Summer camp is coming…. five days!

Summer Camp is FIVE FOUR DAYS away and I am excited…. it doesn’t matter that I’m staying home, but my heart is at Tesomas. once you’ve visited you always remember your visit. Always.

I was looking at a way to help the bloggers – the adults who will be sharing the troop’s adventures with us – how to add content and I came across the photos from Summer Camp 2009. It took me back to my first visit. That year there were 18 brand new scouts led by 8 seasoned scouts and many adult leaders went to summer camp at Camp Tesomas.  By the way, ALL EIGHT of the seasoned scouts achieved the rank of Eagle – Adam, Sam, Rodger, Preston, Davis,  Dan, Jacob and Steven. WOW! One of the 18 has already achieved Eagle and several others are close. Keep working and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

this is the crew we sent in 2009

this is crew we sent in 2009

A few reminders before camp begins:

  • Make sure to label all items T35 and Scouts’s last name.
  • Medication forms (posted on ScoutTrack bulletin board) need to be filled out and brought along with any medication going to camp.
  • OPTIONAL: Below is an example of how to address care packages or mail you intend to send your scout. You should allow 5- 7 days for receipt, which means mailing of care packages should be sent by Thursday.

Scout’s Name, Troop 35
Tesomas Scout Camp
5403 Spider Lake Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501

  • $40 – forty dollars (in $5 – five dollar bills, preferably) is a good amount to send with your scout – the banker will hold the money for the scout…
  • NOT OPTIONAL – make sure you set your alarm clock and arrive at Memorial Park (across from Gary United Methodist Church) as close to 6AM as possible. The troop trailer will be leaving at 7AM – it’s a six hour plus drive to 5403 Spider Lake Road and the troop will need to check in, set up camp, get a camp tour, eat dinner, attend an opening night campfire all before 9 PM. It’s a busy day.  Monday morning at camp comes early!

I wish I could go, but in a way I go every year. Enjoy the photos and don’t forget to thank the bloggers who bring you the goods from summer camp 2014! Take a look back at Summer Camp 2009!

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When is a bonfire, not a bonfire?

When it rains like it did Tuesday night.

Troop 35’s first meeting of summer had been planned to be a hot occasion. Several Troop 35 scouts had worked at Winfield Community United Methodist Church clearing brush and making a big pile. With Scoutmaster Carl’s expertise, the troop was going to ignite at 6PM Tuesday night, but Mother Nature had other plans.

Pile of Wood

A scout is prepared, so we had a backup plan. A scout meeting.

Summer camp at Camp Tesomas begins in just 11 days! Over 30 scouts will be making the trip north this year along with adult volunteers and EVERY seat in the cars going is filled. It is going to be a great time. There is much to do to get ready. Seasoned scouts shared how to pack as well as reminders of what to bring to camp AND what not to bring to camp lists – It was good fun. On the list of what not to bring to camp are (but not limited to) matches, aerosol cans, fireworks, lighters, and shooting equipment – for a more complete list visit Camp Tesomas (click here). Patrols got together to plan and discuss camp. The next meeting on June 17, will be the final shakedown before summer camp.

Afterwards, Troop 35 Eagle Scout Jacob P. shared brats and food (leftovers from his graduation party) with his fellow scouts. The scouts helped him out and there were no more leftovers. Thanks, Jacob!

On a more serious note, there are 72 days of summer vacation – if you live in District 200, not 104 as the song says. Troop 35 has packed a lot into this summer – it always does. It always will.

  • 2 crews of scouts and adult leaders will be going to Northern Tier – High Adventure – in late July to explore the boundary waters by canoe.
  • There is a troop campout the week before school resumes in August at Van Buren State Park in Michigan.
  • Next week’s meeting on June 17th will be the last until July and troop elections are scheduled. The troop will select it’s next Senior Patrol Leader who will lead the troop through the fall into winter.
  • Looking ahead to summer 2015, the troop is sending 2 crews to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
  • And maybe, sometime in July or later, Troop 35 will get to light the bonfire, stay tuned.

Troop 35 tweets @WheatonTroop35 follow us! here are some tweets from Northern Tier and Philmont – you gotta click the link for Northern Tier – amazing photos…

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Summer Camp 2014 – Meeting

Camp Tesomas

Smiley the Tent” Camp Tesomas

It was a great night talking to the Flaming Arrow’s parents about summer camp. For many of the scouts, it will be there first time away from mom and dad, and mom’s first time away from her scout. It’s a big deal. But, rest assured, the scout that leaves home and heads off to camp will be a different scout than the one which comes home. Guaranteed.

That is the beauty of scouting. Young men in scouting will have opportunities and advantages their non-scouting peers won’t have. They’ll learn to pack their bags and come home with ALL of their gear, or at least most of it. Well, maybe some of it. They’ll experience sleeping outside in a tent and being responsible for their schedule (with help). They’ll get to know kids they otherwise would never met and make friendships that last a lifetime. They’ll learn what it’s like to be away from home and appreciate mom and dad, maybe a little more than before. They’ll have opportunities to plan their activities and learn from their mistakes. Because, failure is the greatest teacher. They’ll learn to cook, clean, and get along with others. They’ll learn the true value of service, because in order to lead, you must first learn to follow and serve others. Continue reading

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Mid-February update

It is Mid-February and spring is on the way, at least that is what the calendar tells us. In the world of Troop 35, we’ve been busy. It is the time of the year when cub Scouts begin crossing over to become Boy Scouts. This year Troop 35 is welcoming 12 new scouts to the troop – they are coming to us because when they visited our troop they made a connection, they have an older brother who’s in the troop, or they simply like what they saw. Regardless the reason, they made the choice to continuing their scouting career and begin the long path to Eagle. Welcome to Troop 35.

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Philmont bound in 2015….

Troop 35, we’ve won the lottery!

Boy Scouts of America

Philmont Scout Ranch Expeditions

would like to congratulate

Troop   35 of the Three Fires Council
(Sponsor:   Gary Memorial United Methodist Church – Wheaton, IL   60187)

Your unit has been picked as a winner for a reservation in 2015
at Philmont Scout Ranch.

Your arrival date is July 2015.
              (Departure: August 2015)

We have your unit confirmed for 2 crews

As with all things in life and scouts – YOU GOTTA WANNA, you gotta wanna go, you gotta wanna pay your way, ’cause a Scout is Thrifty and pays his way. Wreath Sales 2014, look out! Watch this space!

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