Wood Badge Course

Meet The Staff


Chris Fardoux
Course Director - Scoutmaster  



Chris is a Fox and took his practical at Indian Mound Scout Reservation (C-27-05); this is his sixth Wood Badge staff experience. Hed love to see you join us as a participant on course and be part of the fun and great learning!

Chris sincerely loves Scouting and especially his current position as Scoutmaster for Troop 150 in Deerfield; he has been in that role since 2005. He has also been an Assistant Scoutmaster, Den Leader, Webelos Den Leader, and Provisional Scoutmaster at Camp MaKaJaWan. At the 2010, National Scout Jamboree, Chris was Scoutmaster for NEIC Jamboree Troop 1006. In 2013, he was Scoutmaster for troop A122 at the first Jamboree held at The Summit; Chris treasures those experiences as well as visiting with those Scouts at every occasion, especially when they achieve the Eagle rank. Chris has served as an Assistant District Commissioner for Roundtable for a number of years and enjoys working together with other Scouters. He first became a Scout as a Cub with Pack 6 in Wilmette and continued on to become an Eagle Scout in 1976 with Troop 6. Chris served in several Lodge and Chapter youth positions and was very active with the Order of the Arrow. He received the Vigil Honor in 1978 and was honored as Example in 2009. He also served on the Camp MaKaJaWan Aquatics staff and loves to be a part of the best place in the world whenever he can. Chris was honored with the District Award of Merit, Scoutmaster Award of Merit, Col. Henry Crown Award, and the Silver Beaver.

Chris loves the outdoors, camping, cycling, music (especially live), tropical fish, gardening, anything to do with aquatics, and sharing Scouting with all. Chris and Evelyn live in Highland Park and are the proud parents of two children, Emily; 31, and Ethan; 26. He has worked in public transit for 36 years and currently serves as Division Manager for Pace North Division in Waukegan. See you at Gilwell!

Burt Lowry
Backup Course Director 


Burt has been involved in Scouting since seeking belt loops as a Cub Scout. Boy Scouts was all about the next campout and talk amongst the adults regarding how dirty Burt would get. There was a short stint with an Explorer Post with the local police department and Burt finished his youth BSA career doing a lot of rappelling as a Varsity Scout. Having filled positions at many different levels, the most enjoyable for Burt are those involving being challenged by the youth to keep up with them (I can still hold my own).  

Currently Burt is serving as the Committee Chair for Troop 274. Burt is an Eagle Scout (that fact being in my resume has helped me obtain a job 2 separate times). His son, Lyle, recently earned the rank of Eagle and served on Cub Camp Staff at Oakarro. His older daughter, Janeal, has been involved with her Venture Crew, earning the Discovery Award, and was on staff at Oakarro & MaKaJaWan. Janeal served 3 years on OKPIK staff and is currently serving an 18 month church mission in San Diego (losing those cold weather camping skills). Burt's younger daughter, Alanna, in not the camper type, but still caught the scouting bug and is on Oakarro camp staff for her second year. Burt's wife, Kathie, is Burt's biggest fan and never complains about the time and money that goes into his BSA hobbies, and gladly takes care of the camp fire smelling clothes that come home. 

Burt's Wood Badge course was C-47-06 where he became a Bear and this is his fifth time on staff. This is Burt just talking now...As I am really just a big kid, I am really looking forward to serving as the SPL (Senior Patrol Leader). There are many great things I have learned through Wood Badge and I look forward to helping you learn some of those things. It is a time commitment, but you will not regret the decision. Come on out and let's learn some great life and leadership skills...and let's have a lot of fun while doing so. 

Rick Ryan


Rick completed his practical at Indian Mound Scout Reservation (C-27-05) and is a Fox. This is his sixth Wood Badge staff experience. He was a troop guide for C7-129-11-01, ASM Program for C7-129-12, Scribe for C7-129-13 and ASM Quartermaster for C7-129-14, and Scoutmaster for C7-129-15.

Rick started in Cub Scouting and earned Eagle rank in 1978. He has been involved as an adult since his oldest son became a Tiger in 1998, serving as Den Leader, Cubmaster, Pack and Troop committee member, and most recently as Troop committee chair.


He serves as the Council Advancement Chair, on the District Activities Committee, has been awarded the Silver Beaver, the District Award of Merit and holds the Vigil honor in the Order of the Arrow. Rick has three sons, all Eagle Scouts who have been on Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan staff and are active in the OA



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