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Chicago Area Council, BSA

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 Calendar

To view the Council calendar, visit www.chicagobsa.org or click here.


 News

2012 COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING
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.  For more information, click here.

 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - JUNE 23RD
The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) is looking for a troop to volunteer their time at their Shredder Day event on Saturday, June 23 at the United Center from 9am-2pm. Click here for more info.

CAMP CARD SALE UPDATE 
Extension: We have extended the deadline to settle-out your accounts to JUNE 15th. If however, you are done selling or don’t feel you can sell any more please settle-out as soon as possible. Prizes for those who sold 30 cards or more are starting to move very quickly. Once those inventories are used up they are gone.

Settling-out: If you have no cards to return just mail in your check for $2.60 for each card you sold. If you have prizes to pick-up or cards to return you will need to settle out in person. Please contact us to schedule a time that is convenient to settle-out.

iPad contenders: We will need the numbers for your top sellers in an email to Steve Adams or Myriam Herrera NO LATER THAN JUNE 15TH to be considered for the three iPads. If your Scouts didn’t sell at least 100 cards it will not be necessary to send us your numbers.

Summary:

  • Settle-out/end sales date moved to JUNE 15TH.
  • No cards to return, mail your check.
  • Prizes to pick-up or cards to return, schedule time to settle-out.
  • iPad contender numbers in an email/in writing due by JUNE 15TH.
    (steve.adams@scouting.org or myriam.herrera@scouting.org
    )


2012 MATERIAL DONATION PROGRAM
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 shayna.hofmeister@scouting.org or 312-421-8800 ext. 263.

RECHARTERING
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 eernest@bsamail.org.

POPCORN SALE
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 (www.trails-end.com) , a Validation Code is required:  popcorn.

CARDSTOKIDS.ORG BASEBALL CARD COLLECTION
CardstoKids.org is a charitable organization that collects new and used baseball cards for patients at Children’s Memorial Hospital, the Inner City Youth Baseball League as well as local Boys and Girls Clubs. If you or anyone you know has baseball cards that are just lying around, please help spread the word and donate.  Click here for more information.

MAKE YOUR UNITED WAY DONATION WORK FOR YOU!
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.

DONATE YOUR CAR TO SUPPORT SCOUTING
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 (J2E)
“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.

NESA CHICAGO
If you’re an Eagle Scout, we’d love to have you join us. Check out our website, nesachicago.org, join our groups on Facebook (facebook.com/NESAChicago) and LinkedIn (search for NESA Chicago), or send us an email, nesachicago@scouting.org.


 Activities

DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO "TO THE ARCTIC 3D" IMAX SHOW AT NAVY PIER
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!

JOLIET AREA HISTORICAL MUSEUM EXHIBIT
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: http://www.jolietmuseum.org/cub-boy-scouts.htm

SCOUT DAY WITH THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX
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.

BRICKWORLD LEGO EVENT
Boy Scouts and their families are invited to enjoy a day filled with LEGO at Brickworld, open to the public June 16 and 17.  Scouts in uniform and each member of their group visiting Brickworld will receive $1 off the public admission price.  Scouts in uniform will also receive a Brickworld patch for their participation at the event. Patch quantities are limited.  Brickworld Chicago is located in Wheeling, Illinois at the Westin Chicago North Shore. Public hours on Saturday are from 10am-4pm and Sunday from 10am-3pm.  More information can be found at: http://www.brickworld.us/chicago/.

SPECIAL DAY OF FUN AT NOVELTY GOLF - JUNE 24, 2012
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.

SCOUT NIGHT WITH THE CHICAGO BANDITS
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.

2012 NASCAR SCOUT DAY AT CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY
Join us on July
22, 2012 at 2pm for Scout Day at Chicagoland Speedway.  Scout tickets are FREE, adult tickets are $25.  Scouts in uniform are invited to participate in pre-race flag ceremony (Must RSVP and order tickets by July 6, 2012).  FREE Camping in Chicagoland Speedway Lakeside Campground.  FREE Parking on Chicagoland Speedway property.  Coolers (6"x6"x12" soft-sided) allowed to your grandstand seats.  Click here for more information and additional dates.

SCOUT NIGHT WITH THE CHICAGO CUBS
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!

SCOUT NIGHT WITH THE CHICAGO FIRE
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!


 Advancement

The Advancement Committee is happy to announce that the Chicago Area Council has received a generous contribution from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.  We were awarded 15 $100 prepaid Discover gift cards to be used anywhere Discover cards are accepted to be used toward eligible and approved construction based Eagle Service Projects.

In order to be eligible for one of these $100 prepaid gift cards, the following guidelines apply and must be followed:

  • One card per approved project
  • All $100 MUST be used for the approved project costs
  • Each candidate MUST complete the grant application
  • The Eagle Scout Project Workbook must mention this grant and provide a copy of the approved grant application in the Workbook
  • All receipts from use of the card MUST be provided and attached to the Eagle Scout Workbook
  • Each Scout MUST display the Lowe’s Eagle National Eagle Scout Project Impact banner at the project location
  • 3-5 before and after color photos of the project MUST be provided
  • All projects MUST be completed by December 31, 2012 and all paperwork MUST be turned into the Council office by January 10, 2013

In order to be considered for this grant, please turn in your original completed grant application and your APPROVED Eagle Scout Project Workbook to the Council office to the attention of Joe Stocchero or Teri Ross.  Once received, these applications will be processed and you will be notified by phone and by mail whether you have been approved. 

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 joseph.stocchero@scouting.org.

RAILROADING MERIT BADGE CLINIC
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.

BASEBALL CARD CLUBHOUSE
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 www.baseballcardclubhouse.com for more information!

IRON OAKS ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER
Irons Oaks is available year-round and offers programs and advancement opportunities TIGER, WOLF, BEAR or WEBELOS.  They also offer Merit Badges and Eagle Scout projects! 

Upcoming merit badge workshops at Iron Oaks:

Bird Study Merit Badge Workshops
Boy Scouts can earn the Bird Merit Badge at Irons Oaks. Dress for the weather, bring your signed blue card and empty container** and come discover the world of birds at Irons Oaks!  **No pre-requisites for this badge. Scouts should each bring a clean and empty half gallon or gallon milk jug or orange juice container.

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Time: 9:30a.m.-12:30 pm
Fee: $8.00R/$12.00 NR
Location: Irons Oaks Vollmer Rd. Lot
Code: 292402-02

-OR-

Date:  Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Time:  9:30 am- 12:30 pm
Fee:  $8.00 R/$12.00 NR
Location:  Irons Oaks Vollmer Rd. Lot
Code:  292402-05

Plant Science Merit Badge Workshops
Boy Scouts can earn the Plant Science Merit Badge at Irons Oaks. Dress for the weather, bring your signed blue card, and meet us in the Vollmer Road lot to discover the plant world! There is a PRE-REQUISITE: Scouts should do requirement 6 prior to the program and bring their reports/information with them.

Date: Thursday June 28, 2012
Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee: $8.00 R/$12.00 NR
Location: Irons Oaks Vollmer Lot
Code: 292402-03

-OR-

Date: Wednesday July 25, 2012
Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee: $8.00 R/$12.00 NR
Location: Irons Oaks Vollmer Lot
Code: 292402-06

Insect Study Merit Badge Workshops
Registered Boy Scouts can earn the Insect Study Merit Badge at Irons Oaks. There is a pre-requisite. Scouts should do requirement #7 ahead of time and bring a report or photos of the project along with their signed blue card. Visit our website for project ideas: www.ironsoaks.com/out_bscouts.html.

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2012
Time: 9:30a.m.-12:30
Location: Irons Oaks Vollmer Road lot
Fee: $8.00 R/$12.00 NR
Code: 292402-04

-OR-

Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Time: 9:30a.m.-12:30 pm
Location: Irons Oaks Vollmer Road lot
Fee: $8.00 R/$12.00 NR
Code: 292402-07

Please contact Kelly Joslin at 708.481.2330 x202, Kelly Joslin for further information and to make reservations.


 Training

ADULT LEADER TRAINING AT CAMP
There is training available during summer camp for leaders. For more information please contact Bob Kurth 773-802-5864 at smask1244@yahoo.com or Ernest Espinoza at eernest@bsamail.org.

NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING
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 scouter955@sbcglobal.net.

SPANISH WOOD BADGE AT PHILMONT 7/29-8/4
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 oscar.santoyo@scouting.org.Course 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 oscar.santoyo@scouting.org. Costo del curso:$400.  Más Información.

DISTRICT COMMITTEE TRAINING
Place on your calendars for August 30th , 2012 at 6PM at the Council office for all District Committee members and District and Roundtable Commissioners. You can download the form here.  For more information please contact Ernest Espinoza at eernest@bsamail.org

TRAINER'S EDGE
Save the date for the next upcoming Trainer’s EDGE on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at the Council office. Please RSVP to eernest@bsamail.org.  For any questions please contact Bob Kurth 773-802-5864 at smask1244@yahoo.com or Ernest Espinoza at eernest@bsamail.org.

WOOD BADGE COURSE OFFERED IN 2013
The next Wood Badge course will be offered August 16-18th and September 20-22, 2013. Wood Badge is the premier adult leadership development course for the Boy Scouts of America. It teaches contemporary leadership and team-building skills in a comfortable outdoor setting, where learners become members of their own troop. Wood Badge's effectiveness as an effective leadership development experience has been applauded by industry training professionals. Its positive influence on graduates' individual unit-level program is unparalleled. Click here for more information.

UPDATE YOUR TRAINING RECORD
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 www.chicagobsa.org/update. 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.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
Please check out the website for the training requirements. www.chicagobsa.org and go under program, then training. You can download the training requirement PDF.


COUNCIL AND DISTRICT TRAININGS
Looking for training near you? Visit the Council Training Page or www.chicagobsa.org/training-dates for upcoming sessions.

MYSCOUTING.ORG ONLINE TRAINING
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 www.myscouting.org. In order for your training to be recorded, you must have entered your member ID number into the MyScouting system.


 Camping

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 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.

PRE CAMP PLANNER
Don't forget to send in your pre-camp planner worksheet two weeks prior to your arrival at camp.  This form will let us know if you need to use camp tents, have any special dietary needs, or any other special considerations.

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
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. No applications will be considered after June 30, 2012, except for brand-new Scouts.  Only the 2012 form will be considered by the campership committee. (Espa┼łol)

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.

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
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.

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
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.

EXPERIENCE PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH IN 2013!
The Chicago Area Council contingent dates for 2013 are Monday, July 15th through Saturday, July 27th.  These dates do not include time necessary to travel to and from Philmont Scout Ranch and are tentative.  Philmont is located in northeaster New Mexico, just outside of a small town called Cimarron.  The property covers about 214 square miles and ranges in elevation from approximately 6,000 feet above sea level at base camp to 12,441 feet above sea level on top of Mt. Baldy.  Considered “high desert” area, temperatures in the summer range from 90+ during the day to 40 at night, depending on the area of the ranch where you are traveling. 

Who can participate?
This contingent is available to any registered member of the BSA.  Philmont participants must be at least 14 years old by January 1 of the year they attend, or have completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation.  There are no rank requirements, only the age minimum.  Each unit can send up to 6 people, but no more than 2 adults.


What is the cost?
We will collect approximately $1200 per participant in payments.  The first payment, a $100 deposit, is due immediately and is non-refundable.  The final payment will be due on May 1st.  This money will cover all expenses EXCEPT personal gear and souvenirs at Philmont.


Click for the Youth Application and the Adult Application.  For more details, contact Chris Townsend at christian.townsend@scouting.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!

Want to know more about how the jamboree will be laid out? Want to know here your will be climbing, mountain biking or running the zip line? Here is a great new interactive map to show you all exciting events happening at the jamboree!

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 
Website: www.summit.scouting.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheBechtelSummit
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TheBechtelSummit

JAMBOREE CONTINGENT 3rd ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER INTERVIEWS
Yes, we need young adult leaders for the council contingent units! Adults age 18 – 21 are needed to serve as third assistant scoutmasters for the council contingent units. Please see the council or The Summit website for more information on how to sign up. Once you have signed up on the Summit website, please send in a Scouting resume to Chris Townsend (Christian.Townsend@scouting.org) or via USPS:
Chris Townsend/Jamboree Contingent
Chicago Area Council
1218 W. Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60607-2802
Deadline for submissions will be July 1st.

All interested applicants will be interviewed by the troop leadership before final selections are made.  Adults not selected will be able to apply for Jamboree staff-at-large positions.


 Order of the Arrow


  THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT

  With the generous support from many Scouts, Scouters, and Order of the Arrow members, Owasippe Lodge met its goal and built 30 picnic tables this year on the Memorial Day Work Weekend.  The new tables will be placed in Camp Carlen for the expanded Webelos program this summer. The camp needs approximately 100 new picnic tables.  Our goal is to keep raising funds and keep building them over the next several years until the need is fulfilled. Any further assistance will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks again for your support.

 

  BROTHERHOOD INDUCTIONS

  Brotherhood Induction Ceremonies will take place each week on Friday afternoon at camp.  All registered Ordeal members who have completed 10 months of service to their unit and meet the five challenges of Brotherhood membership will have the opportunity enter the circle of the brotherhood.  Candidates should obtain certification of preparation and notify the OA Section Camp Coordinator at the OA Ice Cream Social.  Be sure to contact the OA Section Camp Coordinator for registration forms and requirements.


 


   


 


  ORDER OF THE ARROW MEMBERS ATTENDING SUMMER CAMP


 


  All members of the Order of the Arrow attending camp are encouraged to assist in the following areas:


 


  1.      Attend Thursday’s Pre-Ordeal ceremony and Friday’s Ordeal ceremony


 


  2.      Serve as an Elangomats for the candidates


 


  3.      Assist in Bowl preparation and fire building during the week.


 


  4.      Serve as a member of a ceremonial team.

   


 


  Please volunteer and encourage other OA members to help make the OA programs at camp a great success.

 

  UPCOMING OA LODGE EVENTS

  June 24 - OA Summer Camp Program Begins 1st Period

  September 5 - Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – Council Service Center

  September 7-9 - Lodge Fall Fellowship, Camp To-Be-Ne-Bee


 


 District Websites and Calendars

ArrowheadWebpage - Calendar

Fort DearbornWebpage - Calendar

Greater SouthsideWebpage - Calendar

Indian TrailsWebpage - Calendar

IroquoisWebpage - Calendar

North RiverWebpage - Calendar

River TrailsWebpage - Calendar

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 Scout Shop - National Quality Centennial Scout Shop 2009, 2010

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“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.
Panther Vision caps will provide day time sun shade and night time lighted way. Have the coolest cap in your crowd, get your Panther Vision today!
Take the sport of fishing to the next level.  Learn to fly fishing with a Pflueger Fly Fishing Kit
From the harmless Grass Snake to the deadly Anaconda, earn your “danger score” and beat your opponent at SNAKE WAR! Deck of Snakes is slithering fun.
Make that mad dash to the meeting a whole lot easier.  Keep your scout stuff organized in this convenient Oath & Law Canvas Tote.
He has helped with meetings, camp outs, field trips, projects, merit badges, and more.  Give this THANKS DAD! card and get a Free Patch June 1-7th.

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.

SCOUT SHOP HOURS:    
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

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 Contact Information

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