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Sign up for a weekend of family fun and experience Camp Hiawatha in a whole new way! Registration includes a campsite for your family complete with a picnic shelter and tables, flush toilets nearby, and access to individual showers. Meals are on your own; please be prepared and bring your own food.

Camp program areas will be open for families to drop in and have fun. Activities can include open swimming and boating, open shooting sports, and much more. Enjoy a Saturday evening campfire with family and friends. Stop in the trading post for snacks, slushies, ice cream, popcorn, camping gear, t-shirts, and more. Families are encouraged to explore the area. Visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, hike to Chapel Falls, take a waterfall tour, or enjoy a family bike ride.

The Bay-Lakes Council Program Department is excited to announce the return of Provisional Camp during Week 6 (July 31-August 6, 2022) at Bear Paw Scout Camp this summer! With camp provided leadership, this is a great opportunity for Scouts to attend a second week of summer camp, or individually, without their Troop. Additionally, any camper registered during Week 6 will have an exclusive opportunity to sign up for one of three new amazing Expedition Programs! Space is limited, sign up today.

The camping department still has a few summer camp staff positions open at our Bay-Lakes Council Camps. If you know a youth at least 16 years old who is looking for a summer job, we have an opportunity for them to work in waterfront, program, and dining hall staff. Follow the link below to submit an application today!

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.  

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 these recent Bay-Lakes Council Eagle Scouts:

Cole Bennetts, Troop 411 of Escanaba, MI, Hiawathaland District

Raymond Henschel, Troop 825 of  Howard’s Grove, WI, Lakeshore District

Isaac C. Kohls, Troop 792 of Fond du Lac, WI, Ledge to Lakes District

Will Olsick, Troop 411 of Escanaba, MI, Hiawathaland District (not pictured)

Emily Roe, Lone Scout from Troop 6355 of Pickford, MI, Hiawathaland District

We feature those Eagles who submit their Eagle Board of Honor news.

Please send an email to Warren Kraft or use our Submit A Story Link and help us continue to tell the great stories of Scouting.

This past Sunday, a five-year memory popped up on my Facebook page: opening Sunday night suppertime antics at Webelos Resident Camp. Luke and Mason leading "Bamboo, Bamboo" as their lead-out song. As they were teaching the song, in the video's background, two Webelos walking back into the hall and their looks of wonderment were precious, as if to ask what is going on. The video pans to the crowd of campers, their adult leaders and staff, and the energy for the newly-learned song is priceless. No one seemed concerned about looking weird; the emphasis was on fun.

Summer resident camp begins anew this week with the Cub Scouts at Rokilio, then Scouts BSA units at Bear Paw and Hiawatha next week, then Family Adventure Camp and Webelos at Gardner Dam Adventure Base. A chance to be outside, to camp away from the electronics, to discover new adventures, even to make silly fun and not worry how you will "look" doing it.


Ask any youth or adult attending a Bay-Lakes Council summer camp. Ask any staffer, current or alumni. The answer will be the same: a chance for unearthing and encountering. Best of all, there is still time to register and enjoy a Bay-Lakes kind of camp. Your adventure of a lifetime starts HERE.


See you on the summer camp, of course!

Warren Kraft

Program Development


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