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Febuary 2020
Introducing the PTAC Trail
Because the winter has been mild so far, now is a great time to enjoy an outdoor urban hike, and celebrate the diversity that is the Pathway to Adventure Council! The newly crafted Pathway to Adventure Council Trail is your solution. Get to know and how your support for the Council by hiking or planning a service project for your community along the Trail now!  More information can be found on the PTAC website.
Anthony D. - Chicago, IL.
Christopher B. - Barrington, IL.
Faizan L. - Skokie, IL.
Kevin S. - Schaumburg, IL.
Kyle B. - Dyer, IN.
Michael R. - Chicago, IL.
Peter K. - Downers Grove, IL.
Rene A. - Bridgeview, IL.
Samuel M. - Harwood Heights, IL.
Thomas L. - Chicago, IL.
To see a list of Scouts who completed their Eagle, Summit, or Quartermaster Board of Review in 2020, click here .
Advancement Reports Needed for Purchasing Advancement Items
Beginning in 2020, Pathway to Adventure Council Scout Shops will require Advancement Reports to confirm a unit’s accomplishments when purchasing restricted advancement items such as Cub Scout, Scouts, and Sea Scout ranks; Venturing advancement awards; Webelos activity badges; merit badges; and various other awards available in all BSA programs.
To obtain a copy of your unit's advancement report, you can use Scout Book.
Thank you for acknowledging our units’ successes!
Temporary Scout Shop and Office in Highland, Indiana
Due to renovations at the Robert J. Welsh Scout Service Center in Munster, Indiana, we have opened a temporary Scout Shop and office at the Highland Office Center 2646 Highway Ave. Suite 206, Highland, IN 46322.  The Highland Scout Shop and office will be open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am- 4:30 pm. Please use the main doors on the west side of the building by the parking lot, not the door off of the street (which is locked).

Thank you for your flexibility! We look forward to re-opening the Robert J. Welsh Scout Service Center later this year!
2020 Council Recognition Dinner
Please join us on Sunday, February 23, 2020, for the Council Recognition Dinner, during which we will present the Silver Beaver to the awardees.

Please register by February 7, 2020.
Youth Recognition Dinner
Please join us on Saturday, March 7, at our annual dinner celebrating Eagle Scouts, Venturing Summit Award Recipients and Sea Scout Quartermaster Award Recipients from 2019! All of Pathway to Adventure Council's award recipients and their parents are invited to join us in this amazing celebration of Scouting's highest awards.

Please register by February 28, 2020.
Register Now for Summer Camp!
If you haven't signed your troop up for 2020 Summer Camp at Napowan or Owasippe, now's the time!
Campsites are filling fast, so reserve your spot today.

Click here for information:

Have a new girls' troop and looking for options for summer camp 2020? We're happy to help you! Contact us at and we'll make sure you're prepared for a great first summer at camp!

Check out all the Scouts BSA Summer Camp Flyer !
There are more than 7,500 PTAC volunteers who provide adult leadership to our units, districts, and council. Some council-level volunteers serve on four panels that provide specific support. Each month we will be highlighting people from each panel so that you can get to know them better. For more information on the different panels, you can click here.
Dennis Chookaszian - Advisory Council
Charles Harris, II - Executive Committee
Jerome Brand - Executive Committee
Jeff Holden - Associate Board
Pinewood Derby at the Chicago Auto Show
Dust off your tools, it's Pinewood Derby Season!! Who else is excited? We have an awesome opportunity for Scouts from across PTAC to participate in the Chicago Autoshow Pinewood Derby! Make new friends, compete, and check out the unique cars you and everyone else made!
PTAC 2021 National Jamboree Contingent
The National Jamboree is the ultimate Scouting experience - and we want your Scouts to participate! Registration is now open for Pathway to Adventure Council's contingent to the 2021 National Jamboree, held July 20-31, 2021, at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

Information, fees, and registration can be found on our website: boree2021

Calling all Volunteers!
Pathway to Adventure Council is looking for volunteer Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters for our council contingent troops headed to the 2021 National Jamboree. Being a Jamboree leader is an amazing way to experience the jamboree and work with Scouts from across Pathway to Adventure Council. Applications for Jamboree leaders are due March 1. To be considered, you must be a currently registered troop or crew Scouter.

For more information, visit PTAC’s Jamboree website:
Pathway to Adventure 2021 Philmont Council Contingent
PTAC is now accepting registrations for the 12 day Council Contingent to Philmont in Cimarron, New Mexico. Philmont, known as Scouting Heaven, is 137,000 acres – 214 square miles of rugged backcountry in the Sangre de Christo Mountains. Participants will spend 11 days backpacking, enjoying the beautiful scenery and experiencing the exciting programs offered along the way.

Current dates:
Leave Chicago, Saturday, July 3, 2021
Depart Philmont & return to Chicago, Saturday, July 17, 2021

Trip cost is $1,995** per person (price subject to adjustment pending travel costs)

Registration closes April 27, 2020.
Pathway to Adventure 2021 Sea Base Council Contingent
PTAC is going to Seabase! Do you like to sail? snorkel? SCUBA dive? If the answer is yes, then plan to join your scouting friends for a week of sun and fun in the Florida Keys, summer 2021. Both Coral Reef Sailing crews will snorkel, fish, crew the vessel, learn navigation, and tour the nearby Turtle Hospital. During as many as 11 dives, the SCUBA crew will explore coral reefs, wrecks, and underwater rock formations. After leaving Seabase, both crews will have free time to sight see. For more info, contact the event coordinator (who's been on both adventures).
2020 Lincoln Pilgramage

Join our friends the Abraham Lincoln Council for their 75th Lincoln Pilgrimage weekend on April 24-26 and share the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln
with your scouts. Lincoln was not only one of our greatest
presidents, but also a man of integrity and a role
model for our youth.
Order of the Arrow Updates
OA Unit Elections are underway and must be completed by April 11th. Unit visitations can be scheduled through the Lodge's website: .

Are your 2020 Lodge dues paid? Dues and paddle passes can still be purchased before the dues price increases March 1st:

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) will be held August 3-8 at Michigan State University. Join thousands of arrowman from every lodge around the nation for an unforgettable OA experience! Spots are still available to join the 1st Takhone NOAC contingent and fundraising is just starting for those interested. Sign up today!
North Park University Merit Badge College
Don't let your Scout miss an opportunity to visit a four-year local university and learn STEM-focused merit badges from professors. This class sold out 3 weeks in advance last year, so don't wait.

No more classes or spots will be added. Walk-ins will not be accepted due to class size limitations.
PTAC Merit Badge Academy at Elmwood Park High School
This PTAC tradition of earning, learning, and fellowship is about to launch its registration. Save the date for March 28th. Merit Badge Academy will offer over 20 badges. Your Scout can earn up to four different badges.
 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 1, 2020. For more information, visit

Last year, over $45,000 in need-based scholarships were provided to PTAC Scouts who were able to experience summer camp thanks to the generosity of donors.
Please consider giving to our Campership fund by clicking here .
2020 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.
2020 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.

2020 Owasippe Volunteer Commissioner
Do you miss Owasippe? Do you want to come back to experience All the Wealth of Earth and Heaven while helping out? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then becoming an Owasippe volunteer commissioner is right for you!

Volunteer commissioners come to camp for a week or more during the summer and help out at Blackhawk, Wolverine, or the Owasippe Museum by visiting sites, assisting the staff, and interacting with scouts and leaders.

Please send an email to with the start date of the week(s) and location where you would like to volunteer. The Sunday start dates to choose from are: 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26

Per State of Michigan requirements, everyone must have a completed application on file in order to be offered a “contract”. This applies for volunteers, as well. If you haven’t already done so, please complete a 2020 application using this link:

If you have any questions, please direct them to
Camp Rentals
Pathway to Adventure Council owns and operates four beautiful camps. Our camps are open year-round and are great locations for Scouts of all ages to experience and learn what the great outdoors offer!
For more information, click here!
Registration for Wood Badge 2020 is now open!

This exciting and revised course is now only FIVE DAYS ; Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20 and Saturday, October 3 through Sunday, October 4. 
The course will run at Camp Frank S. Betz in Berrien Springs, MI and the cost is $275 if paid in full by July 19, 2020

With this new format we fully expect this course to fill up fast so don’t delay! Register at

For more information on the course contact Course Director Kris Dorich at .
2020 Wilderness First Aid Class
These classes are intended for scouts/scouters attending high adventure camps in 2020 or any scout/scouter who’d like to complete a WFA certification course.
Career Corner - Plumbers' Local 130 - Apprenticeship Open!
Our Building Tech friends at Plumbers Local 130 are now accepting applications for their apprenticeship program. They encourage all responsible Scouts that are graduating from high school to consider the very good living they can make by joining their brotherhood. Be sure to mention that you are a Scout.

JP Morgan Presents Cyber Kids: Teaching Youth About Online Safety
Juan Vasquez is an Information Security Manager under the Cybersecurity & Technology Controls Team with JPMorgan Chase & Co. In addition, to working for JPMorgan Chase & Co He is a Den Leader with Restoring the Village Pack 1986 in Little Village. As part of JPMorgan Chase & Co initiative to give back to the community they have designed an education program called CyberKidz. The program is FREE and focuses on teaching youth (GRADES K-12), parents, and grandparents to be safe and secure online. The program is also designed to inspire youth towards a career in cybersecurity.

If you are interested in having a FREE CyberKidz Educational Event please contact him at
O: (312) 954-8015 | C: (312) 340-8869 | E:

Merit Badge Counselor Renewal Due Now
Thank you for serving as a Merit Badge Counselor. We appreciate all that you do for our Scouts to help them learn about the world around them and to help them along on their trail to Eagle. 
A Merit Badge Counselor, like all positions must be to renewed every year. Please don’t delay and renew today or you will be dropped from the list.

You may have completed a new CBC form as part of our unit charter renewal. The link below is to the form that is needed and must be submitted for you to be renewed as a Merit Badge Counselor for 2020. To renew your Merit Badge Counselor status, you will need to click on the link below – print the form, fill it out, date, sign and return via one of the following methods by the deadline of  2/7/2020 .    
If we do not receive this form, you will be dropped.
Mail: 811 West Hillgrove Avenue, La Grange, IL 60525
Fax:    630-796-4258
E-mail: If you don’t have a scanner you can take a picture using your cell phone and e-mail to  
Ceremony Scouts - Wanted April 16th & May 14th
Calling all Scouts interested in showing off their civic pride in front of hundreds of VIPs. On April 16th we will need sharply dressed Scouts to perform an elegant flag ceremony for the Construction Industry Dinner. If April 16th doesn't work consider May 14th for the Metals Industry Dinner. Please fill out the form and send it back as the form instructs.

Construction Industry Memorial Scholarship
To all graduating Eagle Scouts - Do you need money for college? Do you want business contacts upon graduation? Apply for the Construction Industry Memorial Scholarship and receive $1,000 for each of your four years of college. Those that have taken advantage of this not only have the financial benefit, but some have even secured internships and jobs.

For the Love of Scouting
For Tom and Joyce Allen of La Grange Park, Scouting and family life go hand in hand. As a couple, their involvement in Scouting has spanned 66 years—the same amount of time as their happy marriage.

   During this time, they have actively served local, national, and international Scouting activities. They have experienced BSA High-Adventure Bases, World Jamborees, and World Scout Foundation events. They continue to support Pathway to Adventure Council.

   Their love of Scouting led to the decision to provide generously for Pathway to Adventure Council in their estate plans through a charitable remainder trust. The trust pays income to them and eventually will provide funds to support the Scouting programs they believe are so vital to the youth of tomorrow.

   “I am an Eagle Scout,” Tom says, explaining that their son, who became an attorney like his father, also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Joyce and Tom’s two grandsons are new Eagle Scouts.

Volunteer service to Scouting always played a major role in Tom’s plans for his life. When World War II broke out, two years of service in the Navy counted toward his volunteer time in the Scouts. Following completion of
his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University, he enrolled in law school at the University of Michigan, where he met Joyce, an elementary education major. The couple married in 1953, a year after Tom completed law school.

   Ever the high adventurers, they drove to Banff, a scenic town in Alberta, Canada, for their honeymoon. “There was quite a bit of driving, so we got to know each other very well,” Tom recalls with a smile. “We did a lot of talking. Maybe that’s why we’ve been married so long!”

   As he established his law practice, Tom’s aspirations in Scouting never waned. “I wanted to be an Assistant Scoutmaster. Joyce was a first-grade teacher in Hinsdale, where we were living. She went to a sorority alumni group, and someone told her they were looking for an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 10 at Union Church in Hinsdale.” He grins. “She got me the job.”

After the troop’s Scoutmaster moved away, Tom assumed the role of Scoutmaster for 11 years. Following his election to the school board, he accepted a position as a board member of the former West Suburban Council in La Grange, eventually becoming Council President.

Meanwhile, Joyce was busy at
home with the couple’s two daughters and their son, gladly assuming her own volunteer role with the Girl Scouts. Both are Baden-Powell Fellows in the World Scout Foundation.

   As their family matured, Tom took on bigger roles in Scouting, serving on the National board for 20 years. He also served as a committee member of the World Scout organization and as the BSA contingent leader for 1983 World Jamboree in Canada.

   By this time, Joyce had taken an active role in world mission work for their church. “We went on each other’s trips,” she says with a smile.

   For 20 years, they lived part-time in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Tom taught at the Leader’s Training Center at Philmont Ranch. They have fond memories of their time there.

   Through the years, Scouting was—and still is—a driving force in their family life. “In Scouting, we are always on the same page,” Joyce says.

   Pathway to Adventure Council is grateful to Joyce and Tom for their service and devotion to Scouting.
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Forest Preserves of Cook County Events
Looking for opportunities to get your unit outside? Look no further than the Forest Preserves of Cook County! The Forest Preserves of Cook County offers a variety of recreational and educational programs appropriate for all ages. Programs are offered year round and throughout Cook County. For more information check out their website:
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