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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 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 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 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
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: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/07/11/revised-campout-requirements-aug-1-2017/
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:
* 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:
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):
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)
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/
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
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.