Welcome to the Thunderbird District! We serve Lisle, Woodridge & Naperville (School District 203), Illinois, and are part of the Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council #127. Congratulations to the Thunderbird District for achieving both our Friends of Scouting goals as well as an increase in membership growth for the year. Scouting is on the rise in Thunderbird!
2016-2017 - Okpik - Cold Weather Camping
What: Okpik aims to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to enjoy an outdoor experience in cold weather; to help Scout units extend their outing season to all 12 months of the year; and to share their acquired knowledge and skills with their units. These skills are taught over five sessions using the patrol method.
For 2016-2017 our session dates will be:
1. Indoor Session – Tues., Dec. 13, 2016 - 6:30pm Registration / 7pm – 9:30pm
LDS Church, 0N429 Old Kirk Road Geneva, Illinois
2. Outdoor Session 1 – Sat., Jan. 21, 2017 – 8am Registration / 8:30am – 1pm
Von Oven Scout Reservation, 701 S. West Street Naperville, Illinois
3. Outdoor Session 2 – Fri.-Sat., Feb. 10-11, 2017 - Arrival Fri. 5pm / Departure Sat 4pm
Camp Big Timber, 37W955 Big Timber Road, Elgin, Illinois
Patrol Meetings: Each patrol will have 2 meetings. Date, time, and location TBD by each patrol.
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Boy Scout Fingerprinting Merit Badge Workshop
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 - 6:30-8pm
Naperville Police Department - 1350 Aurora Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540
FLIER with Registration Details
The Naperville Police Department would like to offer the Boy Scouts an opportunity to earn their Fingerprinting Merit Badge. This workshop will be conducted by Mary Browning, Crime Prevention/Community Education Specialist. Registration is required by emailing or calling Mary Browning with your name, address, phone number, and Troop #. Please see Flier for Details and instructions! All requirements for the badge will be completed on February 28th. There are no pre-requisites. Space is limited so please reserve a spot early.
Boy Scout Crime Prevention Merit Badge Workshop
Thursday, January 26th and Thursday, February 9th, 2017 - 6:30-8pm - Naperville Police Department
FLIER with Registration Details
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 or calling Mary Browning with your name, address, phone number, and Troop #. Please see Flier for Details and instructions! Blue cards will be provided. *Participants must attend both sessions in order to earn the badge*
These workshops are limited to Scouts in the Naperville area &/or the Thunderbird or Indian Prairie Districts of the Three Fires Council, BSA)
Who: All Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos
When: Pick the date you want to attend when you register!
Fri., Dec. 30th, 2016 / Sat., Dec. 31st, 2016 / Sat., January 7th, 2017
- Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm each day
- Where: Camp Big Timber - 37W955 Big Timber Rd. Elgin, IL. 60123
- What: A fun winter day of both indoor/outdoor activities including nature, crafts, games, songs/stories including lunch and patch.
- Cost: On or before Dec 9th - Scouts $20 each / Adults $12 each
On or after Dec 10th - Scouts $22 each / Adults $14 each
Wood Badge Dinner - A Celebration of Leadership For Alumni and Prospective Attendees
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 6:00 pm - St. Patrick's Catholic School, 787 Crane Road, St. Charles, IL 60175
Come join fellow Wood Badgers, council leadership and prospective attendees during a night of fellowship and fun. Ever wonder what Wood Badge is all about? This is the event to attend! You will meet and talk with prior course directors. You’ll hear about the fun – and we do have fun – along with the educational, personal growth and leadership aspects of Wood Badge. We'll also have awards for the most course alums in attendance and the most critters in attendance. Wood Badgers are asked to bring a Scouting friend that may be interested!
"Scouting's Journey to Excellence" is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. JTE is also part of your unit's rechartering process. Don't wait for the year to be over before looking at these sheets. Use them to assist you in a quality program! New unit scorecards for the 2016 JTE year are now available. Click on the link below to access the scorecard for your pack, troop, team, crew, or post.
Enter your Journey to Excellence – Service Hours!
Post your unit’s service projects on the Journey to Excellence website. Call the Three Fires Council office or contact Deb Brown (District Commissioner) if you need any assistance in logging your service projects on this website or if you need help logging into the system.
Packs ... Need the National Summertime Pack Award Form & Requirements? Download this form & turn in at Roundtable!
April 2, 2017 (Sunday 1pm - 4pm) Course Orientation
April 21-23, 2017 (Friday 7am - Sunday 5pm - 3 full days) Part 1
May 19-21, 2017 (Friday 7am - Sunday 4pm - 3 full days) Part 2
Register NOW for this premier training opportunity! Only 48 slots. All sessions will be held at Camp Big Timber, 37W955 Big Timber Road in Elgin, IL. / Ron Smith - 2017 Wood Badge Course Director / David George- 2017 Ass't. Course Director / Amy Seyller - 2017 Staff Advisor / $250 Early Bird Fee / Click on the Registration button to learn more!