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Chicago Area Council, BSA

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If your unit has not settled out your camp card accounts please do so as soon as possible. If you have no cards to return or prizes to collect you can simply send a check. Call Myriam (x 209) or Steve (x 202) to set-up a time to settle out.

Congratulations to the following young men for their extraordinary salesmanship and their efforts to earn their way to camp through the camp card sale:

  1. Christian Carr – Pack 3700 sold 380 cards
  2. Kamryn Armstrong – Pack 3312 sold 231 cards
  3. Mathew Bozman – Troop 534 sold 220 cards

These young men will be presented with an iPad for their exceptional efforts. Christian Carr will also be recognized at the Chicago Fire Scout day on September 22nd.

We have recently partnered with J. Milito & Associates, Inc. to help us with our Friends of Scouting appeal.  Some of you may be receiving a call during the month of July or August.

Popcorn Sale Training dates are at 10am on Saturdays, August 18 (North Side) and August 25 (South Side).  Locations will be announced soon.  Each unit attending will receive a Sales Kit and order forms and get a 1% commission bonus.  The unit can earn another 1% bonus for participating in a brief one on one coaching session.  Scouts selling $600 will get a special patch and a $20 gift card, and will have the opportunity to claim 2 Chicago Wolves Hockey Tickets.

We will have several new products for this fall’s sale.  A delicious combination of cheese and caramel corn called Double Caramel Crunch will be available at $25.  A single bag of cheese corn will sell for $12 (case of 3 is still $32).  Chocolate Lover’s returns at $55 and a Premium Chocolate Lover’s (take order only) is $75.  With all of these changes, Scouts will have plenty of opportunities to sell the great products that Trail’s End provides each year.

Order Forms will be mailed to all Scouting households in August.  August and early September is a great opportunity to take some orders while the weather is nice.  Include those orders in your Show & Deliver Orders, which are due Monday, September 10th for pickup on Saturday, September 22nd.  Take Orders are due Monday, November 5th for delivery Saturday, November 17th.  Please mark these dates on your calendar now.

To sign up to sell: go to .

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

What is annoying to you may be deadly to others.  Malaria is a deadly disease that is no longer much of a threat in the United States. It is transmitted by mosquitoes, and in regions like Africa and Asia, the disease causes 200 million illnesses per year and is one of the leading causes of death for children.  The BSA has partnered with the Nothing but Nets (NBN) organization (, the world’s largest grassroots movement fighting malaria.  For each Scout who attends the Chicago Sky game on August 17th at 7:30pm, the Chicago Sky will make a donation of $5 to Nothing but Nets (tickets cost $15 each).  For each $10 donation, NBN can buy an insecticide-treated bed net, deliver it, and educate families about its use.  This means that every 2 Scouts that attend the Chicago Sky game on August 17th will be helping to protect a child from Malaria.  You can make a difference!  Click here for registration details and sign up today!

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 here 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.

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.

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

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!

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:  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: 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:

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2012 (292402-04) or Thursday, August 16, 2012 (292402-07)
Time: 9:30a.m.-12:30
Location: Irons Oaks Vollmer Road lot
Fee: $8.00 R/$12.00 NR
Code: 292402-04

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


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

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

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

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

Get all your basic trainings done here! For Cub Scout leaders & Boy Scout leaders! Saturday – October 20, 2012. Location: St. Stans’ Kostka, 1255 North Noble, Chicago, IL. Registration starts at 8am. Click here for a registration form.  Questions?  Contact Ernest Espinoza at

Looking for something exciting to teach in the fall?  Looking for a fun and exciting Training event! Here is your opportunity!
When: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Who: For ALL Adult Scout Leaders, all Commissioners, District & Council leaders
Where: Veteranos Memorial Campus, 4248 W. 47th St., Chicago, IL 60632
For more info or to help out please contact Dave Ducat at or 773.744.7667 (cell)

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.

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.

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

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.


Thanks to some dedicated volunteers/Owasippe supporters, we are proud to share with you this updated map of the hiking trails at Owasippe. There is a supply of maps at camp for your use, or you can print and bring it with you!

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 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.

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.

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.  Remember that registration closes two weeks before your arrival at camp.

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.  If you have questions or feedback on the system please send them to

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

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.

It's not to late to sign up!!  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!

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:

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

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: 

 Order of the Arrow

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.

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.

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

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Greater Southside Webpage - Calendar

Indian Trails Webpage - Calendar

IroquoisWebpage - Calendar

North River – Webpage - Calendar

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Western Trails Webpage - Calendar

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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.
Celebrate your Eagle Scouts achievement with the latest Eagle Banquet Design.
Make your campfire program more exciting with Ghost Stories. Stories appropriate for adults to read to scouts or level 3 readers to read by themselves.
Summit Paperweight; great thank you gift or cool addition to any scouting or summit memorabilia collection.

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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