Area 7 Commissioner Conference

Are you a Council, District, Unit, or Roundtable Commissioner looking for the latest “scoop” as well as some fun and fellowship? Come join us for the Central Region/Area 7 Commissioner Conference Saturday November 22nd, 2014.

The conference will be held at McDonalds’ Hamburger University, Oak Brook, IL.

Brian Williams, Central Region President, is the featured speaker during lunch.

With all of the program changes happening over the next couple of years, it’s a great time to come and learn firsthand how you can support the program in your role as a Commissioner!

Learn more, and how to register, by downloading a flyer!

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Trainfest 2014

Trainfest is back for 2014!

November 8th and 9th 2014 at the Exposition Center of State Fair Pack thousands of rail enthusiasts will come from around the world to take part in the largest indoor model railway show. Dozens of operational displays will be set up by clubs, manufacturers will exhibit new products and vendors from across the country will bring in some of the year’s best deals to be made right on the show floor.

Admission is normally $12 for adults and $5 for kids – but all military that present military ID, uniformed scout masters/troops, or uniformed boy/girl scouts*, receive free admission at the door. *Boy and girl scouts need to be accompanied by an adult with paid admission. You can find details on the free admission on the Wisconsin State Fair Park’s website. Parking is $5.

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Chicago Toy & Game Fair

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is fast approaching!

Most industry events are not open to the public – the CTAG Fair is a rare exception! Even better – it’s in our own back yard!

This is where buyers come to check out what is new and make plans for what they’re going to stock. It’s also where manufacturers can touch base with lots of potential customers to see what kinds of things they really like and help make decisions on what’s going to be the next big thing. Best of all YOU get to attend and check it all out!

Plan a fun family trip to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Meet the inventors of Rainbow Loom and Jenga, walk in the Frozen Parade, compete in the Settlers of Catan and Rummikub tournaments, participate in the Young Inventor Challenge, use the force at the Star Wars Luncheon, Marvel at the Illinois Yo-Yo Championship. Experience dinosaurs, stage events, rides, contests and more MORE MORE!

Best of all, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform are admitted for free courtesy of Mayfair Games! (Scoutmasters are admitted free in uniform as well.)

There are tons of cool things for both Cubs and Boy Scouts to do. The Young Inventor Challenge showcases kids from 6-18 and lets them pitch their great ideas to the public and industry professionals alike! New this year Boy Scouts can participate in a Game Design MB workshop on Sunday November 23rd!

The Fair is held at Navy Pier on Saturday November 22nd and Sunday November 23rd. Don’t miss it!

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Oscar de la Renta

Few of us know the evolution of the Scout uniform from its inception to its current design. One such innovator to the Boy Scout uniform’s evolution has passed away last night. Whether you like the design or rather it go back to its original image… all it takes it one person with the dedication to make the BSA better.

Many thanks to Mr. Oscar de la Renta for his dedication to the reimagining of the Boy Scout Uniform. The most complete overhaul of the Boy Scout uniform in nearly 60 years occurred in 1980. Oscar de la Renta donated his services for a two-year project of remaking all uniforms, for Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Explorers, and both men and women adult Scouters.

Gone were most vestiges of military flavor. Boy Scouts wore khaki (tan) short- or long-sleeved shirts with red-ribboned epaulets (to designate the Boy Scouting program). Shorts and trousers were olive (green) and had voluminous utility pockets.

Whether to include a neckerchief was a decision left up to each troop. Troops could also choose to wear either the new baseball-style cap, a red beret (introduced in 1972), or the classic “Smokey Bear” campaign hat.

The new design—which continues to be the official Scout uniform—was a far cry from the doughboy duds of the BSA’s beginnings.

Oscar de la Renta passed away last evening, he was 82. Rest in Peace and thank you for you dedication to the Boys Scouts of America.

Óscar Arístides de la Renta Fiallo(July 22, 1932 – October 20, 2014).

Written by James A. Di Nola, Facebook

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Five Star – Save the Date

5-Star University provides focused, dedicated, high level courses for ALL Commissioners and scouting volunteers seeking to learn more about commissioning in Scouting. The day is filled with supplemental/advanced training opportunities for all district and council level work. This year we have several new courses that represent the most up to date training and program information that can be found, all in an active and friendly atmosphere. Participants will be given the opportunity to earn various degrees (bachelors, masters, doctoral) or just participate for the day.

FVTC – Main Appleton Campus
1825 N. Bluemound Drive
Appleton, WI 54912-2277

Saturday, January 17, 2015.

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