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Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 and Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 / 6:30-8:00 p.m. – FLIER WITH INFORMATION
Naperville Police Department – 1350 Aurora Avenue, Naperville, IL
Since informed citizens are our best defense against crime, we would like to offer the Boy Scouts an opportunity to earn their Crime Prevention Merit Badge. This workshop will include a tour of the Naperville Police Department Jail and will be conducted by Mary Browning, Crime Prevention/Community Education Specialist. Registration is required by emailing Mary Browning at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, phone number, and Troop #. You may also call Mary at 630-420-6731. Blue cards will be provided.
*Participants must attend both sessions in order to earn the badge* / All requirements for the badge will be completed on those two dates, except for the following requirements that will be given as homework on February 7th to be completed and then returned on February 28th. We will be discussing how to do the following during the 1st session, so please do not complete the below requirements before then.
These workshops are limited to Scouts in the Naperville area &/or the Thunderbird or Indian Prairie Districts of the Three Fires Council, BSA
Congratulations to Jake Truckenbrod who has been selected as the 2017 Eagle Class Representative for the Three Fires Council. Jake was among 12 TFC Eagles who auditioned on January 13 for the honor to represent the more than 380 Eagles who received their rank in 2017. Jake is an Eagle Scout from Troop 57 and also served as the IP District OA Chapter Chief. He is a senior at Waubonsie Valley High School.
Jake will present his speech, A Different Perspective on the Rank, at the Class of 2017 Gathering of Eagles Banquet on February 16, 2018 at the Sheridan Lisle Hotel. See the Three Fires Council web site for more details if you would like to attend or sponsor an eagle.
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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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.
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
For details of the process and supporting materials to implement the nomination, selection and award process, see the official resource guide at http://scoutingwire.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/522-059-Elbert-K-Fretwell-Guide-Book-WEB.pdf 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.
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.
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|
|Secondary||Den Leader||Asst. Scoutmaster||Associate Advisor||Mate|
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: http://threefirescouncil.org/portfolio/eagle-scout-representative-auditions/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com 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
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