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Two Councils Merge

Posted on 15 March 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Two councils in Michigan and Wisconsin have voted to merge together. The Hiawathaland Council in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the Bay-Lakes Council in Wisconsin. There will not be a new council created, instead they will keep the Bay-Lakes Council moniker. In November of 2011, nine councils in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan merged into a single Greater Michigan Council. Merging councils increase the resources available to youth, but may have an unforeseen consequences.

What do you think? Have you been through a council merger or split? Comment below.

Update 3/16/2012: Thanks Dan for the comment below. Visit the BSA Area Project to find more information on how Michigan is innovating a new model on the idea of a Council.

Sources: postcrescent.com  Bay-Lakes Council News

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Boys Life Pedro Spotted at Dane County Regional Airport

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Boys Life Pedro Spotted at Dane County Regional Airport

Posted on 15 May 2011 by Dan

Pedro from Boys’ Life Magazine arrived in Madison, Wisconsin.  Pedro is in town for the 25th Annual Baraboo Circus Heritage held at the Sauk County Fair Grounds in Baraboo, WI.

More information on how your Pack, Troop, or Crew can sign up to attend this great event May 20 – 22, 2011 can be found at http://ww.glaciersedge.org/activities

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Gone Home: Stuart L. Bergmann

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Gone Home: Stuart L. Bergmann

Posted on 18 October 2010 by admin

Stuart L. Bergmann (June 25, 1961 - October 17, 2010)

Stuart Bergman, Scout Executive of Southeast Wisconsin Council, passed away peacefully early Sunday Morning. 

Scout Executive Stu Bergmann was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February of this year. Stu had been undergoing treatment since that time. In early October, Tom Mahoney, Southeast Council President, informed volunteers that there had been a significant change in his condition and that he was in the hospital and will be transferred to Hospice care shortly.

Prior to serving as Scout Executive of Southeast Wisconsin Council, he served as the Field Director for the Jayhawk Area Council in the 1990s.

 Funeral Arrangements
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Piasecki Althaus Funeral Home
3720 39th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144
Visitation from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 23, 2010
St. Anthony Catholic Church
417 Caroline St, Athens, WI 54411-8487
Visitation 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Funeral Mass 11:00 a.m. followed directly by interment at Calvary Cemetery, Athens, WI

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Bergmann Family Benefit Fund c/o Johnson Bank, Kenosha, WI (262) 697-7500 or Southeast Wisconsin Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2319 Northwestern Avenue, Racine, WI 53404 (262) 632-1655.

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Prospective Eagle Scout Arranges Donation of DVDs to VA Medical Center

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Prospective Eagle Scout Arranges Donation of DVDs to VA Medical Center

Posted on 14 October 2010 by Dan

Half Price Books partnered with an Eagle Scout candidate Thursday to donate more than 1,000 DVD movies to the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Hat Tip: @ScottKWalker – Candidate for governor of Wisconsin. (and on Milwaukee County Council Executive Board)

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Waukesha County Museum (in Wisconsin) Hosts BSA 100th Anniversary Exhibit

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Waukesha County Museum (in Wisconsin) Hosts BSA 100th Anniversary Exhibit

Posted on 21 February 2010 by admin

The Waukesha County Museum hosts its largest exhibit ever to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting in America for a limited engagement beginning this week. The exhibit has been developed and installed by the museum staff under the leadership of J. Brock Baxter, a Waukesha scout who made the exhibit his required service project for the Eagle Scout award. Featuring rare objects never before on display in the central United States, the exhibit fills the entire second floor of the museum with hundreds of rare objects and includes a 1970’s campsite diorama and interactive “See and Do” room. Complementing the exhibit is a heavy schedule of programs and events sure to engage young people and adults alike.

“We’ve been incredibly lucky to have museums and collectors from coast to coast, as well as the local scouting community, agree to loan us objects and photographs for the exhibit,” Baxter notes, “The finished exhibit is full of incredibly unique items filling 2,000 square feet of gallery space.”

The 17-year-old Baxter, son of Mike and Melissa Baxter of Waukesha, is a junior at Waukesha West High School and has been a summer counselor at B.S.A. Camp Long Lake in St. Cloud, WI. A self-described “history buff,” Baxter has spent months coordinating the collection of items, researching historical background, and recruiting dozens of volunteers for the project with a constant goal of creating a compelling and educational exhibit for the thousands of expected visitors.

The main gallery features hundreds of objects including a letter signed by the founder of the scout movement, Robert Baden-Powell, during the Boer War’s “Siege at Mafeking” – the 1899-1900 battle that made him famous. One of less than 700 Silver Buffalo medals, the highest national Boy Scout award, is also on display. A number of photographs help tell stories of both local and national interest in a series of ten thematic sections such as “Cub Scouting,” “Scouting in Popular Culture,” and “Controversy and Scouting.”

Museum staff members have planned a special overnight event, the “Centennial Sleepover,” on March 26 for the first 100 youth and adults registered, as well as a performance by Milwaukee’s Mikano Lodge Native American Dance Team on March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Details about the exhibit and accompanying programs can be found on the museum’s website: www.waukeshacountymuseum.org. Located at 101 W Main Street in historic downtown Waukesha, the museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., although pre-arranged group tours for evenings and weekends are encouraged. Information can also be obtained by calling the museum at (262) 521-2859.

About the Waukesha County Museum:
The 1893 castle-like structure at East Avenue and Main Street in Waukesha, Wisconsin is home to the Waukesha County Museum. Originally constructed as the county’s second courthouse, the building is owned and operated by the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum, Inc., a not-for-profit organization.

Three floors of exhibits cover such topics as the Civil War, early settlement in the county, architecture, toys from many generations, and technology. The Museum offers educational programs throughout the year including spring and summer camps, Scout programs, and guided tours. The Research Center contains over 28,000 printed documents and over 9,000 photographs for researchers to reference.

The Museum’s 75,000 square foot building is a complex of three structures. The oldest portion is the shell of Waukesha County’s second jail built in 1885, which had been converted to office space in the 1980s. With its stunning turrets, the 1893 Richardson Romanesque courthouse captures the attention of all. Connecting the two older buildings is a 1938 WPA structure, stark by contrast in its Art Moderne/Art Deco style architecture. The building presents an opportunity to discover and contrast architectural details reflecting the culture of the times.

The Waukesha County Museum has been in the same building since its opening in 1914. The building was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1975. The Historical Society purchased the building from Waukesha County in 2003.

The Waukesha County Museum is located at 101 W. Main Street at East Avenue in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Exhibits and the Museum Store are open regularly from Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. General admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors aged 62 and above, $3 for students aged 6-17 and free for children 5 and under.

For additional information, call (262) 521-2859 or visit www.waukeshacountymuseum.org

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Milwaukee County Council Celebrates 100 Years of Scouting at Leadership Breakfast

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Milwaukee County Council Celebrates 100 Years of Scouting at Leadership Breakfast

Posted on 12 February 2010 by Dan

WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE – 100 years old and ready for another century of service. It’s exactly what the Boy Scouts of America and the Milwaukee County Council of the Boy Scouts celebrated Friday. More from the FOX6 News team and Bob Moore.

I was actually in the audience at this one! It was a great breakfast and the Greater Milwaukee Community showed that they support Scouting!

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Southeast Wisconsin Council Distinguished Citizen Dinner

Posted on 23 July 2009 by admin

dinnerThe Distinguished Citizen Dinner was held on Monday, June 1, 2009 to benefit the Southeast Wisconsin Council, Boy Scouts of America. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of two Distinguished Citizen Awards, presented to individuals who best exemplify the values which are the cornerstone of the Scouting movement. This year’s recipients were Mrs. Imogene “Gene” Powers Johnson and Carthage College President Dr. F. Gregory Campbell.

Recipients of the award are leaders who have made significant contributions to the life of our community through unselfish leadership in education, business, government, industry, social work and
youth development.

This year’s dinner grossed over $34,000 thanks in a large part to the efforts of our Co-chairmen, Ralph Tenuta, Ray Farley, Ken Buser and Howard Brown. Pictured below is Mrs. Johnson and Dr.
Campbell after receiving the Distinguished Citizen Award.

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Madison Scouts Host Drum on Parade

Posted on 03 June 2009 by Dan

Drums on ParadeAnyone that is familiar with Drum & Bugle Corps will recognize that the Madison Scouts are a Drum and Bugle Corp, however they may not know they are also a venturing crew registered with Glacier’s Edge Council, BSA. The Madison Scouts have been a longstanding unit in the Boy Scouts of America.

On Sunday, June 28th, the Madison Durm & Bugle Corps Association is proud to present the 57th Annual Drums on Parade! drum & Bugle corps contest, in Middleton, Wisconsin. This field show will feature some of the best Drum & Bugle Corps entertainment around, including:
– Madison Scouts – Madison, WI
– Phantom Regiment – Rockford, IL
– Blue Stars – La Crosse, WI
– Colts – Dubuque, IA
– Sprit – Jacksonville, AL
– Kilties – Racine, WI
– Pioneer – Milwaukee, WI
– Colt Cadets – Dubuque, IA

The show will feature other Scouts from the Glacier’s Edge Council in the opening flag ceremoney, as score runners, and ticket takers.

Learn more or buy tickets at www.drumsonparade.com.

Also announced, the Madison Scouts will be performing for all the Scouts and Leaders attending the 2010 National Jamboree by invitation from the National BSA Council.

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Patrick Scherer

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Potawatomi Area Council Hires New Scout Executive

Posted on 28 February 2009 by admin

Patrick SchererPotawatomi Area Council’s Executive Board Search Committee would like to announce that Patrick Scherer has been hired as Potawatomi Area Council’s new Scout Executive. He will become the 13th Scout Executive in the history of the Council and will start his new position on March 9, 2009.

Pat has over 18 years of professional service in Scouting having served in Menasha, WI, Portland, OR and for the last five years in San Francisco, CA. He has held the positions of District Executive, Sr. District Executive, Camping Director, District Director, Finance Director and his current position as the Director of Field Service for the San Francisco Bay Area Council.

Pat and his wife Mara met during their college days at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. They have two children Maija (9) and Tyler (7). Maija is in fourth grade and is in Girl Scouts. Tyler is in first grade and is in Cub Scouts where Pat currently serves as Cubmaster.

Born and raised in Manitowoc, WI, he has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for 30 years. He was a Cub Scout and earned the Arrow of Light. As a Boy Scout he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and earned the Ad Altare Dei Award as a member of Troop 931. He is a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, a recipient of the Founder’s Award and has served as a Section Vice Chief.

Strengths from his experiences in other Councils will help propel the Potawatomi Area Council to the next level. The committee was particularly excited about his financial, planning and administrative strength. He is equally strong in field operations with success in membership, traditional program and Scoutreach.

He will be highly visible within the Council as soon as he settles in to his new office. Please take an opportunity to welcome Pat to his new position as the leader of the Potawatomi Area Council.

The following was a news release issued by Potawatomi Area Council.

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Wood Badge Beads

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Bay Lakes Council to Offer Week Long Wood Badge Course

Posted on 14 February 2009 by admin

Wood Badge BeadsBay-Lakes Council, located in Wisconsin, will offer a week-long Wood Badge course this August, running from Monday through Saturday, to enable participation from scouters who faith practices do not permit/enable Sunday activities. It will be at Cub Scout World Camp Rokilio, near Kiel east of Lake Winnebago. Below is the article from the current issue of the GUIDE. Download the brochure, online at:

Wood Badge Does More
“Is that what you do at Wood Badge?” one Wood Badge staff member’s spouse was
heard to ask when serving as an audience for a rehearsal of a presentation. “I can use that in my work…What else do you do?”

While the Wood Badge curriculum is designed for leadership of all levels of Scouting programs the content is applicable for parents, teachers, leaders of departments and companies and leaders and volunteers of other organizations. It draws on the best of BSA’s experience and the books and articles written by the leading figures in the field of leadership.

Dr. Don Francis, this year’s course director, says, “I wish I could put even 1/3 of this Wood Badge course in my college course on leadership and ethics. Wood Badge uses the patrol method, so we learn and practice the leadership experience during the week and apply it in our Scouting positions the months afterward.”

People are already registering for the August 17-22, 2009, course. Only 48 participants
will be allowed to take the course, and the fee has been kept low at $225 which covers all meals, facilities, program materials, and regalia.

For more information contact Dr. Don Francis at (262) 241-5363 or francislee1977@sbcglobal.net. You can also go to the Bay-Lakes Council web site to obtain a copy of the registration brochure at www.baylakesbsa.org/council/woodbadge.htm.

This article was originally sent out to the WDBadge-L Mailing List.

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