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TRY SCOUTING! Invite your family, friends, and neighbors, and join us at one of our amazing Scouting events this summer. This is a great way for your Scout to bring a friend to experience Scouting. Try out the shooting sports range, play capture the flag, take a hike to a bog, and more! Check out one of the three Scottish-themed Day Camps (see article below), loaded with outdoor games and activities. We even have two weekend family camping events you won't want to miss!

Have you ever wanted to go to Scotland, toss a caber, compete with the long bow, try curling, learn what a crannog is, or see the Glen Finnan Viaduct?

Join us at one of our three Scottish-themed Cub Scout Day Camp adventures! All Cub Scout aged youth and their parents are invited to attend. Cost is just $35 for youth and adults are FREE! Please note, the Green Bay Day Camp fee is $45 for youth and $10 for adults, which includes museum entry and a train ride.

Join us in congratulating these recent Bay-Lakes Council Eagle Scouts:

Elijah Eisen, Troop 1 of Appleton, WI, Gathering Water District

Austin Faeth, Troop 9 of Appleton, WI, Gathering Waters District

Riley Frenzel, Troop 1033 of Suamico, WI, Voyageur District

Mark Richey, Troop 2 of Appleton, WI, Gathering Waters District

Liam Walls, Troop 840 of Grafton, WI, Kettle Country 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.

THANK YOU! Scouts, leaders, families, volunteers, and community members collected almost 200,000 pounds of food! Those donations were distributed to more than 100 food banks in Eastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Thousands of neighbors in need of support will benefit from the incredible generosity of our community members! Scouting for Food is a great example of working together to make a positive impact in our communities. Service to others is the heart and soul of the program. Every pound of food donated helps feed the one in seven people who go to bed hungry in our area.

By now, most Scouting families in the Bay-Lakes Council have heard of the "Friends of Scouting Annual Campaign" and hopefully you have had an opportunity to ask questions and participate in this important season of giving. It is our goal to wrap up the campaign by June, yet as Robert Frost noted, "We have miles to go before we sleep." There are many important reasons to help in our annual effort to bring together the resources needed to make Scouting possible.

The latest 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.


One of the "casualties" of our recent move was letting go of a roll top desk (famously known as a "lawyers desk") after nearly five decades in my study. Yet, a new home can mean new "stuff" so I now work from an L-shaped desk, like I used throughout my "lawyering" career. Except, I still need to assemble and attach the drawers and doors. Functional enough and typically messy, but unfinished. And, with warmer weather, the priority is to be outside.

Much of our time seems to consist of "unfinished business," whether professional or even the ever-present yardwork (like getting the rest of the plants into the ground now that we can lose our winter jackets.) Though overwhelming, we also have learned that we figure out what is more important: family time, visits to loved ones, or taking that long-delayed trip.

Scouting is "unfinished business." Ask any of the Eagles we feature in The Guide, any Scout leader or volunteer, any parent, or our new Bay-Lakes Council President, Alan Barr: we have stuff that we want to do, things we need to do. And during the warmer months, we like it outside. Check out the Council program offerings by clicking this link. Better yet, join us at summer camp for some life-changing experiences.

One day, I WILL finish my new desk; but today is for enjoying what we do best: the "unfinished business" of Scouting.

See you on the trail!

Warren Kraft

Program Development


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