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Scouting the Fox! http://foxriverbsa.org A Three Harbors Council District Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:22:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 https://i1.wp.com/foxriverbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/cropped-Foxy2.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Scouting the Fox! http://foxriverbsa.org 32 32 77730965 Special Needs Scouting Service Award http://foxriverbsa.org/blog/2017/02/14/special-needs-scouting-service-award/ Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:22:46 +0000 http://foxriverbsa.org/?p=264884 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> At long last, thanks to prodding from the field and the persistence of dedicated Scouters, the Special Needs Scouting Service Award, proposed by the National Disabilities Awareness Subcommittee, was approved by the Awards & Recognitions Task Force on April 29, 2016.

This award differs from the Torch of Gold and the Woods Services Award in that those awards are made only to nominees. The Special Needs Scouting Service Award must be earned, and it can be earned by both volunteer and professional Scouters.

The new award will share a newly-designed square knot (left) with the Whitney M. Young Award, the iScouting, Vale la Pena award, the Asian American Scouting Spirit Award and the Native American Silver Wolf award. Additionally, a unique device to signify the Special Needs Scouting Service Award on the square knot, a certificate, a lapel pin, and a medal were approved for recognition for this award.

Here are the requirements for the Special Needs Scouting Service Award:

I. Complete the following two (2) requirements:

  1. Be a registered adult or professional staff with the B.S.A. and maintain current Youth Protection Training.
  2. Actively participate in activities concerning youth who have disabilities/special needs through either the unit (pack, troop or crew), or at either the District or Council or Area or Regional or National level for three (3) years.

II. Complete 6 of the following 12 requirements:

  1. Attend a training seminar or conference on disabilities/special needs sponsored and conducted by the B.S.A or through an organization that serves youth and/or adults with disabilities/special needs, i.e. A.R.C., Blind Associations, Cerebral Palsy Agencies, Independent Living Resource Centers, Autism Societies, Special Olympics, etc.
  2. Present one of the nationally approved disabilities/special needs classes (e.g., classes within the College of Commissioner Science curriculum or classes prepared by the National Disabilities Awareness Task Force) at any level.
  3. Serve as a Staff member at either a District, Council, Area, Regional or National event which presents a theme of youth with disabilities/special needs in Scouting.
  4. Create and organize a unit (pack, troop or crew) to primarily serve youth with disabilities/special needs and be open for membership by youth not possessing disabilities/special needs.
  5. Serve as a Mentor for a Scout who has disabilities/special needs for six (6) months.
  6. Serve as a Group Discussion leader on Scouting for youth with disabilities/special needs at either a Roundtable or District Commissioner meeting or similar gathering of volunteer Scouters and/or professional Scouters.
  7. Promote and assist in organizing and conducting an outdoor event for youth with disabilities/special needs, or one that promotes disabilities awareness and acceptance among those who don’t have a disability.
  8. Recruit and register either two (2) adults to volunteer in providing Scouting opportunities to youth with disabilities/special needs or recruit two (2) youth with disabilities/special needs to join Scouting and remain a member for one (1) year.
  9. Assist the District or Council in forming a Partnership with an organization that serves individuals with disabilities/special needs.
  10. Actively serve on a District, Council, Area, Regional or National Committee on Scouting with disabilities/special needs for two years.
  11. Assist the local council in efforts to raise funds for Scouts with disabilities/special needs concerning activities within the Scouting program.
  12. Assist the local council in a public awareness campaign to heighten knowledge of Scouting with disabilities/special needs.

This Award is retroactive for purposes of satisfying the above requirements.

This Award may be earned by volunteer Scouters and professional Scouters.

Once an individual has completed the requirements to this award, he or she shall forward the completed application to the District for review and approval by the Council Scout Executive. When a person completes the requirements for this award through participation on an Area or Regional or National level in Scouting, the completed application will be forwarded to the designated Area or Regional or National staff person (Special Needs Scouting Specialist) for review and approval.

Fox River District Dinner http://foxriverbsa.org/blog/2017/01/24/fox-river-district-dinner-3/ Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:22:32 +0000 http://foxriverbsa.org/?p=264881 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> It is my pleasure and honor to announce that Rhett Suhre from Pack 343 and Troop 380 is this year’s winner of the District Award of Merit!

Please join us in congratulating Rhett, and all of the Fox River District Award Winners at the district dinner next Thursday when they receive their awards.

If you have not received the flyer to sign up for this annual celebration of Scouting in our district, please download the flyer here. You still have time to register!

Midas Touch Award:

  • Eric Hoeft, Pack 324
  • Todd Steffen, Pack 332

Lean On Me Award:

  • Eric Nienhaus, Troop 336
  • Mike Mahan, Troop 385

Silver Dollar Award:

  • Lori Stonestreet, Troop 336

Hidden Hero Award:

  • Jenny Schumacher, Pack 324

Spark Plug Award:

  • Miki (Michele) Cairo, Pack 324
  • James Cairo, Pack 324


Catholic Committee On Scouting Adult Recognition http://foxriverbsa.org/blog/2017/01/19/catholic-committee-on-scouting-adult-recognition/ Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:43:00 +0000 http://foxriverbsa.org/?p=264876 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> WE HAVE EXTENDED THE DATE FOR NOMINATION TO JANUARY 31ST

As with all Scouting activities, adult volunteers are the backbone of any successful program or event. To recognize any adults who have made outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in the Boy Scouts of America program. The awards may be given to clergy, religious, laity or Scouters of other faiths. Nominations are due by January 31. 

Frequently asked questions;

Q. How can I identify people who may qualify for one of these two awards?

A. If your unit has scouts that are working on the religious emblems awards, chances are you have a parent, priest or one of the emblems counselors that is helping them get through the requirements.  These are great people to nominate. 

Q. How do I know which award is the right choice?
A. First, start by reading the nomination for each award. Links to both can be found below. Also, there is no absolute right answer but in general, a person is awarded the Bronze Pelican first and then after more years of service the St. George. 

Q. Where do I find out of if they have already received one or both of these awards?
A. Please contact; 

Jennifer Murphy
Office of Catechesis & Youth Ministry

Learn more about the Bronze Pelican or to download the Nomination Form
Learn more about the St. George of go download the Nomination Form

Say thanks to the people who are helping you make a difference in the lives of our Scouts! Nominate a deserving individual. 

New BSA Website for Troop Leaders http://foxriverbsa.org/blog/2017/01/18/new-bsa-website-for-troop-leaders/ Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:10:16 +0000 http://foxriverbsa.org/?p=264873 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Troop Leader Resources (troopleader.org) is a brand new, authorized Boy Scout website developed to help ensure that troop leaders have fun meetings with positive outcomes. The site is designed to do this in a colorful and informative way. It’s aided by videos and photos of real Scouts in real troops.


2017 Klondike http://foxriverbsa.org/blog/2016/12/02/2017-klondike/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:57:14 +0000 http://foxriverbsa.org/?p=264869 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Join the Fox River and Gateway Districts for our combined District Klondike Derby! Test your patrol’s outdoor skills through a series of games designed around Scouting Skills as you compete for bragging rights.

Join us January 21, 2017 with check in at 8AM through awards at 6PM.

This one day event includes both lunch and dinner. Patrols must supply their own equipment.

Cost: $18 / Scout, $12 / Adult

EDIT: This website incorrectly listed the price as $10 for several hours due to a typo. The cost for adults is $12, not $10. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

Supporting Scouting this holiday season http://foxriverbsa.org/blog/2016/11/23/supporting-scouting-this-holiday-season/ Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:45:16 +0000 http://foxriverbsa.org/?p=264864 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday – there is no shortage of places looking to help you spread your holiday cheer for sure. A new tradition asks you to consider supporting charitable organizations, especially Scouting, on #GivingTuesday.

OK – not pulling any punches here, Scouting really needs your help. While our Friends of Scouting program does a great job, we need help year round to deliver the promise. Please consider remembering the BSA on Tuesday for everything we have been able to do in the past. Your donations really do matter – and you can even donate ONLINE quickly and easily. Likewise, we do lose a small portion of the donations to credit card processing fees, so if you would prefer to mail a check to the Council offices below, please do so. Don’t forget to indicate “Fox River District” on your donation to help us meet OUR FOS goals as well!

Even if you don’t have anything additional that you can donate, as you do your online shopping with Amazon this year over the next few days, don’t forget to SMILE! The AmazonSmile program helps support Scouting through a small charitable donation (1/2 of 1%) from Amazon for every purchase you make on your Amazon account. But you have to sign up first, and remember to start your shopping at smile.amazon.com. It won’t cost you a thing, but all of those pennies, nickels and quarters can really add up quickly and help our Three Harbors Council!

New Council Scout Executive http://foxriverbsa.org/blog/2016/11/23/new-council-scout-executive/ Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:27:13 +0000 http://foxriverbsa.org/?p=264861 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> The Three Harbors Council is pleased to welcome Andrew Hardin on board as our new Council Scout Executive, starting in January of 2017. Andrew Hardin will replace Ed Brandon who is retiring in December 2016.

Andrew was most recently the Deputy Scout Executive in the Atlanta Area Council. This council serves over 30,000 youth, and is one of the largest in the nation!

We look forward to welcoming Mr. Hardin as he helps our council grow and become stronger. I’m sure we will learn a lot more about Andrew in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out to see how you can meet him personally and help him adjust to life a few latitudes North of what he’s been used to recently.

World’s Longest PWD Track http://foxriverbsa.org/blog/2016/11/03/worlds-longest-pwd-track-2/ Thu, 03 Nov 2016 19:08:14 +0000 http://foxriverbsa.org/?p=264858 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Mid-America Council in Nebraska recently shattered the world record for a pinewood derby track by almost two and a half times the previous record! At just under 1820 feet times to race down this track are measured at over two minutes, not two seconds.


Legoland Star Wars! http://foxriverbsa.org/blog/2016/11/03/legoland-star-wars/ Thu, 03 Nov 2016 17:41:35 +0000 http://foxriverbsa.org/?p=264856 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

Love Legos? Love Star Wars?

Well then, you need to find yourself a Scout and take them along with you to LEGO Star Wars Days at the Legoland Discovery Center this weekend!

5th – 6th November 2016

Activities Include:

  • LEGO® Star Wars™ Darth Vader™ Big Build
  • Star Wars™ Days Scavenger Hunt
  • Take photos with life-sized LEGO Darth Vader™ and LEGO R2-D2™
  • Meet, greet and take pictures with Costumed Fan Groups*
  • Win prizes and giveaways – while supplies last!

LEGO®Star Wars™ Days will feature exciting LEGO activities guaranteed to bring the spirit of one of the most beloved film series of all time to our very own LEGOLAND® Discovery Center!

All activities taking place during LEGO® Star Wars™ Days are included in the price of admission.

Use the promo code BSA16 throughout the month of November to get 40% off of admission, including this weekend’s Star Wars event! Purchase tickets online and check opening times before you go.

Chicago Toy & Game Week! http://foxriverbsa.org/blog/2016/11/02/chicago-toy-game-week/ Thu, 03 Nov 2016 03:30:22 +0000 http://foxriverbsa.org/?p=264852 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> On November 16 – 20 Navy Pier will host one of the coolest events around – the Chicago Toy and Game Fair! This long running affair brings some of the most creative companies in the world together to preview the newest, latest and greatest you might be wanting under your Christmas tree this year!

And like in the past, Scouts in uniform are admitted FREE! (Mom and Dad can get discount tickets from the website through 11/11/2016.)

There are lots of great activities, games, competitions and seminars for young inventors. Check it out and get ready to make your Christmas list!