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Voice of the Scout

Voice of the Scout

Many of the Bay-Lakse Council's Scouts, parents, volunteers, and Chartered Organizations will receive the fall edition of the BSA's twice-yearly Voice of the Scout (VOS) survey. Take a few minutes to give us your feedback and encourage others in your Unit to participate. Click here for more information.

Product Sales News

2015 Fall Product Sale


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

There is still time for your Unit to sell Popcorn and Batteries!

Commit to sell today! Click here for more information and to make a commitment or contact Tim Buchen at

Program News

Scouting For Food

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

Help us help those less fortunate. Participate in one of the greatest food drives in Northeast Wisconsin and the UP! Bags, posters, and fliers are available, along with a press release, and resources to do a drive through a local grocery store or at your Chartered Organization; as well as to make this a portion of your Unit meetings early in October. Please visit to sign up and look for all the great support materials for you to use to spread the word and teach our Scouts the importance of "Doing a Good Turn Daily!"


Venturing Girl's Weekend

October 9-11, 2015

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.


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

Calling all Scouts & Venturers...Registrations are now being accepted for the 2017 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reservve in West Virginia! Click here to register and for more informationThe Jamboree is an iconic Scouting tradition that every Scout should experience!


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! 

To register for STEM & other adult trainings, click here.

Cub Scout and Webelos Camp sign ups will also be available that day from 7am-9am.

Order of the Arrow

Order of the Arrow


Fall Rendezvous

October 23-25, 2015

Come celebrate the Centennial of the Order of the Arrow at Fall Rendezvous, at Bear Paw Scout Camp!

Activities include Lodge officer elections, silent patch auction, lodgeball, ultimate frisbee, and the recognition of the 2014-2015 LEC, the 2015 Vigil Class, and Centurion Award recipients at an evening banquet.

We will have special guests Collin Schrader, the Section C-1B Vice Chief, Preston Podolske, the Section C-1B Chief; and Seth Murray, the Section C-1A Chief.
Don't miss out on your last opportunity to earn the Arrowman Service Award or nominate someone for the Lodge annual awards.

For more information and to register, click here.

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.


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.


October Boy's Life Magazine Features Local Eagle Scout

Fond du Lac Eagle Scout, Michael Meisenburg's heroic action is featured in this October's  Boys' Life Magazine. Click here to see the article.


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 go to


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 Daily Good Turn is simply an important part of Scouting. And as you know, counts towards Journey to Excellence Points! We want to make it simple to track our impact providing community service to the thousands of community organizations supported by the Scouts throughout Bay-Lakes 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.

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.


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.


In Memory of...

Harold Adams

Hugo & Lu Petters

In Memory of...

Ronnafran Jakel

Kettle Moraine Area Silver Beavers

In Memory of...

Thomas Luther

David & Jean Coenen

Greta Rogers

In Memory of...

Henry Maas

Magdaline & Melvin Kobes

In Memory of...

Jack Nelson

Tim Mulloy

In Memory of...

Matt Rynish

The Northwest Wisconsin Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Troop 117: Seymour, WI

"Matt’s stewardship of both entities during his time here continues to generate opportunities for many."

Local News, Events & Information

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Gathering Waters



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