Creation of new council

The letter from Mike Duffee, Area President, Ernest Froemel, Area Commissioner, and Fred Wallace, Deputy Regional Director is quoted:

”As we enter our second century, the Boy Scouts of America is committed to delivering the highest quality program possible to the youth of our communities. How the Scouting program is delivered is more critical today than ever before.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the creation of a new Council in the Chicago metropolitan and Northwestern Indiana areas.

Four councils - Northwest Suburban, Chicago Area, Des Plaines Valley and Calumet will all be served by this new yet unnamed council. A contest will be held among the youth membership to determine the name.

Local Pack, Troop, Crew and Post structure and program will not be affected! In addition, no changes are being made to District operations.

  • Everyone who is registered in one of the four councils mentioned above, will be automatically registered in the new council.
  • Unit numbers will remain the same.
  • District names, and boundaries will not change.
  • The council will continue to operate four Council Service Centers for the convenience of Scouting families.

The purpose of this new structure is to strengthen the Scouting program and to enhance the opportunities available to all members. New and innovative program offerings must be constantly sought if the Scouting program is to continue to appeal to more youth and families.

During this transition, the Scouting program will continue to be delivered and youth and their families will continue to be served. Opportunities for input from all levels will be available. Check your council website for future updates.”

Gazebo fire leads to Arlington Heights Eagle Scout project and annual scholarship award

Troop 32 Eagle Scout David Mercker was honored on Aug. 4 with the receipt of the 2014 Joseph DiLullo Scholarship during a Northwest Suburban Council ceremony in Mt. Prospect.

Dilullo Award Presenting the $500 check to Mercker for his outstanding achievements as a Boy Scout were Mario and Margaret DiLullo of Barrington. They established the scholarship 25 years ago in memory of their son, Joseph, who died unexpectedly in Dec., 1988.

Commenting on the selection process, Mario DiLullo stated, “All of the applicants had terrific service projects which made the final selection very difficult.

However, David’s name kept surfacing during our reviews. His qualifications gave him the edge,” he said.

Margaret DiLullo added that Mercker’s written explanation of “What it means to be an Eagle Scout” defined clearly his sense of “Scout Spirit.” “His troop leadership positions, his community service project and aid to younger scouts are just a few of his qualifications that set him apart,” she said.

In 2011, Mercker met with Arlington Heights Park District management to determine a service project worthy of the Eagle rank requirements. The choice was the rehabilitation of a fire-damaged gazebo at the northeast side of Lake Arlington and to supply new benches.

Dilullo Award Project During the previous winter, a homeless man built a fire in the gazebo. The fire spread and destroyed the surrounding wood railings.

Mercker accepted the challenge to manage the project: computer designing a new railing system, cataloguing the pieces, soliciting material donations from Home Depot, Heller Lumber Co. and Nutoys, a bench manufacturer, and supervising the assembly and installation of the railings and benches.

The project was completed successfully with the help of Chris Czajka, Supervisor of Parks for the Arlington Heights Park District, and twenty Troop 32 Scouts and Leaders over four weekends. The entire project required 134 hours of volunteer time and 72 hours by Mercker to complete the job. Today, the gazebo serves as a shelter and rest stop for visiting hikers and bikers as they overlook Lake Arlington.

Mercker, a former Cub Scout in Pack 266 sponsored by St. James Parish of Arlington Heights, crossed over to Troop 32 sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights to become a Boy Scout. He is now attending the prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology Aerospace Engineering program.

The DiLullo scholarship is awarded annually to an Eagle Scout who has outstanding grades, a superior service project and who has been accepted as a freshman at a four-year college or university.

How the Discovery Outpost can help you and your unit!

The Boy Scouts of America Discovery Outpost recruitment and activity center at Woodfield Mall offers units the opportunity to showcase their skills and recruit Scouts!

Here's how it works:

  • Determine what type of event/activity you would like to host
  • Send an email to with a description of your planned activity/event, dates and times you would like to host it, and contact information for your unit
  • On the day of you event, bring visuals that highlight your unit's unique qualities (pictures, videos on a USB drive, projects)
  • Come prepared to talk up your unit and Scouting in general!
  • Bring signed registration forms with you so you can recruit kids on the spot!

The Outpost is hiring part-time Scout Guides!

Scout Guides must:

  • Have knowledge of the Scouting program
  • Be comfortable talking to youth as well as adults
  • Be able to sell the Scouting program and Scouting merchandise

Cool Cruisers & Hot Dogs 2nd Annual Auto Show!

The 2nd annual Cool Cruisers & Hot Dogs car show is coming September 28th (rain date October 5th) at Rands Red Hots, 1441 Rand Road, Des Plaines. Last year's sell-out show featured over 100 classic cars and this year's will feature MORE activities, MORE fun, and MORE Scouts! The first 100 kids will be eligible to participate in the Illinois Child I.D. program. We will have family friendly activities, Scout advancement opportunities, a live d.j. and more! Bring your classic (1989 or older) car to show off ($20 registration fee payable at the event) or bring your family for a day of fun (no charge). For more information, visit or contact STEM Specialist Lisa Earley ( or 847-824-6861) or event chairman Scott Dueball at
Cool Cruisers


This summer has been a huge success for our STEM initiative. NWSC was proud to support Rainbow Council's Airfest, where over 150 Cub Scout "Science Everywhere" Nova Awards were earned and 20 new adult counselors were trained at the NWSC stations. Closer to home, our Nova camps throughout the summer enabled 100 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to earn Nova awards, in addition to hundreds of belt loops, pins and merit badges. If you missed out on the fun, don't worry! You can still register for STEM family camp on Columbus Day Weekend. Look for Nova Day coming to the Museum of Science and Industry in January, new unit opportunities, and patrol or den activity ideas. Please contact STEM Specialist Lisa Earley with comments or questions at or 847-824-6861.

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 is on Double Knot.

2014 Alan Oliver Scout of the Year Award

On August 21, Troop 16 named Ramon Sanchez the winner of the “2014 -Alan Oliver Memorial Scout of the Year Award”. Troop 16 is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Ave Maria Council #4456, serving St. Gertrude in Franklin Park and St. Beatrice in Schiller Park.

Ramon earned the award by accumulating the highest point total over the last year of all the Troop 16 Scouts.

The Scout of the Year Award was instituted by Alan Oliver and Wayne Bernacki in 2003. Originally, the program was administered by three members of the Troop Committee and two Advisors. In 2005, Mr. Alan Oliver became the sole Administrator of the SOY Award, tracking points and monthly totals.

The “Scout of the Year Award” is presented annually to the Scout that accumulates the most points over the course of the year. Points are awarded for participation in all Scout related events, outings and activities. The “Scout of the Year Award” is presented at the August Court of Honor, after the Troop returns from Summer Camp. The award is to provide an incentive to increase participation in Troop meetings, activities, District events and as an incentive for advancement in rank or other achievements such as the Religious Awards or Merit Badges.

In 2010, the Award was re-named the “Alan Oliver Memorial – Scout of the Year Award”. Mr. Oliver administered the “Scout of the Year” award until he passed away in 2009. Mr. Oliver was the Committee Chairman for Schiller Park BSA Troop 16 and St. Maria Goretti Cub Pack 191. Mr. Oliver dedicated 10 years to Scouting in Schiller Park.

Congratulations to Ramon Sanchez the “2014 Alan Oliver Scout of the Year Award” winner.

Northwest Suburban Council Distinguished Citizen Banquet

The Cotillion 360 Creekside Dr. Palatine, Illinois Wednesday, November 12, 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:

new professional staff serving Signal Hill

Hi to the Scouters serving Scouting in the Signal Hill District, as of September 1, Terry Parke, will be the professional staff serving the youth and leaders in the Signal Hill District. I can be reach at the phone and e-mail address listed below.

I look forward with working with each of you to serve our youth. I am excited about moving forward with all the programs that the district runs and each unit has. I will help each unit bring in more Scouts so we can share this wonderful program called Scouting. I also will work with you to grow the District Committee and the Commissioners staff.

Yours In Scouting, Terry Parke

Exploring - National Night Out

National night out is a nationwide program where Police Departments/ Towns sponsor an event on the same night every year. It’s basically a one day crime prevention event. NWSC Exploring District Police posts participating were:
Post 109 – Morton Grove
Post 109 – Morton Grove- .Pictured above
Post 300 – Skokie
Post 142 - Des Plaines
Post 130 – Barrington
Post 2 – Lake Zurich
Post 806 – Hoffman Estates - Pictured below
Post 806 – Hoffman  Estates
Congratulations to our Post Advisors for supporting their youth with this program!!

19th Annual Haunted Hike!

This year the Haunted Hike is overrun by monsters.
We’re hosting the scariest Monsters to
make your Haunted Hike the best ever!

Click here!

Casting Call

Click here! to read about the casting call for scouts.

23rd World Scout Jamboree


Click here!


Registration is now open on Double Knot for the 2014/15 OKPIK Cold Weather Camping Course at

Okpik 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) ( Okpik Flyer )

Sign up for OKPIK at

'Go to the Okpik web page at
'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.

September Events:
1 - LABOR DAY - Office closed
4 - Philmont ’15 Orientation/Info Mtg.
5-7 - OA Fall Weekend
6 - Scout Day at University of Illinois
13 - Popcorn Show-n-Sell Distribution
14 - Scout 50 Bike Ride
18 - Executive Board Meeting
27 - Explore Scouting - Lakota
27 - Scout to Life Rank Trail

September Training:
6 - Computer Belt Loop @ Woodfield Microsoft Store
7 - Moviemaking MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
7 - Photography Belt Loop @ Woodfield Microsoft Store
13-15 – Wood Badge #2 Weekend
13 - Video Game Belt Loop @ Woodfield Microsoft Store
13 - Digital Tech. MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
14 - Photography MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
14 - Astronomy Belt Loop @ Woodfield Microsoft Store
17 - Cub Scout Specifics
17 - Game Design MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
20 - Astronomy MB @ Woodfield Microsoft Store
20 - Moviemaking MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
21 - Digital Tech. MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
21 - Astronomy Belt Loop @ Woodfield Microsoft Store
23 - Moviemaking MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
25 - Digital Tech. MB @ Woodfield Microsoft Store
26-28 - Intro. to Outdoor Leader Skills in Morris, IL
27 - Cub Scout Advancement Workshop
27 - Computer Belt Loop @ Woodfield Microsoft Store
27 - Photography MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
28 - Game Design MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store

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

October Training:
1 - Moviemaking MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
4 - Scoutmaster Specifics
4 - Digital Tech. MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
4 - Moviemaking MB @ Woodfield Microsoft Store
5 - Photography MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
5 - Photography MB @ Woodfield Microsoft Store
7 - Game Design MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
9 - Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills – Patrol Mtg.
11 - Video Game Belt Loop @ Woodfield Microsoft Store
11 - Moviemaking MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
12 - Digital Tech. MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
12 - Game Design MB @ Woodfield Microsoft Store
15 - Game Design MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
17-19 - Intro. to Outdoor Leader Skills
18 - Programming MB @ Woodfield Microsoft Store
18 - Photography MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
19 - Okpik Winter Camping Session #1
19 - Game Design MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
22 - Photography MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
25 - Trainers’ EDGE – Chicago Area Council
25 - Moviemaking MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store
25 - Photography MB@ Woodfield Microsoft Store
26 - Game Design MB @ Oak Brook Microsoft Store

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.

They may be something we take for granted since we all grew up with them in our American cuisine. They have been around literally for centuries in various forms and colors. Although both the Italians and the Chinese claim it’s their invention, these versatile strands of pasta have been made and consumed in many cultures. So, noodles are taking the Burnt Offering spotlight for this issue. The recipe is named “CNN.” No, it’s not the news network. It’s…

Chicken Noodle Nest

Serves a patrol of 8, but may be reduced
Prepare at home or on campout

Burnt Offerings Ingredients:
. 8 Cups - Chicken stock
. 4 Pkgs. - Ramon noodles, chicken flavored
. 2 Tbls. - Butter
. 2 Pkgs. - Frozen peas & carrots, thawed
. 2 -3 Lbs. - Chicken breasts, boneless, skinless and cut into 1/2" cubes
. 2 Cans - 12.5 oz. - Condensed Cream of Chicken soup
. 2 Cups - Milk
. Salt/Pepper - to taste

1. With heat on high, pour chicken stock into a large pot.
2. Add noodles to chicken stock and bring to a boil. Follow directions on noodle package for adding the included seasoning packet and cooking time.
3. While noodles are coming to a boil, prepare chicken mixture:
- - In a large skillet on high heat, melt butter and add chicken cubes. Sear until cubes are browned slightly on all sides. Stir occasionally while searing.
- - Turn heat to Low and add the condensed Cream of Chicken soup. Pour in and stir milk as needed to make a sauce. Sauce should not be "runny."
- - Add thawed peas and carrots and salt/pepper to taste.
- - Cover and simmer for about 10 - 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. When noodles are cooked, set aside until chicken mixture is hot and ready for serving. Do not drain the noodles.
5 To serve, make a "nest" (big circle) of the noodles on a plate. Fill nest with the chicken mixture.
6 Eat and enjoy while CNN is hot.

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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).

Computer Belt Loop:
September 6 at Woodfield
September 27 at Woodfield

Photography Belt Loop:
September 7 at Woodfield
October 5 at Woodfield

Video Game Belt Loop:
September 13 at Woodfield
October 11 at Woodfield

Astronomy Belt Loop:
September 14 at Woodfield
September 21 at Woodfield

Astronomy Merit Badge:
September 20 at Woodfield

Moviemaking Merit Badge:
September 7 at Oak Brook
September 20 at Oak Brook
September 23 at Oak Brook
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:
September 13 at Oak Brook
September 21 at Oak Brook
September 25 at Oak Brook
October 4 at Oak Brook
October 12 at Oak Brook
October 28 at Oak Brook
November 9 at Oak Brook

Photography Merit Badge:
September 14 at Oak Brook
September 27 at Oak Brook
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:
August 23 at Woodfield
September 17 at Oak Brook
September 28 at Oak Brook
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:
August 31 at Woodfield
October 18 at Woodfield