Good Luck ..Go NWSC Police Explorers!!

2014 National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference

The National Law Enforcement Conference is conducted every second year and is attended by thousands of Law Enforcement Explorers and adult leaders. They come together for a week of team and individual competitions, seminars, demonstrations, exhibits, recreation and fun.

This year this is being held on July 14-19 2014 at Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana. Northwest Sub urban Exploring Police Posts are attending this competition. At this date, most of our Police posts are planning on attending and will be well represented by our finely trained posts.

The NWSC Exploring District sends them off with all the best wishes and good luck as we know how hard the Explorers and their leaders have worked for this competition. Good Luck and have fun!

Golf Classic fundraiser

The 2014 Golf Classic fundraiser will be held at Kemper Lakes Golf Club, in Kildeer, on July 21, 2014. There is limited space available. If you are interested in participating, see the details on the flyer, including registration information. If you are not interested, please forward the flyer to your golfing friends! Spots are filling up fast.

This is a fun event, and an opportunity to golf at a BEAUTIFUL Country Club. There are also Sponsorship Opportunities available. Click here for the flyer

One Day of Service

Calling all Scouts, Cub, Boy, Girl, Adults, and Crew, One Day of Service is coming to Camp Lakota soon. The date is November 8th, and as always you can camp for free that weekend, and get a free lunch if you help with clean up. Come out for the weekend or just the day. It does not matter how much time you put in, anything is appreciated. This is an opportunity to give back to our host camp and help make it better. So come out and enjoy a day of service, not only making our camp better, but also spending the day out in the fresh air.


Okpik Registration is now open on Double Knot for the 2014/15 OKPIK Cold Weather Camping Course at

Boy Scout camping is a fun, all season activity. So why stop the fun just because of some snow? Snow adds to the fun IF you are prepared... and that's where OKPIK comes in.

Okpik has two aims:

• To train the individual to BE PREPARED and be able to enjoy the outdoors and a camping experience in cold weather (any temperature below 50-degrees, and let's face it, its not always warm and dry when Scouts camp).
• To train the trainer. We want to train Scout leaders and experienced Scouts in the unique skills of cold weather camping so that they can take the knowledge and skills they have learned on the course and bring them back to their units.
Ultimately, we want to see all Scout units extend their camping season to all 12 months of the year. Check the Okpik web page at for complete information.

OKPIK Course Dates (also found on the NWSC Calendar):
Oct. 19 - Nov. 2 - Nov. 16 - Dec. 7 (2014) - Jan. 10-11 (2015) ( Okpik Flyer )

Sign up for OKPIK at

'Go to the Okpik web page at
'Contact the Course Director Samuel Jung via email at

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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.

July Events:
29-5 July - Napowan Summer Camp Wk. 3
30-2 July - Akela Camp @ MSR
4 - Independence Day - Office Closed
6-12 - Napowan Summer Camp Wk. 4
8-10 - Cub Scout Day Camp @ Maryville
10-13 - Cub Weekend @ Napowan
13-19 - Napowan Summer Camp Wk. 5
17 - NWSC Executive Board Mtg.
17-20 - Cub Scout Resident Camp #2
20-26 - Napowan Summer Camp Wk. 6
25 - Scout Night at Schumburg Boomers
25-27 - Family Camp #3
27-8/2 - Napowan Summer Camp Wk. 7
31-8/2 - Twilight Camp @ Wheeling
31-8/3 - Webelos Resident Camp

August Events:
6/27 - 8/2 Napowan Summer Camp Wk. 7
6/31 - 8/3 Webelos Resident Camp
2 - Popcorn Kickoff w/Gary Railcats
7-10 - Boy Scout STEM Camp @ Lakota
9 - Popcorn Kickoff w/Schaumburg Boomers
9 - BSA Coin Collecting MB Workshop
14-17 - Cub Scout Resident Camp #3
21 - Council Executive Committee Mtg.
22-24 - Family Camping #4 – Farming
23 - Popcorn Show and Sell Orders due.
23 - Life to Eagle Seminar
23 - NESA Day at Arlington Park

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.

Even though we’re in the summer camping season, chili, like camping (if you’ve taken the Okpik Course) is a 4-season favorite. There are many chili recipes. This month, “Offerings” features a version listed by Lodge Manufacturing which, in turn, excerpted it from “Barbecue, Biscuits & Beans” by Bill Cauble and Cliff Teinert - Bright Sky Press. So, enjoy:

Camp Dutch Oven Chili

Entrée Servings: 8 Level: Beginner Occasion: Year Round
Prep Time: 20-30 mins Cook Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Ready In: 5 mins

Burnt Offerings • 7 to 8 pounds round steak, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 1 pound thick-sliced bacon, chopped
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
• 4 cups diced onions
• 1/4 cup flour
• 2 tablespoons kosher or sea salt
• 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
• 8 cloves garlic, crushed
• 4 large tomatoes, chopped
• 2 tablespoons ground cumin
• 2 tablespoons paprika
• 8 poblano peppers, roasted, peeled and chopped
• 4 cups beef stock

1. Brown bacon in an 8 qt. camp Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions before bacon is done and continue browning until onions are soft. Dip bacon and onions out.
2. Dredge meat in flour, salt and pepper. Place in Dutch oven, stirring continuously until beef is browned. Return cooked bacon and onions to pan; add garlic. Stir and brown 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Add ground cumin, paprika, tarragon, peppers, tomatoes, beef stock and enough water to cover completely. Bring to a boil. Cover and add ground cumin, paprika, tarragon, peppers, tomatoes, beef stock and enough water to cover completely.

Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer from 2-1/2 hours or until tender, stirring occasionally, adding a little water as needed. Editor’s Note: Ground beef may be used instead of the steak. Recipe may be made at home, frozen and warmed up on campout. But, you miss the fun of camp cooking!

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