Message From The Scout Executive

Spring Has Arrived

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Imagine 2024
On Tuesday, March 30th, the first of several branding projects that will take place over the course of the next several years has started. Work on the roof of the dining hall at Camp Rokilio has commenced and is in the process of getting a new green metal roof. As roofs meet their life expectancy at the camps we will continue to replace them with green standing seam metal roofs that require less maintenance and have a life expectancy far superior to traditional shingles.

If you would like to weigh in on the new color palette for the camp facilities and/or the amenities that you believe that the Council Camp's Campsites should include, click on the link(s) below to provide input:

Help Choose the Camp Building Color Palette!

Summer Camp Campsite Amenities Suggestions.


Commissioner Corner


There were 12 of them, brand new scouts still in fifth grade, on their first full-fledged camping weekend with the Troop.  After breakfast and clean-up, with several proclaiming how good the pancakes tasted, they headed out with compass and map, rather than hook up a video game to amuse themselves for the morning. Read more by clicking here.

Program News

Program Planning

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. Quality Scouting programs begin with program planning. Unit program planning is an annual process where a Unit invites all familes to have input in the program and activities of the Unit. It is also the process of selecting great activities, developing a Unit calendar and budget and sharing the plan with all the familes. For more information to help with program planning, click here.


A Word from Our Camp Directors

Bear Paw Scout Camp: 2015 is looking to be an amazing year at Bear Paw Scout Camp! Fresh off of a two-year program review, we’re making some additions we know you’ll like (such as the rumored arrival of a new, life-size chess set). To read more, click here.

Gardner Dam Scout Camp: Spring has sprung at Gardner Dam Scout Camp! The ground is still frozen in many spots but the river is open and kayak season has begun! To read more, click here.

Hiawatha Scout Camp: 2015 is a great year for firsts at Camp Hiawatha. We have a new Camp Director, 2 new leisure time activity, an updated First Year Camper program and an updated High Adventure program. To read more, click here.


Wood Badge

August 27 - 29, 2015
September 24 - 26, 2015

Wood Badge is a two part adult leader course where you can expect fun, fellowship, and training on how to run a more successful Unit. The first session will be held at Camp Rokilio and the second will be at Camp Bear Paw. (Must attend both weekends.) For more informaiton or to reigster, click here.


Whitewater Weekends

September 11 - 13, 2015
September 25 - 27, 2015

Whitewater kayaking on the Wolf River is offered to all Venturing Crew members and Boy Scouts that are 13 years of age and have completed 8th grade.

Leaders and parents are always welcome to participate as well. Participants are taught the techniques and safety of kayaking on a whitewater river plus the opportunity to use the camp’s COPE and climbing tower facilities. In addition, the weekend includes time for movies, campfires and getting to meet new friends.

To register click here.


2017 National Jamboree

July 19 - 28, 2017

Are you a Boy Scout, Venturer, or adult leader who would like to experience the mountain top opportunity offered by Scouting? That’s the 2017 National Jamboree! We are now collecting interest from people to be members of our 240 person Jamboree contingent. To complete the intereset sheet or for more information on the 2017 Nation Jamboree, click here.


Discovery Weekend for Scouts with Special Needs

July 19 - 28, 2017

This is a great opportunity for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venture Scouts with any type of disability to discover the traditional Scout skills of arts & crafts, archery, cooking, and campfires while spending a weekend at Camp Rokilio. For more informaiton and to register, click here.

Order of the Arrow

Order of the Arrow

Spring Confrence

Check out what is happening with Kon Wapos Lodge this summer. For more information select the camp title below the date.

May 29 - 31, 2015

Camp Rokilio

Bear Paw Scout Camp

June 5 - 7, 2015

Gardner Dam Scout Camp

Camp Twin Lakes

Camp Hiawatha


ArrowTour 2015

July 25, 2015

ArrowTour is a caravan tour of the Central Region Order of the Arrow! Region leaders are bringing the best parts of the centennial celebration to Bear Paw Scout Camp: lodge ball, silk screen printing, ga-ga ball, and an evening show. 

This event is open to Arrowmen, Scouts, Scouters, and even non-scouters! This program is to highlight the Century of Service that the Order of the Arrow provided to communities, camps, and nation.


Council News
New Leadership for Bay-Lakes Council

At the April Council Annual Meeting, Mark Johannsen completed his term as Council President as did Warren Kraft, serving as Council Commissioner.  They were recognized for their leadership and guidance over the past several years.

Terri Pawer was elected Council President and Rod Goldhahn will serve as Council Commissioner. 

Vice Presidents include:
Chad M. Fradette – VP Program

Jeffrey R. Hahn – VP Membership
Patrick J. Hansen – VP Development
Scott A. Weinandt – VP District Operations
Michael D. Weber – VP Properties"
Council Treasurer is Robert A Lyle and Legal Counsel is William P. McKinley

New Board Member include:
Dan Carriveau – Radisson Paper Valley Hotel
Maureen O’Hern – Encore Financial Group
Chris Schweitzer – Oshkosh Corp.
William McKinley – Menn Law
Matt Reynebeau – Retired Xavier HS
Tom Suttner – Verus Investment Advisory Group
Brendan Marston – Associated Bank

Thank you for your service, leadership, and dedication to Bay-Lakes Council.


National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

The National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award recognizes Eagle Scouts who have brought great honor to the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America through their personal and professional conditions at the local, state, and regional level. It’s our pleasure to have presented one of these to Pat McCormick.


Scouting Goes Mobile with Scoutbook

Two of the BSA’s priorities in the last few years have been ensuring that we offer Scouts fresh, new experiences that instill the values of Scouting, and providing unit leaders with the tools, training, and support they need to deliver the kind of life-changing experiences Scouting is capable of providing. For more informaiton, Click here.


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!


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.


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.

Development News

34th Annual Golf Outing for Scouting

Sheboygan Golf Outing ~ Quit Qui Oc Golf Club

June 3rd, 2015

Open to ALL Scouters! Put together a group from your Cub Scout Pack or Boy Scout Troop and enjoy a fun day golfing while supporting Scouting. Don’t have the time for an all-day outing select the NEW 9-hole option! For more information and to register for this event, Click here.

Finance News

2015 Friends of Scouting Campaign

The 2015 FOS Campaign is on target at 64.7% of goal or $528,112 raised of a $816,000 goal. As you can see from the chart below this years theme is Green and Gold! Take a look at the chart below to see where your team, or District, is positioned on the field and how close you are to the End Zone. How can you help? If you haven’t yet made a donation please consider making one to your respective team! If you would like to be a part of the Ahman Green Tailgate Event and receive a customized autographed football and picture with Ahman Green check out the criteria to qualify at

Your assistance in helping to move the ball down the field into the End Zone would be greatly appreciated. More importantly it will help to ensure that all boys have an opportunity to join Scouting and enjoy a quality camp experience at one of are many camp facilities.

Scout Shop

Scout Shop

Spring is here! Stop in to the Scout Shop today to check out our new spring apparel. From hats, caps and jackets, to new t-shirts, we have something for everyone. 

Cub Scouters: We’re taking pre-orders NOW for the new Cub Scout Program materials. Let us know what your Pack needs. If you pay when you place your order, you’ll be one of the first to get the new books when they arrive in May.

Are YOU ready for camp? Ask us about our Get Ready For Camp event coming up in a few weeks.

For Hours & Locations, click here.

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.

Local News, Events & Information

Select your District below, to find out information on your local area.

Gathering Waters



Ledge to Lakes

Kettle Country

Northern Lites

Twin Lakes


Don't know which District you're in? Click here