Message From The Scout Executive

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Commissioner Corner

While there is a lot more to Unit Service than just Unit visits, those contacts are a critical part of the duties of a Commissioner. Click here to read more.

Product Sales News

2015 Fall Product Sale


Thank You to all the Packs, Troops, and Crews 
that participated in the 2015 Popcorn & Battery Sale

Special thanks to all Unit & District Kernels 

The sales results will be reported in the December Newsletter.


Program News

Woodbadge & NYLT Reunion Banquet

November 8, 2015

NYLT Staff and Participants, and Wood Badgers (All members of Troop 1, whether beaded or not) are invited to this reunion banquet. Don't miss this chance to enjoy the fellowship of your Troop 1, or NYLT friends, both old and new! Click here to register.


Powder Horn

May 20-22, 2016 - Gardner Dam
June 3-5, 2016 - Hanna Venture Base

Powder Horn is an Outdoor/High Adventure resource management source designed to motivate and prepare adult and youth leaders on the Venturing Awards. You do not have to be a Venture Scout to participate, the experiences provided participants and the resources they’ll be put in touch with can be applied to every level of Scouting, from Webelos on up. Therefore, all Scout leaders as well as Venturing Crew members and Boy and Girl Scouts ages 14 and up are invited to participate. Click here to register.


2017 National Jamboree

July 19 - 28, 2017


The Bay-Lakes Council is pleased to announce the selection of leaders for the 2017 Jamboree contingent. These highly qualified Boy Scout and Venturing Leaders will be serving as adult leaders or alternates for our 5 Jamboree Scout Troops and a Venturing Crew. They will be contacting Units, Scouts and Venturers to  make presentations about the Jamboree. Scouts and Venturers can register now. Contact the Bay-Lakes Council office or check the website to register or talk to one of the Jamboree leaders. To see a list of adults selected, click here.


High Adventure Base
Summit Bechtel Reserve

Deadline Approaching for Discount on 2016 Summit High-Adventure Treks

Register now and take advantage of discounts on 2016 fees at the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Groups that register for the 2016 High-Adventure season and pay a $100 per person non-refundable deposit by November 30 will receive a 10 percent discount on their 2016 program fees.

Groups of 10 or more who qualify for the 10 percent discount will receive an additional 5 percent discount on 2016 program fees.

That means your crew could receive up to 15 percent discount on your 2016 fees. Plan now to take advantage of these discounts and join us for the 2016 season at the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base located at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

For more information about the Summit Experience contact Bay-Lakes Council Summit Ambassador – Jacob Paider or 920-825-1225.

Order of the Arrow

Order of the Arrow

Lodge Leadership Development


All arrowmen are invited to attend Lodge Leadership Development at Gardner Dam Scout Camp. Whether you are a part of Chapter Leadership or just interested in the OA, come join us for training, fellowship, and fun! 

Why attend LLD? You will receive a FREE Kon Wapos Lodge T-Shirt, it is the last Centennial Lodge event to earn the Arrowman Service Award "Sash Patch", and there will be special guests including Section C-1B Chief Preston Podolske and Central Region Communications Assistant Lead Stephen Enochian. Click here to register.

There has been an extension for annual OA award nominations. Do you know an arrowman or adviser who has served the Lodge cheerfully and faithfully, nominate them for Arrowman/ Adviser of the Year. Do you know an arrowman who has given outstanding service to their lodge and lives the scout oath and law in their everyday life, nominate them for the founders award. Do you know a scoutmaster who is passionate at what they do and their commitment is ever growing, nominate them for Scoutmaster of the Year. Please submit nominations by Dec 4. Nomination links can be found

Council News

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

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Join us for the 3rd annual Wisconsin Honors event from 6:15 pm -11:15 pm at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton. Wisconsin Honors is a Monte Carlo style casino event with a silent auction, celebrity doodle art auction, great prize baskets, autographed memorabilia and more! Funds raised will benefit the Career Exploring Program, Desert Veterans of Wisconsin, Appleton Military Support Group, and the Wisconsin Army Cadets. For more information, visit

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.


Help a less fortunate Scout through Ethan’s Giving Tree


The Bay-Lakes Council is providing an opportunity for the Scouting community to help local Scout members who may be in need of uniforms and uniform items.

This help will be done through The Ethan Giving Tree program starting November 14 through December 19, 2015. The Ethan Giving Tree program works on a donation basis. An Ethan tree (similar to an Angel tree) will be set up at the Bay-Lakes Scout Shop and Bay-Lakes North Scout Shop with Ethan cards on it. Each card will have the first name of the Scout along with the uniform items that they need. There will also be a space for other items they may want such as books, crafts, camping items, etc. Customers and Scout supporters can purchase the item(s) in the Scout Shop and give them to the store staff to collect for each child.

Name of the individual(s) will remain confidential. As the donations are collected you will be contacted to arrange pickup.

We need your assistance to make this project a success. Please click here to print out a request form and return to If you have any additional questions please contact Brian by email or phone at 920-734-5705.


Silver Beaver Award

The Silver Beaver Award is given by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America upon recommendation of the Bay-Lakes Council to persons who have given outstanding service to youth over an extended period of time. To nominate a deserving volunteer for this award, click here.


Help us spread the good news about what your Unit is doing to provide invaluable support to other community organizations; includding logging your hours for SCOUTING FOR FOOD!

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 us better recognized all the hard work our Scouts do for others throughhout the area.

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


Scouting For Food Another Great Success!

Thousands of Scouts braved the cold on October 17th to pick up bags of food from homes throughout the Bay-Lakes Council.  Thank you to all of you who made this important community service a reality!  Feeding the less fortunate, especially children, is a growing concern in our area, and Scouting for Food helps stock the shelves of over 100 local food pantries, and teach our Scouts the value of service. 

To order patches, visit  The deadline is 11/30 to receive patches by your December Roundtable.


Tread Lightly! Seeking Outdoor Conservation, Eagle, Hornaday Projects to Fund

The national nonprofit organization Tread Lightly! has launched an initiative funding 25 Restoration for Recreation™ projects to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Scouts seeking funding for conservation, Eagle, or Hornaday projects are encouraged to apply.

Priority will be given to projects on public lands or waters that protect hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and motorized vehicle access—including, but not limited to, a public lands clean-up, restoration or maintenance of an OHV trail or staging area, posting of educational signage, outdoor recreation stewardship events, and maintenance of recreation infrastructure.

Maximum funding award is $2,000. Deadline is December 1. Click here for more details and the online application.


Youth Protection Training

The Council Program Committee and Training Committee feel so strongly about the protection of your youth members that they have mandated that all leaders be current in Youth Protection Training by recharter time on December 31, 2015. Those leaders that aren't YPT trained at recharter time wont be renewed. They will be notified that they are no longer a registered leader along with instructions on how to renew their YPT so that they can regain their volunteer status. In the meantime, the application will be pulled or removed from the recharter pending the renewal of YPT.

Parents expect us, the Bay-Lakes Council, to provide quality programs and keep their children safe at events and with their respective leaders. The background check done on all leaders along with YPT training ensures that happens. See the training article for detailed directions on adult leader training. For more information, click here.


Charter Renewal

Internet Charter Renewal is the BSA’s web-based method for units to renew their charters from any online location—at home, the office or anywhere you have internet access. It’s easy, convenient, and accurate because you enter the information yourself!  Access the Internet rechartering information by clicking here.


Did you know there are adult recognition awards for Catholic Scouters?

If so, consider nominating them for one of these awards by clicking here for more information.


Religious Emblem Training

Join us for the 2015 Religious Emblems Training! This is a free training to anyone that is interested in helping Scouts of any faith working on their Religious Emblems. For more information and to register for the training click here, Religious Emblem Training.


Fun for the Whole Family

Resch Center Events


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.


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.

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.


In Memory of...

Thomas Luther

Kurtis & Sarah Hintz
Mylan & Margaret Sinclair
Leslie & Altine Kissel
Eileen Curry
Jake & Kathleen Curry
Ellen Gunter
United Steelworkers USW Local 2-469

Local News, Events & Information

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Gathering Waters



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