Discovery Outpost

Hurry, hurry, hurry! Time’s running out to drop off your new, unwrapped toys at the Discovery Outpost for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots. We still have a little over two weeks to gather all the toys we can for the needy kids in the northwest suburbs! Please consider gathering your Pack, Troop, or Crew together to stop by the outpost and drop off toys today! Donation collections end on December, 10th. Let’s show the community what Scouts can accomplish! Happy holidays!

Don’t forget to stop by the Outpost for the first three Saturdays in December from 2:30-3:30p.m. to watch the Red and Green knights from Medieval Times sword fight! Be sure to stick around after the show for your chance to take a photo with the knights! Any family that stops by will be entered into a drawing to win a Family Pack of tickets to see a Medieval Times show themselves!

2014 Lakota Lodge Winter Banquet

On December 29th, Lakota Lodge is hosting its annual Winter Banquet at the Cotillion in Palatine! All members of Lakota Lodge are welcomed and encouraged to attend! All members of Lakota who worked at the Haunted Hike will be honored, rewards and recognitions will be given out, and there will be many different and exciting raffle prizes! The Banquet begins at 6pm on the 29th, and the cost is $30 by December 15, and after that it is $35 dollars at the door. Signing up by the 15th automatically enters you into a raffle for a brand new tablet! Get the flier or register here


’Tis the season for celebrating, and we have a lot to celebrate in our STEM programs. The first large scale event for our new Pathway to Adventure is planned for January 31st, 2015: Cub Scout Science Everywhere Nova Day at the Museum of Science and Industry. Cub Scouts and their families, dens and packs are invited to spend the day at the museum. Participating scouts will receive an activity guide and souvenir patch. By completing the activity guide at the museum, scouts will earn the Science academic belt loop as well as the Science Everywhere Nova Award. Space is quite limited; please don’t delay in registering. The registration deadline is January 12th, but we are expecting this event to sell out. To register, go to, click on Scouting Events, January 31st, Cub Scout Nova Day.

The workshops for Boy Scout merit badges at the Woodfield and Oak Brook Microsoft retail stores have been a huge success. Workshops will be on hiatus over the busy holiday season, but are expected to resume in January. Remember you can schedule private merit badge or belt loop workshops for your troop, patrol, pack or den by contacting Lisa Earley at NWSC.

We have exciting new Explorer Posts in the works, focusing on a variety of topics including manufacturing, robotics, and skilled trades. Please contact STEM Specialist Lisa Earley for more information.

Have a safe and happy holiday season; we look forward to bringing you bigger, better and more STEM in the new year & new council.

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,

Lakota Lodge Dues

As 2014 comes to a close, OA dues ($10) for 2015 are due by December 15th. The count we get from dues must be submitted before the end of the year with our charter renewal for 2015. Don’t miss this opportunity to renew your membership in the OA, update your contact information, and stay on top of all the exceptional opportunities for Fellowship and Brotherhood offered through Lakota Lodge. Please make your payment in person or by mail at the NWSC Council office – 600 Wheeling Rd, Mount Prospect, IL 60056. The dues form for 2015 can be found on the website:

Camp Staff Positions

IF you are interested, or know of anyone interested, in being on Cub Camping staff please fill out the attached application and return it to me: Emily Rinaldi at Fax: 847-824-6925 or mail: 600 Wheeling Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Interview dates will be announced soon, and will take place over winter break.

Camp Lakota (2050 Deep Cut Road, Woodstock, IL):
2 Family Camp Sessions: July 24-26 & October 9-11
2 Cub Resident Camp Sessions: June 18-21 & July 16-19
1 Day Events: March 14, May 2, September 26, November 14
Boy Scout STEM Camp Aug 13-16
Winter Camp Dec 27-28

Various positions needed
- Possibility of a staff week for training + Camps that run over long weekends

Programs offered:
- Cub Scout Resident Camp (Scouts, Parents & leaders 1:4 ratio no siblings)
- Family Camp (2 nights all family members & friends)
- Off Season 1 Day Events (All scouting ranks family & friends day activity)
- Winter Camp (All ranks family & friends day activity or 1 overnight)

Camp Betz (3858 Snow Rd, Berrien Springs, MI):
2 Family Camp Sessions: July 10-12 & July 17-19
2 Webelos Resident Camp Sessions: July 13-17 & July 20-24

Various positions needed
- Possibility of a staff week for training & consecutive camps the month of July

Programs offered:
- Webelos Scout Resident Camp (Scouts, Parents & leaders 1:4 ratio no siblings)
- Family Camp (2 nights all family members & friends)

BSA Adventure Camp (3998 S. Knoll Rd, Rochelle, IL):
6 Cub Resident Camp Sessions: June 21-24, June 24-27, June 28-July 1, July 5-8, July 8-11, July 12-15
2 Family Camp Sessions: June 20-21 & July 11-12
2 Weekend in IL Sessions: June 27-28 & July 18-19

Various positions needed
- Possibility of a staff week for training + various camp dates

Programs offered:
- Cub Scout Resident Camp
- Family Camp (1 night all family members & friends)
- Weekend in Illinois (1 night Scout & parent 1:1)

Camp staff requirements
- 14 years of age may apply for CIT positions (counselors in training) – non paid
- 15 years of age may be asked to be on staff with a work permit
- 16 Years of age may be hired on as program staff, shooting sports range aid / climbing staff instructor in training / BSA Lifeguard
- 18 years + Rangemaster trainable (BB & Archery) / Level 1 Climbing Instructor / Trading Post Manager / Camp Commissioner
- 21+ Shooting Sports Area Director / Aquatics Area Director / Climbing Area Director / Program Director / Camp Director / Food Service Director

If you are interested in these positions you must meet these age requirements however you are not limited to these positions listed.

All camp staff positions have required training. All training will be provided. Director positions require National Camp School Training (travel & accommodations will not be reimbursed).

To view general job descriptions follow this link:

Please contact me if you have questions regarding a specific camp property and or positions.

Thank you,

Emily Rinaldi
Cub Camping Executive
Office: 847-824-6877
Fax: 847-824-6925

Got NYLT Tools?

What does a jack knife have in common with the NYLT staff? Both come chock full of tools that are useful at home, school, work, scouts – just about anywhere. Scouts carry a knife with them often, the tools from NYLT are with you always. They fit in any pocket and are as easy to remember as High 5, EAR, and SMART. Come learn them from scouts that know how to use them and who can teach you to use them. Join us at Camp Sol R Crown, June 21-26, 2015. Find the link on the council calendar and follow the course on Facebook

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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.

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

January Events:
1 - New Year’s Day - NWSC Office Closed
10 - Eagle Scout Congratulatory Luncheon
15-18 - Boy Scout Klondike
31 - Popcorn Recognition Event w/Chicago Wolves

January Training:
10-11 - Okpik Outdoor Camping Session
24 - CPR/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.

Hmmm, what’s better than some fresh, hot, seasoned bread on a campout to go along with your meal? Well, here’s a bread or snack recipe that really works without the flour sifting, mixing, rolling dough and all that other fun stuff you usually do at home in the kitchen. Give a try to:

Dutch Oven Italian Cheesy Bread
May serve 15 – 20 – Adjust quantities Prep time: 4 Hrs. Cooking time: 45 minutes

Burnt 1 . 1 Pkg. frozen dinner rolls, such as Rhodes brand
. 1/2 Cup melted butter
. Cooking spray
. 2 Cups Italian Cheese - Parmesan/Mozzarella
. 2 Tbs. Oregano or Italian seasoning
. 1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

At campsite:
1. Keep rolls frozen until day of use.
2. Coat lightly the oven interior with cooking spray. (See note.)
3. Fours before meal, place 24 frozen rolls in Dutch Oven and let thaw. Do NOT let rise. When soft, cut each roll into quarters. Replace in oven.
4. Melt the butter in large skillet on camp stove. Stir in the seasonings and roll quartered rolls in the mixture.
5. Pour the butter mixture and cheese over the rolls in the Dutch Oven. Toss rolls until coated evenly and let rise until doubled in size (about 4 hours).
6. Bake at 325-degrees for 35 - 40 minutes, depending on wind and temperature. (See note.)
7. Check about every 15 minutes and rotate 180-degrees, if wind is blowing.
8. Rolls should be golden brown when competed. Check with a toothpick that should come out clean.
9. When baking is completed, remove oven from coals and let cool for 15 minutes before separating.
Burnt 2
May wish to line oven with heavy duty aluminum foil to quicken clean-up.
To reach 350-degrees in a 12” Dutch Oven, use 17 coals on top and 8 below.
To reach 350-degress in a 10” Dutch Oven, use 14 coals on top and 7 below.
If using conventional oven at home, reduce baking time to 20 – 25 minutes.

Explorer Police Post 806 in Hoffman Estates

was recognized on Nov 3, 2014 at the Hoffman Estates Village Board meeting. Their Advisor Lisa Notarnicola sent in the following message. “I thought I would share how awesome it was to have all the Explorers in full uniform for this event that the Chief, Mayor and all the trustees and board members attended... We had three Explorers who got the Community Service award (over 100 hours) one tenure (1 successful year), and I acknowledged all the Explorers that participated at Nationals Competition this past July. Especially Gus Espinoza who took 2nd place in the Nation for physical fitness! My Explorer of the Year Award went to Charlie McKeown! It is so nice to have the support from the dignitaries! They love the program.

NWSC Wood Badge Alumni Association 2015