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June 2021
The Chicago Scout Shop is Now Permanently Closed
The La Grange, Arlington Heights, and newly renovated Munster Scout Shops remain open for business. Please see below for store information.
Happening This Fall - Cub Scouts: The Experience
All new and returning Cub Scouts are invited to join us this fall for Cub Scouts: The Experience. Formerly known as Adventure Days, these events will host activities and games that your Scouts are sure to love!

Saturday, September 25 - Robert J. Welsh Service Center and Community Park - Munster, IN
Saturday, October 2 - Centennial Park - Lemont, IL
Saturday, October 9 - St. Peter Lutheran Church - Schaumburg, IL
Saturday, October 16 - TBD

More information will be available soon! If you are interested in volunteering, please see the "volunteer opportunities" section below.
Space is still available for Owasippe Webelos Camp August 1-4 and August 4-7!
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.
Ceremony Scouts Needed
We are looking for Scouts to participate in flag ceremonies in front of VIPs who invest in our program. These large-scale flag ceremonies are sure to leave you with goosebumps! We will provide dinner for the Scouts and cover the cost of parking for parents/leaders. Scouts should wear their Field Uniforms (Class A). Please, no jeans. If your Scout is interested in participating, please fill out the form(s) below.

Volunteers Needed for Weird Science
We’re looking for help at our Weird Science Shooting Sports day in Hammond, Indiana on July 10. Specifically, we’re looking for individuals that are trained - or would be willing to become trained - as a range master and Scouts BSA youth to help at the stations.

Volunteers Needed for Cub Scouts: The Experience (Formerly known as Adventure Days)
The Council Activities Committee, in partnership with the Council Membership Committee, will be hosting four sessions of Cub Scouts: The Experience – formerly known as Adventure Days. Not only have we re-branded the name, but we have also expanded the target audience to all registered Cub Scouts, their families, and potential Cub Scouts looking to see what the program offers.

We are looking for volunteers to not only help at the day-of events but also to help plan and coordinate with the Council Activities Committee.

Volunteers Needed for Family Camp at Camp Betz
We are in need of lifeguards, medical officers, and other volunteers for Family Camp at Camp Betz! If you have any Scouts in need of service hours, or you would like to help out at all, working with the youth is a great time. Should you have any questions feel free to reach out to the Camp Directors at

This article is the first in a series of monthly articles that are in support of our Fall Recruitment efforts.
Now is the time to start preparing for our Race into Scouting Fall Recruitment campaign.

First, we need to address the “Why” behind our recruitment efforts. Once we understand the “Why”, the “How” and “What” are easier to develop. The "Why" is to provide the opportunity for our youth and their families to experience the excitement that Scouting has to offer. These experiences will prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

In July, we need to have a Scouting presence in our neighborhoods by participating in parades, festivals, and other community events. At our Service Centers, we have postcards, race car piggy banks, silicon wrist bands, and bookmarks to support your participation in your community events. We also have a limited supply of canopies, feather banners, polycore cutouts, sandwich boards, tables, and tablecloths available at the Service Centers if you were going to have a Scouting booth. Please work with your District Executive to pick up all supplies that you need for community and neighborhood events.

While preparing for neighborhood and community
events, you also need to develop your FallRecruitment plan along with your 2021-2022 Program Year, which can be accomplished by using our 12-Step Customizable Membership tool. In August, we will have Fall Recruitment training at our Roundtable Kick-offs. Please watch our PTAC website for additional Membership updates.

There is another set of tools from BSA National that have been designed to help our families and units with recruitment. These tools are BeAScout Pin, Invitation Manager, and Application Manager. These tools are designed so families, who are interested in Scouting, actually recruit us. Please make sure your Unit’s BeAScout Pin information is current. We request that you please address all leads and applications within 48 hours as we will not get the opportunity to make a “second first impression” with those families who are interested in joining Scouting.

In closing, please share your recruitment dates with your District Membership Chair and District Executive so we can help you host a successful event. If you have any questions, please work with your District Membership Chair, District Executive, and your Unit Commissioner or you can contact
Shooting Sports Volunteers Needed - Training Available
Shooting Sports is a popular activity at any Scout summer camp or council-wide program, but it requires properly trained adults! Rifle and shotgun (for Scouts BSA), slingshot and BB (for Cub Scouts), or archery activities are typically the number one requested activity for Scouts BSA and Cub Scout participants.

We need your help! If you've been trained in the past and your training has lapsed, or if you'd like to get trained for the first time, trainings are available! Please fill out this form to let us know if you’d like to get trained.
Monthly Advancement and Recognition Webinar
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!

  • July 15, 2021: Sea Scouting Advancement and Awards
  • August 19, 2021: Venturing Advancement and Awards
  • September 16, 2021: Life-to Eagle Seminar
  • October 21, 2021: Eagle Coordinator Training
  • November 18, 2021: Award Nominations 101 (Covering Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit, NESA, and Alumni Awards)
  • December 16, 2021: STEM/NOVA Awards

Our latest COVID Advancement information (dated 5/13/2021) can be found here.
What can you do to make Scouting a welcoming experience for everyone?
You see the wheelchair/walker/hearing devices/different behaviors and make assumptions. It is human nature. But you need to see past the obvious. You need to see the child/young person behind the disability. Their amazing sense of humor, their ability to remain positive no matter what life throws at them, their desire to just fit in and be one of the crowd, their need to not feel so different. There are so many activities involved with Scouting that can, at first glance, seem very, very difficult for our Scouts with disabilities. But it does not have to be that way. As leaders, involved parents, staff, camp counselors, fellow Scouts, and Scouters, we need to help look for ways things CAN be done. There is usually a way to work around an activity, to think outside the box, look past the ordinary. Then, sit back and enjoy the huge smile and absolute glow you will see watching a Scout with a disability surprise themselves and accomplish a seemingly insurmountable task. We have that ability!!! More than anyone, our Scouts with disabilities need each and every one of us to advocate for their success. We ALL need to be their champions. Will it look different? Possibly. Does that mean it is not worth doing? Absolutely not!
Submitted by: Betsy Gates-Ehlers, Pathway to Adventure Special Needs Committee, Pack Committee Chair, and mom to a Scout with Special Needs
Hazardous Weather Training
Direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained. This is a very important training and must be taken every two years to stay current, just like Youth Protection Training! Hazardous Weather Training is available around the clock in the BSA Learn Center by logging in to your account on
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.
Wood Badge 2021
Wood Badge is advanced leadership training for Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, and Venturing adult leaders at the unit, district, council, and professional levels. It is taught by living the experience of a Scouts BSA Troop, utilizing the patrol method, over two weekends. The first is Friday, Sept 10-Sunday, Sept 12, the second is Saturday, Oct 2-Sunday, Oct 3. To complete the course participants must attend both weekends.

Wood Badge is about learning and developing Leadership skills - skills that can be used in Scouting and all facets of life. By using a variety of learning techniques, including lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, and hands-on exercises, participants will learn contemporary leadership skills and tools needed to provide the youth members of their units with the greatest Scouting experience.

A Wood Badge course teaches leadership skills by focusing on five key areas: Living the Values, Growing, Connecting, Guiding, and Empowering. But don't just take our word for it! Check out what Kris Zahrobsky, Council Advancement and Recognition Chair, has to say about Wood Badge!

2021 Popcorn Sale
Popcorn season is quickly approaching and we need to know if your unit is participating and who your Unit Kernel is for this year. Your District Popcorn Kernel and/or your District Executive should have reached out to your unit's 2020 Kernel already. If they are not going to be the Unit Kernel this year, we asked them for a unit contact person. Remember, the sale kicks off in August with the kid parties/leader trainings, placing your initial order, and picking up your initial order.

Please save the date for our kid parties/leader trainings:
August 7 - Gary Railcats Baseball Stadium
August 8 - Schaumburg Boomers Baseball Stadium

More information is coming soon. Please contact if you have any questions.
The Pathway to Adventure Council is excited to encourage experienced and novice shooters to attend our Sporting Clays Classic! Bring your family and friends out for a fun day of shooting and fundraising for a truly worthy cause. More details to follow.
In this section of our newsletter, we will hear from our Council President, Marc Passiment.
In 1907 Baden-Powell invited 20 boys to camp at Brownsea Island. During the eight-day camp, the boys learned different skills while practicing physical fitness and finding moments for reflection. It was soon after that Scouting began as a formal movement.
Each summer, Scouts head off to camps to learn skills that will keep them safe or save the life of another. Scouts learn in outdoor classrooms. They experience nature, science, technology, pioneering, and so much more. Activities help them grow stronger as they swim, shoot, play sports, or simply have a moment of reflection. The settings, equipment, games, and technology are different than in 1907. However, the purpose is still the same: giving youth an opportunity to learn about themselves and others so that they may become the leaders of tomorrow.

Today, there are Scouts camping at Camp Napowan, Camp Betz, and Camp Blackhawk, Camp Wolverine, and Camp Reneker at Owasippe Scout Reservation. The staff members and volunteers delivering the program are enthusiastic about creating the best Scouting experience. The campers are excited. They are happy even when it rains. During my visit to Camp Napowan, I met so
many troops whose units have been going to that camp for 30, 40, and 50 years. Some leaders had attended Napowan when they were Scouts. At Camp Blackhawk and Camp Wolverine, it is much the same. The units are settling into their favorite sites and beginning their next adventure. Camp Betz and Camp Reneker are welcoming families. The stories are amazing so far, and the excitement infectious.

Yes, it is a bit more special this year. We are coming out of a time when we needed a reminder of how special it is to go to Scout camp. Would it be the same, would it be better, after this layoff of a year? I am so proud of the camping staff, volunteers, Scouts, and Scouters that have made this camping season happen. We are back PTAC strong, and it shows. 

If you are not attending one of our camps, I hope you are camping this summer. If you are not camping at all, I invite you to do so. Our camps have room for you. Our camps are waiting to welcome you to your next adventure.

See you on the trail will find me at camp.
Get to Know an Eagle
On the path of life, a great way to be excited about the destination ahead is to learn from those who have already arrived there. The same goes for the path of an Eagle Scout. Meeting and learning from the Eagle Scouts who have successfully trekked the Eagle Scout Path is what one Berwyn, Illinois community Scout Troop did to motivate and inspire their Scouts to continue in confidence toward the rank of Eagle.

To read more about how Troop 301 completed this activity and what they learned, click here.
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