North Woods District
The North Woods District represents the Northern Illinois communities of Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, Prospect Heights, Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect. Over 55 units make up the district serving youth in program areas such as Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing and Sea Scouts.
Sr. District Executive
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Changes to Youth Protection Training
A new version of Youth Protection Training, YPT2, is due to be rolled out this Fall. The revised Youth Protection Training will be an all-inclusive training course, eliminating the need to have separate courses for our different programs (Y01 for Cub Scout & Boy Scout leaders, Y02 for Venturing leaders, and Y03 for Exploring leaders).
To conform to state laws, which apply to all Youth Serving Organizations, YPT2 will take an hour to complete and will have to be renewed annually. The BSA is exploring whether annual refresher courses must also be an hour long.
We are encouraging everyone whose YPT training is expired, about to expire, or perhaps has several more months before expiration, to sit down now and retake the current Youth Protection course appropriate for their registered position. The older courses take less time to complete. The new YPT2 course may not have to be taken until your current course is a year old.
The monthly Roundtable meeting will begin with announcements and recognitions; followed by Cub and Boy Scout breakout sessions. Roundtable is the best way to find out what is happening at the district and at the council level. Interaction and discussion between leaders is a valuable tool and learning experience. We encourage all units to have at least one person attend the Roundtable to participate in the discussion, hear the announcements, and to receive any handouts and mail in the unit mailbox.
The Northwoods District Roundtable takes place the 2nd Tuesday of the month, beginning at 7:30pm. Roundtable is intended to be 60 minutes, from 7:30 to 8:30. District leaders will be available after for questions and fellowship.Those on a tight schedule may leave. We meet at St Simon Episcopal Church, 717 W Kirchhoff Rd., Arlington Heights. Leaders are encouraged to attend in uniform.
Online courses are available 24X7 at My.scouting.org Login and check out your completions in the Training Center for these online courses.
- Youth Protection – needed for all adult volunteers who have youth contact.
- Safety Afloat – needed when outings may include boating or canoes involved
- Safe Swim Defense – needed when there may be water activities
- Climb on Safely – needed when climbing will be part of the outing activities
- Weather Hazards – useful for all outings to know how to prepare and respond if weather turns bad
- Program Safety / Drive Safely – how to be a better defensive driver, recognizing hazards and preventing collisions.
- Baloo Prerequisite Training – Health and Safety Considerations
Instructor Led Training Courses
Looking for future instructor-led training opportunities? On the Pathway to Adventure Website go to the Training tab and look at the Training Events Schedule for a list of the currently scheduled sessions. The list of courses for downloading and printing is here at 2017 Training Courses Be Trained! More
Registration is open for course dates with hyperlinks - Updated 2017 07 05
(*) Offered at Council Training Academy in Schaumburg on November 4
Cub Scout Leader Training:
Cub Scout Den Leader & Assistant and Position Specific Training
9/23/17, 9/30/17, 10/7/17, 10/17/17, 10/28/17, 11/4/17(*), 11/11/17, 12/2/17
Cubmaster & Assistant Position Specific Training
7/30/17, 9/23/17, 9/30/17, 10/7/17, 10/17/17, 10/28/17, 11/4/17(*), 11/11/17, 12/2/17
Pack Committee Member Position Specific Training
(BALOO) Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation
7/29/17, 10/21/2017, 11/11/2017
Boy Scout Leader Training:
Scoutmaster & Assistant Specific Training
11/4/17(*), 11/11/17, 11/18/17, 12/2/17
(IOLS) Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
Troop Committee Challenge
Venturing Leader Specific Training
Den Chief Training
9/23/17, 9/30/17, 10/7/17
All Adult Leaders
Chartered Organization Representative Training
11/4/17 (*) , 11/8/17, 12/7/17Wood Badge: Two 3-day weekends
9/22-9/24/17 & 10/13-10/15/17
The Pathway to Adventure Council, Boy Scouts of America, is currently conducting its Invest in Character campaign. I think you will agree Scouting is truly an important part of what makes America great. The principles that Scouting teaches are as relevant today as they were when the Boy Scouts first began more than 100 years ago.
By investing in our youth through the Invest in Character campaign, you can help direct young men into a program that stands for what is good and right in today's world.
Please consider your support in this valuable program. Our goal is to have 100 percent of the families participate in the Invest in Character campaign.
Together, we can help deliver the promise of a quality Scouting program!
You can use the following form and submit your pledge to the Arlington Heights office 2017 ICC Pledge Card (Click and download form). The office address is BSA, 617 E. Golf Road, Suite 101, Arlington Heights, IL 60005.
Or if you like you can submit your pledge through our online portal at Give to Local Scouting. Be sure to direct your donation to the NORTH WOODS DISTRICT on the directed donations box. Un-checking the recurring box will allow you to pledge a specific amount.
Thank you for all your support!! The North Woods District goal for 2017 is $ 48,500.
Please sign up your Pack, Troop, or Crew for a 2017 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.
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
North Woods District contact is Al Wilson Vice Chairman Finance firstname.lastname@example.org.