For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of this nation, with a focus on working together to deliver the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.
Based on growing input from within the Scouting family, the BSA leadership chose to conduct an additional review of the organization's long-standing membership policy and its impact on Scouting's mission. This review created an outpouring of feedback from the Scouting family and the American public, from both those who agree with the current policy and those who support a change.
Following this review, the most comprehensive listening exercise in Scouting's history, the approximate 1,400 voting members of the Boy Scouts of America's National Council approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone. The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting. A change to the current membership policy for adult leaders was not under consideration; thus, the policy for adults remains in place. The BSA thanks all the national voting members who participated in this process and vote.
This policy change is effective Jan. 1, 2014, allowing the Boy Scouts of America the transition time needed to communicate and implement this policy to its approximately 116,000 Scouting units.
The Boy Scouts of America will not sacrifice its mission, or the youth served by the movement, by allowing the organization to be consumed by a single, divisive, and unresolved societal issue. As the National Executive Committee just completed a lengthy review process, there are no plans for further review on this matter.
While people have different opinions about this policy, we can all agree that kids are better off when they are in Scouting. Going forward, our Scouting family will continue to focus on reaching and serving youth in order to help them grow into good, strong citizens. America's youth need Scouting, and by focusing on the goals that unite us, we can continue to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.
For more information on the Boy Scouts of America's membership standards, please visit www.bsamembershipstandards.org.
We are currently wrapping-up the Friends of Scouting Family Campaign and want to ensure every Scouting family has an opportunity to contribute to the program their sons benefit from. Thank you for all of your support and if you have not already made a contribution to Friends of Scouting this year we would encourage you to do so. We will be
working with J. Milito and Associates again this year to do a telephone clean-up campaign for all families that have contributed in the past. J. Milito and Associates is a telephone fundraising company with a great reputation and did a great job for our Council last year. We will conduct this clean-up effort from May 13 – June 15, 2013. We
need your support again this year. Please inform your families that they may receive a call from J. Milito and Associates and if they do to help the Boy Scouts at a level they are comfortable with.
Please contact your District team or me if you have any questions about the 2013 Unit Friends of Scouting campaign or about how you can help with Friends of Scouting.
NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING (NYLT) - June 16-22, 2013 - BSA Adventure Camp - Rochelle /Thunderbird National Youth Leader Training, is a seven day outdoor training conference for youth leaders, which supports the Scoutmaster's or Crew Advisor's responsibility for training junior leaders. It is conducted by the Council Training Committee using a syllabus that was developed by the Boy Scouts of America. Leadership requires vision, goals and planning. Through presentations and positive experiences in goal setting, planning and problem solving, participants learn how to set a clear course toward realizing their team and individual visions, and then begin to put themselves in the center of those pictures of future success. WHO MAY ATTEND? Participants must be registered Scouts in a Troop Team or Crew, 13 years old by January 1, 2013, be First Class rank or higher (For Members of Troops or Teams), serve in a leadership position, and have long term camping experience. Since the conference will take place in a camp setting, the Scouts should have skills in camping hiking, and cooking.
- Course dates for 2013 - June 16-22, 2013 at BSA Adventure Camp, Rochelle, IL
- 2013 Fact Sheet - NYLT
- 2013 Leader Letter - NYLT
- Register for National Youth Leadership Training (You must register online, but may pay online or at our Scout Shops)
Three Fires Council is holding a Wood Badge Course in 2013 COURSE INFO FLIER
- Sunday, Aug 4, 2013 (Sunday) 1-4 pm / Orientation Meeting
- August 23-25, 2013 (Friday 7am - Sunday 5pm - 3 full days) Part 1 of the Course
- September 20-22, 2013 (Friday 7am - Sunday 4pm - 3 full days) Part 2 of the Course
All 3 sessions will be held at Camp Big Timber in Elgin, IL. / Mike Koehne - 2013 Wood Badge Course Director
The course fee is $280. Course size is limited to 48 participants, SIGN UP NOW to ensure your spot! You can reserve your space in this course by filling out the online application and submitting a non-refundable deposit of $50. All fees must be paid by July 15, 2013. Registration is online now!
The Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council Cordially Invites You to the
Council Recognition Banquet honoring the 2012 Silver Beaver Recipients
Rod Accardi - Council / Roy Breede - NT / Larry Fleig - CP / Jennifer Griffin - TB / Pat Krave - FF / Mike Nadeau - MH / Sherrie Nielsen - PT / Laura Roegner - PT / Ron Sebonia - PT / Harry Stout - FV / Loree Thompson - MH / Steve Thompson - MH
Event Information: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 7 PM Dinner
Location: Hotel Arista at CityGate Centre, 2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville, IL 60563
Insurance Auto Auctions
Do you have a car that you would like to donate to Scouting to help our council? If so, click on the link above, which has the information that you will need to donate.
We are in our third year of a great relationship with Insurance Auto Auctions, a company that processes more than 1 million vehicle donations at more than 160 locations around the country; and our Scouting campaign continues to grow from this great service. Our council is already using the program! For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America® has changed lives, and your support will help provide character development, citizenship training, personal fitness, and leadership skills for youth across America.
Dear Scout Leaders, Thank you to those leaders who submitted Campership request(s) for your Scout(s). Due to the larger than expected number of requests for camperships this year, we have delayed their award by approximately 30 days so that we can continue to work to raise sufficient funds. As soon as sufficient funds are secured we will begin processing the camperships. You should expect award letters no later than May 15, 2013. Thanks for understanding. Buzz Wheeler - Program Director
We’re proud to announce that the Boy Scouts of America Discover® Prepaid Card is now available!
With the Scout Prepaid Card, parents will be teaching their Scout how to manage money wisely. This is NOT a credit card, but a prepaid, reloadable card that can be replenished from any bank account. It’s a great way for Scouts to manage their daily spending, and it’s safer and more convenient than carrying cash.
Also, be on the lookout for more information regarding the new Boy Scouts of America Credit Card. In addition to all of the existing rewards and benefits Discover offers, this card will offer a Scouts Rewards section where cardholders may donate their points to a council or purchase Scout Shop products with their points.
This card will be available on November 15, 2012, for anyone to apply, so visit www.BoyScoutCreditCard.com and stay tuned for additional information as this date approaches.
The Oakbrook Microsoft Store and Three Fires Council, BSA have partnered together to provide local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts with the opportunity to earn technology merit badges and belt loop from Microsoft! Registration is for Cub Scouts to sign up to participate in complimentary workshops to earn a Computer, Video Games or Photography Belt Loop. During these workshops, Scouts will learn functions of a camera, discuss Film vs. Digital, learn to take his own photos and share with others. Learn about the video game rating system, create a gaming schedule to include gaming, homework, chores, and family time, learn a new video game and discuss his favorite game and why. Learn parts of a computer, how to properly shut down a computer, prepare a document and print on his own!
Boy Scouts sign up to participate in complimentary workshops to earn the Computer, Photography or Cinematography Merit Badges. During the 3-hour workshops session, Scouts will participate in hands-on projects utilizing Office 2010, including creating a patrol outing food budget, designing a campsite plan, writing a letter inviting guests to a court of honor and many others! Click here to see available SUMMER dates and register online!