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Boy Scout Nolan Rahm was awarded the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award last month for his work at the Tinley Park P.A.W.S. shelter. Nolan rallied his community and organized the construction of a much-needed large supply shed at the facility. Congrats, Nolan! 
Longtime Scouting supporter Mario DiLullo passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Mario and his son Joseph were active Scouters and upon Joseph's unexpected passing Mario and his wife Margaret established the Joseph DiLullo Eagle Scout College Scholarship. 

Margaret DiLullo has announced that the Joseph DiLullo Eagle Scout College Fund will continue to award the scholarships although her husband, Mario, has passed. 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 college or university will receive the scholarship. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on July 31.
Please RSVP to your district executive or council staff adviser by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2.
Our industry dinners are the largest fundraising events of the year for the Pathway to Adventure Council. Proceeds from the Metals Industry Dinner funds critical infrastructure and programs that make PTAC Scouting exceptional. Applying to be a Ceremony Scout is a great opportunity to showcase your civic pride by participating in the opening ceremony in front of prominent community and business leaders. 
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!
Summer camp is a key part of the Scouting program and helps your unit deliver the promise of Scouting. Has your pack or troop held its camp promotion for 2018 summer camp? If not, request a promotion at an upcoming unit event of your choice.
Attention unit leaders: the early bird fee for Napowan and Owasippe Boy Scout summer camps ends on May 15. Beginning on May 16, the fee increases to $350 for Scouts and $210 for adults. Please plan accordingly to ensure payments are made in full by May 15. New Boy Scouts or crossovers receive the early bird fee until June 15.
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.
Items can be shipped to you or ready for pick-up at camp when you arrive.
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, a 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.
Spend a week exploring the natural science world by taking day trips into Philmont’s back country, exploring, and experimenting in wild New Mexico.
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 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:
  • June 11 – 15
  • June 18– 22
  • July 9 – 13
  • July 23 – 27
  • July 30 – August 3

Transportation is not included.
The Saint George Trek is The National Catholic Committee on Scouting’s High Adventure Catholic leadership program for older Catholic Boy Scouts and Venturing Crew members at Philmont Scout Ranch. The program brings Catholic high school youth from around the country together with selected priests, religious leaders, and seminarians for 11 days of backpacking in the context of a vocational retreat.
Chicago Tribune

Boy Scout officials point out that older girls have been allowed to join Boy Scout Exploring and Venturing programs for decades, with much success. They note that parents have long brought daughters along with their sons to selected Scout family camping trips, and they cite surveys in which 90 percent of parents said they wanted the option for girls to join.

Zoe’s mother, Amina Nevels, said she chose a Cub Scout pack in Oak Park for her girls after talking to other parents and deciding she preferred the outdoor activities and lessons this pack offered.
“I see all these parallels between the Boy Scouts and real-life skills,” she said. “It was a very deliberate choice to make them well-rounded.”
Steel Market Update

There’s a distinctive noise of metal on metal floating through the halls of Oak Forest High School, and it’s music to the ears of Daniel Brown, the school’s industrial technology teacher. Brown has been supervising the Welding Works Explorer post in the Chicago suburb since fall 2016. He has been teaching welding for 17 years and is now using his skills to introduce Scouts to his trade.

The Exploring program is an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America and was created to teach important skills to youth ages 10-20 through immersive career experiences. Exploring is based on a unique partnership between youth and local businesses and community organizations. Explorer posts match resources to the career interests of young people in the area. The result is a series of interactive activities that help youth pursue their special interests and develop special skills.
Chicago Tribune

The construction industry rallied around the  Boy Scouts of America  (BSA) last week and raised over $700,000 for local Scouting.

The annual Boy Scouts of America Construction Industry Dinner, which has been a staple event for the industry for decades, brought together over 1,200 construction professionals on April 4th at the Hilton Chicago. It is the city's largest gathering of construction professionals each year.
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