Boy Scouts of America

Welcome Kallee

We are thrilled to announce that Kallee Kissling will be our new Director of Cub Scouting, effective April 1, 2019.

Kallee has been successful in numerous roles in the BSA. She currently serves as the District Director in the Bay Lakes Council where she has served since July 2016. In her current role, she oversees the largest district in the council. She has successfully led her district to membership growth serving over 3,200 Scouts.

One of her key strengths is volunteer engagement and recruiting where she has been successful in filling volunteer vacancies in the district.

Kallee is no stranger to the northeast Ohio Scouting community. She previously served as a District Executive and Senior District Executive in the Greater Cleveland Council from 2011 to 2016. 

Kallee is Wood Badge trained (a Bear for those wondering) and has served as a participant and instructor at National Camp School. She is a James E. West Fellow and has received the Professional Circle recognition.

She is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

In her free time you will see her spending time with friends and her dog Chloe, she enjoys playing volleyball and softball and attending numerous sporting events. As she is Wisconsin native, she has an unhealthy obsession with the Green Bay Packers.

Please welcome Kallee to the Lake Erie Council family.

Eagle Scout Celebration

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You are invited to attend the Class of 2018 Eagle Scout Celebration at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel on Sunday, March 31, 2019.

Every year, we come together to celebrate the achievements of the most recent Eagle Scout Class. Register your guests today!

The Lake Erie Council is also in need of Career Sponsors for our Eagle Scouts! As a sponsor, they give the scout time and insight into what their career choice might entail. What a great way to give back to the youth of our community. If you are interested in helping the next generation of leaders register to be a Career Sponsor today!

A Message from the Scout Executive

Dear LEC Family,

Over the past few days, you may have heard reference to a financial restructuring plan being discussed within the Boy Scouts of America’s national organization. I have been in regular contact with our national organization and also took part in a national conference call with the chief scout executive and can assure you that no such decisions have been made, and no actions have been taken. These considerations are merely due diligence and part of good governance. They will share more information when able.

As with any organization, including the three former councils that are the Lake Erie Council, there are times when we need to reexamine ourselves at all levels to remain financially stable, functional, and mission-driven as part of our own governance responsibilities.  

Here are a few bullet points that can help to explain our relationship with the National Council and how they react to the issue of abuse, etc.:

  • The National Council, BSA is a separate and distinct non-profit corporation from any local BSA Council. The Lake Erie Council is incorporated in Ohio and will not be affected should the National Council restructure its liabilities. The Lake Erie Council owns and controls our three camps, our unit service center, our bank funds, and investments. Our funds and properties are governed by our board of directors. 

  • Our Council receives no funding from the national organization; in fact, we pay fees to National BSA as a part of our charter agreement and for specific services. Also, all registration fees are sent directly to the national office. 

  • Charitable contributions given to our Council stay in our Council to support delivery of our own local program and services to our Scouts.

  • Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children in our Scouting programs. It is our top priority.

  • The BSA is committed to the social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting, and the deep care and concern for all victims of child sex abuse and the proactive steps to help victims heal and prevent future abuse. 

  • The BSA stresses that at no time in BSA history has the organization knowingly allowed a sexual predator to work with youth, and will always seek to act swiftly when alerted to abuse allegations.   

  • The BSA remains committed to communicating transparently and stated there are no imminent actions or immediate decisions expected by BSA in light of the WSJ news story.  

The Lake Erie Council is on a strong trajectory and has been working for two years to position itself for long-term sustainability with a new and relevant service and outreach model designed to galvanize the experience of our members. We have so much to celebrate and be thankful for today. Our work is far from over. 2019 is our year to capitalize on what we’ve successfully built together so far. Families can count on us for fun and adventure, for character-building life skills, for a safe haven, and for their preparation as our future community leaders. 

Together, we can and will create the future that we want for our children and a world that is made better by a movement that knows our WHY. Why?  BECAUSE CHARACTER COUNTS!

I am positive that our National Council will navigate the difficult waters that many organizations face over a century of existence. In Northern Ohio, we stand ready to help and we will continue our primary focus on bringing high-quality Boy Scouts of America programs to over 14,000 Scouts in each of the communities that we serve. You can read through the frequently asked questions and the original message from our chief scout executive below. 

Stay the course. Don’t give up! We are headed in the right direction – just ask the 2,632 young people who have joined us this fall! They, along with our already existing members, are counting on you! They’re counting on me! Let’s deliver on our promise!

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, comments or concerns.

Yours in service to families and communities,

Marc J. Ryan 

Scout Executive / CEO 
Lake Erie Council, Boy Scouts of America

Eagle Scout Advancement Update

As you know in February 2019, the Boy Scouts of America will start admitting girls into our Scouts BSA program. With that comes a lot of questions involving advancement when it comes to the Eagle Scout Rank.

The current policies of the BSA indicate that, except in extraordinary circumstances, a youth desiring to achieve the rank of Eagle must do so before the youth’s 18th birthday. This will continue to be our policy.

As girls enter our Scouts BSA program, they should have the opportunity to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout.

The Boy Scouts of America approved a set of temporary transition rules regarding extensions for youth over 16 but not yet 18 years of age on February 1, 2019, to complete the requirements for the Eagle Scout award.

1. Youth 16 years of age or older, but not yet 18, on February 1, 2019, who register as members of Scouts BSA on or before December 31, 2019, may request extensions to complete the Eagle Scout Award requirements after they turn 18 years of age.

2. Requests for extensions must be received no later than thirty (30) days after turning 18 years of age. Extensions must be in writing by submitting the designated form to the National Service Center, and the form must be received no later than January 7, 2020. Only the National Council may grant extensions. The actual extension will be based upon the individual’s registration date and age at the time of the request and will provide not more than twenty-four months from the date of initial registration to complete all requirements.

3. In the interest of fairness, these temporary transition rules apply to all youth joining Scouts BSA during 2019–both girls and first-time joining boys.

The Boy Scouts of America and the Lake Erie Council will continue to preserve the integrity of the Eagle Scout Award through our advancement committees, staff, and volunteers.

Boo-Tastic at the I-X Center

The I-X Center would like to invite Scouts from the Lake Erie Council out for BOO-TASTIC on the weekends of October 20-21 and October 27-28, 2018!

Come out for an afternoon of fun from 11am-7pm at the I-X Center! Scouts can save on admission by using the code SCOUTS18, normal general admissions tickets are $10.

Wilderness Engineers Weekend

The Lake Erie Council is calling all 21-years-old or older volunteers to help with Wilderness Engineers weekend on Friday, October 5 thru Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Beaumont Scout Reservation and Camp Stigwandish.

Wilderness Engineers weekend is a great way to help camp with improvements and to get to know others who share interests as you. After the daily projects are complete, there is time to relax, participate in fellowship, and enjoy a great dinner Saturday evening.

Invite someone you know and come out to camp to save thousands of dollars in maintenance and repairs at Wilderness Engineers Weekend!

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Cub Haunted!

All Cub Scouts and their families are invited to a weekend of spooks and fun out at Beaumont Scout Reservation for Cub Haunted! The event runs for three weekends this fall. The weekends include October 12-14, October 19-21, and October 26-28, 2018.

Both troop lodges and tent sites are available for weekend camping opportunities. If you cannot make it out to camp, day passes are also available. Activities include hayrides, archery, BBs, a haunted fort & a costume contest!

We are also looking for volunteers to help with the weekend. We are in need of people to assist in the kitchen, and with the activities. Contact Brittany Dunne if interested.

To Learn more click below and sign up now for a Fall weekend of fun!

Great Scout Luncheon Volunteers

The Lake Erie Council is looking for eager volunteers to help with the Great Scout Luncheon on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Tasks include helping greeting guests and participating in the day of program.

Come out and show the community what Scouting is all about. Volunteers would be needed from 12 (Noon) until 1:30 at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel. Youth and adults of all ages are encouraged to consider coming to this historic annual event.

To learn more, register today!