As the national office weighs out its options regarding bankruptcy, it is business as usual for local Boy Scouts organizations like Bay Lakes Council. The council’s Friends of Scouting campaign has raised over $680,000 of its $825,000 goal, which is used to help fund scouting programs across eastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan including Door and Kewaunee counties. Some of the major improvements Bay Lakes Council is planning for in the future is a welcome center at Camp Rokilio in Kiel and a new dining hall at Gardner Dam Scout Camp in Langlade County. Voyageur District Executive Christopher O’Brien says it is an exciting time to be a scout in northeast Wisconsin.
O’Brien says Voyageur District, which covers Brown, Door, and Kewaunee counties, has experienced steady growth over the last year, including strong units in the Sturgeon Bay and Luxemburg areas. He credits that to good programming and the organization’s admittance of girls to Cubs Scouts earlier this year and Scouts USA early next year.