What's happening at Rainbow Council?

Scouting is a family event. There are different events for all ages and level of involvement. Want to make Scouting a lifelong commitment? Join us for a SM or ASM training event! Getting started? Join us for a fishing derby! There’s all kinds of things for beginning scouters and life long scouters!

IOLS: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

The Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) course builds and expands on the concepts and themes introduced in Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training and Varsity Coach Position-Specific Training, and provides Scouters with the confidence to take youth into the outdoors.

NRA Rifle Basic & Instructor

Rifle Merit Badge Counselors! The BSA requires that you must be an NRA Certified Rifle Instructor to be a counselor for the badge. Take advantage of this special rate offered by Rainbow Council!

Family Camp at RSR

Family Camp is a wonderful and unique way to introduce your scout and your family to camping. With the fantastic resources and property of Rainbow Council RSR (Rainbow Scout Reservation), we have the opportunity to explore new trails, see and appreciate the outdoors the way it was meant to be, and to learn a little bit about ourselves in the process. Come see what you’re made of and experience our annual family camp adventure.

With activities ranging from fishing, shooting sports, games, campfires, and of course GaGa Ball, we will top off the weekend with medieval games before our closing campfire. Family Camp is one of the most popular events of the year and is open to all scouting families across all councils. Invite friends and family from other councils as well.

BSA Leave No Trace Trainer

This course is open to all registered Scouts and Scouters, 14 years or older. This is a “Front Country” course, not a wilderness course. A hike may be part of the course. Participants will receive hands-on training in Leave No Trace skills, ethics, and the seven principles in classroom and outdoor environments. Other related topics may be discussed. You will present a 10-15 minute Leave No Trace presentation/demonstration, to be coordinated before attendance and presented on Sunday.

Upon successful completion of the Leave No Trace Trainer Course, each participant will become a qualified Leave No Trace Trainer.

Introduction to Leader Specifics for SM/ASM Fall

This course introduces the adult leadership to the day to day operations of how a troop functions. Explanations of adult leadership positions, youth leadership positions along with clarification on policies procedures and proper uniform guidelines are just a few of the topics discussed. If you are planning to join a troop in the near future, have just joined a troop or feel you need a refresher, this is the training for you! 

Cost of the course includes the Troop Leaders Guide.

AOL Campout Weekend

Welcome too the Webelos Wizarding World! Use this as an opportunity to work on required and elective Adventures! Meet other Webelos who are transitioning into Scouts! We will have:

Webelos Walkabout
Outdoor Adventure
Scouting Adventure
Build it
Into the woods …and more!

Annual Sporting Clays

The Rainbow Council, Boy Scout Sporting Clays Classic is open to individual shooters, as well as teams of shooters. All individual shooters will be placed on teams the day of the shoot. Teams will shoot 100 rounds of sporting clays on 14 stations. 

• On-site registration begins at 8:30 am
• Lunch Served on the course at 11:00 am
• Stations Open at 9:00 am

Personal golf carts and ATV’s are permitted and encouraged. There is VERY limited rentals available on-site.

All shooters will receive a hat, gift bag, lunch prior to event opening, and a tailgate style meal and drinks after the event

BALOO: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation Pt. 2

BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) is a 1.5 day introduction to the Cub Scout outdoor program for units interested in offering a camping component to their Pack activities. This training consists of an online prerequisite component, plus an in-person overnight camping experience that provides hand-on practical skills. BALOO training includes an introduction to outdoor camping skills as well as important BSA rules and policies to be followed on any Cub Scout campout.

Come spend some time at camp filled with Fellowship and an opportunity to sharpen your scouting skills. This class covers all the information needed to plan and execute a pack overnight. Learn about basic skills, proper planning, scheduling, program suggestions, camp cooking with different types of equipment, and lots more! Speak with fellow scouters and get ideas for future outings, ask questions, and share your experiences with others.

Haunted Woods Walk

Registration is now open! Come see RSR at it’s scariest! Join us for the Rainbow Council Haunted Woods Walk!

Scouts BSA Fall Camporee

Scouting Essentials is the theme and focus of our Fall Camporee. With competition centered around scouting skills and camping activities, your unit will be able to hone their skills while competing against other units for the title of Rainbow Council Scouting Ambassadors. The unit that best demonstrates scouting skills, spirit, and our core values will be recognized for their efforts and performance. It is more than just execution but the entire package to represent scouting in Rainbow Council. I challenge your units to be the best they can be.

Scout Fall Family Fest

Experience the fun and adventure of Scouting with Rainbow Council by attending our Scout Fall Family Fest at Dollinger Family Farm!
Included in your ticket:
•     Entrance to the Farm
•     Corn Maze
•     Petting Zoo
•     Tractors to Climb
•     Dollinger Express Train
•     Hay Bale Fun
•     Tipi
•     Bee Barn
•     Play Areas
•     Pizza Lunch

AdventureOn Day at RSR

Attention all new Scouts and recruiters!  You and your families are invited to join us for a fun, FREE day of Adventure out at RSR. 

All new Scouts, recruiters, and their families are invited to join us for a fun day of Adventure out at RSR.  

We’ll have climbing, archery, bb guns, hikes, scavenger hunts, Scout crafts, and more! Look for additional details on the event registration page. 

The event is free and a great way to learn about all the fun things Scouting with Rainbow Council has to offer.

Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner

The Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner (DCAD) is an annual event hosted by the Rainbow Council, Boy Scouts of America which honors an individual who has provided significant and enduring contributions to the community and who embodies the principles and values of the Scouting program and thereby serves as an exemplary role model for our young people. The 2022 Committee presents this award to DR. JUDY MITCHELL on October 20th at the Renaissance Center in Joliet. This event will highlight the admirable career and accomplishments of the Dr Mitchell’s impact in the community.

NRA Ranger Safety Officer (RSO) Classes

This is your chance to become a Range Safety Officer to help out your unit or the council by being able to run a Rifle or Shotgun Range. It will be your responsibility to keep the range safe and organized by enforcing the gun and range rules


The course will be conducted at RSR (Rainbow Scout Reservation) training Center. Register at rainbowcouncil.org. Please bring lunch & pen. Minimum of 4 participants bring a friend.

BSA Leave No Trace 101

This introduction to Leave No Trace is for ALL Scouts BSA, Venturers, and adult volunteers (including Cub Scout adult volunteers) who use the outdoors. It is the minimum recommended training for ALL adults and older scouts who will be teaching Leave No Trace in their troops and/or signing off on the 2nd Class, 1 st Class, or Merit Badge Leave No Trace requirements.

In this 4-hour course, you’ll learn:
• Knowledge of Leave No Trace and its seven principles
• Understanding the importance of Leave No Trace in outdoor activities
• Hands-on practice putting Leave No Trace principles into action
• Where to locate additional Leave No Trace resources and opportunities for
further Leave No Trace training.

Gilwell Gathering

Are you interested in learning more about Wood Badge? 
Are you a Wood Badge alumnus looking for fellowship and fun? 

Join our Wood Badge Course Directors who are inviting all future and past Wood Badgers to join us for a fun-filled afternoon of critter talk, games, and dinner! 

Scouters joining the 2023 Wood Badge course, C7-702-23, can rub shoulders with your Scoutmaster, staff, and friends old and new 
who are part of our Wood Badge family! 
Current Wood Badgers can share memories, memorabilia, and more of past courses, as well as catch up with patrol mates! 

Gilwell Gathering benefits the Wood Badge Scholarship Fund. Every scout deserves a trained Leader.