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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
PLEASE "LIKE" OUR FACEBOOK PAGE:
PLEASE JOIN FACEBOOK ARROWHEAD BOY SCOUTS GROUP:
Have a Leadership Question?
Please contact the appropriate committee:
District Key 3:
- Herb Koch email@example.com
- Chris Brennon firstname.lastname@example.org
- Frank Chlebek email@example.com
Membership & Recruitment
- Natalie Kozak firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance & Fundraising
- James Relstab email@example.com
Awards & Recognition
- Kevin Berry firstname.lastname@example.org
- Olivia Stevenson email@example.com
Service Hours Champion
- Deb Skopec firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Committee on Scouting
- Joe Ferreri email@example.com
Each unit holds their own events called "Program".
In addition, the District and Council provide added opportunities for Program to bring our families together.
You can subscribe to the Arrowhead District's PTAC calendar using this link: http://scoutcal.com/4235
Arrowhead hosts several events throughout the year including monthly leadership meetings called Roundtable.
MARCH: South Side Irish Parade - Postponed, new date to be determined
APRIL: Spring Camporee - Apr 3, Pinewood Derby - Apr 5
MAY: Life-to-Eagle Training - May 9, District Awards Dinner - May 12
JUNE: Railroading Merit Badge - Jun 6
JULY: Oak Lawn Parade - Jul 4, Summer Camp, Day Camp, Cubmobile Race
AUGUST: Fishing Derby - Aug 16
SEPTEMBER: Scouting Kick Off, Adventure Day - Sep 26
OCTOBER: Fall Camporee - Oct 9, Life-to-Eagle Training - Oct 10
Catholic Religious Training & Events
- There will be training for Catholic Religious Emblem Counselors on Apr. 14, 2020 at St. Louise de Marillac in LaGrange Park. Contact Paul Szymczak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- There will be training for Catholic Religious Emblem Counselors on Apr. 27, 2020 at St. Marty Star of the Sea in Chicago. Contact Bill Witkowsky at 773-585-3032 or email@example.com.
- There will be training for Catholic Religious Emblem Counselors on May 19, 2020 at St. Stephen Decon & Martyr in Tinley Park. Contact Deb Sitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fishers of Men - Scout Vocations & Activities will be on Sep. 12 at Mundelein Seminary.
- Ad Altare Dei & Pope Pius XII Day of Recollection will be on Oct. 10 at Techny Towers Conference & Retreat Center. Contact John Panek at email@example.com.
Please Find Specific Event Fliers Below:
We Lost a Beloved Scouter
On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Bob Wilcox Sr. passed away from natural causes. He was 95 years old. Due to virus transmission safety procedures, services were limited to immediate family. He was interred next to his wife Marie at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
Bob was an icon of Scouting on the southwest side of Chicago for many years. He had a quiet, steady manner and a true desire to help however he could. The list of Scouting positions he held in his life is endless. He was a recipient of both the Silver Beaver and Bronze Pelican, and numerous other awards. He also had a deep affection for Owasippe, which he attended yearly from the 1950’s until the early 2000’s. He was a long-time member of the OSA.
Wounded in the D-Day invasion, Bob went on to become a successful optician. He was an active volunteer in several veterans groups.
The number of people Bob effected during his lifetime is incalculable. He epitomized the ideals and spirit of Scouting. A true Son of Owasippe, he has gone on to join the others at the heavenly campfire. God Bless.
Silver Beaver Awards 2020
We congratulate the following recipients of the Silver Beaver Award:
- John Ruiz
- Deb Skopec
- James Sullivan
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.
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
- 3/7 Pack Committee Training at LaGrange
- 3/28 Den Chief Training at Merit Badge Academy
- 4/18 Wilderness First Aid at Bridgeview Community Center
- 4/25 Troop Committee Challenge, Scoutmaster Specific Training, Den Chief Training, and Scoutbook Training in Schaumberg.
- 5/2 Baloo Training at South Holland
- 5/9 Life to Eagle Training in Evergreen Park
- 5/16 IOLS in South Holland
- 6/21-27 NYLT at Owasippe
- 6/28-7/4 at Owasippe
- Wood Badge Sep. 18-20 and Oct. 3-4 at Camp Betz
- 2020 Spring Cubmaster and Den Leader Training
- BSA volunteer training requirements
- Chartered Organization Representative Training is Now Available Online
- New Member Coordinator training online
- Online BSA training access instructions
- STEAM for Scouts BSA at UChicago 2020 03 21
- Scouting's Barriers to Abuse: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss01/
- 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. http://files.constantcontact.com/137c2ed6201/29674875-4bb1-4d12-8eee-ee809f5a3f42.pdf
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.
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.
Arrowhead District contact: Therese Young firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Cortney Harris: email@example.com
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.