Effective April 30, 2018, new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained.
This online training class was formerly “Recommended” but has now become a Required class for all leaders not “trained” by April 30, 2018.
Log onto my.scouting to take this very good training!
The WS81 training code is being retired and a new SCO_800 code has been created… BUT any existing time left on WS81 is still good and will carry over beyond April 30.
Roles impacted by this training requirement are:
Crew Advisor/Associate Advisor
Post Advisor/Associate Advisor
Ship Skipper, Mate
The links below will provide some assistance.
A just updated training matrix
Here’s some FAQ’s from council
Need help with training issues? eMail me
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Prepare a notebook of newspaper and other clippings that address crime and crime prevention efforts in your community.
- After doing EACH of the following, discuss with your counselor what you have learned:
- Inspect your neighborhood for opportunities that may lead to crime. Learn how to do a crime prevention survey.
- Using the checklist in this pamphlet, (the Merit Badge Book) conduct a security survey of your home and discuss the results with your family.
- Help raise awareness about one school safety issue facing students by doing ONE of the following:
- Create a poster for display on a school bulletin board.
- 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.
- 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
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.
Congratulations to the 56 scouts in Indian Prairie District who achieved the rank of eagle in 2017. Their eagle projects contributed over 9500 service hours to the community. This was a tie for the district’s second highest number of eagles in any calendar year.
These eagle scouts will be honored with the more than 380 eagle scouts in the Three Fires Council Eagle Class of 2017 at the Gathering of Eagles Banquet on February 16, 2018 at the Sheridan Lisle Hotel (formerly the Wyndham.) The 2017 Eagles should have received their invitations. See the Three Fires Council web site for more details if you would like to attend or sponsor an eagle.
Thanks to all the unit leaders, unit committees, merit badge counselors, coaches, parents, fellow scouts and friends who helped these scouts achieve the Eagle rank. Also, a big thank you to the Indian Prairie District Advancement Committee who contributed hundreds of hours assisting and reviewing these candidates: Mark Baker, Jack Koberstine, Bill Marineau, Tim Maurer, Dave Rypka, Julie Rypka, and Vinton Trowbridge.
Reminder: All eagles (whether they plan to attend the Gathering of Eagles or not) should attach a photo of themselves in full uniform as well as a couple photos of their eagle project in email to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org for use at the eagle banquet and possible use in council and district publicity items. Use “Eagle Photos” for the subject and include your name, district (Indian Prairie) and unit number in the body of the email.
Journey to Excellence (JTE) is a method to help units, districts and councils evaluate and recognize their proficiency in delivering the scouting program.
One contribution to the JTE calculations is advancement. BSA and council guidelines recommend that units submit all current rank advancements before the end of the year. Among other things, this allows recent advancements to be included in the JTE evaluation.
Currently the district and council are near the border between the silver and gold ratings. Submitting your unit’s advancement before the end of the year could make the difference between a gold and silver rating for our district.
Packs are also reminded to submit bobcat advancement as soon as possible for new scouts such as those who joined with Blast into Scouting.
For the 2018 Recharter Operation the following roles must be “Trained”
All committee members should be trained as well
We’re looking for an outstanding Eagle Scout to represent the Class of 2017 at the Three Fires Council Eagle Recognition Dinner being held on February 16, 2018. Only one Scout will be chosen to deliver a speech on behalf of all 2017 Eagle Scouts. This Scout must have had his Eagle Board of Review in the year 2017 to qualify for this honor. The Scout who is chosen will receive a $500.00 scholarship. If this is something you’d be interested in, fill out & return your AUDITION FORM by mail or email by January 4, 2017. For more information see: http://threefirescouncil.org/portfolio/eagle-scout-representative-auditions/.
2017 Eagles should receive their invitation to the Eagle Recognition Banquet around Christmas.
All eagles should attach a photo of themselves in full uniform as well as a couple photos of their eagle project in email to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org for use at the eagle banquet and possible use in council and district publicity items. Use “Eagle Photos” for the subject and include your name, district and unit number in the body of the email.
The Adams Service Project of the Year Award recognizes one valuable eagle project of an exceptional nature within each council. Eagles may self-nominate. Nominations are due to the Three Fires Council office by January 21. For more information see:
National Eagle Scout Association – Adams Award
The Glenn A. & Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award
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
- Flight SImulator
- Weather Station
Effective August 1, 2017 alternative outdoor options have been included for the Second and First Class ranks. The number of outdoor activities remains the same as set January 1, 2016 (5 and 10), but the required number of camping activities (3 and 6) has been reduced to the same level as prior to 2016 (2 and 3).
The requirements for the camping merit badge are unchanged, so the the total number of camping activities required for the Eagle Rank remains the same at 20.
For more information see: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/07/11/revised-campout-requirements-aug-1-2017/