Wood Badge Course

Meet The Staff







Chris Fardoux 
ASM Program 


Chris is a Fox and took his practical at Indian Mound Scout Reservation (C-27-05); this is his fifth Wood Badge staff experience. He'd 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. Chris has served as a Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner and enjoys working together with other Scouters. He recently began serving as the Aptakisic District Roundtable Commissioner and is excited about working to share Scouting with others even further.

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 positions as a youth and was very active with the Order of the Arrow. He received the Vigil Honor in 1978 and was honored to be an 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 Award.

Chris loves the outdoors, camping, cycling, music (especially live), 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; 28, and Ethan; 23. He has worked in public transit for 33 years and currently serves as Division Manager for Pace North Division in Waukegan. See you at Gilwell!







Lee Haak 
Course Director & Scoutmaster 



Lee comes from a very active Scouting family. Both his sons are Eagle Scouts and all four family members hold the OA Vigil Honor. Lee has served as an ASM, SM, and even as an ASM for the 2005 Jamboree. Currently Lee is serving as an Assistant Scout Master for Troop 194, OA Lodge 40 Service Adviser, and on the Council's Properties Committee. Lee's Wood Badge course was C-48-03 and this is Lee's 9th staff experience.




Delvin (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.

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 on the Council Advancement Committee, 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.


This will be his sixth summer as a provisional troop Scoutmaster at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan. 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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