Portage Creek District
The Portage Creek District represents the communities surrounding the LaGrange Scout Shop and Service Center. Our district is known for its collaborations with local businesses and organizations that provide unique opportunities for our scouts. A few examples are our Vulcan Quarry Event, Cook County Adventure Day, and the Portage Creek First Aid Meet.
Indian Head Park
PTAC COVID-19 Advancement Info https://pathwaytoadventure.com/media/upload/PTAC%20Advancement%20info%20update%205-4-2020.pdf
District meeting dates of note:
Roundtable for all leaders - 2nd Wednesday of the month (Sep-May) Virtually until further notice.
District Committee Meeting - 4th Monday of the month (Aug-May) Virtually until further notice.
District Commissioner Meeting - 3rd Tuesday of the month (Aug-May) Virtually until further notice.
Click here for the VT District Master Brochure
Click here for the A Little Help Please Brochure
Click here for the VT Patch Order Form
Click here for the VT Distinguished Service Award Form
Click here for the District Award of Merit Form
Click here for the 30 Day Challenge for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA from the Hawkeye Council
Click here for the PTAC Q&A regarding COVID-19 related advancement
Click here for the PTAC Individual Scout Advancement Alternatives and Guidelines
Click here for the Eagle BOR and Merit Badges by Teleconference information
Click here for free videoconferencing tips & options. Scroll down the page.
2020-04-02 VT Townhall Meeting Video Replay
Updated 2020-04-02 VT District Town Hall Meeting Content
Tips for Zoom Security
Ideal Year of Scouting 2020-04-02
2020-04-02 VT Townhall Meeting Chat
2020 CoVid-19 Time Capsule worksheets from Long Creations
2020-05-13 VT Meet-In Slides
2020 VT Popcorn Talking Points
2020 Cub Scout Camping Kickoff Brochure
COVID Updates are available at:
Scouts BSA May 7, 2020 https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/
Scouting at Home links:
VT District Eagle Coordinators list is available on page 8 of the VT District Master Brochure link above.
https://www.facebook.com/voyageurtrace/ - Voyageur Trace Facebook Page
https://twitter.com/voyageurtrace - Voyageur Trace Twitter Page
https://scoutingwire.org/ - The Ultimate Scouting Resource Website
https://www.scoutbook.com/ - Say goodbye to your old tracking software and say hello to a whole new way of thinking about Scout advancement.
Order of the Arrow
Takone Lodge Website: https://oa7.org/
All of the following are tentative based on the status of the Covid-19 quarantine.
Cub Scout Fun Day (Tentative)
Delayed from February's Polar Prowl & Winter Blast events
September 10-12 (Tentative)
Des Plaines River Rendezvous
Congratulations to Portage Creek's Logo Contest Winners
We are pleased to announce the winner of our Logo Contest. Here is the description that was submitted along with the design. A lot of thought and research went into this design.
This patch was designed to reflect the combined make-up of the new district and to evoke and preserve the history of Scouting in this area.
- The arrowhead shape of the patch/logo is in tribute to the Native American Indian Guides that helped Marquette & Jolliet along the portage.
- The central design feature is the monument to the Chicago Portage that stands at 4800 S Harlem just north of the Stevenson Expressway.
- Far in the background situated among the trees near the city skyline is the Marquette monument located at 2816 S. Damen Avenue. This monument marks the spot where Marquette and two voyageurs spent the winter of 1674-75 while returning to the Kaskaskia, a tribe of the Illiniwek near Starved Rock who led them to the portage.
- In the foreground is the sandy shoreline representing the shores of Lake Michigan, the Des Plaines & Chicago Rivers which marked the beginning of their historic portage and here is included the fleur-de-lis BSA symbol.
- In addition to the image of the portage sculpture around the lower border of the arrowhead is an excerpt from the inscription on the monument, "Along these waterways and trails history has passed."
- The sculpture is set amidst a field of blue water in homage to the Twin Lakes District.
- Behind the sculpture is prairie and forest representing our suburban location. The inclusion of the natural contours harkens back to the pristine prairie of the 17th century and is also homage to the trees on the old Des Plaines Valley Council and Twin Lakes District patches.
- In the distance, just as it is visible from many roads within the district is our Chicago skyline as we view it from the west.
- The golden sky is the final homage to both the old Des Plaines Valley and the Chicago Area Council patches, again showing the diversity of our new district composition.
- The colors chosen for the text are brown, blue and green. These colors are directly drawn from the Voyageur Trace logo
While the inspiration and significance of the various components may not be known to all who may potentially wear it, it was important to me to try and include as many touches of our district and regional history as I could.
Assistant Scoutmaster - Troop 216
We also selected a youth winner. Zachary S. did a wonderful job with his design and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to recognize his efforts.
Both contest winners will be receiving a prize recognizing their achievement.
Congratulations to Portage Creek's first Silver Beaver Recipients
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 considered to be the highest award a Boy Scout Council can bestow upon a volunteer Scouter.
The annual Addult Recognition Dinner recognizing these recipients is tentatively scheduled for February 28, 2021.
Announcing a Contest to Design a Logo for the Portage Creek District
Our District is now called "Portage Creek."
Portage Creek is the creek off the Des Plaines River that began the portage to the Chicago River which the local inhabitants showed Louis Jolliet and Father Jacques Marquette as the route to the Great Lakes. All this history is in our district!
Now that our District has a new name, it is time to design a symbol that represents the Portage Creek District.
The contest is open to all youth or adults in the district. Send your sketches, drawings, artwork, or designs by Friday, April 2, 2021.
Entries must follow these rules:
- It must contain the district name (Portage Creek)
- It must contain "Pathway to Adventure Council" or "PTAC"
- It must contain a Fleur-de-lis or the lettering "BSA"
- It must contain no more than 9 Colors
- It can be any shape, but no larger than 3 inches
- It must be submitted by Friday 4/2/21
- Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 submissions
If any Scouts or leaders in your unit has a suggested symbol, please send it to Alexis Marcotte (Alexis.Marcotte@scouting.org) by 5:00 PM on April 2, 2021.
Des Plaines River Trail
Tom Nelson is promoting the use of our Forest Preserve District trails by earning this patch for a 5 mile hike. The trail runs through the northern part of the Portage Creek District, starting (or ending) at North Avenue with the opposite end near Lawrence Avenue. This is not an official PTAC or Portage Creek District trail. It is strictly a trail through the Forest Preserve. But, if your Scouts complete the trail, you may award them the patch shown here. The patches are available from Tom for the whopping cost of 75¢ each, payable to Tom in coin of the realm. Contact Tom at 708-456-0730, Tom particularly likes to receive calls at dinner time (just kidding).
Shin-Go-Beek Song Book
“High above the Twin Lakes waters…" Thomas Wiese converted the old mimeographed Camp Shin-Go-Beek songbook into a PDF format as part of his Wood Badge ticket. Plans are to identify the tunes and add links to the music for us musically challenged folks. Click below if would like a copy of the words to these 79 songs!
Camp Shin-Go-Beek Song Book
Roundtable is the best way to find out what is happening at the district and at the council level. Interaction and discussion between leaders is a valuable tool and learning experience. We encourage all units to have at least one person attend the Roundtable to participate in the discussion, hear the announcements, and to receive any handouts and unit mail.
Due to COVID-19, all future Roundtables will be conducted virtually via Zoom until further notice. Watch for an email from our District with details.
References for the Roundtable on May 12, 2021 (Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ufu6qrTsqEtRee8ckV06-iMRpedgDm8US)
References for the Roundtable on April 14, 2021 (Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ufu6qrTsqEtRee8ckV06-iMRpedgDm8US)
- James M. Stewart Good Citizenship Award
- Special Needs Scouting
Adaptive Special Needs (Philmont)
The Zia Experience (Philmont)
Special Needs Committees in Your Local Council (Summit)
DiversABILITY & DisABILITY Conference (Summit)
- Scouting For Food
- Volunteer for Cub Scout Fun Day, April 17
- National Youth Leadership Training Waiting List
- In-Person Training Courses
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS), April 24, 25
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS), May 1,2
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO), April 24, 25
Basic Adult Leader Oitdoor Orientation (BALOO), May 15, 16
- Portage Creek Cub Activity Day, May 15, Thatcher Woods
Watch the calendar for details
- Virtual Merit Badge Academy
- 2021 Bird Study Merit Badge Activities Offered
- Des Plaines River Cleanup
Saturday May 15, 9am-noon
South side of the Des Plaines River at Joliet Avenue between Riverside and Lyons (by Stellas and the Hoffman Tower)
Masks, Gloves and Refreshments will be provided.
For Scouts BSA with leaders.
Napowan Open House
Owasippe Open House
Family Camp at Camp Betz
Webelos Camp at Napowan
Webelos Camp at Owasippe
Cub Scout Weird Science
- Camp Donuts Recipe
- Program Safety Training Courses
First login to https://my.scouting.org/
Then click here
- Weather-Related Safety
References for the Roundtable on March 10, 2021
References for the Roundtable on February 10, 2021 (Registration Link)
If you have any questions please contact:
The following is a listing of live training course which are being offered. New leaders or those who have changed positions are strongly encouraged to complete their training within 60 days. Training requirements for each position can be found on the training page of the council website. All basic leader training courses can also be completed online at my.scouting.org. Unit committee chairs should work to ensure that 100% of the unit’s adult leaders are fully trained.
To register for any of these courses, click the Calendar tab above.
For a listing of upcoming dates click here. Training Dates
Youth Protection Training – Y01 (available only on-line at my.scouting.org) True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.
- Youth Protection Training is required for all BSA registered volunteers.
- Youth Protection Training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection Training record is not current at the time of re-charter, the volunteer will not be re-registered.
- Volunteers with expired YPT will not be allowed to participate in BSA activities until their Youth Protection Training has been updated.
Hazardous Weather Training
Direct contact leaders (Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors - and assistants) are required to complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered “Trained”. This training is part of any online position specific training course or available as a stand alone online course available at My.Scouting.org.
Hazardous Weather training must be retaken every two years.
Cub Scout Leader Training
Den Leader & Assistant Position Specific Training – C42 (also available on-line at my.scouting.org) This course provides Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos Den Leaders and Assistants with the information and tools they need to run a successful den meeting.
Cubmaster & Assistant Position Specific Training – C40 (also available on-line at my.scouting.org) This course provides Cubmasters and Assistants with the information and tools they need to successfully lead a Cub Scout Pack.
Pack Committee Member Position Specific Training – C62 (also available on-line at my.scouting.org) The purpose of this course is to familiarize pack committee chairs and committee members with the various responsibilities of the individual members of the committee as well as the committee as a whole.
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) – C32 This overnight Cub Scout leader training is required for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event, including pack camping overnighters and Webelos den overnighters. This course also replaces the previous OWLS Course.
Boy Scout Leader Training
Scoutmaster & Assistant Position Specific Training – C42 (also available on-line at my.scouting.org) Scoutmaster & Assistant Specific Training provides Scoutmasters and Assistants with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops. This course along with Introduction to Outdoor Leaders Skills is required training for all Scoutmasters and Asst Scoutmasters to be considered trained for their position.
Introduction to Outdoor Leader’s Skills (IOLS) – S11 This training introduces the adult Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, or Crew Advisor to the outdoor skills learned by scouts through First Class rank. This includes interactive sessions on cooking, fire building, orienteering, knot tying and much, much more! All Scouters are invited, including Committee members and any other interested adult leaders.
Troop Committee Challenge – WS10 (also available on-line at my.scouting.org) This course provides committee Chairs and members with the tools they need to support a Boy Scout Troop.
Merit Badge Counselor Orientation – D76 (also available on-line at my.scouting.org) This course, required of all Merit Badge Counselors, gives you the confidence and consistency needed to counsel Boy Scouts in Merit Badges.
Venturing Leader Training
Venturing Leader Specific Training – P21 (also available on-line at my.scouting.org) This course is intended to provide Venturing Crew Advisors with the basic information they need to help youth leaders manage a crew.
Crew Committee Challenge – WS12 (also available on-line at my.scouting.org.org) This course will discuss the roles and responsibilities of a Venturing Crew Committee and how to keep positively engaged in the functions of a successful crew.
Supplemental Adult Training
Wood Badge – A90 Wood Badge is advanced leadership training for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing adult leaders at the unit, district, council, and professional levels. It is taught by living the experience of a Boy Scout Troop, utilizing the patrol method, over two weekends.
The Trainer’s Edge - H96 The purpose of the Trainer’s EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer. The course uses contemporary training techniques and emphasizes the importance of experiential learning, or "learning by doing." Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to “train the trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience in methods and media for delivering excellent presentations to groups
Training the Chartered Organization Representative – D72 (also available on-line at my.scouting.org) This course is designed to familiarize the Chartered Organization Representative (COR) with the Scouting program. The presentation will help to orient the new COR’s and serve as a review for those with Scouting experience.
Wilderness First Aid Training – N02 This class meets the requirements for Wilderness First Aid established by Boy Scouts of America.
Religious Emblem Counselor / Facilitator
Den Chief Training – C31 The Den Chief is a critical member of the Cub Scout leadership team. To be successful, he must realize the importance of his job. Den Chief Training is intended to build enthusiasm for the position, develop high morals, and teach the skills the Den Chief will need to be successful.
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) - S78 National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops.
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Please contact our District Executive if you would like recruiting materials for your Pack or Troop or if you want to lend a hand to assist on the membership committee.
Membership Resources Page
If you would like to learn more about sponsorships opportunities please contact our District Executive.
Community Friends of Scouting
Family Friends of Scouting