The Soaring Eagle Award is given to an individual who supports the mission of Scouting and youth in our community and has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and community service. Andrew T. Berlin is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chicago-based Berlin Packaging. He has led the company for 28 years – taking it from a small distributor to a true juggernaut in the packaging industry. The company was recently valued at $1.8 billion and is North America’s largest supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures. Berlin Packaging serves customers of all types, of all sizes, across all industries, including personal care, pharmaceutical, chemical, food and beverage. Andrew is a Partner of the  Chicago Cubs. He is also the Chairman and Owner of the South Bend Cubs, the minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Since he purchased the team in 2011, he revitalized the team to set new standards of excellence in baseball, recently receiving the John H. Johnson award as the best team across all of Minor League Baseball. Andrew is well connected with the community, including serving on the Board of  Directors of the American Cancer Society. You can learn more about him by visiting




Spring OWL Training

OWL TRAINING Outdoor Webelos Leader Training

Saturday April 16, 2016 8:40am – 7:30pm EST

Camp Rice Woods, Trails End 1100 East County Road 600 North Groverton, IN 46531

Contact Information: District Trainer:  Joe Wilfing    Email:     Phone:  (574) 323-1347

Please remit payment to:  LaSalle Council, Algonquian District Training     Morris-1st Source Scout Center     1340 South Bend Ave.     South Bend, IN. 46617
$15.00 Per Person Registration closes Tuesday April 12


You will learn skills and training in areas such as: leadership, communications, campsite preparation, bedding types, weather, building campfires, cooking, skits, songs, ceremonies, and much more. Best of all, you will be better prepared, to lead your boys down the trail to becoming Boy Scouts.
 Webelos den campouts serve to move the Webelos Scout to the next level of the BSA’s everincreasing challenge in the outdoors. The boy and his parent will be introduced to the basics of Boy Scout camping. A trained Webelos den leader who has completed position-specific training and Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders should conduct these events. Webelos dens are encouraged to participate in joint den-troop campouts, particularly in the fifthgrade year.
 Designed specifically for Webelos den leaders and their assistants, the Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders course teaches outdoor-related skills through demonstration and handson practice. Webelos den leaders should attend this training before conducting Webelos overnight camping with the boys and parents of the den. In addition to covering basic camping skills, this training features planning campouts and finding resources.

Download Registration Form:

Training Opportunity

Pioneer Trails District  MARCH TRAINING BLITZ!

Plan NOW to have all your leaders trained in one day! WHEN: Saturday, March 19, 2016

WHAT: This is Scouting, Cub Scout Basic, Cub Leader Specific, Boy Scout Leader Specific, and Chartered Organization Representative Training.  All new and experienced leaders:

This is for you!

Location: Elkhart Salvation Army 1013 N. Main Street, Goshen, IN 46528.      Pizza at 12:00pm – Cost $5.00 Schedule:  Registration at 8:30am, sessions starts at 9:00 am   This is Scouting & Cub Scout Basic 9:00am-12:00pm  Cub Scout Specific 12:45pm– 3:00pm  Chartered Organization Rep 12:45pm to 3:00pm  Boy Scout Specific 9:00am to 12:30pm

Please RSVP if you are planning to attend (or have leaders that will attend) so there are enough materials and staff!

Training Chairman:  Mike Smith    Home:  574-534-8211   Cell: 574-202-3747

2017 National Jamboree Program Staff


Join over 600 of your fellow Central Region Scouters as a member of the Program Staff at the National Jamboree in West Virginia, July 17-18, 2017.

Opportunities are available and your experience is needed in:

  • Shooting Sports (Rifle, Shotgun, Archery, Pistols, Crossbows)
  • Aquatics (Swimming, SCUBA, Board Sailing, Boating, Kayaking, Rafting)
  • Garden Ground Mountain (Highland Games, Blacksmithing, Pioneering)
  • Wheeled Sports (Skateboards, Mountain Bikes, BMX)
  • Aerial Sports (Climbing, Rappelling, Zip Lines)
  • STEMTastic (Computers, Electronics, Science, Technology) 2017jambologo-e1415287463862

Your involvement will Make The Difference for thousands of America’s youth and help to build the foundation to welcoming the world to the Summit in 2019. Become a part of something great! Go to: to signup today.

Make the Adventure Happen!!

Contact Jim Kern, Region Staff Recruiting at:

Scouting for Food Change

There has been a change, we are doing Scouting for Food. We have a limited amount of bags here at the office and patches are being ordered. If your unit turns in food to a local food pantry, please make sure you report that to me, so you can get your patches and we can keep count of how many food items are collected.


Algonquian District Committee Agenda

LaSalle Council, BSA,  
Algonquian District Committee

February 4, 2016, 7:00pm Meeting

  1. Welcome                                                                                               Jim Ellis
  2.   Pledge/Invocation                                                                              Jim Ellis
  3. Introductions                                                                                        Jim Ellis
  4. District Committee Retreat                                                                  Jim Ellis
  5. District Award of Merit                                                                       Kevin Davis
  6. Commissioner Update                                                                         Randy Yoho
    • New Commissioners
    • Commissioner Tools
    • Charters


  1. Program                                                                                                Shawn Way
    • Klondike Derby Recap                                                     Lonnie Moore
    • Order of the Arrow                                                          Tim Monaghan
    • Advancement                                                                     Earl Carter
    • Training                                                                               Joe Wilfing
    • Camping                                                                              Jeff Klaybor
    • First Aid Meet                                                                    Rich Swartz
    • District Dinner                                                                    Deb Wozniak


  1. Finance Update                                                                                      Tom Hoogland/ Chris Dautel
    • 2016
    • Family Campaign
    • Berrien Event
    • Mayors Luncheon
    • Batteries


  1. Communications


  1. Membership                                                                                           Paul Schaefer

*New Units

Current Membership


  1. Journey To Excellence                                                                            Tom Hoogland

Next meeting March 3rd
Next Meeting January 7th.

Hot Off The Press – Algonquian November Newsletter

Thank you to the membership team and all unit leaders for a great fall recruitment. We ended October plus in membership for the first time in four years. We are already plus for the month of November and -75
for year end.

I would like to welcome Cub Scout Pack 239 to the Algonquian District. The pack is sponsored by Tyner United Methodist Church.

The next scheduled time to turn in your charter is November 30th from 6:00-7:30pm at the Council Office. You can turn them in at the December roundtables as well. If you can’t make those times, you need to schedule an appointment with either Christine or myself.

Friends of Scouting
At the past roundtable, we had the flyer available to schedule your FOS dates. I will be emailing them out to everyone soon. Thank you Troop 579 from St. Mary’s in Niles to be the first unit to schedule your roundup.

Merit Badge Fair
Thank you To Mike Rosenbaum and everyone that helped with the Merit Badge Clinic on October 31st. We had 103 Scouts attend the event this year. A special thanks to Lake Michigan College for hosting the event. Mike Rosenbaum is stepping down from running the Merit Badge Clinic and Tim Monaghan will be taking over. Thank you Mike for running a great event for the last two years and laying the ground work for an ongoing successful event.