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Reporting your unit’s community service hours can have a positive impact on your operating budget in addition to your community. Make sure you register the hours your Scouts and families have served by December 15. PTAC will issue a certificate in January to each unit that has officially reported their hours in the Good Turn for America site . Units can proudly present this certificate to local political and business leaders’ when asking for support. It can make a world of difference!

For questions regarding community and civic service and for upcoming service opportunities, please visit our brand new Community and Civic Service webpage .
Our first event, STEM Scouts Try It Out, was held on November 18th at Reilly Elementary in Chicago. It was amazing! Over 50 STEM Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and non-Scouts came and tried out some of the most popular activities from previous years ranging from glowing bubbles to robot tag in the library to soda geysers! With a volunteer corps from the University of Chicago, CPS, and the British International School of Chicago, we had a great time and hope to do this again!
The holidays are almost here! Drop a new toy off at one of our four service center locations before December 11 and make this Christmas special for someone in need.
On November 19, a committee composed of three youth members from each of our four lodges met to begin the process of becoming one lodge for all Order of the Arrow members in Pathway to Adventure Council. In hopes of keeping all lodge members informed on the process of the merger, updates will be sent through lodge and council communications on a regular basis.
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!
These classes are intended for Scouts and Scouters attending high adventure camps in 2018 or any Scouts 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 January 6 & 13, 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
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.
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. 
by Chuck Fieldman

Patience will be Donald Brorson's biggest virtue over the winter for his Eagle Scout project.
The 17-year-old Burr Ridge resident completed the first part of his project this fall, but now must wait until the spring to complete it.

Brorson's project focuses on clearing the invasive species from the Richmond Education Gardens, a joint project, along with an apiary, of Clarendon Hills and Westmont on an unused 0.15-acre public right of way owned by the two villages.

"Another Scout did a project at the apiary which I helped with, so I did know about it," Brorson said. "And when I returned to the site with a new perspective, I thought it was a great place that needed a lot of work."
by Steve Euvino

 Tom Sourlis and Susan Eleuterio have been described as a “wonderful couple … selfless … philanthropists to the core.”

The Highland couple, active in many community organizations, was honored Thursday with the Distinguished Citizen Award by Boy Scouts of America Pathway to Adventure Council at Gamba Ristorante.

According to 17-year-old Lillian Weihert, president of the Venturing Officers Association, the husband-wife team has “lived the tenets of the scout law and oath in your actions and deeds, and you embody everything a distinguished citizen stands for.”
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