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Merit Badge Counselors Needed

The 2017 annual Merit Badge Counselor Re-registration for Indian Prairie District has been completed. Thanks to the 200 counselors who currently serve boys in the district.

The updated counselor lists were recently distributed to the unit merit badge counselor contacts.  These lists should only be distributed to registered adults in your unit with a need for this information. As per BSA guidelines only the unit leader (or his delegate) should give information about counselors to boys.

Currently, the district has no counselors for the following badges:

  • Animation
  • Archery*
  • Canoeing*
  • Lifesaving*
  • Metalwork
  • Rowing*
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Water Sports
  • Whitewater*

* certification required  (see http://threefirescouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/TFC-High-Risk-MB-Certification-Policy_06.15.16.pdf )

The following badges have no counselors willing to serve outside their units:

  • Dentistry
  • Pottery
  • Public Health
  • Textile
  • Theater

As always, we encourage counselors to volunteer to serve all district units – they would probably get at most 1 to 2 outside requests per year, but it gives the smaller units more flexibility.  Existing counselors may change their status to work with other scouts outside their units or change the badges they wish to counsel by submitting a signed Merit Badge Counselor Information Form (with qualifications), http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34405.pdf, to either a council scout shop or Dave Rypka.

If you are not currently a counselor and wish to register, please submit the following to a council scout shop (most units have merit badge counselor coordinators who can help with this):

  • Merit Badge Counselor Information form), http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34405.pdf,  listing qualifications with any required certifications attached
  • copy of a current Youth Protection Training certificate or card
  • completed BSA Adult Application form (including the signed disclosure/waiver form)

Write “Merit Badge Counselor Only” on the top of the registration form and use the position code of 42 (no registration fee is required for merit badge counselors). A BSA Adult Application form is required for all new counselors, even if they are currently registered with the council in another capacity or were previously a counselor (and it must be the latest version of the form – see: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-501.pdf)

Change in the way Eagle Palms are awarded

Beginning August 1, 2017 the way eagle palms are awarded will be changing.  When a scout successfully completes his eagle board of review with more than the necessary number of merit badges completed, he will be awarded palms automatically based on the number of excess merit badges completed prior to becoming eagle.  So if he has 26 merit badges, he will receive a bronze palm, if he has 31 merit badges a bronze and gold palm, etc.

Subsequent eagle palms still require three months of active participation and demonstration of leadership for each palm.  The board of review for eagle palms has been eliminated as has the special application form.

For more information see: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/07/10/changes-to-eagle-palms/

Trail to Eagle Workshop

Sunday, May 21, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
1145 N. 5th Av., St. Charles, IL

Open to Life Scouts (or almost), parents, Eagle Coaches, Scoutmasters, Advancement Chairs … anyone who would like to learn more about the ins and outs of the Eagle process. There is no charge for this event but registration is required (so there are enough chairs). Register on the Council website.

Scouts must bring a copy of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and the Eagle Scout Rank Application both of which can be downloaded from the Three Fires Council website (threefirescouncil.org/index.php/advancement-mainmenu-79/eagle-scout-rank).

Presented by Three Fires Council Advancement Committee

2017 Boy Scout Requirements Changes

Just a reminder that the transition period to the new boy scout requirements published in 2016 has ended – ALL scouts must now use the new requirements.  In addition there are a few changes made effective January 2017: The second class rank has a some wording changes and the first class rank requires the scout to develop a plan for adding physical activity into his daily life.

The Disability Awareness, Hiking, Pioneering, and Radio Merit badges have had significant changes while many merit badges have had minor changes.  As usual, a scout who has begun working on a merit badge may continue using the old requirements, unless he chooses to switch to the new requirements.

For more details see: blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/03/14/heres-a-complete-list-of-the-2017-boy-scout-requirement-changes/ and  www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards.aspx .

 

 

Merit Badge Counselor Training now on-line

Merit Badge Counselor training is now available on-line at the BSA Learn Center.  The training consists of six short video courses with test questions at the end of each.  Each segment may be taken independently. The total training time should be about an hour – less if you have already taken some of the courses in the scoutmaster or committee position training sequences.

You may access the BSA Learn Center through your my.scouting.org account, either by clicking on the Learn Center Logo on the home page after login or through the Training Center tab on your dashboard.  In the Course Catalog tab add the two Merit Badge Counselor learning plans to your account (click the green plus) and then access the training through the Learn Center My Learning tab.

The in-person version of this training is still available. If your unit would like to schedule the in-person version of the Merit Counselor training, contact Dave Rypka.

2016 Eagles

Congratulations to the 47 scouts in Indian Prairie District who achieved the rank of eagle in 2016. Their eagle projects contributed over 9600 service hours to the community.

These eagle scouts will be honored with the more than 320 eagle scouts in the Three Fires Council Eagle Class of 2016 at the Gathering of Eagles Banquet on February 17, 2017 at the Sheridan Lisle Hotel (formerly the Wyndham.) The 2016 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.

Recognition for 2016 eagles

We’re looking for an outstanding Eagle Scout to represent the Class of 2016 at the Three Fires Council Eagle Recognition Dinner being held on February 17, 2017. Only one Scout will be chosen to deliver a speech on behalf of all 2016 Eagle Scouts. This Scout must have had his Eagle Board of Review in the year 2016 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. Instructions are contained in the form.

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

Boy Scout Advancement Grace Period Ending

A reminder that the grace period for implementing the 2016 Boy Scout requirements for older scouts ends December 31.  In 2017 to complete a rank partially completed in 2016 under the old requirements, the scout must complete any new or changed requirements, but does not need to redo completed requirements that have not changed.  For more information see:

http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/2016BoyScoutrequirementsFAQs.pdf

 

Merit Badge Counselors needed

The 2016 annual Merit Badge Counselor Re-registration for Indian Prairie District has been completed.  The updated lists were recently distributed to the unit merit badge counselor contacts.  These lists should only be distributed to registered adults in your unit with a need for this information. As per BSA guidelines only the unit leader (or his delegate) should give information about counselors to boys.

Currently, the district has no counselors for the following badges:

  • Animation
  • Archery*
  • Lifesaving*
  • Metalwork
  • Mining in Society
  • Rowing*
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Water Sports
  • Whitewater*

* certification required

The following badges have no counselors willing to serve outside their units:

  • Animal Science
  • Dentistry
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Arts
  • Medicine
  • Moviemaking
  • Public Health
  • Search and Rescue
  • Surveying
  • Textile
  • Theater
  • Truck Transport

As always, we encourage counselors to volunteer to serve all district units – they would probably get at most 1 to 2 outside requests per year, but it gives the smaller units more flexibility.  Existing counselors may change their status to work with other scouts outside their units or change the badges they wish to counsel by submitting a signed Merit Badge Counselor Information Form (with qualifications), http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34405.pdf, to either the council or Dave Rypka.

If you are not currently a counselor and wish to register, please submit the following to a council scout shop (most units have merit badge counselor coordinators who can help with this):

  • Merit Badge Counselor Information form), http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34405.pdf,  listing qualifications with any required certifications attached
  • copy of a current Youth Protection Training certificate or card
  • completed BSA Adult Application form (including the signed disclosure/waiver form)

Write “Merit Badge Counselor Only” on the top of the registration form and use the position code of 42 (no registration fee is required for merit badge counselors). A BSA Adult Application form is required by the council for all new counselors, even if they are currently registered with the council in another capacity or were previously a counselor (and it must be the latest version of the form –see: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-501.pdf)

 

New Position of Responsibility: Outdoor Ethics Guide

With the publication of the new boy scout requirements, the Outdoor Ethics Guide will replace the Leave No Trace Trainer position. The outdoor ethics guide helps the troop plan and conduct an outdoor program that emphasizes effectively practicing the Outdoor Code, the Leave No Trace principles, and the Tread Lightly! principles. The guide works to help Scouts improve their outdoor ethics decision-making skills to help minimize impacts as they hike, camp, and participate in other outdoor activities. In particular, he should support Scouts who are working to complete the relevant requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.

If a scout is in the middle of his tenure as Leave No Trace Trainer on Dec. 31, 2015, the unit should credit him with time served in that position, and then begin his tenure as Outdoor Ethics Guide on Jan. 1, 2016.  For more information see the new Boy Scout Handbook and: http://www.outdoorethics-bsa.org/FAQs.shtml

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