Saturday, December 28, 2013

The January issue is here!

Please check out all the interesting things happening in our council HERE.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Fun in the Snow!

On Sunday, January 12th we will be going tubing at Snowstar for the VOA meeting. The tubing will start at 1pm with the meeting starting at 2:30-3pm. Once we're done tubing we will be having our regular VOA meeting in the lodge at Snowstar.

If you’ve never been to Snowstar it is the premiere skiing and tubing park in the area. The tubing requires no special skills or equipment, just an interest in mass amounts of fun. If we get fifteen people we will get the group rate so make sure to get your crew involved. This a good way to recruit for your crew, if someone is interested in Venturing make sure to invite them and let them see how much fun we have! The cost for the tubing as a group be $18. We need to know by Jan 5 if you are coming! 

Council Venturing Leadership Award

***The nomination deadline has been extended til January 12th***
The purpose of the Council Venturing Leadership Award is to recognize youth for dedicated service on the district or council level.  Recognizing youth for their service works to both recognize youth members already serving as leaders and to motivate others to be servant leaders within the council.  It is presented to Venturers who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing in Illowa Council at the council or district level and who exemplify the Venturing Oath and Code

In order to be eligible to receive this award an individual must meet the following requirements;

  • Venturing Leadership Award candidates must be currently registered as a youth member.
  • They must have held a leadership position or office on the unit, district, council, area, region or national level.
  • And most importantly the candidate must show exceptional dedication and give outstanding leadership and service to Venturers and the Venturing program on the level appropriate to the award presented.

We have been fortunate, in the formative years of Venturing in Illowa Council to have youth that have shown the outstanding leadership and service qualities that make them worthy of such an award.  If you feel you know an individual is deserving of this award, I encourage you to nominate them.

Please fill out this form.

Nominations must be sent to the Illowa Council Scout office, c/o Bob Sutton by 12/13/13 with letters of recommendation included.  If you have questions, please contact Ina Pearsall at

Monday, December 16, 2013

Area 3 Venturing Conference

Have you ever had a question about venturing? Are you in an officer position in your crew, district, or in the council? I recommend that you attend Central Region Area 3’s Venturing Conference in Bloomington, IL. There are classes for those just starting off in venturing, those experienced in venturing, and any level in between. There is something for everyone to learn. The conference is January 10th-11th, and you can find more information here and the registration form here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Loud Thunder Camp Staff

Looking for something to do over the summer? Enjoy teaching your scout skills?  Like being paid? Want to be part of one of the best camp staffs around?
The Illowa council is looking for camp staffers for the upcoming summer (2014). If you are interested in applying please fill out this application and submit it as soon as possible.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

No December VOA meeting

There is NO meeting December 8th.

The next VOA meeting will be happening on January 12th, we will be tubing at snowstar. If you have any questions about whats going on please refer to the calendar or newsletter.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Roaming News

The December issue is ready for your reading enjoyment. There is some very important info about the VLA, as well as the Journey to Excellence, and fun in the snow.

Here is the link

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November Minutes

Minutes from the November Council VOA meeting are here. If you have any questions or concerns please email me.

Meeting minutes

Thursday, October 31, 2013

VOA meeting this Sunday

Don’t forget about the VOA meeting this Sunday at 2pm. There has been a slight change of plan on the on the meeting, it will be held in the admin building at Loud Thunder. We will have our meeting and then go outside and do cope games. There will also be delicious and tasty pizza for your dining pleasure. Please bring your class A uniform, crew report, and cheerful smiling face. We are still trying to collect gently used towels for the Salvation Army.

You all get life points for attending but the person who brings the most friends gets double!

The Niabi zoo service project has been postponed, we are working to reschedule it for a later date. More info will be published when we know more.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Roaming News (Our new newsletter!)

I am proud to announce the launch of Illowa Council Venturing's new newsletter "Roaming News." We have all worked very hard on it and think it will be a great tool for communication in our council. Please check it out to get the low down on ILSC, Philmont, our upcoming service project, and much more.

Please check it out here.


Monday, October 21, 2013

ILSC at the University of Scouting

What is ILSC? Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is a fun filled day that will turn you into your crew’s next leaders. It is a great introduction to the edge method and basic leadership techniques. ILSC is appropriate for all ventures, but especially encouraged for new crew members. It is also a prereq for Kodiak Challenge. If you attend this course you are guaranteed to learn something new. If you want to take the course all you need to do is go to to sign up online or call the Service Center. The price goes from $12 to $25 on Tuesday the 22nd. Registration closes at the end of the month. Hurry up and register before its too late.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October Minutes

Here are the minutes from the meeting last Sunday:

October VOA minutes

If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Monday, October 14, 2013

You too can have pictures on this website!

We are looking for pictures to add to the slideshow in the corner of this website as well as a photo album page. If you have any pics of your crew doing fun and interesting things please send them to me:

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Free Chili and Lets Beat the OA!

There is going to be a Council VOA meeting this coming Sunday (13th) at Loud Thunder. The meeting starts at 2pm in either the Dining hall or Dunkin Lodge. Look for the VOA banner. We will be Setting up the maze for HALT as a service project for the camp and then celebrating our success with chili. Please bring gently used towels and washcloths to the meeting, we will be donating them to the Salvation Army. There will also be information on a service project we're talking about doing at Niabi Zoo.

The weather looks like it will be a touch on the chilly side so a light coat and gloves might be a good idea for when we are working outside.

If we get more youth at our meeting than the Order of the Arrow you all get +20 life points!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Welcome to the official Illowa council Venturing website. We will be posting here to keep you up to date on Venturing activities in the council and beyond. Please take a look around the site, if you have any suggestions just comment on this post and we'll do our best to fix it.