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September 2020
COVID-19 Information Update 9/1/2020

The Pathway to Adventure Council requires all Scouts, registered leaders, and unregistered leaders adhere to the Guide to Safe Scouting, the BSA Restarting Scouting Checklist, and the City of Chicago’s Phase IV “Protecting Chicago” Reopening Framework. Additionally, Scouts and Scouters should have a current BSA Annual Health and Medical form, part A and B on file with their unit. These procedures and health forms are required for all Scouting activities and events, including unit meetings, Order of the Arrow gatherings, district events, council events, and service projects, such as Eagle Scout projects. To see our full announcement, please click here, or visit our website.
Robert J. Welsh Center for Scouting - Now Open!
We are pleased to announce that the newly renovated Robert J. Welsh Scout Service Center in Munster, Indiana is now open. The Scout Shop and Service Center are open Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm

Thank you for your patience as we've renovated the Munster office! We hope to see you there soon!
Member Care Services Now Offered by PTAC
All Member Care (Help Desk) service requests will now be handled by local councils. PTAC will be able to assist you with password resets, member ID merges and other similar account support functions. You can view the full Scouting Wire announcement here.

Should you need support, please contact as we transition to a more permanent solution.
Cub Scout Adventure Day
We invite the families of Cub Scouts in 2020 to experience the fun of Cub Scouting at Adventure Day! Scouts will start their Scout Skills practicing knots. They will learn how to build an at-home fire extinguisher at the STEM Station, and get the supplies to build it at home. Take a turn catching some "fish" on dry land at our backyard bass station. We welcome you to come out and see what Scouting has to offer. Everyone must register including Scouts, parent/guardians, and siblings.

We have two more Adventure Days coming up! Pick the time session on the date that works best for you. Registration is free and masks are required. Staff will be sanitizing stations between groups.

To register, please click this link:
Wilderness First Aid Certification
These classes are intended for scouts/scouters attending high adventure camps in 2021 or an Scout/Scouter who would like to complete a WFA certification course.

Now Accepting Campsite Reservations for 2021
We are looking ahead to summer camp in 2021, and we expect each session of camp at Napowan and Owasippe, to be fully booked! We are now accepting campsite reservations for 2021, so be sure you book your site today!

Dates, schedules, fees and reservation information can be found here:
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, 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 Seabase, both crews will have free time to sightsee. For more info, contact the event coordinator (who's been on both adventures). Visit our registration page by clicking this link:
Popcorn Success Story
The "Fuel Your Adventure" PTAC Popcorn Sale is moving along at a high rate of speed. We are hearing great feedback from units selling at various locations around the council. "Drivers" are having great success with the door hangers. "Pit Crews" are promoting the online sales to their "drivers" and we are seeing wonderful results as we are making our way around the track. Continue to sell, and remember to check your leaders guide for information and upcoming date.

Above is a great picture of a "racing team" doing their best. This is Pack 3006 from Westmont out on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. They are definitely ready to sell some popcorn to hungry fans!
Advancement Update: Inaugural Female Eagle Class Information
Updated 9/30/2020

The Pathway to Adventure Council is preparing to welcome the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts! As this is exciting and historical time, we know that there are many questions about the details, timelines, and the general process. We hope this document will assist with answering those inquiries.

The window for Eagle boards of review of the Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts is from October 1, 2020, to February 8, 2021. As such, all Eagle Scout credentials will be dated February 8, 2021 so that we commemorate this milestone alongside the recognized “birthday” of the Boy Scouts of America.
However, inaugural class candidates won’t need to wait to submit their paperwork for verification and to conduct their Eagle Board of Review.

When an inaugural candidate has their Eagle Scout requirements completed, please email all paperwork to: Electronic or digital signatures will be accepted.

However, you can still drop off your official packet to one of our (4) Service Centers. For addresses to our Service Centers, please see:

In accordance with the National Council, Boy Scouts of America, we are working within the guidelines to celebrate the inaugural female Eagle Scouts as a group, rather than individually. Therefore, the very first Female Eagle Board of Review will be held, as a Council, on Saturday, October 17th, 2020, at the Steve Fossett Center for Scouting at 1218 W. Adams Street in Chicago, IL. Following this initial Eagle Board of Review, additional inaugural class candidates will join their respective district Eagle Boards of Review during their regularly conducted times.

This is a truly ground-breaking time in the history of Scouting! While we are incredibly excited to celebrate this inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts, as well as each of the individual accomplishments. However, in following the guidelines from the National Council, a “first” female Eagle Scout will not be recognized individually. As such, we would like to ask that members of this refrain from using verbiage such as, “First Female Eagle Scout,” and instead use ones such as, “Part of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts.”

Once a Scout has successfully completed her Eagle Board of Review, she is officially an Eagle Scout and can include this honor on any resumes or applications. We would suggest the following verbiage to help showcase this achievement: “Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout – Inaugural Female Class, February 8, 2021.”

To help celebrate the entire Pathway to Adventure Council inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts, all will be invited, free-of-charge, to the annual Council Youth Recognition Dinner on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Please click here for additional information:

As an added opportunity to help showcase your accomplishments, we are encouraging all members of the inaugural female Eagle Scout class to submit their project for consideration for the National Eagle Scout Project of the Year, which include opportunities to be awarded scholarship money. The link to the application can be found here: EAGLE-SCOUT-SERVICE-PROJECT-OF-THE-YEAR-NOMINATION-FORM.pdf

Should you have any additional questions, please contact the Pathway to Adventure Council Advancement Committee at: or

Conservation Award Achievers
A Conservation Award Achiever (CAAer) is any Scout or Scouter that has ever been curious about the "why?" and "how?" of nature while having fun doing a Scout activity, a school activity, or on a family activity. The curiosity of wanting to learn more about your nature experience, the urge to do something about it, and the natural activity of educating others about what you did makes you a CAAer.
Young Scouts are naturally curious about nature or conservation concerns and need you to guide them into becoming a CAAer. Around the time a Scout earns First Class rank is the best time to advise them about the requirements for earning their Conservation Award. Waiting until the Scout has done or is doing their Eagle project on a conservation activity is too late to qualify for the Conservation Award Badge. For Scouters that have been involved with conservation activities for 3 or more years, there is a recognition award for your dedication to your conservation activities.
PTAC’s Conservation Award Committee is the first place to go with your questions about the Conservation Award requirements, the 3-year Adult award, and the unit recognition awards, which are awarded and administered by the Council. The Committee will be able to provide you with the definitive answers you will need to challenge your Scouts, your unit, or yourself to earn a Hornaday Conservation Award.
Scouts from across the council are currently working on their Conservation Award! Please contact Wayne Schimpff, Chairman, Conservation Award Committee with your questions: or 773-406-9396. 
In this section of our newsletter, we will hear from our Council President, Marc Passiment.
Wow, where did September go? It seems like yesterday we were in the dog days of summer, and now fall is upon us.

Fall is the time we settle into routine. School begins again. It seems like every weekend is packed with activities. Scouts meet regularly during the week, planning for amazing weekend trips or events. 

COVID-19 changed all of that. September is a little like every other month. Zoom meeting and keeping touch by email, with minimal in-person gatherings. While we are all anxious to get back together in person, I am so proud to see everyone taking the proper precautions, wearing masks, and staying socially distant when among other people. We will all get through this.

This September is notable for our Council. In these challenging times, we still had many youths join Cub Scout Packs and Scouts BSA Troops.
Cub Scout leaders continue to teach and find ways for Cub Scouts to progress in rank. Scouts BSA Scouts are earning merit badges, while many are getting closer to achieve the rank of Eagle. We will soon have our first class of female Eagle Scouts. The Takhone Lodge of the Order of the Arrow celebrated Fellowship and held a Vigil ceremony. Our Council held virtual fundraising events, showing appreciation to so many that support our program.

September was a remarkably busy month for Pathway to Adventure Council. From Adventure Days to roundtables, from camping to service projects, we are all finding ways to enjoy the Scouting program. 

Thank you all for being a part of the Pathway to Adventure Council. Together, we are Scouting strong.

Silver Beaver Nominations are now open
Do you know a Scouter that has distinguished themselves in Scouting and the community? If you do, we want you to nominate them for the Silver Beaver. Don’t wait for someone else to nominate that person.

The Silver Beaver Award is presented by the National Council, 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 Scouters including but not limited to Cub Scouters, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts and Exploring leaders within the territory under the jurisdiction of Pathway to Adventure. It is the highest award a Boy Scout Council can bestow upon a volunteer Scouter. Nominations forms have been simplified and are easy to use.

Nominations are due by December 7, 2020. Please do not wait until the last minute.

Save the date and join us at The Annual Council Recognition Dinner, scheduled for February 28, 2021.

If you have questions about how to nominate a person or fill out the form, please contact Don Swibes, Silver Beaver Chairman at

Click here for the nomination form:
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