Northwest Suburban Council

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The Northwest Suburban Council is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America located in the state of Illinois. This council is headquartered in Mount Prospect, Illinois, and can be found online at

The Northwest Suburban National Scout Shop is located within the NWSC Volunteer Service Center located at 600 N. Wheeling Road in Mount Prospect, IL.

Council History

In 2006, the Northwest Suburban Council earned the National Quality Council Award, two BSA National President's Awards for Marketing Excellence, three of its six districts earned the National Quality District Award, the Council was recognized as a National Learning for Life Council of Distinction, earned the Central Region Scoutreach Award, and earned the National Endowment Achievement Award.

The Northwest Suburban Council has 15,665 Total Youth Members and 4,211 Adult Volunteer Leaders in 344 Total Units. The Council grew by +2.6% in 2006 compared with 2005 in Total Youth Membership, achieved "Balanced Membership Growth", and by +5.8% in 2006 compared with 2005 in Total Units. It has a 77.1% Total Youth Retention, the highest rate in the Central Region for 2005 and 2006.

In 2006, the Northwest Suburban Council served as host to the National Endowment Art Tour, the Biennial Meeting of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, and the National Jewish Committee on Scouting.

The council's service area includes 34 communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with Skokie as the eastern border, Barrington on the west, Lake Zurich on the north, and O'Hare International Airport on the south with the council territory remaining unchanged since its founding in 1926. The population served by Northwest Suburban Council is quite diverse, as it is composed of 15% Latino/Hispanic, 8% Asian, 3% Eastern European, 1% African-American, and 73% Caucasian.

Council Patches


  • Blackhawk District
  • North Woods District
  • Pathfinder District
  • Signal Hill District



The council is served by the Order of the Arrow Lakota Lodge #175

Past Lakota Lodge Chief Don Hough was elected as Order of the Arrow Section Chief and also Central Region Chief. Scott Paczosa was elected as Section Chief to replace Don Hough.