Message From The Scout Executive

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Product Sales News

2015 Fall Product Sale


The Bay-Lakes Council Product Sales Committee would like to congratulate all the Units that participated in the 2015 Popcorn & Batteries this fall. We especially want to congratulate the Top Selling Scouts, Units, New Units that sold and those Units with the greatest increase. The overall sale had a 4% increase over last years sale. These funds will help Units and the Council continue to operate exciting programs for Scouts.

 Click here to view the top selling sales results.

Program News

Camp Leader Orientation

Camp Leader Orientation will once again be done via Go To Webinar by individual camps.

We are currently determining the dates of when each camp will conduct its webinar. We are “targeting” the months of February & March to hold the webinars. Once dates are finalized they will be shared with you via the E-Guide, posted on the Bay-Lakes Council website and e-mailed to the person designated in you Pack, Troop or Crew to receive vital information regarding summer camp.

Should you have any questions you can also contact the Program Department at the Center for Scouting, 920-734-5705.


Summer Camp Staff Opportunities & Interviews

To apply for a summer camp position at anyone of the five Resident Camps the Bay-Lakes Council operates, go to the Bay-Lakes Council website and under About Us, click on Employment. Download the camp staff application, fill it out, send it in or bring it with you to the interview. The interview schedule for each camp can also be found on the Bay-Lakes Council website Home Page, under Scouting News or by clicking here.

If you have submitted your application for summer camp staff your next step is to make arrangements for an interview. If you have not submitted your application and are interested in working on camp staff, please do so.


Arctic Adventure

February 12-14, 2016

Arctic Adventure is open to Venturers and Boy Scouts age 13 and up as well as adult leaders and parents. Participants will be able to experience winter activities of the north woods such as snowshoeing, ice fishing, cross country skiing, and much more including indoor activities. This event will be based out of a cabin lodge with a fireplace, bunks, and warm showering facilities with meals provided. Click here to register.


Winter Amidships

February 20, 2016

Bay-Lakes Council of the Boy Scouts of America and alumni of Fond du Lac/Oshkosh Scout units are proud to invite you to the 42nd Winter Amidships (WAM) co-ed Scout event to be held Saturday, February 20th, 2016, at the National Guard Armory Fond du Lac, WI. For more information and to register, click here.


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

Bay-Lakes Council is planning to take 1 Venturing Crew and 5 Scout Troops to the Jamboree.  Each unit will consist of 36 youth and 4 adult leaders.  Adult leaders have been selected and youth participants should register now to secure their spot. 

Final cost and other details are being determined. The fee is expected to be under $2000. The fee will cover the National Jamboree fee, travel and tour expenses, meals, lodging, unit and patrol equipment, accident and sickness insurance, unit numbers, patrol medallions, and the cost of pre-jamboree training. Youth participants should secure a spot now by sending a $200 deposit to the Bay-Lakes Council.

Live Scouting’s Adventure


For more information or to sign up, 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.

Order of the Arrow

Order of the Arrow

If you do not pay your Kon Wapos Lodge dues thought your Unit or wish to be a Golden Arrow Member, click here.

Council News

Annual Meeting Notice

The Annual Business Meeting of the Bay-Lakes Council will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at LIBERTY HALL, 800 Eisenhower Drive in Kimberly.

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. 

If you have individuals you would like to recommend to serve on the Bay-Lakes Council Board, please forward their names and contact information to the Center for Scouting – attention Council Nominating Committee Chair, by January 15, 2016.


Silver Beaver Award

 Deadline for nominations is approaching quickly - December 31, 2015

Nominate someone you know who is deserving of this award. The Silver Beaver award is the highest award of recognition that may be presented to an adult volunteer by a local council. The Bay-Lakes Council has a rich and proud tradition of recognizing top caliber individuals for their unselfish and dedicated work and commitment to Scouting in northeast Wisconsin. The selection process is taken very seriously ensuring the award maintains its status and prestige.  

To nominate a deserving volunteer for this award, click here.


Museum News

The Scouts from Pack 3948 took an idea from the past and made it their own today. Their Den Leader Julie Klinzing saw this old vest at the Fall Mom & Son event at Camp Rokilio in September and took pictures.


This is what Julie said about the Scouts, "The boys worked hard. They had a Friday off of school and spent the whole day together making vests and working on adventures. Roofing nails and hammers were used for the holes. By the time we finished, they were pros. A few tender thumbs, but none worse for the wear." Julie precut the pattern for each boy. They used Bonnie Craft Cord for the stiching.

Julie was one proud leader once they had finished. Best of all, it was great seeing the excitement over their own accomplishment!


Want to Leave a Legacy?

The Heritage Society has been established by the Bay-Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America, to recognize those who believe in preserving the tradition and values of Scouting, as well as perpetuating its future for generations to come.

The Heritage Society is a program for individuals that include Scouting in their Estate Planning or make an outright gift to the Endowment Fund of the Bay-Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America. For more information about how you and/or your family camp preserve Scoutings future click here.


Year-End Finances

Please help us finish the year strong by fulfilling your 2015 Friends of Scout Pledge or by making a year-end gift to support Scouting in Bay-Lakes Council.

2015 has been another great year for programs and activities, but for the first time in many years, our financial position is very tight. We’re relying on the pledges from earlier in the year to be paid to meet our income need. If you’ve already given, thank you! And if you’re in a position to make an additional gift for 2015, it would be greatly appreciated.

We want to lead by example and be good stewards of the investments made by you and others throughout the community by living within our means and having a balanced budget. We’ve been able to manage our expense and when our outstanding pledges are paid, we will be able to report another positive financial year – but we need your support!

Pledge payments should be sent to the Center for Scouting PO Box 267 Appleton, WI 54912. Additional gifts can be mailed in to the Center For Scouting as well, or you can make a donation on-line by clicking here. As a reminder, gifts need to be postmarked no later than 12/31 in order to claim them on your 2015 taxes; but help us know where we stand by sending in your donation today!


Youth Protection Training


In order to be able to process a charter renewal all adult leaders must have current Youth Protection Training on record within the last two years before the deadline of December 31, 2015. For more than 100 years, Scouting has been a special place for children, both literally and figuratively. Even in today’s world, Scouting is one of the safest places for a youth to be involved. We want to make it easy for each unit to contribute to keep Scouting safe for everyone, youth and adults alike. To ease this process, the Bay-Lakes Council has provided all of the Youth Protection Training videos and links to E-learning sites on our website, located at: Click Training and then Click Youth Protection Training. You may also access youth protection training in the E-Learning section at 


Council Training

The Council Program Committee and Training Committee feel so strongly about about “Trained Leaders” including protection of 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 will not 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 Council training website page 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 information at Click on Resources, Click on Volunteer Support and Click on Internet Rechartering to access all of the necessary tools to complete your 2016 charter renewal. Access the Internet rechartering information by clicking here.


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.


While Supplies Last

We wanted to insure everyone who wanted to purchase a Farewell to Camp Maywood Wilderness Patch, Back Patch or T-shirt  was aware that a few still remain and are available at the Center for Scouting.

Standard Patch - $2.00

Back Patch - $6.00

T-Shirts $10.00

For availability contact Sheri Doege at the Center for Scouting: (920) 734-5705 or


BSA Anniversary

February 8, 2016 is the official birthday of Scouting and the 7th  - 13th is Scouting’s Anniversary Week. Make it special for the entire community. Here are some more ideas:

  • Do a large community service project
  • Have Cub Scouts attend school in uniform.
  • Conduct a Court of Honor and invite the local officials, teachers, past unit leaders and Eagle Scouts, and other members of the community to attend
  • Hold a Pack Blue and Gold Banquet and plan for each den to do a skit or work on a project during the month to share and do a the pack meeting that is related to the history of Scouting
  • Take lots of pictures and get them in the local newspaper and share them on Social Media

Whatever you do, please do something and make it as big as it can be. Make it special, make it fun and enjoy the moment.


Scout Sunday/Scout Sabbath

Scout Sunday is February 7, 2016 and Scout Sabbath is Saturday, February 13th. Every Unit in the Council should plan now to be part of a religious service either at a church/synagogue that is the chartered organization or somewhere else in the community where the unit exists. There are many ways a Unit can participate that include but are not limited to:


  • Having all youth and leaders in full uniform seated at the front during service
  • Have Scouts hand out bulletins as parishioners arrive
  • Have leaders serve as ushers
  • Be part of the service by reading scripture
  • Ask the lead clergy person to use the Scout Oath and/or Law as part of the message
  • Have the Chartered Organization Representative (C.O.R.) present the unit with its charter
  • Ask for time for the COR or leader to speak briefly about the activities the unit has done.
  • Schedule a service project in or around the church that day/week
  • Have a pot-luck after the service in honor of Scouting/Hold a Court of Honor
  • Schedule and Eagle Ceremony for after the service
  • Invite family and friends who many not have a religious affiliation to attend in honor of Scout Sunday/Sabbath


Help Scouting be seen for the Positive force for good that it is!

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. To date, we’re behind last year and need everyone to take a few minutes during this busy time of year to log your community service hours before the end of the year.

You can still log your hours at with your user name and password if you like; however using this link, Service Hour Report link, you can complete a 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.

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


Fun for the Whole Family

Resch Center Events


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.

Finance News

The 2016 Friends of Scouting Kickoff is just around the corner! We have some new and exciting changes that we are anxious to share. Click here to read more.

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...

Eugene Adams & Hugh Torrance

Ron Torrance

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