The Good Life, Passing It On
Denis Bakke joined Pack 80 in Rose Hill (now Lauderdale) as a 10-year-old and at 12 became a Boy Scout with Troop 54. Three of his Rose Hill friends joined the troop too.
Denis’ attraction to Scouting was not earning ranks and merit badges—it was the camping, teasing and fun with his unit. He and his fellow Scouts took memorable trips up the Saint Croix River from Stillwater to Taylor Falls and attended Camp Neibel in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin.
When school, work and other activities took precedence, Denis left Scouting; yet he still maintained a love for Scouting’s values and the joy of camping. He remained connected to Northern Star Scouting through memorial donations and, in 2001, he visited Tomahawk Scout Reservation. Denis learned how planned gifts help to keep the camp well maintained, so campers today can have the same great experience he had.
“At 88 years of age, I am grateful for a good life. I have included Northern Star Scouting in my estate plan, hoping that Scouts will learn the values as I did.” Denis said. “When possible, I encourage people to leave a legacy with those organizations, which have been meaningful to them and their families.”
Do you or your Scout have special memories that impacted your lives? Making a planned gift will ensure that future youth will learn the values that shape the rest of their lives, just like Denis Bakke.