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Samoset Council builds strong youth programs

6:25 PM, Dec. 5, 2013  |  Comments
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The Samoset Council has a strong tradition as one of the Nation's premier Scout councils.

Since 1920 Samoset Council has been instilling timeless values of character, citizenship and leadership in each young person who has entered the Scouting program. The Samoset Council continues this tradition through educational based skills and activities that are FUN! Our programs annually reach 6,300 youths through 3,000 adult volunteers throughout 13 counties in north central Wisconsin.

Our program serves many different youths including: Cub Scouts (boys ages 6 to 10), Boy Scouts (boys ages 11 to 18) and Venturers (boys and girls ages 14 through 20) who participate in action-oriented programs that fulfill the aims of Scouting. Exploring (boys and girls ages 14 through 21) focuses on career choices, such as law enforcement, firefighting or medicine. We also partner with numerous after-school programs to deliver Scouting in nontraditional methods to at-risk youths in our communities.

Council highlights

Samoset Council is consistently rated as one of the top five Councils out of the nation's 283 Boy Scouts councils.

We have a rich program history and traditionally see 100 Scouts achieve the Eagle Rank each year. We collaborate with more than 175 organizations in our communities to help deliver our wonderful program.

Each year our Scouts collect more than 70,000 thousand pounds of food that we deliver to the local food pantries to help teach our Scouts the importance of giving back to the community and helping those in need.

Camping is king

The foundation of Scouting, the outdoors, is the place where Scouting comes alive. The Samoset Council camp facilities and programs continue to provide support for our members. More than 10,000 youths and adults enjoy one of our year-round camping programs.

Camping is one of the best-known aspects of the Scouting movement. We believe when young people are able to take care of themselves while camping they will have the confidence to meet life's other challenges too.

Here is a list of camping resources that Samoset Council offers:

? Crystal Lake Scout Reservation is near Rhinelander. Three camps provide year-round programs to Scouts of all ages: Akela's World for Cub Scouts and Webelos; Tesomas Scout Camp, a Boy Scout summer camp; and Hanna Venture Base for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers.

? Eau Pleine Slopes.

? Erv Romansky Family Camp. To support those who choose not to stay with the unit at summer camp, we have an area with 14 campsites. We can acommodate tents, pop-ups as well as full size trailers or motor homes. Each site has a firepit, water and electricity.

? Four Mile in Rib Mountain. This 40-acre piece of land is great for weekend camping.

? Flambeau Canoe Base near Lugerville Wisconsin. This camp continues to be discovered by troops and crews trying out their canoeing skills for a great adventure on the Flambeau River. A trailer of canoes is available for unit rentals.

? Phillips Scout Camp in Weston. This camp continues to be utilized with its 78 acres surrounding the Scout Center. Four cabins and a lodge are available for your weekend adventures.

How to join

Young boys grow up fast. Give your son a valuable gift by encouraging him to join Scouting today. The time you invest in him today will make a difference in the person he becomes tomorrow.

For more information, call Samoset Council at 1-800-303-2195 or visit www.scoutingisfun.com.

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