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The program included the heroic story of 22 Scouts from Appleton Troops 12 & 73. While on a cross-country train trip returning from Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico this June, their train crashed and derailed outside of Mendon, Missouri, leaving 4 dead and hundreds wounded. In the chaos and calamity, these Scouters exemplified the Scout motto of “Be Prepared” as they assisted the wounded and helped first responders rescue people from the train wreckage. They were awarded heroism awards for their efforts. 


The event raised more than $300,000 to support local boys and girls in Scouts! Thanks to the event sponsors, donors, and attendees for generously helping to prepare young people for success.

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers Running Back, spoke at our Fifth Annual Golden Eagle Event on Tuesday, October 18, at Lambeau Field. 

'Tis the Season…to Recharter! Unit Key 3 members are reminded that now is the time to prepare your unit recharter. Like last year, rechartering will be done online. For instructions, links, training, and resource help, click here.

How can you help if you are not responsible for your unit’s charter? Make sure you and your fellow unit's Scouters have recently taken Youth Protection Training to stay up-to-date.

Key dates to remember:

  • November 15:  Online training/help session
  • December 8:  Online training/help session
  • December 17:  Charter submittal deadline

Do you want to be trained on how to administer and counsel religious emblems? Join us for this year's Religious Emblems Training on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, from 6:30-8:00 PM CT. Please join the team of individuals working with youth to increase their knowledge of faith and a desire to grow in their faith. If your unit does not have a counselor for Religious Emblems take the challenge and become the first! This training will be held via Zoom. The link will be emailed to you upon registration.

The Bay-Lakes Scout Shop in Appleton will be closed on Mondays beginning November 28, 2022. Additionally, the Scout Shop is offering employment opportunities. Stop in to inquire or contact Bob McDowell at (920) 831-9504. 

It's the time of year to start reflecting on all the efforts of volunteers across the council as we prepare to select the 2022 Silver Beaver Class. Think about long tenured leaders, OA Chapter Advisors, event/activity chairs, current and past District Committee members, current and past District Commissioner team members, etc.

The prestigious Silver Beaver Award is presented by the National Boy Scouts of America to council, district, or unit volunteers, for distinguished service to youth. This is the highest national award a local council can bestow upon a volunteer. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through their service to the council and their community. The Silver Beaver Award is given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. Anyone may nominate a deserving registered Scouter to the council. The nominations form, list of previous recipients, and additional information can be found here. Nominations must be received no later than January 6, 2023.

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

Skyla Bernhardt, Troop 6838 of Beaver Dam, WI, Kettle Country District
Collin Lund, Troop 36 of Hortonville, WI, Gathering Waters District
Eathan Lund, Troop 36 of Hortonville, WI, Gathering Waters 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.

Earlier this week, we were treated to a total lunar eclipse. I succumbed and was up during the 3:00 AM hour to see the still waning crescent. Broken clouds obscured my view, and I went back to bed. I’d have to wait another three years for the experience. Decades ago, much earlier in the late evening, I watched from our patio, strategically positioned on a lounge with binoculars; only to watch the incoming clouds completely blot out the moon, minutes before totality. GRRR!

Yet, I have seen a full total lunar eclipse, back in my youthful days from our front porch, before the village installed a street light at the end of our driveway. What I recall was a “blinking” or “twinkling” of the last bits of moonlight, as if the gentle breeze was pushing the sun’s shadow back and forth ever so slightly. Later in school, I learned how the wind can help scatter bits of light; my teacher assured me that I wasn’t losing my mind…just yet.

Throughout our days, we witness many events. If we are lucky to view them more frequently, they might lose their “spectacular” impact. At all levels of Scouting, rank advancement is one of our methods of Scouting. That first one, from Bobcat to Wolf for instance, is often memorable, worthy of many pictures. Subsequent ranks might get lesser celebration; nevertheless advancement means learning and gaining experiences, hopefully the Scouts returning for more. It is when our Scouts reach that “summit” and achieve their highest rank possible that we make a bigger “deal” of the advancement. And, in their honest moments, these young adults admit to appreciating the experiences and opportunities that brought them so far along the Scouting trail.

Perhaps not as phenomenal as a “blood red” eclipsing moon, our Scouts’ advancements is indeed spectacular and worthy of much celebration. May we never see them as routine.

See you on the trail!

Warren Kraft
Program Development


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