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September 2019
Introducing the PTAC Trail
Summer is winding down, pretty soon it will be time to face the Chicago winter again. Want a way to extend the Summer a bit longer, 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.
Adam S. - Chicago, IL
Alexander S. - Arlington Heights, IL
Cole H. - Darien, IL
Colin M. - Arlington Heights, IL
Connor D. - Palos Park, IL
Devin O. - Chicago, IL
Eric B. - Clarendon Hills, IL
Eric H. - Lake Zurich, IL
Jason K. B. - Oak Forest, IL
Joseph B. - Arlington Heights, IL
Joseph M. - Elmwood Park, IL
Justin V. - Merrillville, IN
Ken T. - Palatine, IL
Kristian W. - Chicago, IL
Kyle H. - Palatine, IL
Matthew B. - Chicago, IL
Matthew W. - Chicago, IL
Michael W. - Arlington Heights, IL
Nathaniel L. - Chicago, IL
Nicholas H. - Hinsdale, IL
Noah K. - Lowell, IN
Patrick M. - Streamwood, IL
Peter P. - Clarendon Hills, IL
Ryan Z. - Orland Park, IL
Salvador A. - Burr Ridge, IL
Theodore R. - Brookfield, IL
Trinidad A. - Oak Lawn, IL

To see a list of Scouts who completed their Eagle, Summit, or Quartermaster Board of Review so far 2019, click here .
Pathway to Adventure Council 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.

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!

Scouts BSA Girl Troop Celebration
Pathway to Adventure Council is very excited to announce an event with Windy City Ninjas Chicago on November 9 for our Scouts BSA girl troops. A fun space for units to celebrate the first girls who have joined Scouts BSA! The girls will be able to traverse across elements and challenge themselves on obstacle courses designed for adventure. We challenge every Scouts BSA girl troop to attend. We cannot wait for the girls to meet, engage, and have fun! There is limited space, so sign up today!

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.
Kyrie Agee - Executive Board
Tom Herb - Advisory Council
Demitrio Garcia - Executive Committee / Advisory Council
Brocket McBride - Associate Board
Support Our Join Night Events
There's less than one week until our join nights on September 12 , and it's not too late to get involved!
For ways to get involved, check out this form .

Thank you!
Silver Beaver Nominations
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 2, 2019.
Save the date and join us at The Annual Council Recognition Dinner, scheduled for February 23, 2020.
If you have questions about how to nominate a person or fill out the form please contact Don Swibes, Silver Beaver Chairman at .
Free Tickets to Chicago Build Expo
Join us at the Chicago Build Expo happening September 19-20 ! Chicago Build is the leading construction, design and real estate show for Chicago and the Midwest and is a great event for construction pros and Scouts interested in learning more about the industry. Show your Scout pride by wearing your Field Uniform and stop by and see us at Booth 418 across from the Build Environment Networking Hub. 
Emergency Preparedness in Forest Park
Join us on October 19 at Miller Meadow Forest Preserve to learn about emergency preparedness and how you can be prepared!
To participate, all Scouts MUST have earned 1st Class Rank and have completed the First Aid merit badge prior to October 1, 2019. For Scouts BSA units, girl members are exempt from the 1st Class rank requirement only.
Be a Fisher of Men
The Archdiocese of Chicago and Catholic Committee on Scouting present Be a Fisher of Men! Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Ventureers, and Sea Scouts are all welcome. Explore Catholic discipleship and vocation while fishing on
the beautiful seminary lake! The event will take place on September 28 at the
University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL.

Register by September 21, 2019. The cost is $12.00. To register, contact Deb Sitz at or phone 708-363-6547.
Triton Merit Badge College
Announcing the third annual Triton Merit Badge College on November 16 ! Space Exploration and Astronomy take place in a planetarium. Automotive Maintenance is in a real auto shop! Scouts can also learn to weld like a pro. We are proud to offer over 15 merit badges for Scouts to choose from!
See you on November 16!
Registration is open! For more info, check out the flyer !
Merit Badge Counselor Maximum
Effective July 1, 2019
After lengthy discussion, review of section # of the 2019 Guide to Advancement, and consideration of feedback from multiple Scouters concerning merit badge counselor maximums, the Pathway to Adventure Council Advancement Committee is formally recommending that an individual merit badge counselor not counsel more than eight (8) merit badges. 
Free Camping Weekend at Owasippe
Thinking about bringing your troop or Webelos Den to summer camp at Owasippe Scout Reservation, but never had a chance for your Scouts visit? Now's your chance! We're hosting a free camping weekend at Owasippe on September 27-29 !
Tour the camp and try some of our programs. Shooting sports, boating, and climbing will be offered. 
NOTE: These events are for Troops, Crews, and Webelos Dens only. 
2020 Camp Staff Applications
Pathway to Adventure Council is excited for summer camp 2020 to begin! We are now accepting applications for paid and volunteer camp staff positions at Napowan and Owasippe. Staffing summer camp is an amazing experience for Scouts and Scouters alike!

Volunteer Counselor-In-Training (CIT) applicants must be at least 14 years old at the start of summer camp, and paid staff applicants must be at least 15 years old at the start of summer camp. Volunteer commissioners must be at least 18 years old.

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!
Winter National Youth Leadership Training
Were you unable to attend NYLT in the Summer? Good news, we have a Winter 2020 session! This session is a two-weekend format offered at Camp Big Timber in Elgin on January 17-19 and February 14-16, 2020. Participants must attend both sessions. Register now for this youth leadership training - come out for "school in the snow!" Participants will be staying in heated cabins - this is not winter camping - it is training.
2019 Wood Badge - Time Is Running Out!
Be a part of the historic 100th anniversary Wood Badge class will be held September 20-22 and October 26-28 at Camp Frank S. Betz in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

(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!
2019-2020 Wilderness First Aid Classes
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.
Contact Tom Bosworth at 224-888-1243 or for more information.

National Youth Leadership Training Volunteers
NYLT is looking for enthusiastic, registered adult scouters to support the program. There are big roles like being part of the adult staff and small parts like being a bus chaperone, helping get staff to camp, dropping by for a day or two to help set up, break down or be an extra pair of hands.
There are a limited number of opportunities, please e-mail if you are interested (or you know someone who should be considered) and think you have what it takes to be a part of this team encouraging youth to become the best leaders they can be. 
Thank you to Day Camp Staff!!
A HUGE thank you to all the wonderful Scouters who volunteered their time to help at a Day Camp this summer. You made the Jungle Adventure Day Camp a great experience for our Scouts!
A special thank you to Mary Hoy, Stephanie Brockway, Shar Wyatt, Deb Jennings, Jennifer Denton, Bertha Guzman, Jennifer Toy, Michelle Fisher, Mark Huegelmann, and Helen Gissell who volunteered to be site coordinators or work at multiple camps.
Please contact me at if you would like to join the Day Camp Committee as we plan for Day Camp 2020. 
Scout Shop
Help the Scout Shop's spread the news! Share us on Facebook. We are your one stop shop for all your Scouting needs from uniforms to camping equipment and so much more.

Visit your local Scout Shop to take advantage of the wide selection of new products and sales!
Save the date for the Harlem Globetrotters! Tickets available soon.
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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