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IOLS Class of 2019

Details from April 2019 IOLS Class

Documents, Links from your class.  This post will help to organize all communications, hand-outs, links used during the IOLS Class at Von Oven Scout Reserve.


Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills class;  Naperville, IL Fri April 26, 2019 – Sat April 27, 2019

Your Training Team:

Rich Fazio ASPL, Outdoor Ethics, Campfire, Cracker barrel, Cooking, Hiking / Gear
Paul Solak SM, Finding Your way (Night/Day), Interfaith Service, Firebuilding
Dan Olsen, Troop Guide, Axe yard, Knife Safety
Charles Worlton Troop Guide, Whipping/Fusing, Knots, Lashings
Mike Cross Troop Guide, Whipping/Fusing, Knots, Lashings
Deb Brown Animal Identification
Ed Hedborn Troop Guide, Plant Identification

Session Documents:

Meal Instructions

Meal Planning

Interfaith Service
Interfaith Service Reference Material

Interfaith Service Template

Interfaith Service Sample Service

Animated Knots

Finding your way
Find True North without a compass

US Topo Map symbols

Sky Tour

BSA Using a Compass

BSA The Stars

BSA Shadow-Stick


BSA Map Symbols and Colors

BSA Leadership Compass Training

Hazardous Plants in Illinois2
Hiking / Backpacking

Hiking_LIFE Part 1

Hiking_LIFE Part 2

Hiking CrewGear_Food


IOLS Class Ouline from BSA

Videos explaining each rank advancement


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Canoe/Kayak Merit Badge Opportunity

The Three Fires Council Boy Scouts of America, in partnership with the Kendall County Outdoor Education Center and the American Whitewater Association is ready to challenge Scouts to learn and earn their Canoeing and Kayaking Merit Badges.

WHAT: Canoe or Kayak Merit Badge
WHEN: Sunday, September 09, 2018
TIME: 8:00am to 4:00pm
WHERE: Silver Springs State Park, 13608 Fox Road, Yorkville, IL
COST: $40 per scout. Fee covers Counselors, Canoes, Kayaks, paddles/personal floatation devices, snacks and drinks. Please bring your own lunch!

PREREQUISITES- Successful completion of the BSA Swim test, completion of the Merit Badge Workbooks and review of the requirements from the merit badge books.


Go to to register,

Program questions? Call Deanna Bazan at (630) 553-7108 or email

NOTE: Scouts are responsible for their own registration and transportation.

Additional Merit Badge Opportunities

Please visit the Three Fires Council website at
for additional merit badges currently being offered.

August 2018 Round Table – Troop Activity

Our August roundtable will feature a special guest speaker for the Boy Scout segment of the evening.  His name is Tim Ryan and he is known as “The Hope Dealer” for his gift of inspiring change in hearts of addicts–and speaking to the real solutions in the opioid epidemic.  This is truly an epidemic and a harsh reality in our community.  We want to equip our Boy Scout Leaders in our district to be able to learn and pass on the information they hear to their scouts as they see appropriate.  With our motto being “Be Prepared” we need to be prepared for everything, and this is one area that our local area has fallen under great attack.  What signs to look for and what to do could save a life and that is what we are all about.


See you there!

Boy Scout Crime Prevention Merit Badge Workshop

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018  and  Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 /  6:30-8:00 p.m. FLIER WITH INFORMATION

Naperville Police Department – 1350 Aurora Avenue, Naperville, IL

Since informed citizens are our best defense against crime, we would like to offer the Boy Scouts an opportunity to earn their Crime Prevention Merit Badge.  This workshop will include a tour of the Naperville Police Department Jail and will be conducted by Mary Browning, Crime Prevention/Community Education Specialist. Registration is required by emailing Mary Browning at with your name, address, phone number, and Troop #.  You may also call Mary at 630-420-6731. Blue cards will be provided.

*Participants must attend both sessions in order to earn the badge* / All requirements for the badge will be completed on those two dates, except for the following requirements that will be given as homework on February 7th to be completed and then returned on February 28th.  We will be discussing how to do the following during the 1st session, so please do not complete the below requirements before then.

  1. Prepare a notebook of newspaper and other clippings that address crime and crime prevention efforts in your community.
  1. After doing EACH of the following, discuss with your counselor what you have learned:
  1. Inspect your neighborhood for opportunities that may lead to crime. Learn how to do a crime prevention survey.
  2. Using the checklist in this pamphlet, (the Merit Badge Book) conduct a security survey of your home and discuss the results with your family.
  1. Help raise awareness about one school safety issue facing students by doing ONE of the following:
  1. Create a poster for display on a school bulletin board.
  2. With permission from school officials, create a page long public service announcement that could be read over the public address system at school or posted on the school’s Web site.
  3. Make a presentation to a group such as a Cub Scout den that addresses the issue.

These workshops are limited to Scouts in the Naperville area &/or the Thunderbird or Indian Prairie Districts of the Three Fires Council, BSA

2017 TFC Eagle Class Representative – Jake Truckenbrod

Congratulations to Jake Truckenbrod who has been selected as the 2017 Eagle Class Representative for the Three Fires Council. Jake was among 12 TFC Eagles who auditioned on January 13 for the honor to represent the more than 380 Eagles who received their rank in 2017. Jake is an Eagle Scout from Troop 57 and also served as the IP District OA Chapter Chief. He is a senior at Waubonsie Valley High School.

Jake will present his speech, A Different Perspective on the Rank, at the Class of 2017 Gathering of Eagles Banquet on February 16, 2018 at the Sheridan Lisle Hotel. See the Three Fires Council web site for more details if you would like to attend or sponsor an eagle.

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!

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