Bay-Lakes Council - 2023 STEMpede

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2023 STEMpede

Event Details


Who? Webelos, Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Sea Scouts.

What? STEMpede will have the most STEM fun you can have at camp.

When? October 13-15, 2023

Where? Bear Paw Scout Camp

Why? Because you won't want to miss this event!

What is STEMpede?

Scouts, guided by dedicated leaders and Merit Badge Counselors, will see how science, math, and physics make projectiles shoot into space, how we impact nature, and explore their world. STEMpede features Scouting program activities incorporating STEM learning with cool Scouting activities.

Please see the menu located to the right side of your screen. We are able to accommodate gluten, dairy, & nut allergies only. If you have other allergies we are happy to provide appropriate food storage options for you. Participant meals will be Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast. Please eat before you arrive at camp on Friday.

Please do not bring anything containing peanuts to camp. This is for the safety of all of our youth including those who may have airborne or inhalation allergies to peanuts. Thank you for your help making this event safer for our youth.

Scouts may take 1 or two classes depending on the options selected. 

Merit Badges offered:

Architecture (1/2 day)

Astronomy (1/2 day)

Automotive Maintenance (1/2 day)

Aviation (1/2 day)

Disability Awareness (1/2 day)

Electronics (1/2 day)

Engineering (1/2 day)

Environmental Science (Full day)

Exploration (1/2 day)

First Aid (Full day)

Forestry (Full day)

Geocaching  (Full day)

Home Repairs (1/2 day)

Motorboating (1/2 day)

Public Health (1/2 day)

Public Speaking (1/2 day)

Pulp and Paper (1/2 day)

Radio (1/2 day)

Scholarship (1/2 day)

Scouting Heritage (1/2 day)

Soil and Water Conservation (1/2 day)

Theater (Full day)

Wilderness Survival (Full day)

Webelos/AOL will be completing the Wild Nova award and Into the Woods adventure! Webelos/AOL Scouts will be camping in a separate area of camp and will need to have their own leadership to camp with them.

Wilderness First Aid training has been added to the event for those 16 year old and up. There is an additional fee of $90 per participant is associated with the course and online pre-course work that must be completed ahead of time. 

Effective September 1st, BSA policy is that all individuals staying overnight MUST be registered order to attend an event. ALL leaders attending STEMpede MUST be registered and YPT trained. Looking to get a leader registered? Please contact the Council Service Center. 

We are looking forward to a terrific program this year and invite you all to take your STEMpede experience to the next level by volunteering to participate in one of the following ways:

  • A Scout is Loyal! We need units to perform the daily flags ceremonies. If your unit is interested in doing a flag ceremony, please email
  • A Scout is Reverent! We invite units to volunteer to say grace for meals at breakfast and supper. If your unit is interested in saying the pre-meal prayer, please email, or inform STEMpede staff during the Leader Meeting at 7:00 PM Friday, October 13, 2023.
  • A Scout is Brave! Units are invited to perform a song or skit during the Campfire Program on Saturday, October 14, 2023. If your unit is interested in performing a song or skit during this year’s campfire program, please sign up at registration on Friday or email

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please reach out to Amanda Tuttle at

We need 2 youth protection trained adults in several classes, as well as people for open programming and behind the scenes volunteers to make everything happen.

Leader guide will be posted with more information when available.