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PTAC Scouts Honored Local Heroes on Memorial Day

Scouts and volunteers from around the Council honored those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. They planted flags at cemeteries, marched in parades, and supported our local veterans. Thank you to all who participated. 
Scouting adventures happen everywhere – the outdoors, city parks, civic meetings, service projects – let us know what comes to mind when you think of the word Adventure. Your answers will be shared with the BSA's National Outdoor Adventures Team.
Among John Brown’s proudest accomplishments in Scouting was being chosen in 1971 as the Scoutmaster of the Chicago area contingent to the world Scout jamboree in Japan.

During his 65-year tenure as a Scouter, Brown has served on the staff at 24 National Order of the Arrow Conferences and 10 national Scout jamborees. He was also appointed national headquarters staff for the world jamboree in Holland as well as the national staff for world jamborees in England and Sweden.
Want to have a say in the future of this great movement we call Scouting? Use your voice.

Or, more specifically, use your Voice of the Scout annual survey.

Since 2012, the Voice of the Scout survey has given the Scouting family the opportunity to offer feedback directly to the BSA. Respondents have answered questions about the climate, program delivery, administration and support provided at all levels of Scouting. These answers have turned into improvements at the BSA’s National Service Center and BSA local councils.

The Voice of the Scout survey — VOS, for short — is sent out on the first Tuesday of every month to one-twelfth of the Scouting population. That means you’ll get it once a year.

You respond on your computer, phone or tablet, and the whole thing takes just a few minutes.

Do you have an exciting district or Council-level event? Add it to our calendar! Putting your event on our Council calendar can increase attendance and engagement with your event. Click below to add your event to the Council calendar.
The BSA  has announced  bold, wide-ranging updates to its Youth Protection program. Even those Scout leaders who took the previous version of Youth Protection training must log into  and complete the updated Youth Protection by October 1, 2018.

Beginning June 1, 2018, all adults who will be present at a Scouting activity for 72 hours or more must register as volunteers and complete a background check and Youth Protection training. This includes parents, merit badge counselors, and any other adult who will be there for an extended time.
It’s time to sign up for Cub Scout Summer Camp! Don’t miss out on all the fun we have planned. Summer Camp is an essential part of the Cub Scout program and introduces your Scout to the wonders of the outdoors and Scout camping. Our goal is to have every Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Scout attend a day camp, family camp, or overnight camp and all Webelos attend a Webelos overnight camp. We have something for everyone from Bug Hunters day camps located all over the Council, Pirate Family Camp in Berrien Springs, Michigan and Scouting the Galaxy at overnight Cub Scout and Webelos camps in various locations in Illinois and Michigan. Get your pack together and sign up or attend with your Scout and make some new friends!
Thinking about bringing your unit to summer camp at Camp Napowan or Owasippe Scout Reservation but never had a chance to have your Scouts visit? Now's your chance! We're hosting free camping weekends at our resident camps September 21-23 at Napowan and September 28-30 at Owasippe. Shooting sports, boating, and climbing will be offered.
Don't delay! Online ordering ends on Monday, June 4.
Are you looking for an easy way to surprise your Scout at camp? Purchase an Owasi-Pack! Each pack includes candy, chips, pretzels, cookies, fruit snacks, a free shushie coupon, a free ice cream bar coupon, an OSR frisbee, a deck of playing cards, and a pre-stamped OSR postcard for them to send home! Order deadline is June 15 and quantities are limited.
Calling all Explorers and Venturers! Join us for an exciting week at Owasippe Scout Reservation July 29 through August 4. Make new friends and camp with other Venturers and Explorers from around the Council while experiencing the amazing programs Owasippe has to offer.
Are you looking for an epic adventure, new experiences to explore, and opportunities to make new friends from around the world? The world is yours to explore at the 24th World Scout Jamboree. Space in the contingent is very limited so make your plans to attend the Jamboree and apply online now.

If you have any questions throughout the application process, please contact Member Care at (972) 580-2489 or via email at  
The PTAC Philmont Contingent is still looking for participants for July 2019. The registration deadline is August 1, so sign up today!
Trek 32 is looking for a replacement participant for their July trip to Philmont. If you're interested or know someone who would be, please contact Natalie Rosenberg.
The 2018 NYLT courses are starting to fill up! The week-long leadership training experience will be held June 17-22 and June 24-29.  See details on the youth training page. Learn how to lead, how to teach, how to create a vision, and set goals to get there. Questions? E-mail .
Wood Badge is the ultimate leadership training program for adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. Established in 1919 by Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder, Wood Badge has been the training ground for hundreds of thousands of Scouters around the world. Building on the past, understanding the present, and looking to the future, Wood Badge stands ready to help you provide leadership for Scouting and America. The course is held over two weekends: September 14-16 and October 12-14. To complete the course, participants must attend both weekends.
The Summit Adventure Leadership Training (SALT) provides an opportunity for Scouts and Venturers to enjoy the adventures available at the Summit Bechtel Reserve and learn how to be a high adventure champion in their unit, district, and council. Cost for program and all meals is only $40, and there are five weekends to choose from:
  • July 9 – 13
  • July 23 – 27
  • July 30 – August 3

Transportation is not included.
Philmont Training Center is hosting a Chaplaincy Conference during Week 6, July 15-21, 2018. It is open to those who may be considering Chaplaincy at a Jamboree or Summer Camp.
Thank you for your patience and encouragement in supporting this program. Summer classes are being released throughout June; please check the calendar. If you are parent or leader and can help chaperone or if you think your company might be interested in hosting a clinic please contact Myriam Herrera.
Chicago Tribune

As a Cicero kid in the 1930s, I was a member of Boy Scout Troop 206. We were sponsored by a neighborhood church and used vintage equipment fashioned during World War I. We got along well and loved to compete.

We were a humble group, led during the Great Depression by three older assistant scoutmasters, whom we truly worshiped. When the decade of the ‘40s began, so did a critical time for America.

Leader Bill, a true boating fan, joined the  U.S. Navy  in the summer of 1941. Sadly, he was on the the battleship USS Arizona, which was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

The Reporter Online

Two members of Cub Scout Pack 3668 were later honored with Supernova awards for their achievements in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Kathy Frantzen, a Boys Scouts of America Supernova mentor who was not able to attend the event, said the award is special.

“It is a STEM award that takes a lot to earn and not many scouts in our area have completed this,” Frantzen wrote.

The two Cub Scouts who received the Dr. Luis Alvarez Awards were Roman Bruno-Rivera, 9, and Christian Bruno, 7. They were presented with their medals during a ceremony held near the Worth Boat Launch. They were presented with the awards by Mike Maddox, district chairman for the scouts, who was representing Frantzen. Cubmaster Ken Soldan was also on hand for the ceremony.

While the weather may still be damp, thoughts of roughing it in the great outdoors may not be far from your mind as summer approaches. But if you’re city folk, you may prefer not to stray  too  far from civilization. Morning Shift talks to Tim Goodall, leader for the Boy Scouts of America, on the best places to go camping near Chicago. And we open up the phones to hear from listeners about their favorite places to camp that don’t require long treks from the city.

The Beverly Review

Boy Scout Troop 608 has two new Eagle Scouts, Kieran O’Connor and Sam Broad. The young men were celebrated at the March 10 Court of Honor ceremony at St. Paul’s Church, 94th Street and Winchester Avenue.

At first glance the ubiquitous motto of the Boy Scouts of America, "Be Prepared", is simple advice. Yet, for Derek Damasco, the phrase transcends language to become a dynamic rubric for life. Damasco's knack for preparation at age 16 is remarkable— a characteristic nurtured by his family and refined by the Scouts program. On September 17th, 2017 the 16-year old made Eagle with years to spare.

In February of 2017, Damasco concluded his Eagle Scout project by delivering new handmade furniture to Devonshire Preschool. Damasco assembled a team of volunteers, and under his management they built new bookcases and a wooden train table. For Devonshire Preschool director and teacher Heidi Luksa, the trainset is reminiscent of one that Damasco frequented as a student long ago in the same building. Luksa has been with the school for 16 years.
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