New This Summer
Here is a sneak-peek into some of the things that we are planning for 2022:
After Camp Merit Badge Work
Sometimes, you can't complete a badge at camp. Whether due to the requirements, taking on too much, forgetting to do something, or anything else, we've got your back. This year, we are setting up a process where anyone will be able to submit work completed after camp and we will update their merit badge application (blue card) with the requirements they completed. This way, they do not have to try to get their blue card from your troop, locate a counselor to show the work to, return the completed card to the troop, and then have the troop put it into their tracking system. Instead, they would submit the work to camp, we would update the card in your summer reservation, and the troop contact can simply pull the most up-to-date reports from their reservation.
Arrow of Light Outpost Hosting
Does your feeder Pack send Scouts to the Arrow of Light camp at Tomahawk? They should. There is an option for them to spend an extra night on Monday night as part of an Arrow of Light Outpost. If you would like to host an Arrow of Light den in your campsite please check the box in your Scouting Event reservation under the “Update Information” button on the registration contact person.
Automatic Merit Badge Orders
When you take a badge at camp, we know if you completed it or not. Instead of having you fill out a form saying which badges you would like to order, we are just going to make an order for all of the badges your troop earned at camp. We charge the same rate per badge as the Scout Shop, and the total charge then be charged to your bill at the end of the week. These orders will be available for you to pick up on Saturday morning alongside your participant patches at Check-Out at Central Services.
If you do not want to get your badges at camp, no problem! Just let your commissioner know and we will not put an order together for you.
Beach Bash, Cheeseburgers, and Scoutmaster Dinner
On Wednesday night, we’ll be hosting Cheeseburgers in Paradise at the Beach. We’ll also be running the Beach Bash around this time. At the same time, Scoutmasters and two guests are welcome to join the Tomahawk Director for Dinner at Central Services.
Beach Changing Shelters
Sioux, White Pine, and the Arrow of Light Camp will all be receiving changing stations to expand capacity for people to change into beach attire at the beach. We are going to replace the tents that were in some camps with access to an indoor space for them to change in, allowing more comfort while getting into or out of swimwear.
Camp Chef Stoves For Rent in Sioux Camp
Troops in Sioux Camp can rent a Camp Chef propane stove with flat top griddle for the week to make patrol cooking easier. Request this in your reservation.
Chippewa Trading Post Remodel
Campers of our Chippewa Camp should be excited for the Trading Post's remodel. It will have new lighting, new cladding on the inner walls, be a bit bigger, be insulated, etc. While we aren't ready to share what specifically is changing and what it will look like, you can expect it to feel like a brand new building on the inside.
IOLS is back. See the Trainings page for more information
Food Service Changes
For the last two years, we've been running Food Service differently than every year before due to COVID-19. This year, we're going to be trying something new again in hopes it makes it better for both your troop as well as us. We are currently planning on having Chippewa and White Pine eat all three meals in their dining halls, while Sioux will eat all three meals in their campsite with their troop (as they always have). Chippewa and White Pine will not need to cook any meals. Sioux will be cooking their own breakfast and dinner, but lunch will be delivered ready-to-eat or with minimal assembly required.
As always, supplying your own food is an option and will be discounted appropriately.
Logging camp is our largest change this year. We are adding many new programs, more staff than ever before, and replacing most of the program supplies. As a sneak peak, some new things you can expect to see are:
- The return of the springboard traverse
- Spar poles
- Multiple new branding stations
Logging Camp Older Scout Program
We're adding an Older Scout Program for Logging Camp. Scouts will truly get to experience what it was like to be a logger at the Knapp-Stout logging camp. Scouts must be 14 years of age, have filled out the Logging Camp Shooting Sports form, and be prepared for an overnight of fun! Sleep in a log cabin or hammock tent, help build a new log cabin, learn logging history, do blacksmithing, branding, and multiple specialty shooting sports such as double barrel shotgun, black powder rifle, and lever action rifle. See page 14 of the 2022 Program Catalog for more information!
To simplify the program sign up process for everyone, we have moved to a first come first, served model. The oldest Scouts will have the first opportunity to sign up for programs to ensure their priority for programs is preserved. Program sign up will open first to Scouts 16 and older on the first Tuesday of April. The following Tuesday, Scouts 14 and older will be able to pick programs. The next Tuesday 12 and older, and so on.
Older Scout Program Formatting
High Adventures and other programs reserved for older Scouts have been reformatted to work alongside the morning merit badge schedules. We have added high adventure ‘bundles’ that span over two days. These days are alternated so they work around merit badges. There are also some high adventures that take up only half a day so that you can fill any empty spots in your schedule with more fun and adventure!
The Bus Returns
Scouts who came to Tomahawk in 2019 or before will remember the bus, which is how we used to transport Scouts and adults to the Berglund Center from their sub-camp. Since most of our Older Scout programs are based out of the Berglund Center, this drastically reduces the amount of transportation leaders need to provide. With the other addition of the vans returning for 0ff-site trips, leaders should expect to drive considerably less than in 2020 and 2021.
We've heard your requests and will be hiring more staff this year. While we do not have numbers nailed down yet, you can expect many new faces in every subcamp, as well as a large dedicated team at our Logging Camp.
50 new tents
Tomahawk has continued to improve its canvas tents. We have rotated out 50 old tents and we have added 50 new to our collection.