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From July 5-23, we’re encouraging Scouters to head to and sign up to become a BSA Ambassador! During this time National Boy Scouts of America will be posting challenges and contests to encourage ambassadors to post about the benefits of Scouting on social media.
Climb the leaderboard, win prizes, and show your #PTACPride to all your friends!
Become an In Tents Ambassador by reaching out and presenting to Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops in the months of January, February, and March of 2018. Share camping promotional materials, excitement, and our camp prize games!

Earn cool camp swag!
• Sign up to be an In Tents Ambassador and promote to one unit (not your home unit) – Receive a patch identifying you as a PTAC In Tents Ambassador
• Present to and follow up with five units – Receive an Ambassador Hat (unique design for Ambassadors)
• Present to and follow up with 10 units – Receive a fleece jacket (unique design for Ambassadors)

Click here to sign up!

The Pathway to Adventure Outdoor Committee would like to invite you to a free day of our program to introduce you and your Scouts to what we offer at short and long-term campings at our beautiful camping facilities. Click here for dates and details! 

For more information and questions contact:

And as always, don’t forget to visit our Camping Resources page for more information on all of our Summer Camp opportunities and sign up today! 
Joseph DiLullo  Eagle Scout scholarship
A scholarship in honor of Joseph DiLullo is awarded annually to an Eagle Scout who submits the most qualified application by July 31. The scholarship is awarded to an Eagle Scout in the Pathway to Adventure Council who contributed a significant service project to the community, has excellent grades, and has been admitted to a four-year university. This is the 28th year in which an Eagle Scout will receive a scholarship from Mario and Margaret DiLullo honoring their son. The 2016 Joseph DuLullo Eagle Scout College Fund Recipient was Eagle Scout Matthew Brucks from Troop 926 in Chicago. Application forms are provided with Eagle Certificates or online. Applications need to be received at the PTAC Arlington Heights Center for Scouting by 5 p.m. July 31. 
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. This allows us the ability to not only honor the exemplary professionals in our council but also provides our new Eagle Scouts with potential role models. Whether you know a well published theoretical physicist or a virtuoso pianist, we want to hear about them!

To nominate a potential OESA awardee please do the following:
1) Fill out the form provided in this link:
2) Forward the form to this email address:

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 (Y01 for Cub Scout & Boy Scout leaders, Y02 for Venturing leaders, and Y03 for Exploring leaders).

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.

Summer Training Opportunities
Summer is fast approaching and with it comes camping, high adventure, and other outdoor activities. With all those activities, it is hard to find time for leader training. There will be few classroom courses offered between June and August; however, the online training is always available through The minimum required training requirements for all unit leader positions shows the modules and the time to complete each module. Most modules take 5 to 12 minutes. Note that Youth Protection Training is required for all leaders and is also accessible at (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is also required for Scoutmasters, Coaches, and their assistants.)

Further information how to get the most from online training is available on the How To Page. If you have any questions after taking an online module, you may send email to Also use that address if you have general questions about training.

Remember: Every youth deserves a trained leader. Training makes your job easier, and provides a better experience for your youth.
National Youth Leadership Training
July 9-14, 2017 at Camp Sol R Crown, Wilmot, WI​
September 22, 23, 24 & October 13, 14, & 15
Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta, Burlington, WI
Questions Contact Course Director Marc White at

Time is running out to register for our Fall Wood Badge course. Wood Badge is the premier adult leadership training course offered by the Boy Scouts of America. This is an intense, fun-filled, hands-on, six-day course that will challenge you as a leader and give you new tools to provide your unit with the highest quality Scouting experience; but more importantly, the skills that you learn can be applied to all Scouting programs and your home and business life. Space is limited, so please register today to ensure your spot on this course. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

Shooting Sports Training now available!
NRA Shotgun Qualification & Instructor Training
NRA Rifle Qualification & Instructor Training
Training Awards for Unit Leaders
The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, training, and performance in their leadership roles. Progress recording forms with the requirements for these awards can be found at the links below. Once the form is complete it should be sent to your district training chairman who in turn will sign off and forward the form to the local service center for processing. Once approved, the district commissioner will be notified and present the award to the applicant. 

Are you a Red Cross Certified Instructor?
The Pathway to Adventure Council, Boy Scouts of America, and the American Red Cross have a long history of working together to make sure our leaders and Scouts have access to lifesaving training. The PTAC Training committee is in the process of compiling a list of our Scouters who are certified as Red Cross trainers in any capacity. If you are or know of another Scouter who is, please have them e-mail
Share your stories! 

Do you have a Scout who deserves to be recognized? A unit service project you want your neighbors to know about? We’ve compiled a list of local news publications and websites for you to pitch your stories to.

Of course, this list isn’t all-inclusive – you know your communities best, so feel free to add your local publications to our spreadsheet so we can share Scouting’s stories far and wide! 

Arlington Heights Troop Celebrates 75 Years
by the Daily Herald

Arlington Heights Boy Scout Troop 32 turned 75 Tuesday, a day after conducting the opening flag ceremony at the village board meeting and receiving a formal proclamation marking the occasion from the board. It was in February 1942 that the East Park School Parent Teacher Association filed an application for the troop. Following interviews with the PTA, and after providing guidance regarding national rules and policies, the Northwest Suburban Council granted the charter on June 20, 1942.

Arlington Heights Family has Three Generations of Eagle Scouts
by Eileen O. Daday - Daily Herald
Photo Credit: Carl Laub

A legacy in Boy Scouting that dates back more than 60 years came full circle on Saturday with the third generation of one family earning his Eagle Scout rank.

Joseph Sioui, 16, of Arlington Heights received his award at a court of honor ceremony held by Troop 32 at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights. His achievement brings the number to 109 Eagles for this troop, which is sponsored by the Men's Club and will celebrate its 75th anniversary next month.

On hand for the celebration was Joseph's father, Dan Sioui, Scoutmaster, who earned his Eagle award in 1983, and his grandfather Richard, who earned the rank in 1955.

Chicagoan, 98, Donates Walgreens Shares He Bought Decades Ago - Now Worth $2 Million
 by Lisa Schencker - Chicago Tribune
Photo Credit: Stacey Wescott - Chicago Tribune

Nearly 70 years ago, a young Russ Gremel decided to buy about $1,000 worth of stock in a Chicago-based pharmacy chain.

He figured people would always need medicine and women would always buy makeup. He planned to hold onto that stock for a long time, as an investment.

As Gremel grew older, that pharmacy chain, Walgreens, grew exponentially. By the time Gremel hit his late 90s, the stock was worth more than $2 million.

Still, he didn't cash out. Instead, the now 98-year-old Chicagoan donated the stock to the Illinois Audubon Society, which is using it to help establish a nearly 400-acre wildlife refuge near Dixon and Amboy that will be dedicated in his name Sunday.

Yorkville Cub Scouts Graduate to Wolf Cub Scouts
by Tatiana Papas - Yorkville Patch
Photo credit: Kendall County Sheriffs Office 

Yorkville Cub Scout Pack 350 Den 9 Tigers graduated to Wolf Cub Scouts in a Crossover Ceremony May 21.

Thirteen Scouts were awarded Camp 911 certificates and Boy Scouts of America Emergency Preparedness Award pins presented by Sheriff Dwight Baird during the Crossover Ceremony, which was attended by members of the Kendall County Sheriff’s office.

Shout Out: Eric Duenser, a Boy Scout Working with Arlington Heights Park District
by Chicago Tribune
Photo credit: the Duenser family

For 15-year-old Eric Duenser, his project with the Arlington Heights Park District to create a butterfly garden is more than just a way to earn his Eagle Scout badge.

Pioneer Press recently caught up with Eric, a freshman at Buffalo Grove High School, who took a break from his busy schedule and shared how he decided to help the park district bring a butterfly garden to Heritage Park in the village.

Summer Program 2017
Registration is now open for 5 new Trading Tech 300 clinics. More will be announced soon. Check regularly for new clinics. The summer program will focus on weeks of:
• July 17-21 
• August 14-18

Remember, that to earn a completed merit badge your prerequisite work must be done before the clinic. BSA personnel will be checking work at registration. Click merit badge clinics below for details or to register:

  1. WGN Weather - July 15
  2. FourStar American Business and Entrepreneurship - July 17
  3. Advantage Futures Chess and Public Speaking - July 18
  4. Enova Digital Technology - August 17
  5. NIPSCO Electricity - August 18
*Calumet Scout Shop promotions may vary.