Welcome to the Potawatomi Area Council!

Scouting has shaped the lives of thousands of boys and girls in Wisconsin. Our goal at the Potawatomi Area Council is to inspire our youth in the Waukesha, Wisconsin area to reach greater heights. We help youth from ages 5-20 achieve self-confidence, integrity and ethical awareness while improving their personal fitness and skills. Focusing on the Scout Oath and Law, it is our goal to provide a fun, interactive environment for youth while cultivating the future leaders of America.

Our Scouting Programs

We’re excited that you are interested in joining! Your life-changing Scouting journey starts here.
Once you find the perfect unit for your family, fill out an application, and then do a happy dance – you’re on your way.

Cub Scouts

Youth Grade K-5

Boys and girls in grades K-5 can experience hands-on learning, fun adventures and advancement in the Cub Scout program. This entry-level Scouting program helps kids learn independence and confidence while improving their social skills and ethical fortitude.

Scouts BSA

Youth Ages 11-17

Adolescents and teens ages 11-17 can advance their Scouting skills as members of Scouts BSA. This is the traditional Scouting experience, which is youth-led and inspires leadership, self-discovery, service and community engagement. Young women and men are welcome to join Scouts BSA.


Co-Ed Ages 10-20

Youth from ages 10-20 can begin planning and preparing for their future with Exploring. We help guide adolescents and teens as they explore career options and learn life skills that will help them become leaders in their communities.


Co-Ed Ages 14-20

Teens and young adults that have an adventurous spirit and love a challenge can grow in our Venturing program. Males and females 14-20 can experience Adventure, Leadership, Personal Growth and Service in the youth-led and youth-inspired Venturing program.

Sea Scouts

Co-Ed Ages 14-20

Youth that love the water and want to gain confidence, knowledge and social skills can join our Sea Scouts program. Young men and women 14-20 learn boating skills, water safety, service and maritime history in our Sea Scouting program.

Volunteer Opportunities

Our Scouting programs through Potawatomi Area Council rely on fantastic volunteers that help mentor and support our local youth. We have many volunteer opportunities that support our Scouting programs, from unit leaders to helping with events and administrative duties.

Support Scouting

We depend on donations, volunteers and various types of support to shape our youth into our future leaders and provide services to our communities. We welcome and appreciate support in various forms to achieve a better future for our youth and neighbors.

Eagle Scout/Projects

Earn the highest advancement in the Scouts BSA program as an Eagle Scout. Only a small percentage of Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, an accomplishment in itself. Completing the Eagle Service Project helps young men and women contribute to their community and gain lasting leadership skills.

Harrison Chrisien

Eagle Scout Name: Harrison Michael Chrisien 

Unit: Troop 159B – St. Mary’s Parish

Number of service hours: 165 hrs

Name of Project: Homeless Shelter Improvements

Description of Project: Harrison’s project consisted of making improvements around one of his local homeless shelters both inside and outside. A solar light was installed onto their flagpole so an American flag can be flown and seen at night. Hinges were installed onto downspouts so they can be raised up when shoveling snow as well as mowing grass and fasteners were also installed to help from blowing away in the wind. A bike rack was assembled for residents to park and lock their bikes without the fear of having them stolen. In addition, a picnic table and bench were assembled to give the residents places to sit and enjoy some time outside. Touchup painting was done around the inside of the building in many places to give more of a fresh look to them. Lastly a bookshelf was brought into the shelter and mounted in the family section many books that were donated for all the children and adults to read.