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Commissioner Corner

This is a busy time of year as we transition from summer mode and move into fall with school starting back up and all of the other family activities. Click here to read more.

Product Sales News

2015 Fall Product Sale


Help your Unit build a strong annual program with Popcorn & Batteries!

Why sell batteries too?

Earn a straight 35% commission on every sale

There’s a cool patch for every Scout that sells

130 Troops & Packs sold Interstate Batteries in 2014

Quality Product! Interstate Batteries last three times longer than store bought

Expands your product line for those who are looking for a non-food item

There still is time for your Unit to commit to sell at:

There still is time for your Unit to commit to sell! Click here for more information or contact Tim Buchen at

Program News

Whitewater Weekends

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

Come join the fun of Whitewater Kayaking at Gardner Dam Scout Camp this Fall! 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.


Venturing Girl's Weekend

Bay-Lakes Council is offering girls a great adventure that will include Shooting, Climbing, COPE and much much more! 

This program is offered to female Venturing Crew members, Girl Scouts, or sisters of Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts are that are a minimum of 13 years of age and have completed 8th grade. Leaders and parents are always welcome to participate as well. Participants are given the opportunity to learn more about the BSA Venturing program as well as participate in some of the activities available at Gardner Dam Scout Camp. In addition, the weekend includes time for movies, campfires and getting to meet new friends. Click here for more information and to register.


Scouting For Food

Bag Drop Off - October 10, 2015
Bag Pick-up - October 17, 2015

We challenge you to participate in the greatest food drive in Northeast Wisconsin and the UP!  Bags, posters, fliers, and territory sign up will be available at your District’s September Roundtable. Visit the calendar on the Council Website for dates and locations. To sign up and for lots of great support materials, please visit


2017 National Jamboree

July 19 - 28, 2017

Calling all Scouts & Venturers...Register now for the 2017 National Jamboree! Click here to register and for more informationThe Jamboree is all the history of the Scouting Movement rolled into 10 days of life-changing adventure, and you can be there for all of it.

Order of the Arrow

Order of the Arrow


Section Conclave

Section Conclave will be at L.E. Phillips Scout Reservation September 18-20. It will be a weekend of fun, fellowship, and Brotherhood! The morning is filled with exciting training sessions, and the afternoon with activities such as lodgeball, low COPE course, high ropes course, and a zip line!

Register at

For more information check out

Finance News

2015 Friends of Scouting Campaign

We continue to move the ball down the field (see below). We want to thank everyone who has assisted with the campaign and/or made a pledge to help us get into the RED ZONE! Now we just need those few extra special plays to get us in the END ZONE!

How can you help? First, you can make a gift to your respective Team Campaign if you have not yet done so. If you have already made a gift please consider increasing your gift if you’re able, or ask your company about a matching gift or visit our website at to see if your company matches gifts or hours. Finally, consider asking someone to support our organization with a financial gift. They can do so by contacting, or on our development staff or visiting and clicking on the Donate Online Here button.

All gifts will be used to provide a quality Scouting program to 16,000+ youth members and families.

Council News

Wisconsin Honors: A Salute to America's Heroes 3rd Annual Event

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Your registration includes "fun money" for the casino event, prize drawings, and buffet dinner. To register for this event, click here.

If you or someone you know is interested in a sponsorship for this event, giving a direct tax-deductible donation, or providing a gift for the prize drawings, please contact Chad Nehring or Brian Blahnik.


Dare to Live in Full Color

Blue Man Group

Scout Groups of 10 or more will receive an almost 50% discount at Blue Man Group Chicago
every Sunday - Thursday starting August 30th through November 22nd. For more information click here.


Tell Us About Your Community Service Work

Doing a Good Turn Daily is the hallmark of Scouting. Help us spread the good news about what your Unit is doing to provide invaluable support to other community organizations. We want to make it simple to track our impact providing community service throughout the Council.

You can still log your hours at with your username and password if you like; however we have made it even easier!

Using this, Service Hour Report link, you can complete the simple form with your Unit number, date and name of the project, # of youth and adults participating, and the total hours. It's that simple and will help Scouting in Bay-Lakes Council be better recognized for our work throughout the area.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to teaching the importance of service to others and demostrating the Scout Slogan - Do A Good Turn Daily.


Imagine 2024 Update


The Council continues to move forward with implementation of its 10-year strategic plan, called “Imagine 2024”, that was launched in October of 2014. Details of how the plan came to be and the Councils vision for the next 10 years can be seen by visiting We would encourage you to take the time to watch the videos including the Plan Introduction and Town Hall Meeting.

The next phase in the process is the development of a master site plan at each camp facility as well as the refinement of existing programs and the development of new ones in the areas of barrels (shooting sports), Wheels/Tracks (ATV/Snowmobile), COPE/Climbing, Water Sports, Extreme Sports, STEM, and Trails. These programs will eventually be mapped to specific camps in order to provide a diverse and exciting program at each of our facilities.

Volunteer committees have been formed for each camp and program area listed above. They will be meeting over the course of the next 6-8 months reviewing existing buildings, infrastructure, program areas, campsites, as well as researching new programs. Once the committees have completed their work, all of the data will be rolled into a master plan for each camp that will help fulfill and give detailed direction to Imagine 2024.

Please visit the website for details and updates. To ask questions or provide feedback send us an e-mail at


What do I need to do to be considered a "Trained Leader?"

Every Scout deserves a trained Leader. The Bay-Lakes Council has made leader training a priority, to keep Scouting safe and our programs strong. Our target is 100% trained leaders. What does that mean? There is a vast amount of on line training available to volunteers and it sometimes it is difficult to know what is required training versus what is recommended or helpful training. Click here for the training matrix and more information.


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 News

Do you want to save 10% on your order at the Scout Shop?

It's easy! Just purchase a complete uniform (hat, pants or shots, socks, belt, shirt, neckerchief, slide, & insignia) and receive 10% off your order. This includes Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing and Leader uniforms. Some exclusions apply, see the Scout Shop for more information. Offer valid now through 10/25/15 at the Appleton & Green Bay Scout Shops.

Scout Shop Store Locations & Hours

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


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