Lake Erie Council

Council Impact Meeting

Join the Lake Erie Council and continue the conversation for our next council impact meeting: All are invited on August 24, 2019 to Harding Middle School in Lakewood (16601 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107). The meeting will take place from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Register today and we hope to see you there.

These meetings include a continental breakfast — pastries, danishes, donuts, fruit, coffee, water and juice.

Student with autism inspires with Eagle Scout achievement

Timmy Hargate was diagnosed at an early age with autism and an extreme speech delay.

Thanks to years of hard work and the help of dedicated professionals, he is now an Eagle Scout.

At age 7, Timmy enrolled at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Lerner School for Autism. The school uses treatment based on applied behavioral analysis in an educational setting to serve students from the age of earliest diagnosis through 21.

He gradually learned how to communicate with a speech-generating device that allows him to type in words or pre-programmed responses on an iPad.

Timmy’s father, Ed, says Timmy is “very smart and he understands what people are saying to him. He’s just not able to verbally communicate very well without a speech-generating device.”

At age 11, he joined Troop 461. Over the years, he moved up the ranks, culminating with the completion of his Eagle Scout service project earlier this year.

Timmy is 20 and earned the highest rank in Scouting through the BSA’s rules concerning advancement for members with special needs.

“The school and Scouts are his two principal activities, and they keep him busy,” says Ed. “Lerner School has really helped him learn how to communicate with his peers and adults, and being in Troop 461 has done a lot for his socialization skills.”

Timmy’s project

The project Timmy chose was certainly not an easy one. He planned, organized and managed the annual summer field day event for the students at the Lerner School.

Timmy worked with his teachers over a period of several weeks to select activities and games that would be appropriate for his fellow students. He recruited fellow Scouts to be responsible for each activity. He marketed the event by creating posters, supervised the setup process on the day of the event, oversaw the management of all activities on the big day and supervised tear-down when it was over.

In short, it was everything you would expect of an Eagle Scout service project.

“I am so proud of Timmy and happy to be a part of his accomplishments,” says Phoebe Mason, a speech language pathologist at the Lerner School. “He’s made so much progress over the years, and has become a real leader at the school and in Scouting.”

Red, White, and BOOM!

Who is ready to have some Fourth of July fun? Join us on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Camp Stigwandish for Red, White, and Boom! 

Events include: rock climbing, water rockets, shooting sports, Scouting games, GAGA, crafts and so much more!

Dinner will be provided at the dining hall. After enjoying a meal with family and friends, the Lake Erie Council invites you to continue the celebration at Beaumont Scout Reservation for even more programming and a state-of-the-art fireworks display. Register today for this free Fourth of July event that you will never forget!

Youth Executive Council

The executive board of the Lake Erie Council is spearheading the formation of a Youth Executive Council which will provide regular input directly to the council’s key leadership, champion key initiatives like council-wide service projects, and serve to inspire the community.

Being a member of the council involves a commitment to a monthly virtual or in-person meeting, working on an initiative team as projects arise, and a quarterly meeting with council leadership.

If you would like to join the council, send an email to describing what would make you an ideal member.

Youth Executive Council Vision

A diverse, representative team of older scouts (age 16-20) who are willing to share feedback with council leadership, who share a passion for the difference Scouting can make in our communities, and who commit to making that difference.

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.

LEC Staffing Changes

The Lake Erie Council is excited to make two major staffing announcements. Congratulations to Jim Vanderpool who will take on the role as activities director for Scouts BSA and Family Camping. Jim started his career with the Boy Scouts of America in August of 2014 with the Heart of Ohio Council. He served as the district executive (DE) for the Great Frontier district for 3 1/2 years making him the longest-serving DE in that district since 1994. Jim has grown Cub Scouting in his district now service area for the past two years.

Jim earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1986 from Troop 307 in Lorain. Jim has championed many events while serving as a District and Unit Serving Executive. He is also involved in his community, having served as the Lorain Rotary Club President in 2017-2018.

Jim is excited to take on the role of activities director where he feels he can make a positive impact in the quality of our events and activities. Please congratulate Jim on this promotion.

We are also excited to announce our new service area one unit serving executive, Jake Brown. Many of you may know Jake from our mobile climbing wall specialist. Jake isn't new to Scouting. He earned his Eagle Scout Award in 2014 from the Great Trail Council. He joined the Lake Erie Council family in January 2018 as the spring communications intern. He spent his summer serving on camp staff at all three of our properties as a multi-media specialist and continued his run with the council as our program specialist.

Before joining LEC he served as an area director at Pioneer Scout Reservation. He also served as the president of the Catholic Student Association at University Parish Newman Center and has helped with many events at Camp Stigwandish. Jake is a graduate of Kent State University and is excited to take on this new role with the Lake Erie Council.

Eagle Scout Celebration


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!

Holidays at Camp

Join us in December for Holidays at Camp! The whole family is invited for a winter celebration at Beaumont and Firelands Scout Reservations. Scouts can enjoy activities such as wreath-making, a winter hike, cookie & gingerbread house decorating, pictures with Santa, holiday crafts and a delicious dinner. 

The first weekend of Holidays at Camp kicks off December 1, 2018, at Beaumont Scout Reservation, followed by the second weekend of holiday fun on December 8, 2018,  at Firelands Scout Reservation. We hope you kick-off your holiday season with the Lake Erie Council!