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March 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.
Alexander S. - St. John, IN.
Allen N. - Rolling Meadows, IL.
Amari H. - Crown Point, IN.
Andrew H. - Glenview, IL.
Benjamin A. - Staint John, IN.
Branden B. - Dyer, IN.
Cameron G. - Schererville, IN.
Charles S. - Arlington Heights, IL.
Colin E. - Arlington Heights, IL.
Davis M. - Western Springs, IL.
Dylan H. - Oak Park, IL.
Folarin J. - Skokie, IL.
Gavin D. - Rolling Meadows, IL.
Glen H. - Darien, IL
Grant H. - Lake Barrington, IL.
Ian C. - Palatine, IL.
Ian K. - Brookfield, IL.
John F. - Arlington Heights, IL.
Kyle B. - Dyer, IN.
Logan R. - Downers Grove, IL.
Matthew N. - Chicago, IL.
Michael C. - Norridge, IL.
Michael R. - Wheaton, IL.
Michael S. - DesPlaines , IL.
Paul J. - Arlington Heights, IL.
Pietro D. - Elmwood Park, IL.
Pranav M. - Orland Park, IL.
Ryan K. - Brookfield, IL.
Ryan W. - Lowell, IN.
Sean O. - Oak Park, IL.
Thomas F. - Chicago, IL.
Congratulations, Timothy!
Congratulations to PTAC's very own, Timothy Reiss who has earned the Eagle Scout Rank, Summit Award, and Quartermaster Award. Each accolade represents the highest achievement in Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouts respectively. Tim is the first Scout in the Pathway to Adventure Council to accomplish this tremendous feat. Way to go, Tim!

To see the speech that Council President Stephen Schwab delivered at Tim's recent Court of Honor, click here.
To see a list of Scouts who completed their Eagle, Summit, or Quartermaster Board of Review in 2020, click here .
Adult Recognition Dinner Recap
The Pathway to Adventure Council hosted its Silver Beaver/Adult Recognition dinner on Sunday, February 23rd. At the dinner, the council recognized outstanding service by volunteers from across the Pathway to Adventure Council.

On behalf of the Pathway to Adventure Council and the Silver Beaver Dinner Committee, we thank everyone for making the 2019 dinner remarkable. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year's event. 

To see the speech that Council President Stephen Schwab delivered at the dinner, 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!
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.
Tom Herb - Executive Committee
Don Harris - Executive Committee
Keith Ross - Executive Board
Atticus Franken - Advisory Council
PTAC 2021 National Jamboree Contingent - Register by April 1, 2020!
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. 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 next 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 Sea Base, both crews will have free time to sight see. For more info, contact the event coordinator (who's been on both adventures).
2020 Lincoln Pilgrimage
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 wrapping up and must be completed by April 11th. Unit visitations can be scheduled through the Lodge's website: .

Potawattomi Hike - Join us Saturday March 28th at the Indiana Dunes for a day of hiking. pre-registration is not required, but is available online now. All Scouts and Scouters are welcome to participate!

Spring Event Registration is now open! Sign up for our spring fellowship or work weekends to help get our camps ready for summer:

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) will be held August 3-8 at Michigan State University. Join thousands of Arrowmen 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!
National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference
Calling all Law Enforcement Explorers! Experience the high adventure of the Summit while competing against other Law Enforcement Posts from across the nation. The competition will be held from July 13th-17th at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

This is the Registration link:
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.
Camperships - Deadline April 1st!
 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
Join us for 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, Michigan 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.
Faith Relations Workshops at Philmont Training Center
The United Methodist Church Scouting Ministry Committee invites leaders to share ideas from across the nation. Topics include Religious Emblems, the P.R.A.Y program, making a program a ministry, clergy in Scouting, Conference and District Scouting Coordinators, program improvements in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing, Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Camp Fire. Specific roles, opportunities to grow your church and team, and making connections are all a part of this event. Leaders of all faiths are welcome!
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:

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.

Scout Shop
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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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