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Scout Sunday/Sabath/Jumuah

What is your unit’s plans for Scouting and Sunday/Sabath/Jumuah/

Part of the Scouting program is be reverent and the guidelines do not specify any particular faith that must be used.  We are blessed in Indian Prairie to have scouting sponsored by a variety of religious organizations, so with this blessing, how is your unit going to celebrate?  Add an entry to our FB post on this topic.

What You Need to Know for 2018’s Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath, and Scout Jumuah

2017 Eagles

Congratulations to the 56 scouts in Indian Prairie District who achieved the rank of eagle in 2017. Their eagle projects contributed over 9500 service hours to the community.  This was a tie for the district’s second highest number of eagles in any calendar year.

These eagle scouts will be honored with the more than 380 eagle scouts in the Three Fires Council Eagle Class of 2017 at the Gathering of Eagles Banquet on February 16, 2018 at the Sheridan Lisle Hotel (formerly the Wyndham.) The 2017 Eagles should have received their invitations.  See the Three Fires Council web site for more details if you would like to attend or sponsor an eagle.

Thanks to all the unit leaders, unit committees, merit badge counselors, coaches, parents, fellow scouts and friends who helped these scouts achieve the Eagle rank.  Also, a big thank you to the Indian Prairie District Advancement Committee who contributed hundreds of hours assisting and reviewing these candidates: Mark Baker, Jack Koberstine, Bill Marineau, Tim Maurer, Dave Rypka, Julie Rypka, and Vinton Trowbridge.

Reminder: All eagles (whether they plan to attend the Gathering of Eagles or not) 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 (Indian Prairie) and unit number in the body of the email.


The Indian Prairie Chapter for The Order of the Arrow is finalizing its calendar for CROSSOVER ceremonies and TAP OUT ceremonies.  If wish to inquire about availability, please contact Mark Truckenbrod with the date, time and place for your event:


New BSA Award/Recognition for our Educators

BSA Award for Educators

The Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award is presented by local Scouters (a Pack) to teachers, support staff such as janitors, aides or part-time assistants, and school administrators (at their school) who stand out from their professional peers in instilling Scouting values in their students.



  • Publicize award and nomination process to the school.
  • Create a nominating committee to insure broad perceptive and transparency  of the process.  We suggest people from these areas:

o   A school administrator such as the principal or assistant

o   Someone from the staff area  (teacher or support staff)

o   A PTA representative

o   Someone from the local Pack

o   Someone from the scouting district



  • Have nominating committee at the school select the person to be given the award.



  • Present award (suggest the Award Certificate and Letter of Commendation) at a School or Scout event (possibly a Blue & Gold or preferably a school assembly)
  • Post on the IP FB page who was awarded and from what school/pack.


For details of the process and supporting materials to implement the nomination, selection and award process, see the official resource guide at   There are 5 pages detailing the process, 7 pages of supporting forms and 3 pages describing the life of ELBERT KIRTLEY FRETWELL.


If you have any questions, please ask on the Indian Prairie Facebook page and Carrie Simkins, Jeff Gross or someone else will answer them.

D204 is looking for Community feedback

Engage 204, Indian Prairie School District’s new community engagement program to get feedback from D204 residents on a variety of topics.   The next meeting is;

Topic: Changing Enrollment
Date: January 29, 2017
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Still Middle School

Here is a direct link for more info and to register.

Advancement and Journey to Excellence

Journey to Excellence (JTE) is a method to help units, districts and councils evaluate and recognize their proficiency in delivering the scouting program.

One contribution to the JTE calculations is advancement.  BSA and council guidelines recommend that units submit all current rank advancements before the end of the year.  Among other things, this allows recent advancements to be included in the JTE evaluation.

Currently the district and council are near the border between the silver and gold ratings.  Submitting your unit’s advancement before the end of the year could make the difference between a gold and silver rating  for our district.

Packs are also reminded to submit bobcat advancement as soon as possible for new scouts such as those who joined with Blast into Scouting.

Training required to recharter

For the 2018 Recharter Operation the following roles must be “Trained”

Cub Scouts Boy Scouts Venture Crew Ship
Committee Committee Chair Committee Chair Committee Chair Committee Chair
Primary Cubmaster Scoutmaster Advisor Skipper
Secondary Den Leader Asst. Scoutmaster Associate Advisor Mate
All committee members should be trained as well

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

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

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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