SILVER BEAVER NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
Annually, the Chicago Area Council recognizes the contributions of volunteer Scouters with the Silver Beaver Award, the Boy Scouts of America's highest honor for service in a local council. Many of your fellow Scouters are deserving of this award and should be considered for recognition. However, in order to receive the award, one must be nominated by another Scouter. If you know a deserving Scouter, send in their nomination form today. Nominations are due to the Steve Fossett Center for Scouting no later than 4:30pm on November 30th. There are some important changes for this year's nominations. First, only the 2012 nomination form will be accepted, any other version of this form will be returned unconsidered. Additionally, the committee will only consider the first four letters of recommendation submitted for a nominee. This means that if more than one nomination is submitted for the same person, the first four letters submitted will be used and the others will not be considered. This change has been made to respect the selection committee's time and to prevent "stacking the deck." If you have any questions about the procedure for making a Silver Beaver Award nomination, please contact Shayna Hofmeister at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COUNCIL VENTURING LEADERSHIP AWARD NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
The Venturing Leadership Award is presented by councils, areas, regions, and the BSA National Council to Venturers who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Venturing Code and Venturing Oath.
- Be registered and involved as a Venturer for at least one year.
- Be a youth member when nominated for the award.
- Hold a leadership position or an office at the unit, district, council, area, region, or national level (as appropriate for the level of the award presented).
- Show exceptional dedication and give outstanding leadership and service to Venturing and to Venturers (on the level appropriate for the award).
To make a nomination:
- This nomination form must be submitted to the Steve Fossett Center for Scouting no later than 4:30pm on November 30th.
- Attach letters of recommendation from Venturers, Scouters, acquaintances, teachers, place of worship, etc.
- Attach additional sheets, if necessary.
- Attach a picture of the nominee when submitting the form.
SAVE THE DATE - COUNCIL ANNUAL DINNER
The 2013 Council Annual Dinner will be held on the evening of Sunday, February 24th at the Victoria Rosemont (Rosemont Holiday Inn Express) 6600 Mannheim Road Rosemont, IL 60018. At this 50's/Sock Hop theme dinner we will present the Silver Beaver Awards, Venturing Leadership Award and celebrate all of our adult volunteer leaders and all of the council’s accomplishments in 2012!
The Chicago Area Council no longer receives funding allocations automatically from the United Way. The only way to ensure your donation is directed to Scouting is by stating your preference on your annual pledge form. You will receive a reminder in the mail on how to designate your contribution to help fund the programs, leader training and infrastructure expenses that the Council assumes to ensure your Scouts have a quality experience. If you do not receive the letter or need it sooner please click here to be directed to the new form and additional instructions. As always, thanks for partnering with us to make Scouting available to Chicagoland’s youth.
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 September.
It’s not too late for a unit to sign up and sell popcorn this fall. Please go to www.chicagobsa.org/popcorn or fill out the attached form. Kernels may still sign up for a coaching session for a 1% bonus. Contact Steve Adams 312-421-8800 ext. 202 or email@example.com.
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. North Side units pick up at DHL, Franklin Park and South Side units pick up at New Process Steel, Alsip.
MESSENGERS OF PEACE
Launched in September 2011 and recently adopted by BSA, Messengers of Peace is a global initiative designed to inspire millions of young men and women in more than 220 countries and territories to work toward peace. Using social media, the initiative lets Scouts from around the world share what they’ve done and inspire fellow Scouts to undertake similar efforts in their own communities. The initiative is inspired by the World Scout Committee, administered by the World Scout Bureau, and driven by youth volunteers worldwide.
In terms of the MOP initiative, peace encompasses three dimensions:
1.The personal dimension: harmony, justice, and equality
2.The community dimension: peace as opposed to hostility or violent conflict
3.Relationships between humankind and its environment: security, social and economic welfare, and relationship with the environment
Any Scout or Scouter who participates in a project that has had a significant impact on the community in any one of the three dimensions above can qualify as a Messenger of Peace.
Submitting MOP-related projects is easy for BSA units. All they need to do is check the Messengers of Peace box when entering a service project through the Journey to Excellence website (www.scouting.org/Awards/JourneyToExcellence). Doing so will add the project to the map on the Messengers of Peace website (http://scoutmessengers.com) and will generate a unit certificate.
Any Scout or Scouter who participates in a qualifying project is eligible to wear a Messengers of Peace ring patch around the World Crest on his or her uniform. To purchase these ring patches, a unit representative should take the unit certificate to the local Scout shop or council service center
JOTA-JOTI: Jamboree of the Air and Jamboree over the Internet will be held this year the weekend of October 20-21. Through JOTA, Scouts are introduced to radio technology and to other Scouts around the U.S. and around the world. They get a chance to talk with one another and share information that broadens their perspective on other cultures, on geography, and on the technology and hobby that provides the means for their communication.
Reach out to your local amateur radio clubs and get involved in the largest Scouting event in the world. For more information: www.scouting.org/jota
JOTI invites all youth and organizations that support Scouting to join the Internet revolution. This event utilizes computers and the Internet so thousands of Scout groups can be contacted during the weekend. Computer use is growing exponentially; Jamboree-on-the-Internet is prepared to keep pace with that growth. For more information: www.scouting.org/joti
BE PART OF A BSA CONTINGENT
As a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, the Boy Scouts of America gets invited to many different international/national events in different countries every year. This is a great opportunity for the BSA to connect with the world through the interaction with local Scouts and Scout leaders at those special events. Consequently, it provides us, our BSA Scouts and adults, an excellent opportunity to learn about other countries, people, and cultures through Scouting activities, plus learn Scouting skills and make new friendships as part of the adventure.
Upcoming events include:
JAMCAM 2013 will be hosted by the Scout Association of Columbia, Jan 4 – 11, 2013 Nomination deadline: Oct 30, 2012
14th World Scout Moot: hosted by The Association des Scouts du Canada, Aug 8 – 18, 2013, http://mootcanada2013.ca Nomination deadline March 31, 2013
Youth nomination form: http://scouting.org/filestore/international/pdf/Scout_Nomination_Form.pdf
Adult nomination form: http://scouting.org/filestore/international/pdf/Scout_Leader_Nomination_Form.pdf
For more information on any of the above topics contact Greg Wojcicki via email firstname.lastname@example.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. You can now make a monetary donation towards these materials online. Many of these items are time sensitive; please contact Shayna Hofmeister in the fundraising department before making your donation. Shayna can be reached at email@example.com or 312-421-8800 ext. 263.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.