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PTAC NEWS
New and improved local e-news!

This new publication breaks down arbitrary boundaries and provides a unified listing of local events, activities and training; each organized by city. We hope this makes it easier for you and your family to participate in all the awesome Scouting opportunities happening near you. 




See the amazing things our Scouts and volunteers accomplished in 2017 and get ready for all that's to come in 2018.
You're invited to the first Annual Meeting of the Pathway to Adventure Council on Thursday, February 8, 2018!
Last month, Governor Rauner joined us to celebrate some members of Scouting's honor society – Order of the Arrow.

The Governor lauded the OA's record of community service and helping those in need. “You in Scouting are dedicated to helping others have a better life and making our communities better. It’s a wonderful mission. It’s the most important goal.” - Governor Rauner

Eagle Scouts graduating in 2018 and entering a four-year college, community college or an apprenticeship program in the trades are eligible to submit an application for the 2018 Construction Industry Memorial Scholarship . The application is due March 12.
Please join us for the annual Area 7 Venturing Conference!
Saturday, March 3
SOKOL Spirit Brookfield, IL.

Join us for a day of networking with other Venturers and advisers with informative sessions including: Successful Council VOA Strategies, Growing and Developing a Council VOA, Trail to the Summit Award, Example Summit Board of Review Demonstration, Team Building Activities & Games, Rapid Fire Discussions, and much more.

Registration will close at noon on Thursday, March 1st!
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE




Our Boy Scout Camping booklet is here! Plan your summer and see what our incredible camps have to offer.
One of the most exciting nights of the year for all Cub Scouts is the Blue &Gold Dinner. The Council promotions committee is preparing for our Cub Scout camp promotions and would like to share with you at your Blue and Gold. If you are interested, a camp promotions member could come to promote Cub Scout Camping (5 minutes). Please email camppromo@pathwaytoadventure.org  and our district promotions team will then work to meet all of the requests we’ve received.

Please include the following information to help us plan:
  1. Pack number and district
  2. Date, time, and location of your Blue and Gold Dinner or Pinewood Derby
  3. Estimated number of families that will attend your event
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Congratulations to Cub Pack 4003 for being our featured community service story of the month! 

These young men cooked and served breakfast at Breakthrough Women's Center. Then, they hand-made holiday cards and wrapped gifts to hand out to 30 women living at the center.

We are proud of the way you delivered a meal, a gift, and a smile to those in need.

If you would to be considered for our featured story of the month, email the details of what your unit did, how many participants you had and attach a few pictures to PTACservice@scouting.org by the 15th of each month to be considered. The winning story will run in the following month's council newsletter.
TRAINING
These classes are intended for Scouts and Scouters attending high adventure camps in 2018 or any Scout or Scouter who’d like to complete a WFA certification course.

These classes meet the requirements for Wilderness First Aid established by the Boy Scouts of America. The course fee is $135 (the renewal course is $90). The fee is due the morning of the first session. The certification card is emailed after successful completion of the class.

A series of two-day sessions will be available in 2018. Session will be held at Bridgeview Community Center from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on March 10 & 17, April 7 & 14, June 2 & 9. A one day RENEWAL session is scheduled for May 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The maximum class size is 10 participants. The minimum age to attend these sessions is 14.

To register, contact Tom Bosworth at 224-888-1243 or e-mail BSA13@aol.com.
The 2018 NYLT courses are starting to fill up! The week-long leadership training experience will be held June 17-22 and June 24-29.  See details on the youth training page. Learn how to lead, how to teach, how to create a vision, and set goals to get there. Questions? E-mail nyptptac@gmail.com.
Wood Badge is the ultimate leadership training program for adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. Established in 1919 by Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder, Wood Badge has been the training ground for hundreds of thousands of Scouters around the world. Building on the past, understanding the present, and looking to the future, Wood Badge stands ready to help you provide leadership for Scouting and America.
SCOUTS IN THE NEWS

The Voyageur Trace District of the Pathway to Adventure Council Boy Scouts of America held the annual Boy Scout Klondike Derby in Bemis Woods South in Western Springs. The event featured several outdoor activities and tasks where scouts could use the skills they have learned.
by Eric Peterson

 Fremd High School student and Eagle Scout Tyler Matuszczak's quick thinking and knowledge of CPR kept a close-knit Hoffman Estates family intact when he came to the aid of a neighbor who'd collapsed from a heart attack on his driveway.

by Aimee Barrows

Even though he’d been certified in CPR for a few years, 18-year-old Chris Psenicka didn’t think he’d have to use those skills at such a young age.

The Lyons Township High School senior jumped into action Dec. 1 after seeing a jogger collapsed on the sidewalk. He performed chest compressions and rescue breaths on the woman until paramedics arrived.

“I knew I’d eventually have to use those skills, but not this soon,” said Psenicka, who is in the Emergency Medical Technician program at the Technology Center of DuPage. “But I’m glad I had the proper training to execute my skills.”
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