JUNE 2018
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Jill Roggeveen joined the Pathway to Adventure Council on May 16 th as an Associate Development Director. She will be working on major gifts and grant writing. Jill has more than 12 years of experience in fundraising and constituent relations in higher education and affordable housing. PTAC is a Boy Scouts of America homecoming of sorts for Jill; she was a college intern for the W.D. Boyce Council in Peoria, Ill. She can be reached at 312-421-8800 ext. 272 or at
As we enter our third year of introducing young people to the Financial District through Trading Tech merit badge clinics we count our blessings. Hundreds of Scouts have been introduced to new businesses and career opportunities all because they came to a merit badge clinic that inspired them.

On July 10, the program will travel to NYC where NASDQ will be hosting a clinic. Here in Chicago, we continue to add new partners to the 17 that have already shared their knowledge with Scouts. In addition, there will be some changes. The construction, legal, and medical industries have expressed an interest in introducing Scouts to their craft. Therefore, we are happy to announce that Trading Tech will be joined by Building Tech, Civic Tech, and Med Tech; all under the Scout Tech umbrella.

If you feel your organization may be interested in having an impact on Scouts, please contact Myriam Herrera at 224-310-5502 or We have a proven, easy-to-follow process and will hold your hand throughout it. By investing just one day, your organization will be rewarded with quality social media content, an opportunity to change lives, and recognition from our organization at our the LaSalle Street Trading Tech Awards on November 15 at the iconic Chicago Board of Trade Building.
We're so excited to invite girls into more of our programs! Here's a quick look at some of the key changes.

Cub Scouts:
Packs can choose to be an all-boy pack, an all-girl pack, or a family pack of girls and boys. All dens will continue to be single-gender.

Boy Scouts:
Effective February 1, 2019, the Boy Scouts program is changing it's name to Scouts BSA.

Boys and girls who are part of Scouts BSA will be known as Scouts. Just as before, these Scouts will earn merit badges, go camping and work toward the Eagle Scout Award. The organization name, Boy Scouts of America, will not change.

Beginning during the scheduled launch of Feb. 1, 2019, girls can join all-girl troops. Boys can continue to join all-boy troops. Scouts BSA will not have any mixed-gender, or coed, troops or patrols.

For more information on Family Scouting, click the resources below or visit the BSA's official Family Scouting webpage.

The 6th Annual Boy Scout Golf Classic, a sold-out benefit for the Pathway to Adventure Council, is quickly approaching! It will be held on Monday, July 23, 2018 at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Ill. Proceeds from this exclusive outing will help us grow the Scouting movement and impact future generations. 
The Latino communities of Chicagoland have been very accepting of what the Pathway to Adventure Council has to offer for their children. To continue this growth, we are striving to cultivate Latino community leadership. Vale La Pena (meaning Worth It) will recognize outstanding service by an adult or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Latino youth. We hope to execute the Vale La Pena event this upcoming November to help raise funds for Restoring the Village (RTV) as a part of an all-hands effort to re-engage Latino Leaders while serving areas of interest through RTV.

RTV is an initiative partnering the Pathway to Adventure Council with local schools, churches, and community-based organizations to provide Scouting to at-risk youth in under-served communities. The RTV initiative empowers youth in targeted areas of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana by providing critical life skills and positive mentorship to help derail the cycle of poverty and violence plaguing communities. 
James E. West served as the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America and stayed in that position for 32 years. In his honor, the Boy Scouts of America created the James E. West Fellowship Award. This gift to a local council, designated by the donor to the council endowment fund, qualifies for membership as a James E. West fellow. The gift must be in addition to – and not replace or diminish – the donor’s annual Friends of Scouting support. A minimum gift of $1,000 in cash or marketable securities qualifies for the Bronze level membership. Donors may make cumulative gifts to reach Silver ($5,000), Gold ($10,000), and Diamond ($25,000) member levels. For example, five years of giving at the Brnze level would qualify for Silver membership.
For more information on how to apply for a James E. West Fellowship Award, contact Cedric Bodley at (224) 310-5497 or at
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. To qualify for the award, individuals must complete five of nine requirements.

The application below includes submission requirements. Please complete and share this with your fellow registered Scouting Alumni and Friends.
The Pathway to Adventure Council is proud to announce a partnership with Dynamic Scrip. Dynamic Scrip is an innovative approach to fundraising with a “Give Back, Get Back” philosophy. Their industry-leading mobile app, Dynamic Pay, helps organizations raise funds by simply asking donors to purchase an annual Dynamic Pay Membership, download the app, and make purchases using the app. The donors earn cash back rewards and a portion of each purchase benefits the Pathway to Adventure Council. It’s a true win-win.

For more information, please contact Cedric Bodley at (224) 310-5497 or at
The Pathway to Adventure Council is thrilled to announce, in partnership with Raise, that we now accept gift cards as donations! Raise is an online gift card marketplace that connects consumers to sell their unwanted gift cards with others who will buy gift cards at a discount. If you have unused gifts cards that are $5.00 or more, please consider donating them in support of PTAC programs.
To donate, please mail your gift cards to:
Gift Card Donations
Pathway to Adventure Council, BSA
1218 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Or drop them off at the collection boxes at our Service Centers or camp trading posts. For more information, please contact Cedric Bodley at (224) 310-5497 or at