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January Training Update

I want to pass on some information regarding the New Cub Scout Program:

We can expect an expanded series of roundtable updates for the new CS program to be available for use in January and lasting through the end of the summer.

Online fast start training is receiving a major overhaul of content and delivery method with a probable date of delivery at the end of Q1 2015

An online “What’s New” training will be available by the end of Q1 2015.

Cub Scout handbooks have undergone the final editorial review by the volunteer team that worked to develop the new resources. They are being sent off for production. We are expecting that they will be available by May 1 for purchase by boys and leaders.

New Cub Scout Program Webcasts Schedule

Cubmaster Webcasts, Saturday, January 17: 8:00 AM or 3:00 PM CST

Den Leader Webcasts, Saturday, January 17: 9:30 AM or 4:30 PM CST LDS-Specific Considerations, Saturday, January 17: 11:00 AM or 6:00 PM CST Follow this link to view a webcast:

January Roundtable Update

This month we will have a combined Cub Scout and Boy Scout Roundtable with special guest Joe Wiltrout, Three Fires Council Scout Executive.

This year, in lieu of having a Boy Scout RT Commissioner, I asked Scouters to take responsibility for one or more of the Boy Scout Roundtables and make a presentation of their choosing. The Roundtable dates and topics are as follows:

September 10, 2014 – Walter Berkowicz, Joe Harrington, Paul Chemler, Welding Merit Badge
October 8, 2014 – Jack Koberstine, Dan Vitous, Troop 889, Eagle Scout Projects
November 12, 2014 – Aadil Farid, Aiman Beg, Troop 99, Applied Technology in Scouting
December 10, 2014 – John Lindell, Troop 75, Troop Annual Planning Ideas
January 14, 2015 – Joe Wiltrout, Three Fires Council Scout Executive, “Fireside Chat”
February 11, 2015 – Troop 8, TBD
March 11, 2015 – Jocelyn Nolan & Denise Krusenoski, Special Needs Scouting: ADD/ADHD
April 8, 2015 – Order of the Arrow, How to Conduct a Junior Leader Training

Thank you to the Scouters who have hosted Roundtables and to those who have attended Roundtables this year.

Patch Design Contest

Patch Design Contest for Webelos Trifecta Program (Open to all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts & Venturers)

Webelos Trifecta Program

This program is designed to encourage Webelos to participate in District Activities which provide them opportunities to spend time with Boy Scout Troops.

Webelos who participate in all three District Events listed below will be awarded a patch. The program will start from Webelos Over-Nighter in 2015.

  1. Webelos Over-Nighter in late April (as Webelos I OR Webelos II)
  2. Boy Scout Open House in late September (as Webelos II)
  3. Indian Prairie District Camporee in mid-October (as Webelos II) (replaced with TFC Camporall when offered)
  •  Patch Design Contest Rules
    • All Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts & Venturers registered with Units in Indian Prairie District may participate.
    • Design must be submitted to the Indian Prairie Activity Chair by 11:59pm CST on January 31, 2015. Any late

      submission will not be considered.

    • Submit by Email to OR mail to Yuki Phipps, 3125 Winchester Ct. E, Aurora, IL


    • File Type to email must be doc/docx (MS WORD) or PDF.
    • You may submit up to 3 designs. They must be designed on separate sheets.
    • Include on each page the Scout’s Name, Pack/Troop/Crew Number, Age, Rank and Email Address (to receive

      winner email.)

  •  Items required in the Design
    • Patch Size/Shape: 3” Round or 3” side Triangle
    • In Color
    • Patch should include the following info

o District Name: Indian Prairie District
o Fleur-de-lis or “BSA”
o Appropriate design representing the award.

  •  District Committee will vote for the best design at District Committee Meeting in early February.
  •  Winner will be announced at February Roundtable.
  •  Prize ($20 Target Gift Card) will be delivered to the unit leader to present it at an

    appropriate time for the unit.

  •  ONLY the winner will be notified by email on/before February 14, 2014.
  •  The design may need to be modified due to BSA National approval process.

    Please contact me with any questions.

    Yuki Phipps

    TFC IPD Activity Chair
    Tel: (630) 605-7653

Boy Scout Lock-In

Lowaneu Allanque Lodge is Inviting You!

Date: March 7th, (8pm) to March 8th*, (7am), 2015 (*Daylight Savings Time Starts)Place: Rush Copley Health-Plex, 1900 Ogden Ave / Aurora, IL Who: ALL Boy Scouts (you do not have to be in the Order of the Arrow) There Will be Swimming, Rock Climbing, Basketball, Dodgeball, Pizza, Pop, Fellowship, & MORE! Bring a Water Bottle and if You Wish: Board Games, Playing Cards, and Video Games Too!!! Doors Will be Locked at 10pm on Saturday – No Admittance After That / No One Can Leave Before 7am Sunday

Registration Fee is $30 & ENDS on 2/20/15 Registration is ONLINE below! Once Registration Closes, it is CLOSED! Capacity is 250 People so Register Early to Reserve Your Spot! Due to the Use of an Outside Vendor, you MUST Complete ALL Attached Forms and Bring Them to the Lock In to Gain Admittance (Do Not Mail in the Attached Forms – Bring Them With You!) Any Group Bringing 3 or More Youth MUST Bring a PAID ADULT Who Stays for the Event.

January OA Update

Celebrity in our midst

I am very proud to say our very own Mr. Bill Marineau was awarded the Order of the Arrow’s Founders Award. The Founder’s Award recognizes Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to their lodge. The award is reserved for an Arrowman who demonstrates that he or she personifies the spirit of selfless service, as advocated by founder E. Urner Goodman and cofounder Carroll A. Edson. We are very proud of you, Mr. Marineau; this recognition is most well- deserved.

Chapter Meeting

Join us for our next chapter meeting, Wednesday, January 14th,
Naperville Presbyterian Church, 943 Sanctuary Ln, Naperville, IL 60540, 7:30 pm, this is the same time as the Boy Scout roundtable, so ask your Scoutmaster for a ride. This meeting is open for all OA members, wear your sash. All Troop OA Reps are expected to attend, but all are welcome. We will discuss upcoming elections, events, crossovers, ceremonies and much more.

Lodge E-Board

Come out and learn more about the OA and our lodge at our monthly E-Board meetings. The next meeting is Thursday January 15th, 7:30 pm at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia, IL. All OA members are encouraged to attend, in uniform wearing your sash.


Our chapter ceremonies team will come out and do a tapout for your newly elected arrowmen. It is a beautiful and well done ceremony, if interested contact our Vice Chief of Ceremonies, Jake Truckenbrod or Chapter Chief, Luke Dubbins or our Adult Advisor to Ceremonies, Mr. Charlie Mayton for more information or to schedule yours.

Section Conclave

Want to meet with fellow Arrowmen from the 11 lodges in our section? Want to learn more about the Order? Come out to our Section Conclave, April 17-19, 2015 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds. These are a great time, last year 6 of your chapter brothers attended and we are looking to increase that number to at least 18 for the 2015 version.

Spring Fellowship

It’s never too early to plan to attend our 2015 Spring Fellowship. It will be the first opportunity for newly elected candidates to do their Ordeal. Also there will be a Brotherhood Trail, service opportunities, fun, games, great food and a chance to spend time with Arrowmen from all over our lodge. It will be May 29-31, 2015 at Camp Freeland Leslie, Oxford, WI


Between October 15, 2104 & January 31, 2015 OA Lodge members in the Three Fires Council have the special opportunity to pay for many of the OA Lodge events with one Annual Membership Fee.
The Lowaneu Allanque Lodge #41 Annual Registration allows you to pay for the 2015 Winter Banquet, 2015 Lodge Pow Wow, 2015 Spring Fellowship, 2015 Fall Fellowship, PLUS pay your 2015 Dues at one time. You will also receive a limited edition 2015 Lowaneu Allanque Patch only available to Annual Registration Members. All of these would cost $130.00 if you register on-site. You save $40.00!
The Annual Registration MUST be received by December 20, 2014 or additional fees will be incurred for the Winter Banquet. This offer will END on January 31st, 2015 You must register for each event that you will be attending at least 2 weeks prior to the event even though the fees are already paid. Indicate on the registration that you paid the Annual Registration. This can be done online. Medical forms or waivers, as applicable, will still be needed AT the specific events as stated for each event. To pay EITHER your 2015 OA Dues ($20) OR the Annual Membership which includes dues ($90)


Keep up with all the last minute chapter information and events by joining our Facebook page, Indian Prairie OA Chapter.

January 2015 Recruitment Drive and Pack Competition

As January is a very exciting month with Pinewood Derbies taking place in each pack, it is a great time to invite friends to experience and enjoy Scouting! We are still about 106 Cub scouts short on 2013 end-of-year numbers in our District so we are offering the following incentives:

Winning Pack:

Achieve the highest growth percentage in the District of new Cub Scouts who have paid and registered their applications at the District offices. The growth percentage will be measured by the number of new scouts divided by number of pack members.

Reward: Sponsored Pack party at Enchanted Castle Entertainment Center in Bolingbrook including free games and food.

Winning Cub Scouts:
Recruit 3 or more new Cub Scouts whose applications have been registered at the District offices. Reward: $ 10 Gift card either from Subway, Rosati’s Pizza, or Dunkin Donuts

Uda Potgieter
District Membership Chair

Let’s excel and jumpstart our 2015 numbers!

Friends of Scouting Presentations

Please schedule your FOS presentation if you haven’t done so, and contact Claire Larsen with your date, time and location of your presentation.

Also, we need more presenters to step forward. If you feel passionate about scouting, and want to share your enthusiasm and help raise some funds for the program, please contact Jeff Gross, Wes Weems, or me, Claire Larsen. We really appreciate all your support.

Claire Larsen
Family Friends of Scouting Chair

Community Leaders Breakfast

Upcoming Community Fundraiser

The Indian Prairie and Thunderbird Districts (school districts 204 and 203) are hosting a Community Leaders Breakfast to benefit scouting on Friday, March 20 at Benedictine University. We are looking for people to join our committee in the capacity of assisting with the program and identifying people to invite as either donors or guests.

To join the committee, please contact

Jeff Gross
District Chair

Charter Renewal

Charter renewal packets will be available at the February Roundtable. If you cannot attend the Roundtable, please contact your Unit Commissioner, Dave Bruns, or Wes Weems to make arrangements to receive your packet. Charter renewal paperwork is due in by April 1.

Three Fires Council is changing to a December charter renewal for all units in all districts. All units within Three Fires Council will recharter in December. Indian Prairie District units currently recharter in April. Because of the change, this charter renewal will only cover 8 months (May 2015-December 2015). Charter renewal fees will be adjusted to reflect the shortened 8-month charter period.

Indian Prairie District Units will then recharter again in December 2015 for the January-December 2016 year. In 2016 and beyond, IP units will recharter every December.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Dave Bruns
Indian Prairie District Commissioner

Eagle Scouts 2014

In 2014 Indian Prairie District produced 34 Eagle Scouts. Their eagle projects contributed over 7100 service hours to the community.

These eagle scouts will be honored with the rest of the Three Fires Council Eagle Class of 2014 at the Gathering of Eagles Banquet on February 20, 2015 at the Sheridan Lisle Hotel (formerly the Wyndham.) The 2014 Eagles should have received their invitations. See the Three Fires Council Web site (Activities tab) for more details if you would like to attend or sponsor an eagle.

Thanks to all the unit leaders, unit committees, 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: Jack Koberstine, Bill Marineau, Tim Maurer, Dave Rypka, Julie Rypka, and Vinton Trowbridge.

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