Welcome to 2015… The STEM team is excited to begin the new year with great new opportunities for our Scouts.

The new Microsoft schedules for Boy Scout merit badges at Woodfield Mall and Oak Brook Center have been released. Visit to see the schedule and links to the registration pages. Additionally, Microsoft at Oak Brook will be offering winter camps for Movie Making (Jan. 14-16), Game Design (Jan. 27-29) and Photography (Feb. 14-15). These camps do not fulfill badge or belt loop requirements (content does not overlap), but they do offer an in-depth look at their topics, and they are free of charge! See the Microsoft website for details and registration: .

Cub Scouts are invited to our first Nova Award Day with the Museum of Science and Industry on January 31st. Cubs may attend with their den, pack or troop (adult supervision is required). Registration ends January 12th (this is a firm date) or when the event is filled, so sign up today! Register here:

Moving forward, the STEM program will now have several STEM staff to provide program, advancement, fundraising, unit development and educational opportunities for the Pathway to Adventure Council. Stay tuned for more details and information as the new council structure is developed.

In the meantime, please contact Lisa Earley (Mt. Prospect service area) with any questions or comments regarding the STEM program. Happy New Year!

Lisa Earley,, 847-824-6861

In Memoriam

Gerard (Jerry) Heinrichs (Signal Hill-Troop188 in Palatine) on Sunday, November 30th at 4PM after a 10 month battle with aggressive cancer.

Jerry started in Cub Scout Pack 59 in Palatine, then moved on to Boy Scout Troop 188 based out of Christ Lutheran Church in Palatine. He also served the Council and District at various times over his 25 years in scouting service. He was a proud member of the Order of the Arrow.

Post 300 News

Have some fantastic news! Skokie Police Explorer Joseph Bakes will be receiving the Sheriff's Youth Service Medal of Honor tonight in Palos Hills. This is for all his hours of volunteering within the Village of Skokie as well as other organizations. We are all very proud of him and all his hard work!

Wood Badge Dinner and Reunion

Attention all past and present Wood Badge participants and staff members. The Wood Badge Dinner and Reunion is fast approaching!

Please come and enjoy an evening among your fellow critters for a night of fun, food, and fellowship and mirth.

If you are considering taking the 2015 Wood Badge course or just wish to learn more about the course itself, GREAT, you are most welcome to attend, because your dinner will be free! Cost for all others is $8 and will include a great meal, games and entertainment. There will be Wood Badge items to bid on at the silent auction. Saturday, February 21st. Social time starts at 5:45pm at Trinity Lutheran Church 3201 Meadows Dr. Rolling Meadows, IL. Dinner will be served at 6:45pm. Sign up today! The dinner will be limited to the first 120 attendee's that sign up.

NYLT Staff is on the job!

Looking outside right now, with Jack Frost nipping at your nose, it is hard to think about mosquitoes, thunderstorms and camping in hot or rainy conditions. But that is just what the NYLT staff is doing. Staff development has started and the youth are working hard to continue the tradition of providing a top notch experience to participants. Spots are beginning to fill – don’t miss your chance to learn leadership skills that will last a lifetime. Find the link on the council calendar and follow the course on Facebook

You are invited to attend Lord Baden-Powell University of Scouting

March 13-15, 2015, 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 26th year theme is “EMBRACE THE FUTURE’

Conference Fee $50. Full weekend $55.-$155, depending on housing, includes two nights lodging and four meals. Extra meals $10 per mea,l Saturday night entertainment and cracker barrel. Participants receive a diploma and LBPU patch, LBPU Sport Shirts, Caps and Coffee Mugs available for purchase.

View 2015 catalog offering over 90 course hours at year, you may also PAY ON LINE using a credit/debit card at time of registration or you may elect to pay offline. If electing to pay offline, after your online registration, please remit payment with copy of registration confirmation to: Lord Baden Powell University of Scouting, c/o Northeast Illinois Council. Attn: Dave Maudie Bring another Scouter friend with you. Questions E-mail

Non Semper Erit Aestes
“It Ain’t Always Going To Be Summer”

The four Sunday afternoon classes are now complete. Now, at this December writing, 29 participants and 35 staffers are preparing for their final, fun session at Camp Lakota on Jan. 10 -11…. a two-day campout in winter conditions.

Camping in the winter??? Yes!! Why not? “It ain’t always going to summer!”

For 24 years, NWSC’s Okpik course has been promoting Winter as a perfectly good camping season. After all, why waste a beautiful time of year by staying inside???

OKPIK is not a survival course. It’s purpose to “train the trainer” how to go camping in cold weather (any temperature below 50-degrees) safely and have fun….and take the information back to their units.


2014’s course, headed up by Course Director Sam Jung, included subjects covering sleeping systems, glove and boot liner making, types of tents and proper set-up, winter clothing, winter cooking and winter outdoor activities.

At the Camp Lakota outing (the capstone of the course), the participants will put their new skills to work by camping, cooking and having fun in the snow (if the staffers’ snow dances take effect).

This fall you have the opportunity to attend a fun-filled, Sunday afternoon, 4-session course that will prepare you for a full winter campout in January 2016 at Camp Lakota. So, watch for the course enrollment announcements coming in April.

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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 by clicking here.

January Events:
1 - New Year’s Day - NWSC Office Closed
10 - Eagle Scout Congratulatory Luncheon
10 - Pinewood Derby at Discovery Outpost
11 - Snow Shoeing at Discovery Outpost
17-18 - Boy Scout Klondike
19 - Recycling Event at Discovery Outpost
21 - Physical Fitness at Discovery Outpost
25 - Cub Scout Klondike
31 - Popcorn Recognition Event w/Chicago Wolves
31 - Cub Scout Nova Day at Museum of Science & Industry

January Training:
10-11 - Okpik Outdoor Camping Session
17 - Webcasts:
. Den Leader – 4:30 AM – 5:30 AM
. Cub Master – 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
. Den Leader – 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
. LDS Specifics Considerations – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
. Cub Master – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
. LDS Specifics Considerations – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
24 - CPR/1st Aid

February Events:
12 - Life to Eagle Seminar
21 - Wood Badge Alumni Reunion Dinner
28 - Camping Kick Off

February Training:
14 - CPR/1st Aid
21 - Trainer’s Edge
28-3/1 - Wilderness and Remote 1st Aid

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 know that the term “Comfort Food,” according the Webster’s Dictionary, was first used in 1977? And, according to Wikipedia and psychological studies, “Comfort Food” may be consumed to positively pique emotions, to relieve negative psychological effects or to increase positive feelings. OK, we can go along with that since this month’s “Offerings” meets those criteria nicely and has been a favorite long before 1977! Besides, we’re deep into winter and the following Dutch Oven recipe is a warmer-upper, tasty, nourishing and great for a campout. Try:

(Dutch Oven Style)

Serves 8 Prep Time – 30 min Cooking time – 30 minutes.

. 2 Tsp. minced onion
. cup chopped celery
. Vegetable cooking oil for frying
. 4 cups of cubed chicken, cooked
. 12 Oz. uncooked noodles
. 2 cans (10.5 Oz.) Cream of Chicken Noodle Soup
. 4 cups of chicken broth
. 2 Tsp. lemon juice
. Tsp. pepper
. 2 (4 Oz.) cans mushrooms, with juice.

1. Preheat 12” Dutch Oven to 350-degrees.
2. Add cooking oil to cover bottom of oven and heat until a water sprinkle “dances” on top.
3. With oven cover off, add onion and celery. Saute/stir until tender.
4. In a bowl, combine soup, broth, lemon juice and pepper
5. Add chicken pieces to Dutch Oven and cover with noodles
6. Add soup mixture. Make sure noodles are covered with soup.
7. Scatter mushrooms on top.
8. With oven cover on, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until noodles are done. Stir occasionally.
9. Serve immediately.

. cup green pepper – diced
. cup sweet red pepper – diced

- Remember to use gloves and tongs when turning the chicken pieces
. Make new coals, if necessary, at about 30 minutes.
. See Drumbeat- Burnt Offerings – Archives – July ’08 for D.O. Temp. Chart.

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NWSC Wood Badge Alumni Association 2015