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Council Service Center:
   811 Hillgrove Ave.
   La Grange, IL 60525
   Mon.-Fri. 9:00am-5:00pm
Phone: 708-354-1111
Scout Shop: 708-352-3144
   Mon.-Wed. & Fri. 9:00am-5:00pm;
   Thurs. 9:00am-7:00pm;
   Sat. 9:00am-3:00pm; Sun. closed
Des Plaines Valley Councils announces our new web site at 

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This older site will be available until May 16, 2014, so
we encourage you to try the new site and to change your bookmarks.

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Welcome to the Des Plaines Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Des Plaines Valley Council serves the youth of 42 communities located southwest of Chicago, IL. We hope you will be able to find the information you need on this site. Any problems, questions, or comments should be directed to

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2014 Silver Beaver Recipients
Shown left to right: Peter W. Schmidt, La Grange; Kenneth L. Wiese, Oak Park; a Kevin T. Krause, Downers Grove; and Robert C. Burkhardt, La Grange Highlands
2014 Silver Beavers

Weekend in Illinois at
Rochelle Adventure Camp

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President's Corner #14
George Krempel
Council President

Decisions and Directions

In my last two President’s Corners 12 & 13, I reported on our Board’s efforts to address the Provisional Charter our Council received for 2013 and our Action Plan for addressing its issues. I also addressed the National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP) review of our camps and the challenges it presents. (More)

News Flashes

  • STEM-O-Rama, 5/17/14: Scouts, their families and the general public are invited to STEM-O-Rama held at the Kane County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 17th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm showcasing over 100 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math exhibits. Special guest appearance by Dr. Robert Ballard, National Geographic Explorer - discovered the Titanic. The event will include over 100 exhibits, "A Real Cool Show" by Fermi Lab's Mr. Freeze, hands-on activities with the Challenger Center, Experimental Aircraft Association, Mad Labs, SciTech Museum, the Shedd Aquarium and more! The event is sponsored by Parent Petroleum, Bricks 4 Kidz, Legoland Discovery Center, Cabela's, and Colonial Café.

  • Honor Flights 2014: The 2014 Honor Flight Chicago Season is starting up April 9th. Our Veterans love seeing scouts at the Welcome Home Celebration! Send a Scout Mail Call letter and read about the Welcome Home Celebration for April 9th.

  • 2014 Japanese Cultural Exchange. The Tokyo Scout Council has invited two Boy Scouts to participate in a three week cultural exchange this summer in Japan. The departure date from Chicago is scheduled for July 19, 2014 with a return to Chicago on August 10, 2014. Scouts needs to be at least 16 years old on the departure date. See the application form for more information.

  • Need help getting your unit on the map? Fill out the "Be A Scout" registration form, return it to the Council, and we'll set it up for you. Or, qualified unit leaders may login to and select the "Be A Scout" item to update it.

  • Reece O'Connor earns Supernova Award. Congratulations to Eagle Scout Reece O'Connor who has received the first Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award presented by the Des Plaines Valley Council for his science project on alternative energy.

  • Letter regarding a Liberty Mutual/BSA Partnership

  • Want to serve on a camp staff? See the details on the application form.

  • Congratulations 2014 Silver Beaver Honorees: Robert C. Burkhardt, Kevin T. Krause, Peter W. Schmidt, and Kenneth L. Wiese. Join us for the presentation at the Council Annual Banquet, 2/20/14.

  • Cub Hub

  • Information about Membership Standards:
    May 2013 Resolution.
    Frequently Asked Questions

  • Youth Protection Reporting Procedures for Volunteers: Youth protection begins with YOU. This describes the procedures for reporting child abuse and violations of the BSA Youth Protection policies. It includes contact information for reporting. More information may be found at

  • Messengers of Peace Service Project: While visiting Kandersteg in Switzerland, our scouts performed a service project in accordance with the principles of the Messengers of Peace. Read the report that they prepared.
  • There is also a link to a video in the report.

  • BSA Discover Credit Card is now available.

  • Baylor University Research Finds Eagle Scouts Have Positive, Lasting Influence on American Society: Nationwide study shows those who attain Scouting’s highest rank enhance youth’s values, ethics, decision making, relationships and personal development.

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