Weekly Update

The Samoset Council Office is currently closed until further notice.  Staff are working remotely to provide support to Scouting.  You can reach a member of our customer service team by calling 715-355-1450.   

Scouting at Home Resources

In times of crisis, Scouts find a way to adapt. Although our lives may look a little different, Scouting can and should continue even if we cannot hold in-person meetings. Please visit our Scouting at Home page for the latest ideas, resources, and fun ways to keep Scouting!

Join us next week for Smiley Still Smiles!  Post a picture of Smiley the Tent made out of household objects on Instagram with the hashtag #SmileyStillSmiles. Top two pictures with the most likes by morning of April 19 wins Samoset Council Scout Shop Gift Cards!  On Wednesday join us live on facebook for a special art project.

Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities

As Scouting moves to virtual and online platforms, we offer the following reminders to help keep kids safe. The below guidance applies to all online Scouting activities and meetings.

  • Follow all youth protection policies
  • Use business-oriented conference platforms instead of platforms with other primary purposes
  • Do not record online activities/meetings
  • Safeguard personal information
  • Collecting personal information from youth under 13 is not recommended

Learn more here!

April Roundtable

Below is a link to the recorded video of the April Roundtable and some resources discussed during the presentation.  If you were not able to make the meeting we encourage you to watch the recording. 

April Roundtable Video  Packs and Troops Working Together

Unit Self-Assessment:  As you settle in to new “norms” caused by the Covid-19 virus, please take time to evaluate your unit by completing this self-assessment. 

Face Mask Service Project Resources

Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food must go on!

This service project is too important to cancel!  We need everyone to help spread the word in their communities since we will not be placing bags door to door.  This campaign will take place from April 15 - April 30, 2020.

We are asking every unit to help raise funds.  100% of the money your unit raises will be directed to food banks in your neighborhood.  Here are 5 steps you can take to ensure your unit is successful with Scouting for Food this year.  

  1. Share the online giving options with all of the families in your unit www.samoset.org/SFF  or TEXT “give food” to 844-615-4269
  2. Share the Samoset Council Scouting for Food Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/884919011936132/
  3. Ask all of the families in your unit to consider a donation.
  4. Ask your families to share online giving options within their social media network.  Use the images in the toolkit.
  5. Print the SFF Flyer and share at your local grocery stores bulletin boards to engage the community (make sure this is only done within Wisconsin’s “safe-at-home” mandate)

Thank you so much for thinking of those in your community who need help now more than ever.  You will make the difference! 

Scouting For Food Tool Kit

Inspirational Scouting Video

Right now, life has us keeping our distance, but our culture is one of perseverance. Watch and share this inspirational video.  We are Scouts!

Scouting At Home Video

TKC Order of the Arrow News

See the Tom Kita Chara Lodge news linked below to learn about OA Elections, Brotherhood Training, and Vigil Nominations. Several changes have been made.  Please visit the link for important information.

Samoset 100 Patches

Samoset Council is celebrating 100 years of Scouting.  We have created special merchandise for this celebration.  Our Scout Shop is still open and taking orders by email and phone (715-355-9680 or scoutshop@samoset.org).  All orders will be shipped. 

Samoset 100 Years of Scouting Merchandise (PDF)

Flyer Design Contest

We are hosting a Scouts, BSA flyer design contest.  We are challenging Scouts to design a flyer to attract new youth to join.  The flyer must fit on a letter size paper (8.5 x 11) and have two inches of blank space at the bottom. If we use any part of your design in our flyers this fall you will receive a $20 gift card to the fast food restaurant of your choice. This is the perfect creative activity to do while staying at home. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2020. Please email your design or any questions to Amanda.Flannery@samoset.org.