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The Bay-Lakes Council Center for Scouting is excited to announce that Laura Martin and Melissa Lochner have been promoted to be the Membership Registrars. What does that mean for you? When you need help in membership whether it be for additional enrollment, charter renewal, etc., we have two people that will be able to assist you!

Members should submit online youth and/or adult applications through the BEASCOUT.ORG website.

For a complete listing of the Bay Lakes Council team, click here.

This year's Popcorn Sale Kickoff Training will be held this Saturday, August 13, 2022, via Zoom from 9:00-11:00 AM CST. If your unit is interested in raising money to help fund your upcoming adventures, encourage your UNIT KERNEL to attend to qualify for a 5% bonus commission! Unit Kernels can register HERE.
Do you like to shoot sporting clays? Gather 3 friends or co-workers and come out for the day to support Scouting at the 20th Annual Sporting Clays Shoot and Have Fun for a Cause. Individuals are also welcome. Must be 21.

It is hard to believe, but the summer is quickly winding down. I hope everyone is having as much fun as I am!

As commissioners, we have been visiting all the camps and talking to leaders and Scouts throughout the Council. I must tell you; everyone was having a wonderful time. There have been many positive comments regarding the improvements that have been made to camp. There are still some things we must work on, but overall, our camps continue to improve. Hats off to the Council professionals, Program, and Properties committees, as well as, the camp leadership and staff members for all your hard work in getting the camps ready.

My seventh grade English teacher would probably smile at the use of the double entendre membership matters. We are about to launch our fall recruiting in the schools, houses of worship, and neighborhoods throughout the Bay Lakes Council and around the country. Membership does indeed matter, and we have some matters to discuss! First, a couple of matters.

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

Isaac Manning, Troop 1043 of De Pere, WI, Voyageur District

Miles Wiegand, Troop 1477 of Pulaski, WI, Voyageur District
Isaac Wieland, Troop 831 of Kohler, WI, Lakeshore District

We feature those Eagles who submit their Eagle Board of Honor news.
Send an email to Warren Kraft or use our Submit A Story link and help us continue to tell the great stories of Scouting.

A periodic dream over the years has involved rainwater and flooding our home. Unsure why, but let's face it: some of our dreams are weird, right? As I was assembling this issue's Eagle Salute, I heard the sump pump discharging during another bout of the heavy weekend showers (I think we're approaching four inches so far.)

Outside I went to check that the downspouts were working, extended and re-elevated after we moved to our new place. The sump discharge pipe flowing away from the house. Though the basement wall cracks showed no signs of moisture, this spring, we still had them professionally repaired. (At our prior home, three of us neighbors were constantly vigilant of the impact from the underground stream meandering near our basements.) The new place has an alarmed sump pump with battery backup and the neighbors tell stories of a near "constant" discharge once the ground thaws. Perhaps the prep work we did this spring is holding.

But that "dream" still comes every so often. So, with fingers crossed for continued good "fortune," I hesitatingly share this thought: what is is about some dreams? Lots of book written on that question, so I won't try to answer it here. But one thing that struck me: most of us wisely heed warnings and take the steps to plan, prepare and anticipate; even should the sump pump room begin to flood. We make a plan that we hope we never have to use, and we work the plan in that unfortunate circumstance.

Perhaps another reason why the Scouting Motto is "Be Prepared."

See you on the trail, and of course, at camp!

Warren Kraft

Program Development


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