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Trail to Eagle Workshop

Sunday, May 21, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
1145 N. 5th Av., St. Charles, IL

Open to Life Scouts (or almost), parents, Eagle Coaches, Scoutmasters, Advancement Chairs … anyone who would like to learn more about the ins and outs of the Eagle process. There is no charge for this event but registration is required (so there are enough chairs). Register on the Council website.

Scouts must bring a copy of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and the Eagle Scout Rank Application both of which can be downloaded from the Three Fires Council website (

Presented by Three Fires Council Advancement Committee

2017 Boy Scout Requirements Changes

Just a reminder that the transition period to the new boy scout requirements published in 2016 has ended – ALL scouts must now use the new requirements.  In addition there are a few changes made effective January 2017: The second class rank has a some wording changes and the first class rank requires the scout to develop a plan for adding physical activity into his daily life.

The Disability Awareness, Hiking, Pioneering, and Radio Merit badges have had significant changes while many merit badges have had minor changes.  As usual, a scout who has begun working on a merit badge may continue using the old requirements, unless he chooses to switch to the new requirements.

For more details see: and .



Merit Badge Counselor Training now on-line

Merit Badge Counselor training is now available on-line at the BSA Learn Center.  The training consists of six short video courses with test questions at the end of each.  Each segment may be taken independently. The total training time should be about an hour – less if you have already taken some of the courses in the scoutmaster or committee position training sequences.

You may access the BSA Learn Center through your account, either by clicking on the Learn Center Logo on the home page after login or through the Training Center tab on your dashboard.  In the Course Catalog tab add the two Merit Badge Counselor learning plans to your account (click the green plus) and then access the training through the Learn Center My Learning tab.

The in-person version of this training is still available. If your unit would like to schedule the in-person version of the Merit Counselor training, contact Dave Rypka.

IOLS Class of April 2017

Details from April 2017 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.

Skilled Skunks

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills class;  Naperville, IL Fri April 28, 2017 – Sat April 29, 2017

Your Training Team:
Deb Brown SM, Animal Identification
Rich Fazio SPL, Fire Building, Hiking/Backpacking
Paul Solak ASPL, Finding Your way
Mike Cross Troop Guide, Cooking, Knots/Lashing
Laurette Solak Troop Guide, Interfaith Service
Charles Worlton Troop Guide, Whipping/Fusing, Ceremonies
Dan Olson Troop Guide, Wood Tools – Axe Yard
Dan Swanson Troop Guide, Wood Tools – Knife Safety
Ed Hedborn Troop Guide, Plant Identification

Event Documents:

Patrol Communication #1

Patrol Communication #2

Patrol Communication #3

Gear Lists

VonOven Parking


Course Evaluation

Session Documents:

Ceremony – Flag Retirement

Meal Instructions

Steramine Quaternary Sanitizing Tablets
Interfaith Service
Interfaith Service Reference Material

Interfaith Service Template

Interfaith Service Sample Service

Animated Knots

Hazardous Plants in Illinois2
Hiking / Backpacking

Hiking_LIFE Part 1

Hiking_LIFE Part 2

Hiking CrewGear_Food


Event Photos

IOLS Class Ouline from BSA

Videos explaining each rank advancement


Need help?  eMail me

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Trainers Needed!!

We’re gathering Scouters to help out getting our next crop leaders “Trained”.  Share your knowledge/experience as you pass the baton to them.  Be a trainer!!

Lord Baden Powell“Success in training the boy depends largely on the
Scoutmaster’s own personal example.”

~ Lord Baden Powell

Share that example!

You won’t need to create materials or do it alone.  Please contact me to help out with a tactical offering or as part of the Training Cadre!



Scheduled training opportunities that we need help with:

Class Name Location Dates Target Audience Trainers Needed
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Von Oven Scout Reserve (Naperville) April 13-14 Adult Boy Scout Leader 4-6

Future (Unscheduled) Training Opportunities
Adult Training
SM/ASM Specific
Introduction Outdoor Leader Skills – Webelos

Youth Training
Outdoor Ethics Skills
Den Chief

Want to help?  eMail me


2016 Eagles

Congratulations to the 47 scouts in Indian Prairie District who achieved the rank of eagle in 2016. Their eagle projects contributed over 9600 service hours to the community.

These eagle scouts will be honored with the more than 320 eagle scouts in the Three Fires Council Eagle Class of 2016 at the Gathering of Eagles Banquet on February 17, 2017 at the Sheridan Lisle Hotel (formerly the Wyndham.) The 2016 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.

Recognition for 2016 eagles

We’re looking for an outstanding Eagle Scout to represent the Class of 2016 at the Three Fires Council Eagle Recognition Dinner being held on February 17, 2017. Only one Scout will be chosen to deliver a speech on behalf of all 2016 Eagle Scouts. This Scout must have had his Eagle Board of Review in the year 2016 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. Instructions are contained in the form.

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

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!

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills in Naperville

Indian Prairie and Thunderbird are teaming up to host a local IOLS training event at Von Oven Scout Reservation.  IOLS is required for all Boy Scout Leaders.

Registration is NOW OPEN!  >> Sign me up! <<


A new BSA format will be used that allows completion in just 24 hours!

Registration for this event will begin in February.
Contact for questions

Where:  Von Oven Scout Reservation

When:  Friday April 13 – Saturday April 14, 2018

5:00pm 7:00pm Camper Registration/Patrol Setup
7:00pm 10:00pm Program
Camp overnight
6:45am 6:00pm Program Continues
6:00pm 7:00pm Camp Teardown

Registration is NOW OPEN!  >> Sign me up! <<


For this event we need  experienced leaders to share their skill with our successors.  Please pass your skills forward to the next generation of leaders!

Training teams are forming now:  You can either lead a training topic that you are passionate about or support instruction as a “Troop Guide”.  Stay the 24 hour class or just the part you can help with.

Get on the training team now!

Contact to get on the training team!

Registration is NOW OPEN!  >> Sign me up! <<

Boy Scout Advancement Grace Period Ending

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:


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