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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, and there are easy ways to shop at these stores:
  • Arlington Heights and La Grange are now open 6 days per week. These Scout Shops are open for business Monday-Saturday and are closed on Sundays. See below for the store hours.
  • ARLINGTON HEIGHTS AND LA GRANGE ONLY: Use this Advancement & Uniform Ordering link and choose the La Grange or Arlington Heights location for pick-up or to have your order delivered. The Pathway to Adventure Council will cover up to $10 in shipping fees to those who normally shopped at the Chicago Scout Shop only.
  • MUNSTER ONLY: Send your order via email to Orders can then be picked up in Munster or Chicago. Orders picked up in Chicago will not incur an additional fee.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility. 
Congratulations to PTAC Scouters David Sheppard and Joseph Kruzan, Jr.!
David and Joseph were recognized as Central Region recipients of the Silver Antelope and Alumnus of the Year, respectively. You can read more about each award below. Thank you to Dave and Joe for their service to PTAC and the Central Region!
Silver Antelope - David Sheppard
The Silver Antelope Award, created in 1942, is the regional-level distinguished award of the Boy Scouts of America, acting through the National Court of Honor. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters of exceptional character in their region to recognize their distinguished service to youth.
Regional Alumnus of the Year - Joseph Kruzan, Jr.
The Boy Scouts of America Regional Alumnus of the Year Award is the Scouting Alumni & Friends’ highest recognition. The award was established to recognize alumni of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) 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 our nation through their careers, avocations, community service, and the Boys Scout alumni program and alumni activity at a regional level.
Council Recognition Dinner - Recording Available
Although we wish we would have been able to celebrate in person, the Pathway to Adventure Council hosted its very first virtual recognition event on Saturday, May 8, 2021. In case you missed it or want to watch it again, please click here. Passcode: xZr8$@t4

Thank you to all of the honorees for their service to Scouting and our communities! Thank you also to those who worked behind the scenes to make this event possible!
Illinois Free Fishing Days: June 18 – 21, 2021
The 2021 Illinois Free Fishing Days celebration will take place June 18 – 21, once again coinciding with Father's Day weekend. During this four-day celebration of fishing in Illinois, anglers can fish without purchasing a fishing license, salmon stamp, or inland trout stamp.

Discover the fun of fishing or introduce your Scouts to the outdoor adventure of fishing during these free fishing days! If you're new to fishing, here's a guide to everything you need to get started. We've got some family fishing hot spots here.
Happening This Fall - Cub Scouts: The Experience
All registered Cub Scouts and their families plus families interested in learning about the program are invited to join us for Cub Scouts: The Experience! We will be hosting these events throughout the council this fall! During Cub Scouts: The Experience, formerly known as Adventure Days, we will have 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.
Cub Scout Weird Science
Perfect for Packs, Dens, or individual Cub Scouts, our Weird Science STEM Kits include fun activities like making a fossil and building a robotic hand! Plus, Cub Scouts have the opportunity to participate in a shooting sports day which includes archery and slingshots! **Weird Science Activity Kits will be available for pickup at your designated Service Center Beginning Tuesday, June 8**

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.

Virtual Escape Room Opportunity with Argonne National Labs
Does your troop need an exciting, STEM-based activity, all from the comfort of your home?

Argonne National Labs (ANL) is hosting virtual escape rooms, where interested high schoolers can work as 'interns' using real data from ANL to escape the labs. If your troop is working on a chemistry or engineering badge (and needs to tour a lab), this is the perfect experience for it!

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.
Sixth Session Added - Camp Betz Family Camp
Due to popular demand, we've added a sixth Family Camp session at Camp Betz! The session is filling up fast, so sign up today! 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. If you are interested in volunteering please see the "volunteer opportunities" section below.
Volunteers Needed for Weird Science
We’re looking for help at our Weird Science Shooting Sports days. Specifically, we’re looking for individuals that are trained - or would be willing to become trained - as a Shooting Range-master. The event will feature BB guns, Archery, and catapults and we need 6 volunteer Range-masters for each of the following dates:

June 12, 2021 - Orland Park, IL
June 19, 2021 - Burr Ridge, IL
July 10, 2021 - Hammond, IN
July 19, 2021 - Northwest Suburbs

Range-master training is free and can be completed in three hours. Training will be offered in-person or virtually.

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 - Sixth Session
As you have seen, by popular demand we have added a Weekend 6 of Family Camp at Camp Betz. We are in need of lifeguards, medical officer, and other volunteers. 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

National Jamboree Youth Survey
The Jamboree department is interested in the opinion of our youth members about the future of the Jamboree. Please forward this link to your members to provide input:
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!

  • June 17, 2021: Special Needs Scouting and Advancement
  • 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
Special Needs Scouting - Did you know?
Various accommodations exist to facilitate advancement for youth with physical disabilities and for youth and adults with developmental or cognitive challenges. Learn more about it at our Special Needs Scouting and Advancement Webinar. The webinar will take place on June 17, at 7:00 PM and is part of the Monthly Advancement and Recognition Webinar series listed above.

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
The PTAC Popcorn Team is gearing up to have a smashing season. We will soon start asking units to submit their information and sign up their team for the sale. Please be ready to tell us how you plan on selling, as well as what type of prize commission you want this year. We are offering 34% with physical prizes OR 38% with no physical prizes. ALL Scouts, regardless of which prize commission selected by the unit, are entitled to any applicable patches and pins. Be ready to fill out that lineup card when asked.

Any questions can be directed to
Order of the Arrow
Congratulations to all our new Ordeal and Brotherhood members so far this year! Join Takhone Lodge at Napowan and Owasippe this summer at our weekly ice cream socials to meet new Arrowmen and catch up on the latest with Takhone Lodge. There will also be Brotherhood ceremonies for eligible members attending summer camp. We still have induction and fellowship opportunities this fall so look out for the registration to open soon.
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. Applications are due June 30, 2021.

Join us for the Celebration of Scouting in the Calumet District!
We will be honoring the Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve, Mayor Johnathan Vanderbilt & Harry Smith for their dedication & passion for Scouting!

Where: Olympia Fields Park District; 20712 Western Ave, Olympia Fields, IL
When: Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021-6:30 PM

Join us for the Iron Horse Women in Scouting Celebration!
Lori Szeszycki Mann, Helen Gesell, Deb Skopec, and Olivia Patch will be honored with the Woman in Scouting Award, this award recognizes local leaders that further opportunities for young women in the Scouting movement.
The Women in Scouting Event will be held at the Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens on June 23rd at 630pm. Registration is highly encouraged, RSVP no later than Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

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.
May has been a remarkable month for Scouting. It started with many different virtual events and ended with so many Scouting groups being able to come together.

We began this month with a virtual recognition event celebrating the new class of Scouts, Ventures, and Sea Scouts achieving the rank of Eagle, Summit, and Quartermaster. Congratulations again to those youth reaching these pinnacle ranks. At the same time, we celebrated adult leaders and their contributions to Scouting. Congratulations to those awarded the Silver Beaver, the Council Alumnus of the Year, National Outstanding Eagle Scout, Special Needs Scouting Service, and ¡Scouting…Vale La Pena! Awardees. It is inspiring to know all these great leaders that have given so much to the youth.

Next, we came together, in person, to celebrate the top popcorn sellers. Over 200 Scouts and their family members gathered for the first major event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2021.
The Order of the Arrow (OA) celebrated new members during their Fellowship Weekends at Camps Napowan and Owasippe. In June, they will welcome new members at Camp Betz. The Ordeal candidates looked excited as they anticipated their new adventure. The OA, camp staff associations, and volunteers are doing amazing work, prepping
our camps to receive the scouts and Scouters coming for summer camp. 

Scouts are camping again, and units are holding activities both virtually and in person. Every Scout talks about getting back with their friends and going on adventures. They learn by being connected through their activities.

Leaders are enthusiastic and brimming with ideas as they train online and in person. All want to lead the program forward. They connect with each other to create space for the Scouting experience to unfold.

May is a month where we honor. We honor mothers at the beginning of the month, and we honor those who have sacrificed for our country at the end of the month. Please thank all that serve or have served in our nation’s military.
I think it is only fitting we now move into Pride Month. It is a celebration of all the freedoms we enjoy. To all those fathers, an early Happy Father’s Day.

I look forward to seeing many of you on the trail. Perhaps I will run into you at summer camp.

Take advantage of the Scout Shop Thorlos promotion. Buy two or more and save 25% off each pair.
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