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New BSA Award/Recognition for our Educators

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.



  • Publicize award and nomination process to the school.
  • Create a nominating committee to insure broad perceptive and transparency  of the process.  We suggest people from these areas:

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



  • Have nominating committee at the school select the person to be given the award.



  • Present award (suggest the Award Certificate and Letter of Commendation) at a School or Scout event (possibly a Blue & Gold or preferably a school assembly)
  • Post on the IP FB page who was awarded and from what school/pack.


For details of the process and supporting materials to implement the nomination, selection and award process, see the official resource guide at   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.

Training required to recharter

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
Primary Cubmaster Scoutmaster Advisor Skipper
Secondary Den Leader Asst. Scoutmaster Associate Advisor Mate
All committee members should be trained as well

Civil Air Patrol STEM Kit Program

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

  • Model and remote control aircraft
  • Quadcopter
  • Astronomy
  • Flight SImulator
  • Rocketry
  • Weather Station
  • Hydraulics
  • Robotics

May Roundtable – St. Charles Canoe Club

Screen Shot 2017-04-16 at 8.54.23 PMIt’s official!  St. Charles Canoe Club will be presenting at the May roundtable meeting (May 10th, 7:30 pm at Good Shepard Lutheran Church.

Check out their website:

Remember, the final meeting prior to summer will be the district picnic in June… until we kick off again in August!

Maaz Ahmed Troop 99 Eagle Scout Project

Indian Prairie Scout Maaz Ahmed’s Eagle Scout project was recognized in this Naperville Channel 17 video segment.  Way to go Maaz!

Training Academy Nov 12, 2016

Signup now!  This is a great opportunity to check off that training you’ve been thinking about… and an especially good opportunity for Cub Leaders to finish all required training in ONE DAY before the end-of-year deadline!

Check out the flyer


Sign up Now


Troop Sponsorship and Pack Interaction Program

From Uda Potgieter, District Membership Chair:

We have been taking note of the expressed need for Cub Scout Packs to interact more with the Boy Scout Troops. It needs to happen long before the Webelos have to crossover and Recruitment season starts.  Cub Scouts and Pack parents need to see Boy Scouts in action and experience the benefits long before they have to make a decision to join Boy Scouts.  Participate with your Troop or Pack to have Boy Scouts help with Flag ceremonies, Boy Scouts to help out with scout skills, Cub Scout Den leaders to use Den Chiefs, Boy Scout Parent and Cub Scout Parent discussions, and campouts where there are more fun and learning together.  These are a few examples of the upcoming interactions that can help our Packs and Troops grow in our district.  There will be a roster on the website shortly where you can sign up.

Spring Merit Badge Opportunities at Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum has recently posted their merit badge offerings for the spring. Please visit for details including prerequisites, dates, fees and registration.

Environmental Science Merit Badge 
Do experiments indoors and out at The Morton Arboretum to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge. 2 Sundays, March 20, and April 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Weather Merit Badge
Earn your Weather Merit Badge as you explore meteorology and discuss how weather affects the economy and our daily lives at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, April 3, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge
Spend time at The Morton Arboretum searching for and identifying reptiles and amphibians while earning your merit badge. 2 Saturdays, April 9, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., 2016, and May 14, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Plant Science Merit Badge
Earn your Plant Science Merit Badge at The Morton Arboretum while discovering the wonderful world of botany. 2 Sundays, April 24, and May 22, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Bird Study Merit Badge
Study the characteristics, behavior, and significance of birds as you earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Hiking Merit Badge
Let miles of walking trails at The Morton Arboretum roll beneath your feet as you experience and discover the wonders of nature and earn your Hiking Merit Badge. Sundays, May 15, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and August 21, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Den Chief Training March 5

Den Chief training will be offered March 5th at Faith Lutheran Church.  The training is open to Boy Scouts who are serving, or are interested in serving, as a Den Chief.


A Den Chief is an older scout who assists a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout den leader at den meetings, pack meetings, and other events. He is the “Activities Assistant” for a Cub. Scout den or Webelos Scout patrol. This position is considered as Position of responsibility for Boy Scout Rank advancement. This is an important position for introducing Boy Scout Program to younger scouts and their parents.


This training is for

  • Boy Scouts who are a Den Chief and needing a required training to start working
  • Boy Scouts who are interested in becoming a Den Chief in the future
  • Boy Scouts who are already trained but wish to have refresher training.

March 5, 2016 (Saturday):  2016: 8:30 am-12:00 noon


Faith Lutheran Church

3000 Liberty St Aurora, IL 60502  (Corner of Eola Rd & Liberty St)


Email Yuki Phipps with following information

  • Your name, Rank & Unit Number
  • Your email address
  • Your scout master’s email address
  • You will learn the characteristics of Cub Scout Program.
  • You will learn what your role is as a Den Chief.
  • You will learn how to work with Adult Leaders.
  • You will learn how to lead activities in Den Meeting
  • You will practice some scenarios.

Any questions, contact Yuki Phipps,  (630) 605-7653

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