Pathway to Adventure Council, Boy Scouts of America
November 2018
Congratulations, PTAC! We have established 47 new units so far this fall. Let's keep the momentum going!
Aaron W. (Chicago, IL) 
Aidan B. (Park Ridge, IL)
Alexander M. (Westmont, IL) 
Antonio C. (Palos Heights, IL) 
Benjamin R. (Midlothian, IL) 
Benjamin R. (Park Ridge, IL) 
Benjamin S. (Schererville, IN) 
Brian R. (Wheeling, IL) 
Brody A. (Schaumburg, IL) 
Cade H. (Highland, IN) 
Carson J. (Schaumburg, IL)
Carter S. (Hinsdale, IL) 
Christopher S. (Munster, IN) 
Colin F. (Chicago, IL)
Dominick R. (Chicago, IL) 
Edward B. (Chicago, IL) 
Edward K. (La Grange Park, IL)
Ethan B. (River Forest, IL) 
George P. (Barrington, IL)
John P. (River Forest, IL) 
John T. (Oak Lawn, IL) 
Joshua B. (Park Ridge, IL) 
Joshua R. (Chicago, IL) 
Matthew C. (Chicago, IL) 
Matthew H. (St. Charles, IL)
Matthew W. (Elmwood Park, IL) 
Michael J. (Oak Lawn, IL)
Nicholas M. (Chicago, IL) 
Richard M. (Chicago, IL)
Ronald B. (Crown Point, IN) 
Ryan C. (Barrington, IL)
Sean R. (Schaumburg, IL) 
Shane R. (Wheeling, IL) 
William S. (Berwyn, IL)
To see a full list of Scouts who have completed their Eagle Board of Review in 2018, please click here.
Greetings Unit Leaders, Committee Chairs, and Chartered Organization Representatives,
The 2019 Rechartering season is under way! We thank you in advance for your timely charter renewal this year. All charter renewals are due by December 3, 2018. 
Additional information is available at your District Roundtable and on the Pathway to Adventure (PTAC) website: .
Please contact your Unit Commissioner or District Executive for further assistance.
Important Reminders
  • The total fee per member is $36.00 per year. (The National registration fee is $33.00, and the local council insurance fee is $3.00.)
  • To ensure accuracy, we strongly recommend printing the renewal package and paying the fee by check or credit card by appointment at a PTAC service center. Service center locations are listed here.
  • Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all adult leaders. Adult leaders with expired Youth Protection Training will not be allowed to re-register for 2019.

Thank you for leading your unit’s rechartering efforts.
-Your Pathway to Adventure Leadership Team 
SAVE THE DATE - 2019 PTAC Camporee
Join us for our first annual council-wide camporee on October 11-13, 2019! Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Sea Scouts are all welcome. Experience exciting program activities, competitions, STEM, closing show, and much more! Please join us! Click here for the calendar event and event flyer .
Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade
Join us on Thursday, November 22 as we march in the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade! That's right, we will have our own float in the parade to showcase local Scouting! If you are interested in being in the parade, please read this flyer for more information. If you can't join us in person, make sure to watch the parade on WGN!
Whitney Young Dinner Recap
The Pathway to Adventure Council hosted its 10th annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award Dinner on October 25. This was our most successful year yet! 240 people attend including 30 Scouts. At the dinner, the council honored five exemplary community leaders from Chicago and Northwest Indiana for their contributions to inner-city youth. 

This year’s honorees were as follows: 
• Charles Matthews, President and CEO of Peoples Gas
• Larry Huggins, President and CEO of Riteway-Huggins Construction
• Mamon & Cynthia Powers, Owners of Powers and Sons Construction
• Johnie Williams, Scoutmaster of Troop 759 and Owner of Williams & Brothers Construction

On behalf of the Pathway to Adventure Council and the Whitney M. Young Jr. Dinner Executive Committee, we thank everyone for your support in making the 2018 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award Dinner remarkable. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year's event. Click here to view Council President Stephen Schwab's remarks . All proceeds from the event will support our Restoring the Village program .
Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner
On Wednesday, November 7, the Pathway to Adventure Council hosted its annual Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner, honoring Indiana businessman and philanthropist, Jeff Strack. For more information, visit the event web page .
LaSalle Trading Tech Awards
The LaSalle Street Trading Tech Awards brings members of the trading, financial, brokerage, property management, legal, and accounting communities together in support of local Scouting. This year's festivities will take place on November 15 from 5pm-8pm at the Chicago Board of Trade Building. Born from the iconic LaSalle Street Dinner Dance this event celebrates and honors accomplishments in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) that are achieved through the Trading Tech program and partners. We hope you can join us! For more information, please visit the event web page.
George Meany Award
The 2018 George Meany Award Celebration is honoring Gary Perinar on behalf of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters. The celebration is being held on December 5 at the Ballroom on 12 East Erie 6:30-8:30 PM. The George Meany Award is a national recognition by the AFL-CIO Executive Council, that is presented to an adult union member who has made a significant contribution to the youth of their community through scouting. We hope to see you there! You can view the event web page here.
Save the Date: Youth Recognition Dinner
Please mark your calendars! The 2019 Youth Recognition will be held on March 2, 2019 at the Plumber's Union Hall ( 1340 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607) We'd love for you to join us! For more information, please view the calendar event.
NYLT 2019
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) 2019 will be held at Owasippe Scout Reservation! There will be two sessions, one beginning June 16 and one beginning June 23.  Registration will open January 1 . We are working to include a transportation option as an add-on. Come join us at our new home; We can't wait to see you!
Wilderness First Aid
This 2-day course is required for high adventure trips including Philmont, Sea Base, & 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.  Click here   to register.
Wood Badge 2019
Do you want a more successful Pack, Troop or Crew? If the answer is "yes," then plan on attending the next Pathway to Adventure Council Wood Badge Course on September 20-22, 2019 and October 26-28,2019.

This intense 6-day course is all about leadership and is proven tool to develop better leaders who in turn deliver a higher quality of program to the Scouts in their units.

Registration will be opening soon so mark your calendars! You don’t miss out on this opportunity, which is limited to 48 participants.

Additional information can be found on the council website at:

If you have any questions, please contact PTAC Wood Badge Coordinator Bob Johnson at .
Merit Badge Clinic
A Merit Badge Clinic, open to all Scouts, will be held Saturday, November 17 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The Clinic features traditional counselor meetings for over 50 merit badges including all three citizenship merit badges, and many rare and new merit badges.  
Each Scout may initially register to meet with one merit badge counselor. After meeting a counselor, Scouts may register for additional merit badges. No preregistration necessary. Click here for more information:
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 information:

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!
World Scout Jamboree - Additional Scholarships Available
The World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any Scout who attends. The Contingent Management Team of the USA Contingent to the 24th WSJ is committed to expanding this unique opportunity to as many young people as possible, regardless of their socioeconomic background or ability to pay the cost of attendance.

The USA Contingent Scholarship program, based on financial need, has been developed to assist youth and young adults in their quest to attend a WSJ. Phase I of this program has completed, and Phase II has been implemented to assist youth and young adults who did not apply for the WSJ before Phase I’s deadline.

Scholarships can cover up to 40 percent of the published fee. Click here for more information.
Applications are exclusively completed at and are due by January 31, 2019.
2019 Camp Counselors-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 Camps 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
2019 Camp Staff - Apply Now!
Please share this information with your scouts! Pathway to Adventure Council is now accepting applications for 2019 Camp Staff at Camp Napowan and Owasippe Scout Reservation. Don't delay in applying-interviews and hiring happen in the Fall and early Winter. More information and the application can be found at
Camping Gear Donations
PTAC is growing which means more Packs, Troops and Crews! Camping is one of the best methods we use in teaching self-reliance and leadership skills. Many of these new Units are not yet seasoned campers or have the necessary camping gear for a fun and exciting outdoor experience. As Scouters, we all know that camping equipment can become quite expensive and take years to accumulate. The Pathway to Adventure Council is committed to bringing Scouting programs to areas where Scouting can make a positive impact for youth. From time to time the Council receives donations of camping gear to pass on to a Unit in need. If you or your Unit has good, clean and usable camping equipment that you may no longer need or use, please consider passing it along to Scouts who will put it to good use. We do ask that you contact us first and be able drop it off at one of our Council offices. Please contact Joe at .
Council Properties - Volunteers Needed
Are you an experienced Construction Manager, Estimator, Facility Manager or Skilled Tradesman?
Are you looking for another Scouting volunteer opportunity that aligns with your chosen profession?
If you answered "yes" to the above questions, please contact Russ at or Joe at .
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 .
Wood Badge 70th Anniversary Award
To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the first Wood Badge courses in the United States, the American Wood Badge Alumni has created a special service recognition that can only be earned during the anniversary year. A commemorative certificate and special anniversary service patch will be available.

Wood Badgers will agree to and work a new ticket, "if they can." To qualify for the award, individuals must complete five of nine requirements during the Anniversary Year between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

Click here for the application that will indicate requirements. Please complete and share this with your fellow registered Scouting alumni and friends. 
Silver Beaver Award Nominations
The Silver Beaver Award is presented by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America through the local Council to adult volunteer Scouters for their distinguished service to youth and their community. 

The award is intended to acknowledge noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Cub Scouters, Scouters, Varsity Scouters, and Venturing leaders. It is considered to be the highest award a Boy Scout council can bestow upon a volunteer Scouter. 

Nominations are due to the Steve Fossett Center for Scouting by Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. To be fair to all nominees, no late nominations will be accepted.  

Racing to Your Goals: 2018 Council Popcorn Sale
The 2018 popcorn sale is winding down. Thank you to all of the units for their hard work on making this a great sale. Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped on distribution days and return days. Thank you to the people who did the behind the scenes work helping us get Show and Sell sites for our units. We are looking forward to seeing the results, as well as hearing stories from our units about the great ways they were able to get people to support Scouting. Look forward to more information, as well as the results, in next month's newsletter.
Executive Committee Position Openings
The Pathway to Adventure Council is seeking highly qualified candidates to serve as Vice President of Public Relations and Vice President of Properties 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 .