Free Time at Camp Tesomas

There are several hours of free time built into the day here at camp.  Scouts always find plenty to do.  From organized special activities to hanging out at the Trading Post, playing cards, gaga ball, nuke ’em, and more!

 

The adults also find plenty to do – including a stellar performance at the Monday night challenge.  Stay tuned for official results – although if you count the extra bumps and stiff joints, we are definitely the winners!

Old Goats celebrate a great performance at Tuesday evening's challenge.

Old Goats celebrate a great performance at Tuesday evening’s challenge.

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Apostle Island Update

The Apostle Island crew are on their way.

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Monday at Tesomas – First Full Day of Camp

The opening campfire brought a very long Sunday to a close. Monday morning came early.  After breakfast, scouts began their activities. Today, these included wilderness survival, shooting sports, eagle quest, water safety, and more.

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The Tesomas dining hall is a great place to make some noise!  Every meal ends with a song. Today was the the orchestra song, which involves several sections of the camp competing to make the most noise for their instrument. We are the violas!

Mealtime Song Antics

Mealtime Song Antics

The Orchestra Song

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At Tesomas

We have all safely arrived at Tesomas.

Troop 35/44 Photo at Tesomas

Troop 35/44 Photo at Tesomas

Everything is unloaded and tents are set up.  The Apostle Island contingent are on their way.  Here at Tesomas, some scouts have taken their swimming tests, while others are already enjoying some free time.  We’re excited to have several scouts from Troop 44 join us this year.

Many scouts stopped to visit the Hodag in Rhinelander on the way.

Troop 35 Scouts at The Hodag

Scouts at The Hodag

 

 

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We’re off to see the Hodag!

Troop 35 arrived at Camp Tesomas and is already in the groove… registering, unloading the troop trailer, organizing the bicycles, setting up camp, getting a camp tour, soon they’ll be heading to dinner, the opening campfire, and getting ready for their first night at camp under the stars. It’s gonna be a great week!

But, before they arrived they visited the Hodag – a mythical forest creature that inhabits the north woods. It’s also the town’s high school mascot!

I am envious. I was fortunate to go to camp with the troop from 2009 until 2012. Camp Tesomas is a special place and the scout you waved goodbye to this morning at the band shell is going to come home next Saturday evening a changed scout – a little smellier, a little dirtier, and a wiser more mature scout.

The Troop has a Facebook page and tweets at @WheatonTroop35 and Emily and other will be adding to the Troop site all week long with updates and photos. Stay tuned and don’t worry – the scouts are having a great time, they’ll miss you, and you’ll miss them. In the meantime, you can follow their adventure and think about volunteering a week of your time next summer to come home a changed person, too.

An update to last year’s pre-camp post – Jonah, Aaron, Ryley, Mark, William, Joey, and Nick M all reached Eagle – that’s 8 of the 18 first scouts that went to camp that summer.

It’s gonna be a great week, but each day is on opportunity to learn and grown. Happy times at Camp Tesomas!

Troop 35 gathers for the traditional before loading photo! Happy travels

Troop 35 gathers for the traditional before loading photo! Happy travels

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