Atomic Badger

Registration is still open for the Fall 2014 Atomic Badger Nuclear Science Merit Badge offerings at UW Madison. Current dates are October 4th, November 8th and December 6th.

I’ve personally been to this clinic and the staff and students who conduct it do a wonderful job. Besides, where else can you lean over the side of a nuclear reactor and look in?

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2015 Robert Ballard Sea Eagle Award

The BSA National Foundation Innovation Fund is pleased to announce the opportunity for Eagle Scouts who are high school juniors in 2014 in the metropolitan Chicago Market to apply for the 2015 Robert Ballard Sea Eagle Award, which includes the opportunity to intern with all expenses paid with the Ballard Team at the Oceanic Exploration Trust in the summer of 2015.

Applicants must be Eagle Scouts and students who are juniors in high school with an unweighted grade point average of at least 3.5 out of 4.0 in academic courses, with enrollment in AP, IB, or similar honors-level courses in science, technology, engineering, history, or math. Additional qualifications are listed in the application materials.

Check out the flyer for more information, and get your materials ready to apply now!

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Bass Pro Fishing & Rifle Shooting MBs

If you’re in the Southern part of our district, you’re not far from Bass Pro Shops in Gurnee. During the month of September they’re offering both Fishing and Rifle Shooting Merit Badges in their store. Class sizes are limited, so call customer service at 847-856-1229 and register as soon as possible if you want to take part.

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Flyers posted!

Did you miss the Fox River District Kickoff event this past Thursday? Don’t miss out on all of the great events and trainings happening this year!

You can find flyers for almost all of the events and trainings on our HANDOUTS page of the website.

Getting there is pretty easy – http://foxriverbsa.org/handouts/ or you can click the Handouts tab at the top of the page.

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Search And Destroy 2014 Fall Camporee

Hello Fox River District Units

As many of your units gear up for yet another wonderful year of scouting I wanted to remind everyone of the upcoming Fall Camporee at Camp Ohdakota September 26th to 28th. This camporee normally held in October has been bumped up to allow greater participation by all units and provide some separation between school home comings, devils lake hike and the haunted hay ride. I’m hoping many more can join us this year. Flyers will be out next week at roundtable for our kickoff but please provide your units with the information ASAP prior to your unit’s annual planning conferences.

Our Camporee Title this year is “Search and Destroy” and is a mix of Military style missions and some fun team building games. As many of you know I design these camporees with plenty of stations and will need a lot of assistance in running this event both from adults and older scouts looking to make sure everyone has a great time. So far I have 15 stations planned but have room to add another 4 more if needed. I’ll share some names with you as a teaser for the boys when you present this. Evade and Locate, Stealth Entry, Hog Tie, MIA, Common sense, The great escape, Life Line, Seek and Disarm, & Jeepers Creepers to name a few. 

To make this all happen I’m looking for about 40 volunteers to help run stations and assist with meals. I’m also looking for volunteers or anyone that has Military Camo uniforms, Ghillie suits or tactical gear to wear at stations for a greater experience for the scouts. Please send me an email with how many from your unit can assist and I’ll start filling you in on the missions you’ll have so you can begin working on a really great plan to deliver them. I have found that knowing well in advance on what your doing greatly improved the missions and the experience the boys have.  Remember it’s you that makes these camporees a success. I would like to have all stations assigned no later than September 13th

Pack leaders: Please make sure you let your Webelos scouts know this is open to both Webelos 1 and 2 scouts as well. They may camp with a troop of their choosing or if you have the tents and cooking gear and Baloo trained leaders you may camp as your own unit for the weekend or just come out early Saturday and stay the whole day. 

Cost is $15.00 per youth, $8.00 per leader and includes lunch on Saturday and a patch. Cracker barrel on Friday night and Dinner and Breakfast on Saturday are to be provided at your campsite by your unit using the patrol method and I recommend charging your boys no more than $10.00 per person for those meals you provide.

Any questions, comments or concerns please let me know.

See you all at Roundtable

KEN

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