JUNE 2017
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Scouts Honored Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day 

Scouts across Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana planted thousands of  flags and marched in local parades to help honor our fallen veterans.
Illinois Lawmakers Recognize Positive Impact of Local Scouting 

Illinois lawmakers formally recognized the Scouting program by passing a resolution that touted Scouting’s positive impact on Chicagoland communities. House Resolution 334 highlighted Scouting’s commitment to community service, outreach to minority communities, and focus on preparing young people for life. 
Metals Industry Dinner Unites an Industry Behind Scouting
The Metals Industry Dinner took place on May 18, bringing together over 1,020 metal industry professionals together for networking opportunities and to support the Pathway to Adventure Council. The funds raised that evening will impact the lives of Scouts pursuing their Welding Merit Badge as well as those in the STEM Scouts program. 

Click here to see photos from the event!

The Pathway to Adventure Outdoor Committee would like to invite you to a free day of program to introduce you and your Scouts to what we offer at short and long-term camping programs at our beautiful camping facilities. Click here for dates and details!

For more information and questions contact:

Summer Camp is one of the integral parts of the Boy Scout program. If your troop has not yet signed up, please visit

Venturing and Exploring Summer Camp Week
This year we are offering a Venture Crew and Exploring Post week at Owasippe’s Camp Carlin July 23-29. For more information, please contact Joe Stocchero at

Outdoor Adventure Resource Page
All camp-related documents can be found on the camp resource page at

And as always, don’t forget to visit our Camping Resources page for more information on ALL of our Summer Camp opportunities and sign up today! 
Our PTAC Summer Camp Staff is the most critical ingredient in our ability to deliver Scout Summer Camp to over 5,000 Scouts. This past summer our campers earned over 10,000 merit badges, made friends, built lasting memories, and had unforgettable adventures. We are aiming to build on this great success in 2017 and to do so we need the finest summer camp staff talent available.

Exciting Adventure at Philmont Scout Ranch Available!

Troop 117 (St. John of the Cross) has a Philmont trek with several open slots for Scouts and adults. The trek is July 18-30 and we are traveling by Amtrak to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. It is a shorter trek (56 miles over 11 days) in the southern part of Philmont. This would be a great first trek to Philmont. Scouts must be 14 years old by July 2017 to be eligible.

We have two adults and two Scouts so we can take eight Scouts if you have them (one adult and Scout are Philmont veterans.) Since we are currently only a crew of four, we would like to know prior to June 10th who would be interested in this exciting adventure.

Please contact me at  or 708-557-2382 if you are interested.
Eagle Scouts
Introducing the Eagle Knot Challenge
The Eagle Knot Challenge asks each new Eagle Scout to consider all the people who helped him achieve Scouting’s highest rank. Then it asks them to consider becoming an adult leader so they can be a positive guiding influence in the lives of future Eagles.

Joseph DiLullo  Eagle Scout scholarship
A scholarship in honor of Joseph DiLullo is awarded annually to an Eagle Scout who submits the most qualified application by July 31. The scholarship is awarded to an Eagle Scout in the Pathway to Adventure Council who contributed a significant service project to the community, has excellent school grades, and been admitted to a four-year university. This is the 28th year in which Scouts awarded Eagle Scout will receive a scholarship from Mario and Margaret DiLullo honoring their son. The 2016 Joseph DuLullo Eagle Scout College Fund Recipient was Eagle Scout Matthew Brucks from Troop 926 in Chicago. Application forms are provided with Eagle Certificates or online. Applications need to be received at the PTAC Arlington Heights Center for Scouting by 5 p.m. July 31. 
National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award Nominations Open
ATTENTION ANYONE WHO KNOWS AN EAGLE SCOUT: The PTAC NESA Committee is asking all of you to think of someone who might be worthy of receiving the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (OESA). There are three requirements:

1) They must have obtained the rank of Eagle Scout.
2) They must live within the the PTAC area
3) They must be an outstanding member of their profession.

Please note: The OESA is not awarded to people for their involvement in Scouting, it is given purely based on their vocational and/or community accomplishments OUTSIDE of Scouting. This allows us the ability to not only honor the exemplary professionals in our council but also provides our new Eagle Scouts with potential role models. Whether you know a well published theoretical physicist or a virtuoso pianist, we want to hear about them!

To nominate a potential OESA awardee please do the following:
1) Fill out the form provided in this link:
2) Forward the form to this email address:
Summer Training Opportunities
Summer is fast approaching and with it comes camping, high adventure, and other outdoor activities. With all those activities, it's hard to find time for leader training. There will be a few classroom courses offered between June and August; however, online training is always available through The minimum required training requirements for all unit leader positions shows the modules and the time to complete each module. Most modules take 5-12 minutes. Youth Protection Training is required for all leaders and is also accessible at (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is also required for Scoutmasters, Coaches, and their assistants.)  Further information how to get the most from online training is available on the How To page.

If you have any questions after taking an online module or general questions about training, you may send an email to Remember: Every youth deserves a trained leader. Training makes your job easier and provides a better experience for your youth.
Shooting Sports Training now available!
NRA Shotgun Qualification & Instructor Training
NRA Rifle Qualification & Instructor Training
Training Awards for Unit Leaders
The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, training, and performance in their leadership roles. Progress recording forms with the requirements for these awards can be found at the links below. Once the form is complete it should be sent to your District Training Chairman who in turn will sign off and forward the form to the local service center for processing. Once approved, the District Commissioner will be notified and present the award to the applicant. 

Are you a Red Cross Certified Instructor?
The Pathway to Adventure Council, Boy Scouts of America and the American Red Cross have a long history of working together in making sure our leaders and Scouts have access to lifesaving training. The PTAC Training committee is in the process of compiling a list of our Scouters who are Certified as Red Cross Trainers in any capacity. If you are or know of another Scouter who is, please have them e-mail
Library dedicated in memory of slain Oak Forest student
by Mike Nolan - Chicago Tribune
Photo credit: Gary Middendorf/Daily Southtown

Standing outside Fierke Education Center in Oak Forest, Jennifer Ferrucci fondly recalled Daniel Joost.

An avid reader with "a photographic memory," Joost would, from memory, recite lines from books in class, and for a third-grade talent show read a Dr. Seuss book, Ferrucci said.

"The kids were always amazed by his talent for reading," said Ferrucci, the school's librarian and a former third-grade teacher at Fierke.

Among Ferucci's many students over the years, Joost "was one you don't forget," she said.

Alum soars to Eagle Scout status for Rupley service project
by Community Consolidated School District 59 (CCSD59)

What may be a lot less common is to know someone who has reached the level of Eagle Scout through the BSA. According to the National Eagle Scout Association’s website, Eagle Scout status, the highest rank possible, is achieved by only 5% of all BSA members, and “has always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as in higher education, business or industry, and community service.”

CCSD59 would like to congratulate Nicholas S. Rosenorn, who not only is a CCSD59 alum of both Brentwood Elementary and Friendship Junior High schools, but earned his Eagle Scout status by helping renovate the exterior of Rupley Elementary School.

Chicago Boy Scout troop celebrating 100 years this weekend
by Larry Yellen - Fox 32 News

A Boy Scout troop in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood is marking a major milestone this weekend.

The Boy Scouts nationwide were founded in 1910. Troop 608 in the north Beverly neighborhood started just seven years later, in 1917.

On Sunday, Boy Scout Troop 608 in Beverly will celebrate 100 years of scouting.

Walter Pilditch is an 86-year-old retired principal and joined the scouts back in 1943. He's earned the Silver Beaver Award for his contributions, and says scouting builds leadership.

Shout Out: Jack Heneghan, Park Ridge Boy Scout
by Contact Reporter Jennifer Johnson - Chicago Tribune
Photo credit: Jack Heneghan

When it came time to choosing his Eagle Scout project, Park Ridge Boy Scout Jack Heneghan turned to Roosevelt School.

Heneghan, 16, recently introduced a "Buddy Bench" to the elementary school's playground. The goal of the brightly painted park bench — one of two that will be eventually be installed outside the Park Ridge school — is to prevent kids from spending recess alone.

Lemont Boy Scout Completes Eagle Scout Project
by Andrea Earnest (Patch Staff)
Photo credit: Laura walker-Marin

According to a release, the Eagle Scout Project is the opportunity for a Boy Scout to demonstrate leadership of others while also performing a project for the benefit of his community. It is considered the culmination of the scout's leadership training.

Eagle Scout Candidate Creates Memorial Path at Providence Catholic High School
by Community Contributor Margie Owens-Klotz - Chicago Tribune
Photo credit: Margie Owens-Klotz

NEW LENOX, IL (May 9, 2017) - The creation of a memorial path brought a Providence Catholic High School senior closer to the end of his path to Eagle Scout on Saturday, May 6.

Life Scout Danny Irvin, of Shorewood Boy Scout Troop 256 and a senior at the school, chose to forever remember Charlie Dunne of Tinley Park who died because of an asthma attack while a sophomore at Providence in 2016.

Local Boy Scout improves church grounds, earns Eagle rank
by Community Contributor - The Daily Herald
Photo credit: Steve Lombard

Boy Scout Troop 227 of Bartlett recently presented Jackson Mainellis the Eagle Scout Award of the Boy Scouts of America. The award was bestowed on the Bartlett teen during an Eagle Court of Honor held at his home congregation, Living Lord Lutheran Church in Bartlett, on March 18. Living Lord Church is also the chartered organization for the troop.

Bremen students push to crown deceased students prom king and queen
by Contact Reporter Matt McCall - Chicago Tribune
Photo credit: Jake Gorman

What started as a photo floating around Snapchat, turned into a student-led campaign to make two deceased Bremen High School students prom king and queen.

Paola Zambrano died of colon cancer in September 2015 and Mark Gorman was hit and killed by a car in October walking home from Boy Scouts.

"You don't see everywhere a school community get together to honor two fallen students and come up with the idea of crowning them prom king and queen," Gorman's older brother Jake Gorman, a 2011 Bremen graduate, said.

Summer Program 2017
Registration is now open for 5 new Trading Tech 300 clinics. More will be announced soon. Check regularly for new clinics. The summer program will focus on weeks of:
• June 26-30
• July 17-21 
• August 14-18

Remember, that to earn a completed merit badge your prerequisite work must be done before the clinic. BSA personnel will be checking work at registration. Click merit badge clinics below for details or to register:
  1. John J. Lothian & Co.,Inc. Journalism and Communication - June 26
  2. WGN Weather - July 15
  3. FourStar American Business and Entrepreneurship - July 17
  4. Advantage Futures Chess and Public Speaking - July 18
  5. Enova Digital Technology - August 17
  6. NIPSCO Electricity - August 18
*Calumet Scout Shop promotions may vary.