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Jeff Isaac Named Scout Executive of
Pathway to Adventure Council
We are pleased to announce the selection of Jeff Isaac as Scout executive of the Pathway to Adventure Council, effective April 1, 2017.

Jeff began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Tukabatchee Council in Montgomery, AL, where he later became the field director. He was promoted to the director of field service with the Chickasaw Area Council in Memphis, TN. He was then promoted to Scout executive of the Tall Pine Council in Flint, MI, and on to Scout executive of Gulf Stream Council based in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Jeff is a Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow who enjoys movies, shooting sports and playing in amateur sport leagues.

Jeff is married to Alexia and has three children.

Please join me in congratulating Jeff as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of our Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people in the communities we serve. Jeff can be reached at .
Click below to view our 2016 Highlights!
For nearly 50 years the titans of the local construction industry have rallied around the Scouting movement. This year is looking like it will be record breaking. The healthy economy and robust builds have general contractors and subcontractors very busy.

You may ask yourself, what’s the secret to the success and sustainability of this event? Here, we point to the efforts of our committee. Julie Allman, mother of four and Project Executive, LEED AP BD+C, of Power Construction recognizes that every child needs mentors and opportunities to develop leadership skills and reach their full potential. This is her “give-back” to develop youth of character in our area. Don Biernacki, Sr. VP Construction at Related Midwest, rallies his contacts to participate because he is a product of the Scouting program and credits the lessons of Scouting for his leadership skills. We like to think that his philanthropic heart was developed in his days as a Scout too. Tom Van Etten, an icon at Ozinga, is a former Sea Scout, Explorer and Boy Scout. He has given the committee over 20 years of his life to keep the networking of the highest caliber so this event thrives for decades to come. These are just a few stories of the superheroes who lend their talent and time to make it a success.

Construction companies that wish to do business in Chicago bring their up-and-coming talent to this dinner to bolster their contact list with C-suite executives and subcontractor owners. Don’t keep this event a secret. April 27th is fast approaching and we are expecting to reach capacity this year.

This is a very special year for the Metals Industry Dinner as the event is being chaired by a pair of second-generation metals executives. Catherine DiGiacinto and childhood Scout Jon Romanovich both followed in their fathers’ footsteps and went into the steel business. The story deepens further when you consider that Jon’s father was the Chairman of this event exactly 30 years ago at the same age he is right now. Their fathers will be present to witness them lead the program on May 18th.

At the end of last year, we reported that the revenue generated from this dinner has been down for the past couple of years due to market conditions. While many predicted that we would be down 25% - 30% in 2016 our event was only down 10%; proving that even in difficult years the metals industry does not abandon the investment they have made in Scouting. This year is trending much better. If we are any indication of the market conditions, we are happy to report the market is on the mend.

This dinner brings in executives from around the world. If you or anyone you know is in the metals industry or wishes to do business with them, this is critical event for you to attend. Our attendees come because they know they will get back their investment by connecting with the right people while supporting a good cause. 

  Kemper Lake Golf Course  
24000 N. Old McHenry Road |    Kildeer, IL 60074  

Monday, July 10, 2017  
Driving range opens at 9:30 a.m.  

The beautiful Kemper Lakes Golf Club held the 1989 71st PGA Champion and will hold the 2017 Women’s PGA Championship.  

For more information visit:
Report to the Nation 2016:

Pathway to Adventure Council’s very own Tyler Schutt was one of ten Scouts chosen nationwide to hand-deliver the Boy Scout of America’s Report to the Nation, an annual report to our nation’s leaders detailing Scouting’s impact on communities across the country. 

Informing key leaders in our nation’s capital about all the good things Scouts did last year isn’t just a smart idea. It’s congressionally mandated.

When  Woodrow Wilson signed  the Boy Scouts of America’s charter on June 15, 1916, he made it official that “on or before the first day of April of each year the said Boy Scouts of America shall make and transmit to Congress a report of its proceedings for the year ending December thirty-first preceding.” And so the BSA’s annual Report to the Nation was born.

What is the Report to the Nation?

It’s a two-page document outlining the BSA’s accomplishments from the previous year. Though the trip to Washington takes place in 2017, we refer to this as the 2016 Report to the Nation because it covers the year 2016 in Scouting.
The official report, which will be posted at  Scouting Newsroom , tells of 2.3 million youth participants and nearly 1 million adult volunteers who took part in this “ongoing adventure that teaches a powerful set of real-life skills and fundamental qualities that help young people become ‘Prepared. For Life.'”

It celebrates these 2016 accomplishments, among others:
  • 55,186 new Eagle Scouts
  • 15.4 million hours of service performed by Scouts
  • 2.4 million merit badges earned
  • 6.5 million nights of camping
  • A growth in the Exploring program of 7 percent
Tyler Schutt
National Youth Representative for Law Enforcement Exploring

From:  Explorer Post 2950 in Lansing, IL, part of the Pathway to Adventure Council

Noteworthy:  Tyler was selected from all Explorers to be the 2016-2018 National Youth Representative for Law Enforcement Exploring. He joined the program in 2012 where he currently serves his post as a lieutenant. He plans to go into law enforcement as a police officer or a special agent to help keep our streets safe.

What he’s up to now:  Tyler attends Trinity Christian College and is majoring in criminal justice and communications. He’s also on the JV and varsity soccer teams. As Law Enforcement Exploring’s National Youth Representative, he wants to: establish a social media site for Explorers, provide training guides to support preparations for national competitions, re-establish the regional representatives program and help plan the 2018 National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference 
A Salute to You, Donor Reception Recap
Pathway to Adventure Council (PTAC) recently hosted its second annual donor receptions where donors were invited to hear what was accomplished in 2016 throughout PTAC. Four receptions were offered once again so that location and dates would be flexible. During the receptions, youth speakers Magnus Shipinski and Eagle Scout Kurt Huegelmann shared their Scouting stories with attendees. We would love to continue growing the amount of attendees in years to come for these receptions so that we can get to know all of our loyal supporters. If you were unable to attend, a member of Pathway to Adventure Council will be reaching out to you in the near future to speak to you directly to give you a full update on the status of the council. Please click here to see pictures of the event. Click here to listen to our youth speaker testimonials.Thank you for your continued support of Scouting.

On Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, IN, Pathway to Adventure Council held its 4th annual wine pairing and gourmet dinner event. This year's theme, “That’s Amore” was carried throughout the evening. The cast from My Way , a Frank Sinatra tribute show, even sang a couple of songs during social hour to enhance the atmosphere.

Attendees enjoyed upscale Italian food from each of the delicious five courses accompanied by a perfectly paired wine. The Center for Performing Arts, Executive Chef Joseph Trama did a live demonstration of three of the five courses. Wine Consultant, Debbie White of Indiana Beverage gave talking points for each of the selected wines. 

Thank you to St. Catherine’s Hospital, part of the Northwest Community Foundation; Jim Carr, CPA; and Lisa Earley for sponsoring and underwriting the event. 

In addition to great food, amazing wine, and fellowship, the evening offered an array of items for auction including: Black Hawks, Cubs Tickets and the most sought after item: an autographed Rizzo baseball. A special thank you goes to Joel Palaschak, our auction chairman who secured most of the sports memorabilia for auction.

And a huge thank you to the committee that worked to secure sponsorships and ticket sales: Sandra Danner, Lisa Earley, Jennifer Puente, Lisa Galloy, Joel Palaschak, David Novak, Sandra Qualls, Dave Baczewski, and Brian Tucker.  

Camp supporters received a thoughtful letter in the mail earlier this month. It was written by a Chicagoland Scout named Joseph, who received a Campership last summer. In the letter, Joseph expresses how grateful he is to everyone who allowed him to experience the wonders of camp. Joseph is one of the 400+ Scouts who received a Campership last year. Please click here to view Joseph’s letter.

At camp, Scouts have the opportunity to participate in activities they wouldn’t otherwise have living in the city. Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, fishing, and archery encourage youth to learn new skills, gain confidence, and become leaders. Help us create memories and friendships for thousands of youth in our community. If you would like to support life-changing experiences at camp please visit