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Nov 20th, 2013


“All guys called the Olympic Village a high class Boy Scout Camp.”

-  Johnny Weissmuller

Council Calendar found here.









Since the foundation, Boy Scouts have always been actively helping our troops and made great contribution to the winning of the World War I and World War II.


Nowadays, although we may not feel at war, there're still thousands of soilders and troops stationed oversea, defending our country and maintaining the world peace. They need our support!


With the great opportunity of the "Troop Care Package Program" organized by Hunzinger Construction Company, we can now help our oversea troops by easily collecting materials that greatly in need. All the packages collected will be sent to a total of 70 different military Units in Iraq and Afghanistan.


How do we do it?

1) Collect free package boxes from local USPS offices.

2) Fill up the boxes with Military Care Package items

3) Return packages to local Council Office BEFORE DEC 1st, 2013.


Potawatomi Area Council will compile the boxes and work with Hunzinger to make sure all the boxes reach our oversea troops by Christmas!

Click here for more information. Or contact Xinyue Sanchez at 262.436.8415 or Xinyue.sanchez@scouting.org.




Eagle Scout Service Project opportunity! Raise funds to ‘adopt’ Civil War Veterans to place the headstones of Civil War heroes buried at Forest Home Cemetery.





Beginning in January of 2014, Tricia’s Troops Cancer Connection will be providing Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin with “Chemo Care Tote Bags” for every new patient that starts cancer treatment. They already have the tote bags and now they’re in need of supplies to fill them up so each patient has their own items that provide comfort, relief and relaxation as they undergo chemotherapy. These “grab and go” totes can be taken to each treatment to remind children and their families that they are thought of, cared for and not alone on their journey.

Some examples of the items they seek include fleece blankets, fuzzy socks, coloring books, travel size activities, travel size hand sanitizer, travel size Kleenex, lip balm, i-Tunes gift cards and more.


If your troop would like to get involved or receive more information, please contact Candi Strong at 262-569-7800 or by email at candi@triciastroops.org.


RIVER RATS 2014 still has openings for (43) participants in session #2 that is scheduled for May 9-11, 2014. Packs interested in attending should complete the attached document and submit with the required deposit. Go to pacbsa.org for more details.  




An opportunity for Webelos to earn the 1-2-3 Go! Nova Award and Boy Scouts to earn STEM related merit badges exists on Saturday, December 7 at WCTC.  Several merit badges are filling up.  Chemistry is closed to new registrants.  Remember that WCTC requires that Scouts be 14 years of age to take Welding and Truck Trasnportation merit badges (due to the risks of welding and the use of the truck simulator).  Science fair projects and inventions are also welcome for submission to help earn the Supernova Award!  Follow the link for more information or contact Matt Vick (mevick@wi.rr.com) for more information or visit.




Effective Jan 1, 2014 all Scouts are required to earn Cooking merit badge for the rank of Eagle Scout.

Scouts who complete all Eagle rank requirements before Jan. 1, 2014 do not need to have Cooking merit badge. The Scout can still turn in his Eagle rank application and have his board of review after Jan. 1, 2014.


Scouts who earn Cooking merit badge prior to Jan. 1, 2014 do not need to re-earn it.


New Cooking merit badge requirements will be released in late 2013 or early 2014 but will not become effective until Jan 1, 2015. During that period:


·        If Scouts have already started on the merit badge, they may switch to the new requirements or continue with the old ones until the badge is completed.

·        If Scouts have not already started on the merit badge, they may opt to use the new requirements and the new pamphlet.

·        If work on the merit badge begins before Jan. 1, 2015, they may use the old requirements and old pamphlet until the badge is completed.


Scouts starting after Jan 1, 2015 must use the new requirements for Cooking merit badge.


This information can be confirmed here.


The 2015 WORLD JAMBOREE will be held in Japan. Registration will open in January 2014. Follow the link for details.




The annual Order of the Arrow Lodge Leadership and Development Conference (LLDC) weekend will take place December 13-14, 2013 at Camp Long Lake.  The weekend is free for all lodge members but you need to register ahead of time so we have a count for food. Here is the link.



12/2/13 Onatah

12/2/13 River Trails

12/4/13 Northern Lights




Do you want to recognize that exceptional Scout volunteer?  Nominate them for the Silver Beaver Award!  The Silver Beaver is the highest award the Potawatomi Area Council can present to a volunteer.  It is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service.


Nomination forms are due in the council service center by 5:00pm on November 29th.  The only form that will be accepted is the form linked here or available on the council website under resources/application form/silver beaver nomination. 


Registration for the SNOWFLAKE FESTIVAL at Menomonee County Park on Monday, December 30, 2013 is now open. Take advantage of this winter outdoor activity as a Pack or Den. Click here for more information.




We’re always looking for the eagle project stories for our monthly special column “Eagle Watch” in LIVING Lake Country paper. It’s a great opportunity to get your eagle project recognized by the public and community. We’d appreciate if you email us a 500-600 words article together with some pictures, and we’ll handle the rest!


A digital copy of one of our already published articles can be found here.


Wanna get your story on the newspaper? Contact Xinyue Sanchez 262.436.8415 or Xinyue.sanchez@scouting.org.




Save the date!  December 7th.  The Potawatomi Scout Shop will be turned into Santa’s Scout Shop from 10:00- 12:30.  Stop by to join in on all our activities.  We will have Santa stop by along with making Christmas cards for the military, decorating cookies, coloring sheets, and refreshments.  The store has many gift ideas for your favorite scouts and leaders.  With Christmas comes cold weather, all of our Thorlo hiking socks are on sale.  If you buy 4 or more pairs, they are 25% off.   Stop by to see all of our holiday gift ideas.    



804 Bluemound Road, Waukesha, WI  53188-1698

Phone 262-544-4881

Email:  office@pacbsa.org

Website:  www.pacbsa.org


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