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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

Recognition for 2017 eagles

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 tfcphotos@scouting.org and eagles@indianpraire.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

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

Camping Requirements Reduced for 2nd Class and 1st Class Ranks

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/

Merit Badge Counselors Needed

The 2017 annual Merit Badge Counselor Re-registration for Indian Prairie District has been completed. Thanks to the 200 counselors who currently serve boys in the district.

The updated counselor 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:

  • Animation
  • Archery*
  • Canoeing*
  • Lifesaving*
  • Metalwork
  • Rowing*
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Water Sports
  • Whitewater*

* certification required  (see http://threefirescouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/TFC-High-Risk-MB-Certification-Policy_06.15.16.pdf )

The following badges have no counselors willing to serve outside their units:

  • Dentistry
  • Pottery
  • Public Health
  • Textile
  • Theater

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 a council scout shop 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 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)

Change in the way Eagle Palms are awarded

Beginning August 1, 2017 the way eagle palms are awarded will be changing.  When a scout successfully completes his eagle board of review with more than the necessary number of merit badges completed, he will be awarded palms automatically based on the number of excess merit badges completed prior to becoming eagle.  So if he has 26 merit badges, he will receive a bronze palm, if he has 31 merit badges a bronze and gold palm, etc.

Subsequent eagle palms still require three months of active participation and demonstration of leadership for each palm.  The board of review for eagle palms has been eliminated as has the special application form.

For more information see: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/07/10/changes-to-eagle-palms/

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!

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 (threefirescouncil.org/index.php/advancement-mainmenu-79/eagle-scout-rank).

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: blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/03/14/heres-a-complete-list-of-the-2017-boy-scout-requirement-changes/ and  www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards.aspx .

 

 

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 my.scouting.org 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.

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