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Tomahawk 2020 - Mohawk Rules!

(Week 5) Saturday, July 18th to Saturday, July 25th, 2020

***COVID-19 and Tomahawk***                          
At present, all fees and deadlines are still in place. 
April 1st - Program Registration Begins.
April 15th our youth deposits are due.
In the event that camp needs to be suspended, ALL FEES will be REFUNDED. 

We are in the Mohawk Campsite in the Sioux Campground

We also reserve the Tuscarora campsite across the road (a.k.a.-Mom's Mountain) for use by the
Adult leaders.

Cost (approx.) Any scout signing up after May nd will be charged an additional $10 by camp Tomahawk
Adult Sign-Up Deadline is June 19th. This is for adults spending the week as well as a single night.

    First year scouts: $385 (additional cost covers brownsea fees, snack bin and cinch bag)
    Non-first year scouts: $370
    Scouts participating in a Older scout Program: additional $25 - $75
    Adults: $150/week or $30/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-shirt and merit badge supplies.

Scout Bucks may be applied towards the cost of the camp. 

!!! Camp Tomahawk Payment Policy, FULL payment is due no later than Tuesday, May 22 !!! 

Merit Badges

First year scouts will be doing the Basketry and Leatherworking merit badges during the brownsea program. (no additional sign-up is required)

Non-First year scouts: You can select up to five merit badges to do while at Tomahawk. You are encouraged to select at least two merit badges to work on while at camp. If you are not interested in the base merit badges offered, consider one of the older scout programs these programs include additional merit badges.

CLICK HERE for more information about the Merit Badges.

CLICK HERE for more information about the Older Scout Programs.

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 back to  Otter Lake Elementary School around 1:00pm on Saturday, July 25th.

Health Forms and Security Background Checks

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.

If you're an Adult leader who would like to help at Tomahawk and you plan to stay longer than 72 hours, you must submit to a background check. 

Please email Steve Kringle if you'd like to help. We have an absolute blast!!! 

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 July 22nd 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 online so we can plan food quantities accordingly.  The cost is $6 per person - 4 and under are free.  Dinner will be at 6pm, with campfire 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. Any money brought is the responsibility of the scout; the adult leaders will not hold it for safekeeping. Listed below are some of the items offered with pricing.

Candy and Snacks $1-2, Soda and Sports Drinks $2, Ice Cream $1-3

Flashlights $5-25, Batteries $1-5, Bug Spray / Sunscreen $4-7, Camping Equipment $2-50

Camp hats $10-15, Camp Shirts $10-20, Camp Mugs $5-20, Camp Sweatshirts $30-50, Camp Jackets $50-80

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 Stephen Kringle 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 (715) 354-3841. The caller should be prepared to leave the individual's name, unit number and campsite. Due to the distance to our campsite and activity schedule it may take several hours for a message to reach the intended participant.


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 can take three 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 16th. Do not mail anything after Tuesday July 21st 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 must attend a Brownsea program. Brownsea is a class held each morning typically by our Road to First Class Scout Leaders. Tomahawk Camp itself has a Brownsea program which the elder founders of our Troop found could be done more personably and also to provide more free time to the first year scouts. In addition to Brownsea, the first year scouts will be signed up for Woodcarving and Leatherworking merit badges.  I have been attending and observing Troop 494 for the past three years. And I do say with pride that our First Year Brownsea program has gotten better (for the Scouts) each year. 

Other Notes

Attached files include a map to Tomahawk, map of the Sioux campsite, the required BSA health form, packing list and the Tomahawk Leaders Guide with a Sioux Camp Companion.

Map to Tomahawk

Packing List PDF

Health Forms parts A, B, & C (PDF)

Map of Sioux Camp

Bear Manual

Sioux Leader's Guide

If you are interested in signing up for Tomahawk please sign up today. If you have any questions

 send an e-mail to Steve Kringle