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.
Railroading Merit Badge
The Chicagoland Lionel Railroad Club did it again with this year's hosting the Boy Scout Railroading Merit Badge. Jeff Mills and I started this program in 1998 where we had the first sponsorship of the Railroading Merit Badge. Prior to our having the building, we took our trailer and layout to Boy Scout District and Council Railroading Camporees. When we got our building, we have been hosting at our facility. We have given over 2000 Boy Scouts the opportunity to earn this merit badge with a success rate of over 98%.
I want to thank everyone who came out. This was our best ever Railroading Merit Badge Day. Everyone came to learn about Railroading and it showed. Job well done to all of you. The Conductors mentioned to me that this was the best group we have experienced.
I also want to reiterate that all the Boy Scouts who participated are welcome to our September 15, 2018 Open House. It will be the first time that will show the results of our summer building project. Just bring your ID Badge that you wore for the day to get in for free. If you lost it, please contact me and I will send a copy to you that you will be able to print. Admission for others is $4.00 per person or $9.00 for the Family.
You can download a document with photos from the event by clicking this link: RAILROADING MERIT BADGE AT CLRC Pictures 2018-06-02
Herbert W. Koch
Chicagoland Lionel Railroad Club
CLRC Railroad Merit Badge
10015 W. 125th Street
Palos Park, IL 60464
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!
District Recognition Dinner
The Arrowhead District Awards and Recognition Dinner was held at the Garden Chalet on Tuesday, 05/09/2018. The dinner celebrated those leaders who have helped the BSA units throughout the district to advance in a positive direction throughout the year. District Chairman, Mike Maddox, hosted the event as the Master of Ceremonies. Among the highlights:
- Blaise Lukasiewicz was recognized for his outstanding performance as the Sr. District Executive.
- Karen Shamasko was presented with the Special Needs Scouting Service Award.
- Frank Clebek was presented with the Award of Merit for his service to the organization.
Furthermore, Kevin Barry Jr. led all in a toast to the Scouter we've lost through the year including the following dearly departed:
- Denise Patterson, Troop 684
- Herman Ruiz, Jr., Troop 437 and Troop 788
- Cheryle Wall, Catholic committee on Scouting
- Dan Teoro, Troop 618
- Chuck Middleton, C.O.R. Troop 652
- Brian Murphy, Troop 617
- Josephine Landmichl
- Walter Pilditch, Troop 608
- Andy Mayer, Troop 652
- Joseph Hale, Troop 607
- Andy Adams, Troop 337
Below are a few photos taken by Herb Koch of the event.
We are looking for a super Fall Astronomy Merit Badge Camporee on October 12, 13, and 14, 2018 at Pioneer Woods.
I have contacted the Chicago Area Astronomy Club and they will be bringing out their heavy duty equipment to support the event. Everything can be done in a weekend, except item 6b -- Sketch the phase and position of the Moon, at the same hour and place, for four nights within a one-week period. Include landmarks on the horizon such as hills, trees, and buildings. Explain the changes you observe. This item would need to be performed prior to the event. It would be prudent to start this activity at a Troop meeting and have the Scouts finish the event within one week. (Rain and or clouds does disqualify the watch, so start early so it can be completed.)
Troops will also need to sign up to run the requirements. Please take a look at the Astronomy Merit Badge requirements and determine if you can take in on. Let me know your preferences.
Also, if you want to house an requirement, a Astronomy Club member can be assigned to work with you and develop the best plan to complete the requirement.
This will also be a Cub Scout and Webelos events. Cub Scout Leaders, if there is a Star or Sun (our own star) activity/requirement for Cub Scouts, please volunteer with a program that can be shared with the District.
Much has been said here and more will come in the future. You can download the documents here: Arrowhead Fall Camporee 2018
Herbert W. Koch
Activities Coordinator, Arrowhead District
42nd Annual Dan Teoro Fishing Classic
Registration and payment of fees may be made online starting May 8, 2018.
All Registrations are due NO LATER THAN JUNE 29, 2018, 11:59pm.
WHEN: Sunday, August 19, 2018
WHERE: Tampier Lake – West End
131st and Will Cook Road
(Take Southwest Highway to 131st Street. Go west on 131st to Will Cook Road. Turn left on Will Cook Road. Proceed to parking entrance on the left.)
TIME: Fishing begins at 11:30am and ends at 2:30pm. All “caught” fish must
be brought to the shelter to be measured no later than 2:45pm. Please note,
no fish will be measured after 3:00pm. Prize trophies will be
awarded at approximately 3:45pm.
WHO: Fishing Derby is open to registered Lions, Tigers, Bears, Webelos, Boy Scouts and their siblings. Please make sure your Scouts and families know their pack number.
COST: $7.00 per Scout or sibling (includes a fishing derby patch). Extra patches may be ordered for an additional $2.00 each.
Each unit should appoint a unit chairman to handle all registration and collection of fees for the fishing derby. The chairman is to complete the attached registration forms (please check Cub Scout rank for this past year), collect fees, inform participating families of times and rules, and complete the registration forms and payment of fees online.
Registration will also be accepted at the May and June Arrowhead District Roundtables. One check made payable to “Boy Scouts of America” or cash is acceptable.
Registration may also be mailed to:
9724 Tulley Ave.
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Download information including registration, rules, and forms: 2018 Fishing Derby Documents
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
- 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 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.
- Again, please do not put off registering for workshops or training. Slots fill fast, and space and resources are generally limited.
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.