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Bay-Lakes Family FOS Challenge



Commissioner Corner

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Program News

Summer Resident Camp

There is still time to register your Unit for Summer Camp! Click the camp link below you wish to attend to complete the online registration.

Bear Paw Scout Camp

Gardner Dam Scout Camp

Hiawatha Scout Camp


Hunter Safety

April 10 - 12, 2015

The Bay-Lakes Council is pleased to announce a Hunter Education instruction weekend to be held April 10 to April 12, 2015 at Bear Paw Scout Camp.  This event is open to all registered Venturers and any Boy Scouts ages 12 years and older. This class is limited to 30 students plus leaders and non participants. Register starts January 15. Click here for more information and to register.


Leave No Trace

May 16 - 17, 2015

This Course is designed for Boy Scout Leaders and Scouts 14 and older who value the land and want to teach others how to protect and preserve it. This course will meet the requirements for Summer Camp Staff to be trained in Leave No Trace and older Scouts who have been selected for the Troop Leave No Trace Trainer. Click here for more information and to register for this event.


NRA Rifle & Shotgun Instructor Training

April 16 - 19, 2015

This course is open to all Scouters 21 and older who have an interest in firearms, shooting, and helping the scouts with the merit badge program. The goal of this program is to develop instructors to teach the Rifle and Shotgun Merit Badge. Click here for more information and to register.


NRA Range Safety Officer Training

May 1 - 2, 2015

Would you like to donate your valuable time to help more boys take advantage of the Shooting Sports Programs at Bay Lakes Council Camps?  All Bay-Lakes Council firearms shooting sports now require an NRA Range Safety Officer. To register for this event, click here.


NRA Basic Pistol Training

May 16, 2015

Participants will receive Basic Training in the operation of pistols and/or revolvers. This class satisfies the requirements of the Wisconsin Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) license program. It does not include all of the specific issues about the program or the law itself. The focus of this class is being able to properly place a shot should you need to defend yourself. Registrants must be 21 years of age at the time of participation. For more information and to register, click here.



Mark your calendars, the Bay-Lakes Council will once again host a Council Contingent to Philmont Scout Ranch. The dates for our trek are July 10 - 24, 2015. Join the Bay-Lakes Council contingent for a High Adventure backpacking trek in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Cimarron, New Mexico. For more information, click here.


World Scout Jamboree

In just a few months, 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries will gather in Japan to celebrate what makes us different and what makes us the same.

It’s the 2015 World Scout Jamboree, held July 28 to Aug. 8 in Kirara-hama, Japan.

The incredible event is approaching fast, and there’s still time — but only a little — for you, your Scouts and your Venturers to join the festivities. Your deadline to register for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree is March 31.

Find info about activities, travel, fees and registration at the BSA’s 2015 World Scout Jamboree page. And please share this news with Scouting families you know.


Kayak Rolling Classes

Come join the Whitewater Adventure team from the Bay-Lakes Council and learn how to Eskimo Roll! Come to as many Kayak Rolling events as you want! To register click here.

Session Dates:
  March 22, 29 (Everyone may attend)

All Sessions are Sunday's from 12:00pm-2:00pm at the Appleton Y.


Spring & Fall Whitewater Weekends

Whitewater kayaking on the Wolf River is offered to all Venturing Crew members and Boy Scouts who are 13 years of age and have completed 8th grade. The whitewater experience takes place over the course of two weekends in May and June as well as two weekends this SeptemberClick here for more information & to register.


COPE/Climbing Training

May 8 - 10, 2015

For more information of this event please contact Neil or Dave

Council News
Voice of the Scout

Spring 2015 Voice of the Scout Survey launches this week. Your opinion makes a difference in the way Scouting will be delivered for years to come. Anyone with paid council memberships who have been with Scouting for at least 60 days will receive a survey.

For more information, please click here.


Annual Meeting

The Annual Business Meeting of the Bay-Lakes Council will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Liberty Hall in Kimberley, WI.  All Chartered Organization Representatives are invited to attend.  Please RSVP your attendance by contacting Judy Steffes at

Hors de’ oeuvres will be served at 6:30 P.M. followed by the Annual Meeting, election of Officers, Executive Board Members, Advisory Council members and National Council Representatives. Should you have individuals you wish to recommend to serve on the Board or other council positions, please submit their names and pertinent information to the Nominating Committee c/o the Center for Scouting.


Report to the State

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 was Boy Scout Day in the State of Wisconsin. Bay-Lakes Council was represented by Lodge Chief Preston Podolske and Scout Executive Mark Logemann at the Report to the State. Representatives from the 7 Councils headquartered in Wisconsin met with Attorney General Brad Schimel for about a half hour before meeting with Distinguished Eagle Scout Governor Scott Walker for nearly an hour. Representatives Goyke and Petryk met with the contingent over lunch and the day concluded with a presentation of our report to about 25 members of the Wisconsin State Legislature.  The report brought attention to the over 57,000 youth members and nearly 20,000 adult volunteers who were involved in Scouting last year.  It also recognized the 865 Scouts who earned their Eagle Scout award last year as well as the more than 255,000 hours of service provided by the Scouts, at a value of more than $5.5M 


Congratulations to the Units that are 100% Youth Protection Trained!

Click here to view a list of the Units that are 100% Youth Protection Trained!


High Adventure Base - The Summit, Council Ambassador

We’re pleased to announce that Jake Paider has agreed to serve as Bay-Lakes Council’s Summit Ambassador.  In this role, he will be a resource for Troops and Crews interested in making a trip to the BSA’s newest High Adventure Base – The Summit.

The Summit, located in Mount Hope, West Virginia, near Beckley, is one of four facilities managed by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Summit is the permanent home of the National Scout jamboree, The Summit High Adventure Base, and the National Center for Scouting Excellence. It is 10,600 acres in size.

A wide variety of experiences are available for groups to select from.  Jake is a Venture Leader for Crew 9140 in Brussels, WI and took his Crew on the Summit Experience in 2014.  It is a program that lets you try all The Summit’s high adventure activities–BMX, skateboarding, mountain biking, zip lines, canopy tours, challenge courses, climbing, shooting sports and more–in one setting.

Should you have an interest in learning more about the opportunities at The Summit contact Jake at or C – 920-655-3886 or visit The Summit webpage at


Museum Trade-O-Ree

Swap, buy, sell or browse Boy Scout memorabilia May 16, 2015. For more information, click here.


New Museum Inventory

The museum just became the owner of a very unique Scout Handbook and less than 200 were given. It’s a special re-bound 1910 Scout Handbook which were given at an event on September 23rd, 1910 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in which Baden Powell was in attendance. By the cover you really can’t tell how special the book is. This book is extra special because it was also given to Gilbert Nelson Jerome, as you can see in the pictures. Gilbert lived from November 15, 1889 until July 11, 1918. Jerome was also the Scout Executive for New Haven from August 1915 until June 1917. He resigned from his position to join the U.S. Aviation Service. After his death a “Gilbert N. Jerome Lecture course for Scout Leaders” was established in his memory.

This is a very valuable addition to the BLC Scout Museum will be on display at the 2nd annual Trade-O-Ree and at a few other events during this coming year.


Religious Emblems for Catholic Venturers

Did you know there are religious emblem programs available to Catholic Boy and Venture Scouts? Click here for more information on Emblems available.


Eagle Scout on Expedition of a Lifetime to Antarctica

Boy Scout Robert Marks was selected to represent the Boy Scouts of America to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Hornaday Award on an expedition to Antarctica led by Sir Robert Swan and his 2041 group. They will teach him about climate change and sustainability in order to share this information with others.

You are invited to join Rob on his journey through his blog at Please participate with comments and questions. Share your stories and opinions.


Want to know the latest on New Units, Eagle Scout recipients, Leader Recognition and Religious Emblem recipients?  

Go to your Districts page on the Council Website or click here and choose your District from the list on the left and view the articles under District News.


Scout Shop

Scout Shop

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Memorial Tribute Fund

The Bay-Lakes Council Tribute Fund has been established for Scouters & Friends of Scouting. It gives you the opportunity to pay tribute to a relative or friend through a donation to the Council. This can be done as a congratulation, get well or sympathy from the donor.

A Gift In Memory of...

Brian Foster

Norman W. Bestor    Scott & Shari Bestor    Glenn & Claudia Bestor    Don & Sally Bestor

Kimberly Foster    Jeff & Mary Zehren    Jim & Mary Southhard    Chuck & Ginger Egli

Selena Lambert    Sandy Klein  ♦  Sheila Witt    Tom & Sue Lagenfeld

Phil & shannon Damm    David & Key Daley    Lisa Ziebouth    Gale & Sue Burg

Winifred Jones    Pete & Cathy Hahn    Dick & Marcia Kotnick    Guy & Christine Jacobson

Steve & Rita Staehler    Steve & Mary Zimmerman  ♦  Merle & Judy Nuernberger

Jon & Jackie Weir    Chad & Heather Glaser    Grandma Janet Z    Tom Schneider & Cindy Gerhartz

Jason & Holly Brenner  ♦  Brian & Barb Klaas    Darrold & Nancy Folz  ♦  Roger & Marie Funk

Ray & Barb Gielow  ♦  Susan Faris    Kathy Schreiber  ♦  Bob & Vicki Diener  ♦  Toni Kraft

Dick & Mary Tessner  ♦  Terry Thomas Family  ♦  Anne Abel  ♦  John & MaryAnn Steffes

Nick Thomas    Red Muellenbach    Kris McLain  ♦  Robert Bruni  ♦  Curtis & Tracie Templin

Dennis & Linn Hemauer    Robert & Claire Hutter  ♦  John & Marian Klinzing  ♦  Joe & Heather Nett

Jay & Lorri Garnhart  ♦  Sam & Marianne Harris  ♦  Mike & Karen Anderson & Orchid  ♦  Robin & Terry Schleif

Ken & Linda Becker  ♦  Harold & Rhonda Pleuss  ♦  Ken & Judy Dunn  ♦  Dennis, Susan, Alyssa & Michael

Jessica, Shannon & Sarah    Pat Allen    Lyssa    Carla Smedberg  ♦  Patricia Burns

Donald & Donna VanRueden  ♦  Daniel & Kay Spader  ♦  Joseph & Jackie Datka

Mickey & Renee ONeil    Arnold & Ann Leestma


George Adams

Henry & Margy Horneck


Ralph Hess

Robert & Joy Dreier

Joseph Zingsheim

Lisa & Ralph Glatzel

David & Diane Nauman

Dennis & Patricia Gruenke

Kettle Moraine Area Silver Beavers


Kenneth Collins

Beverly Micallef
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