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March 2019
Your next adventure awaits with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC). Learn more about the agreement and see the full story below.  
Adrian T. (Palos Hills, IL)
Aldas K. (Hinsdale, IL)
Alexander S. (Lake Zurich, IL)
Anders O. (Chicago, IL)
Andres A. (Bloomingdale, IL)
Andrew B. (Mt. Prospect, IL )
Andrew T. (Rolling Meadows, IL)
Brennan T. (Chicago, IL)
Charles K. (Chicago, IL)
Daniel P. (Des Plaines, IL)
Daniel Q. (Bridgeview, IL)
Dominick S. (Arlington Heights, IL)
Eli V. (Cedar Lake, IN)
Evan M. (Downers Grove, IL)
Hunter K. (Park Ridge, IL)
Jakub J. (Westmont, IL)
James K. (Darien, IL)
John Michael K. (Westmont, IL)
Justin G. (Palatine, IL)
Kyle F. (La Grange, IL )

Kyle N. (Chicago, IL)
Mathew S. (Elk Grove Village, IL)
Montgomery S. (Dyer, IN)
Nathan U. (Antioch, IL)
Omar O. (Chicago, IL)
Ryan K. (Prospect Heights, IL)
Ryan K. (Barrington, IL)
Ryan O. (Chicago, IL)
Samuel H. (La Grange Park, IL)
Samuel R. (Clarendon Hills, IL)
Scott K. (Prospect Heights, IL)
Timothy N. (Evergreen Park, IL)
Trent B. (Palatine, IL)
Vaughan K. (Oak Park, IL)
William D. (Brookfield, IL )
William M. (Downers Grove, IL)
William Z. (Schererville, IN)
Xavier F. (Chicago, IL)
Zackary M. (Minooka, IL)
Zachary Z. (Oak Lawn, IL)
To see a list of Scouts who completed their Eagle Board of Review so far 2019, click here .
Construction Industry Memorial Scholarship
If you are an Eagle Scout that is graduating in May 2019 with good grades and a story about how Scouting impacted you, you could earn a scholarship! For more information, please email Myriam Herrera at
Applications are due March 11th!
Camperships Deadline Approaching
Through the generosity of donors, Pathway to Adventure Council offers financial need-based camp scholarships (camperships) to help make our PTAC summer camps accessible to as many youth members as possible!
The deadline for 2019 campership applications is April 1, 2019.
Information and the application can be found here:
PTAC 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 31st; the price increases to $25 on September 1st.

Come 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!

Please join us! View the Calendar Event and the Event Flyer.
Order of the Arrow Elections
Takhone Lodge election cycle is in full swing! Scouts BSA Troops and Venturing Crews can contact their OA Chapter Leadership to schedule an election for their unit.
To find out what chapter you are in or stay up-to-date,
check out:
Follow them on: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Potawatomi Trail Hike
Come out to the Potawatomi Trail hike on March 23rd, 2019! The hike is a great opportunity to complete hiking requirements for Cub Scouts, and Scouts BSA, and it is a great opportunity for Scouting families to experience some of the wonderful natural resources in our own backyard! Register here and check out the flyer!
North Park University Merit Badge College - March 23rd
Announcing PTAC's STEM-focused Merit Badge College at North Park University! There will only be 15 Scouts per class in this high-tech learning environment where professors share their craft. Scouts may select two classes. Registration is open and filling up! Some of the classes have prerequisites and take time to complete, so sign up now!
Merit Badge Academy at Elmwood Park High School
Please join us for our merit badge academy! We will have be 18 Merit badges available and you can earn up to 4 merit badges! There are training opportunities for adults as well.
Announcing the Launch of Scout Tech
Under the Scout Tech umbrella of clinics, you will now see new industries including Building Tech, Civic Tech, and Med Tech to join the quality learning you have come to expect from Trading Tech. Mark your calendars for the weeks of June 24, July 8, August 5! Our first release of clinics will be on March 15th. Under the Trading Tech series, FourStar Wealth Management LLC has confirmed entrepreneurship and CME Group will be doing law. Under Building Tech, we will be doing plumbing and welding. Stay tuned for many, many more to come!
Use Agreement with Forest Preserve District of Cook County
The Cook County Board of Commissioners has adopted a Use Agreement between the Pathway to Adventure Council and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (“FPDCC”)! District and Council level events can now be coordinated with Terry Dutton, , as the designated primary liaison with the FPDCC. Benefits of this new agreement include discounted rates and the ability to make requests for dates prior to October 1. The FPDCC will consider the placement of temporary storage units, on location-by-location basis, which could potentially provide some benefits when planning programs and events. Individual units may make their own reservations directly with FPDCC. Information about that will be coming soon.
Of most importance, consistent with the Boy Scouts of America mission of conservation service, your Council has agreed to support FPDCC’s conservation efforts by participating in service projects from time to time. Please consider how you can give back to Forest Preserve District properties near you when hosting an event at one of their locations.
Our thanks goes out to all who were involved in the process of solidifying this Use Agreement. A special thank you to the Council’s Conservation Committee for their efforts leading up to this monumental moment. 
Camp Promotions
Want to learn more about our exciting Summer Camp opportunities? Sign up now to have a presentation done at your pack meeting or Blue and Gold! Sign Up here!
Join our Jungle Adventure Day Camp in 2019! 
New this year – 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 will have a great program for youth (entering 1 st – 5 th grade in the fall) that is filled with fun and learning in an outdoor environment. Watch for our new promotional flyers which will be available in the very near future. 

Registration coming soon!
Day Camp and Family Camp Staffing Opportunities
Day Camp and Family Camp are looking to fill both paid and volunteer staff positions.
See the attached forms with descriptions and applications.
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. Click here for more information.

Registration is now open, so sign up today!
Family Camp at Camp Betz
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. We hope to see you and your family there! Register Here!
Register Now for Summer Camp
If you haven't 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!  Click here for more info.

Starting a girl troop this spring and not sure where to start your planning for summer camp 2019? We're happy to help you!
Contact us at   and we'll make sure you're prepared for a great first summer at camp.
2019 Camp In-Training (CIT) - Spread the Word!
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 2019 Camp Counselors-In-Training (CITs) at 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
2020 Philmont Council Contingent!
Registration for the Pathway to Adventure 2020 Contingent to Philmont is now open! PTAC has space for 24 people held for your adventure of a lifetime. The trip dates are July 5 - July 19. Because the 2018 season was canceled due to a wildfire on the property, reservations over the next few years will be tight due to canceled crews getting priority. 

2021 National Jamboree Adult Leader Opportunity
The 2021 National Scout Jamboree has just been announced and the Pathway to Adventure Council 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!
Pathway to Adventure Council 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. In addition, there are opportunities for at least 4 young adults (18 to 21) to serve as Assistant Scoutmasters. 
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.
Please use 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 your Scouts of all ages to experience and learn what the great outdoors offer!
For more info, click here!
National Youth Leadership Training
There are two NYLT sessions this summer:  June 16-22  and  June 23-July 2 and r egistration is now open! The course will be held at Owasippe Scout Reservation in Twin Lake, Michigan. The fee of $280 includes transportation to/from one of several locations throughout Pathway To Adventure Council, lodging, food, course materials, and a week of camping. "Camp Cash" may be applied, and Scholarships are available with online applications due by April 1st.

Questions? Email
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. Register for the 2019 course today! 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!
ATV Training at Owassippe
The ATV training class uses a controlled environment and a hands-on approach to teach ATV care and the importance of safe riding practices. At the end of the day, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a guided ride off the training course and into the woods of Owasippe! 

There are five dates to choose from in 2019 and space is limited to just six participants per class. Please sign up today!
Wilderness First Aid Classes
This 2-day course is required for high adventure trips including Philmont, Sea Base, and Northern Tier. It is also an excellent first aid course for any Scouter who would like to receive advanced training. These classes meet the requirements for Wilderness First Aid established by the Boy Scouts of America.

Wilderness First Aid Classes are being offered February through June.
To Register: Please contact Tom Bosworth at
Scoutbook Workshops
We are offering Scoutbook workshops to help you learn the software, answer any questions you have, and unlock the simplicity of tracking advancement in 2019!

Scouts Needed for Color Guard
Ceremony Scouts are needed to present the colors on April 4th and May 9th at two council events. Check out the flyers if you are interested!

Millennial Task Force
In the summer of 2018, Ray Capp, the Chair of the BSA-SAF committee, met the National Key 3. Out of that meeting came the idea of developing a "Millennial Task Force" comprised of 22-38 year old Scouters who had previously served as Scouts/Ventures/Sea Scouts as youth. These men and women are from all corners of the BSA, with eight of them from our own Pathway to Adventure Council with Dr. Brad Epstein as the Chair.

The purpose of the Millennial Task Force is to discuss how to best reengage the 'Millennial Age' cohort of former Scouts who are currently not active as young adults and how to increase their engagement and representation throughout Scouting.

To become more involved in the Millennial Task Force, please contact Brad Epstein at or Dwayne Hunter at
National Youth Leadership Training Patron Patch
Pathway to Adventure Council is pleased to announce that the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Patron patch is now available for sale! The limited edition patch costs $150 and all proceeds benefit the NYLT Scholarship Fund. The majority of the purchase price is tax deductible as allowed by law. There are only 50 patches available, so get yours today!
National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP): Volunteers Needed
PTAC's National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP) Committee is looking for volunteers to assist in visiting camps - both our own local camps and other council's resident camps. NCAP volunteers receive training in the BSA's National Camping Standards and assist in the annual accreditation process. Volunteers are needed for both local camp visits, such as day camps, as well as regional camp visits, such as other council's Scouts BSA camps in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. This is a great way to help and to see BSA camps in action! Click here to sign up to volunteer.
Camp Marketing and Promotions
Do you have an interest in marketing and promotions? Can you help to promote our Cub Scout and Boy Scout Summer Camp Programs? We're looking for volunteers to join our Camp Promotions Committee! Volunteers play an important role in helping to create promotional materials and plans, reaching out to scout units, attending events and promoting our camps. If you're interested, please contact Terry Dutton, Director of Program at
You can support Scouting through Thrivent Financial
Many Scouters, Scout parents, and their extended family members may already be giving to charitable causes through their Thrivent Financial investment accounts. Thrivent is a non-for-profit financial services company. If you and your family have not yet chosen Pathway to Adventure Council, BSA in the charitable giving you do through Thrivent, then please do so today through your local broker!

To speak with a representative, please see:
Your financial support for local Scouting is appreciated!
Executive Committee Position Openings
The Pathway to Adventure Council is seeking highly qualified candidates to serve as  Vice President of Public Relations   on the council's executive committee. Serving on the executive committee is a great way to increase your involvement with Scouting. If you would like more information, please contact  Alex Lohse   and  Rob Hemmelgarn.
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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