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The 2023 Summer Camp Registration for Bear Paw Scout Camp and Camp Hiawatha is open and many Troops have already reserved their space and are looking forward to another exciting year at summer camp! If your unit has not signed up, don’t delay as space fills quickly. Register today with a $200 unit deposit to secure your spot.

Join us for a weekend that is designed for your family to explore Bear Paw Scout Camp and the greater Mountain area. Bring your tents, camper or RV to set up in one of our campsites. Your Scout and family can participate in our planned weekend activities or explore the forests in and around Bear Paw.

Introducing ScoutFIRE -- your family’s opportunity to spend the weekend together tent camping at beautiful Camp Rokilio. Whether it's mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, guardian, or other trusted adult, this weekend will introduce Scouting to a family member who may not normally get out to camp.

Friday night will start with site set-up, followed by a trip to the dining hall for pizza and a dance. Decorate your tote bag and attend a campfire. After breakfast on Saturday, your adventure for the day will begin. Explore camp and participate in a wide variety of programs such as two person saw, branding, candle making, bog hikes, tie dying, Scout skills, and more. Wrap up with a Scouts Own Service, a Campfire Program and a Candlelight Memory Walk. All meals are included!

The Wolf River is one of the premier whitewater rivers in Wisconsin, famous for its wild and scenic beauty. Join us September 16-18, 2022, at Gardner Dam Adventure Base in White Lake, for an opportunity to explore this river by raft or kayak. A fully trained and enthusiastic volunteer staff provides all of the leadership, instruction and supervision for each weekend.

The National Jamboree is a one-of-a-kind experience unlike anything else in Scouting. Over 10 days, thousands of Scouts, leaders, and staff come together to explore 10,000 acres of fun at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. From adventure sports to shooting sports to zip-lining and more, the Summit is a Scout’s dream playground. And you can’t forget the professional stadium shows, white water rafting, kayaking, pioneering village, hiking, and patch trading! The Jamboree is the best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible Scouting experience.

Join us in congratulating this recent Bay-Lakes Council Eagle Scout:

Jonah Friederichs, Troop 852 of Mequon, WI, Kettle Country District

Jonah's Troop is chartered by the Rotary Club-Thiensville/Mequon. He completed his Eagle Board of Review on June 21, 2022. His Eagle project was to lead a team that cleaned up and rebuilt a playground at Unitarian Church North in Mequon. His unit leader is Tom Starks and a Court of Honor is scheduled for Aug 28, 2022.

We feature those Eagles who submit their Eagle Board of Honor news.
Send an email to Warren Kraft or use our Submit A Story link and help us continue to tell the great stories of Scouting.

For several weeks, one of my church members has tried to text me a picture of each quilt presentation that this particular ministry makes to our emergency responders. While I would not received it, my wife did and she forwarded it to me. It was befuddling.

Then, the other night, the most recent picture came through and my church member finally figured out the problem: she was using our former landline number, still listed in the church directory as my primary contact. (When we moved earlier this year, yes, we ditched the old phone, joining those who use their cellphones as their primary contact.) Her system grabbed the out-of-date information; now, she fixed it.

It's a metaphor that can summarize our daily lives: relying on old information and materials. Sometimes because the newness makes us uncomfortable; other times because we may not want to take time to learn. Still other times -- because that's the way we always have done it. In any event, we use a "wrong number" and find ourselves off the path.

Summers are for camping, and you can see the fun and excitement on our social media. But something else, equally as important is "under the radar" -- gearing up for another great school year of Scouting and recruiting. Some will be new, some will be tried-and-true, some will be a great memory. So many tools to help each of us from getting the "wrong number" -- beginning with the Council calendar of events, posted at the top of every Guide or found hereSchool may be starting in a few weeks (sorry, Scouts) but the great programming at Bay-Lakes camps, and in our local units continues. You won't go wrong, to be sure.

See you on the scout camp, of course!

Warren Kraft

Program Development


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