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As the school year comes to a close, the excitement for summer builds each day. Amplify this excitement 10x for our camp staff! The entire Bay-Lakes Camps staff is preparing to greet each of you with a smile and deliver the promise of Scouting at each of our 4 camp properties this summer. Space is filling up, but there is still room to sign up your Scout, Den, Patrol, Pack or Troop. We can't wait to see you!

Bear Paw is excited to announce 3 NEW micro trek programs being offered this summer during week 6 for our Scouts BSA troops. Join us July 31 - August 6, and have an opportunity to join the maiden voyage of The Odyssey, Kindred Nature, or Wilderness Wanderer. This same week will feature our provisional troop, so individual scouts and adults can come on back and enjoy a second week of camp.

Time is running out to register for our first 2 day camps! You don’t want to miss the Scottish themed fun! Register today to join in on long bow, curling, and more!

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.

One of the nation’s oldest and beloved Scouting events is back for its 74th consecutive summer! Save the date for the M&M Bay Jammer to be held July 22-24, 2022, at the Menominee Marina in Menominee, MI. Participants will compete in fun land and water events, attend a semi formal dance, a street dance, and a Saturday evening meal. Meet new friends and make memories that will last for years to come. Registration is available for anyone 14 and over belonging to a Scouts BSA Troop, Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or any other youth organization.

Watch the Bay Jammer Facebook page and the Bay-Lakes Council website for more information and registration. If you have any questions, contact Pat Williquette at or (920) 427-9023 or Telly Vilas at (715) 587-3282.  

National Youth Leadership Training, Pack and Paddle, is an innovative way to train youth leaders by adding to the intensive week-long NYLT syllabus by offering it in the setting of a wilderness backpack and canoe trip. Leadership theory is put to immediate practice in the real world as participants must work together to meet the challenges of completing their wilderness trek. ONLY 1 SPOT REMAINS. Claim yours today!

Contact Amy Albers, Course Director, with any questions at (920) 360-3421 or

Introducing ScoutFIRE -- your family’s opportunity to spend the weekend together tent camping 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. Registration will be available soon!


The time for year-end school ceremonies: graduations and advancements, recognitions and awards. Many units honor their graduating seniors who continued in Scouting. And the congratulations are well-deserved. 

The other night, I attended the senior awards program for my high school alma mater. As part of our 50th reunion, my classmates created a scholarship and so far have it funded for 20 years. Making the presentation, two longtime friends joked that we might not be able to make it up the podium steps by then. It is dozens of students, who walked across that graduation stage decades ago, who came together to "pay it forward," opting to pass on the benefits of someone's "good turn" to another person instead back to the original "giver." For many classmates, it is their legacy.

Graduation and Memorial Day almost beg us to think about what has happened and what still lies ahead. The Scout Slogan is "Do a Good Turn Daily." It is how we remember; it is how we are remembered. What will your legacy be? See you on the trail!

Warren Kraft

Program Development


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