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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

CAMP CARD CAMPAIGN
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.  If your unit has settled out the camp card campaign with the council you can buy some back for $1.00 each and try to blow them out for a discount. The face value still says $5.00. You may get some generous folks out there willing to give your boys the full amount or you can ask for a reduced donation due the expired coupons. This is a great way to complement other efforts with a lower price point item and build up your unit’s funds.

FRIENDS OF SCOUTING APPEAL
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 2012
Popcorn Sale Training will be held at 10am on Saturdays, August 18 (Our Lady Mother of the Church, 8747 W. Lawrence) and August 25 (First Christian Church, 3600 W. 79th St.).  Each unit kernel attending will receive a Sales Kit and order forms and the unit will get a 1% commission bonus.  The unit can earn another 1% bonus for participating in a brief one on one coaching session in August and September.  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 www.chicagobsa.org/popcorn .

FLAG RETIREMENT
If your Boy Scout Troop is willing to conduct US Flag Retirement Ceremonies, please contact Steve Adams at ext. 202 or steve.adams@scouting.org .  U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski is looking for Troops from Arrowhead, Iroquois and River Trails Districts who are willing to be contacted to perform this important community service.  This is a great opportunity to show the community that Scouts are good citizens.

MESSENGERS OF PEACE
Scouts in many countries are working for peace by solving conflicts in their schools, building links between divided communities, teaching their peers about health and wellness, and repairing environmental damage.  To recognize their efforts and inspire more youth to help Scouting create a better world, the World Scout Committee has launched the Messengers of Peace initiative.  The Boy Scouts of America is proud to join in this effort.

How can BSA units participate?  Go on-line and register the related service projects they undertake.  This adds pins to a global Messengers of Peace map, which Scouts from around the world can click on to learn how their fellow Scouts are making a difference.  Go to the Journey to Excellence service hours website to register the related community service projects including Eagle Scout projects.

Scouts who complete Messengers of Peace service projects will be eligible for a special recognition: a ring patch that goes around the World Crest.  That patch will symbolize their participation in an ever-widening circle of Scouts who are helping to make world peace a reality.

For more information, please click here.

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.

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!

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!

ADLER PLANETARIUM'S FAR HORIZONS BOY SCOUT EXPERIENCE
At the Adler Planetarium's Far Horizons Boy Scout Experience (8/13-8/16), Boy Scouts will perform hands-on investigations to understand basic atmophere science. They will use scientific instruments and work with astronomers to gather data for real space science research. This experience includes a daylong field trip in which the Scouts will launch, chase, and recover their balloon payloads that carried their instruments to the edge of space. Click here for more information.

US NAVY SHIP TOURS AND NAVY SEAL FITNESS CHALLENGES
In Milwaukee (8/9-8/11) and Chicago (8/15-8/18) US Navy ships will be available for tours, group tours and also general public tours. Further, ships from the Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy will be available for tours as well. Additionally, two Navy SEAL Fitness Challenges are planned, one in Milwaukee (8/11) and one in Chicago (8/15). These enable young people to test their mettle against SEAL and Navy standards for physical fitness, and include a 500-meter swim, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and a 1.5-mile run. Open to public - individuals age 14 and up. Click here for more info.

JOIN US AS WE PARTNER WITH THE CHICAGO SKY TO SUPPORT NOTHING BUT NETS
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 (nothingbutnets.net), 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!

26TH STREET MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE PARADE
The 26th Street Mexican Independence Parade is one of the most colorful parades in Chicago. The 26th Street Mexican Independence Parade celebrates Mexican Independence with floats, mariachi bands and dancing in the streets. September 9, 2012 from 26th Street from Albany to Kostner. Setup Time: 10:30 am. Please contact Karla Larios, klarios81@gmail.com or 773-319-4232 to RSVP your packs or individuals attendance. We need to know all your names please!

FISHING DAY AT ST. MARY OF THE LAKE UNIVERSITY
Fishing Day at the St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein, Illinois. It will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012.  This event, which is open to all units in the Archdiocese of Chicago, will take place, Rain or Shine, so please be prepared.  Explore Catholic discipleship and priesthood while fishing on the beautiful seminary lake! Fishing event is hosted by St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein and staffed by the many Eagle Scouts enrolled at the Seminary. Since this event takes place on private property, a fishing license is not needed. Early bird registration fee is $10.00  by September 7th, after that date the fee will be $12.00.  For more information please contact Ms. Cheryle Wall at cherylewall@sbcglobal.net.  For more information on Scouting in the Catholic Church please visit - http://home.catholicweb.com/accs/

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!

TAKE THE FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT OF COOK COUNTY'S RECREATION MASTER PLAN SURVEY
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County recently launched a process to create a Recreation Master Plan, and would like your input through an online survey. The Recreation Master Plan will provide the District with a blueprint for how to enhance existing recreation opportunities and identify new ones compatible with their mission. The District has over 68,000 acres, offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities including hiking, biking, fishing, birding, golfing, cross-country skiing and more. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete but will allow you to provide input, preferences and comments. The survey will be open until August 10, 2012.  Give your feedback and take the survey now!

 


 Advancement

So you're back from Owasippe and proud of all your Scouts for earning merit badges and even advancing in rank.  Did your Cub Scouts advance in rank before the summer started? We are asking for all units to do your online advancement or hand in any advancement. It is important to keep your Scouts records up to date.

Want to share your hobby or expertise with a new generation? You can do this by becoming a Merit Badge Counselor. To find out how to become a counselor, contact your District Advancement Chair or District Executive.

We still have a limited amount of $100 prepaid Discover gift cards (for use 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.

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!

ARCHAEOLOGY BADGE WORKSHOP AT THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE
Work towards your archaeology badge 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 and ceramic reconstruction. Fees: $15/Scout for a two hour program including our simulated dig program. Click here 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.  Pre-requisites: #2 and #4. You should also have at least 10 birds documented in requirement #5. PLEASE BRING A HALF GALLON PLASTIC JUG OR JUICE CONTAINER OR SMALL, EMPTY WATER BOTTLE. Class meets in the upper Discovery Center. Please park in the Vollmer Rd. lot. Bring a signed, blue card and your Bird Study workbook.

Date:  Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Time:  8:00 am- 12:00 pm
Fee:  $8.00 R/$12.00 NR
Location:  Irons Oaks Vollmer Rd. Lot
Code:  292402-08

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 are PRE-REQUISITES: Scouts should complete the following pre-requisites: #1, #4, #5 and #6. Our main focus during the workshop will be on Option #3 of Requirement 7. This badge takes a lot of work! It's in your best interest to complete as much of the Plant Science Workbook as possible BEFORE you come to the class. Any work you can do on #2 is also beneficial. Scouts should prior to the program and bring their reports/information/Plant Study Guide with them.

Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fee: $8.00 R/$12.00 NR
Location: Irons Oaks Vollmer Lot
Code: 292402-09

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

CHEMISTRY MERIT BADGE OFFERED BY THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 
Complete all requirements for the Chemistry Merit Badge in a two session workshop. The first session includes laboratory experience. Choose one of three locations, the North Central College in Naperville or Oakton Community College in Des Plaines or College of Lake County in Grayslake. The second session will be held on October 27 at University of Illinois Chicago in Chicago and is necessary for completion of this merit badge. It will include an opportunity to talk to industrial chemists as well as completing the remaining requirements. Must register by 9/24 - no exceptions! There is no cost to attend. Click here for more info.

BADGE DAYS AT THE FIELD MUSEUM
Badge Days at The Field will have Boy Scouts trekking across the Museum with fun scavenger hunts, exploring natural sciences through hands-on activities, and experiencing a behind-the-scenes tour with a Field Museum scientist. Scouts will receive: Program supplies, Behind-the-scenes tour of special restricted collections areas, Basic Admission to The Field Museum, a "Badge Day at The Field" patch, and free parking in Soldier Field. Badges offered are: Mammal Study, Indian Lore, Geology, and Environmental Science (requires two sessions to complete the badge). Click here for additional details.


 Training

ADULT LEADER TRAINING AT CAMP
Thanks to Bob Kurth and all the leaders that helped during the summer trainings!

NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING
NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. Over 40 Scouts were trained in these sessions this year! Scouts chose either July 22-27, 2012 or July 29 - Aug 3, 2012. both at Owasippe. Thanks to all the leaders and youth that participated and ran the course!

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.

2012 BASIC TRAINING EXTRAVAGANZA HOSTED BY NORTH RIVER DISTRICT
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 eernest@bsamail.org.

2012 UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING
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 d.ducat@comcast.net or 773.744.7667 (cell)

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

OSR MASTER PLAN TOWN HALL MEETINGS
Over the last year and a half, an ad-hoc committee comprised of dedicated Scouters has been meeting to develop a Master Plan for Owasippe Scout Reservation. The group's discussions were far reaching, open, and frank. The committee's final report is in draft form and the group would like to share its vision with you. To that end, we will hold three town hall meetings at the Steve Fossett Center for Scouting on Thurs 8/2, Weds 8/8, and Thurs 8/9 all at 7pm. Please click here for more information or to register.

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

VENTURING AT THE 2012 NATIONAL JAMBOREE
The 2013 National Jamboree committee is actively seeking applicants for Venture Crew Leadership positions!   All interested persons should log onto the summit website at https://summit.scouting.org and complete registration there. It’s easy and pain free! All you need is a summit account and your BSA ID #! Once you complete that, follow instructions on the site. Should you encounter any issues contact Ken Nikiel at 773-505-6957. GO BIG, GO WILD!!!!

The council currently has reserved space for 1 crew. Youth positions are on a first come first served basis. If you know of any youth who may be interested we recommend they register ASAP! Youth members should follow same log-in procedures at the site listed above.


 Order of the Arrow

FINAL ORDER OF THE ARROW INDUCTIONS FOR 2012
Lodge Fall Fellowship September 7th – 9th     
Order of the Arrow candidates have 1 year from the date of their election to complete their Ordeal. The final induction weekend for 2012 will take place during the Lodge Fall Fellowship on the weekend of September 7th – 9th at Camp To-Pe-Ne-Bee near Michigan City, IN. The camp is located 60 miles from the center of Chicago, about 1 hr. 15 min. This will be the last opportunity for all candidates elected in 2012 to be inducted into the Order of the Arrow.  Regular OA members are also encourage attending in support of this important final induction of new members.


All new Ordeal members inducted this summer at camp are welcome to attend and join the fun and fellowship. This will be a great time to provide some needed service while having some great fun and fellowship with other OA members. Send in the registration before the August 15th to avoid any late fees. Registration forms can be found here.

UPCOMING OA LODGE EVENTS
Sept. 5 - Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – Council Service Center
Sept. 7-9  - Lodge Fall Fellowship – Camp Topenebee - Michigan City, IN
Oct. 3 - Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – Council Service Center
Oct. 19-20 - Owasippe Lodge Trade-O-Ree


 District Websites and Calendars

ArrowheadWebpage - Calendar

Fort Dearborn Webpage - Calendar

Greater Southside Webpage - Calendar

Indian Trails Webpage - Calendar

IroquoisWebpage - Calendar

North River – Webpage - Calendar

River Trails Webpage - Calendar

Western Trails Webpage - Calendar

ExploringWebpage - Calendar

Sea ScoutsWebpage - Calendar


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Be the envy of everyone at camp with your Boy Scout Edition Board Shorts!
Be proud of your eagle and display their accomplishments with the Eagle Scout Shadowbox Frame to impress family and friends!
For all the new Eagle Scouts out there, thank those who helped you personally with the Eagle Note Cards to give it a personal touch!
Are you ready to go back to school? Be prepared for school with the BSA Daypack to carry all your school supplies and books!

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

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
www.chicagobsa.org.
Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
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