From the Council President
It’s time to celebrate! The Bay Lakes Council has satisfied the requirements of our Conditional Charter! At Wednesday’s Executive Board meeting, we were presented with our regular Charter by our Area 1 Key Three. This was the result of a tremendous amount of focused attention by our Council Staff, Board, and Volunteers.
The Area Key 3 acknowledged progress, structure, and clear plans across all aspects of Council operations: Membership. Finance, Program, Unit Service, and Governance. As we celebrate, we must also acknowledge this Charter represents a starting point, not a destination. It says we now have the foundations in place to return to prominence in our Area and Region.
Previously, the BLC consistently scored Gold or Silver in our Journey to Excellence results. That is an indication of dedicated volunteers, across all Districts, delivering the promise of Scouting at the Unit and District levels, supported by a strong Council organization. You made that happen!
Even before the pandemic hit, there were clear signs that society was changing, families were changing, and needs were changing. Time tested methods of the past were no longer producing the results we desired. Now, throw in a global pandemic, national bankruptcy, and abuse lawsuit! If we are to continue to be the prominent youth serving organization in the nation by delivering the Mission of Scouting, we need to challenge ourselves. Challenge ourselves to supplement our current methods to attract and retain youth with new ideas, new methods, and new approaches. Many of you have already started by using creative methods to connect with your members to keep them engaged. It is a struggle, but so vitally important.
As a Board, we have also started that process, with a focus on anchoring to the Mission. We don’t know what Scouting will look like a few years down the road. We do know that strong values, moral and ethical character, and leadership skills will always hold their place. We must continue to put ourselves in the best position to deliver them, to as many young people as possible. Thank you for being a part of this journey!
From the Council Commissioner
I had the opportunity to stop in at Gardner Dam Camp over the weekend. While there, I met some of the leaders of Troop 2 in Appleton. Temperatures were in the 30s and everyone was bundled up against what would prove to be an unseasonably cold day.
What stood out to me were the big smiles on the leader’s faces as they talked about the ways that Scouts were dealing with the cold and having a good time in spite of it. That good cheer, in the face of less than comfortable conditions, is what the Scouts who were there, will remember. Setting an example with a positive attitude, that’s leadership.
Many units are having a difficult time doing what normally should be an easy thing – conducting Scout meetings and activities. The Covid-19 pandemic has sure complicated that. Keep smiling. Keep trying. Be creative. Ask for help. Let’s get through this. Scouts will remember the example that you, as their leader, set.
Remember, Clyde is your go-to sources for all your commissioner questions. Send him a note at BAYLAKESCOMMISSIONERHELP@GMAIL.COM.
In-Person Scouting Events and COVID-19
Scout Shop News: Store Hours to Change
As of November 1st the Appleton Scout Shop will observe the following hours of operation:
MON/TU: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
TH/FRI: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
SAT: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
The store will also be closed weekdays from 1:30PM-2:00 PM for lunch.
Looking ahead, the store will be closed Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
NOTICE: Bay-Lakes Scout Shop customers are asked to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings while shopping. Due to the ongoing pandemic and local health ordinances, the number of customers allowed in the store at one time may be limited. If you can’t visit the Scout Shops, you can always shop online at www.ScoutShop.org or use the store locator feature for unfirming and program materials
Museum News: October 30, 2020 Guide
Eagle Scout Spotlight
Lakeshore District Collects 1,000 Pounds of Food
Religious Emblems Training Set
“A Scout is Reverent” is the twelfth point of the Scout Law. Scouting offers a robust religious emblems program through its partners. Counselors are always needed to assist Scouts as they explore their religious faith.
The annual Religious Emblems Training will be held on Thursday, November 19, from 6:30-8:00 PM CST via Zoom and requires pre-registration to attend. Visit the registration site for and additional information.
Contact Chris Brandt at email@example.com if you have any questions.
STEM Challenges Continue
Challenge 4 will be released on November 2. A new challenge is released every 3 weeks and 1 day at 4:00 PM from now until “Just Shy of Pi Day” (3.13.2021), when we will announce our winners live on social media! You won’t want to miss out on the STEMtastic fun! Visit our Facebook page for all the details.
A total of 9 challenges will be offered for all youth ranks. Plus, the Super-Show Off category is open to anyone under the age of 21 with extra weight awarded for showmanship and drama. If you have any questions, contact Amanda Tuttle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Camp News
Registration for 2021 is Open!
Be a part of the year-long celebration of 100 years of Scouting in Bay-Lakes Council at summer camp. Prices are reduced for next summer. The 2021 Leader’s Guides are posted and you can find them here.
Make your reservation now and get your preferred campsite or building. To register visit Bay-Lakes Council’s camp website and click on Make a Reservation (Top of page in the grey toolbar). Questions about registration can be sent via email to email@example.com or call Laura Martin at (920) 734-5705.
The effort continues to reach out to our units to encourage them to register for next year’s summer camp. If you have not yet been contacted, those calls are still being made.
Apply for Summer Camp Staff
For as much fun our Scouts and leaders have at summer camp, there is a special camaraderie and satisfaction of being on staff. Applications are being taken for a wide array of positions at all four camps. The process is simple and takes less than three minutes — follow this link to apply. Begin the extra special journey of a lifetime of Scouting. See you there!
Charter Renewal: October 2020 Update
Kon Wapos Lodge Updates
New Lodge Chief Installed
Thomas Crow was installed as the new Kon Wapos Lodge Chief earlier this month, to succeed Nate Ruggles who was selected at Section C1-B chief last month.
Thomas previously served as vice-chief of program for the lodge. He will oversee the lodge as it conducts the first ever virtual induction of new members next weekend. He is also leading the coordination of the annual lodge leadership development program to be held in December.
For complete information follow this link.
Contact the Lodge Adviser, Mike Mailand, if you have any questions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Ordeal Orientation Meeting
There will be one more Ordeal Candidate Orientation Meeting for parents and candidates on Monday, November 2. It will be an online meeting that will begin at 7:00 PM CST (8:00 PM Eastern). This is an opportunity to learn more about the National Virtual Induction Weekend.
Induction weekend is scheduled for November 6-7. A full schedule of events has been sent to all ordeal candidates. Additionally, the Lodge will host a Zoom “WELCOME” meeting Sunday, November 8. The new ordeal members will meet at 5:30 PM. At 6:00 PM, all lodge members will gather for a special program, election of officers, chapter break-out meetings, online games and fellowship.
- Oct. 31: Gathering Waters Pinewood Derby postponed
- Nov. 1: Fall Popcorn Sale Take Orders Due
- Nov. 1: NYLT/Wood Badge Reunion Banquet cancelled.
- Nov. 1: Kon Wapos Lodge Executive Committee Meeting – 3:30 PM CST (4:30 PM Eastern)
- Nov. 7: Kettle Country Wagon Days – Webelos-Ree cancelled.
- Nov. 7: Gathering Waters Den Chief Training postponed
- Nov. 7: Hiawathaland Community Pinewood Derby cancelled
- Nov. 8: Fall Popcorn Sale Prize Orders Due – Keller, Bonus & Individual Scouts Sales Report
- Nov. 13: Fall Popcorn Sale Take Orders Distribution
- Nov. 14: Gathering Waters Webelos Pin Day cancelled
- Nov. 17: Bay-Lakes Council Museum Meeting, 6:30–8:00 PM CST
- Nov. 18: Voyageur District Cub Scout Leader Basic Training cancelled
- Nov. 19: Religious Emblems Training
- Nov. 20: Virtual Fall Trivia Night
- Nov. 26-27: The Center for Scouting & Appleton Scout Shop will be closed for Thanksgiving
You can find more events right here. (Hint, in the upper left, click on grid view for easier viewing.)
The Way It Smells Before It Snows
As I was doing some predawn chores outside, the air had that telltale smell in the air – a fresh crisp chill with that certain moisture level. Two of my southern Scout friends question my comment that it smelled like snow, one of who had never heard the phrase. There is a lengthy scientific explanation that a certain nerve gets stimulated when humidity rises and atmospheric pressure changes. The scent of the air subtly changes, plus the cold and pressure change stimulate the “trigeminal” nerve. It sends information that there isn’t the same as scent as a “typical” day. The end result is the human nervous system perceives a difference in the weather that may account for the smell of snow. Sure enough, by day’s end, about one-half inch of snow fell and next morning it still clung to those stubborn leaves still on the trees and the grassy areas. To avoid scraping, I let the Prius warm up.
Did you ever wonder what the “smell of Scouting” would be like? Campfire aromas. Freshness of the woods. Freshly cooked food. (For parents: the scents when the scout opens the backpack after an outing?) Simply the fresh air of being outdoors. We keep hearing that smell is often a reliable trigger that helps recall significant events.
During these times, when we take extra precautions to keep ourselves and scouting safe for everyone, it seems like the “smells of Scouting” are harder to find. Whether we pull ZOMB weeds at the community gardens, or figure out how to support the local food pantry, our commitment is to keep Scouting. Plenty of leaves still to drop on your lawn, or the neighbor’s lawn. Many service opportunities await, and are COVID-compliant. We need to keep Scouting. And, just maybe, we too might experience that “smell of Scouting”
Till we “meet” again: Scout on! And, be safe and stay healthy!
In the Spirit of Adventure,
Bay-Lakes Council Vice President-Program Development
Adventure beyond the Expected