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June 2019
Aaron A. - Chicago, IL
Adam J. - Chicago, IL
Brandon K. - Mt. Prospect, IL
Daniel W. - Homewood, IL
Daxton G. - Indian Head Park, IL
Franklin T. - La Grange, IL 
Gustav G. - St. John, IN
Ilya C. - Chicago, IL
Jeremy M. - Lansing, IL
Justin F. - Chicago, IL
Lucas H. - Westchester, IL
Matthew K. - Orland Park, IL
Matthew M. - Oak Park, IL
Matthew Z. - Chicago, IL
Matthew Z. - Arlington Heights, IL
Michael K. - Chicago, IL
Nathan H. Arlington Heights, IL
Nathan N. - Hinsdale, IL
Ryan P. - Arlington Heights, IL
Shawn W. - Mount Prospect, IL
Venturing Summit Award:
Adan M. - Chicago, IL
Molly F. - Chicago, IL
Hornaday Award
Ethan G. - Melrose Park, IL
To see a list of Scouts who completed their Eagle Board of Review so far 2019, click here.
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.
Micheal J. Small - Executive Board
Adam Ballard - Advisory Council

Dave Shepard - Advisory Council
Clyde Walter - Associate Board
Spring Recruitment is Here!
As the weather continues to warm up, we want to make sure that all youth have the opportunity to experience the fun spring and summer activities that lie ahead! To do that, we need your help recruiting new Scouts into our programs! For recruitment materials (yard signs, flyers, etc.) and support, please contact your District Executive

Peer-to-Peer Recruitment Incentive
This year we are pleased to announce that Scouts who recruit new youth into the program before June 30, 2019, will get a free ticket to the Chicago Blackhawks Training Camp in September! To redeem you Scout's ticket, click here.
Pathway to Adventure Council Camporee
All Scouts are welcome to join us at the Pathway to Adventure Council's first-ever council-wide camporee - The Future Frontier! The Camporee will be hosted at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village from October 11-13, 2019.

Weekend and day participants are welcome for an early-bird price of $18 before August 31; the price increases to $25 on September 1.

Experience programs and activities that you can't always find on unit outings or even summer camp, including BMX cycling, robot building, hands-on STEM experiments, obstacle courses, rocket launches, and then complete the weekend with an incredible closing show!

Scout Tech Summer Programs
Announcing more Scout Tech summer programming opportunities! Due to the high demand of these clinics, registration is now open.

Building Tech Merit Badge Clinics:
  • July 8: Welding hosted by Plumbers Local 130.
  • Scouts must be 13 y.o. or older. Registration page will have clothing restriction details.
  • July 10: American Labor hosted by International Union of Engineers Local 399.
  • Aug 8: The first of two clinics for Personal Management hosted by US Bank.
  • The follow-up clinic to review completed work will be the first week of January, 2020.

We are also pleased to announce that WGN will be hosting the Weather Merit Badge on June 29. Registration will open on June 7.
Triton Merit Badge College
Announcing the third annual Triton Merit Badge College on November 16! Space Exploration and Astronomy take place in a planetarium. Automotive Maintenance is in a real auto shop! Scouts can also learn to weld like a pro. We are proud to offer over 15 merit badges for Scouts to choose from!
See you on November 16!

Registration opens June 7! For more info, check out the flyer!
North Park University Merit Badge College
Save the date! Join us on February 29 for the North Park University Merit Badge College! Scouts will experience the atmosphere of a four-year university and can earn two STEM-focused Merit Badges from professors that are experts in their field. Parents and Scouts raved about the first North Park University Merit Badge College, which was completely full!
Share your story!
We want to hear about the adventures, awards, and projects Pathway to Adventure Scouts and Scouters have earned or experienced!

We are looking for pictures, written or recorded testimonials, stories, or anything else that documents your Scouting experiences.

You can share anything! Examples include summer camp fun, community service activities, or something you did at your unit's weekly meeting.

Follow the link below to share your story with the rest of the PTAC Scouting community:
Join our Jungle Adventure Day Camp in 2019! 
Day camp will have excellent program for youth (entering 1 – 5 grade in the fall) that is filled with fun and learning in an outdoor environment. Participants will have fun doing shooting sports, working with leather and wood, games, crafts, and so much more!

Day Camp will run Monday - Friday at 5 locations, and we will offer before and after care for an additional fee. There will be multiple Saturday locations as well.

We are looking for donations of plastic eggs and toilet paper/paper towel cardboard tubes. Please drop off your donations at any PTAC Service Center.

2019 Webelos Camps
Webelos Camps are a great opportunity for your pack to provide a unique experience to your Webelos dens. Activities include fishing, Scout Skills, BBs and Archery, Webelos Adventures requirements, and more! We're excited to offer several sessions of Webelos Overnight Camp in 2019. These camps are designed for next year's 4th and 5th grade Webelos dens and are offered at BOTH Owasippe and Napowan!

Note: Current 5th grade Webelos should transition to a Scouts BSA unit and attend Scouts BSA summer camp in 2019, not Webelos Camp.

Sign up today!
Family Camp at Camp Betz
Come to Family Camp to experience all the fun of Medieval times and become a knight! 

Family Camp is a great way to introduce your Cub Scouts to overnight camping with the comfort of their family or den! Plus, Family Camp can serve as an exciting addition to your pack’s program!

Come out and experience the fun and excitement of camping combined with innovative programs that are sure to create lasting memories for your Scouting family. 

Registration is now open, and there are five sessions to choose from. This is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to enjoy the great outdoors together. We hope to see you and your family there!

Day Camp and Family Camp Staffing Opportunities
Day Camp and Family Camp are looking to fill both paid and volunteer staff positions.
See the links below for descriptions and applications.

Register Now for Summer Camp
If you have not signed your troop up for 2019 Summer Camp at Napowan or Owasippe, now's the time! Campsites are filling fast, so reserve your spot today! 

Starting a girl troop this spring and not sure where to begin your planning for summer camp 2019? We're happy to help you! 

Contact us at, and we'll make sure you are prepared for a great first summer at camp.
2020 Philmont Council Contingent!
Registration for the Pathway to Adventure 2020 Contingent to Philmont is now open! PTAC has space for 24 people to experience the adventure of a lifetime. The trip dates are July 5 - July 19, 2020. Because the 2018 season was canceled due to a wildfire on the property, reservations over the next few years will be tight due to 2018 canceled crews getting first priority. 

Limited Spaces left!
2021 National Jamboree Adult Leader Opportunity
The 2021 National Scout Jamboree has been announced, and the Pathway to Adventure Council (PTAC) has started planning for this fantastic event! The Jamboree Committee is being formed, and the committee is seeking adult leaders for the Jamboree troops. The Jamboree will be held at the National BSA Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia!
PTAC will be sending at least FOUR troops and ONE Venture crew to the National Jamboree in 2021. Each troop will need a Scoutmaster and three Assistant Scoutmasters. There are opportunities for at least 14 adults to serve as Scoutmasters, Crew Leaders, and Assistant Scoutmasters. Also, there are opportunities for at least four young adults (18 to 21) to serve as Assistant Scoutmasters. Jamboree troops will be formed geographically throughout the council, so Scouts and adult volunteers will not need to travel too far for meetings and planning activities. Adult volunteers will be assigned to Jamboree troops in their area. 
Adults interested in joining the Jamboree Committee or going to the 2021 National Jamboree as a Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster must be registered leaders and currently active with a PTAC troop or Venture crew. In addition, there are physical fitness requirements for all participants due to the challenging physical nature of the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

Information on youth registration will be available late summer / early fall.

Please follow this link to apply for participation as a Jamboree leader or a member of the Jamboree Committee
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 info, click here!
Free Camping Weekends at Napowan and Owasippe
Thinking about bringing your troop or Webelos den to summer camp at PTAC's Camp Napowan or Owasippe Scout Reservation, but never had a chance for your Scouts visit? Now's your chance! We're hosting free camping weekends at both PTAC Scouts BSA resident camps this fall: 
Sept. 20-22 at Napowan 
Sept. 27-29 at Owasippe 

Tour the camps and try some of our programs. Shooting sports, boating, and climbing will be offered. 

To register or for more information click on the links below:

NOTE: These events are for Troops, Crews, and Webelos Dens only.
National Youth Leadership Training Facebook
Did you know that PTAC National Youth Leadership Training has a Facebook page? Like/follow it for all the latest updates and information. Stay informed!
2019 Wood Badge
Wood Badge will be held September 20-22 and October 26-28 at Camp Frank S. Betz in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

(Space is limited to 48 participants.)

Want more Information? Send an email to Paul Kurtzner at:

What is a Wood Badge Ticket? Learn more at: .

Wood Badge Alumni Association
Already have Wood Badge? Check out this information to stay in contact with other Wood Badge Alumni!
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Training
If you are attending Napowan or Owasippe this summer with your troop, consider taking Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) during your stay at camp. The Pathway to Adventure Council Training Committee is excited to offer these courses each week at summer camp. Adult Scouters can register for IOLS through their unit's summer camp registration, similar to Scout Merit Badge sign-up.
Order of the Arrow Update
Candidates who were elected into the Order of the Arrow this spring will have three opportunities to complete their Ordeal:
Summer Fellowship: August 16-18 - Owasippe
Fall Fellowship: September 6-8 - Camp Betz

Registration is now also open for Takhone's work weekend at Camp Betz June 7 - 9 :
It’s Never Too Late to Invest in Character!
Our Invest in Character presentations are still going on, but if you haven't been asked to donate to our yearly fundraiser yet, please consider doing so. The funds raised through this campaign make Scouting a reality for the 20,250 youth that the Pathway to Adventure Council serves. To learn more about how we Invest in Character, please watch this video or view our web page. Please consider donating using our secure online donation system. Thank you, as always, for your support of local Scouting. 
PTAC Receives Grant for Scouts BSA in the Barrington Area
The Pathway to Adventure Council was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the Barrington Area Community Foundation. This grant will support our efforts to bring Scouts BSA to girls, ages 11-17, in the Barrington Area. It will fund a variety of outreach, recruitment, and troop development initiatives.

Scouts BSA officially began welcoming girls on February 1, 2019. To date, more than 220 girls have joined one of 26 (and counting) Scouts BSA Troops in the Pathway to Adventure Council, including Girl Troop 21 in Barrington.
Letter from NESA Chariman
My name is Kevin Kelley, and I am your chairman of the National Eagle Scout Association for Pathway to Adventure Council. 

I personally invite our area Scouting alumni, Eagles, and all, to join us in sharing your Scouting memories and building a program to serve all of our youth."

Please join NESA LinkedIn and Facebook pages using the handle @NESAPTAC, and email your contact information to

To view NESA Chairman Kevin Kelley's full letter, click here!
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Trainers Needed!
The Council Training Committee is seeking Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Trainers and Scouters that want to be on the IOLS Training Committee!

If you have been trained in IOLS and Scoutmaster Specific, we would like you to consider volunteering at Owasippe this summer and assist in training new leaders that attend summer camp.
If you are interested in serving for a few days at camp, please contact Don Swibes at for more information.
If your Scout is camping at Owasippe Scout Reservation this summer, don't forget to order them an Owasi-Pack! (Available in limited quantities). The Owasi-Pack is a draw-string bag care package filled with treats for your Scout to enjoy!
You can even include a personalized note to your Scout!
Giving an Owasi-Pack is a wonderful way for parents or grandparents to send their love!

Sons of Owasippe
The 2019 Sons of Owasippe T-shirt and Council Patch (CSP) sets can be ordered online before camp and will be available for pick-up when you arrive at Owasippe.

Your away-from-home care package is here! Not sure what to send your Scout as they embark on an amazing Scouting journey? The answer is Camp Napowan's Nap-O-Sack!

You can even include a personal message! Sending a Nap-O-Sak is a great way for parents or grandparents to send their love!

There are limited quantities, so order today!
We are looking for BSA volunteers to support our Scout activities at the Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Scout days! Volunteers will receive a free pass to see some of the action on the track! For more information or to volunteer, please contact Allison Dietz at
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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