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Family Scouting begins in PTAC!

This weekend, Den 9 of Pack 229 hosted the Council's first all-girl meeting. For more information about our Family Scouting program, click below.
In January 2018 the Pathway to Adventure Council commissioned a digital survey that was sent to all registered members in an effort to rank the resources the Council provides. The results are available now - click the button to learn more!
On the heels of a successful pilot that introduced new families to Scouting and raised retention rates, Lions, the BSA’s Cub Scout program for kindergarten-age youth, will become an official part of Cub Scouting this year.
The BSA’s new adult registration requirements — mandating that all adults accompanying a Boy Scout troop to a resident camp or other Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training — will go into effect June 1, 2018, at the start of the BSA summer camp season. This change applies to Boy Scout program only at this time.

The new requirement applies to any adult accompanying a Boy Scout group on a single Scouting activity where they are present for three or more nights (not necessarily consecutive), even if he or she is the parent of a youth at the event. These adults must be registered as leaders, including the completion of the BSA's criminal background check and Youth Protection Training before the activity.
The Boy Scouts of America offers an online application process for youth that can be completed from start to finish without a single piece of paper or registration dues changing hands, making it easy for families to join Scouting anytime day or night. This allows parents of prospective members to register their children in a way that’s easy and convenient for them. It creates a quick, more efficient and user-friendly registration experience for Unit leaders by sending notifications directly to the Unit contacts showing the actions the Unit needs to take to accept the prospective member. Since leaders are the best salesmen for their Unit, updating your Unit Be A Scout Pin in is essential in making this convenience work for everyone. 
Each year, the Boy Scouts of America selects an handful of Scouts to deliver their annual Report to the Nation to Washington D.C. This year, PTAC's own Daniel Yu was one of the 12 Scouts selected for this honor! Daniel was chosen because of his commitment to Scouting, including his role in Troop 209's science experiment being sent to the International Space Station last summer. Over his week in the Capital, Daniel visited the Goddard Space Center, met with various lawmakers, and shared his Scouting experience with his fellow delegates.
Are you a Scouting leader? Do you have participants with little to no camping experience? 
This free, hands-on class will teach your youth basic camping skills such as tent set-up, campfire building, proper dress for camping, camping etiquette, and more. Registration and adult supervision are required and space is limited.
Camp Napowan will be hosting an Adult Leaders meeting for the 2018 summer camp season. The event will be at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church in Park Ridge, Ill. on Saturday, March 10 at 9:30 a.m. 
Owasippe Scout Reservation will be hosting a series of pre-camp information meetings for adult leaders! Multiple meeting dates and locations are available:
  • Thursday, March 15 at First United Methodist Church of Oak Lawn in Oak Lawn, IL
  • Tuesday, March 20 at the Calumet Scout Shop in Munster, IN
  • Wednesday, March 21 at Our Lady Mother of the Church in Chicago, IL
  • Thursday, March 22 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL

At least one of the leader meetings will be video recorded and posted online for your review – we’re even working to livestream a meeting so you can participate remotely! More information to follow.

Six members of LaGrange Highlands Troop 216 are registered to attend Sea Base St. Thomas from June 23-30, and they could use two more people to complete their crew! Please contact crew coordinator Beth Korenchan at  if you are interested in joining them for a great adventure in the Caribbean.
Philmont is a BSA High Adventure Base located in Northern New Mexico. Scouts and Adult Advisors embark on a 12-day backpacking expedition through the rugged Sangre de Christo Mountain range, hiking 60 to 80 miles at elevations ranging from 6,500 feet above sea level to 12,400 feet at the top of Mt. Baldy – the highest mountain on the ranch. Interested in joining PTAC's 2019 trek? Check out more information on our High Adventure page.
Applications for 2018 summer camp need-based camperships (scholarships) are due April 1. Please visit this link for information and the application.
Are you looking for an epic adventure, new experiences to explore, and opportunities to make new friends from around the world? The world is yours to explore at the 24th World Scout Jamboree.
Experience the magic of the Summit’s many high adventure activities side by side with 50,000 peers from 169 countries! Will you zip line with the Japanese? Swim with the Lebanese? Skateboard with the Swiss?

Join a Scouting experience with wearable technology that connects and unifies to cutting-edge global leadership develop programs. Come meet, bond, and begin life-long friendships with thousands of young and hopeful leaders, minds, hearts, and cheerful spirits. Space in the contingent is very limited, so make your plans to attend the Jamboree and apply online now.

If you have any questions throughout the application process, please contact Member Care at (972) 580-2489 or via email at  
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.
The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop a deeper appreciation and knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Apply for their 2018 scholarships today!
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
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.
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 the following dates:
  • 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
Do you have a Scout who deserves to be recognized? A unit service project you want your neighbors to know about?  We’ve compiled a list of local news publications and websites for you  to pitch your stories to.

Of course, this list isn’t all-inclusive – you know your communities best, so feel free to add your local publications to our spreadsheet so we can share Scouting’s stories far and wide! 
by Chas Reilly -

The city has made some operational changes for the scout cabin in Pavese Park. A family donated the property to the city with the intent it be used only for Scouting purposes. The City Council on Wednesday changed that after adopting an ordinance adjusting the makeup of Hobart’s Scouting Board.
Franklin Park Herald-Journal

Elmwood Park Boy Scout Troop 4687 has planned a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 25. The meal includes spaghetti and meatballs with Italian bread, all you can eat, for $10. The event will include a raffle, with tickets available for $5 each. Prizes include White Sox tickets, a drone with a camera, Enchanted Castle certificates, restaurant gift cards and more.
Daily Herald

 Mentor Heart of Gold -- Matthew Hahn. The deacon at St. James Parish and substitute teacher for Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 is a volunteer for a number of projects, collaborating with young adults, senior citizens and others who want to help. Hahn, a Marine Corps veteran, has been a mentor to young men as a troop leader and volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America.
by Caitlin Mullen - Oak Leaves

For his Eagle project, James Kennedy, 16, a member of Boy Scout Troop 16 in Oak Park, has organized a volunteer window painting event at New Moms' administrative offices, 5317 W. Chicago Ave., in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, in celebration of the nonprofit's anniversary.
by Amy Lavalley - Post Tribune

Kellauna Mack, an official with the Boy Scouts of American Pathway to Adventure Council, was hopeful as she staffed a table at a volunteer fair at New Vistas High School Thursday.

Mack, the council's Restoring the Village executive, said several of the school's students had already signed up on a volunteer sheet. Her goal was to turn that interest into action by having a  Cub Scout  pack start at the school and be run by the students.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 671 and Cub Scout Pack 4466, sponsored by St. Jane de Chantal Holy Name Society, along with their families, attended Polar Adventure Days at Northerly Island on January 20.
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