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Leave No Trace Trainer Course

This is a great course, and a great time of year to take it!


Leave No Trace Trainer Course

October 6, 7, 8

This is the anual Leave No Trace Training course held every fall.
Get your Scouts ready for High Adventure, or for working as a Summer Camp Staff member

Outdoor Ethics is now in every part of Scouting Advancement. What better way to help your Crew, Troop, or Pack than to become a Leave No Trace Trainer? If you have older Scouts that are looking to do something different have them attend this course. They will learn to teach the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace and become a Leave No Trace Trainer. This Training is recognized by all the National Parks and other land managers.

If you have Scouts that are looking to work on summer camp staff, this will help them be better prepared and qualified for those staff positions.

If you are a Pack leader this is a great course to learn how to teach your den leaders and lead the Pack in Outdoor Ethics activities

This course is open to all youth over the age of 14 and all registered adults. This is a great opportunity for your youth to become trainers and lead the Outdoor Ethics sessions of courses like IOLS, Wood Badge, and LYLT. We have had some our youth trainers be requested to teach Outdoor Ethics outside of our council. This is an opportunity for your older scouts or Venturers to explore other options.

Sign up today for this advanced training course held on October 6,7,and 8 at Von Oven Scout Camp in Naperville. This is a 2 night camping event and the Saturday meal will once again be prepared by Outdoor Ethics Committee Chef Greg.

Click here to registar

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

Patron’s Breakfast Speakers needed

This coming November, 28th (Giving Tuesday) marks the third annual Three Fires Council Patron’s Breakfast. During this fundraising event, we reach out to the community, inviting them to come see what great things that Scouting is making possible in our area. We have our Scouts and Key Leaders deliver this message. That is where we need your help – we are looking for exceptional Scouts with extraordinary stories to tell to show our Community just what Scouting does for the greater Three Fires Council area!

Please look back on your recent Scouting experience as a leader – does a certain Scout have an exceptional story? Then let us know, we will conduct interviews and determine whose story needs to be told at the patron’s breakfast.

Contact Wes Weems or Jeff Zavoral with any information you have:

Last year, David Simnick, Eagle Scout from Troop 81 of Naperville and Founder of Soap Box Soaps, gave a rousing performance that showcased how Scouting has made his recent success as a young professional possible.

Leaf Raking Troop Service project

Calling all Troops

Senior Citizens are in need of volunteers to rake their leaves.  This effort is being coordinated by the Senior Services Task Force (SSTF) and Naperville Park District.

What:  Leaf raking for Senior Citizens.   (Service Opportunity for a Patrol/Troop)
When:  Sometime in Mid October to Mid-November.
Where: At various homes of Naperville Senior Citizens.  (Maybe we can get Aurora involved too, anyone have a contact?)
Who:  Boy Scouts  (Patrols/Troops)
Why:  Do we need explain?
How:  Scouts rake up lawn for Naperville bulk leaf collection which starts on these weeks.

  • October 16
  • October 30
  • November 13 (collection is scheduled to end on November 22)

If your Troop is interested in participating, please let Jeff Gross know.  There will be more details to come on the process to get house locations.

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


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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.

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