By Tim Kowols
With programming changes allowing Kindergarteners and girls to join their ranks, Bay Lakes Council’s Voyageur District future continues to look bright. The district, which includes Boy Scout troops, Cub Scout packs, and Exploring posts in Door and Kewaunee Counties, was the only one in the council to exceed two percent membership growth last year, a number Senior District Executive Christopher O’Brien gives credit to volunteer scouters for creating programs that are successful in retaining scouts. With the early success of the council’s Lion Cub Pilot program for Kindergarteners and with area units already bringing girls into the fold before they can officially join the organization in June, O’Brien is excited for what is in store for 2018.
O’Brien expects it to be a busy summer as well as registration for its camping programs have already exceeded last year’s numbers. Councils across the country are celebrating National Boy Scout Week to commemorate the start of the organization 108 years ago.