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PTAC NEWS
The 2017 PTAC Popcorn Sale is in full gear. We are seeing great results from units out doing site sales as well as door-to-door sales. We have popcorn volunteers (Kernals) thinking outside the box and coming up with some new places to sell.

Here are a few upcoming important dates to remember:

  • 10/2- Re-irder for Show and Sell is by 9 p.m. Please place your order on the Trails End site
  • 10/28- Show and Sell Return Day. Head to your designated warehouse to return full cases of product only, submit the prize order online, and close your consignment orders.
 
Keep up the hard work and continue to sell as long as you can. Please send us pictures of your Scouts at site sales to our Facebook page so we can share all the great things you're doing!

If you have any questions regarding the sale, please reach out to your district executive or email ptac.popcorn@scouting.org .
New webpage coming soon!
The service webpage, coming in October, will be dedicated to all things community and civic service! A new recognition plan will be rolled out there and explained during October roundtables.

This page will also be your resource for:
·          Recognition and council-wide bragging rights
·          Tips on reporting your service hours and why it benefits your unit
·          Exciting civic and community service opportunities

Harvey, Irma and Maria Relief
We know that transportation is a bottleneck for the disaster relief. If you have contacts in the trucking industry, the Red Cross has donations that need to be transported to affected areas. Please email myriam.herrera@scouting.org if you are interested in helping. 
The Silver Beaver Award is presented by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America through the local Council to adult volunteer Scouters for their distinguished service to youth and their community. 

The 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. To be fair to all nominees, no late nominations will be accepted. 

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!

Interested applicants can apply online.  For questions or more information, please refer to the Pathway To Adventure Council website or direct questions to Terry Dutton, Director of Program .
TRAINING
Are You Preparing to be an Adviser for a 2018 Philmont Trek?

What: Philmont Adviser Skills School
Where: Steve Fossett Center for Scouting – 1218 W. Adams, Chicago
When: Saturday, October 28 th and Sunday, October 29 th  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.*
Who: 2018 Crew Advisers
Cost: $40

Philmont Advisor Skills School (PASS) is designed to help prepare Philmont advisors to lead a successful trek. PASS is an 8-hour course that covers  backcountry and logistical fundamentals of Philmont, including:
·         Campsite set-up
·         Cooking and cleaning
·         Gear needs
·         Physical conditioning
·        Transportation
·        Tips and tricks the PASS instructors have learned over their years on Philmont staff

*These are two separate PASS courses. The instructors will cover the same material both days.

Attention Cub Scout leaders! Starting in 2018, there will be a new version of BALOO Training. This new course will combine BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) and OWLS (Outdoor Webelos Leaders Skills) into one course.

At least one member of the pack must have BALOO Training for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event; including pack camping overnights and Webelos den overnights.
 
This new course will involve an overnight camping component and will run for a full day on a Saturday and a half day on a Sunday. In addition, participants are required to take an online BALOO Training module in My.Scouting prior to taking the weekend course. The online course takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Both the online course and the weekend course must be completed to be considered BALOO Trained.
 
Leaders who have completed the current version of BALOO Training will not be required to take the new course so we are urging packs to take advantage of the current half-day BALOO courses that will be offered through PTAC on October 21, 2017, November 4, 2017 or November 21, 2017. Consult the council calendar for details.
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.
 
Like Starfleet Academy, Star Scouter Academy is a place to learn, grow, and share with others.

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 Scout 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 and visit https://scoutingevent.com/456-13288 to register.
 
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. A one-day renewal session is scheduled for October 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 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.

To conform to state laws, which apply to all youth-serving organizations, YPT2 will take an hour to complete and will have to be renewed annually . The BSA is exploring whether annual refresher courses must also be an hour long.

We are encouraging everyone whose YPT training is expired, about to expire, or perhaps has several more months before expiration to retake the current Youth Protection course appropriate for their registered position. The older courses take less time to complete. The new YPT2 course may not have to be taken until your current course is a year old.
 
Additional details and specific dates will be announced as soon as they are received from the Central Region Training Committee.
Shooting Sports Training now available!
NRA Shotgun Qualification & Instructor Training

  USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Training
SCOUTS IN THE NEWS
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA TO HONOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS
via Times Staff - NWI.com

The Boy Scouts of America Pathway to Adventure Council will host a dinner honoring Indiana residents Tom Sourlis and his wife Susan Eleuterio as the 2017 Distinguished Citizens Honorees.

The Distinguished Citizen Dinner (DCD) recognizes the efforts of local individuals who are making a positive impact on their community through the organizations they actively support and promote in Northwest Indiana and beyond.

“We are honored to present this esteemed couple with the 2017 Distinguished Citizens Award,” said event chairman Robert Welsh. “They are pillars of our community and we are pleased to recognize them for their contributions.”
ST. JANE SCOUTS LEARN AT OWASIPPE
via Southwest News-Herald

Members of Boy Scout Troop 671, sponsored by St. Jane de Chantal Parish, recently attended camp at the Owasippe Scout Reservation in Twin Lakes, Mich. the week of July 23rd.

Scouts rode horses, went swimming, hiked, fished offshore and conducted a lodge flag ceremony. A number of merit badges were earned by the Scouts.
OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATES ELGIN FIRE DEPARTMENT'S 150TH ANNIVERSARY
by Gloria Casas - The Courier News

Larry Follman, head of Cub Scout Troop 1855, was on hand at the open house. His troop is located in the Fire Barn No. 5 Museum's neighborhood. The Cub Scouts organization has a good relationship with the museum and is supportive of its efforts, he said.

Troop 1855 does a Night at the Museum every November where Boy Scouts lean about evacuation drills for the home, flag etiquette, first aid and the Elgin Fire Department's history, Follman said.
ADVANCEMENT
Please note: The OESA is not awarded to people for their involvement in Scouting, it is given purely based on their vocational and/or community accomplishments outside of Scouting. 

To nominate a potential OESA awardee please do the following:
1. Fill out the form provided in this link: http://www.nesa.org/PDF/542-057_WB.pdf
2. Forward the form to this email address: jared.epstein@gmail.com
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