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PTAC NEWS
Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award Dinner 2017
The Pathway to Adventure Council hosted the 9th annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award Dinner on October 26th to honor four exemplary Chicago leaders and one model company for their contributions to the African American Community.  Read Council President Stephen Schwab's event remarks here.
This Award is intended to acknowledge noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Cub Scouters, Scouters, Varsity Scouters, and Venturing leaders. It is considered to be the highest award a Boy Scout council can bestow upon a volunteer Scouter. 

Nominations are due to the Steve Fossett Center for Scouting by Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. No late nominations will be accepted.
Girls Outdoor Exploring is a new and innovative program just for middle school-aged girls in grades 6th-8th who are looking to participate in adventures, overnight camping, develop their confidence and leadership skills while making lasting friendships.
 
Not only do we build upon the timeless values of the Scout Oath and Law, but GO Explorers also serve their community by helping local organizations.
 
Girls Outdoor Exploring meets at various locations throughout the Pathway to Adventure Council and we’re opening new units. If you have questions or are interested in joining, please contact Cedric Bodley or Anna Villarreal at  Cedric.Bodley@Scouting.org Anna.Villarreal@Scouting.org or click here .

*This local program is not associated with the recently announced expanded opportunities for girls and families set to begin across the country in fall 2018. To learn more about those opportunities, click here.
COMMUNITY SERVICE
The launch of the new online support has been delayed until November. Based on your feedback, the community and civic service webpage will include help to retrieve passwords and guidance to set up new accounts.
 
Saturday, December 16
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Swissotel Chicago
Up to 20 volunteers needed in Class A uniform to help younger children with holiday activities. Volunteers must be 14 years old or older.

Keep Foster Kids Warm
The service centers will all be equipped with two bins that will be collecting new, clean, and gently used winter clothes. Please bring in your donations in November to keep foster kids in our council safe from the harsh winter.

Christmas Toys for Roseland Community Hospital
Boxes have been set up at our service centers to collect toys for kids receiving care at Roseland.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
We are looking for qualified applicants for our 2018 summer camp staffs especially key camp leadership positions such as camp directors, program directors, and program area directors. This is the perfect summer job for Scouters who are teachers!
TRAINING
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend Starfleet Academy? Well, we have the next best thing – Star Scouter Academy!

When : November 4, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Where : St. Peter Lutheran Church and School
202 E. Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL.
 
There are over 45 courses for Cub Scout leaders, Boy Scout leaders, Venturing leaders, Commissioners, and any Scouter who want to improve their knowledge and skills. There are also courses for Boy Scouts and Venturing youth!

Courses include basic training and practical how-to sessions, as well as some instruction on online advancement, online rechartering and so much more!

Help your Scouts explore new worlds and boldly go where they've never gone before. Find a full list of courses here .
These classes are intended for folks attending high-adventure camps in 2018 or anyone who’d like to complete a Wilderness First Aid certification course.

The course fee is $135 (renewal course is $90). The fee is due the morning of the first session. A certification card is given after successful completion of the class.

These two-day sessions will be held at the Bridgeview Community Center from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on November 4 & 11 or December 2 & 9. Minimum age to attend these sessions is 14.

To register, contact Tom Bosworth at 224-888-1243 or e-mail BSA13@aol.com .
Upcoming Changes to Youth Protection Training 
A new version of Youth Protection Training is due to be rolled out this fall. YPT2 will be an all-inclusive training course, eliminating the need to have separate courses for our different programs.

We are encouraging everyone whose YPT training is expired or about to expire to retake the current Youth Protection course appropriate for their registered position. The new YPT2 course may not have to be taken until your current course is a year old.
 
The Wood Badge 1919-2019 Centennial Update Pilot Courses are being conducted to test new curriculum and content before introducing it nationwide. Content for these pilots has been developed by the Wood Badge Update Task Force which has been meeting for the last two years to consider possible enhancements to the current syllabus.
 
Locations/Dates:
Florida Sea Base - Brinton Environmental Center
Participants should plan to arrive at the SeaBase on Sunday, January 28th. 
The course will start Monday, January 29th promptly at 8:00 a.m. and conclude on Friday, February 3rd at about 4:30 p.m.
 
Philmont Scout Ranch
Participants should plan to arrive at Philmont on Sunday, March 25th. 
The course will start Monday, March 26th promptly at 8:00 a.m. and conclude on Friday, March 30th at about 4:30 p.m. 
 
These courses are designed for participants who have never previously attended a Wood Badge course. 
SCOUTS IN THE NEWS
BOY SCOUTS TO OFFICIALLY ADMIT GIRLS FOR FIRST TIME
by CBS Chicago

Wednesday marked a major changed for the Boy Scouts of America after more than 100 years.

The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts. CBS 2’s Sandra Torres has more on the historic vote from the Boy Scouts Headquarters on the Near West Side.
SCOUT, FRIENDS TEAM UP TO MAINTAIN INFANT SECTION OF HAMMOND CEMETERY
by Carrie Napoleon - Post-Tribune

Ninety of the 94 infant grave markers dating from 1936 to 1958 were cleaned, reset, leveled and in some cases repaired by members of Boy Scout Troop 542 of Munster as part of Life Scout Nicholas Wilson's Eagle Scout project.

"Essentially, we are performing one of the corporal works of mercy, burying the dead," Nicholas said. He got the idea from his older brother, Peter, who also chose the cemetery as the beneficiary of his Eagle Scout project.
'MASTERCHEF JUNIOR' CONTESTANT COOKING UP PIES FOR PUERTO RICO
by Heidi Stevens - The Chicago Tribune

Fresh off his “MasterChef Junior” run, 12-year-old Evan Robinson is using his kitchen skills to raise money for  Puerto Rico .

“I’ve been seeing, all over the news, people struggling, and I thought, ‘I need to help. I want to help,’” the Hyde Park native told me. “They can’t get fresh water, electricity; they can’t get really anything. I know I’m just a kid, but I think if a lot of people do something, a lot of things will get better.”

He launched Pies for Puerto Rico over the weekend, taking online orders for homemade empanadas on his  Evan the Chef Facebook page  and collecting the proceeds to donate to  Unidos Puerto Rico , a hurricane relief initiative launched by Beatriz Rossello, wife of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello.
A SCOUT IS HELPFUL

" Over this past summer, Josh and I, his dad, were driving when Josh noticed an elderly woman laying in the street. We stopped our car, rendered aid to the woman, and called an ambulance. The lady was taken to the hospital where she was treated and is currently getting rehab. Josh is a member of Pack #3957 from Chicago."
ADVANCEMENT
A SCOUT IS REVERENT
ACTIVITIES
SPECIAL EVENTS
The smile on a Tiger Cubs face when he feels the accomplishment of selling his first tin of popcorn, the satisfaction of a Cub Scout and parent when their pinewood derby crosses the finish line, the pride of a Boy Scout that braved a night in the woods to earn his wilderness survival merit badge, the experience of an Explorer Scout representing our national program in Washington DC, the lifelong understanding of water reclamation provided to a STEM Scout testing…

When you support Scouting with a year-end gift you help sustain the values and experiences that our communities have relied upon for over 100 years. The countless skills taught to tens of thousands of local youth including the ones shared above occur when we support Scouting.

The 3 top areas that direct support effects include:
  • Staff – trained employees that coordinate with volunteer’s new unit development, fundraising efforts, training, member recruitment and advise unit, district, council and camp programming.
  • Service centers – our 4 offices house Scout Shops and much like every home pay utilities, repairs, and services to maintain Scouting operations.
  • Communications – Website, online functions like event registration are part of a streamlined system so that Scouting resources and answers can be one click away all hours of the day.

As you consider year-end giving, a development staff member can assist you. Questions about donations, corporate matching gift, stock transfers, IRA roll-overs, or annuities can be answered by calling 312-412-8800.
SCOUT SHOP DEALS
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