Congratulations to the 49 scouts in Indian Prairie District who achieved the rank of eagle in 2018. Their eagle projects contributed over 8450 service hours to the community.
These eagle scouts will be honored with the more than 300 eagle scouts in the Three Fires Council Eagle Class of 2018 at the Gathering of Eagles Banquet on February 15, 2019 at the Sheridan Lisle Hotel. The 2018 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 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 (Indian Prairie) and unit number in the body of the email.
BSA is changing on-line training. January 2, 2019 new training classes will be made available.
Any partially completed on-line training in the system January 1, 2019 will be lost.
I recommend you complete the missing modules to get “Trained” before you have to re-do all the new training again.
Anyone fully trained in their role is not required to take the new-updated training.
Impacted roles: Cub Scouts (CM, DL, CC); Scouting BSA (SM, ASM).
This is just on-line classes: BALOO and IOLS are not impacted.
More details here from Bryan on Scouting
If you have questions,
please contact Rich Fazio
IP Training Team
We’re looking for an outstanding Eagle Scout to represent the Class of 2018 at the Three Fires Council Eagle Recognition Dinner being held on February 15, 2019. Only one Scout will be chosen to deliver a speech on behalf of all 2018 Eagle Scouts. This Scout must have had his Eagle Board of Review in the year 2018 to qualify for this honor. The Scout who is chosen will receive a $500.00 scholarship. For more information and to register (by January 4, 2019) see: https://scoutingevent.com/127-21578.
2018 Eagles should receive their invitation to the Eagle Recognition Banquet around Christmas.
All 2018 eagles should include 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. Each council submits its winner to the regional level competition. Eagles may self-nominate. Nominations for 2018 eagle projects 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 Application
BSA Indian Prairie Training Team will present…
A focused discussion relating to the dangers of the most powerful tool exposed to today’s youth: The Internet / eMail
Who: All are welcome to learn about Tech Risks!
When: Tuesday November 6, 2018 @ 7:00-8:00pm (Come after you VOTE!)
Where: Good Shepherd Church, 1310 Shepherd Drive, Naperville, IL 60565
Lower Level room 5
Cost: Free! RSVP required by 11/4 to guarantee seat and CyberCHIP card
This is a uniformed event. Scouts need to be in uniform; bring a pen to fill out card.
BSA has recognized the serious implications of internet access to youth by adding internet safety topics to requirements back in 2008; in 2012 the CyberChip program was created but not added to requirements until most recently. CyberChip as a rank requirement for: Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Arrow of Light, Scout, Star.
Some fun facts relating to CyberChip are:
** There are four different versions of CyberChip skills (two cards) depending upon your age
** CyberChip MUST be signed off by a PARENT/Guardian and scoutmaster
** CyberChip is only good for one year
Discussion topics include navigating the CyberChip program, email fraud/spoofing, viruses and youth protection.
I am requesting youth AND parents attend. Parents: I have had a lot of parents report back that they learn as much as the kids do. I not going to be overly graphic during my discussion, however, depending upon your child’s maturity level, I would encourage you to use the information provided to springboard further frank discussions in your own home. My suggestion is to answer any question from your child but also bring up some challenging conversation of your own. Push the conversation to the point of making your child slightly uncomfortable regarding the potential for badness (i.e. the conversation to a 10 year old should be very different to the conversation of a 17 year old).
Email with questions,
Help the Naperville Park District set up an event at the Ron Ory Garden Plot to receive pumpkins/jack-o-lanterns from the community. Scouts remove decorations/candles and compost (smash) pumpkins. Scouts will receive service and conservation hours for working on this project.
When: Saturday, November 3, 9am – 12pm
Where: Ron Ory Community Garden Plot, 811 S. West Street, Naperville
Who: Scouts and leaders, ages 12+
Contact Rochelle Walwer at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
The following was just published in the September-October 2018 Advancement News:
For most Eagle Scout projects, a certain amount of physical work is provided by those assisting the Eagle Scout. Boy Scouts of America is constantly reviewing and providing assessments to ensure that all Scouting activities are conducted safely for the youth members. Recently, the youth protection policy has been revised and becomes effective October 1, 2018.
Beginning on that date, adult supervision on “all Scouting activities,” which includes Eagle Scout projects, must consist of no less than two Youth protection trained, BSA-registered adults—both at least 21 years of age. Please refer to the Guide to Safe Scouting – Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse ( https://www.scouting.org/ health-and-safety/gss/gss01/ ).
The Three Fires Council Boy Scouts of America, in partnership with the Kendall County Outdoor Education Center and the American Whitewater Association is ready to challenge Scouts to learn and earn their Canoeing and Kayaking Merit Badges.
WHAT: Canoe or Kayak Merit Badge
WHEN: Sunday, September 09, 2018
TIME: 8:00am to 4:00pm
WHERE: Silver Springs State Park, 13608 Fox Road, Yorkville, IL
COST: $40 per scout. Fee covers Counselors, Canoes, Kayaks, paddles/personal floatation devices, snacks and drinks. Please bring your own lunch!
PREREQUISITES- Successful completion of the BSA Swim test, completion of the Merit Badge Workbooks and review of the requirements from the merit badge books.
SPACE IS LIMITED!
Go to https://scoutingevent.com/127-mbcanoekayakKCOEC to register,
Program questions? Call Deanna Bazan at (630) 553-7108 or email email@example.com
NOTE: Scouts are responsible for their own registration and transportation.
Additional Merit Badge Opportunities
Please visit the Three Fires Council website at
for additional merit badges currently being offered.
See the following link for details!
Our August roundtable will feature a special guest speaker for the Boy Scout segment of the evening. His name is Tim Ryan and he is known as “The Hope Dealer” for his gift of inspiring change in hearts of addicts–and speaking to the real solutions in the opioid epidemic. This is truly an epidemic and a harsh reality in our community. We want to equip our Boy Scout Leaders in our district to be able to learn and pass on the information they hear to their scouts as they see appropriate. With our motto being “Be Prepared” we need to be prepared for everything, and this is one area that our local area has fallen under great attack. What signs to look for and what to do could save a life and that is what we are all about.
See you there!
(Effective October 1, 2018) Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. There must be a registered female adult leader over 21 in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader over 21 must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided.
This includes Eagle Scout Project work days.
All adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as leaders. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.
GSS Link <= See in Guide to Safe Scouting here
Please contact Rich Fazio for questions