Slice of Ice

No, that’s not the Order of the Arrow. It’s the symbol of the 32nd Infantry Division – the Red Arrow.

With its roots in the Iron Brigade dating back to the American Civil War, the 32nd was an incredibly tenacious ground combat unit, succeeding where others would fail.

And it’s apropos that Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee is named after these great Wisconsin soldiers! Today, a red granite sculpture depicting the insignia of this division stands in the park. And Red Arrow Park is also home to Slice of Ice, a 128 by 95 refrigerated outdoor skating rink.

Crew 999, proud keepers of Camp Ammon at the Wisconsin State Fair, is hosting a free skating party on January 18th, 2014 from Noon to 3PM. Skating is free – but skate rental if you need it is $7 or $8.

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5 Star University

Psssst! Did you know that early bird registration for 5 Star University ends in just TWO DAYS!?

Quick! Save $10 and SIGN UP NOW!

Three Harbors Council is the host council! This year’s conference will again feature Tico Perez, National Commissioner as well as a whole host of excellent programs that will help you strengthen your units, our district and our council.

5 Star will be Saturday January 11th at Waukesha County Technical College’s Pewaukee campus.

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Catholic Committee on Scouting Awards

Each year the Milwaukee CCoS recognizes those Scouters who have made a significant difference in the lives of Catholic youth in Scouting. Two recognitions of these efforts, the Bronze Pelican and the St. George Award, are offered. Because Catholic Scouters are not always associated with units chartered by Catholic Churches, it is necessary to reach out in forums like this to help identify worthy recipients.

The Bronze Pelican is a local recognition for those who have provided spiritual service to youth both in and out of Scouting. For example, this person may help coordinate and review the Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei youth programs in a Pack, or provide Chaplin services and guidance to the Youth Chaplin in a Troop during meetings or on campouts. They may help coordinate and provide guidance for service projects which reach out to local parishes, food banks, nursing homes, or other Catholic charities. In addition to their Scouting duties, perhaps they serve as REP or Sunday School teachers for the same families and youth they serve in Scouting. Perhaps this person provides guidance and counseling in a Catholic tradition when youth are seeking a friend. Any of these are great reasons to nominate outstanding Scouters for the Bronze Pelican. This is a Catholic Church based recognition, and not a BSA award program.

The St. George Emblem recognizes long standing service to the ideals of both the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America. The ideal candidate has provided outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth over the course of 10 years or more. Ideal candidates may be providing district, council or OA level service to a wide range of youth. The Archdiocese Committee recommends candidates to the National CCoS who provide the emblem on behalf of both the Church and the BSA. Recipients of this award are entitled to wear the adult religious knot on their uniforms.

Need Help? Contact Ray Erbe at 414-418-6646 or

Please note that all completed nomination forms must be received by the Committee by January 31, 2014.

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Free Topographic Maps for Troops


Dec. 16, 2013 – DECATUR, Ga. — is giving away 1,000 online topo map subscriptions ($49.98 value) to Boy Scout Troops in the US and Canada to help jump start camping and hiking trip planning for 2014.

“As an Eagle Scout, I gained a lifelong appreciation for the great outdoors from Scouting,” says Jeff Barber, founder of “Camping and hiking were such a big part of my Scouting experience and provided the perfect opportunity for me to gain confidence and leadership skills at a young age.”

Starting today, Boy Scout Troops can apply for one of one thousand, 2-year Tripleblaze memberships with free access to nearly 15,000 premium topo maps covering campgrounds and hiking trails in the US and Canada. Each topo map can be used online or printed and many include recommended routes and elevation profiles to make trip planning even easier.

In addition to topo maps, features reviews and photos of camping and hiking locations to help visitors find the best places to get outdoors. Covering federal, state, local, and private campgrounds and trails, Tripleblaze offers one of the most comprehensive sources of outdoor information via the web and smartphone apps (iOS and Android).

“Scouting gave me so much as a young man and I’m really excited about providing premium Tripleblaze topo maps to Scout Troops as a small way of giving back.”

Troops may apply for a free membership using this form on a first come, first served basis. More info at or contact Jeff Barber (

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Outdoor Adventure Expo and Chili Cookoff

December 7, 2013

Martin Luther High School
5201 South 76th Street, Greendale, WI 53129

Outdoor Adventure Expo

This event is designed for all Scouts and Scouters who would like to learn more about our council camps, especially RS Lyle and LeFeber Northwoods Camp, and the programs that will be offered in 2014. There will be games, activities, and giveaways. We will also have displays from local companies and organizations. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the program!

We are requesting that attendees please RSVP to for this event so that we have enough materials for all.


Does someone in Fox River District have a secret chili recipe? Would you like to earn bragging rights within The Three Harbors Council? Well here is your chance. Each district will be provided with chili stock and we will accept one official entry per district. Districts are allowed to add ingredients at their discretion but a full list of ingredients must be displayed prior to serving. We are also requesting that each district rate their chili on a 5-­?point scale of hotness. Competition begins at 10AM and judging/eating will begin at 12:30PM.

Please contact Margaret if you are interested in competing on behalf of Fox River District!

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