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Leave No Trace Trainer Course

This is a great course, and a great time of year to take it!


Leave No Trace Trainer Course

October 6, 7, 8

This is the anual Leave No Trace Training course held every fall.
Get your Scouts ready for High Adventure, or for working as a Summer Camp Staff member

Outdoor Ethics is now in every part of Scouting Advancement. What better way to help your Crew, Troop, or Pack than to become a Leave No Trace Trainer? If you have older Scouts that are looking to do something different have them attend this course. They will learn to teach the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace and become a Leave No Trace Trainer. This Training is recognized by all the National Parks and other land managers.

If you have Scouts that are looking to work on summer camp staff, this will help them be better prepared and qualified for those staff positions.

If you are a Pack leader this is a great course to learn how to teach your den leaders and lead the Pack in Outdoor Ethics activities

This course is open to all youth over the age of 14 and all registered adults. This is a great opportunity for your youth to become trainers and lead the Outdoor Ethics sessions of courses like IOLS, Wood Badge, and LYLT. We have had some our youth trainers be requested to teach Outdoor Ethics outside of our council. This is an opportunity for your older scouts or Venturers to explore other options.

Sign up today for this advanced training course held on October 6,7,and 8 at Von Oven Scout Camp in Naperville. This is a 2 night camping event and the Saturday meal will once again be prepared by Outdoor Ethics Committee Chef Greg.

Click here to registar

Civil Air Patrol STEM Kit Program

The Civil Air Patrol has launched a program where units can sign up and become eligible for free STEM kits!

Check out this link for more details.  In short, you sign up as a CAP Aerospace Educator ($35 fee) which includes a flight with a CAP-registered pilot!

Once registered, you can order STEM kits like the following, 1-at-a-time

  • Model and remote control aircraft
  • Quadcopter
  • Astronomy
  • Flight SImulator
  • Rocketry
  • Weather Station
  • Hydraulics
  • Robotics

Patron’s Breakfast Speakers needed

This coming November, 28th (Giving Tuesday) marks the third annual Three Fires Council Patron’s Breakfast. During this fundraising event, we reach out to the community, inviting them to come see what great things that Scouting is making possible in our area. We have our Scouts and Key Leaders deliver this message. That is where we need your help – we are looking for exceptional Scouts with extraordinary stories to tell to show our Community just what Scouting does for the greater Three Fires Council area!

Please look back on your recent Scouting experience as a leader – does a certain Scout have an exceptional story? Then let us know, we will conduct interviews and determine whose story needs to be told at the patron’s breakfast.

Contact Wes Weems or Jeff Zavoral with any information you have:

Last year, David Simnick, Eagle Scout from Troop 81 of Naperville and Founder of Soap Box Soaps, gave a rousing performance that showcased how Scouting has made his recent success as a young professional possible.

Student Representatives Needed for Naperville City Boards and Commissions

Deadline for Emails of Interest is Monday, September 25

NAPERVILLE, Ill. –  Mayor Steve Chirico and the Naperville City Council would like to extend an invitation to Naperville high school students to fill student positions on several City boards and commissions.

Interested students should submit an email to with their name, home address, high school, year in school, their interests and the board/commission on which they would like to serve. Preference is given to high school seniors; however, all high school students may apply. Those students who served on a board or commission in previous years will need to reapply.

The deadline for submitting emails of interest is Monday, September 25, 2017. Students should anticipate actively participating on the board or commission; therefore, consideration should be given to the time commitment required.

For a complete list of boards and commissions, their meeting dates and times and more information about each group, visit Please note that the Liquor Commission, pension boards and Board of Fire and Police Commissioners do not utilize student representatives. Students in need of more information should contact the Mayor’s Office at (630) 420-6018 or by emailing

Leaf Raking Troop Service project

Calling all Troops

Senior Citizens are in need of volunteers to rake their leaves.  This effort is being coordinated by the Senior Services Task Force (SSTF) and Naperville Park District.

What:  Leaf raking for Senior Citizens.   (Service Opportunity for a Patrol/Troop)
When:  Sometime in Mid October to Mid-November.
Where: At various homes of Naperville Senior Citizens.  (Maybe we can get Aurora involved too, anyone have a contact?)
Who:  Boy Scouts  (Patrols/Troops)
Why:  Do we need explain?
How:  Scouts rake up lawn for Naperville bulk leaf collection which starts on these weeks.

  • October 16
  • October 30
  • November 13 (collection is scheduled to end on November 22)

If your Troop is interested in participating, please let Jeff Gross know.  There will be more details to come on the process to get house locations.

Training Academy 2017

Training Academy 2017 is coming!

When:      Saturday 2017-11-11  – Veterans Day!  We will be celebrating Veterans as well!

Location:  Sycamore High School  Map-Pin

What:  (details to come)

Need help with training issues?  eMail me

Rich Fazio



Camping Requirements Reduced for 2nd Class and 1st Class Ranks

Effective August 1, 2017 alternative outdoor options have been included for the Second and First Class ranks. The number of outdoor activities remains the same as set January 1, 2016 (5 and 10), but the required number of camping activities (3 and 6) has been reduced to the same level as prior to 2016 (2 and 3).

The requirements for the camping merit badge are unchanged, so the the total number of camping activities required for the Eagle Rank remains the same at 20.

For more information see:

Merit Badge Counselors Needed

The 2017 annual Merit Badge Counselor Re-registration for Indian Prairie District has been completed. Thanks to the 200 counselors who currently serve boys in the district.

The updated counselor lists were recently distributed to the unit merit badge counselor contacts.  These lists should only be distributed to registered adults in your unit with a need for this information. As per BSA guidelines only the unit leader (or his delegate) should give information about counselors to boys.

Currently, the district has no counselors for the following badges:

  • Animation
  • Archery*
  • Canoeing*
  • Lifesaving*
  • Metalwork
  • Rowing*
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Water Sports
  • Whitewater*

* certification required  (see )

The following badges have no counselors willing to serve outside their units:

  • Dentistry
  • Pottery
  • Public Health
  • Textile
  • Theater

As always, we encourage counselors to volunteer to serve all district units – they would probably get at most 1 to 2 outside requests per year, but it gives the smaller units more flexibility.  Existing counselors may change their status to work with other scouts outside their units or change the badges they wish to counsel by submitting a signed Merit Badge Counselor Information Form (with qualifications),, to either a council scout shop or Dave Rypka.

If you are not currently a counselor and wish to register, please submit the following to a council scout shop (most units have merit badge counselor coordinators who can help with this):

  • Merit Badge Counselor Information form),,  listing qualifications with any required certifications attached
  • copy of a current Youth Protection Training certificate or card
  • completed BSA Adult Application form (including the signed disclosure/waiver form)

Write “Merit Badge Counselor Only” on the top of the registration form and use the position code of 42 (no registration fee is required for merit badge counselors). A BSA Adult Application form is required for all new counselors, even if they are currently registered with the council in another capacity or were previously a counselor (and it must be the latest version of the form – see:

Change in the way Eagle Palms are awarded

Beginning August 1, 2017 the way eagle palms are awarded will be changing.  When a scout successfully completes his eagle board of review with more than the necessary number of merit badges completed, he will be awarded palms automatically based on the number of excess merit badges completed prior to becoming eagle.  So if he has 26 merit badges, he will receive a bronze palm, if he has 31 merit badges a bronze and gold palm, etc.

Subsequent eagle palms still require three months of active participation and demonstration of leadership for each palm.  The board of review for eagle palms has been eliminated as has the special application form.

For more information see:

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