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SCOUTING EVENT CALENDAR
BAY-LAKES SCOUTING SPOTLIGHT: FAMILY QUEST
We are excited to announce Family Quest, a brand new event scheduled for June 11-13 at Gardner Dam Scout Camp. Experience all the highlights of summer camp in this family-friendly weekend event! All ages of Scouts and adults are welcome.

We will haves shooting sports ranges, waterfront activities (with our very own kayak slide), hiking, whitewater rafting/kayaking, COPE course, and mountain biking.

Dig for dinosaur bones at our "excavation site", explore our rock museum, and spend some time fishing. Saturday evening hosts a barbeque, band, and yard games. Relax at the campsites or waterfront or dig into the adventure and do it all! Kick off your summer adventure at Family Quest! Registration is live, click  here to register.
ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS
Unit News: Officer Stu
Scouting for Food
Camporees at Council Camps
April Trivia Night
The Whitewater Wolf
Wild West Day Camps
Dadventure & Mom and Scout
Summer Camp News
Messages from the Key 3
Recognizing our Eagle Scouts
Scouting Around
The Symbols of Scouting
Training for all Ages
Kon Wapos Lodge Updates
THE ROKILIO EXPERIENCE
Cub Scouts and youth (grade 1-3) interested in scouting: experience the outdoor adventure of Camp Rokilio on April 24. The “Experience” is an exciting way to introduce kids and their parents to what Cub Scout summer camp means and is all about. Parents and kids will experience their first adventure at Camp Rokilio together in a one day event filled with exciting and fun-filled activities, including Archery, BB Gun range, capture the flag, and several more fun-filled activities.

Games and activities may include open field games such as poison ball and disc golf, 9 square in the air, ga-ga ball, nature activity, and many other games and activities! Details and registration can be found here.

GIRLS INTRODUCTION TO BASIC OUTDOOR SKILLS
Don't miss the Girls Introduction to Basic Outdoor Skills event, April 30 - May 2, 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. This event is open to any female Scouts BSA or Venturing members OR any female Troop/Den leaders that want to learn / brush up on their Basic Outdoor Skills. Female Arrow of Light Scouts may also attend when accompanied by a BALOO Trained Leader. Details and registration can be found here.
UNIT NEWS: OFFICER STU
The Bear Den of Pack 3010 from Neenah, WI, recently met with Officer Stu of the Neenah Police Department.

The Scouts had an awesome time learning about safety and asking so many great questions.


Let us know about your unit’s activities. Use this link to tell us what you are doing in support of Scouting.

DID YOU SEE THIS: SCOUTING FOR FOOD
Bay-Lakes Council's annual "Good Turn for America" is more important than ever. Our neighbors have relied on food pantries during the COVID pandemic, increasing the need for our local food drive effort. The 32nd Annual Scouting for Food Drive is taking place this weekend and next. Community bag distribution is being held on Saturday, April 10, and food donation collection will be conducted the following Saturday on April 17.

Fox 11 has helped us promote this good turn. Click here to view their segment. Want to help spread the word of the Food Drive to your friends, share the video on your Unit's and personal social media pages. This will help spread community awareness and encourage more people to do a good turn!

SAFETY MOMENT: CAMPFIRES
Who doesn’t love a glowing campfire at the end of the day? However, to make sure it won’t be your tent that burns, let’s look at some good fire safety practices.

Read more right here.

SPRING CAMPOREES
Thanks to our Districts for hosting the following Spring Camporees. Troops  and Crews are invited to any and all. Sign your Troop or Crew up today:


MAY TRIVIA NIGHT FUNDRAISER
Are you missing the chance to show off your trivia knowledge with a team of five Scouting friends? The next Trivia Night Fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 6:00-8:00 PM.

The competition will be steep, as we will have questions on topics like 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 is open, so invite your friends and join us for a fun and entertaining evening!

WHITEWATER KAYAKING AT GARDNER DAM SCOUT CAMP
Whitewater enthusiasts know the Wolf River around Gardner Dam Scout Camp is one of the most pristine waterways in Wisconsin. Join us this Spring for two exciting adventures:


Contact Dave Benton at
canoescout71@gmail.com if you have any questions.
WILD WILD WEST CUB SCOUT DAY CAMPS
Four day camp opportunities are available for Cub Scouts:

  • June 5: at Camp Rokilio, Kiel, WI
  • June 19: Pioneer Village, Saukville, WI
  • August 7: National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, WI
  • August 14: Camp Winni-Y-Co, Oshkosh

Your Scouts will not want to miss out on exciting activities such as lassoing, tie-dying, gold panning, relay races, and many more! All Cub Scout aged kids and parents are invited! Click here for more information and registration.
SCOUTING AROUND: AN INVESTMENT IN OUR YOUTH
The sixth 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.

Most of us enroll our children in Scouting for the experience, fun, fellowship, skill development and the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. We probably don’t fully appreciate the leadership development, environmental education or career development experiences that Scouting can provide at first. And most of us do not consider the cost of Scouting or the way it is funded, much less think of ourselves as investors and stakeholders. Yet in a real sense, we are all stakeholders in the success of Scouting and investors in a movement that has stood the test of time and will likely be with us for generations to come. <Continue reading>
MESSAGE FROM SCOUT EXECUTIVE:
RALPH VOELKER
In case you missed it, Ralph published a video on all the great projects taking place at our Council's Scout camps.

Click here to check it out.

Need more information right now? Bookmark these links:


Council Website:
Council Facebook Page:
Bay-Lakes Council Camps:

MESSAGE FROM THE COUNCIL PRESIDENT:
ROD GOLDHAHN
MESSAGE FROM THE COUNCIL COMMISSIONER:
ROY LAPEAN
  Like many of you, I had a lot of plans for 2020. Last year, as a new Council Commissioner, one of my primary goals was to add new people to serve throughout the Council as Unit Commissioners.
  While we started the process of identifying candidates for these roles, the pandemic brought that process to a sudden halt. As we emerge from the restrictions of the pandemic, I would like to start over, making the recruitment of new commissioners one of our Council’s priorities for 2021.
  So, what is a commissioner and how can they serve? Click here for the answers!  
Need Commissioner Help?  Email BAYLAKESCOMMISSIONERHELP@GMAIL.COM.
It’s too nice outside to read, so I’ll keep this short!
  THANK YOU for your response to our push to get units signed up for camp IN Council. Since late last month, 11 more units have signed up to camp at one of our Bay-Lakes camps, and only 4 more have chosen to go elsewhere.
  Camping at “home” is a simple way to support us being able to offer top notch facilities and program and continue to keep our camps.
  If you are still waiting to sign up, please do it now. As more and more people receive their COVID vaccines we look forward to units having greater opportunity to get together and celebrate all Scouting has to offer.
  Many thanks to the leaders who have continued to find ways to keep your units active, and even recruit new members!  It will get easier as we move forward!
If you have questions, or would like the opportunity to help even more by serving on one of our teams, send an email to rgoldhahn@aol.com.
COMMISSIONER CLYDE SEZ:
SIGN UP FOR SUMMER CAMP!
GET THE PICTURE?
Visit baylakescamps.org or call (920) 734-5705 to make your reservation today!
DADVENTURE & MOM AND SCOUT REGISTRATION OPEN
DADVENTURE: AUGUST 20-22
MOM & SCOUT: SEPTEMBER 24-26
Calling all dads and Scouts! This activity-filled weekend camping program is designed for Dad and his registered Scouts ages 5-14 and will be held at Bear Paw Scout Camp. Bring your own tents and personal gear and we'll provide meals and activities! Register here.
Don't miss out on a fun-filled weekend of camping with your Scouts. Over 20 program stations, a number of special campfire programs, and activities such as BB guns, archery ranges, climbing walls, crafts, Scout skills, and cooking demonstrations will be available! Sign up now!
SUMMER CAMP UPDATES & INFORMATION
Summer camp is a big Scouting step. It is a time for fun, growth, newfound freedom, responsibility and learning — for both Scouts and parents. The more knowledge you have on the front end, the more impactful this experience can be. Here are some tips and advice on how to get ready for summer camp. Read more here.
Camp Rokilio Update
The Oertle Train Station roof has been replaced with a new standing seam roof. This upgrade ensures that the substantial investment in this excellent facility will be protected for many years to come. (Be sure to check it out when you come to the Rokilio Experience or the Spring Camporee). Thanks to Durable Roofing for completing this work, and to Camp Ranger Steve Grapentine for coordinating this project.

Summer Camp Webinars
The last set of webinars
will be held on April 28. The Cub Scout and Webelos session begins on Facebook Live at 6:00 PM Central with Scouts BSA following at 7:00. All sessions are recorded and posted to the Council Facebook page.

Early Bird Pricing Deadline: April 15
Take advantage of the savings and book your summer camp reservations today! Your summer camp adventures start here!

If you have an existing reservation and have not paid in full, be sure to make your payment before the early bird pricing ends on the 15th. Contact the program department at the Center for Scouting at (920) 734-5705 or email reservations@baylakesbsa.org if you have any questions.


Summer Camp Staff Applications
For as much fun as our Scouts and leaders have at summer camp, there is a special camaraderie and satisfaction being on staff. Begin the extra special journey of a Scouting lifetime and apply today.

Summer Camp Program Guide Updates
Program guides for the 2021 summer camp season have been updated, with particular information related to COVID-19 safety measures. Download an updated copy of the Program Guides right here.

THE SYMBOLS OF SCOUTING: THE CAMPAIGN HAT
Another in an intermittent series of short paragraphs on basic Scouting and its symbols.
The campaign, or "Smokey Bear" hat goes back long before Scouting. It was a broad brimmed hat worn on the plains, not just of the United States west, but other areas of the world as well. In the U.S. it was known as the Montana Peak, and provided good protection from the sun as well as rain. Baden Powell, who was freckled with fair skin, favored it and used it during his time in the African campaigns in the army.  He adopted the hat from the Boers and found it well suited to the climate there. There the hat was sometimes referred to as "the Boss of the Plains," which tickled B-P, as it was also, of course, his initials. <Read more>
Many thanks to Roger Shellman, from the Voyageur District, for this effort.
RECOGNIZING OUR EAGLE SCOUTS
Quinton Hagen, of Troop 927 in Two Rivers, WI, completed his Board of Review on February 24. Quinton's Eagle Scout project was done for Camp Sinawa near Valders. It included an information display case with the camp map, a shadow box and “a few other things.”

His Court of Honor was held on Sunday, April 1. His unit leader during his Eagle project was Jeff Werner.

Help us recognize your Eagle Scout. Use this form to submit your story.
LEADERSHIP TRAINING
A Scouting mantra is easily, “Every Scout deserves a trained leader.” The Boy Scouts of America takes great pride in the quality of our youth, parent and adult leadership. With the help of numerous volunteers, there is training for every one involved in Scouting, some online, some in-person.

Youth Protection Online
True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety. Get all the details and links to training here.

KON WAPOS LODGE UPDATES
KON WAPOS SPRING FELLOWSHIP
The lodge will be holding their Spring Fellowship event at Camp Rokilio in conjunction with the Council Spring Camporee and the Cub Scout Rokilio Experience. All Order of the Arrow members are welcome to attend. Members will provide support for the camporee and Cub Scout event and participate in fellowship activities during the weekend of April 23-25.

Order of the Arrow members will help with parking and check-in as Scouts arrive Friday night and Cub Scouts arrive Saturday. The OA will provide meal service for camporee staff, volunteers, and the Cub Scout lunch along with general support, including parking, check-in, set-up and clean-up. A campfire program and OA call-out ceremony will be conducted by the OA for the camporee on Saturday night. OA members will be camping near the Viking Ship area. Additional program will be available for OA members during the weekend. The OA will live stream the national Momentum Discover program into camp. A special OA fellowship and recognition event will be held on Saturday night. Newly selected Vigil candidates will be recognized. Ordeal members can become Brotherhood members during the weekend. 

Join us for cheerful service, fun & fellowship at the Spring Fellowship. Register today!

CALL-OUT CEREMONIES
Call-out ceremonies will be conducted at council camporees in April and May, and during summer camp at Camp Hiawatha and Bear Paw to recognize the newly elected members. The OA call-out ceremony is not required for a candidate to participate in the Ordeal induction weekend.

ORDEAL INDUCTION WEEKENDS
The Lodge is planning to conduct in-person Ordeal induction and cheerful service weekends in June, August and October. These events are for Ordeal candidates and all OA members. More information for registration is available at the Bay-Lakes Council website and the Kon Wapos Lodge website. Registration is open for the Spring Conferences in June.  For more information click here.   

KON WAPOS LODGE CALENDAR
  • April 23-25: Spring Fellowship, Camp Rokilio (in conjunction with council camporee)
  • June 4-6: Spring Conferences, Gardner Dam & Hiawatha (Ordeal inductions & Brotherhood)
  • June 11-13: Spring Conferences, Bear Paw & Rokilio (Ordeal inductions & Brotherhood)
  • August 20-22: Lodge Gathering, Camp Hiawatha (Ordeal inductions & Brotherhood)
  • October 8-10: Fall Conferences, Bear Paw & Rokilio (Ordeal inductions & Brotherhood)
  • December 3-5: Lodge Leadership Development, Gardner Dam
For detailed information on each topic above, click here.
MONITOR THE LODGE WEBSITE FOR UPDATES & CHANGES.
FINAL THOUGHTS...ENOUGH SEASONING?
As I write these words, the curtains move with the gentle breeze coming through the open window, dozens of birds chirp their morning calls, and rain-less thunder rolls overhead. Earlier this day, I noted more spring blossoming around the house. Yesterday, my three-year-old grandson and I spent much of the day outside: on his bike, on the backyard playground and in the dirt, and on his new two-wheel scooter. Then his first-grade brother came home from school to his new bike that Opa assembled that afternoon upon its delivery. Six of their neighborhood playmates joined together between two homes, racing along the sidewalk. Even the three-year-old pedaled his way up the steeper incline. And, on her “coffee” break, daughter asked if it was too early to plant <fill in the blank>. The call of spring renewal…an annual ritual that ages well.

Can Scouting be part of your spring renewal? Ubetcha! Chat with the dozens who participated in Winter Amidship. Check with the hundreds who enjoyed Maple Syrup Days last month at Bear Paw Scout Camp. Ask the thousands whose units are emerging this month from winter “Zoom” meetings into outdoor venues to explore, play and learn.
If spring renewal is a ritual, Scouting’s emergence should excite each of us. Throughout this Guide are tidbits of programs and trainings. If you click on the above link to the Council Calendar, over 30 Council-sponsored events at all our scout camps are at your fingertips; and, it keeps growing. Plus, your District and your unit have plans already set in motion. Click on a link, register for an event, come join us in wholesome fun, adventure and camp.

By the way, chirping birds and rolling thunder sound even better at a Bay-Lakes Council camp. Let’s get packed up and go!

Till we "meet" again: Scout on! And, be safe and stay healthy!

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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