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Tomahawk Wildlife Information & Policies

Tomahawk is home to many different animals native to the Midwest region. White-tailed deer, beaver, raccoon, porcupine, and black bear are commonly seen throughout the summer along with a host of others. They all enrich the outdoor and camping experience which will no doubt create memories of your week at Tomahawk. However, they are all wild animals and for their protection and all those who attend Tomahawk this summer we require adherence to our wildlife policies. It is mandatory that all troops, crews, visitors, and staff read and follow the information in the Black Bear Education Manual. It provides information on campsite precautions when camping with wildlife, how to act in an encounter with wildlife, and ways to ensure you have a safe week at camp.

The training in the Black Bear Manual is mandatory, groups will not be allowed past check-in until we have received a signed copy stating that you have completed the training.

Violations
1st Consequence
2nd Consequence
Baiting
Those involved will be required to leave camp - NO REFUND

Litter in campsite or improper disposal of food and small ables
Unit will be put on alert and required to clean up site and preform a service project.
Unit will be asked to leave with no refund and lose campsite for following year.
Improper food or smell-ables storage
Participants involved must correct action and perform a service project
Participants involved will be asked to leave camp with no refund.
Food in tent
Participants involved must correct action and perform a service project
Participants involved will be asked to leave camp with no refund.

Bear Boxes

Tomahawk provides a “Bear Box” in each campsite for units to store smell-ables. The “Bear Boxes” are old streetlight electrical boxes that stand about 6 feet tall, 3 feet wide and about two feet deep. It is recommended that each Scout brings a small plastic tote (approx. 6’’x5’’x9’’) that they can store personal hygiene items and personal snacks. Please note that while they will keep the large critters out, the “Bear Boxes” will not always keep the small critters out such as mice and insects

Mosquitoes

Wetlands and other bodies of water which are a breeding ground for Mosquitoes, surround Tomahawk. Tomahawk does treat some areas of camp, but we would encourage units to bring mosquito netting as well as bug spray.


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