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Von Oven Scout Reservation – Volunteers Needed!

I’m going to guess that most of the leaders in the District have been to or at least are familiar with the Von Oven Scout Camp located on West Street in Naperville. What you may not know is that even though the property is technically “owned” by the city of Naperville, it was willed for the express use of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and recently other specifically sponsored youth groups (ie. church groups, boys/girls club, etc.) to provide an outdoor experience. Even though the camp is city property, it is managed and maintained (yes, including mowing the grass and cutting trees) by a small group of volunteers and members of the Von Oven Board.

The purpose of this is to ask for some help from the dedicated volunteers we have in the district. We are always looking for help with our semi-annual work days, being part of the mowing crew (we have equipment, just need operators) and helping out with general clean up. As a board we have decided we need to get some new (as well as some younger) people involved in the camp. One of our long time board members has said she is thinking she is getting ready to retire (she has been serving the camp since the 1960’s) so it’s probably time to get some new people involved. If you’re interested in helping out in any way, please drop me an email. I’d like to get a list going of people willing to come out on work days, as well as a good size crew of potential mowing volunteers so we can spread out the chores. The only requirement is you need to be 18 and want to help the camp.

If you have any questions, please ask.

Bill Marineau
Member of Von Oven Board

2015 Popcorn Sale

Can you believe that the 2015 Popcorn Sale is right around the corner? We want to get every unit signed up to sell popcorn by June 30th  this year and have the correct Unit Kernel information so you do not miss any important announcements about training, new products, and prizes!

To register your unit and Unit Kernel for the 2015 popcorn sale, just click this link and you will be taken to the online registration form. You will also receive a confirmation email with lots of links to resources to help you prepare and plan for your Unit’s popcorn sale over the summer. Our District Kernels are busy registering units for the sale, so if you have already registered, there is no need to register a second time.


Please let us know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing all of you at the Popcorn Kickoff on Saturday, August 15, 2015!

Thank You,

Janice Scott

District Popcorn Kernel

(630) 566-9144(H) or (630) 338-5366(C)

District Dinner Award Recipients

A special ‘thank you’ to the following volunteers, who were recognized at the annual dinner!

Unit Silver Acorn Recipients

To honor the person who plants the seeds that helps the unit grow and bloom. The “Acorn” represents the “seed” that when planted grows into a mighty oak tree.

Cub Scout Packs Boy Scout Troops
Tim Bosworth Pack 110  Penny Orwig Troop 8
Casi Mertes Pack 123 Kerri Osmond Troop 8
Scott Pitts Pack 443 Rose Grumbine Troop 57
Sherry Fleming Pack 543 Behram Daboo Troop 81
Swati Patel Pack 543  Jim Gruman Troop 81
Laura Reynolds Pack 579 Carole Christensen Troop 101
Ralph Nabicht Pack 643  Ian Johnson Troop 101
Pat Draz Pack 887  Claire Larsen Troop 106
Huma Khimani Pack 4786 Susan Ward Troop 508
John Ehlert Troop 889
Kevin Nicolellis Troop 889
Dan Vitous Troop 889


Venturing Crew Sea Scout Ship
Kyle Swanson Crew 888 Ray Loback Ship 2501


District Spark Plug

It is given to a newer member who has brought a great deal of energy to the district and the entire scouting program. As the name suggests, the recipient helps ignite the fuel that set the engine in motion.

Claire Larsen

Uda Potgieter

Ken Hogan

District Silver Acorn

It is given to the person who plants the seeds that helps the district and units grow and bloom. The “Acorn” represents the “seed” that when planted grows into a mighty oak tree.

Yuki Phipps

District Oil Can Award

It is to give thanks to people who make the District continue to operate smoothly. As its name suggests, this award is given to those who help grease the squeaky wheels and prevent the engine of progress from seizing.

Janice Scott

Jeff Zavoral

Distinguished Unit Commissioner Award

Dale Hari

Distinguished District Commissioner Award

David Bruns

District Award of Merit

This is the highest award given at the District level. It is given to adults in the district who provide outstanding service as a volunteer.

Lee Ray Phipps

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