Community Leadership Breakfast, 2014
This is a way to reach out to ask for your help to make Scouting, the outstanding program that you expect. This can only be done if people like you help scouting.
Every year we have to raise money to help fund the program, staff and camps that make Scouting exciting and meaningful. All the funding that makes up the budget for the Northwest Suburban Council, must be raised locally. Most people just don`t think about what it takes to run our local Scout Council.
That's where you come into the picture. I want to invite you to this breakfast so you can show an appreciation for the role and values that Scouting brings to our communities.
We will have our Council Community Leadership Breakfast on Tuesday morning, April 8 , at the Stonegate Banquet Centre. The address is 2401 W Higgins Rd., Hoffman Estates. 7am is the gathering, then we will start the breakfast and program at 7:30am and end by 9am.
Doug Whitley, a Eagle Scout, and the President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce will be our guest speaker. Also Eagle Scout Tyler Harris, will share his ideas on what Scouting means to him.
Your commitment will be over and you will have done your good deed for Scouting. The future leaders of tomorrow thank you, for all you do to make our communities and our country a great place to live and to raise our families.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes - and, through a century of experience, knows - that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Yours In Scouting, Mike McCracken, V/P of Finance
STEM is Springing Up Everywhere!
Congratulations to Webelos Scout Matthew C. from Pack 290 who is the first Webelos Scout in NWSC to receive the Charles H. Townes Supernova Award! Matthew received his award at the Blue and Gold, just before bridging to Boy Scouts. Great job, Matthew!
There are many wonderful STEM opportunities coming up quickly. Nova Counselor and Supernova Mentor orientation/training will be held at the NWSC Service Center March 2nd, from 2pm-4pm. If you did get a chance to register but would like to attend, please email Lisa Earley (below). You may pay the $5 fee at the door.
Microsoft will be offering a Spring Break Astronomy/Nova camp for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, March 24-28. Cost is $25 and class size is limited. Sessions are filling quickly; please register as soon as possible.
On April 13th, workshops for Cub Scouts (solar model cars) and Boy Scouts (redbot robot) will be held at the Service Center. Participants will build and keep their own vehicles (Boy Scouts will program their vehicles as well). Again, class size is limited and registration is due by March 21st.
Registration is now open for Nova resident camps at Lakota. Cub Scouts have June, July and August opportunities to earn the Science Everywhere Nova in addition to belt loops and other awards. Boy Scouts will have the opportunity to earn the Shoot! Nova at Lakota in August, as well as the chance to work on the Whoosh! Nova at Camp Napowan's summer sessions. STEM family camp will once again be offered in October.
To register for these or any NWSC events, visit our website nwsc.org, click on "Scouting Events" and choose the event of interest.
Several giant STEM events are coming up in the Chicago area; NWSC is proud to be participating in and supporting these events. On May 17th, STEM-O-Rama will be held at the the Kane County Fairgrounds. This event draws over 8,000 people from around the Chicago area. For more information click here.
Airfest is a weekend of hands-on Aviation related activities, Nova award programs and much, much more, on August 8-10 at Lewis University Airport in Romeoville. Registration is filling fast, click here.
As always, for more information about STEM programs or Nova and Supernova Awards, please contact or visit:
Don Harris, NWSC STEM Committee Chairman, 847-736-4320, email@example.com
Lisa Earley, NWSC STEM Program Specialist, 847-824-6861, firstname.lastname@example.org
www.nwsc.org/STEM.php | www.scouting.org/stem
Wood Badge Alumni Spring Activity
Remember the camaraderie at Wood Badge? Want more? Come to the next Alumni activity Saturday May 10, 5-9PM. Trinity Lutheran, Rolling Meadows. It's entirely a social gathering, No uniform, BYOB (your choice of libation), potluck (please bring something to share), a fire and fun and fellowship. Who could want more?
We could use volunteers to help with setup. If interested please come to the next Alumni Association meeting, March 18, 7:00PM at council.
For further info, a flyer and a contact, please click here.
Wood Badge Reunion Dinner
Almost 100 attended Wood Badge Alumni Reunion Dinner, Saturday 2/15/14. Dinner was updated as reunion rather than promotion, games and entertainment were added. Much credit is due dinner chair Reggie Lithgow and her staff in promoting and making it fun. Highlight of the evening was seven people receiving their beads and closing the evening with all singing the Wood Badge Song. Plans are already under way for next event, May 10, and 2015 Dinner. Come join us! Information including contact, see our Web Page.
To learn the song, see the article about 2014 Wood Badge.
Wood Badge 2014
In 1919 the first course of what was to become known as Wood Badge was held by Lord Baden-Powell in Gilwell Park in England. Ever since then, Wood Badgers are all members of Gilwell Troop 1. It is recommended that you take Wood Badge in your second year of adult leadership after position specific training. Wood Badge will give you a global and historical perspective of Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing while learning how you can bring modern leadership skills back to your pack, troop, or crew. Cost is discounted to $235 until May 1. See flyer for more details. Register.
Are you Cub Scouts ready to get out to camp?!?!? This year we are pleased to offer a huge variety of programs and date options. Did you know that you can register for any of these camp opportunities as a pack or a family? If you pack will not be attending, or the date they have chosen doesn't work with your schedule; fell free to choose the best date and location for you and your family.
So what are all of these options?
Family Camp - Bring out the entire family, friends, and anyone you wish to invite to any of our family camp locations. Lakota is a great place for family camping but there are other camps you may visit as well including Napowan, Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan, Oakarro, and Adventure Camp!
Day Camp - This camp requires a 1:5 (leader to scout) ratio that you attend from ~9am - 4pm form anywhere from 3-5 days (depending on the camp).
Twilight Camp - A great way to get the camp experience after work that begins ~3:30 pm and goes to ~8:30 pm for 2 to 4 days (depending on the camp).
1 Day events - Are open to all ranks of scouts and family members held at Camp Lakota once a month through the fall, winter & spring.
Resident Camp - These are camps for Tigers - WEBELOS that are 4 days 3 nights that require a 1:4 (leader to youth) ratio that immerses the participants in the outdoor experience while having a blast playing games and a variety of activities.
WEBELOS Resident Camp - NEW to NWSC this year we are providing a unique camp to scouts entering 4th & 5th grade in the fall of 2014. So current BEARS you can register NOW for WEBELOS Resident camp! At this camp WEBELOS will be focusing on WEBELOS pins and scout skills to prepare them for crossing over to Boy Scouts.
You should have received a mailer that included all of the dates & locations for the Cub Day Camp, Twilight Camp, and Resident Camps. Be on the lookout for another mailer with even more dates and locations to choose from.
To see all the Cub Camping opportunities please visit www.nwsc.org/cubcamps
Ad Altare Bio
Jimmy Minard, member of Troop 297 in Hoffman Estates and St. Matthew's Church in Schaumburg, was one of several Boy Scouts in the Chicago Diocese who earned the Ad Altare Dei emblem.
The annual Religious Awards Ceremony, organized by the Archdiocese of Chicago, Catholic Committee on Scouting and officiated by Most Reverend George Rassas, was held on January 26 at Holy Name Cathedral.
The Ad Altare Dei (to the altar of God) program assists Catholic youth members of the Boy Scouts of America to develop a fully Christian way of life in a faith community by studying the seven sacraments and performing service projects. Jimmy chose to collect personal care items and cards for soldiers overseas for the Packages for Patriots organization in Elk Grove Village and volunteered many hours at Alexian Village Assisted Living in Elk Grove Village. Jimmy also met with his Ad Altare Dei group once a month for 9 months to further deepen his understanding of the seven sacraments. Upon completion, Jimmy had to successfully complete a Board of Review and answer thought provoking questions as to what he had gained from the program.
Before presenting the medals to each Boy Scout, Bishop Rassas blessed the medals, asking for God's continued strength and guidance for the boys who acquired them and that they continue with the fellowship that they have demonstrated for their faith and communities.
Going to Northern Tier? Practicing for the Canoeing merit badge? Just want to paddle for fun?
Consider organizing a crew, patrol or troop canoe outing and joining the 57th Annual Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon on Sunday, May 18, 2014.
The marathon is the second oldest continual canoe race in the United States. The race is held on the beautiful Des Plaines River. More information can be found at the web site: http://www.canoemarathon.com/Information.cfm
This event is ideally suited for scouting. Two-deep leadership with current Safety Afloat training is required and all participants must pass the BSA Swimmer test.
Still time to Register for Lord Baden-Powell University of Scouting
March 14-16, 2014 Salvation Army Wonderland Camp in Camp Lake, Wisconsin. Over 90 course hours designed for Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venture Crew Leaders, District and Council Leaders and general scouting information courses for all. Learn unique leadership skills with a region-wide variety of Scouting backgrounds and experiences. Our 25th Anniversary theme is "ENGAGE THE OPPORTUNITIES".
Conference Fee $50. Full weekend $55.-$155 depending on housing, includes two nights lodging and four meals Extra meals $10 per meal .EARLY REGISTRATION FEE IS THE PRICE FOR 2014 Saturday night entertainment will be "The Time Machine Band" & Sing- A- Long starting at 7:15 pm then at 9:00 pm till 11:00pm "Tin Cremona Musicians" at our Cracker Barrel. Participants will receive a diploma and LBPU 25th Anniversary patch. LBPU Sport Shirts, Caps and Coffee Mugs available for purchase.
View the 2014 catalog offering over 90 course hours at www.lbpuniv.org. Print and complete a registration form, mail with your check to Northeast Illinois Council. Bring another Scouter friend with you. Questions E-mail email@example.com
Lakota is still in need of 2 very important adult staff positions
Shooting Sports Area Director & Aquatics Area Director. If you, or someone you know, is interested please have them contact Emily Rinaldi at Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org
Scoutmaster Specific Training - March 29, 2014
Attention Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters or anyone else who has a need to learn the essentials for running a successful Boy Scout troop. This course includes information on the role of the Scoutmaster, the outdoor program, the Patrol Leader's Council, troop organization, the Patrol Method, recruitment, and much, much more! All Scouters are invited, including Committee members, Webelos leaders preparing to transition to a troop, and any other interested adult leader playing a supporting role in the success of the troop. Click here for more information.