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Older Scout Programs

Older Scout Programs  |  High Adventure Night   |  TRADES Week

Tomahawk offers a variety of programs designed for those older Scouts who might be looking to get a bit more than the standard camp experience. From more challenging merit badges to canoe trips on the St. Croix river, there's something exciting for everyone. 
 
Older Scout Program registration opens April 1st

 

Registration Timeline

Program Fees *

  1. Registration opens on April 1st at noon, and the first period ends on April 14th at noon
  2. A $25.00 non-refundable deposit per youth is required upon request.
  3. Each request must include the Scout's age, grade, and rank.
  4. After the first registration period ends, the requests will be sorted by age
  5. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 5pm on April 15th
  6. After the first registration period ends, the second registration period will begin. For the second period, we use a first-come, first-served method of sorting.
  7. Full payment is due by June 1st.
  • Explore: $25.00 
  • Stem Nova: $25.00
  • News Team: $25.00
  • ATV-one day: $25.00 in addition to program fee
  • Ranch Hands: $50.00
  • Ride: $50.00
  • Treks: $50.00
  • Aquatics: $50.00
  • Apostle Island Sea Kayaking: $495 
  • Trades Week: $295.00 only offered week 6

Note: Fees listed above (except ATV one-day program) take the place of a traditional youth program fee.

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Explore
STEM NOVA
News Team
ATV One-Day
Ranch Hands
Ride
Treks
Aquatics
Apostle Island Sea Kayaking
TRADES Week


 

EXPLORE

Still need merit badges, but are looking for something more? This entry level high adventure program is offered morning or afternoon and still allows youth to earn merit badges back in camp if they are in the afternoon session. Busing to and from the Welcome Center is provided. Youth will be back before the next meal starts.

Activities:

  • Paintball Course
  • Throwing Stars and Knives
  • Blow Guns
  • Aqua Rig
  • High Ropes
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Boarding
  • Sporting Arrows

Age Requirement: Completed 7th grade OR 13 years old.
When: Sunday-Thursday 2 p.m.-5 p.m. or Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.


STEM NOVA

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are active in all parts of life, even camping. Scouts in the STEM NOVA program at Tomahawk will get to explore camp in a whole new way, while earning a new nationally recognized Boy Scout advancement. They’ll do research and science experiments while exploring camp environment.

What Do You Earn: You can earn the Whoosh! and Shoot! Boy Scout NOVA Awards along with the Nuclear Science and Robotics merit badges.
Where: Welcome Center
How Do Scouts Get There: Meet at bus stop after lunch to ride the bus up
When: 2pm-5pm, Sunday - Thursday
Age Requirement: Completed 7th grade OR 13 years old.


News Team

Scouts are reporting the news during camp at Tomahawk! Live radio broadcasts, photo journalism, publishing articles, and touring the local paper are just a few of the opportunities that await if you join the news team. Troops have the option to bring a FM/AM radio to camp to tune into the WTSR Radio Station for news, music, and program updates.

What Do You Earn: Radio, Journalism, Moviemaking, and Photography merit badges.
Where: Welcome Center
How Do Scouts Get ThereMeet at bus stop after breakfast to ride the bus up
Age Requirement: Completed 7th grade OR 13 years old.
When: 9:00am-12:00pm, Monday-Friday *

*Evening work may be required


ATV (one-day program)

ATV riding is available as a one day program, and is also offered through the Weeklong High Adventure “RIDE” program. In this hands-on training, participants learn how to handle an ATV safely. Riders will complete a ATV Safety Institute training prior to going on a trail ride. Riders train on the ATV range, and then move out on the trails to explore the back trails of Tomahawk.

*Must have a permission form completed by parent or guardian to participate.

Where: Scout Farm Riding Range
How Do Scouts Get There: Meet at bus stop after breakfast to ride the bus up
When Do Scouts Return: Before Supper
Days: Thursday or Friday
Age Requirement: At least 14 years of age on day of riding.


Ranch Hands

Take the reins into your hands and travel the land of Tomahawk on horseback. This program will teach the basics of riding and more. You will have your own horse for the week to care for.

Activities:
• Horsemanship Merit Badge
• Animal Science
• Extended Trail Rides
• Horse Ride over night with dutch oven dinner at Logging Camp
Where: Chippewa/Sioux Corral White Pine Horse Corral
How Do Scouts Get There: On Foot
Days: Sunday-Friday
Time: 8:45am-12:20pm
Age Requirement: Completed 7th grade OR 13 years old


RIDE Adventure Weeklong Program

Ride it all from ATV’s to ziplines. This program will take you to every corner of Tomahawk within its 3,000 acres.

*Must have a permission form completed by parent or guardian to participate. Forms will be collected at camp.

Activities:
• ATV Riding
• High Ropes
• Mountain Biking
• Mountain Boarding
• Paddle Boarding
Where: Mutiple Locations
How Do Scouts Get There: On the Camp Bus
Days: Sunday-Friday
Time: 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-12pm
Age Requirement: 14 yrs old on first day of program


TREKS Adventure Weeklong Program

Adventure outside of camp all week in TREKS. This is the most extreme program we have, containing many truly unique experiences.

Activities:
• Whitewater Kayaking on the Brule River
• Rock Climbing at Taylor’s Falls
• St. Croix River Canoe Overnight
• Mountain Biking
• Earn Geology, Climbing, and Kayaking MB
• Mega Tower Climbing
Where: Mutiple Locations. Pick up at Bus Stop
How Do Scouts Get There: On the TREKS Van
Days: Sunday-Friday
Time: 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-12pm
Age Requirement: Completed 8th grade OR 14 years old.


Aquatics Adventure Weeklong Program

If you love water, this program based heavily on sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking is for you! This weeklong program takes fun on the water to a new level.

Activities:

• Earn Whitewater, Kayaking, Motorboating and Sailing Merit Badges

• Whitewater kayaking overnight on the Brule River

• Wind Surfing

Motorboating Instruction

• Catamaran Sailing

• Aqua Rig

Where: Mutiple Locations. Pick up at Bus Stop
How Do Scouts Get There: On the Aquatics Van, which picks up at the bus stop.
Days: Sunday-Friday
Time: 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-12pm
Age Requirement: Completed 8th grade OR 14 years old.


Apostle Islands Sea Kayaking

This program will find you paddling among the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Lake Superior! Participants spend 5 days on the water and 4 nights on islands. You will be off camp property from Sunday-Friday.  Your trek will begin with an orientation to kayaking skills and include tours of the spectacular sea caves. You will be picked up before dinner on Sunday at the program building of your own subcamp, and will return to Tomahawk on Friday between 4:30 and 6. 

Registration

• A youth must be 14 years of age OR 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade by date of participation.
• Participation in this trek is limited to 12 participants. We can increase capacities upon special request before January 1st.
• Cost for 2017 is $495 per person. This includes all equipment, staff support, transportation from Tomahawk Scout Reservation and food. A late fee of $25 will be added for any registrations after March 15.

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Additional Details

• You must be a strong swimmer, and some kayaking experience is required as you may have to paddle up to 10 miles per day. Participants must pass the BSA swimmer's test prior to arrival at camp.
• Participants will have the opportunity to earn the Kayaking merit badge.
• A comprehensive medical examination is required for all participants because of the higher level of activities. This involves a physician’s visit within one year.
• Participants should purchase a set of wetshoes/ booties to protect their feet and ankles.
• Participants should be able to fit all of their gear in a five gallon bucket. Dry bags are provided.

Cotton kills! Scouts should be bringing no cotton clothing with them what so ever. None! Not even a little!

2017 Leader's Guide

*2018 Fees will be posted by years end