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SCOUTING EVENT CALENDAR
BAY-LAKES SCOUTING SPOTLIGHT
BEAR PAW SCOUT CAMP HOSTS A RECORD BREAKING EVENT

Between volunteers and attendees, over 500 people gathered at Bear Paw Scout Camp on Saturday, March 6, for Maple Syrup Days Open House and the dedication of the new STEM education building. Organizers say that this was the largest Maple Syrup Open House event in its decades-long history.

We announce on good authority, that over 72 dozen pancakes were flipped for appropriate "syruping" use of Bear Paw's very own maple syrup.

Scouts BSA and Venture Scouts can learn about maple syrup making at Bear Paw on March 20 and March 27 during Maple Syrup Days. Details and registration can be found here.
ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS
100th Anniversary Update
Silver Beaver Recipients Named
Spring Events at Camp

Scouting Around: Crossovers
NRA Training at Bear Paw
Summer Camp News

Shooting Sports Day: Don't Miss It!
Scouting for Food Reminder
May Trivia Night Fundraiser
Mom & Scout Registration Open
The Symbols of Scouting
A Trained Leader: Vital to Scouting
Kon Wapos Lodge Updates
Final Thoughts: Scouting is Back
SILVER BEAVER SELECTION ANNOUCEMENT
The prestigious Silver Beaver Award was established in 1931 and is presented by the National Boy Scouts of America, to council, district, or unit volunteers for distinguished service to youth. This is the highest national award a local council can bestow upon a volunteer.

Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service to the council. The Silver Beaver award is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. Anyone may nominate any deserving registered Scouter and submit a nomination to the Council.


Congratulations to Bay-Lakes Council's 2020 Class of Silver Beaver Recipients:
Corey Barr, Hiawathaland District
Jeffrey Foust, Twin Lakes District
Dave Grimm Jr., Gathering Waters District
Brooks Hesselink, Lakeshore District
William Kaczmarek, Voyageur District
Rebecca Kikkert, Kettle Country District
Michelle LaBlanc, Voyageur District
Daniel Lemmens, Lakeshore District
Edward Lutze, Lakeshore District
Mark Manz, Lakeshore District
Tyler Reininger, Lakeshore District
Leah Schwarz, Gathering Waters District
Paul Shrode, Gathering Waters District
Scott Sonntag, Lakeshore District
Michael Van Handel, Gathering Waters District
Nicholas Wold, Northern Lites District
Harold “Lee” Worden II, Hiawathaland District
CELEBRATION OF SCOUTING: OVER 100 YEARS OF SCOUTING
UNIT CHALLENGE FOR 100 HOURS OF SERVICE

Countless hours of service have been performed by Scouts throughout the over 100 years of Scouting in the Bay-Lakes Council area. Your unit can add to that legacy of service by conducting over 100 hours of service.  We will add units with over 100 hours of service to an honor roll listing starting in April. Watch for more details to be announced.

In the meantime, start planning ahead for service projects for individuals and your unit. There is a great opportunity for all units to provide service to our communities by participating in the upcoming Scouting for Food being done April 10-17.
Units are encouraged to track all service hours through Scoutbook. Stay tuned for upcoming events throughout 2021 and 2022, as we celebrate over 100 years of Scouting in Bay-Lakes.
DON'T MISS THESE EXCITING SPRING SCOUTING EVENTS!
Cub Scouts

April 24: The Rokilio Experience for Cub Scouts at Camp Rokilio
Introduce your Cub Scouts to what summer camp is all about in this one-day event filled with exciting and fun-filled activities.

Scouts BSA & Venturing Crews
April 23-25: Spring Camporee at Camp Rokilio
Sparking Discovery offers Scouts the opportunity to earn the Welding, Scouting Heritage, and Geocaching merit badges. Presented by the Gathering Waters District.

April 30-May 2:
Girls Introduction to Basic Outdoor Skills at Gardner Dam Scout Camp. This fun weekend was created to provide girls throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan a unique opportunity to learn from other girls and level up their scout skills.

May 7-9: Spring Camporee and Whitewater Adventure at Gardner Dam Scout Camp

Attendees have the opportunity to earn a merit badge in Emergency Preparedness, First Aid or Indian Lore in one weekend. Presented by the Voyageur District.

June 4-6: Whitewater Adventure: Weekend 2

If whitewater kayaking is your idea of adventure, this event invites Scouts (leaders and parents welcome) to learn the techniques and safety of kayaking on a whitewater river.

May 14-16: Spring Camporee at Camp Hiawatha
This Pioneer-themed camporee invites Webelos to participate in events with Scouts BSA and Venturing Crew members.
SCOUTING AROUND: CROSSOVERS
The fourth 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.
It is that season when winter begins to give way to spring, the ice begins melting on the lakes and early spring flowers begin poking up, all signs that time is passing and the world is moving on. Scouting has its signs as well, and one of the most significant is the annual “Crossing Over” process. <continue reading>
MESSAGE FROM THE COUNCIL PRESIDENT:
ROD GOLDHAHN
MESSAGE FROM THE COUNCIL COMMISSIONER:
ROY LAPEAN
In recent Guide issues and separate communications, the Key 3 leaders tried to impress upon each of us the need to have all our units attend summer camp in Council to support our efforts towards continuing to improve our camps and programming. Financially, we cannot support four full-service Scout camps without our members using those camps. 

To date, 60 percent of our units have camp reservations. However, one-third of those units are planning to attend out-of-council camps. If that trend continues, we will be forced to make some hard decisions about our properties. <continue reading>
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to spend some time at Bear Paw, attending the dedication of the new STEM Center Building. It was a gorgeous day to be in camp. The best part was that over 450 Scouts and leaders attended the day’s events. Lots of smiles and laughter. 

Aside from masks, it sure looked like the Scouting we are all used to.

What really struck me was how far the camp has come... <continue reading>

COMMISSIONER CLYDE SEZ: MAKE THE CALL!
Sign up for a Bay-Lakes Council
Summer Camp Experience Today!

(920) 734-5705
OR REGISTER ONLINE AT
Need Commissioner Help?  Email BAYLAKESCOMMISSIONERHELP@GMAIL.COM.
If you’re not at Scout camp this Spring, you are missing out on all the fun.
NRA TRAINING AT BEAR PAW SCOUT CAMP
Bay-Lakes Council is sponsoring two NRA courses at Bear Paw Scout Camp.

Individuals will be trained in the National Rifle Association methods to safely handle and shoot rifles and shotguns. This course is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

This 17-hour course teaches the knowledge, skills and attitude essential to organizing, promoting and teaching NRA’s Basic Shotgun Shooting Course. Students must show the proper knowledge, skills and attitude to complete this course to become NRA Certified Instructor candidates. While you must be 21 or over to obtain instructor certification, Adults 18-20 may take the classes but are not able to complete the Instructor Level classes that follow.
SUMMER CAMP UPDATES & INFORMATION
Ask any American what they think of when you say “Boy Scouts” and the vast majority will mention camping. It is as American as baseball, hotdogs, or apple pie. While the association of Boy Scouts and the fun of outdoor adventure is a natural one, it is perhaps more important to understand that camping experiences provide more than just fun. Summer camp offers Scouts the opportunity to participate in physically and intellectually challenging activities, introduces them to new and rewarding experiences, and provides them with supportive and caring relationships. 

The Bay-Lakes Council has some great properties and this summer we will be offering an amazing summer camp program at all four of them. For our Wisconsin camps, we are moving back to more “normal” program. This will allow Scouts to choose the merit badges they would like to take and the opportunity to participate in open programming. In doing so we will still focus on tactics that mitigate COVID (face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, and limited group gatherings). For Camp Hiawatha, we will be using a cohort style program like last year. This is being mandated by county and state officials. The program team is in the process of updating all of the program guides and hopes to have these out within the next few weeks. We anticipate opening merit badge and program signup on April 1, 2021.
Early Bird Pricing
  A final reminder that early bird pricing ends on April 15. To apply for a 2021 Bay-lakes summer campership, visit this link. The last day to apply is March 15.
Time is Running Out: Apply for Summer Camp Staff
  For as much fun as our Scouts and leaders have at summer camp, there is a special camaraderie and satisfaction of being on staff. Applications are still being accepted for an array of positions at all four council camps. The process is simple and takes less than three minutes to apply. If you have a Scout looking for a summertime job promised to leave them with lasting memories, have them apply today!
Summer Camp Webinars
  Don't miss the next round of webinars taking place on March 31 on Facebook Live. Cub Scouts will start at 6:00 PM Central with Scouts BSA following at 7:00 PM. A final set of webinars will be held on April 28, 2021.
  All sessions are held live, recorded and re-posted on the Council's Facebook page. Ask questions and get answers to anything related to 2021 Bay-Lakes Council Summer Camp.
SHOOTING SPORTS FUN DAY: STILL TIME TO REGISTER
Join us on Mar. 27, for 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 the CCRS Warehouse, 160 Washington St., Menasha, WI. Choose from one of three time slots: 9:00-11:00 AM, Noon-2:00 PM, or 2:30-4:30 PM (Central). Time slots have limited registration, so sign-up before the session you want is full. Cost is $10.00 per Scout and includes a Shooting Sports Award patch.

Adults should bring a folding chair if needed, as no chairs will be available at the site. Also, bring a water bottle for you and your Scout. Please wear your mask at this event.

Be aware that some phone GPS directions will put the location in Neenah. (The warehouse is on Doty Island and borders Neenah and Menasha.) Parking is located across the street from the warehouse off of Washington St. 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! Register today!
SCOUTING FOR FOOD SIGN UP
Has Your Pack or Troop Registered Yet?

As you know, our communities are in need -- and our partner food banks and pantries will benefit greatly from a successful Scouting for Food Drive.

Invite entire families and your Chartered Organizations to participate...the more people putting out bags and collecting food should help ensure our biggest drive yet!
Bag Drop-off: April 10  /  Food Collection: April 17
TRIVIA NIGHT: SAVE THE DATE FOR MAY 7, 2021
Missing the chance to show off your trivia knowledge with a team of five Scouting friends? The fun and always exciting Trivia Night Fundraiser is scheduled for May 7, 2021.

The competition will be steep, as we will have questions from categories in history, sports, geography, movies, maybe a Scout question or two, and so much more!

Gather your team of five or register individually and join others in a new trivia circle. Registration opens March 31, 2021, right here
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MOM & SCOUT REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Moms! Don't miss out on a fun-filled weekend of camping with your Scouts September 24-26, 2021. Over 20 program stations, a number of special campfire programs and activities such as BB guns, archery ranges, climbing walls, crafts, Scout skills, cooking demonstrations, and more will be available to you!

Sign up now to attend this event and create long-lasting memories with your Scouts.

THE SYMBOLS OF SCOUTING: THE SCOUT BADGE
We are pleased to introduce an intermittent series of short paragraphs on basic Scouting and its symbols. 
  The Scout badge was adapted from the north point of the old mariner's compass. It is the badge of the Scout because he shows the way in doing his duty and helping others. It is often referred to as the "fleur-de-lis" and with slight changes is used around the world as the mark of the Scout brotherhood of friendliness and good citizenship.
  The three points of the fleur-de-lis, like the three fingers in the Scout sign, stand for the three parts of the Scout Oath: Duty to God and Country, Duty to Others, and Duty to Self. The two stars symbolize the ideals of truth and knowledge. They guide you by night and suggest a Scout's outdoor life.

  The eagle with the shield is the national emblem of the United States of America. It stands for freedom and readiness to defend that freedom. The scroll with the Scout motto, Be Prepared, is turned up at the ends to suggest the corners of a Scout's mouth raised in a smile, because he does his duty with a smile and willingly. The knot attached to the scroll is to remind a Scout to "Do a Good Turn Daily."

(From Scouting for Boys, 1908, and the Boy Scout Handbook, 1959.)

Up next: The Scout Handshake.
Many thanks to Roger Shellman from the Voyageur District for this effort.
If you have any questions, please contact him at
rogershell@netnet.net.
UNIT NEWS: TUBING IN GLADSTONE
Nearly 100 Scouts and adults attended the annual “Tube Fest” on February 23, at the Besse Sports Park in Gladstone, MI. Hosted by the Red Buck Order of the Axe, the event saw 73 Scouts (and friends) participating in a fun night with parents and leaders. Aa total of 96 attended on that Tuesday night. Scouts were encouraged to “bring a friend” to the tubing night, which qualified for a First Class requirement, as well as, serving as very powerful recruitment tool.

From Hiawathaland District Commissioner, Mark Rose:

   “The ‘Tube Fest’ had Scouts from all of the area units participating, even bringing in about a dozen Scouts and parents, from Manistique Troops 400 and 6401, which is over 60 miles away. We were very proud to have Troop 6401 (a Scouts BSA girl unit) represented, as they have one of our inaugural class of Female Eagle Scouts. The Red Buck Order of the Axe would like to thank all of those who helped make this great Scouting event possible for our youth!"

Let us know about your unit’s activities.
Food drives are a great way to help local food pantries, even beyond the holiday season. There is always a need to share with others. In these times, the need is even greater. Use this link to tell us what you are doing in support of Scouting.

A TRAINED LEADER: VITAL TO SCOUTING
For additional information on each of these training events click here.
KON WAPOS LODGE UPDATES
For detailed information on each topic below, click here.
KON WAPOS SPRING FELLOWSHIP AT CAMP ROKILIO: April 21-23
The lodge will be holding their Spring Fellowship event at Camp Rokilio in conjunction with the Council Spring Camporee and Camp Scout Rokilio experience for Cub Scouts. OA members will provide support for the camporee and Cub Scout event and hold some fellowship activities during the weekend.    

2021 ORDER OF THE ARROW ELECTIONS
Kon Wapos Lodge is conducting virtual elections for new OA youth members through March 31. All elections will be done using a virtual process.  

OA CALLOUT CEREMONIES FOR NEWLY ELECTED MEMBERS
Callout ceremonies will be conducted at council camporees in April and May, and during summer camp at Camp Hiawatha and Bear Paw.

ORDEAL INDUCTION WEEKENDS
The lodge is planning to conduct in-person Ordeal induction weekends in June, August and October.

ORDER OF THE ARROW DUES
OA members can remain members, stay in good standing, and help fund camperships for summer camp, service projects, youth leadership development, and more, by paying their dues for 2021.

KON WAPOS LODGE CALENDAR

Visit the lodge calendar for information on each event.


  • April 23-25: Spring Fellowship
  • June 4-6: Spring Conferences
  • June 11-13: Spring Conferences
  • Aug. 20-22: Lodge Gathering
  • Oct. 8-10: Fall Conferences
  • Dec. 3-5: Lodge Leadership Development

MONITOR THE LODGE WEBSITE FOR UPDATES & CHANGES.
FINAL THOUGHTS...SCOUTING IS BACK!
The buzz at Bear Paw Scout Camp last weekend was energizing. Fully a year ago, the virus shut down activities immediately and the silence in the woods was frighteningly still. But, if the Maple Syrup Days Open House and STEM Educational Building ribbon cutting ceremony showed us anything, Scouting is not longer on “pause.” (We cannot thank enough our volunteers who spent countless weekends at all our camps to build and renew, to reconstruct, and to renovate and revitalize. You can tell who they are by those big smiles of satisfaction.)

When over 500 people gather is a safe setting to enjoy Scouting at camp, that is a big deal. And, we are grateful for everyone who made it happen...and continues to.

In our last issue, I shared the excitement when my unit announced in-person activities are returning. To give you a true idea of what our volunteers are doing, this Guide details all the coming events currently on the Council calendar, including the wide variety of training opportunities. There are more in the works, and again our volunteers are leading the way.

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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