Merit Badge Academy (PTA Council 2015)

The former Des Plaines Valley Council, part of the newly merged Pathway to Adventure Council, is hosting a Merit Badge Academy on March 14th, 2015 from 8:00AM to 4:00PM. It will be held at Elmwood Park High School, about an hour’s drive from most Fox River District units.

They have a LOT of offerings, and you can even get a partial in more than one merit badge. Check out the registration flyer – it looks like a good event to attend! But hurry up – you only have until February 27th to register!

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2014 District Award Winners

Please join me and the rest of our district in congratulating the 2014 district award winners listed below.

Their awards will presented at the district dinner, Thursday February 5th at 7 pm, at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 216 East Chandler Blvd, Burlington.

Lean On Me Award:

  • Diane Neihaus from Pack 335 and Troop 336
  • Pete and Kelly Boas from Troop 329

Midas Touch Award:

  • Rhett Suhre from Pack 343 and Troop 380

Spark Plug Award:

  • Laura Lane from Troop 328
  • Rick Seeger from Troop 350

District Award of Merit:

  • Rob Thomas from Troop 385
  • Lisa Sharp from Troop 332

Please join us at the district dinner for fellowship and to congratulate our award winners. You still have time to register! We will have entertainment from the Funkin’ Wassels (an improv group like Comedy Sportz) and a wonderful dinner.

Thank you to the leaders who submitted the award nominations, and to the award selection committee: Jeremy Laffin, Norbert Paul, Ron Vogt, and Margaret Williams.

Glen Bordak
Fox River District Commissioner

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Boy Scout Troop 380 collects for Twin Lakes Area Food Pantry

Boy Scout Troop 380 collected food for the Twin Lakes Area Food Pantry on Nov. 22 at Richters Marketplace in Twin Lakes.

The donation total equaled 1,384 pounds of food — 74 turkeys, 8 hams — and $300 cash to help families in Western Kenosha County.

Remember that our next Scouting for Food Drive will take place March 14th and March 21st.

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Mentoring for Venturing Crews

You’re probably aware by now that the BSA is revamping all of its programs. Changes to the Boy Scout program are on the horizon for next year, many Cub Scout changes start taking place this year, and changes to Venturing have already taken place.

For those of us already invested in Scouting, it can be tricky trying to navigate the information presented to know if we’re delivering a quality program. That’s why it is always really helpful when BSA releases training materials for us to use in our own units!

Hot off the presses is the BSA’s new “Mentoring for Venturing Crews Facilitator Guide.”

“This training is designed to help Venturers understand how to mentor other members of the crew and appreciate the role mentoring plays in personal growth and leadership for both the mentee and mentor. After completing this training, an experienced Venturer will be able to successfully mentor a less-experienced Venturer through the planning and execution of a crew adventure.”

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Welcome 2015

From all of us here on the Fox River District Committee, we hope you had a great year of Scouting in 2014 and are looking forward to even more fun in 2015.

Happy New Year!

 

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