Pathway To Adventure Council BSA

Chicago, IL   |  www.pathwaytoadventure.org

Mission

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Ruling year info

1965

Scout Executive/CEO

Mr. Jeff Isaac

Main address

1218 W Adams Street

Chicago, IL 60607 USA

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Formerly known as

Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Des Plaines Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America

Northwest Suburban Council, Boy Scouts of America

Calumet Council, Boy Scouts of America

EIN

47-5066720

NTEE code info

Boy Scouts (O41)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many promising youth are in harm's way. They are up against a slew of difficult circumstances: poverty, violence, crime, gang activity, and wavering parental involvement. Through no fault of their own, their chances of becoming productive and thriving members of society are greatly diminished. Sadly, this vicious cycle of despair is perpetuated fro generations.

Our mission is to intervene at an early age before a young person starts down the wrong path, at which point it becomes much more difficult to change course.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Cub Scouts

The Cub Scouts program is a year-round program designed for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade. It is a family-oriented program designed to stimulate self-achievement by capitalizing on a boy’s natural interests. The Cub Scout program helps to create a stronger bond between the boy and his family through participation in exciting activities.

Population(s) Served

The Boy Scouts program is available to boys who have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years old. Centered on outdoor experiences, this program helps train boys to be men of character, fitness, and citizenship. Through exciting outdoor adventure, community service and other challenging activities, young men learn how to do things for themselves, understand the value of helping others, appreciate nature and develop a respect for their environment.

Population(s) Served

Venturing is a program for young men and women ages 14-20. It is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing Crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens. Many Venturing Crews offer an advanced outdoor adventure program that allows the youth to develop these skills in a natural setting.

Population(s) Served

Exploring is the career-based program that focuses on involving teenagers in clubs, called posts, that allow young people to learn about possible careers, form friendships, develop leadership skills, and enjoy activities with like-minded teens and adults. Each post is open to young men and women who are 15 to 20 years old. Teens that are 14 and have graduated from eighth grade are also eligible to join. All Explorers (teenage post members) are under the supervision of adults who serve as post advisors. The Explorers elect their own peer leaders to serve as post officers, subject to the approval of the adult advisors.

We have recently created a new and innovative co-educational Middle School Explorer Club program for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The Clubs offer educational, career and leadership focused programs structured around one or more of the Department of Education’s sixteen career clusters, but formatted to be age appropriate for the middle school level. Popular choices for program focuses include Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Law Enforcement, Fire/Emergency Services and Arts and Humanities. Clubs meet regularly, based on the choice of the participating organization and the participants. Meetings take place at schools, businesses, public safety agencies, service clubs, court buildings, community centers, camps or civic organizations.

Exploring's purpose is to provide experiences that help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.

Population(s) Served

STEM Scouts provides experiential STEM activities for both boys and girls in grades 3 through 12. Building on the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of young people, this program uses hands-on activities and interaction with STEM professionals to make learning fun, fast-paced and creative. STEM Scouts develop leadership and communications skills while learning about opportunities in careers important to our future economy.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of mentors recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate civic participation skills (e.g., compromise, perspective-taking)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed knowledge about occupations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed positive values

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Pathway to Adventure's goals are based on the Boy Scouts of America's Journey to Excellence program which is the BSA's council performance recognition program.

1. To operate our programs with a balanced budget, to increase financial contributions for current year operations, and to secure new endowment gifts.

2. To increase our market share, invite new organizations to partner with us to offer Scouting programs, continue to register new families in our programs, and ensure that our registered members are retained.

3. Increase Cub Scout and Boy Scout advancement rates, Increase Cub Scout and Boy Scout camping rates, and increase number of community service hours.

4. Maintain one staff member per 20,000 total available youth, increase unit retention, and increase/improve unit service.

5. Work with council leadership to utilize strategic plan, add additional district committee members, and add additional unit leaders.

1. Financially to have a 2% growth in positive unrestricted operating net assets.

2. In Council generated funds to require a 10% growth over a 3-year average.

3. In Endowment to require a collection of new secured gifts >1% of expenses or $85,000.

4. To grow our market share by requiring a 1% growth over 2017 for a total of 4.62%.

5. In new member recruiting to require a 1% increase in Cub Scout recruitment over 2016 plus an increase of registered Boy Scout and young adult aged youth over 2016.

6. In youth retention requiring a 2% growth over 2017 for a total of 80%.

7. In Cub Scout Advancement to require a 11.34% growth over 2017 for a total of 50% (+934).

8. In Boy Scout Advancement to require

The Pathway to Adventure Council based in Chicago, IL began operating as a single Council operation January 1, 2016 after a period of strategic reorganization. The Council currently has an operating board that is overseen by the Central Region, BSA.

Much improvement in operations has been evident in year one (2016) including the second year of membership growth, over $1M in operating budget performance improvement (led by solid expense control, large council development growth, and large performance improvement in camping operations), and renewed commissioner emphasis on building the healthiest and strongest units in the communities we serve.

In 2017 the Central Region and Council Operating Board will continue to strategically improve the performance metrics of the Pathway to Adventure Council by recruiting an executive board, seating a new Scout Executive, and moving towards a Council charter. During this continued period of strategic building and strengthening the operations of the council, and thus the service to our mission, the units, Scouts, families and the communities we serve are a continued focus.

These goals were written for the 2017 Journey to Excellence year. As such, we have just started working on the strategies we have outlined that will help us reach our goals and we will update with progress as the year goes on.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Pathway To Adventure Council BSA

Board of directors
as of 7/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stephen Schwab

DLA Piper

Term: 2016 - 2020