Awards Dinner

Join us for the George Meany Award Gala on January 20, 2015 at 6pm at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers 301 E. North Water St. Chicago, IL. This inaugural event celebrates the many years of partnership the Trade Unions share with the Boy Scouts of America. The dinner provides a unique networking opportunity for members of the labor unions and their industry partners to come together in support of the scouting community as they honor the work of exceptional men and women in the trades. William Hite, United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitter’s General President, will be honored with the George Meany award for his dedication to the trades and youth in our communities.

Scouts Today Apprentices Tomorrow
The event benefits the local Scouting programs and Science Technology Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) programing. It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. In addition to our traditional programs of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing, we also impact young adults with our Exploring programs that are career based and designed to introduce on-the-job, first-hand experience. One of our visions is to establish Trade Exploring Posts which will introduce high school students to careers in one of the many trades in our union labor force.

If you are interested in attending or to find out more information please visit WWW.CHICAGOBSA.ORG/UNION
Or Contact Joe Stocchero at

In Memoriam

Bob Cohen of Des Plaines.

Bob was very active when his son Jonathan was a member of Troop 6, Crew 82 and Lakota Lodge.

Bob educated the youth in our communities by running various first aid camp-o-rees and Council Wide disaster drills. His intent was to prepare the youth to assist when a real emergency took place. Bob also brought his crew of emergency volunteers and lighting equipment to handle the traffic control for the early years of the OA Haunted Hike.

As a member of Lakota Lodge, he was an adviser to many youth chairmen during fellowships.

Neal R. Frankel, DPM,

Dr. Frankel, beloved husband and best friend of Amy, nee Drzonek. Devoted father of Scott and Darci Frankel. Cherished son of Anita (Paul) Lovell and the late Gerald (Debby) Frankel. Loving brother of Rhonda Kelly and the late Steven Frankel and step-brother of Mary (Dan) Green. Dear uncle, cousin and friend to many. Neal was an active and decorated Eagle Scout who achieved many awards. He was the proud founder and president of the Illinois Podiatric Association. Neal was an enthusiast of film, performer of magic and teller of jokes, most of which he was the first to laugh.

Both will be deeply missed by everyone that knew and loved them.

Giving Thanks for STEM!

October was a great month for STEM activities! We had a sell out crowd for the 2nd annual STEM Family Camp over Columbus Day Weekend, with every family leaving with their own mini vermicomposters (small worm farms), hand made paper, new knowledge about soil composition and filtration, and various chromotography creations. Of course, the physics and geometry of outdoor activities were readily seen in the archery, bb shooting and climbing stations. Mother Nature cooperated with cool but sunny weather - it was a huge success.

Other STEM events in October included Blackhawk Area Council’s Airfest and Northern Illinois University’s STEMfest. Not to be outdone, November is looking STEMsational as well. STEM training will be featured at NWSC's Council Training Academy November 1st, Three Fires’ Training Academy November 8th, and Chicago Area’s Scouting University November 15th. If you are eager to learn more about our STEM initiative and how to take advantage of it for your Scout, unit or district, please attend one or more of these sessions. Des Plaines Valley Council will feature a STEM fundraiser winetasting event November 12, and Calumet Council is holding a Cub Scout Nova Day at the Challenger Center in Hammond on November 22nd.

Microsoft workshops continue to be popular, with many selling out. Please continue to check the schedule at for updates. Private workshops can be scheduled for larger groups or for Cub Scout dens who would like to complete offered belt loops.

Last, BUT NOT LEAST… grant money is available to begin units focusing on underwater robotics. We are seeking interested youth (6th - 12th grades) and adults. If you are ready to add to your robotics repertoire or try it out for the first time, consider this exciting new opportunity. New STEM crews (area of focus to be determined by the youth) are forming for young men and women ages 14 - 20.

For more information about any of these wonderful opportunities, please visit the NWSC calendar, contact or visit your district STEM chair, or:
Lisa Earley, NWSC STEM Program Specialist, 847-824-6861,
Don Harris, NWSC STEM Committee Chairman, 847-736-4320,

Burnt Offerings

On a monthly basis, we'll try to present recipes that are "doable" on Scout campouts. With supervision from adult leaders, the Scouts will gain confidence, have some fun cooking and may even end up with some great tasting meals!

Adult leaders: Please exercise proper supervision during Scout food/fire preparation, i.e., safe food storage, hygiene; secure cooking area, heavy-duty gloves, water buckets, waste disposal, etc.

Vas du ever in Zinzinnati? If you answered “yes,” you may have sampled one of the city’s famous food dishes…“Cincinnati Chili.” It is characterized by the use of multiple spices and served over spaghetti. Its popularity, however, is not limited to Cincy. “Chili Parlors,” featuring the dish, have popped up throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and…Florida!. So, with cold weather camping now in full swing, a Dutch Oven loaded with some nice hot (heat and spiced) chili, is just the thing for those winter trails.

Cincinnati Chili

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Total Time: 1 hr. 5 min Prep: 40 min Cook: 25 min Yield: 6 to 8 servings Level: Intermediate
Total Time: 1 hr. 5 min Prep: 40 min Cook: 25 min Yield: 6 to 8 servings Level: Intermediate Cooking Hint: Assemble the following ingredients in “groups,”at home, then, at campsite add them in sequences, per the directions.

2 Tbs. vegetable oil
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced

Gp. 2:
2 Tsp. chili powder
2 Tsp. sweet paprika
1 1/2 Tsp. ground cumin
1 Tsp. ground allspice
1/2 Tsp. ground coriander
1 1/2 Tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 to 1/2 Tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 Tsp. ground cloves

Gp. 3:
1 1/2 Lbs. ground beef chuck
1 Tbs. Kosher salt

Gp. 4:
6 Oz. can tomato sauce
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 cups water

Gp. 5:
2 Tbs. chopped unsweetened chocolate
1 Tbs. cider or red wine vinegar
2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
Freshly ground pepper

Gp. 6:
12 Oz. cooked spaghetti
1 19 - Oz. can kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 Lb. grated cheddar cheese
Oyster crackers, for serving

1. Heat the oil in a medium Dutch oven or heavy pot at home over medium heat.
2. Add half the chopped onions and the garlic and cook until soft, stirring, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin, allspice, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne and cloves. Cook, stirring, until fragrant.
4. Add the beef and cook the mixture, stirring, until the beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
5. Add 1 tablespoon salt.
6. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, bay leaf and 1 1/2 cups water; simmer the mixture, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until slightly thicker
7. Add the chocolate, vinegar and Worcestershire and cook until the mixture is thickened but still soupy, about 15 more minutes.
8. Discard the bay leaf and season the chili with the freshly ground pepper. Divide the spaghetti among bowls and top with the chili, beans, remaining onion and cheddar. Serve with the oyster crackers.

Serving Note:
When ordering restaurant chili, you may encounter a number and the word “way”…i.e.... “4 – way.” This is based on the ingredient series, chili, spaghetti, cheese, onions, beans and crackers. The following may help visualize the various “ways” you may customize your Cincinnati Chili campout.

Chili Chili Chili Chili Chili

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The following is a two-month listing of NWSC Events and Training Courses . Additional details and Council Committee dates may be found on the Council Website and Calendar.

November Events:
1 - Wood Badge Alumni Bowling Night
8 - OA 1 Day of Service
12 - DCB - Distinguished Citizens Banquet @ the Cotillion
14 - Wine Tasting Event
15 - Lakota 1-day Event
15 - Popcorn Take-Order Distribution
15 - Family Game Night-Discovery Outpost
27 - Thanksgiving Day - Council Offices Closed
28 - Council Offices closed

November Training:
Council Training Academy - Register
(St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Schaumburg):
1 - Baloo
1 - Charter Organization Rep. Specifics
1 - Crew Committee Challenge
1 - Cub Scout Specifics
1 - Troop Committee Challenge
1 - Den Chief Training
1 - Venturing Leader Specifics
1 - Exploring Leader Basic Training #1
2 - Okpik Winter Camping Trng. #1
9 - Camping in the Cold – Discovery Outpost
15 - CPR/1st Aid
16 - Okpik Session #2

December Events:
5 - Popcorn Final Payments Due
18 - Council Executive Committee Mtg.
24-26 - NWSC Office Closed
25 - Christmas
27-28 - Scout Winter Campout for all
28-29 - Harlem Globetrotters – Allstate Arena
29 - OA Winter Banquet
31 - New Year’s Eve. - NWSC Office Closed

December Training:
6 - Readyman – AM & PM Sessions
7 - Okpik Session #4

Please Note: For Microsoft STEM training opportunities, see the STEM page on NWSC website.

Discovery Outpost November Events.pdf

Boy Scout and Collins Partnership announcment.pdf

NYLT Staff - the Best of the Best

The process of assembling a cracker jack staff for the 2015 NYLT course has begun. Each year some staff is asked to return and some participants are asked to join the staff. It is a difficult task to choose whom to invite because there are so many good candidates. Unfortunately we can’t invite everyone we would like to. The good news is that participants come knowing they will be learning from an elite group. Registration is open, don’t miss your chance to take NYLT June 21-26, 2015. Find the link on the council calendar and follow the course on Facebook

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Check out the Scout Shop during these convenient hours.

Scout Shop Hours
The following workshops for Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts will be held at the Microsoft Retail Store in Woodfield. Details, registration and payment information can be found by visiting the calendar and clicking on the event you would like to register for. Registration and payment is on-line only (by check or credit card; no additional convenience fee will be charged).

Astronomy Merit Badge:
November 22 at Woodfield

Moviemaking Merit Badge:
November 2 at Oak Brook
November 12 at Oak Brook
November 23 at Oak Brook

Digital Technology Merit Badge:
November 8 at Woodfield
November 9 at Oak Brook
November 16 at Oak Brook
November 23 at Woodfield

Photography Merit Badge:
November 1 at Oak Brook
November 25 at Oak Brook

Game Design Merit Badge:
November 8 at Oak Brook
November 16 at Woodfield

Programming Merit Badge:
November 1 at Woodfield
December 7 at Woodfield

One Hour of Code 12/8/14 NO COST! Woodfield 4pm:
Woodfield 7pm:
Oak Brook 4pm:
Oak Brook 7pm: