Welcome to Arrowhead District
Arrowhead District serves the communities of:
- Blue Island
- Chicago Ridge
- Evergreen Park
- Hickory Hills
- Hometown, Merrionette Park
- Morgan Park
- Mount Greenwood
- Oak Lawn
- Palos Heights
- Palos Hills
- Palos Park
The District works closely with over 50 Scouting units (Packs, Troops, and Crews) to ensure the delivery of quality Scouting programs to 1,500 youth in the Southwest Suburbs and Southwest side of Chicago. The District offers a variety of opportunities from our annual Pinewood Derby at the Chicago Ridge Mall to our annual Cub Mobile Race in Oak Lawn!
Calendar of Events
Be sure to bookmark this page for the latest updates to the Arrowhead District's upcoming Scouting adventures and important meetings. You can also add this calendar to your own Google calendar by clicking the "+" sign at the lower right-hand side of the calendar.
Be sure to register your Unit for Fall Camporee on October 12, 13, and 14, 2018 at Pioneer Woods. This year, we are featuring Astronomy!
The Chicago Area Astronomy Club will be bringing out their heavy duty equipment to support the event. This will also be a Cub Scout and Webelos event.
- Set up the Solar System in the field. The setup can begin at any time. How about 1:00 pm start? It can be earlier if more convenient.
- Telescopes to be setup to be operational by 8:00 pm.
- Cracker Barrel – Open to all in attendance from leaders to all Scouts. Overview of activities and “Moon Pie” presentation illustrating the phases of the moon as the “Moon Pie” is strategically consumed.
- 9:00 am – Volunteers arrive
- 10:00 am – Opening Ceremony – Description of events and Astronomy as a hobby.
- 10:30 am – Solar System Field Activity begins. Tables and or tents to show where the planets are located in the big field. 20 minutes per station to get a background understanding of Planet or Solar Item represented by the site. Approximately 20 patrols will be assigned a starting point and then go clockwise, allowing for all to cover the stations in 3½ hours.
- 12:00 Noon – Break for lunch.
- 1:30 pm – Astronomy Activities Continue
- 3:00 pm – Competition Round – Scouts spend 10 minutes at each Planet answering questions and then going to next stations until all stations have been completed. Best patrol wins.
- 7:30 pm Campfire Program and Awards
- Campfire skits to have a Solar theme. They can be about Planets, Solar System, Mythology of the Constellations and other space related themes – Science fiction?
- PLANET RAP SONG – Debbie Skopec: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWuWoiHmXUs
- 8:30 pm – Telescope viewing continues
Contact Herb Koch, Activities Coordinator, Arrowhead District at email@example.com.
Download the information: Fall Astronomy Camporee 2018
Blackhawks Scout Night
The Chicago Blackhawks are excited to host their annual Pathway to Adventure Council Scout Night on Sunday, October 28th, as the Blackhawks take on Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers at 5:00pm!
To purchase your Scout Night tickets, click on the link below and ENTER PROMO CODE: SCOUT
PURCHASE TICKETS: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/blackhawks/EN/promotion/home
Special Offer Benefits
- Receive at least 25% off single game ticket prices!
- Commemorative Blackhawks-themed scout patch for all scouts!
- First 5,000 in attendance receive a Blackhawks soccer-style retro jersey!
- Portion of ticket sales are donated back to Pathway to Adventure Council!
Sad news from the Owasippe Staff Association:
It is with great sadness that we bring the news of the passing of Walter Otto Kleinfeldt
He was an active member of the Chicago Area Council Boy Scouts for over 40 years serving as Cubmaster of Pack 3986 and Scoutmaster of Troop 986 at St. Ladislaus Parish. Walter served in various positions in the District, Council and Region. He also was the National Representative for the Chicago Area Council. Walter also attended Owasippe Scout Reservation yearly as a leader and was instrumental in helping many scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout. He made lifelong friends with his scouting family.
More information can be found by clicking here: https://www.morizzofuneralhome.com/obituaries/Walter-Kleinfeldt/#!/Obituary
In lieu of flowers donations to The Owasippe Staff Association would be deeply appreciated: http://owasippe.com/ways-to-help/store/
All The Wealth of Earth & Heaven to our camp brother.
Rest, Brother we've known you well indeed
And now in peace you'll sleep.
You have done your work, and done it well
So none of us need weep.
In Scouting we will miss your smile
And your friendly handclasp
But your Master will guide your steps
And point the way.
Check out this video featuring PTAC Scouts including Joshua McCluer from Troop 3729:
Catholic Emblem Information
Roman Catholic religious award counselor training will be held October 29, 2018 starting 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea, Duggan Hall, 6425 S. Kilbourne Av., Chicago, IL 60629. The fee is $5.00. Contact Fran Pendergast for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, please note that:
- Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XXII Day of Reconciliation will be Saturday, October 20, 2018 at St. Joseph's College Seminary.
- Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII Boards of Review will be Monday, December 3, 2018 at St. Mary Star of the Sea at 7 p.m. Badge cost will be around $25.00.
- Religious Awards Presentation will be Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Holy Name Cathedral at 2:30 p.m. (arrive by 2 p.m.).
Call Bill Witkowsky at 773-585-3032 for more information.
42nd Annual Dan Teoro Fishing Classic
This year'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
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
As you may know, BSA Internet Advancement will soon be replaced by Scoutbook Lite. Now is the time to start considering adopting 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. For about $1 per Scout for the year, you can enjoy the peace of mind that your records are being recorded properly. Scoutbook syncs with ScoutNET, so your updates will be shared and stored with your Council 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.
Click this link to learn more and to get involved with Scoutbook!
Open to all Parents and Scouters
Don't be a stranger and come to our District Roundtable Meetings. Please see the Events tab for a full calendar of upcoming meeting dates, times, and places.
Arrowhead District Roundtable Meetings
Every Fourth Tues of each month (7:00p)
Our Lady of Loretto Church, 9003 S Kostner Ave, Hometown, IL 60456
Trading Post NEWS! (Present at every roundtable)
Kevin Barry, Trading Post Manager: email@example.com
There will be catalogs from The Patch Place available at Roundtable.
Here are some e-mail addresses:
- www.classb.com. They advertise in Scouter magazine.
- firstname.lastname@example.org. They make the patches for the Boy Scout events and the Arrowhead District patch.
- www.thepatchplace.com. I have used them before and had a good result.
There are 14 copies of the 2017 Requirements Books along with 5 copies ( 1 spiral and 4 bound ) of the BSA Handbppk available at the Trading Post.
The Chicago Scout Shop has uniform shirts, in all sizes, both youth and adult, ready for immediate sale with the Council Shoulder Patch (CSP), World Brotherhood and Centennial Circlet already sewn on. These shirts are $9.00 more than shirts without patches. The upcharge covers the cost of the patches so buy them while they are still in stock. The Scout Shop is offering sewing on Scout Shirts at the following rates: Small Patches are $3.00 Numerals are $1.00. Units can also purchase "one piece unit numbers" versus separate unit numbers for the same price. Unit Veteran and Sponsor bars can also be embroidered. Please contact the Chicago Scout Shop for all details, prepay your orders by credit card with Liliana, and Kevin will have all of your ordered items ready for pick up at Roundtable for you.
What do you do when a pole breaks on the newer light weight nylon tents? here is a new product at the Scout Shop. It is a tent pole "Sleeve" that will allow you to repair the broken pole. They also have figure 8 plastic loop and hooks that allow you to adjust lines without cutting them.
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 Methodist Church, 10000 S. Central Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Order of the Arrow Mantowagon Chapter Meetings
Every Third Tues of each month (7:30p)
First Methodist Church, 10000 S. Central Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Chapter Chief Alex Fields (708) 497-5985
Advisor Carmen Tripani (773) 233-0604 email@example.com
The monthly meetings include an opening session and breakout sessions. During the opening session, announcements and information relative to all attendees is given out. After the opening session, Boy Scout and Cub Scout leaders split up for sessions relative to their specific disciplines. It is important that all units have at least one representative attend read below on why.
Why you should attend
Roundtable is the best way to find out what's happening in the council and district, and is a great way to improve 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.’Wikipedia.com states… ‘the term Roundtable first appears in Wace’s Roman de Brut, a Norman language adaptation of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae finished in 1155. Wace says King Arthur created the Round Table to prevent quarrels among his barons, none of whom would accept a lower place than the others. As its name suggests, the round table has no head, implying that everyone who sits there has equal status.’ I think King Arthur was a pretty smart guy! Some of us have been leaders for what seems like years. And we think we know it all. But it is never too late to learn something new! Ask yourself this… would you go to a doctor that still prescribed leeches for their patients? At one time, leeches were the preferred medical practice for numerous ailments. But over time, doctors learned that other techniques were better and safer! For the same reason, PLEASE consider attending Roundtable.
The Boy Scout breakout sessions provide an opportunity for leaders to network with each other and to learn best practices for running Packs and Dens.
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.
Upcoming Training Events
Download the latest training schedule: Training Sheet
- BALOO training is required for all camping trips. While some training is mandatory to be hands-on outdoors, the "book training" can be completed online.
- Be sure to complete the new, more robust Youth Protection Training (YPT2) online. All leaders and any parent planning on overnight camping trips are required to take this training, and all leaders must have training completed by October 2018. Leaders who fail to complete YPT2 training will be dropped from the roster!
- Again, please do not put off registering for workshops or training. Slots fill fast, and space and resources are generally limited.
- All Merit Badge Counselors must have completed training and must have submitted the new application for this year and must be registered appropriately. If this is not completed, counselors may be dropped from the approved list. Don't let that happen, do your training at one of our upcoming training events or online.
- All basic leader training courses are also available online at my.scouting.org
- 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 – Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse (https://www.scouting.org/ health-and-safety/gss/gss01/).
Cub Scout Leader:
Den Leader & Assistant
Cubmaster & Assistant
Pack Committee Member
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation- BALOO
Boy Scout Leader:
Scoutmaster & Assistant
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
Wilderness First Aid
- October 13 & 20, 2018 - December 1 & 8, 2018 - January 19 & 26, 2019 - February 9 & 16, 2019 March 9 & 16, 2019 - April 6 & 13, 2019 - May 11 & 18, 2019 - June 1 & 8, 2019 - https://scoutingevent.com/456-20708
Chartered Organization Representative:
Council Training Academy:
Offering various Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing Courses
Advanced leadership training for adult leaders
FOS CAMPAIGN CHAIR
Arrowhead District is currently looking for a new Friends of Scouting (FOS) Campaign Chair. Please contact Mike Maddox to express your interest.
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 Packs and Troops through the District. 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, community involvement and family participation. 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)
Please sign up your Pack, Troop, or Crew for a 2018 FOS presentation and make a pledge of support to Scouting at your unit FOS presentation. 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. Take a few moments to register your unit and support Scouting at your unit FOS presentation.
Arrowhead District contact Mike Maddox: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. For a list of companies that have matching programs visit http://pathwaytoadventure.org/MatchingGifts. Boy Scouts of America is a nonprofit 501c3 organization allowing donations to be fully tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.