“I’m excited to be joining Three Fires Council,” said Joe Wiltrout. “The Council has a long tradition of providing great Scouting programs. I aim to build on that tradition.” Wiltrout will begin working at the St. Charles office on Nov. 3, 2014.
For the past three years, Wiltrout served as the Deputy Scout Executive / COO for the 43,000 Scouts in the Northern Star Council in Minneapolis / St. Paul.
Previously, he served as Director of Development at Daniel Webster Council in Manchester, NH (2011-2008). From 2006-1997, he served the Atlanta Area Council as Senior Finance Director, Field Director, and District Executive.
The Popcorn Sale is almost over and we want to offer one last incentive to your Scouts to increase their sales.
We will be offering a special incentive for online sales October 17th – 31st.
For every $100 in online popcorn sales between October 17th and October 31st your Scout will receive one chancewin a 32” flat screen TV!
The more you sell the more chances you have to win a new TV!
We will pull the sales figures at the end of the sale and announce our winner. The winner will be chosen by random drawing and awarded a 32” flat screen TV.
It is not too late for Scouts to start an online account and start selling. The average online sale is over $48.
Read more on our Popcorn News page here!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR ALL COURSES AT TRAINING ACADEMY! Come Join Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing and Varsity leaders at the Three Fires Council’s premier adult training event – The 2014 Training Academy. Saturday, November 8, 2014. Pick 5 courses to take for the day and learn more through the sharing of Scouting knowledge and ideas. Also offered will be Order of the Arrow Lodge Leadership Development and a Brotherhood conversion opportunity. Boy Scout youth can become trained as a Den Chief or Senior Patrol Leader. There will be a Vendor Midway full of business professionals displaying the products, locations and services that can be used to support the Scouting Program. Events run from 7:30am to 4:00pm at East Aurora High School at 500 Tomcat Lane in Aurora. Further your Scouting knowledge and learn something to take back to your unit. For more information please contact Jennifer Griffin-Training Academy Chair at 630-764-0989 or
/ See the Scouting in Top Gear Page for more information / Links for registrations below.
Philmont Unit Registration for 2016 Starts October 29th. Start planning your unit 2016 Philmont expedition now! Individual unit reservation requests for 2016 expeditions for Philmont Scout Ranch will be made online beginning Wednesday, October 29 thru Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at www.registerphilmont.org/2016 / FLIER WITH INFO you will need!
If you are planning on attending Philmont with our Three Fires Council contingent, the 2016 Council Contingent Information will be available in December 2015.
NESA - National Eagle Scout Association - Website
The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is a fellowship of men who have achieved the Eagle Scout rank and who desire using their efforts and influence toward forming the kind of young men America needs for leadership. The objective of NESA is "to Serve Eagle Scouts and through them, the entire movement of Scouting" - NESA The applications for the 2015 NESA Eagle Scout Scholarships are available at NESA. The 2015 NESA scholarship window opens October 1, 2014, with a submission deadline of December 31, 2014. Winners will be contacted by July 15, 2015.
The National Eagle Scout Association offers two types of Eagle Scout scholarships: NESA Academic Scholarship applicants must be Eagle Scouts graduating high school and entering college in the year for which they apply for a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded only to those who graduate from high school in the calendar year in which scholarships are presented. Exception: Scouts whose Eagle Scout boards of review are held the same year of their high school graduation may apply in that calendar year. They may receive a scholarship one time only. NESA Merit Scholarship applicants must be Eagle Scouts graduating high school or undergraduate college students no farther than completion of the junior year. Recipients may receive the scholarship one time only.
Mon., Dec. 8 - Sat., Dec. 13
14 Heartland Blood Centers locations throughout Chicagoland
Scouts can earn a Blood Donor Day patch.
Recruit two adults (age 17 or older; 16-year-olds can donate with parent's permission) to donate blood.
Call Esmeralda at 630-301-6179 or 1-800-786-4483 or register online at www.heartlandbc.org
The Three Fires Council, Haunted Hike is in its 24th year at Camp Big Timber in Elgin, Illinois. As a council activity, it provides a safe and fun experience for guests and volunteers. Containing a maze and a variety of scary scenes (placed along the trail in which a group sets and implements a scary performance), the Haunted Hike trail provides a frightful experience for all. Volunteer participants are an important part of the Haunted Hike. Some of the things volunteers do includes designing scenes, staffing scenes, guiding groups and providing makeup. These participants have included Explorer Posts, Venture Crews, Scout Troops, local community groups, school clubs, as well as individual volunteers. If you or your group are interested in being involved, please contact Ed Jodelka at (630)797-4646 or
for further information. FLIER WITH INFORMATION
Bricks 4 Kidz workshops are designed specifically to help Scouts earn Achievements, Electives, and STEM Nova Program badges at specific Scout levels. Build motorized models using our proprietary model plans, and LEGO® bricks, gears and motors. Bricks 4 Kidz workshops are fun, interactive, engaging, hands-on and promote learning STEM concepts while making connections to the real world. We are excited to be working with the Three Fires Council in bringing the customized workshops to the Cub Scouts. Click here for further details on the workshops: Bricks 4 Kidz
Program Updates - 2014 and Beyond
The next three years promise to be exciting for Scouting as all three of our traditional programs will be updated based on several years of volunteer-led research and development. Venturing is first up in 2014 with a totally new program and recognition approach focusing on progressive development in adventure, leadership, and service to others and personal growth.
Cub Scouts: Samplers of new youth handbooks and den leader guides unveiling five of the 84 new adventures have been released. Other items of note include PDFs about progress-toward-rank recognition insignia; Ethan, our new Cub Scout guide; a transition guide, FAQs, and more! The Program Updates page of Scouting.org will always have the most recent information on what is coming and when. Please visit the PROGRAM UPDATES PAGE for more information!