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Tomahawk 2015 - MOHAWK RULES

Saturday, July 18 to Saturday, July 25, 2015

We are in the Mohawk Campsite in Sioux Campground

Cost (approx.)

    First year scouts: $325 (additional cost covers brownsea fees)
    Non-first year scouts: $300
    Older Scouts participating in High Adventure: varies $320 - $345
    Adults: $95/week or $15/day (3 days or more includes Tomahawk Troop t-shirt, one or two days - add $10 for t-shirt)

Scout cost includes camp fee, meals, transportation, t-shirts and merit badge supplies.

Scout Bucks may be applied towards the cost of the camp.  Final payment is due no later than Tuesday, July 7.

Departure Time

We will be departing from Otter Lake Elementary School . Please arrive in Class A uniform with all gear by 8:27 am for check-in. We will be stopping for lunch on the way up to Tomahawk, so please bring a lunch or money for a fast food restaurant.

Return Time

Scouts and gear will be brought home around 1:00pm on Saturday, July 25.

Health Forms

Everyone attending camp will need to have a medical form completed prior to arrival. The required health form is attached below.

Wisconsin law requires the health form and physical. Scouts who do not have them will not be permitted to stay at camp..

Emergency Contact

If you will not be home during the week your scout is at camp, please provide us with a number at which you can be reached, or with an alternate contact in case of emergency.

Family Night

Wednesday is Family Night.  We will be preparing dinner in camp.  Visitors are welcome!  If you want to attend Wednesday night's family dinner, please sign up at a troop meeting or send an e-mail to MarySue Abel at so we can plan food quantities accordingly.   This years menu will be a Christmas in July theme.  The cost is $6 per person - 4 and under are free.  Dinner will be at 6pm, with camp fire and skits to follow.

Pets are not permitted at scout camps.

Personal Gear

Scouts should pack for a week long trip (see attached Tomahawk packing list). Scouts will need to provide their own dish, bowl, cup and eating utensils. The troop (and camp) will provide the necessary cooking equipment.

Several scouts use "Action Packers" or similar sealed tubs to hold their gear. It keeps their gear dry even during monsoon rain. This is a suggestion, not a requirement.

Do not pack any food in with the personal gear. See "Snack Bins" below.

Electronic Equipment

Personal radios, tape/CD players are allowed and MUST be used with headphones. Scouts are not permitted to bring video games, cell phones, two-way radios or other electronic gear. Aside from the disruptive effect they have on the campsite, they rarely survive the camping experience.


Some of the merit badges require materials that scouts will need to purchase at the trading post. The merit badge form gives estimates of how much is required. The trading post also sells candy bars, pop, SLUSHIES, miscellaneous equipment and BSA/Tomahawk logo clothing.  You can check out the camp store website below for pricing of logo wear.  Any money brought is the responsibility of the scout; the adult leaders will not hold it for safekeeping.

The Northern Star Council Online Trading Post is up and running, so if you would like a head start on purchasing apparel for the 2011 summer camping season visit We have hats, shirts, jackets, and fleeces. Check it out!

Tent Signs

Scouts are required to make a sign for their tent. The signs must have the scout’s first name and at least the first letter of their last name. The letters can be painted, carved or engraved on the material. The only requirements are that the signs be durable, legible and the letters at least two inches high. The sign can be on a stake, or hang from the tent’s center pole. Note: cardboard doesn’t hold up very well in a camping environment unless it is covered with some sort of clear plastic.

Tent Assignments

Patrols will camp together. As much as possible, scouts will be permitted to choose their tent mate within their patrol. To minimize confusion when we arrive, tent assignments will be finalized at the last troop meeting before we depart for camp.

Snack Bins

Scouts are permitted to bring a small snack bin with pop and snacks.  Snack bins will be available for purchase at a scout meeting.  We want all snack bins to be the same, so they stack easily in the troop trailer.  See Rick Rausch for details.   The snack bins and any other food item will NOT be permitted in tents and will be stored in the troop trailer at night. No food of any type should be packed in with your scout’s personal gear. Tomahawk comes fully equipped with raccoons, mice, porcupines and bears.


There is a telephone available at the main admin building located several miles from the troop campsite. It is for emergency use only. In case of an emergency you can call the camp staff at the number on the attached "Parent Information" page.


We encourage you to write to your scout while he is at camp. Please do not make your scout homesick by telling him how much you miss him or how much fun you are having without him. Address your letters to:

Scout’s Name

Troop 494 Mohawk

Tomahawk Scout Reservation

N1910 Scout Road

Birchwood, WI 54817


Typically, it takes two days for a letter or package mailed from the Twin Cities to reach Tomahawk. If you want to have mail waiting for your scout, drop a letter in the mail on Thursday July 12th. Do not mail anything after Wednesday July 18th because it will most likely arrive after we have departed. You’re welcome to send pre-addressed, stamped envelopes and paper for your scout to mail letters home.


First year scouts will be attending the Brownsea program. Brownsea is a class held each morning that covers many of the requirements for advancement. In addition to Brownsea, the first year scouts will be signed up for Woodcarving and Leatherworking merit badges. This set of classes and badges provides a full and valuable workload for the scouts.

Other Notes

Attached is the Tomahawk "Parent Information" page, a map showing where Tomahawk is located, a health form, and the Tomahawk Leaders Guide with a Sioux Camp Companion.

If you are interested in signing up for Tomahawk, please sign up at a troop meeting, or send an e-mail to MarySue Abel at
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