Friends of Scouting Community Leadership Breakfast

The Northwest Suburban Council Community Leadership Breakfast is being held on Tuesday morning, April 8, at the Stonegate Banquet Centre. The address is 2401 W Higgins Rd., Hoffman Estates. 7am is the gathering time with the breakfast and program beginning at 7:30am. The event is projected to end by 9am. Register.

Terry Parke
Development Director
Fax 847-824-6925

2014 Popcorn Sale

In partnership with surrounding Chicagoland councils, our NWSC Popcorn Committee announces a coordinated sale in 2014. This new venture brings new products, prizes, promotions, partnerships, advertising, and recognition for Scouts all of which promise to make this year's sale an exciting beginning to a great future. An initial flyer will be given out at April Round Tables with additional information rolled out as the sale year progresses. Contact your district or council popcorn representative with any questions or visit for more info.

Shayna Hofmeister | Popcorn Sales Manager

Unique three-month-Eagle project ends up being eaten!!

Glenkirk The multi-faceted project, approved for Troop 32's Eagle candidate Steven B., got underway June 1, 2013, at the Glenkirk Educational Center in Arlington Hts.

Not only did the project involve extensive landscaping, but also a unique Cooking Class months later.

Steven, with the help of 21 T-32 Scouts, Leaders and friends, planted over 120 shrubs and flowers around the front and sides of the Center and laid down over 80 bags of decorative, white white rocks. But, that was only part of the plan.

Using existing garden boxes, his team planted an herb and vegetable garden consisting of tomatoes, basil, dill, sage, rosemary, onions, cucumbers and radishes, all ingredients to be used in his future cooking demonstration.

Steven and his mother, Debbie, handled the months of watering. However, even his Eagle Coordinator, veteran Scouter, Lenny Wade, helped with the watering while Steven was at Camp Napowan.

In August, Steven reached the final step in his Eagle project when he staged his cooking demonstration.

He did all the cooking, but in his own words, "My Mom, sister and T-32 Scout Ernie Kraus came to help with the class."

His original recipes included a salsa, pasta, a cucumber salad and herb infused water as a tasty, healthy hot drink.

Steven continued, "The clients loved the food. I had them smell the herbs separately while I cooked. They were very excited and happy to smell and taste everything."

He has since passed his Board of Board of Review and is now an Eagle Scout.

To see and download his recipes, see this issue's "Burnt Offerings" column.

Editor's Note: Steven is no stranger to culinary skills, since he started cooking as a Cub Scout. In 2012, he won 2nd place in the 13 - 17 year-old, amateur division for his "Raspberry Dream Pie" at the annual Pillsbury Pie Contest in Orlando, Fla.

Napowan News

Camp Napowan will be holding a leader's meeting at the Northwest Suburban Council Service Center on April 26th from 9:00-10:30 AM. We will be discussing all of the new programs and activities for the Summer of 2014, the registration process, merit badge sign up and answering any questions comments or concerns that pertain to camp. Coffee and donuts will be provided! For more information, visit the new! Don't forget that the $270 early bird registration fee deadline is April 5th!

Spring Gathering of the Wood Badge Critters

Come and strengthen old friendships and make new ones with your fellow Wood Badgers at the next alumni event on Saturday, May 10, 5-9:30 PM in Rolling Meadows. NO uniforms, NO schedule and NO agenda...well, there may be a song. This is a BYOB, potluck (more info on what to bring forthcoming), and yes, we will have fire of course!

Interested in making our first gathering a success?? Then come to the next Alumni Association meeting, Monday, April 21st, 7:00PM at Trinity Lutheran, 3201 Meadow, Rolling Meadows.

But.......Why didn't you go camping?

Okpik . Fear of being cold?
. Fear of the unknown?
. Fear of frostbite or injury?
. Fear of being isolated by deep snow or being lost?
. Not knowing how to travel in or over snow?

Have NO fear! These and many other questions will be answered in the upcoming 2014 - 2015 OKPIK Cold Weather Camping Course.

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. One is 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). The second aim is 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. 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.

This fall you have the opportunity to attend a fun-filled, 5-session course that will prepare you for and includes a fun-filled overnight winter campout in January at Lakota Scout Camp in Woodstock, Illinois.

Oct. 19 - Nov. 2 - Nov. 16 - Dec. 7 (2014) - Jan. 10-11 (2015) ( Okpik Flyer )

Stay tuned! Registration details are being finalized (on line registration through double knot system will be available starting May 1, 2014)

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

Non Semper Erit Aestes
"It Ain't Always Going To Be Summer"

NYLT - No Questions Unanswered!

Where can you find out everything you always wanted to know about NYLT but were afraid to ask? It's all right at your fingertips! Check out National BSA's website: Like NWSC's course on Facebook: Follow the course on Twitter: @NYLTNWSC. E-mail the course director: For the month of April we'll have a daily question and answer. Post a question and we'll try to answer it. Time is getting tight and spots are filling. Don't miss this opportunity for your scout to learn skills many adults wish they had.

NWSC-NESA Award announcements & News

NESA Eagle Scout Charles "Chuck" Sayre, (Eagle Class of 1941), was honored at the March 2014 NWSC-NESA meeting for his lifetime career achievements and leadership since earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Chuck heads a generational family of six Eagle Scouts, including four sons and a grandson. Not only has Mr. Sayre contributed to his community with time, both he and his son, John, have generously given a large monetary grant to Camp Napowan to support the aquatics area and numerous camperships to deserving Scouts. Please give the Sayre family a big "OORAH!!!" for their leadership in developing our Scouts.

Eagle Scout Matthew Skoog, has been chosen as the 2013 ADAMS NWSC EAGLE SERVICE PROJECT AWARD winner from NWSC!! Matthew was chosen among the many submissions culled down to 5 highly deserving finalists. Your NWSC-NESA committee used the NESA National guidelines, narrowly picking the "best of the best".

Matthew and his family will be honored and receive his award at the Annual Council Dinner on May 9, 2014.

The committee is looking for NESA chairmen from each of the Districts. If you are interested, send a note to my email ( and I will get you an invite to our next meeting.

Finally, we are still soliciting Eagle Scout candidates both in and out of Scouting who you believe are Outstanding Eagle Scouts. Eligibility requirements are all Eagle Scouts in good standing either registered with or living within NWSC. Possible recipients are local heroes with achievements outside of Scouting, philanthropists, public servants, educators, businessmen who have been long-term cornerstones of the community. Check out the possibilities and the application @

Wood Badge 2014

Is this your year to take Wood Badge? Wood Badge is a recommended course for all adult scout leaders that have finished their position specific training. The sooner you take Wood Badge, the sooner you can apply what you have learned to give your scouts the best scouting experience from Tiger Cubs, through Boy Scouting and all of the way through Venturing. One of the most common reflections from participants is that they wished they had taken Wood Badge sooner. Make this your year! Cost is discounted to $235 until May 1. See flyer for more details. Register.

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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.

April Events:
5 - Scoutabout Funfest with Chicago Wolves
8 - Community Leadership Breakfast
12 - Tiger Safari Lakota 1 Day
13 - Boy Scout Robotics STEM Workshop
13 - Cub Scout Solar STEM Workshop
17 - Council Executive Comm. Mtg.
18 - Service Center Office closed
21 - Wood Badge Alumni Assoc. Mtg.
25-27 - OA Section C-7 Conclave
25-27 - Philmont Shakedown
26 - Coin Collecting Merit Badge Clinic
26 - Napowan Leaders’ Mtg.

April Training:
5 - Rangemaster Training
5-6 - Wilderness and Remote First Aid
12-13 - Climbing Instructor Training Level 1
24 - IOLS Patrol Mtg.

May Events:
3-4 - Family Camping Session 1
4 - Lakota Open House & Solar Celebration
9 - NWSC Annual Dinner
10 - Spring Wood Badge Gathering of Critters
15 - Council Executive Board Mtg.
16-18 - OA Spring Fellowship
17 - Shooting Sports Fund Raiser
26 - NWSC Office Closed

May Training:
2-4 - Intro. to Outdoor Leader Skills
2-4 - Outdoor Webelos Leader Trng.
10 - Adult & Child CPR/1st Aid Trng.
10 - Range Safety Officer Trng.
17-18 - Climbing Instructor Trng. Level 2
24 - Baloo Trng.
31 - Leave No Trace
31 - Cub Scout Leader Specifics

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.

As noted monthly, "Burnt Offerings" welcomes the submission of cooking experiences and recipes for all Scouts and Leaders to enjoy. This month features both elements submitted by Troop 32's Steven B. The herb and vegetable ingredients were planted, harvested and later used in a cooking class, all part of his Eagle Project. (To read more, see "Unique three-month-Eagle project ends up being eaten!!" in accompanying column.) Following are his four cooking class recipes:

(Serves 4-6 as snack)

. 2 cups diced seeded tomatoes
. 1/2 onion, diced finely
. 1 Tsp. minced garlic
. 1 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro

1. Place the tomatoes, onion, garlic in a blender or food processor.
2. Blend on low to desired consistency.
3. Add cilantro, salt and pepper to taste.
4. Serve with tortilla chips, if desired.

Summer Pasta
(Serves 4-6 as a main dish)

. 1 Lb. of cooked pasta - cooled.
. 2 Tbs. butter
. 1/4 cup olive oil
. 1/2 cup of spinach leaves
. Salt and pepper to taste
. Grated parmesan cheese (to taste)
. 3 garlic cloves minced
. 3 - 5 fresh basil leaves
Add diced tomato (optional)

1. Sauté all together.
2. Add fresh basil leaves last.

Cucumber Salad
(Serves 4 as a side dish)

. Remove seeds and thinly slice 1 large cucumber
. 1/4 of white onion sliced thin
. 2 Tbs. white vinegar
. 1 to 2 Tbs. sugar
. Dill to taste
. Salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix in a bowl and refrigerate for 6 hours

Herbal Tea
. Quart of water
. 2 fresh rosemary swigs
. Sliced cucumbers - about 6
. Nasturtium flowers maybe added for color.

1. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

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NWSC Venturing News

Venturing News With the Area 7 Venturing Conference for 2014 in our memories, the NWSC Venturing program will be looking for more emphasis on supporting the Venturing Units within the council. The outlook for Venturing is very exciting! There is a new advancement program being rolled out across the country and the structure of the recognition for our Venturing youth is outstanding. Making the advancement for Venturing youths much more connected and streamlined as the requirements build on activities that increase in complexity and provide a pathway to achieving awards at four different levels. These award names are being finalized and will be part of the New Venturing Program rollout coming to councils beginning in May of this year. Meanwhile, there are things Venturing units may do now to prepare and understand how they can become accustomed to these new changes. Read the entire article

23rd World Scout Jamboree - Kirara-hama, Japan 2015

World Jambo The next World Scout Jamboree will be held in Japan, Jul 28th - August 8, next year! The adult staff for units across the Central Region have been selected (or will be, shortly) and plans are underway to begin registration for youth who want a once-in-a-lifetime experience with their fellow scouts from around the world. More than just a youth exchange opportunity, the WSJ is a way to connect to other youth from around the world in a safe scouting environment. Japan has always held a fascination and welcome for westerners and this Jamboree will be one of the best yet. Read the entire article