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December 2018
Just 59 days until the official launch of
Scouts BSA on February 1, 2019!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING SCOUTS WHO COMPLETED THEIR EAGLE BOARD OF REVIEW IN NOVEMBER
Adrian O. (Chicago, IL)
Alearic R. (Streamwood, IL)
Alejandro P. (Oak Park, IL)
Alexander T. (Wauconda, IL)
Alexander F. (Saint John, IN)
Andrew D. (Lemont, IL)
Bradley D. (Claredon Hills, IL)
Charles D. (Schererville, IN)
Connolly F. (Park Ridge, IL)
Daniel R. (Arlington Heights, IL)
David K. (Brookfield, IL)
Derek D. (Chicago, IL)
Devin O. (Chicago, IL)
Eric Y. (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Fareed K. (Claredon Hills, IL)
Hayden J. (Chicago, IL)
Jackson T. (Oak Park, IL)
Jake N. (Chicago, IL)
James G. (Schaumburg, IL)
Jason H. (Darien, IL)
Jayalan T. (Chicago, IL)
John F. (Lockport, IL)
John O. (La Grange, IL)
John Y. (Orland Park, IL)
Joseph S. (Schererville, IN)
Malichi S. (Midlothian, IL)
Mason I. (Griffith, IN)
Matthew C. (Chicago, IL)
Matthew H. (Schaumburg IL)
Michael B. (Hinsdale, IL)
Michael Y. (Chicago, IL)
Nicholas J. (Dyer, IN)
Patrick H. (Mount Preospect, IL)
Patrick C. (Flossmore, IL)
Preston C. (Chicago, IL)
Robert C. (Westmont, IL)
Spencer B. (Arlington Heights, IL)
Tommy B. (Belvidere, IL)
William R. (Arlington Heights, IL)
Wilson C. (Western Springs, IL)
To see a full list of Scouts who have completed their Eagle Board of Review so far in 2018, click here .
SERVICE CENTER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Service Center and Scout Shop year-end schedule
Please note that all PTAC service centers and the Munster Scout Shop will be closed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1. The La Grange, Chicago, and Arlington Heights Scout Shops will be closed December 24, 25, and January 1, but will remain open on December 31. Thank you for your flexibility and have a wonderful holiday season!
ACTIVITIES
SAVE THE DATE - 2019 PTAC Camporee
Join us for our first annual council-wide camporee on October 11-13, 2019! Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Sea Scouts are all welcome. Experience exciting program activities, competitions, STEM, closing show, and much more! Please join us! Click here for the  calendar event   and  event flyer .
ADVANCEMENT
SAVE THE DATE - North Park University Merit Badge College
North Park University (NPU) will host its first Merit Badge College on March 23 from 9am to 4pm (registration starts at 8:30). If you enjoyed the amenities at Triton Merit Badge College, you will enjoy the labs and equipment of this high-tech university environment too. Medicine, Chemistry, Animal Science and perhaps a few other STEM-focused merit badges will be offered. Classes will be small and taught by NPU educators, so see January's Newsletter for the registration link!
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
2019 Webelos Camps
Save the Date! Webelos Camps are a great opportunity for your pack to provide a unique experience to your Webelos dens. Acitivites include fishing, Scout Skills, BBs and Archery, Webelos Adventures requirements, and more! We're excited to offer several sessions of Webelos Overnight Camp in 2019. These camps are designed for next year's 4th and 5th grade Webelos dens and are offered at BOTH Owasippe and Napowan! Note: Current 5th grade Webelos should transition to a Scouts BSA unit and attend Scouts BSA summer camp in 2019, not Webelos Camp. Reservations open January 1st. Click here for more information: http://www.pathwaytoadventure.org/camping/cubscouts/
Register Now for Summer Camp
If you haven't signed your troop up for 2019 Summer Camp at Napowan or Owasippe, now's the time! Campsites are filling fast, so reserve your spot today. Click here for information: http://www.pathwaytoadventure.org/camping/ScoutsBSA/

Starting a girl troop this spring and not sure where to start your planning for summer camp 2019? We're happy to help you! Contact us at  ptac.camping@scouting.org   and we'll make sure you're prepared for a great first summer at camp.
2019 Camp Staff - Apply Now!
Please share this information with your scouts! Pathway to Adventure Council is now accepting applications for 2019 Camp Staff at Camp Napowan and Owasippe Scout Reservation. Don't delay in applying-interviews and hiring happen in the Fall and early Winter. More information and the application can be found at  http://www.pathwaytoadventure.org/camping/campstaff
2019 Camp Counselors-In-Training (CIT) - Spread the Word!
Do you know a scout who has strong leadership potential, is high-energy and is ready to try out camp staff? We're looking for applicants for 2019 Camp Counselors-In-Training (CITs) at Camps Napowan and Owasippe. Counselors-In-Training must be 14 years old by the start of summer camp and must be willing to spend several weeks as a volunteer member of the camp staff. If you know of a scout who fits the bill, encourage them to apply at   www.pathwaytoadventure.org/camping/campstaff
TRAINING
Would you like to be part of the 100 th Anniversary Class of Wood Badge?
Baden Powell first undertook the training of Scouters in 1911. In 1919 this training was expanded in to what has become known as Wood Badge. Next year we will celebrate the 100 th Anniversary of that first Wood Badge Course that was held at Gilwell Park in England. You can be a part of that history by registering for Pathway to Adventure Council Wood Badge Course C7-456-19, which is being held on September 20-22, 2019 and October 26-28, 2019. Registration will be opening soon. You can find additional information on Wood Badge at http://www.pathwaytoadventure.org/training/schedule/woodbadge or contact Course Director, Paul Kurtzner at PTACWoodBadge2019@outlook.com.
POPCORN
Bear Down, Popcorn Fans!
As the temperature outside cools down, the Bears' season is heating up! Get your commemorative Chicago Bears popcorn tin to share during the next Bears' game against the Rams. That's right, you can still order your Chicago Bears tin, which includes 22 ounces of Classic Caramel and 5 ounces of Yellow Cheddar Cheese Corn (Chicago Mix). Each Tin costs $55 dollars and can be shipped for $10 or picked up at a service center for free. Don't delay, the tins are only available until December 16 and quantities are limited! Please click here to order your tin. Thank you for supporting local Scouting.
SPECIAL EVENTS & RECOGNITION
SAVE THE DATE - Annual Council Dinner
Save the Date for the Annual Council Dinner - Sunday, February 24, 2019! Join us as we recognize the volunteers of the Pathway to Adventure Council. The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition award presented on the council level. In addition, other high-level awards will be presented or recognized during the banquet. We will share more information as it becomes available. We hope you can join us!

To nominate a volunteer for the Silver Beaver Award, please fill out this form . Nominations are due to the Steve Fossett Center for Scouting by Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Wood Badge 70th Anniversary Award
To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the first Wood Badge courses in the United States, the American Wood Badge Alumni has created a special service recognition that can only be earned during the anniversary year. A commemorative certificate and special anniversary service patch will be available.

Wood Badgers will agree to and work a new ticket, "if they can." To qualify for the award, individuals must complete five of nine requirements during the Anniversary Year between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

Click here for the application   that will indicate requirements. Please complete and share this with your fellow registered Scouting alumni and friends. 
SAVE THE DATE - Youth Recognition Dinner
The 2019 Youth Recognition Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Plumber's Union Hall (1340 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607). This event will honor all Eagle Scouts, Venturing Summit Award, and Sea Scout Quartermaster recipients from 2018. Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of the youth in our council as well as the class of Outstanding Eagle Scouts. For more information, please view the   calendar event.
George Meany Award
The 2018 George Meany Award Celebration is honoring Gary Perinar on behalf of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters. The celebration is being held on December 5 at the Ballroom on 12 East Erie 6:30-8:30 PM. The George Meany Award is a national recognition by the AFL-CIO Executive Council, that is presented to an adult union member who has made a significant contribution to the youth of their community through scouting. We hope to see you there! You can view the   event web page   here.
VOLUNTEER AND GIVING OPPORTUNITIES
National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP): Volunteers Needed
PTAC's National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP) Committee is looking for volunteers to assist in visiting camps - both our own local camps and other council's resident camps. NCAP volunteers receive training in the BSA's National Camping Standards and assist in the annual accreditation process. Volunteers are needed for both local camp visits, such as day camps, as well as regional camp visits, such as other council's Scouts BSA camps in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. This is a great way to help and to see BSA camps in action! Click here to sign up to volunteer.
Camp Marketing and Promotions
Do you have an interest in marketing and promotions? Can you help to promote our Cub Scout and Boy Scout Summer Camp Programs? We're looking for volunteers to join our Camp Promotions Committee! Volunteers play an important role in helping to create promotional materials and plans, reaching out to scout units, attending events and promoting our camps. If you're interested, please contact Terry Dutton, Director of Program at  terry.dutton@scouting.org  
LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Executive Committee Position Openings
The Pathway to Adventure Council is seeking highly qualified candidates to serve as  Vice President of Public Relations   and  Vice President of Properties   on the council's executive committee. Serving on the executive committee is a great way to increase your involvement with Scouting. If you would like more information, please contact  Alex Lohse   and  Rob Hemmelgarn.
SCOUT SHOP
PARTNER ACTIVITIES
Forest Preserves of Cook County Events
Looking for opportunities to get your unit outside? Look no further than the Forest Preserves of Cook County! The Forest Preserves of Cook County offers a variety of recreational and educational programs appropriate for all ages. Programs are offered year round and throughout Cook County. For more information check out their website: fpdcc.com/events