Wood Badge Course
C7-129-20

Meet The Staff

 



Steve Chodash
Course Mentor

Steve 

 

If you're reading this, it is because you are either signed up or thinking about taking Wood Badge.


I'm impressed. You are actually checking out the website. Not only that but you are reading the staff bios and didn't fall asleep after the first couple. So here's the deal, most of the staff writes the standard stuff: I've been in the program forever. My kid is an Eagle, I'm an Eagle, my brothers are Eagles, my dad was an Eagle Scout and his Scoutmaster was James E. West (bonus points awarded for those of you who Google James E. West). I volunteer for lots of stuff and I've earned lots of awards. I am a good old Antelope, Buffalo, (fill in the blank of another critter). And of course WOOD BADGE IS THE BEST


Not me though. I write the truth. SCOUTING TAKES UP MORE THAN ONE HOUR A WEEK! I used to be just like you, a simple parent with two kids that wanted to join Cub Scouts. Somehow I became a Den Leader. That led to becoming the Cubmaster which became an Assistant Scoutmaster as my boys got older. I took the Wood Badge Class in 2000 then I became the Scoutmaster of my boy's troop and then after my boys graduated from scouting and I thought my volunteering days were over. Since then I became a Unit Commissioner, an Assistant District Commissioner and now I serve as the District Commissioner for the Aptakisic district. I've also been staff on Wood Badge eight times!! The TRUTH is that being a scout leader is a big commitment and a lot of work Taking Wood Badge is also a big commitment and a lot of work. But it is also educational, enlightening, and enabling. It is also a lot of FUN. It will make the "one hour a week" you spend on scouting a whole lot easier.


P.S. I'm a Good Ole Owl


Mark Demsky
Troop Guide

Mark 

 

I started in scouting as a youth in the Detroit area, where I was a member of Pack 212 and Troop 212 in Mt. Clemens, MI. I reconnected with scouting when my son Aidan joined Pack 156, and eventually Troop 156 in Glenview. I became an ASM in our Troop in 2010, and have held the position of Committee Chair since 2012. 


With the Troop I have participated in amazing high adventure trips, most notably Philmont, an Okpik trek at Northern Tier, and hiking at Glacier National Park. I have had the honor of experiencing all of the levels of the OA with my son, and I am excited to be a Vigil candidate this summer with Aidan (Vigil 2015/Eagle 2016) as my guide. 


I became a Fox at C7-129-13, and I owe Chris Fardoux and the late Buff Hoffberg for all of the gentle prodding they gave me to make the commitment to take the course. I am thrilled to be asked to be a troop guide for C7-129-19, and I look forward to meeting you all at Gilwell! 


Sabrina Even
ASM Program

Sabrina  

 

I am currently the Crew Advisor for Crew 92 in Antioch, IL and am very active in our Order of the Arrow Lodge. My daughter, Dana has earned the Silver Award and my son, Thomas is an Eagle Scout. I have been active with BSA for 14 years holding various positions in the Pack, Troop and Crew.


I attended C7-129-15 and LOVED my experience. Then had the privilege to be a Troop Guide the last two years for C7-129-18 and C7-129-19. The skills, information and friendships are invaluable. Every youth deserves a trained leader - I truly believe it makes a difference in their experience. Many of the skills that I learned during Wood Badge, I have been able to apply to my day to day and especially in my work. I am very excited and honored to be your Assistant Scoutmaster of Program for the C7-129-20.


I really enjoy seeing these young people grow, have new experiences and become the leaders that an 'on point' scouting program will do whether they are aware and working at it or not. This training is worth the time and commitment to make a better you so you in turn can better serve our youth! Regardless of how long you have been in scouting or not - there is information, skills and resources to gain from this course in a fun environment.


Liz Giamis
Troop Guide

Liz  

 




Tony Giamis
ASM Troop Guides

Tony  

 

Scouting is strong in my family. My father was my Cubmaster and my mother was my den leader. This was when they had "neighborhood dens" (all ranks under one roof). My wife, Liz, has served as Advancement Chair for both Cubscout and Boy Scout units. She was a member of Wood Badge class C7-129-17 and will be a Troop Guide for C7-129-20 (Yay!). Although I am not an Eagle Scout, our son Zachary (Troop 71) is. He completed his work in the summer of 2018. Our other son, Chris (Troop 71), should be an Eagle Scout by the time Wood Badge 2020 kicks off in August.


I started Cub Scouting in the third grade in Saratoga Springs, NY, working my way up to Life rank as a Boy Scout before heading to college. I have been active with BSA for about 12 years as an adult. I stepped into (adult) leadership the old-fashioned way --> I was "voluntold" by my then Cubmaster. He proposed that I give it a try...thus I became the Tiger Den leader. I liked it and stayed on as the Wolf and Bear Den leaders. At that point, I transitioned to Pack Committee Chair for a while then moved to Green Oaks, IL, where Pack 194 had a vacancy in Committee Chair position. I took the role in October 2011 and handed it over when my youngest crossed over in March of 2015.


Concurrent with the work in the Pack, I served on the committee of Troop 71, Libertyville. In October of 2014, I was promoted to Scoutmaster where I stayed until August 2018. I added Crew 711 Advisor duties and joined the Aptakisic District Committee in January of 2016. On the side, I am a member of the Bear patrol of Woodbadge C7-129-14. With the Troop, I have been to Sea Base twice (2017 and 2019), served as Aptakisic District Scoutmaster for the 2017 National Jamboree, lead a redirected trek to Great Smokey Mountain National Park when Philmont was on fire in 2018, and will serve on staff for 2020 NYLT. I became a Vigil member of Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Lodge 40 in 2018. In January 2019, I was elevated to Aptakisic District Chair.


One of my passions is the BSA STEM program. This is an area where we can greatly improve the outlook for our youth using resources within the District and Council. For this program, I review and approve STEM mentor applications and youth SuperNOVA award applications at all levels.


I am honored and very excited to be the ASM for Troop Guides. This is my second time on Wood Badge staff.


Len Gufstafson
Scribe

Len  

 

I started in Cub Scouts in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and where I earned the Arrow of Light. I joined Boy Scouts and attended Camp Napowan in Wisconsin.


I volunteered to be Den Leader for Pack 91 in Grayslake when my son Luke started Cub Scouts. I served as Den Leader for three years before taking position of Pack Committee Chair for another two years. When my son joined Troop 73 I became one of the Assistant Scoutmasters. After three years I took on the position of Scoutmaster. After two years as Scoutmaster, I currently hold the position of Assistant Scoutmaster for the troop.


During my time with the troop we have had amazing experiences because of scouting; a Philmont trek, five weeks of Camp Makajawan, Okpik training and almost 100 nights of camping. My son and I both had the honor of being inducted into the Order of the Arrow as well.


I attended C7-129-15, where our patrol was led by Dan Kublank. Woodbadge training far exceeded my expectations and was a very rewarding experience. I would highly recommend taking the course even if you are not interested in being a scout leader, it's that good! I am very excited to be on staff for the first time for C7-129-20!


I am a proud Antelope, try to keep up!


Patrick Krook
Quartermaster

Patrick  

 




Dan Kublank
Course Director 

Hello my friends, 

 

I am honored to be chosen to be your Course Director for the 2020 Wood Badge Program. It will be a new course run over five days (not 6) and I promise you will have fun and learn more than you imagined you could. We model a program started by Baden Powell back in 1919 and have honed it over the years to our current mountaintop experience of leadership training.


No matter if you are new in Scouting or an "Old Salt", I truly believe you will find something to take home from Wood Badge that will fire you up for Scouting. Our program guides you from your first day as a Cub Scout all the way through the Scouting program. Don't be the one who says "I should have done this sooner". Believe me when I say that I hear that all the time.


I would like to offer you a challenge.


I challenge each and every one of you to take Wood Badge in 2020 and put a fire back into yourself and back into Scouting.
I challenge you to help change lives in impactful ways.
I challenge you to include diversity and inclusion in your program.
I challenge you to experience what the Wood Badge program has to offer you in Scouting, work life and most importantly, your family life.
I challenge you to Lead by Example and to have 2020 Vision for your future.


What challenge would be complete without this one;    I double-dog-dare you to not come out completely changed after experiencing the 2020 Wood Badge program.


See you at Gilwell!


Dan


Dave Kublank
Scribe

Dave 

 

Dave is an Eagle Scout (1983), an OA Vigil Member (2017) and is currently an Assistant District Commissioner for the North Star District. He has been involved in scouting starting as a cub scout in Libertyville IL Pack 60 and then bridged to Troop 60. Dave was a MaKaJaWan staff member in the early 80's, was on the MaKaJaWan Remembrance Committee, the Course Director for the 2017 Winter Powder Horn program, and was an Assistant Scoutmaster for our awesome course director Chris Fardoux. Dave trekked over 100 miles at Philmont in 2009 and is a member of the MaKaJaWan Wilderness Engineering Society. He has held many leadership positions as an Adult from Cubs through Venturing. Dave enjoys spending time with his family, camping, hiking, and especially playing music.  


He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance playing the saxophone and flute and gigs all around Chicago. He even worked for Mickey Mouse in California. Dave completed his Wood Badge experience on course C-22-08 as a Bear and has been on several Wood Badge staffs as a Troop Guide. He is looking forward to working Logistics/QM to give our participants a tremendous Gilwell experience.  


Dave took his practical at camp OhDaKoTa ( C-22-08)and is a proud ole Bear. 


Bill La Fleur
Quartermaster

Bill  

 




Ken LaCrosse
ASM Logistics

Ken  

 

Ken was a Cub Scout with Pack 1903 in the former Detroit Area Council where he earned the Arrow of Light. He became an adult leader with Pack 194 (Green Oaks) in 2010 when his son joined as a Tiger. He served 1 year as a Tiger Leader, 1 year as a Den Leader and 3 years as Cubmaster. When his son crossed over to Troop 194 (Green Oaks/Libertyville) he joined the Troop Committee as the membership chair. He currently is the Committee Chair for Troop 194. One of his favorite Scouting experiences is the Sea Base Sailing Adventure. Another is Wood Badge of course!


Other current Scout volunteer positions include: Chartered Organization Rep for Pack 194; Aptakisic District Membership committee; NEIC Membership committee; NEIC Catholic committee; NEIC Interfaith committee and merit badge counselor.


He lives in Libertyville with his wife, Marilyn, his son who is a Life Scout and his daughter who has earned the Girl Scout Silver Award. Ken is a Buffalo from Wood Badge course C7-129-15. His first time on staff was as a Troop Guide for course C7-129-19. This year he hopes to "put everything in its proper place" as ASM of Logistics. Come join the fun!


Ed Levin
Troop Guide

Ed  

 




Beth Micksch
Asst. Senior Patrol Leader

Beth  


Laura Myerholtz
Troop Guide

Laura  

 

Laura is an enthusiastic scouter who is excited that young women are now able to join Scouts BSA. Her time with scouts began when she was part of a Police Explorer program in Wilton, CT. Laura is married to an Eagle Scout, Brian, and they have two kids, Katie (15) and Alex (13), who are both active with scouting.


Laura was a Den Leader for pack 3079 in Chicago, IL, and was also an ASM for Troop 20 in Winnetka, IL. In 2018, Laura was a Woodbadge C7-129-18 course participant and Dan Kublank was her fearless Troop Guide. One of Laura's Woodbadge tickets lead to her helping to found Troop 5g, a linked boy/girl troop, in Wilmette, IL. She's been working with an amazing group of dedicated, young women (including her daughter) who are on-track to be part of BSA's inaugural female Eagle Scout class in October, 2020.


In addition to her BSA activities, Laura volunteers as a Girl Scout leader for her daughter's troop. For the past 20 years, Laura has volunteered with the Red Cross's Disaster Action Team by responding to local and national disasters and providing emergency assistance. Laura is also the lead singer for a folk band, the Meadow Ridge Ramblers. She's known to be a bit of a diva when it comes to campfire singalongs.


She is a proud antelope.


Zach Norton
Troop Guide

Zach  

 




Laura Shamberg
Troop Guide

Laura  

 




Doug Wilson
Senior Patrol Leader

Doug 

 

Doug earned his Eagle rank in 1982 while with T516 in Centerville, OH. He is the proud dad of a Life Scout (Reid), who is working on his Eagle Project this year! Doug is a Computer Engineer and for the past 25 years has been married to Troop 150's current Troop Committee Chair, his amazing wife Jennifer. He is also the proud father of two smart and beautiful young women at U of I and OSU. He has been running his own software development company in Evanston for almost 20 years.


Doug is currently an ASM with T150 in Deerfield. He is a Brotherhood member of the OA. His BSA training includes Wilderness First Aid and is also OKPIK trained. Doug enjoys camping to a level that doesn't quite seem natural, and he has been leading the high adventure program at T150, with a Boundary Waters Trek in 2017, a Philmont Trek this year, and an Apostle Islands trek planned for 2020!


If that was not enough, he has been working on staff with a dozen impressive scouts as they build the NYLT course at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan this year! Doug attended Wood Badge course C7-129-15 and this is his second time on staff. He is a scribe this year and dreams of a day when we take Wood Badge paperless. He is, of course, a fox.


Stacey Wolfe
Troop Guide

Stacey  

 



 

 


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