Message From The Scout Executive

What's Your Story?

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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: www.baylakesbsa.org/productsale

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

Program News

Fall Mom & Son

September 19 - 20, 2015

Pack your tents and join us for fun activities and camping fun for scouts and their moms. This year's theme is a Hollywood theme. Spots are already filling up fast for this annual event, so be sure to register soon! Click here for more details and to register for this event.

 

Rokilio Experience-STEM

October 3, 2015

The ROKILIO Experience-STEM at Camp ROKILIO in Kiel Wisconsin is an exciting way to introduce Cub Scouts and their parents to the outdoor adventure of Cub Scout World and Camp ROKILIO! Parents and Scouts will experience their first camping adventure together and will have the opportunity to participate in some exciting and fun-filled activities. For more details on this event and to register, click here.

 

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 www.baylakesbsa.org/sff.

 

BALOO

October 24, 2015

BALOO stands for Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. It is designed to introduce Cub Scout leaders to the newly expanded opportunities for pack overnight camping. BALOO is required for all Packs planning an overnight campout. At least one adult leader must be BALOO trained in order for a Cub Scout Pack to participate in overnight camping. Tour permits will only be issued to Packs who meet the requirements of having attended BALOO training.

Spots are still available for this course, so complete your registration as soon as possible. Click here to register.

 

STEM University

November 7, 2015

STEM University is back!  This event will take place at the Lakeshore Technical College. This fall’s STEM University will take the place of our annual Scout College. There will be activities for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Adults! Here is a glimpse of what will be offered for Cub Scouts: Robotics Demos; Galactic Goo; Stomp Rockets; Cyber Chip; Code of the Wolf; Calculations of Weight and Volumes; Secret Codes; Game Design. They will not complete the SuperNova Award, but will have items that count as some of the activities. For Boy Scouts, they can take and complete the Sustainability Merit Badge in the 4 different parts, Weather Merit Badge, Photography Merit Badge and Den Chief Training will also be available. For the adults and leaders, Youth Protection Training, First Aid Training and Recertification and WEBELOS TO Scout Transition Training. Don’t wait to register as the Spring STEM University Session filled up very early! The CPR Certification will be an additional cost. For questions, please contact Sarah Graper or Amanda Tuttle.

Cub Scout and Webelos Camp sign ups will also be available that day.

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 http://www1.matchinggifts.com/scouting 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 Kristin.Ely-Blumke@scouting.orgMatt.Miller@scouting.org, or Tim.Buchen@scouting.org on our development staff or visiting http://www.baylakesbsa.org/invest-in-scouting/friends-of-scouting 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

Plan for Fall Youth Recruitment Success for Every Pack!

Please take time to review the membership resources provided at www.scouting.org/membership.  This national site provides some great resources and shares best practices for success in recruitment and retention. For up to date information check out the Cub Scout Fall Recruitment page under the Resources tab of the Bay-Lakes Council website: http://www.baylakesbsa.org/resources/cub-scout-fall-recruitment/53722.  Follow these ten steps to ensure your success:

  • Attend your District’s Fall Recruiting Kickoff & Training – Attendance at this training event will be critical to your Pack’s success. You will receive your Pack’s 2015 Fall Recruiting Kit containing all of the materials needed for your Pack’s successful fall recruiting effort. Your kit will also include a copy of the Your Pack's Guide to Successful Fall Recruiting. 
  • Schedule your Pack’s Fall Recruiting Night sometime between Thursday, September 10 and Thursday, September 24, 2015.  Share the date, time, and location with your District Fall Recruiting Chair or District Executive by August 15, 2015.
  • Meet with your school principal to share your Pack’s plan for the Fall Recruitment. Confirm his/her support for distributing flyers and conducting Boy Talks prior to your Recruiting Night. If this is not something your Pack has done in the past please contact your District Executive to discuss the best way to promote Scouting within your school.
  • Complete your Pack’s 2015-2016 activity calendar.  Use your calendar to promote all the fun things new Cub Scouts will be doing when they join your pack!  Include a great October activity for new Cub Scouts to participate in right away.
  • Promote your Fall Recruiting Night using at least 7 of the best methods for promotion as outlined in the Your Pack's Guide to Successful Fall Recruiting. This guide can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page and will also be available in your 2015 Fall Recruiting Kit.
  • Schedule your Parent Orientation meeting to take place no more than one week following your Fall Recruiting Night. Use the power point provided below to ensure that you get the most from this meeting.
  • Create a plan to be sure that all Pack leaders, including new leaders, complete youth protection training right away. This is a BSA requirement for all leaders.
  • Order your flyers, posters and stickers on time so they will be ready when you need them. The order form can be downloaded below and will also be in your 2015 Fall Recruiting Kit.
  • Get your school directory and call and invite parents and boys to join.

Recruit Den Leaders for Dens prior to your Fall Recruiting Night. Be ready to fill those dens with new boys!

 

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 https://servicehours.scouting.org/UI/Security/Login.aspx 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 www.baylakesbsa.org/imagine2024. 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  imagine2024@scouting.org.

 

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

Hiawathaland

Lakeshore

Ledge to Lakes

Kettle Country

Northern Lites

Twin Lakes

Voyageur

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