Here are some great news articles that have been published regarding our Thunderbird Units, Scouts & Volunteers. Has YOUR unit done something news worthy? If so, please send it over to us so we can share it here! (Deb Brown) OR... do you want help getting YOUR unit in the news? Contact Joyce Nielsen, our Public Relations Chair & she will help you get your message heard!
Ragan Freitag, one of the few females to graduate from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and one of the youngest Will County government members to chair a committee, recently spoke to this new troop for girls about her experiences in breaking barriers. Read article from Beacon News!
Naperville Pack 444 Spreads Good Cheer and Helps Those In Need - Naperville Sun Article - 12/28/2018
Youth in Naperville’s Cub Scout Pack 444, chartered by Meadow Glens Home & School Association, spent the month of December demonstrating the leadership and character traits Boy Scouts is known to develop. Scouts in this pack spread joy and good cheer to a group of elders and held a very successful drive to stock Loaves & Fishes Community Services’ (Naperville) food pantry.
On Sunday, December 9, Pack 444 scouts led a Christmas carol sing-along for the residents of Villa St. Benedict retirement community in Lisle, Ill. The caroling performance is a long-standing annual tradition for both groups, dating back at least a decade.
Back-to-school time marks the return of many familiar sounds: classroom banter, lunchroom chatter, and playground laughter. This fall, a new sound joins the mix at Meadow Glens School in Naperville, Ill. It’s the sound of ukulele music, thanks to a donation from Cub Scout Pack 444. Following a successful fundraising campaign during the 2017-18 school year, the Pack donated $1,000 to the Meadow Glens music program. Pack leadership, in collaboration with school administrators, then applied the funds to the purchase of 31 ukuleles. On September 18, the Scouts formally presented their donation to Meadow Glens principal Katy Lynch, assistant principal Melissa Jankowski, and music teacher Caitlyn Skrbec. “Good citizenship and friendly service are key tenets of Scouting,” explained Pack 444 treasurer Tracey Gorrell. “When the Pack exceeded its popcorn sales targets last year, the leadership committee agreed we wanted to give back to Meadow Glens in appreciation of the support they’ve given us for nearly 30 years.” Pack 444 has been chartered by Meadow Glens Home & School since 1989. Aurora Beacon News Article
Naperville Cub Scouts Perpetuate Butterfly Garden Eagle Project- Naperville, Illinois (May 18, 2018) -- On Saturday, May 12, Cub Scout Pack 444 dodged raindrops and performed spring clean-up of the butterfly garden at Meadow Glens Elementary School in Naperville. Three Scouts participated in the event, which included pruning/trimming existing perennials, weeding, and raking. The Pack also refreshed the garden with 10 new plants (four hollyhocks and six pentas), fertilized the entire garden, and spread fresh mulch. Naperville Sun Article
March 13, 2018 - Chicago Tribune / Naperville Sun // At the Three Fires Council's annual Gathering of Eagles Banquet in February at the Sheraton Lisle Hotel, Naperville Mayor Emeritus George Pradel was named Class Honoree to pay tribute to his life-long service to Scouting and youth. The Gathering of Eagles Banquet celebrated Three Fires Council's Eagle Scout Class of 2017, which was comprised of 387 Boy Scouts who earned this prestigious rank. The dinner brought together the new Eagle Scouts, their families, and Scouters from the area to commemorate this remarkable accomplishment. Over 450 people were in attendance. While Pradel was unable to attend the dinner last minute, he planned to deliver a speech to the Eagle class, focusing on the added responsibility each Scout now has for the recognition of being an Eagle. READ ARTICLE
March, 2017: Troop 505 Earns Religious Awards - From the community: Naperville Sun - March 16, 2017 - Naperville Boy Scout Troop 505 (chartered by Knox Presbyterian Church, Naperville) celebrated four of its members’ recent accomplishments by being presented with the Pope Pius XII Catholic Religious emblem. William Buettner, Thomas Hojnicki, Nathan Hu, and Daniel Parker earned this award, which increases the Scouts’ understanding of the Catholic faith and demonstrates key Scouting fundamentals: duty to God and being reverent. Naperville Sun Article
Four Reasons To Attend Area Cub Scout Day Camps: Adventure Opportunities For More Children! READ ARTICLE - Aurora Beacon-News
NAPERVILLE, Illinois (March 1, 2017) – Three Fires Council Cub Scout Day Camps have expanded in 2017 and made changes to allow more area children to take advantage of the beneficial program it offers. Program additions were made for even more fun. / Day Camps are now open to siblings and friends – boys and girls. The age range for children is first grade (entering in the fall) through 10 years old. / Parents and Scout leaders no longer are required to attend; adults still are encouraged to come. However, more Scouting staff will be on hand to provide spectacular programs. / Extended Drop Off and Pick Up Options are now available. Campers can be dropped off as early as 7:00 a.m. and / or to stay as late as 6:00 p.m. for additional fees.
Interested children can attend camp at all Three Fires Council locations over the summer, from Aurora to Big Rock, Naperville to Medinah. Week-long Day Camps, Twilight Camps (late afternoon / early evening), and weekend overnight camps are available. Campers may also take advantage of program discounts for attending more than one day camp session, making Day Camps an inexpensive option to ensure a summer of adventure. Visit The Cub Day Camp Website
NAPERVILLE, Illinois (February 25, 2017) - Naperville Pack 562's Donation Is Music To The Ears / At its annual Blue & Gold Dinner in February, Pack 562 celebrated its popcorn fundraising success by presenting Ms. Marissa Lombardo, Mill Street School Music Teacher, with a check for $1,000, designated for the school’s music program. The remaining proceeds will fund the Pack’s scouting program, supporting 47 Cub Scouts. Read Article - Naperville Sun - March 4, 2017
Naperville Troop 107 recently honored Six Eagle Scouts at a combined Court of Honor on January 22, 2017. All 6 of these young men began their careers in the 1st grade in Pack 567 and continued through the rank of Eagle Scout! Eagle Scout Article
Troop 100 - Naperville Boy Scout Troop 100 Aids West Virginia Flooding Victims Naperville SUN - 7/5/2016
Naperville Boy Scout Troop 100 wasted no time in helping some West Virginia residents affected by recent flooding by providing much needed cleaning supplies. One of the Troop's families kayaks, rafts, and hikes annually in an area of West Virginia impacted by recent flooding. Through West Virginian friends' church groups, the family received requests seeking badly needed cleaning supplies. Items most in demand include: buckets, mops, brooms, gloves, sponges, brushes, masks, shovels, gallons of water, bleach, etc.
The family reached out to fellow Scouters in Troop 100 for donations, promising to transport everything collected. With only a 24 hour notice, Troop 100 overwhelmingly responded in full force, filling the family's SUV. These supplies were delivered over the 4th of July holiday weekend.
Pack 503 - Naperville Sun / Naperville Community News APRIL 27, 2016 - From the community: Naperville Cub Scout Pack’s Earth Day Project Is “Da Bomb”
Naperville Cub Scout Pack 503 recently celebrated Earth Day by making seed bombs to plant at Hobson West Park in South Naperville and performing spring clean up there, as well. Over 55 Cub Scouts and adults from the Pack performed approximately 100 hours of community service on Sunday, April 24th for the Naperville Park District. The Pack totals around 40 Scouts and is chartered by
Prairie Elementary School (Naperville).
Troop 100 - Naperville Boy Scout Troop 100 Celebrates 100th Eagle Scout - Naperville Sun / Naperville Community News - 3/24/2016
Naperville Boy Scout Troop 100 recently honored eight new Eagle Scouts at a combined Eagle Court of Honor on March 12, 2016, surpassing 100 Eagle Scouts for the Troop. Chartered by Wesley United Methodist Church (21 E. Franklin, Naperville), the Troop is the oldest Boy Scout Troop in the Thunderbird District of Three Fires Council (serving part of Naperville, Lisle, and Woodridge); Troop 100 was originally chartered in 1958 and currently has 34 members.
Pack 562 - Naperville Cub Scouts Orchestrate Donation to School's Music Program - Naperville Sun / Naperville Community News - 3/3/2016
At its annual Blue & Gold Dinner in February, Pack 562 celebrated its popcorn fundraising success by presenting Mill Street School (Naperville) with a check for $1000, designated for its music program. The remaining proceeds will fund the Pack's Scouting program, supporting 47 Cub Scouts.