North Woods Scout Troop Helps Stock Food Pantry
by Ann Weiwel, Troop 34 Food Drive Coordinator.
Doing Good Turns is part of the Boy Scout tradition and Troop 34 in Arlington Heights is very much a part of that custom by collecting food for the needy.
The troop held its 5th Annual Food Drive on Saturday, May 12th at Marianos in Arlington Heights.
With over 23 Scouts and 13 Leaders and parents participating, the troop collected 97 boxes of food and toiletries, along with $305 in gift certificates to benefit the Wheeling Township Food Pantry.
The amount of items collected was almost double from last year.
Marianos donated 2 cartloads of items, boxes and 400 flyers, since the troop kept running out. The Arlington Heights Community was very generous during this time of great need.
It is with pleasure we announce that Phil Yurtis will become the new Napowan Caretaker. Phil is an Eagle Scout from the NWSC. He and his wife, Laura, met while working at Camp Napowan. They loved the area so much they moved there and are raising their family in the Wild Rose area. He is looking forward to this new role with Napowan. Phil started his job on May !st. He will work be working for 20 hours a week in this role.
Scout Night with the Schaumburg Boomers
The Schaumburg Boomer are sponsoring two Scout nights this summer, one on Friday, June 8, at 6:30 pm and the other on Friday, July 27, also at 6:30 pm. At each game, Scouts will have an opportunity to participate in a pre-game Scout parade and present the colors. They may also run the bases at the conclusion of the game. Following the July 27 game only, Scouts may spend the night in the outfield. Activities include a movie and s'mores and a continental breakfast in the morning. For complete information, please see the flyer.
NWSC Golf Classic
Northwest Suburban Council will hold its 2012 Golf Classic on Monday, June 18, at the Whisper Creek Golf Club in Huntley, IL. If you can't join us for golf, then please consider becoming a sponsor. Please see the flyer for complete details and pricing.
Scout Night with the Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs and the Boy Scouts are teaming up once again! On Monday, August 13, the Cubs are offering specially priced tickets to all Boy Scouts, their families and friends. All participants will receive a commemorative patch however only the first 1,000 participants will also have an opportunity to take part in the pre-game parade on the warning track. Please see the flyer for complete details.
National Honors Bestowed on NWSC Scouters
Districts and Council recognized at Annual Dinner
The Silver Beaver, the highest National honor a council may bestow, was awarded to five Northwest Suburban Council volunteer Leaders at the Wellington in Arlington Heights on May 4 at the council’s Annual Recognition Dinner.
315 Scouters, relatives and friends were in attendance.
Emceed by former Council President Jim Tierney, the event featured guest speaker Mr. Anye Whyte, Chief Officer of the Department of Homeland Security for the US Customs and Border Patrol. An active Scouter, he emphasized the necessity of instilling Scouting values in our youth to be prepared for an uncertain future. He is also an adult leader for our Explorer Post 707.
In addition, all five Districts and the Council received the first-ever Journey To Excellence (JTE) Awards. But, the honors didn’t stop there. Five outstanding District and Council Leaders were honored for their outstanding Scouting efforts in 2011.
Presenting the Silver Beaver Awards were Council President Marie Diffley, Council Commissioner Tom Broadfoot and Ass’t Scout Executive Randy Toland.
Receiving the 2011 Silver Beaver Award for their past and continuing Scouting volunteerism are (Left to right):
Chuck Pusateri, Blackhawk District Cub Scout Advancement Chair
Gary Powell, Council Training Chairman from Signal Hill District
Carol Stieve, Blackhawk District BS Advancement Chair and Council CPR and First Aid Instructor
Mike Stanbary, Sr, Council Properties Chairman from Pathfinder District
Jim Scanlan, Wood Badge Course Director from North Woods District
The Silver Beaver, established in 1931, is the highest National honor that a council may bestow upon deserving Scouters. It is awarded to volunteers who have demonstrated exceptional service to young people, are active in their community and churches and truly live the Scout Oath and Law.
Receiving the District JTE Awards were:
Blackhawk District: Silver level, accepted by Alan Amati, Bert Hamann and Frank Chlebek;
North Woods: Bronze level, accepted by Tim Wziontka, Stephen McKenna and Brian Mulcrone;
Pathfinder: Silver Level, accepted by Jim Wilkins, Steve Ignots and Terry Parke;
Signal Hill: Gold level, accepted by Curtis Siegel, Randy Hansen and Dominic Gualtieri;
Aguila: Bronze level, accepted by Aereilo Jimenez, Delfina Morris and Nancy Ithier;
Learning For Life: accepted by Max Netzeband and Kathie Heidenfelder.
The JTE program is designed to recognize units, districts and councils that have excelled or improved in key measurement areas of Finance, Membership, Program, Unit Service, Leadership and Governance.
Within the Commissioner Staff, awards were presented to:
Rick Romani – the Distinguished Council Commissioner Award - Silver Level
Joe Schluep – the Distinguished District Commissioner Award - Gold Level and
Brad Epstein – the Distinguished Unit Commissioner Award – Bronze Level.
Epstein was recognized also for making a significant contribution to the Community Friends of Scouting campaign. In addition to his FOS donation, NWSC recognizes him as a 2011 Presidential Leadership Circle Member for his deferred gift of $1 million dollars to NWSC. This Second Century Society gift is given through the National BSA Foundation to a Council in support of the local Scouting program.
Gary Powell was honored for a second time when he was recognized as member of the James E. West Fellowship for making a significant contribution to the council’s Endowment Fund.
From the Council President
As part of our family of Leaders in the Northwest Suburban Council, you may have heard of the challenges that our Council has been facing, but you may not be aware of how you can help. First let me thank you for your offers to help our Council, we need all of you for NWSC to be a success.
What can you do? How can you help?
Our immediate Council focus is two-fold: Scouts and the financial underpinning to support the Scouting programs and operations.
Our Scout focus is membership.
The Spring recruitment drive is drawing to a close. As a unit leader you can help by completing the paperwork and ensuring the applications are completely filled out and signed, registration fees are collected and everything gets to your District Executive or into the office to the Council Registrar.
Recruitment doesn’t stop there; it is a year-round effort. We know the value of Scouting and the impact the program has on the youth we serve. BUT it is also the best kept secret. Don’t let that be so…continuously invite more youth to join, talk about the outings, the camping, the friendships made, the fun. Reach out to the youth who we aren’t serving and sign them up.
You as unit leaders offer great quality programs for our scouts. NWSC maintains high retention levels; once a youth joins he/she stays in Scouting. Thanks to all your efforts, the scouts enjoy, learn and grow into the leaders they will become. This year more scouts have participated in the unit outings and district events; thank you for making it happen. Don’t stop here…summer camps and activities are about to begin, let’s get all our scouts signed up and be a part of the adventures and fun. Visit our website, www.nwsc.org, to find our calendar and summer camp programs.
Our Financial focus is raising funds.
As a Council we need to better our financial position. First, the Council is tight on cash-flow but we are meeting our monthly expenses and secondly, our community support is less than meets our needs; our longer term challenge is the increased debt of the Council.
In managing the finances, discretionary spending has been cut and expenses have been less than budgeted; programs have been evaluated to ensure outcomes in activities, events and summer camps meet or exceed budgets; and proper procedures are being followed. Even with these, cash-flow is still tight. The answer lies in bringing in more cash; specifically, doing and completing our planned campaigns generate the funds necessary to help us meet the cash-flow.
I ask our unit and district leaders to evaluate your Family Friends of Scouting efforts. Did every family have an opportunity to support this program? Have all the pledge cards been completed and turned in? Can pledges be paid sooner rather than later? It’s not too late.
As to our Community Friends of Scouting, help is needed. Over the years, we have failed to develop and or maintain our relationships with our community businesses and supporters. Who do you know and can you help us build the network to grow our community support? What are your business connections, your social affiliations? Is there someone we should be talking to? Is your neighbor, co-worker, boss an Eagle Scout or former Scout who hasn’t been involved recently? Is there someone who wants to contribute but doesn’t know who to speak with?
Please contact me, I want to know. E-mail me at Buffalo14@aol.com or your District Executive and have him pass it along.
The other side of this is getting more leaders, parents, and community individuals involved. Help recruit individuals for your district finance teams and share your thoughts and ideas with the teams. Make a list of who you know, how they can help and who you need to help make the ask… share it with the team.
You are not alone in this. I have asked our Council Officers and Board members to open their networks and contact individuals who can help us. They are committed to helping us raise funds also. It takes all of us to solve our short-term financial position and long term need to eliminate our debt. First, we must raise more than we spend and yet grow and sustain our programs and operations; from here we can turn to our longer challenge of debt elimination.
NWSC is on the right path with the right focus to meet its challenges. We have accomplished much yet have more to do. Your support and help is truly appreciated. As a Council, our greatest strength is YOU. Thank you for wanting to step up and help. Don’t wait! Act now.
Thanks for all you do on behalf of our Scouts.
Marie T. Diffley
A few years ago when I was a brand new 11 year old Boy Scout, I attended Camp Napowan. Just like it is in 2012, Napowan was a beautiful place to camp. Many changes have occurred at Napowan since that July day I first camped at Napowan, you can no longer see the lake from the dining hall, units now camp on both sides of 24th Ave., the camp office and entrance moved from County H to 24th Ave. and many new and exciting programs have been added. As much as the camp changed some things remained, Scouts continue to attend Napowan to learn new skills and try new things. One other thing never seemed to change – Session’s Lodge. True the function may have changed from a health lodge to staff housing, but the building remained a relic of the past until now. Thanks to the vision of Troop 34 of Arlington Heights, their dedicated leaders and hardworking members, Sessions lodge is well underway to becoming a computer resource center for the camp. Over the past several months Troop 34 gutted the building, installed new windows and electrical service, insulated the walls, installed new drywall and painted the interior. With any luck the building will be in service as a computer resource lab this summer. Napowan Adventure Base and all Napowan campers past, present and future THANK Troop 34 for their vision, planning and hard work in creating the Napowan computer lab.
The weekend of May 18-21 was the Lakota Lodge Order of the Arrow spring fellowship at Napowan Adventure Base. My congratulations to the new lodge and chapter officers, and welcome to Lakota’s new Ordeal and Brotherhood members. Much was accomplished during the weekend, trails were cleared, buddy boards rebuilt, buildings cleaned, and camp was prepared for opening. Thank you to each and everyone one of you who participated and helped ready Napowan for the 2012 season. We could not do it without you.
Space remains at any of our great summer programs. The Northwest Suburban Council provides program opportunities for Tigers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturer’s. Plan on visiting one of our programs this summer. Visit NWSC.org for additional information.
Chair, Outdoor Adventure
Internet Advancement is the quickest and easiest way to keep your youths’ advancement records up to date. This is intended for Packs, Troops, Teams, Crews, Ships and Posts to record ranks, awards, and advancements. Everything is eligible EXCEPT the Eagle Rank.
There is a link to everything you need to know about the process on the home page of the Northwest Suburban Council (www.nwsc.org). On the Internet Advancement page is specific information about the process and links to the application, frequently asked questions, a helpful power point explanation, and more. All you need to get started is your unit ID (this is not your unit number). If you don’t know what that is then just give the council office a call at 847-824-6880 ext . 1001.
The beauty of this system is twofold:
- Easy point-and-click format
- Names, addresses, ranks, awards all listed, just pick the youth, pick the award, and add the date. Or use the multiple feature and enter the award and then pick all the youth that earned it.
- Will accept advancement reports from Packmaster or Troopmaster software.
- Print a shopping list to take to the Scout Shop.
- Unit roster including adults (with their youth protection training dates).
- Advancement status for all or individual youths (great for your Life Scouts as they prepare to advance to Eagle.