A reminder that the grace period for implementing the 2016 Boy Scout requirements for older scouts ends December 31. In 2017 to complete a rank partially completed in 2016 under the old requirements, the scout must complete any new or changed requirements, but does not need to redo completed requirements that have not changed. For more information see:
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!
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The 2016 annual Merit Badge Counselor Re-registration for Indian Prairie District has been completed. The updated 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:
- Mining in Society
- Veterinary Medicine
- Water Sports
* certification required
The following badges have no counselors willing to serve outside their units:
- Animal Science
- Game Design
- Graphic Arts
- Public Health
- Search and Rescue
- Truck Transport
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 the council 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):
- Merit Badge Counselor Information form), http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34405.pdf, listing qualifications with any required certifications attached
- copy of a current Youth Protection Training certificate or card
- completed BSA Adult Application form (including the signed disclosure/waiver form)
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 by the council 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)
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.
The Morton Arboretum has recently posted their merit badge offerings for the spring. Please visit http://www.mortonarb.org/learn-experience/course-guide?field_course_type_tid=80 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 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.
WHAT IS 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.
WHO IS THIS TRAINING FOR?
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)
HOW TO REGISTER?
Email Yuki Phipps with following information
- Your name, Rank & Unit Number
- Your email address
- Your scout master’s email address
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
- 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
Same time.. .different place! Roundtable will be held at Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Rd, Aurora IL 60504. Parking is limited – plan to arrive early!
2016 Camp cards are a great way for your scouts to earn money for camp – each card returns a 50% commission to the unit/scout. Order for your unit now!
Contact Farzana (630-640-6045) for more info!