information.

The Chicago Bandits, women's professional softball team in Rosemont, IL, will host a Scout Night that we will be hosting this summer on July 7th and each Scout that attends will receive a Chicago Bandits Scout patch and have the opportunity to participate in an on-field parade before the game. Tickets for the game will be just $8 for Scout groups. Click here for more information.

Save the date! The Chicago Cubs will hold their 3rd annual Scout Night on Monday, August 13th! Scouts and their families will get specially discounted tickets and the opportunity to parade on the field before the game. Click here for the registration form and order your tickets now!

Plan on attending the 3rd annual Chicago Fire Scout night on Saturday, September 22 at 7:30pm. This year the ticket price includes a soccer clinic, the game, and an overnight camp-out at the dome where the Fire practices. Due to space restrictions the sleepover is only for first 250 sign-ups! Don't delay registering your Scouts. Eight councils are in participating this year's Scout night so the overnight option will go fast!  Click here for more information or to sign up!


Summer time is around the corner and is a great time for advancement.  Between merit badges and camping a lot can get done with the Scouts.  Please make sure to record advancements and get them into the council office as soon as you can.  Advancement records can be done online or by turning in handwritten forms.  If you need any help with completing the forms in either of the two options, please make sure to call your District Advancement Chair so they can walk you through it.

It is very important to make sure that all Scouts are properly registered in your unit to ensure that any form of advancement can be entered properly.  If the Scout is not registered in your unit, advancements cannot be recorded for that Scout until they are.

There are some new merit badges being offered at camp this summer.  Please make sure you check out the camp schedule to see what is being offered.  It is also a great idea to have the Scouts look at the requirements for the merit badges they want to complete at camp before they go.  This will help them become familiar with what is needed to be done for each badge.  If the Scout receives a partial at camp, he is able to finish that badge year round with another registered merit badge counselor from your district or council.  If your Scout needs help finding a merit badge counselor for a specific badge, please contact your District Advancement Chair for a list of merit badge counselors.

Please make sure that all Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks are recorded before your Scout is registered in a Boy Scout unit.  Once he is registered in a troop, any Cub Scout ranks will not be able to be entered for him.  This is why prompt recording of advancements is important.  All ranks should count for the Scout and be on their permanent Scouting record.

If you have any questions regarding this or any other advancement issue, please make sure to contact us.  We are always available to help you with any questions that you may have.  Our Staff Advisor, Joe Stocchero, can put you in touch with your District Advancement Chair if you don’t know who it is.  Please contact him at

Are your Scouts interested in earning the Rail Roading Merit Badge? If so, mark Saturday, June 9, 2012 on your calendar. Click here for more info.

Work towards your archaeology badge on May 6th from 3-5pm with the Scout programs at the Oriental Institute. Scouts will experience a simulated dig in the Kipper Family Archaeology Discovery Center, visit the museum’s world-renowned galleries, and participate in activities like a scavenger hunt, ceramic reconstruction and making ancient Egyptian musical instruments. Fees: $15/Scout for a two hour program including our simulated dig program. Click here for more information.

Hey, Cub Scouts, did you know you can earn an achievement award with your baseball cards collection? Boy Scouts, you can earn a merit badge with your special collection of cards. Visit for more information!


BAWOW was a wonderful event, thanks Shar and all the instructors that helped!  We had 66 registered!

NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venturers with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well. NYLT will have two sessions this year. Scouts can choose either July 22-27, 2012 or July 29 - Aug 3, 2012. Both will be at Owasippe. Applications can be found here or at the Council Service Center. They must be signed by the unit leader before submitting them with deposit! For more information, please contact: Ray Gawne, Course Director at 312-213-6591 or

The 21st Century Wood Badge teaches contemporary leadership and team-building skills in a comfortable outdoor setting, where learners become members of their own Troop and prepares adult leaders to deliver the mission of Scouting to all communities.  For more information, please contact Oscar Santoyo in the Program Impact Department at 972-580-2488 or via email at Fee:$400.  More Information.

El curso de Wood Badge o insignia de madera es un programa de formación de liderazgo y trabajo en equi-po, cuyo objetivo es capacitar líderes adultos para promover la misión de Scouting a toda la juventud y la comunidad.  Para más información favor de comunicarse vía tele-fónica o por correo electrónico con Oscar Santoyo, del Departamento de Impacto de Programa al: (972) 580-2488 o Costo del curso:$400.  Más Información.

Save the date for the next upcoming Trainer’s EDGE on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at the Council office. Please RSVP to  For any questions please contact Bob Kurth 773-802-5864 at or Ernest Espinoza at

There is training available during summer camp for leaders. For more information please contact Bob Kurth 773-802-5864 at or Ernest Espinoza at

Did you recently receive a postcard stating you need to take a training that you’ve already taken? If so, update your training record by visiting Remember, if you took training online, you DO NOT need to fill out this form – just enter your BSA member id number in your MyScouting profile and it will update your record at the council office automatically.

Looking for training near you? Visit the Council Training Page or for upcoming sessions.

The BSA online learning center is where you can take various online courses. All of these courses are now found through your MyScouting page at In order for your training to be recorded, you must have entered your member ID number into the MyScouting system.


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.

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.

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.

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)

Information about Boy Scout summer camp at Owasippe can be found on our website.

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
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.

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.

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.

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:

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

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: 

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

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

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

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.

 Order of the Arrow

Owasippe Scout Reservation can use your help and service.  The weekend is sponsored by the Order of the Arrow lodge but is open to all Scouts and Scouters interested in making Owasippe Scout Reservation an even better camp for all the Scouts who will attend this year.  If you are a skilled laborer, (plumber, electrician, carpenter, etc.) we have special projects for you.

The weekend is not just work but includes many fun activities to enjoy.  After the hard work is completed, everyone can enjoy the evening and all day on Sunday with boating, fishing, games, spirited camp fires along with some needed relaxation under a canopy of the Oak and Pine.  If you did not attend last year, be sure to join us this year by signing up this week. See the council web site for a copy of the reservation form.  Remember that all meals are included with the registration fee. This can be a great weekend outing for the whole troop to enjoy.

Also on this weekend the following Arrowmen will complete their Vigil. Be sure to come out in support of this high honor.
Andrew Hizel -Daniel Piper - Geoffrey Gawne - John Leonard - Lucas Kennedy
Nicholas Hizel - Paul Peranio - Richard Prokop - Zachary Schleyer

Unit election must be completed at least two weeks prior to the planned induction weekend but no later than June 1, 2012.  All unit elections must be completed by a certified lodge or chapter election team. To schedule a visit by an Order of the Arrow election team, contact your local OA Chapter Chief, Chapter Adviser or Owasippe Lodge through the council service center today. Please note that all adult petitions must be filled out in detail at the time of the election.

NOAC 2012
We still have openings for The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) and are need of adult Arrowmen to attend and provide transportation and support. This is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow.  It is Scouting's second-largest national program event.  Over 8,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and lots of fun!

The 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference will be held July 30 - August 4, 2012 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. If you or an Arrowman in your unit is interested please contact Ted Kumzi at

May 2 - Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – Council Service Center
May 25 – 28 – Memorial Day Work Weekend – Owasippe Scout Reservation
June 6 - Executive Committee Meeting – Council Service Center 

 District Websites and Calendars

ArrowheadWebpage - Calendar

Fort DearbornWebpage - Calendar

Greater SouthsideWebpage - Calendar

Indian TrailsWebpage - Calendar

IroquoisWebpage - Calendar

North RiverWebpage - Calendar

River TrailsWebpage - Calendar

Western TrailsWebpage - Calendar

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Check out the new racing series designed for Boy Scouts; longer track, natural terrain, and powered by CO2. Blastcar - build it, race it, have a blast!
Come to the Scout Shop for lots of fun; May 19th the scout shop is hosting a day of activities to help you and your scouts Get Ready For Camp!
“Hang 10” this summer on the family beach vacation or just look really cool at summer camp.  Either way, check out BSA Swim Trunks for youth and adults.
As the Year draws to an end, don’t forget to thank those leaders who have given so much to your unit.  New - Cub Scout and Boy Scout Iceberg Awards.

The Chicago Scout Shop is always accepting applications for Sales Associates.
Shifts vary Monday - Saturday. Applicants must be; Reliable, Friendly, Energetic and familiar with the program.
Helpful Pluses: Retail Experience and Fluent in Spanish. Applications available upon request.

Registering your advancements online or turning in an advancement form is the only way Scouts are credited with advancing in rank and completing Merit Badges.  This is true for all program levels.  Please show an online printout or paper copy of the Advancement Report when purchasing advancements so we can help to ensure that your Scouts receive the proper credit at the Council office.

M-W & F:  8:30am-5pm     
Thursday: 8:30am-7pm    
Sat: 9:30am-3pm
Call for Holiday Hours of Operation 

The Chicago Scout Shop is for use by Scout families, volunteer leaders and Council staff, so that they may deliver the best Scouting program possible. Please let us know how we may assist you.  (312) 738-3324

For information on the Scout Shop and National Supply click here.

 Contact Information

Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
1218 W. Adams St., Chicago,  IL.
Ph 312-421-8800
Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
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