STEM News You Can Use

At press time, the weather forecast for September 28th is looking wonderful, so we likely had a fantastic turn out for the 2nd Annual NWSC STEM Cool Cruisers and Hot Dogs Auto Show. Activities included a child ID program, advancement opportunities, lego pinewood derby and of course gorgeous classic cars. If the weather was not great, then please come out for the show on our rain date of October 5th at Rand Red Hots, 10am-2pm.

Remember to sign up for merit badges at the Microsoft stores in Woodfield and Oak Brook Center through the calendar or website. To register, simply click on the workshop you'd like to attend. Cub Scout belt loop workshops can be scheduled on request.

STEM family camp is almost here! Register by October 3rd for a weekend of traditional camp activities along with fun STEM activities for the whole family. To register, visit:

Would you like to know more about STEM in Scouting? Are you interested in getting more STEM to your pack, troop or crew? Would you like to be a Nova Counselor or a Supernova mentor? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then register for the STEM session at the Council Training Academy on November 1st. The Nova and Supernova awards will be explained, along with plenty of time to address your questions and interests.

As always, for more information about STEM programs or Nova and Supernova Awards, 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,

Haunted Hike Digs Deeper For Monsters

Haunted Hike It’s that time of year! For the 19th year, the Order of the Arrow is staging its spooky Haunted Hike on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 – 25, at the Methodist Camp Grounds in Des Plaines.

The weird event has always had its grave full of ghouls and goblins to surprise innocent hikers with screams in the night, “things” coming out of the dark and unearthly sounds along the barely visible trails.

This year, the Arrow Men apparently were kept a little long in their creative cage. Wide-eyed, they came out yelling CLASSIC MONSTERS – the theme for the creepy trek.

Aiding in this undead quest will be volunteer Samantha Phillippi, a graduate of Southern Illinois who holds minor degrees in Chemistry and Physics and majors in Movie Making and Communications.

Since she was 15 years old, Phillippi has been staffing numerous “Haunted Houses” in the Chicago area designing/making Halloween costumes and teaching/applying ghoulish make-up for would be ghosts.

Armed with these talents, she is attending the October OA meeting to teach Arrow Men how to apply their own strange make-up and make their Haunted Hike costumes. This should be a ghastly meeting. In addition, Phillippi will be helping out at the coming Haunted Hike.

So, don’t be afraid (for now!). Sign up for the better-than-ever Haunted Hike, including the non-scary Flashlight Hike for the little goblins on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 4 – 6 PM.

To skip the ticket line, click here to Register and order your tickets now.

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. Registration

In Memoriam

Robert N. Smedberg, age 90, of Elgin formerly of Morton Grove passed away on Saturday. Bob was born on November 10, 1923 in Evanston. On June 9, 1949, he married Marilyn Tessman. Marilyn preceded Bob in death on November 3, 2007 after 58 years of marriage. Bob was a resident of the Elgin area for the past 6 years and was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Elgin. Bob was an electrician by trade. He was a W.W. II United States Army Veteran. Bob was involved in Scouting and the Retired Electricians Union. Survivors include his children: Paul (Jeanette) Smedberg and Roblyn (Antonis) Theodorou. His grandchildren: Alex, Nick, Emma, Maria and Christopher


Don’t Let It Happen To YOU!

Plans are underway for the 2015 National Youth Leadership Training Course. Adult staff is in place and youth staff selection will begin shortly. Registration will open about October 1. Watch the council calendar and the course Facebook page – Course dates are June 21-26 at Camp Sol-R-Crown. When the 2015 course starts, we will be ready for you. Will you be ready for NYLT? Last year we had to turn people away, don’t wait to get your spot. For all the latest updates, follow NYLT on Facebook Questions? Contact us at

Questions about Council?

Readers are encouraged to visit for news about the New Council. This website will be updated every Friday at noon.

The site includes a section for people to submit questions about the New Council.

Visitors to the site will be asked to take a moment to complete the a form so records can be updated and readers kept informed about important developments.”

NWSC Distinguished Citizen Banquet

The Cotillion
360 Creekside Dr.
Palatine, Illinois
Sunday, November 2, 2014
6:00p.m. Registration & Reception
7:00p.m. Dinner & Program

Announcing a new NWSC Philmont Campership:

An annual NWSC Philmont Campership fund has been set up in honor of Kenneth T. Niebuhr, a long-time Scouter with T6 in Des Plaines. “Kenny” held many Troop & District positions and was one of the longest active Vigil members of the Order of the Arrow, Lakota Lodge 175 – over 60 years. Quoting his daughter Debra Pospiech: “Since he was a young boy, Scouting taught my Dad discipline, self-confidence and many skills all of which made him the best Father I could ever wish for.”

A highlight of Ken Niebuhr’s journey through the Scouting movement was a Philmont trek with his grandson. Ken thought the experience so valuable that he expressed the desire to see a Philmont Campership Fund to enable other NWSC Scouts to be enriched by the Philmont high adventure experience.

Details to apply for a NWSC Philmont Campership or to contribute to the Fund are available thru Paul Whittenhall at the NWSC office or Bob McDermott at PhilmontNWSC@AOL.Com. An Application form will be available soon at NWSC.ORG, click on:

Interested in Scouting memorabilia?

Owasippe Lodge Trade-O-Ree
Fri Oct 10 , 3 PM-10:30 PM
Sat Oct 11, 8 AM-3:30 PM
Trinity Lutheran School
11503 German Church Road
Burr Ridge, Il. 60527

Free -----Refreshments available

Questions call Max Netzeband at (947) 358-4794

Camp Napowan Adventure Base Centennial Patch

Napowan Patch Still available for $20.00 Plus Shipping & Handling

For all you Patch Collector! Here's a beauty of a patch or rather a collection of patches all in one.
A combination of yearly patches from '07 – '14, each depicting a different activity at our own Camp Napowan, given to each attendee at our summer camp. If you want to collect extra yearly patches to keep those great memories alive, here’s your chance. All purchases will help fund the program opportunities of the Northwest Suburban Council

The big, diamond-shaped patch, measures 9" by 12" and is available by contacting

Max Netzeband (847) 358-4794
Cash or check only payable to Max Netzeband

Share the Adventure of Scouting!

Share the Adventure We are so glad that you are involved in Scouting. Whether you are a parent, a leader, or a volunteer, you make a tremendous difference in the lives of young people through your commitment to Scouting.

We are excited about the new Scouting year and all of the fun that is in store for kids. Wouldn't it be great to have some of your friends or son's best friends involved, or maybe neighbors, or teammates?

Let's invite them to join the adventure of Scouting. We've created this video you can forward to them that explains Scouting and the potential it has to build men of great character for our country's future.

Like this awesome video on Facebook. Or share it with your friends by email or on other social media channels! While you're at it, invite them to visit your next pack, troop, or crew meeting!

Have a great Scouting year!
Boy Scouts of America

October Events at the Discovery Outpost!

Sunday, October 12th, Birding and Binoculars!
Hosted by LL Bean Register

Saturday, October 18th from 12pm-5pm, Rocket Car
Come build rocket cars with Troop 69! Join us for this balloon-powered S.T.E.M. activity! Register

Saturday, October 25th at 1pm, Fire Department Visit!
October is Fire Prevention Month! Stop by the Outpost to learn about fire safety! Register

Aviation Scholarship Award

Click here to view the flyer


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) Sign up for OKPIK at Don’t delay. Course is filling up fast! Sign up today and join in the fun. Questions? 'Go to the Okpik web page at or '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.

October Events:
10-12 - Family Camp #5 – STEM
11 - Popcorn Mid-Sale Rally with Chicago Wolves
16 - Council Executive Committee Mtg.
19 - Cub Scout Fall Hike
24-25 - 19th Annual Haunted Hike
25 - Popcorn Show & Sell Payments due

October Training:
9 - Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills - Patrol Mtg.
17-19 - Intro. to Outdoor Leader Skills
19 - Okpik Winter Camping Session #1
25 - Trainers' EDGE - Chicago Area Council

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
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
15 - CPR/1st Aid
16 - Okpik Session #2

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

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.

Did you have your “Gruel” or “Porridge” this morning? Never heard of it much less eat it?
We bet you have!
Well, both are made from rolled oats with many variations and have been served for centuries in northern Europe. Here in the U.S.A., we call it good ole "Oatmeal."
Oatmeal is generally served as a breakfast dish because of its health benefits, helping to lower cholesterol. So, this month, let’s go with an oatmeal Dutch Oven dish with a great tasting variation, just right for a patrol breakfast:

Apple-Pecan Baked Oatmeal

Prep: 20 min, Bake: 45 minutes Serves 8-10
(Recipe based from recipe in Southern Living Annual Recipes 2007 cookbook.)

Burnt Offerings Ingredients:
• 3/4 cup chopped pecans
• 5 Granny Smith apples
• 1 (18-oz.) container regular oats
• 3 large eggs, beaten
• 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
• 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
• 3 teaspoons cinnamon
• 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/4 cups water
• 1 cup milk
• 1/4 cup melted butter

1. Toast the pecans in a pan over medium heat until they are fragrant.
2. Peel and chop apples into 1 inch chunks.
3. Spread the apples on the bottom of a lightly greased 12” Dutch Oven.
4. Sprinkle toasted pecans over apples.
5. Combine oats and next 10 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well blended.
6. Pour oat mixture evenly over apples and pecans.
7. Bake covered at 400 for 30 minutes, then bake 15 more minutes with lid slightly open or until golden brown and set.*

* For Dutch Oven/charcoal temperature chart, go to Drumbeat “Archives” (upper right) July ’08.
Burnt Offerings

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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).

Photography Belt Loop:
October 5 at Woodfield

Video Game Belt Loop:
October 11 at Woodfield

Moviemaking Merit Badge:
October 1 at Oak Brook
October 4 at Woodfield
October 11 at Oak Brook
October 25 at Oak Brook
November 2 at Oak Brook
November 12 at Oak Brook

Digital Technology Merit Badge:
October 4 at Oak Brook
October 12 at Oak Brook
October 28 at Oak Brook
November 9 at Oak Brook

Photography Merit Badge:
October 5 at Oak Brook
October 18 at Oak Brook
October 22 at Oak Brook
October 25 at Woodfield
November 1 at Oak Brook

Game Design Merit Badge:
October 7 at Oak Brook
October 12 at Woodfield
October 15 at Oak Brook
October 19 at Oak Brook
October 26 at Oak Brook
November 8 at Oak Brook

Programming Merit Badge:
October 18 at Woodfield