MARCH 2017
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 470 Scouts Honored at Annual Youth Recognition Dinner for Achieving highest level in their chosen program

Advancement is a key method in the Scouting program. To mark their achievements, Scouts are given small colored thread, cloth, wood and metal patches, badges and medals. Those emblems of accomplishment may be put into a closet, keepsake box or even misplaced, but the achievements they evidence last for a lifetime.

Awards and Rewards – they share the same five letters, w-a-r-d-s, but they are not the same. An award is something that is bestowed or conferred. A reward is something that is earned and given in return for service or attainment. Awards may be displayed; rewards are carried in the heart and soul.

Click to read full event speech delivered by PTAC President Stephen Schwab 

Letter from Council Commissioner Sue Simmons:
Pathway to Adventure Council attainBoy Scouts of America's mark of excellence!
Dear PTAC Family,

2016 was a monumental year for Scouting in the Pathway to Adventure Council in several ways. Thousands of new families joined Scouting, thousands of Scouts went to camp, and thousands more dollars were raised to further our Scouting efforts. The reasons for this success are rooted in thousands of hours of volunteer efforts partnered with our professional team.

One of the clearest summaries to show this unbelievable step forward in numerous areas is our Journey To Excellence dashboard. The Journey To Excellence program is a Nationally coordinated set of standardized goals that sets benchmarks and challenges local Councils to move forward in each category. There are three levels of recognition in the program, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

At the end of 2015 our Council scored 825 points total in this program which did not score a recognition level. I am proud to announce that at the end of this year our Council scored 1775 points, a Gold performance level, an unbelievable step forward achieved by very few Councils in the country. Please take a moment to review each goal on the scorecard, and the growth over last year in each. If you have a question on how the goal is calculated I have included the scorecard with the goals and explanations.

This Gold JTE recognition sets PTAC apart from other Councils in the country. It stands as a clear testimonial to each team in PTAC, and is tangible evidence of the growth each of these teams has created in their respective areas. I would submit that each of these areas can directly be tied to serving to the Scouts of PTAC today, and strengthens our ability to serve the PTAC Scouts of tomorrow! I look forward to recognizing you and all our teams who made this success possible at our next greater Council impact meeting. THANK YOU!!! I can’t wait to join you in building an even greater 2017 year of Scouting!

The list of courses for downloading and printing is at  2017 Training Courses
Cub Scout Leader Training:
Cub Scout Den Leader & Assistant and Position Specific Training
3/4/17,  4/1/17, 4/8/17
Cubmaster & Assistant Position Specific Training
3/4/17,  4/1/17, 4/8/17
Pack Committee Member Position Specific Training
4/1/17, 4/8/17
(BALOO) Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation
3/25/17,  4/8/17,  4/15/17,  4/22/1 7,  4/29/17
Boy Scout Leader Training:
Scoutmaster & Assistant Specific Training
3/4/17,  3/25/17
(IOLS) Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
4/1-4/20/17, 5/6-5/7/17,  5/20-5/21/17

Scout Training:
Den Chief Training
3/3/17,  3/25/17
National Youth Leadership Training - Registration now open
June 18-23, 2017 at Camp Betz, Berrien Springs, MI
June 25-30, 2017 at Camp Big Timber, Elgin, IL
July 9-14, 2017 at Camp Sol R Crown, Wilmot, WI​

All Leaders:  
Wood Badge: Two 3-day weekends each
4/28-4/30/17 & 5/19-5/21/17
Shooting Sports Training now available!
NRA Range Safety Officer Training

NRA Shotgun Qualification & Instructor Training

NRA Rifle Qualification & Instructor Training
NRA Basic Instructor Training
USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Training
National Youth Leadership Training Registration is OPEN!

Follow a new pathway and find adventure. It’s time to get that NYLT registration in! Slots are limited. You will want to be sure you don’t miss out on a space in one of the three courses offered in PTAC. See the NYLT training page on the Pathway to Adventure website for details.  

This is your chance to improve your leadership skills if you are a Scout. If you are a Scoutmaster, Crew Adviser or Skipper, it is your chance to enhance your youth-leadership experience. Encourage your Scouts to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to BE, KNOW and DO.  

Archdoiscese of Chicago Catholic Committee Adult Counslor Training
The Chicago Catholic Committee has set up several opportunities for adult leaders who wish to be counselors. Click here for all training dates!

For additional information and news from the Chicago Catholic Committee on Scouting, go to
PTAC Eagle Scout Noah Reardon's Summer at Sea
by Boys Life Magazine

Read about Noah's incredible summer aboard a research vessel with noted explorers and scientists.

>>Read full article
Photo credit: Jon Langham/Pioneer Press
Boy Scouts even keep volunteers engaged
by Lynn Petrak- Pioneer Press

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about the role and influence of those who give freely of their time to others.

This week's volunteer spotlight shines on those who help instill values and work ethics in young people through scouting, in this particular case, the Boy Scouts of America.

  Photo credit: Mike Mantucca/Pioneer Press 

Oak Park Eagle Scout wrestler Drew Matticks moves closer to individual state berth
by Gary Larsen- Pioneer Press

Matticks became a Cub Scout in first grade and credits scouting for helping to put him on his current life's path.
Photo credit: Steve Johnston/Pioneer Press
Scouts try out winter skills in warm Bemis Woods
by Annemaria Mannion- Pioneer Press

Area Scouts tested their ability to withstand to bitter winds, bone-chilling temperatures and blowing snow. But they did it on a relatively balmy day in January.

The Scouts took part in the Voyageur Trace Klondike Derby Saturday at Bemis Woods Forest Preserve near Western Springs.

>>Read full article
Mock crime fighting preparing Chicago teens for real life careers
by Craig Wall- FOX 32 NEWS
Some Chicago high school students are getting a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement that is doing more than preparing them for a possible career. It’s helping prepare them for life.

The students are getting this special opportunity through the Chicago FBI Explorers program and in the culmination of the current session, the students participated in a mock bank robbery situation with a crazed man with a bomb.

>>Read full article
Boy Scout Troop 383 uses Eagle Scout project collection to support military
submitted by Orland Park - Boy Scout Troop
Orland Park Boy Scout Troop 283 is hosting a collection to help Operation Care Package, a local group that sends supplies to active military...

Operation Care Package is a volunteer 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to seeing that heroes serving the United States are not be forgotten. The group's goal is to support soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen through care packages and letters of encouragement.

>>Read full article
 Elmwood Park High School
 March 25, 2017 – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
All registrations will be online.
Registration closes March 20th, no registrations accepted after.

Cost: $25 per Scout
Must come in Class A Uniform and bring pencil and paper, merit badge booklets (if required) and any items needed for your badges.

For details or to register, click here!
Our PTAC Summer Camp Staff was the most critical ingredient in our ability to deliver Scout Summer Camp to over 5000 Scouts in 2016. This past summer our campers earned over 10,000 merit badges, made friends, built lasting memories, and had unforgettable adventures. We are aiming to build on this great success in 2017 and to do so we need the finest summer camp staff talent available. 

Open Positions:

  • Archery RSO 18+
  • ATV Director   21+
  • ATV assistant   16+
  • Cope Director   21+
  • Cope/climbing staff 18+
  • Cope/climbing staff   16+
  • Dining Hall Steward 18+
  • Driver/Business Manager 18+
  • High Adventure Assistant Director 18+
  • Owasippe adventure staff 18+
  • Program Area Instructors (3) 16+
  • 2 Ranch staff   18+
  • Stem director 18+
  • Trip specialist   18+

Click here to apply!

The Outdoor Adventure Department has Three New Job Openings!

Full-Time Camp Ranger at Owasippe Scout Reservation, Twin Lake, M
Click her to apply

Caretaker at Adventure Camp, Rochelle, IL
Send interest to

Caretaker at Camp Lakota, Woodstock, IL
Send interest to

Order Your PTAC National Jamboree Patch Set Today!
This image is of a sewn out example for promotional purposes only. This set will be making the rounds to all the PTAC service centers. Supplies are limited! Order yours today on the  PTAC Jamboree webpage!
and don't miss the opportunity to golf at
  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 please contact Anna Villarreal 
(630) 796-4227 or
Shrine of Christ Passion Visit
As we near the end of the season of Lent, join fellow scouts for a Guided tour of the Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John, Indiana 

When: Saturday April 8, 2017
Time: 10 AM -1 PM
Cost: $2 per person

Questions? Contact
Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Committee Religious Activities for Scouts
There are several Religious Activities scheduled for 2017 in the Council which interested youth will find fun and interesting. The activities will help development a better understanding their faith in the Catholic Church and help serve as role models and become more aware of the faith community. Any Scout and Scouter are welcome to attend.

Questions? Contact
St. George Dinner
Sunday, April 23, 2017
The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Committee on Scouting invites you to join us at the European Chalet 5445 S. Harlem Ave. Chicago, IL 60638 on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 5 PM for dinner and an evening of fellowship and support for the 2017 St. George Trek at Philmont Scout Ranch.

Come out and see old friends and congratulate this year’s St. George recipients.
We have planned a family style dinner and silent auction.
Tickets are $35 per person reservations by mail through April 10th
Checks to:
Chicago Catholic Scouting 2617 Lancelot Ln, Dyer, IN 46311.
Make your Reservations by email to: or by phone
*Calumet Scout Shop promotions may vary.