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Welcome to the Northeast Illinois Council History Project page.  We are very proud of our history with the Boy Scouts of America.  While the Northeast Illinois Council was founded in 1929, the Scouting program started in Northeast Illinois in 1910 with some of the first Troops in the country. As we continue to gather information and accumulate tokens of the past, we would like this page to serve as our living museum, where you can gain information and share your knowledge to help us maintain pride in our history.  

You can help!

We are looking for news articles, photos, letters, and any archival material that might help us to uncover the dynamic history of what is now the Northeast Illinois Council.   If you have information to share or would like to volunteer on this project, please contact Don Martin or you can call Don at 847-265-3297. He'd love to hear from you.

Things that would be helpful are: 

  • Stories about your Unit history
  • Photographs of the early days of your Unit
  • Early Photographs and video (there are probably some 8mm out there from the '60s) of any of our Council Camps and Camporees dating back to the very beginning (1910 +)
  • Any kinds of letters, newspaper articles, camp staff rosters, camp brochures and advertising collateral
  • Commemorative special event stories and print collateral
  • We are also looking for written history of your Unit, true campfire stories and/or information relating to any of the Councils that now make up the Northeast Illinois Council. 

Please check out the Council History Timeline to see where we've been and how you might help to fill in the gaps!

News Article - Please forward to anyone who may be interested in this project!

Click the image below for a wonderful trip down memory lane provided by Abbott, circa 1960.


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