Blast into Scouting Team September 2016 message for PTAC Newsletters

We would like to start by thanking all our volunteers and professional staff that are working very hard to make our 2016 Blast into Scouting Recruitment Event a huge success. Our September 15th Recruitment Event is just the first piece of our 2016 Blast into Scouting Campaign. The second piece of our campaign will be our Pack and Troop leadership welcoming our new Scouts and their families to their units and assist them with the beginning of their new Scouting experience.

The final piece of our Blast into Scouting Campaign will be our Adventure Day Launch Party. These launch parties will take place at 3 various locations on both Saturday October 1st and October 8th The Adventure Day Launch Party will consist of an exciting day of Archery, Crafts, Field Games, Competitions, Advancements and Much More Fun. Yes, you can even launch your rocket!!!!!!  The Adventure Day activities are for both our new and our returning Scouts and their families and online registration is strongly encouraged.  You can go to the Blast into Scouting 2016 link to find the Adventure Day flyer with the site locations along with the pre-registration link.  Please contact your respective District Membership volunteer with any questions about our Blast into Scouting Campaign.

Yours in Scouting,

Rick Romani

PTAC Blast Team Leader


Chicago Sea Scouts took more than 60 international Scouts on sailing tour of the city July 15th and 16th

(Chicago- July 12, 2016) Scouts from Ethiopia, Mexico and Hong Kong sailed on Lake Michigan July 15th and 16th during a tour of Chicago lead by Chicago-based Sea Scouts- a coed youth program within the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

The sailing trip was part of a 2-day visit for 63 international Scouts who stayed with local BSA host families before traveling to Michigan for the International Camporee. There, they gathered with Scouts from more than 20 countries for a few more action-packed days.

“Scouting gives opportunities to build friendships around the corner or around the world,” said local International Scouting Chair Kate Mulcahy. “Our Scouts are ambassadors for peace, and they don’t necessarily have to leave the United States to gain a greater awareness and appreciation for different countries and cultures.”

Youth members of the local Sea Scouts unit, known as Ship 5870, and their adult leader took the visiting Scouts aboard their 33-foot ship named Privateer for a 90-minute tour of Chicago. The visiting Scouts were in good hands. Ship 5870, chartered by the Chicago Yacht Club, comprises 10 members age 14-20 who annually log about 350 race-related sailing hours and participate in three races each year including the Race to Mackinac.

The Scouts departed from the Chicago Yacht Club Friday and Saturday morning, proceeded to the Chicago Locks and Navy Pier, then headed toward the Shedd Aquarium, Monroe Harbor, Queen's Landing, and back to the Chicago Yacht Club.  After sailing, the Scouts went to Maggie Daley Park for a picnic lunch and more sight-seeing.

While the International Camporee is held every four years, this was the first time visiting Scouts were able to tour Chicago from Lake Michigan. And, for most of the 63 visitors, Chicago was their first glimpse at the United States.

June 20, 2016 11:22 AM

Content provided by Colette Jen 

PTAC Eagle Scout Kyle J. awarded American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year
for Indiana Deprtment 1st District

1st District Boy Scout Chair Marty Dzieglowicz with Kyle

Kyle has been an active member of his Munster Boy Scout Troop 533. He earned his Eagle rank in December 2015.  Kyle's Eagle project was constructing two benches that were placed along the walk path in Munster's Centennial Park.  The steel beams that serve as the seats where donated by Munster Steel and brick was used for the bases.

He received his religious emblem - Ad Altare Dei on February 5, 2012, Order of the Arrow on June 11, 2011, and participated with The Order of the Arrow Trail Crew for Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, N.M. in July, 2014. 

He has demonstrated practical citizenship in church, school, Scouting, and community. He is a member of The Sons of The American Legion Squadron 16- Munster. His mother, Colette Jen is a member of Auxiliary Unit 16 and his grandfather is Steve Zaluckyj, a Vietnam era veteran and a member of American Legion Munster Post 16.  Kyle is a Munster High School graduate class of 2016.  

This spring Kyle competed and was selected for The Community Service Leadership Scholarship for University of Indianapolis and with that he will be attending The University of Indianapolis, studying Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine and running as a Greyhound for the Mens UIndyTrack and Field Athletics. 

May 27, 2016 11:08 AM

Submitted By Tim Mellin

The 2016 Order of the Arrow Section C7 Conclave was a huge success! All of the Pathway to Adventure lodges participated and were integral in the planning and execution of the event. A big shout-out to the Section Leadership, especially Section Chief Tyler Harris (Lakota), Vice-Chief William Caldwell (Michigamea), and Secretary Alex Witek (Lakota). Also, a big thanks to our fellow Arrowmen from Wag-O-Shag Lodge, which hosted the great weekend!

Congratulations to Alex Witek (Lakota) who was elected to the position of section chief and to Sean Mellin (Lakota) who was elected to the position of section secretary. We know that they will do a great job leading the Section during the next year. Alex will also have the opportunity to represent C7 at the National Order of the Arrow Meeting in Dallas later this year.

Congratulations also to Remy Amft (Michigamea), Terry Dutton (Pachsegink) and Matt Pierucci (Lakota) who were presented with the very prestigious R. D. Dunkin Leadership in Service Award. The award is presented to Arrowmen in Section C7 who go above and beyond their immediate duties in service and thus pave a path of excellence for others to follow. 

And finally, Mike Tangen (Lakota) has been appointed as the Section C7 Adviser and Sean Gertsch (Michigamea) who will serve as an Associate Section Adviser. It is certain that they will serve the Section with distinction and we are proud that they hale from PTAC!

All of these fine Arrowmen are an inspiration to all of us and serve as a reminder that the Order of the Arrow within the Pathway to Adventure Council is as strong as ever and we are prepared to pave the way into our second century!

May 17, 2016 03:14 PM

Astronauts to Descend Upon Chicagoland to Promote the Boy Scouts of America, STEM Education and the International Space Station

On Thursday, May 19th, thousands of students in and around Chicago will receive a unique treat: The opportunity to hear from former NASA astronauts and learn about the skills it takes to become an explorer in space. In all, 13 retired astronauts are intended to visit 13 different schools in the Chicago-land area to discuss how their passion for space drove them to reach for the stars and ultimately reach low-Earth orbit. Each astronaut will provide tidbits on what ultimately inspired them to become an astronaut, what it was like living and working in space, and hopefully inspire young men and women to do the same.

Sounds like an incredible day for the students around Chicago, but how does this relate to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA)? Well, the school visits are part of the inaugural Mission One Inspiration Day in coordination with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) – the managers of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. Part of the role of CASIS is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers through STEM education initiatives. In 2015, CASIS also partnered with the Chicagoland Boy Scouts and Explorers within Pathway to Adventure Council providing opportunities for these students to send actual research experiments that they design and build to the space station National Lab! Those student payloads (created by Boy Scouts and Explorers) are intended to launch in late 2016 or 2017. However, the collective groups want this to be the start of a long partnership wherein Scouts and Explorers are constantly sending payloads to the ISS. Which brings us to the evening portion of May 19th.

On the evening of May 19th, all 13 astronauts plan to attend a gala at the famed Chicago Museum of Science and Industry with the hopes of raising much-needed funds to promote STEM education, in particular through the BSA/CASIS partnership. Individuals in the Chicagoland area will have the ability to meet and hobnob with national space heroes of the past while also supporting opportunities that were never previously available for young students.

In additional to the astronauts being on hand and meeting with those in attendance, a silent auction full of a variety of space goodies and memorabilia will be available, with all proceeds going to the BSA/CASIS STEM partnership. Through the generous donations of those in attendance, it is the hope that BSA and CASIS will be able to fund a variety of Scout-led projects that will ultimately travel to, and be experimented on humankind’s only orbiting laboratory.    

Astronauts who are presently slated to attend Mission One in Chicago include:

Kenneth Cameron (COLONEL, USMC, RET.): STS-37, STS-74, STS-56


Gregory Chamitoff (PH.D.): EXPEDITION 17, EXPEDITION 18, STS-126, STS-134 

Roger Crouch (PH.D.): STS-83, STS-94

Brian Duffy (COLONEL, USAF, RET.): STS-72, STS-92, STS-57, STS-45

Edward Gibson (PH.D.): SKYLAB 4

Frederick Gregory (COLONEL, USAF, RET.): STS-33, STS-44, STS-51-B

Gregory H. Johnson (COLONEL, USAF, RET.): STS-123, STS-134

Thomas Jones (PH.D.): STS-68, STS-80, STS-98, STS- 59

Mark Lee (COLONEL, USAF, RET.): STS-30, STS-64, STS-47, STS-82

Jon McBride (CAPTAIN, USN, RET.): STS-41-G

Michael McCulley (CAPTAIN, USN, RET.): STS-34

James Reilly, II (PH.D.): STS-89, STS-117, STS-104

Winston Scott (CAPTAIN, USN, RET.): STS-87, STS-72

Daniel Tani: EXPEDITION 16, STS-120, STS-122, STS-108

Donald Thomas (PH.D.): STS-70, STS-65, STS-83, STS-94

Kathryn Thornton (PH.D.): STS-33, STS- 61, STS-49, STS-73

Alfred “Al” Worden (COLONEL, USAF, RET.): APOLLO 15

May 16, 2016 12:16 PM

Yesterday, Collins Engineers, Inc. sponsored a Quadcopter Show & Do allowing young men and women learn about different kinds of quadcopters. The event was held at the Chicago Police Education and Training Division on West Jackson and was attended by over 60 Explorers who worked on different course challenges and shared their experiences with and love for the technology. Collins Engineers also set up a display to help the Explorers understand where unmanned aerial vehicles aid in current engineering careers.

Click here to see all the photos from this exciting day!

Collins Engineers is an ENR Top 500 Design Firm and provides design and analysis services coupled with field experience to the transportation, marine, construction, and land development industries. Collins’ insistence on obtaining firsthand knowledge means their engineers are on the project from start to finish, from the initial on-site inspection to the design of repairs, from performing the construction administration to following up with construction inspection. Such practical experience provides a unique and customized approach in the development of solutions, and provides continuity for our clients.

Not only does Collins incorporate this valuable knowledge into its engineering services, Collins applies it to the advancement of the industry as a whole. Collins regularly authors manuals in conjunction with participating in the implementation of industry protocol, nationally and internationally. Continually on the leading edge of standards and methodology, Collins provides engineering ingenuity and solutions to complex problems, and realistic, honest answers.

Team Vector Advances to International Competition!

Got ingenuity?  Engineering Explorer Post 49 does. Vector Robotics, a team comprised of 8 extraordinarily talented high school students from the Des Plaines Valley Community of Pathway to Adventure Council, has been working on their ROV entry into the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) competition sponsored by the Shedd Aquarium for nearly a year.  Veteran team members, seniors Kevin Leahy and Eamon Bracht, junior Luke Pawlak and freshman Nathan Pawlak were joined by newcomers senior Marty Snarskis, junior Zach Heatherington, sophomore Alex Bacon and freshman Akash Ghandi.

The MATE competition calls for each team to design and build an underwater robot to meet the specific challenges of a mission.  This year’s mission called for a robot capable of exploration of Jupiter’s moon, Europa.  The team had to form a “company” which then marketed their design and the unique approach their ROV would bring to that undertaking.  They needed to develop a business strategy, marketing plan, safety plan, design schematics and financial report.  Over 2800 hours went into the development and implementation of their vision.  They were the only team in the Chicago division that did not have the backing of a school.  All fundraising to finance their entry was done by the team.

The team’s efforts paid off by securing a spot at the international competition to be held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas in June.  They will compete against more than 25 other regional teams representing countries across the world.  Plans are underway to fine tune the Vector Robotics ROV and polish their presentation skills.  Good luck to this remarkable group of young men!