NWSC Annual Business Meeting Scheduled
The Northwest Suburban Council, Boy Scouts of America will hold its Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7 PM in the Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 W. Algonquin Road (just east of State Route 83) in Des Plaines.
The specific purposes of the meeting are to hear annual reports from the various officers on their operational departments, and elect members and officers of the council for the coming year as well as consideration any proposed resolutions previously submitted.
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It's come to our attention that it can be confusing to apply for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout or Venturing Nova awards. There is no special sign off procedure or paperwork for the Novas (there is for Supernovas - we'll cover that another time), but you do need to tell your advancement chair which award you've earned (e.g., Cub Scout Nova - Tech Talk) and the advancement chair should list the award on the advancement report. Although the awards are not listed in third party programs such as Packmaster or Troopmaster, they can be added manually. When the advancements are uploaded to the BSA on-line advancement system (Scoutnet), the Novas won't be recognized but can be added after the upload has finished; they are in the Scoutnet awards database. This may be confusing the first time it's attempted - please call Lisa Earley, STEM Program Specialist, at the NWSC office for guidance anytime.
Look for exciting STEM programs coming shortly after the holidays for all Scouting levels. Happy Holidays!
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 or www.scouting.org/stem
ATTENTION ANYONE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE 2014 NAPOWAN CAMP STAFF!
Interview dates are in!
If you are interested in a general staff position, we will be holding open interviews from 10-5 on Saturday, December 21 and Saturday December 28. MAKE SURE YOU TURN IN THOSE APPLICATIONS THAT CAN BE FOUND ON NAPOWAN.ORG. IF you cannot make either of those days, you can schedule an appointment with Fiddle at 847-824-6859 or email@example.com.
If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know!
Thank you, and we will see you soon! Have a Napowan day!
What is National Youth Leadership Training?
The BSA National Office says NYLT is "an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. The course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well." Join us - Registration is now open! Register
Wood Badge Alumni Association
The Wood Badge Alumni met Monday, November 18. The main purpose was to get going on the Wood Badge Alumni Reunion Dinner. Twenty of us broke up into committees and had a lot of enthusiasm in getting started. But, more people on the Dinner Committee would make it more fun and less work.
In past years, The Wood Badge Dinner was mainly organized as a recruiting event, but most people who attended were alumni. So, starting this year (2013) we began changing the dinner to be what it really was, an opportunity to get together with the other past participants for fun and fellowship.
The 2014 Dinner will be Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rolling Meadows. Gathering games will begin at 5:45 with dinner at 6:45. Besides the gathering games, there will be entertainment, critter competitions and a silent auction.
The emphasis for the evening is the same as our new Wood Badge Alumni Association, this is first and primarily a SOCIAL occasion. And all this for only $7.00!
Maybe there are some folks who think we are not being inclusive because I've only mentioned Wood Badge Alumni. That's absolutely incorrect. If you haven't taken Wood Badge, we want you to come too! This way you can see what the fun and fellowship is all about. And to show how much we want you, if you have not taken Wood Badge, come as our guest. That's right, it's free! WE WANT YOU!
So, grab your critters and contact your patrol mates, or come and meet new ones. Register at DoubleKnot so we can be sure there's enough food for all.
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If you can volunteer to help or have questions, please contact Reggie Lithgow at firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Banquet is coming!
That's right. On December 30, 2013 the OA will be having its annual Winter Banquet. The theme is "Lakota Has Talent". Come and see the annual awards, vigil recognitions, and a talent show performed by none other than our own chapters. You will also be entered in a raffle to win a TV and other prizes if you register and pay by December 20. You can find the Banquet on the council calendar. Come out and enjoy a meal and a night of fun.
Venturing Dodgeball Challenge
When new leadership for Crew 140 came on board a few years ago, one of the first activities in which we participated was a council-wide Dodgeball event with Northeast Illinois Council Venturing units. Our crew still talks about how much fun they had, both with the physical activity and enjoying the fellowship with other teens. Now, we'd like to offer the same fun to our fellow Northwest Suburban Council Crew & Ship members.
Join fellow Venturers for an evening of Double-dodge ball, hosted by Venturing Crew 140 on Saturday, January 11, 2014. We'll play some friendly dodge ball, then relax and watch the movie Dodgeball. Please RSVP by January 3rd to Katie Kritzmire at email@example.com. No exceptions; we need a final count at that time.
The Double Dodgeball Details:
When: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6 pm - 11 pm
- RSVP by January 3rd to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check-in and dodgeball - 6 pm - 8:30 pm
- Pizza & snacks - 8:30 - 9 pm
- Movie 9 - 11 pm
How much: $10 + one non-perishable food item to donate, per person.
Where: St. Mary School activity center (gym) - 10 N. Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Who: NWSC Venturing Crew and any interested Scouts & students ages 14-21.
What to bring:
- wear clothing appropriate for dodge ball. Creative team shirts are more than welcome!
- bring your own blanket (and pillow if you like) for lounging while watching the movie.
Parent & Leader questions: Jenny Brandon, crew chair email@example.com or Anne Kritzmire. Adviser firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERNET ADVANCEMENT INFORMATION
By the NWSC Youth Development Committee
At one time there was only one way to submit advancements, through the exchange of paper forms. Then there was Internet Advancement and paper advancement. As of 1/1/14 there will only be Internet based advancement. It will be a more streamlined and accurate process.
Each unit, as of the new year, will be expected to submit advancements via the BSA Internet Advancement system, which can be aligned with some software data bases that use the internet advancement system for Troops and Packs, such as: TroopMaster, PackMaster, ScoutTrack, TroopTrack. If your unit uses one of these software packages, contact that provider to learn how to sync up your system to the BSA Online Advancement system. At last month’s Council Scout to Life Advancement Workshop, and CS Advancement Workshop, several third party software packages were demonstrated.
There is no need for any unit to purchase a third party product to use the BSA internet for advancement. It can however make it easier, and bundle other services with it, as well as make adjustments to the new system without users needing to learn anything new. This however, needs to be weighed against the costs involved.
Because today's Internet Advancement was designed over ten years ago, and has notable limitations, BSA has been developing a new version of it. There are plans to release it within the next several months. This new version, we've been told, will be compatible with more operating systems and browsers.
The choice of what online software is used by a unit, is up to that unit. But, all units will need to submit advancements online, through the BSA Online Internet Advancement as of 1/1/14. Here are some links that may be helpful in learning more about the online process:
From NWSC: Internet Advancement
From Scouting.org: Internet Advancement Highlights
The Journey to Excellence benefits the youth we serve. All Units are currently working through the re-chartering process and this is the perfect time for every unit to look back at the past year and see how well you did and see what areas can be improved next year. So you ask "How do I know how my Unit is doing"? "What are the standards and guidelines"? "Where do I find this information"?