UPDATED OWASIPPE TRAIL MAP
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!
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.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012 OWASIPPE FEES AND DATES
Information about Boy Scout summer camp at Owasippe can be found on our website.
NOTE ON LATE FEES
Late fees will be charged to anyone who is not paid their summer camp fees in full by May 31st. Often times there are issues where fees are coming in late, or there are people waiting on camperships.
If you are waiting on a campership, pay the amount due less the amount of campership you have applied for. So if the fee is $260 and you have a $70 campership pending, send in $190 and a note stating that you are waiting on a campership for that Scout. If the campership is not approved or it is less than what was applied for, you can send in that balance late or pay it at settlement and avoid the late fee.
Extensions will be given only with the approval of the camping director and all extension requests must be made before May 31st 2012. Extension requests made after that date will be denied and a late fee will be applied. There will be no exceptions in this. Late fees will not be waived after the fact as it has happened in years past. This is an important change.
Collecting Payments from Scouts and Families
We strongly encourage unit leaders to communicate the late fee policies to Scouts and their families ahead of time so late fees are not a surprise.
New Scouts are Scouts who join Boy Scouts any time after January 1st 2012, and are not subject to the late fee. In instances where additional Scouts join and payments are not made prior to camp, proof of registration may be requested by the camp administration. Proof would be the unit copy of the Scouts application.
The camping department will do our best to work with you on late fees. If you have issues with the late fees or the payment timeline, you must contact the camping department before the payment deadline.
RENEKER FAMILY CAMP
Troop going to camp and the family wants to go to??? Why not stay at Reneker Family Camp. Cabins are still available.
Camp Reneker is run differently than the other section camps as its program is offered to families with adults and children of both genders and various ages rather than to Boy Scouts. There are currently five age groups with programs designed specifically for each. Age group programs run in the morning. In addition, all campers are encouraged to participate in the general program, which runs in the midday and evening. Activities available to campers include swimming in the pool, archery, hiking, BB guns, and crafts. For more details go to the Camping / Owasippe Scout Reservation menu or contact the camping office at (312) 421-8800 x226
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
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: 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 email@example.com.
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