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Patron’s Breakfast to support council

Do you know a community leader who should hear the message of scouting? If so, invite them to attend this event. You can contact Jeff Gross for more information and RSVP.

Patron's Breakfast 2017

D204 is looking for Community feedback

Engage 204, Indian Prairie School District’s new community engagement program kicks off on November 14 from 7 to 9 pm at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. This is the first of a series of Engage 204 sessions hosted by community leaders on behalf of the district. The November 14 meeting will feature a special State of the District presentation by Superintendent Karen Sullivan.

This is a great opportunity for all scout parents to voice their needs.

Here is a direct link.

Recognition for 2017 eagles

We’re looking for an outstanding Eagle Scout to represent the Class of 2017 at the Three Fires Council Eagle Recognition Dinner being held on February 16, 2018. Only one Scout will be chosen to deliver a speech on behalf of all 2017 Eagle Scouts. This Scout must have had his Eagle Board of Review in the year 2017 to qualify for this honor. The Scout who is chosen will receive a $500.00 scholarship. If this is something you’d be interested in, fill out & return your AUDITION FORM by mail or email by January 4, 2017. For more information see:

2017 Eagles should receive their invitation to the Eagle Recognition Banquet around Christmas.

All eagles should attach a photo of themselves in full uniform as well as a couple photos of their eagle project in email to and for use at the eagle banquet and possible use in council and district publicity items.  Use “Eagle Photos” for the subject and include your name, district and unit number in the body of the email.

The Adams Service Project of the Year Award recognizes one valuable eagle project of an exceptional nature within each council.  Eagles may self-nominate. Nominations are due to the Three Fires Council office by January 21.  For more information see:
National Eagle Scout Association – Adams Award
The Glenn A. & Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award

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.

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

Sign up now!

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:

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