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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 browningm@naperville.il.us 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.

Scout Sunday/Sabath/Jumuah

What is your unit’s plans for Scouting and Sunday/Sabath/Jumuah/

Part of the Scouting program is be reverent and the guidelines do not specify any particular faith that must be used.  We are blessed in Indian Prairie to have scouting sponsored by a variety of religious organizations, so with this blessing, how is your unit going to celebrate?  Add an entry to our FB post on this topic.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1905355062808413&id=177417302268873

What You Need to Know for 2018’s Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath, and Scout Jumuah

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.

Timeline

December

  • 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

 

January

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

 

February

  • 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 http://scoutingwire.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/522-059-Elbert-K-Fretwell-Guide-Book-WEB.pdf   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.

https://www.facebook.com/Indian-Prairie-District-177417302268873/

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: http://www.stcharlescanoeclub.com/

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

or

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.

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