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January 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.
Matthew H. - Hazelcrest, IL.
Aaron G. - Rolling Meadows, IL.
Alexander N. - Barrington, IL.
Andrew P. - Chicago, IL.
Brian P. - Chicago, IL.
Bryan C. - Crown Point, IN.
Caleb J. - Downers Grove, IL.
Curtis P. - Rensselaer, IN.
Daniel M. P. - Elk Grove Village, IL.
Doutlas S. - Arlington Heights, IL.
Dylan D. - Crete, IL.
 Ian N. - Des Plaines, IL.
Ian W. - Worth, IL.
Jacob C. - Chicago, IL.
Jacob M. - Homewood, IL.
Jacob R. - Crown Point, IN.
Jacob S. - St. John, IN.
John D. - Downers Grove, IL.
John P. - La Grange , IL.
Jokubas G. - Clarendon Hills, IL.
Jonathan M. - Midlothian, IL.
Joseph B. - Chicago, IL.
Joseph M. - Western Springs, IL.
Joseph W. - Park Ridge, IL.
Joshua G. - Hoffman Estates, IL.
Joshua L. - Chicago, IL.
Kendall R. - Chicago, IL.
Kendall R. - Chicago, IL.
Logan B. - Palatine, IL.
Martynas B. - Downers Grove, IL.
Matthew C. - Riverside, IL.
Michael J. - Tinley Park, IL.
Michael M.H. - Brookfield, IL.
 Nathan O. - South Barrington, IL.
Nathaniel F. - Deer Park, IL.
 Nicholas A. - Chicago, IL.
Patrick B. - Chicago, IL.
Peter L. - Indian Head Park, IL.
Preston B. - Hoffman Estates , IL.
Quinn G. - Palatine, IL.
Ray Q. - Chicago, IL.
Ryan M. - Crown Point, IN.
Samuel A. - Palatine, IL.
Spencer K. - Hoffman Estates, IL.
Steven M. - Chicago, IL.
Teddron M. - Schaumburg, IL.
Trevor B. - Elmwood Park, IL.
Tyree P. - Chicago, IL.
Zackery G. - Hazelcrest, IL.
Zak WN F. - Chicago, IL.
Timothy R. - Palatine, IL.
Kristin G. - Lake Zurich, IL.
To see a list of Scouts who completed their Eagle, Summit, or Quartermaster Board of Review in 2019, 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 8:30 am- 4:30 pm.

Thank you for your flexibility! We look forward to re-opening the Robert J. Welsh Scout Service Center later this year!
Congratulations to our Silver Beaver Recipients
The Silver Beaver Award is presented by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America, through the local Council to adult volunteer Scouters for their distinguished service to youth and their community. The Award is intended to acknowledge noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Scouters including but not limited to Cub Scouters, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts and Exploring leaders within the territory under the jurisdiction of Pathway to Adventure. It is considered to be the highest award a Boy Scout Council can bestow upon a volunteer Scouter.

We would like to congratulate our new Pathway to Adventure Council recipients:
Simon Cotton – Greater South Side District
Lynnette Dippon – Pathfinder District
Timothy Goodall – Founders District
Bertha Guzman – Twin Lakes District
James Maurer – North Woods District
Alan Pischner – Thunderbird District
Scott Reid – Voyageur Trace District
John Ruiz – Arrowhead District
Brian Schaffer – Founders District
Jim Scheffke – Crossroads District
Debra Skopec – Arrowhead District
James Sullivan – Arrowhead District
Jennifer Toy – Pathfinder District
Kenneth Westlake – North Woods District
Kris Zahrobsky - Council
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.

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.
Congratulations to our NOESA Recipients
The NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA) is a prestigious recognition granted by the Pathway to Adventure Council’s NESA committee to Eagle Scouts whose efforts have made a positive impact in the community. This year, we are pleased to present Kevin Browne, William Hooks, Barrett Pedersen, and Jeff Strack with the award. The National Council has also named Joe McCurdy as one of their NOESA recipients. Congratulations!

Please join us on March 7 as we recognize all of these outstanding Eagles at a reception at the Plumbers Union Hall, prior to the Youth Recognition Dinner. Details on the reception will be available soon.
Congratulations to our Alumnus of the Year
The Council Alumnus of the Year Award is the Scouting Alumni Association’s highest council recognition. The award was established to recognize alumni of the Boy Scouts of America who, over a sustained period of time, have used the skills and values they learned through their association with Scouting to make significant and long-lasting contributions to their local communities through their careers, avocations, and Scouting. The Pathway of Adventure Council is excited to present Steve Towne with the Alumnus of the Year Award!

Please join us on February 23 as we recognize our alumnus and other dedicated volunteers at our Council Recognition Dinner. 
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.
Sue Simmons - Council Comissioner
Kimbal T. Goluska - Advisory Council
Richard Romani - Executive Committee
David Johnson - Associate Board
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:
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.
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.

North Park University Merit Badge College
North Park University Merit Badge College is a STEM-focused day of learning at a 4-year private college lead by counselors that are professors. Classes are small and last year this event sold out a month in advance. Inspire your Scout with a higher learning experience on February 29th.

2020 Camp Staff Applications
Pathway to Adventure Council is excited for summer camp 2020 to begin! We are now accepting applications for paid and volunteer camp staff positions at Napowan and Owasippe. Staffing summer camp is an amazing experience for Scouts and Scouters alike!

2020 Camp Counselors-In-Training Applications
Do you know a scout who has strong leadership potential, is high-energy and is ready to try out camp staff? We're looking for applicants for 2020 Camp Counselors-In-Training (CITs) at Camps Napowan and Owasippe. Counselors-In-Training must be 14 years old by the start of summer camp and must be willing to spend several weeks as a volunteer member of the camp staff.

If you know of a scout who fits the bill, encourage them to apply at
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 and register at

For more information on the course contact Course Director Kris Dorich at .
The 2020 renewal for all Merit Badge, Nova and Super Nova Counselors starts now!
It is time for Merit Badge, Nova and Supernova Counselor renewal! To renew, please review the Merit Badge Counselor and Nova/Supernova renewal letter. Make sure to click the red button on the bottom of the letter to fill out the renewal form.

Please note that we need all Supernova Mentors and Nova Counselors to submit a separate copy of the new Background Check Authorization form, in addition to the copy you may have filled out with your unit . This form may be scanned directly to .

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Demski at .
Scout Shop
Help the Scout Shop's spread the news! Share us on Facebook. We are your one stop shop for all your Scouting needs from uniforms to camping equipment and so much more.

Visit your local Scout Shop to take advantage of the wide selection of new products and sales!
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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