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April 2021
COVID-19 Information
The City of Chicago has recently updated its Emergency Travel Order. Beginning on Friday, February 26, 2021, those traveling to/from certain states*, including Indiana and Wisconsin, are no longer required to quarantine or have a negative COVID-19 test but must continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Please note, however, that this guidance is subject to change at any time due to the uncertain nature of the virus.
The Pathway to Adventure service centers will continue to be open by appointment only. Volunteers should contact a staff member to make an appointment. All Scout Shops will remain open during their normal hours, but we still encourage placing orders in advance via email for the Munster Scout Shop.
As a reminder, The Pathway to Adventure Council requires all persons attending Scouting events, activities, or meetings to adhere to the City of Chicago’s “Protecting Chicago” Reopening Framework. As of April 5, 2021, the City of Chicago remains under Phase IV Guidelines. A full list of guidelines can be found on the City of Chicago’s website.
Pathway to Adventure Council also requires that before any activity, meeting, or event, the organizers must ask all participants to answer the questions on the Model COVID-19 Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist.
If attending a Scouting event, meeting, or activity, everyone must:
  •  Practice social distancing and wear a face mask, except during physical activity.** Physical activity includes free play, games, sports, transportation (walking, cycling, hiking), and recreation.
  • Youth protection guidelines must be followed.
  • Clean frequently-touched surfaces after each use.
  • Stay home if they feel ill or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you visit a city, state, or area with stricter COVID-19 guidelines, you must follow the stricter guidelines.
To see the full announcement, please click here.
If you have any questions, please contact

* To see a full list of states affected by the updated travel ban, please visit this link.
** Children under 2 years old and those with health conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask are exempt from this precaution.
Scouting for Food
Scouting for Food is quickly approaching! We are excited to have 151 units participating across the council. Reminder to those units participating, please pick up your door hangers from your local Council Service Center before April 17. Review your unit's portion of the map and have a plan for your unit to cover all of the homes in your area. Check the website to see when your drop site will be open to drop off food collections on April 24. If you are donating to a local food pantry that your unit or district coordinated, please connect with them to confirm drop-off details. Remember to post on social media that folks can participate virtually as well by texting Scout4Food to 41444! Help us make the first annual PTAC Scouting for Food drive a success!
Camp Open Houses
Join the Council President and members of the Council Executive Board for a Camp Open House! If you’re a new leader, new to Pathway to Adventure Council, or have never visited one of our camp properties – this is your chance!

The event will primarily run on Saturday (May 15 or May 29) with presentations and discussions hosted by Council committee members and opportunities to view camp. Please note, that none of the program areas will be open.

The Open House will be hosted in conjunction with the Order of the Arrow weekends at both camps. This is a great opportunity for your unit’s OA members to participate in the OA Fellowship!

You do not need to be a member of the Order of the Arrow to attend the Open House.

Masks and social distancing will be required. Event attendance may be limited due to COVID-19 protocols. Given the changing COVID-19 community restrictions and guidelines, the event may be postponed and a decision will be made 2-weeks prior to both events.

Cost to attend $15.

Scout Tech at MHub - Coming the Summer of 2021!
Fans of Trading Tech and Building Tech get ready for learning in a multi-million dollar lab. In partnership with MHub, PTAC will be offering merit badge clinics like Robotics, Engineering, Electronics, and many more. Classes will be held on Saturdays in MHub's state-of-the-art facilities. More information to come in next month's newsletter.
Virtual Merit Badge Academy
The Pathway to Adventure Council is pleased to announce its spring virtual merit badge academy! Through May 22, PTAC Scouts* can sign up for classes led by expert merit badge counselors! To see what classes are available and to register, click here.

*Please note classes are open to PTAC Scouts only.
NEW DATE: MAY 8, 2021 - Youth Recognition and Council Awards Dinners Combined
Attention 2020 Class of Eagle Scouts, Quartermasters, Summit, Silver Beaver, NOESA, and Alumnus of the Year Award Recipients, the new date for the Council Recognition Dinner is May 8, 2021. The PTAC Recognition Dinner Celebrating Scouting - The Adventure Continues, will recognize the 2020 Class of Youth Awardees which includes the Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts. All 2020 youth awardees attend for free. Please plan to join us to recognize our Scouts' and Scouters' unique achievements in the Scouting program.

Waterford Banquet Center
933 S Riverside Dr
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Calling All Artists!
Are you a painter, sculptor, photographer, or graphic designer? We have an opportunity for you!

We want you to show off your artwork at PTAC’s largest development events this Fall. Your artwork will be seen by THOUSANDS of people at our Construction and Metals Industry Dinners and included in the Silent Auction at both events. Not an artist yourself but know someone who is? Let them know about this opportunity! We are looking to show off authentic artwork from the youth in our community.

Space is limited, please contact Abby Krause at or 312-421-8800 Ext. 257 for more information.
Camperships- Deadline April 15
Applications are now being accepted for financial need-based Camperships (Scholarships) for Pathway to Adventure Council's Cub Scout, Webelos, Family, and Scouts BSA camps. Applications are due by April 15, 2021. For more information, visit our website.

Every year, over $45,000 in need-based scholarships are provided to PTAC Scouts who might not otherwise be able to attend camp. Please consider giving to our Campership fund by clicking here.
Cub Scout Weird Science
New this year, Weird Science is a hands-on program that will be delivered by the Pack, Den, or individual Scout. Plan for a day, or space the activities out over a couple of meetings – the choice is yours! Scouts will enjoy making a fossil, building a robot hand, discovering raisins dance, launching pop bottle rockets, and more! Most materials will be provided in the STEM Science Kit, but some will need to be provided by the Pack or individual at home. For all six STEM-based activities, step-by-step written and video instructions will be provided. Additional games, skits, songs, etc. are also included. Scouts who register for CUB SCOUT SUMMER FUN to participate in Weird Science are invited to a Shooting Sports Day at the location of their choice. Scouts will have the opportunity at BB guns, archery, sling shots, and catapults. Each day will have 3 sessions, with each session being limited to 64 Scouts. Parents must be present at the Shooting Sports Day. To keep everyone safe, these activities are replacing our traditional Day Camp this year.

Join 2021 Camp Staff
Camp Napowan and Owasippe Scout Reservation are now accepting applications for summer camp staff 2021! If you're looking for an amazing way to spend your summer, consider applying for camp staff. Scouts and Scouters age 14 and up are eligible for volunteer and/or paid positions. For more information or to apply, please visit our camp staff webpage.
2021 Family Camp at Camp Betz
A weekend camping experience for the whole family in Berrien Springs, Michigan! Camp Frank S. Betz is a 57-acre preserve that has been in continuous service since 1922. Camp Betz offers beautiful wooded campsites for tent camping. Flush toilets and showers are available. The program includes archery, BBs, crafts, swimming, boating, campfires, and more! While at camp, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the property and enjoy the beauty it offers. All meals will be provided on Saturday, along with a Sunday breakfast.
2021 Webelos Camp at Napowan or Owasippe
A three-night Webelos camping experience and preview to Scouts BSA camping! This program is tailored for next school year’s 4th and 5th grade Webelos Scouts and includes opportunities to earn several Webelos Adventures pins (both required and elective). Webelos will also be able to fish, swim, shoot archery and BBs, hike, explore, and have a fantastic adventure at summer camp! Attend as a den or as a Webelos Scout and parent.

Monthly Webinar Informational Series: ScoutBook
The Pathway to Adventure Council Advancement and Recognition Committee presents our monthly webinar informational series! On the 3rd Thursday of each month, our team will bring you news, information, and training about all aspects of advancement and recognition from across the BSA!

This month's webinar will be held on April 15 and will focus on ScoutBook. Topics will include Internet Advancement, Scouting app, functions of the unit admin & Key 3, advancement components, creation of purchase orders and advancement reports for Scout Shop, locating and assigning Merit Badge Counselors, entering of activities and service hours, creation of recognition and Court of Honor reports, ScoutBook golden rules, and much more!

Unit Key 3, Unit Admin (can be any other registered Scouter), Unit Advancement chairs and Merit Badge Counselors are all encouraged to attend.

Special Needs and Abilities in Scouting: Did you know?
There is an awesome tool available for helping Scouts that have special needs be successful in their Scouting journey towards Eagle! It is called an ISAP. What is an ISAP? Well, it stands for Individual Scout Advancement Plan. This tool is to help the Scout be successful in Scouting, much like the IEP (Individual Education Plan) used in schools to help the student succeed. You can check out the ISAP by following the link below. If you have questions about the ISAP or other ways you can help those Scouts within your units with special needs, please reach out to the Council’s Special Needs Committee at
Do you hold a special certification and are willing to share your skill?
Pathway to Adventure Council is collecting information to better serve our unit, district, and council activities and trainings. If you hold certifications in First Aid/CPR for Professional Rescuer, ServSafe Manager, COPE and Climbing, BSA Shooting sports, or Aquatics, and are willing to lend a hand, please complete this form.

Additionally, we are looking for volunteers who hold a current certification as a ServSafe Instructor, Wilderness First Aid Instructor, and Trainer for First Aid/CPR for Professional Rescuer. Please email if you meet these qualifications and are interested in joining the PTAC training team.
Take you Scouting Training to the Next Level, Join us at Wood Badge
Wood Badge is the premier adult leader training of the Boy Scouts of America. This is an intense and fun-filled, five-day course, which focuses on developing your leadership skills. This course is open to all leaders from Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing. The course will be held over two weekends, Friday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept 12, and Saturday, Oct. 2 through Sunday, Oct. 3, at Camp Frank S. Betz in Berrien Springs, MI. Registration is limited so you are encouraged to register as soon as possible!
Batter up! 2021 Popcorn Sale
Ready to swing for the fences? Ready to hit a home run? How about having that perfect game (sale) with Pecatonica. The popcorn team has begun meeting to work on creating that championship-clinching sale. Start talking with your team (unit) to secure that manager (kernel) for the season. Start planning those away games (site sales), as well as the home games (door-to-door). Prepare that lineup (selling plan) that will drive in the most runs!
More information will be available from the popcorn team and your district kernels!
Camp Lakota Pack-Up Days
Your help is needed! With Camp Lakota's closing, we want to be sure that all useable equipment and supplies, as well as memorabilia, is safely packed and transported to our other council camps.

Please join us at Camp Lakota (2050 Deep Cut Rd, Woodstock, IL) May 1 and/or May 8 to help pack up the camp! Use this link to register.

Youth and adults are welcome to participate in these work days. Please dress for the weather and bring work gloves and a water bottle. Work will include removal of items from buildings and campsites, inventory, and loading storage containers to be shipped to other camps.

Lunch will be provided. Please plan to arrive between 7:30-8:30am and work as long as you are able! We anticipate each work day being 8:30am-5:30pm.
Work Weekends at Camp
Join Takhone Lodge this spring and help prepare our camps for the summer. There will be Ordeal and brotherhood opportunities at all three. All unit leaders are invited to our Camp Open houses which we are holding at our Napowan and Owasippe weekends!

OA Adult Nominations
With the OA election season wrapping up, remember that any unit adult nominations have to be submitted by April 30. If your unit has held an election, you are allowed to nominate one adult per every two Scouts that were elected. You can download and submit the nomination form on our website.
Construction Industry Eagle Scout Scholarship
All graduating Eagle Scouts are eligible to participate. The recipient is awarded $1,000 for all four years of undergraduate studies. 

Whitney M. Young Service Award Nominations
The Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award recognizes outstanding service by an adult or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from low-income rural or urban backgrounds.

In this section of our newsletter, we will hear from our Council President, Marc Passiment.
In 1907, Lord Robert Baden-Powell organized a nine-day outing to test his theories on how to train youth. The first campers were from boarding schools and working-class neighborhoods. Baden-Powell was breaking all new ground.

The training began early each day, with the sound of the Kudu horn, an instrument from Africa, where Baden-Powell had served in the British Army. Drills and camp clean-up were completed just before breakfast so that the youth could concentrate on the contests and skills games. Tea was served at 5, followed by supper, a campfire, and prayers. The camp training was considered a rousing success, leading to the creation of the Scouting movement a few years later.

It is this time of year we think of training. I reflect on my own experience all those years ago, when I first became Cubmaster, and was introduced to the concept of ‘every Scout deserves a trained leader.’ It was around this time of year when the existing Cubmaster took a new job, and turned to me, the Assistant Cubmaster, and said, “good luck.” I had not had any formal Scout training, but I had a Scout Handbook and an eager pack. I soon learned training was not just about following the rules or figuring out the program. I discovered training was about unlocking a connection with the next generation and finding my better self.
My first training course was OWL (Outdoor Webelos Leader) training. I had been camping before and understood the material before I attended. The importance of the training was finding new friends in other leaders, learning of our shared vision, and discovering I could have fun challenging myself. To this day, I still enjoy attending trainings. I learn something new each time. It is not always the material but the way it is presented. It is not the concepts but rather how we all feel about our training results. It is not the venue but the environment of leading youth to find their way in the world they will one day inherit.
Lord Baden-Powell was onto something. He understood to guide and lead the next generation you need to learn, understand, and educate. It is a constant process and one that is never finished nor perfect. I invite you to continue your journey of training, not because it is a requirement or to check a box but because the trainer needs people who are engaged and willing to inspire those new and eager to find their place in our movement.

I look forward to seeing you on the trail, and perhaps in the next training course.
Please note that the Arlington Heights and La Grange Scout Shops are now closed on Wednesdays.
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