Welcome to Arrowhead District
Arrowhead District serves the communities of:
- Blue Island
- Chicago Ridge
- Evergreen Park
- Hickory Hills
- Merrionette Park
- Morgan Park
- Mount Greenwood
- Oak Lawn
- Palos Heights
- Palos Hills
- Palos Park
The District holds nearly 50 scouting units (Packs, Troops, and Crews) to ensure the delivery of quality scouting programs to 1300 Scouting families in the Southwest Suburbs and Southwest side of Chicago.
Arrowhead District is a Gold Level JTE District in the Pathway to Adventure Council (PTAC).
To find a unit in your area, visit www.beascout.org
Arrowhead District Operations Meetings
Every First Tues of each month (7:00p)
The American Legion, 11001 S. Depot Street, Worth, IL 60482
Arrowhead District Commissioner's Meetings
Every Second Tues of each month (7:00p)
First United Methodist 9358 S Homan Ave, Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Order of the Arrow Ehalluchsit Chapter Meetings
Every Third Tues of each month (7:30p)
Download the Enterprise Risk Management Document: Risk Management Guidebook 2017-11-09
St. Mary Star of the Sea, 6424 S. Kenneth Chicago, IL 60629
Advisor Carmen Tripani (773) 233-0604 email@example.com
The leadership of Arrowhead District is comprised of trained Scouter Volunteers and a BSA Professional who are supported by the West Area Council Office and Council Professional Staff. We are always looking for adults interested in helping the District achieve the Aims of Scouting (Character Development, Citizenship Training, and Personal Fitness). If you would like more information and can pass the BSA background check, please contact a District Scouter or Professional.
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PLEASE JOIN FACEBOOK ARROWHEAD BOY SCOUTS GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/arrowheadboyscouts/
Each unit holds their own events called "Program".
In addition, the District and Council provide added opportunities for Program to bring our families together.
Arrowhead hosts several events throughout the year including monthly leadership meetings called Roundtable.
JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH
Klondike Derby Pinewood Derby
Sledding Blitz South Side Irish Parade
APRIL MAY JUNE
Spring Camporee Service Weekends
JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER
Summer Camp Fishing Derby Scouting Kick Off
Day Camp Adventure Day
OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
Please Find Specific Event Fliers Below:
Fall Council-Wide Camporee
When: October 11-13, 2019
Where: Busse Woods Forest Preserve located in Elk Grove, IL. Busse Woods is located where Interstates 290 and 90 converge and is easily accessible from either highway.
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER! SIGN UP TODAY!
Please go to pathwaytoadventure.org/camporee to sign up. We are requesting that any unit thathas interest in attending complete the registration form at this time. Please the number of Scouts and adults you may expect for the weekend. We ask that all units complete this to help the Camporee planning committee to estimate attendance numbers, etc. The system will not require payment at this time (so units can still confirm attendance numbers). Payment and final attendees will be required by September 15th.
Cost: The early-bird price for each participant is $18! On September 21st, the price increases to $25. Approved Staff is $15.
Cub Scout Recruits:
The “Blast into Scouting Adventure Day” has been combined into the Camporee. The newly recruited Cub Scout attending the event will receive a free pass. Parents and
NON Participating siblings are $5 each. Some events will limited to paid participants only. More information on registering Cub Scout recruits will be available in July.
There will be program areas that are dedicated for each of our participant levels as well as programs for the combined participant levels. Below is a list of highlighted activities and more will be announced in the coming months:
Rock Climbing; Cub Scout Rocket Launch; Archery & Fishing; Boating; STEAM - Soldering, Robots, Astronomy; Vendor Displays; Relay Race/ Tough-Mudder Type of Race; 5k;
Inflatable; Field Games; Scout Skills/ Advancement Opportunities; Special VIP Luncheon and Dinner; Saturday Night Show!
Camping: Camping is available for the entire weekend (Friday & Saturday night) and one-night only (Saturday night). Campsites are broken into sub camps and each campsite will be assigned and laid out based on the number of registrants for each unit or pack. Only unit trailers will be allowed to park inside Busse Woods. In order to guarantee a campsite and a parking space for a trailer, reservations must be made by September 1st.
Downloads for more details:
Spring STEM Camporee
This year's Spring Camporee had a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) theme and took place April 12-14, 2019 at Wolf Road Woods Forest Preserve. Photos of the event can be found at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3WFPw9nUSTwhxyWn6
As of February 1, 2019, Scouts BSA has become an organization with boy troops and girl troops. Visit www.beascout.org to find a unit near you.
Scouting Management has four seasons:
- Jan-Mar: Fundraising for the year
- Apr-Jun: Spring Recruitment
- Jul-Sep: Summer Camp
- Oct-Dec: Rechartering
There is also a lot that happens between the dashes; please, help us to stay on target.
At the February Oak Lawn Village Board meeting Trustee Terry Vorderer made a motion to rename 93rd Place between Keller ave and Komensky ave to be known as Bob Wilcox Way. One would be hard pressed to meet a finer example of America’s “Greatest Generation” then Mr. Bob Wilcox. This quiet hero of WW2 has continually served the youth of the area for more then 70 years. Upon returning to civilian life, Mr. Wilcox worked as a Downtown Chicago Optician and had many well-known patients, but none more well-known than Harry Caray who he fitted with his signature glasses. He has mentored generations of Boy Scouts and was devoted to his lovely wife, Marie for 64 years before she passed away.
Bob was an active scouter .He served as a committee member of Troop 618, Johnson Phelps VFW Post 5220 Troop 1671 and Pack 4671 as COR, Committee Member with Troop 600 (First United Methodist Church of Oak Lawn), Committee Member with St. Mary Star of the Sea Troop 1441, Committee Member with St. Germaine Catholic Church Troop 1605 and Webelos leader with Pack 4605. Needless to say, if there was scouting going on in the Oak Lawn Area, Bob Wilcox used to have a hand in it. The epitome of helping other people at all times. Congratulations and well done for one of our own!
Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
Troop 607 Bethany Union Church and Meijer's employee volunteers helped at the Beverley Breast Cancer Walk on May 12, 2019. Meijers supplied the water and banannas for the end of walk rehydration station. The Scouts partnered with Meijer's in handing out the water and bananas to the walk participants.
Order of the Arrow Swim Classes
The O/A swim clinic is back.
- Scouts BSA: Dates are April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20 & Tuesday May 28. May 28 is a "Land" session to review requirements that do not require the pool. Swimming, Lifesaving, 2nd & 1st class swim requirements along with instructional swim will be offered.
See attached flyer: Swimming Lifesaving Clinic Flyer
- Special note about Lifesaving MB: The first requirement of Lifesaving is to complete a 400 yard swim, this is to be completed before proceeding with any other requirements. Each year a number of scouts cannot do the swim strokes correctly (or at all) especially the side stroke. Please have lifesavers practice and learn the stokes before attempting the merit badge.
- Webelos & AOL Scouts: Aquanaut will be offered along with instructional swim. Each Pack will have a date assigned May 6, May 13 or May 20.
See attached flyer: Aquanaut Webelos & AOL
- Pre-registration is required - We want to better manage capacity. We require that only one person from the pack or troop gather and turn in registration. We are asking for gender so we can make sure we have the appropriate staff on hand. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for blank registration form or download it here Final registration due by April 19th. Send completed registration forms to email@example.com.
See the attached flyer: Swim Clinic Registration
South Side Irish Parade
PTAC Scout units (Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Adventure Crews) marched in the 41th Annual South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17. Our parade spot was co-sponsored by Southtown Health Foods and Beverly Hills Garage. Some photos can be found below.
Silver Beaver Award Recipients
On Sunday, February 24, 2019, the Silver Beaver Awards banquet was held at the William Tell Holiday Inn in Countryside, IL. Arrowhead District is proud to have had two of the five recipients of the night receive this presitgious award. Those dedicated Scouters are:
- Gary Dorencz
- Frank Chlebek
Please be sure to congratulate these outstanding leaders when you see them.
Troop 607 from Bethany Union Church joined Mt Greenwood Park's Staff, Athletes, and Parents in the Polar Plunge March 3rd at North Avenue Beach. The Scouts's raised over 1,000 of the overall $ 5,000 team raised. Donations are still being accepted at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/wizarding-world-of-special-olympics .
Picture 3 left to right Michael G. Rudd SM, Luke K. SPL,Michael R. Eagle Scout, Liam Grib ASPL, Kendall R Troop Guide, and Olivia Stevenson ASM.
Klondike Derby 2019
Klondike Derby was a great success. This year was Gary Dorencz' last year as chairperson for this event. We had excellent weather and SNOW! The Scouts were able to learn and compete using a variety of skills. We also welcomed our first girl troop this year!
5th-------699 Cobras 61.5
4th--------337 Ginger snaps 63.5
3rd-------609 Green men 65.5
2nd-------609 Sock Monkeys
1st------- 337 Da Boys
Herb Koch took a boatload of photos which can be found by clicking this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4jBbLF3iS8iCXRU3A
Check out this video featuring PTAC Scouts including Joshua McCluer from Troop 3729:
42nd Annual Dan Teoro Fishing Classic
2018's event led by Rita Egan was a smashing success. You can view photos of the event by clicking this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/hEF7obEbRPNkuxQHA
Download this year's packet: Arrowhead Distict Fishing Derby 2019 Packet
Railroading Merit Badge
You can download a document with photos from the event by clicking this link: RAILROADING MERIT BADGE AT CLRC Pictures 2018-06-02
Download the 2019 flyer for this merit badge event: Railroading Merit Badge 2019 rev
Now is the time to fully adopt Scoutbook to manage all of your Unit's operations including:
- Updating your roster easily
- Tracking advancements
- Sending messages to leaders, Scouts, and parents
- Planning events and tracking activities
- The system is easy to use, easy to install, and is easy on the budget. Scoutbook is now free to all Units. Enjoy the peace of mind that your records are being recorded properly. Scoutbook syncs with ScoutNET, so your updates will be shared and stored at national eliminating some of the paperwork of the past. Plus, parents and Scouts will have access to their own records so they can accurately track Scouts' progress keeping the Scouts motivated to further their Scouting endeavors.
USEFUL REFERENCE LINKS:
See Boy Scout flyers – many also apply to Venturers
Venturing events & training in the region: http://crventuring.org/Activities/Events_Listing/
Arrowhead District Roundtable Meetings
Roundtable began with the story of King Arthur. Adults throughout the District and beyond come together the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at:
Our Lady of Loretto Church, 9003 S Kostner Ave, Hometown, IL 60456
Open to all Parents and Scouters
Don't be a stranger and come to our District Roundtable Meetings. We share best practices, training, and event information for our scouting families. It is not only important that all units have at least one representative attend but that person must share the information back with their unit.
Why you should attend
Roundtable is the best way to advocate for your son or daughter; find out what's happening in the council and district, and is a great way to learn new and easier ways of improving the program we provide to the youths in our units!
The National website (www.scouting.org) states… ‘Scouting roundtables are a form of supplemental training for volunteers held monthly on a district basis The objective of roundtables is to give these leaders program ideas; information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders.
The roundtable commissioner and staff demonstrate elements of a model meeting that leaders may use as a pattern for their own unit meetings. As a result of the roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, and able to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.
If that's not enough, we:
- Offer a door prize
- Offer a simple dinner
- Offer limited daycare for kids
- Provide a Trading Post (scout shop dilivery)
- Post the main session on our Facebook page
The Cub Scout breakout sessions provide an opportunity for leaders to network with each other and to learn best practices for running Packs and Dens.
- Mar: Arrow of Light Transition
- Apr: Spring Recruitment
- May: Keeping the Pack Active Over Summer
- Jun: Behavior and Discipline
The Boy Scout breakout sessions provide an opportunity for leaders to network with each other and to learn best practices for running Troops.
- Feb: Dutch Oven training and tricks
- Mar: Proven Scout Recruitment without a Pack
- Apr: Dutch Oven Leader Cookoff
- May: Preparation for Summer Camp
- Jun: Fireside Chat (camping, service, outings)
Don't see what your looking for? Let us know what do you want to learn?
Trading Post (Present at every roundtable)
Kevin Barry, Trading Post Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trading Post can save you a trip to the Scout Shop! Place your order and Keven can transport your items to Roundtable. WOW! That was easy.
Frank Chlebek email@example.com
Chris Brennon firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Youth Deserves a Trained Leader! Most Scouter training is available online, and everything starts with Youth Protection. Go to your My.scouting.org, sign in and add the training program you wish to work on. When completed, print your certificate and turn into your leader.
REMEMBER YOUR MEMBER ID and LOG IN INFORMATION.
Upcoming Training Events
Arrowhead District holds live training sessions several times per year. Other districts and Council also hold live training for almost endless possibilities of weeknight and weekend sessions. Check the PTAC calendar for specific classes. If there is a specific training you want, let us know and we can schedule it.
Download the latest training schedule: Click here for the latest PTAC training calendar
- BALOO training is required for all Cub Scout camping trips. While some training is mandatory to be hands-on outdoors, the "book training" can be completed online.
- Eagle Scout Projects—Two-Deep Adult Supervision Requirement For most Eagle Scout projects, a certain amount of physical work is provided by those assisting the Eagle Scout. Boy Scouts of America is constantly reviewing and providing assessments to ensure that all Scouting activities are conducted safely for the youth members. Recently, the youth protection policy has been revised and becomes effective October 1, 2018. Beginning on that date, adult supervision on “all Scouting activities,” which includes Eagle Scout projects, must consist of no less than two Youth protection trained, BSA-registered adults—both at least 21 years of age. Please refer to the Guide to Safe Scouting.
- National Youth Leader Training (NYLT)
Natalie Kozak email@example.com
Boys and Girls can join Scouting year round. For a Unit near you, visit www.beascout.org
Have you considered SPRING RECRUTMENT, FALL RECRUTMENT, or RECRUTMENT at SPECIAL EVENTS? We are here and able to help.
Scouting is one of the most economical and fun choices your family can make. Financial assistance is available.
Membership is a year round possibility in Scouts. Wither you participate in sports, academics, volunteerism, or work; are interested in camping, leadership, or STEM; we have a program that fits your families needs.
Jim Relstab firstname.lastname@example.org
The Boy Scouts of America is primarily a volunteer organization. Early in it's history leaders realized the booming program would take some professional help. Being THRIFTY scouting has operated as a lean non-profit movement, but does incur costs to provide; program, recordkeeping, supplies, facilities, camps, and professional help. There are many ways BSA funds programs. Arrowhead helps mitigate these costs in the following four ways.
Therese Young email@example.com
Scouts sell Trail’s End Popcorn.
Popcorn sales have been a Scouting tradition, and they continue to be the main source of our fundraising dollars for our units. Selling popcorn can be a fun and rewarding experience that teaches lifelong lessons.
At the beginning of each Scouting year, families are provided literature on the Popcorn Program during the popcorn kickoff celebration. Selling popcorn not only helps our organization but it provides the Scouts with great skills in the way of salesmanship, networking, business, personal management, and community involvement. These skills lead to a sense of strong self-worth, leadership and a basic understanding of how money works.
We have a wide variety of popcorn from which to choose. From our popular Butter Microwave Popcorn to our limited edition tins, there are many options.
We know, however, that some people just can’t eat popcorn. For those folks who wish to support Scouts but don’t want the popcorn, you can buy popcorn that will be sent to our American Armed Forces to brighten their day!
Friends of Scouting (FOS)
Arrowhead District contact: Courtney Haris firstname.lastname@example.org
Please plan a FOS presentation for your unit annually between December-March and make a pledge to support Scouting in our district. A strong Scouting program requires good outdoor experiences, trained leaders and financial resources to assure operations and camps continue to be the quality our youth deserve. Your unit support of FOS is part of making Scouting strong. When making your FOS pledge remember many companies have programs that will match donations to Scouting. Volunteer hours may also be recognized by employers for a matching gift.
In addition to friends and families, companies in our district know the values of scouting help there business and communities. Many companies provide support to causes they or their employees believe in. Please help our districts efforts in identifying and contacting these companies. Their tax deductable donation improves our program and provides a valuable pool of responsible young adults to heir or mentor. HELP US HELP OUR SCOUTS. Forms are available for distribution.