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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Scouting Around: Friends of Scouting
  • Message from the Council Commissioner
  • Celebration of Scouting: Over 100 Years
  • New: Family Camping at Bear Paw
  • Shooting Sports Cub Scout Fun Day
  • Summer Camp News: Hiawatha Updates
  • Celebrating our Eagles
  • Leader Training for Adults and Scouts
  • Scouting for Food Dates Set
  • Upcoming Trivia Night Event
  • National Youth Leadership Training
  • Kon Wapos Lodge Updates
  • Final Thoughts: Unfinished Business

SCOUTING AROUND: FRIENDS OF SCOUTING
The third in a series designed to help Scout families, Scouts and those new to Scouting better understand what Scouting is, how it works, and how to get the most out of the experience. For past articles, see back issues of The Guide. Written by Paul Shrode, Bay-Lakes Council Family Friends of Scouting Chair, Member of the Board of Directors and Gathering Waters District Chair. Contact Paul at shrode@fvtc.edu.

What is the Friends of Scouting Campaign and Why Should I Care?

Families new to Scouting are often confused and even put off by their first experience with the Friends of Scouting. After all, why are we asked to donate when we have already paid our membership fees? Where did that money go?

The Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign supports the Bay-Lakes Council’s annual fund, so we can continue to develop the leaders of tomorrow, provide opportunities for character development, citizenship training, outdoor adventure, physical and mental growth, friendship and fun. Most importantly, the campaign seeks to ensure that no youth is denied the opportunity... <continue reading>
COMMISSIONER'S CORNER
I know its early, but to me, it feels like Spring is just around the corner. Last year at this time, we were entering into the unknown of a global pandemic. People were scared and not sure what to expect. This year feels entirely different. COVID-19 numbers in our area are decreasing. Many schools are opening, putting students back in the classroom. We have all learned Zoom and we have found out that we can function pretty well when we are socially distanced and wearing masks. 

What I am really excited about is the re-emergence of Scouting as we know it in Bay-Lakes Council. <read on>

ROY LAPEAN
Council Commissioner
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CELEBRATION OF SCOUTING: OVER 100 YEARS OF SCOUTING
Special Celebration Event at the Maple Syrup Open House

Join us at Bear Paw Scout Camp for the Maple Syrup Open House on Saturday, March 6th. Special celebration events will take place at the event including a dedication of the new STEM building, and a thank you to the volunteers who have been instrumental in the construction of the building.

We will also recognize our Veteran Scouters and recent Eagle Scouts.

Event information can be found here. We invite you and your friends and family to attend.
THE HISTORY OF HIAWATHALAND COUNCIL
Hiawathaland Council has great history that goes back to the forming of Marquette Council, which was founded in 1915, and Sault Saint Marie Council which formed in 1917.

Eventually, there were 5 Councils in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Copper Country, Iron Range, Red Buck, Chippewa, and Hiawathaland. These councils merged to form Hiawathaland Council in 1945. These old council names were also past District names for the new Hiawathaland Council.

Then, in 2012, Hiawathaland Council merged with the Bay-Lakes Council.
VIRTUAL HISTORY SCAVENGER HUNT
Part of our celebration of Scouting in Bay-Lakes includes a look back at our history and will be hosting history scavenger hunts. The Bay-Lakes Council Museum Committee is putting together a series of challenges for everyone to participate in and learn about the origins of Bay-Lakes Council.

Answers to the questions can be found on the Bay-Lakes Council Museum website. Submit your answers by the end of each month. All those who correctly answer will be put into a drawing. Someone will be selected to receive a special "Celebration" item each month.

We will list this month's history contest answers in next month's Guide and will provide a new set of questions for the April scavenger hunt. Have fun!
NEW: FAMILY CAMPING AT BEAR PAW SCOUT CAMP!
We are excited to announce a brand new weekend event for Scouting FAMILIES! A weekend of fun-filled activities at Bear Paw Scout Camp on August 13-15. Guess what? If you do not want to pitch a tent, pop-up campers, travel trailers and RVs are welcome.

Activities will include: fishing, boating and swimming, Saturday night at the movies, a hike to Lost Mountain, handicraft and self-exploration of camp, archery and BB guns, and a camp-wide water fight. While water is available at each site, there is no power available; and, there is no dump station at camp. Bring and cook your own food. Cost is $45 for the weekend. Get all the details here and start making your plans today!

SHOOTING SPORTS CUB SCOUT FUN DAY
Mark your calendars for March 27! there will be four Fun Day stations of BB Guns, Archery, Sling Shots (with paintballs) and Paper Airplane Making/Throwing for all Cub Scouts (Lions and Tigers with their adult partners) at CCRS Warehouse, 160 Washington St., in Menasha. Choose from one of three time slots: 9:00-11:00 AM, Noon-2:00 PM and 2:30-4:30 PM (Central). Time slots have limited registration, so sign-up before the session is full! Cost is $10.00 per Scout and includes a Shooting Sports Award patch. 

Adults should bring a folding chair if needed, as there will be no chairs available at the site. Also, bring a water bottle for you and your Scout and remember to wear your mask at all times. 

Be aware that some phone GPS directions will put the location in Neenah. That is okay, since the warehouse is on Doty Island and borders Neenah and Menasha. Parking will be located across the street from the warehouse, off of Washington St. They are allowing us to use their parking lot for this event. Enter the building through the front door located on Washington St. A big thank you to our partner, the C. Coakley CCRS Warehousing Company, for letting us use their space for this event!  For information and registration information, click here.
SUMMER CAMP NEWS: HIAWATHA UPDATES
The snow may be deep as it covers an iced-over Bunting Lake. Camp Hiawatha never sleeps. Once all the frozen stuff melts, the water-based adventures will begin with Hiawatha as its base. Among the activities: sea kayaking adventure along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, a hike to see the five largest waterfalls in Munising. For bikers: a bike hike along the Historic Bay de Noc Grand Island Trail or Valley Spur Alger County’s premier bike trail, or an excursion to try Munising's newest bike park. <Read more>
CELEBRATING OUR EAGLE SCOUTS: BE THE CHANGE
In case you missed it, a truly exciting program was held this past Sunday (02/21/2021) when the national Scouting community, to recognize and honor the inaugural class of Female Eagle Scouts, including our very own Bay-Lakes Council Eagles.

These young ladies have completed their Eagle Scout Board of Review sometime between October 1, 2020 - February 8, 2021. They are recognized as the Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts with their Eagle Scout credentials dated February 8, 2021 — the 111th Birthday of the Boy Scouts of America. You can watch the recorded program on Facebook or YouTube.

Read more about this Inaugural Class and for additional Bay-Lakes Council Eagle Scout stories and information.

LEADER TRAINING FOR ADULTS AND SCOUTS
Click here for additional information on each event, or follow each event link above to go directly to the details.
SCOUTING FOR FOOD DATES ARE SET
Has your unit signed up for the 2021 Scouting for Food Drive?

Registration to participate in this year's food drive is now open! Scouting for Food bag drop-off is Saturday, April 10, and food collection is on Saturday, April 17.

NEW THIS YEAR: We are asking of each unit participating, no matter if dropping off donation bags and/or collecting the food donations, to please register by March 26.

Additionally, w
hen the drive is over, participating units will need to report back  with your participation information online. Thank you for supporting your local communities by participating in the Scouting For Food Drive!
TRIVIA NIGHT: SAVE THE DATE FOR MAY 7, 2021
Additional information to come in future issues of The Guide.
KON WAPOS LODGE UPDATES
To read additional information on each topic below, please visit this page.
  • 2021 ORDER OF THE ARROW ELECTIONS: Kon Wapos Lodge is conducting virtual elections for new Order of the Arrow youth members through March 31st.
  • CHANGES IN OA ELECTION ELIGIBILITY CAMPING REQUIREMENTS
  • INDUCTION WEEKENDS: The lodge is planning to conduct in-person Ordeal induction weekends in June, August, and October.
  • CALLOUT CEREMONIES: Callout ceremonies for newly elected members will be conducted at Council camporees in April and May, and during summer camp at Camp Hiawatha and Bear Paw.
  • ORDER OF THE ARROW DUES: OA members can remain members in good standing by paying their dues for 2021.
  • KON WAPOS LODGE CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

MONITOR THE LODGE WEBSITE FOR UPDATES & CHANGES.
FINAL THOUGHTS...UNFINISHED BUSINESS
  It was a most exciting email to read last weekend. From our Scoutmaster, the first line read, “In person activities are coming back!” Yes, each attendee had to complete the Pre-Event Checklist and appropriate protocols remained in place and health circumstances still might delay some activities. BUT there were now things to do IN person things, and not just ZOOM. Including a more “normal” summer camp in June.
  At the same time this past weekend, Scouting celebrated the Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts. (See article above.) As all our new Eagles understand, there is a Court of Honor to plan with their home unit, and achieving that milestone is not the end of Scouting commitments.
  Because of distance requiring use of ZOOM, I am working with another unit’s Scouts on one of the three Citizenship merit badges. We were able to gather last summer, appropriately distanced in a pavilion, and the scouts have spent the intervening months working through the requirements. A couple weeks ago, we had a check-in meeting online and are ready for wrapping up this first of three badges for some. For a couple, it is their last Eagle required badge; with their project completed before winter, a Board of Review awaits.
  What do these three occurrences have in common? Each is an example of the unfinished business of Scouting. Indoor and outdoor skills, merit badges, weekend outings and weekly in-person meetings. We are not back to what we were accustomed to, but the gradual return focuses out attention on what is ahead of us. The events highlighted in this Guide’s "Looking Ahead” column make it clear that we have “unfinished business.”
  This month, Boy Scouts of America celebrated its 111th Birthday. This Council commemorates over 100 years of Scouting in Eastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. An 18-month celebration begins at Bear Paw next month, but our “business” won’t end with the 2022 Fall Encampment -- marking the actual 50th Anniversary of Bay-Lakes Council. From merit badges and activity pins, to unit activities, weekend events, summer camp and beyond, we have Scouting to do. Exciting. Satisfying. Growing, Still Renewing. Stay with us for this great and continuing undertaking.

In 1849, French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr wrote “plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose’ – the more things change, the more they stay the same…

  • Maple Syrup Days return to Bear Paw with a new STEM Education Building and a new schedule; but is product still has the sweet syrupy satisfying taste.
  • Summer camp is on track with programming and a staff focused on delivering Scouting at its finest, but taking advantage of the new and renovated facilities plus some great new adventures for older Scouts. Indeed, MISSION: Possible!
  • Mom & Scout returns in September with new adventures to experience along side the traditional activities that have always made this weekend memorable.
  • So much more, as you saw in last GUIDE with an events calendar sent along. (If you need another, simply reply to this message and we will get it to you.)
  • And, your Board of Directors is undertaking a lengthy Strategic Planning Process to strengthen Scouting in Bay-Lakes Council from the unit level upward. Unlike prior efforts, this one has mileposts for evaluation and revision. Having been a part of these planning processes during my career, this one is different and comes with a commitment from each Board Member and Advisory Committee member to actively engage and seek a grander vision of how to “deliver Scouting.”


In the Spirit of Adventure,


Warren Kraft
Bay-Lakes Council Vice President-Program Development

Adventure Beyond the Expected

warren.kraft@baylakesbsa.org
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