Given the ever-changing health circumstances and the differences between the regions of the Bay-Lakes Council, events listed here may be cancelled, postponed or moved to a virtual opportunity if possible.

Oct. 16-18: Jamboree on the Air

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and the International Jamboree on the Air — the world’s largest digital and radio Scout event promoting friendship and global citizenship! Registration and details can be found here. Be the envy of your friends and earn a distinctive patch.

Oct. 20: Bay-Lakes Council Museum Meeting

This meeting will be a Zoom meeting. Contact Dale Opgenorth at for details.

Nov. 1: NYLT/Wood Badge Banquet Cancelled 
We received word just this week that the annual NYLT/Wood Badge Reunion Banquet, originally scheduled for Nov. 1 in Oshkosh, has been cancelled. 

This year’s banquet coordinator, Chris Rogers, wrote, “After consulting with people at various levels of Scouting, this is the right decision for this year. In many ways this was a difficult decision and in many ways this was an easy decision. We will all miss the networking and hugging. Of all years when we need hugs the most, we cannot. Many Scouters have reduced face to face interactions. If a Scouter has to choose between a banquet with a bunch of other Scouters or engaging with the youth, the best choice is to engage with the youth. Even if that means we miss a chance to sing our favorite song. No banquet does not mean that the NYLT Spirit is not still alive and that the Wood Badge fire is not still burning.” 

His planning team is developing ideas to challenge ALL past Wood Badge and NYLT alumni to do something to improve themselves, help others, or engage with Scouting in a new way. Additionally, the group is working effective communication methods to reach and engage as many people as possible with these challenges. Watch for future updates.


Nov. 19: Religious Emblems Training

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, Scout can participate in a robust religious emblems program provided through specific religious groups. More details and links to specific faiths can be found here. Counselors are always needed to assist Scouts as they explore their religious faith. Several religious emblems require that facilitators be trained before they work with Scouts on the emblems. This opportunity will be a chance for all interested adults to learn how to facilitate these religious emblems for a Scouting unit. This training will give an overview of the emblems programs and activity patches available to Scouts and includes a breakout session to learn tips on how to get youth and parents involved and run the programs effectively. 

The annual Religious Emblems Training will be held on Thursday, November 19, from 6:30-8:00 PM CST via Zoom. Contact Chris Brandt at if you have any questions.

For more information and to register, click here.

Nov.  20: Virtual Fall Trivia Night
Our Fall Virtual Trivia Night is designed for fun, competition, and a way to raise money for Scouts in the Bay-Lakes Council. Participation fee is just $75 for a team of 5. Individuals are welcome to register for $15 per player. The prize will be a $100 gift card to a local establishment of the winning team’s choice. This is a general knowledge trivia contest geared for adults. For more information & to register click here.