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.   

Samoset COVID-19 Update

On Tuesday, May 26 Samoset Council will take a small step away from Scouting at Home, and toward in-person group gatherings.  Per the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and local governments, groups of young people and adult leaders that number ten or fewer and follow all social distancing (including 6' spacing) and self-screening safety standards may again meet in person for committee/Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings, den/patrol meetings, merit badge programs, roadside cleanups, Eagle service projects, and more.  In-person meetings & activities must adhere to all youth protection policies.

If maintaining six feet of distance between people is not possible, then masks should be worn by participants.  Realize some participants or parents may not be ready for in-person meetings and to respect their decision.

Any meeting of more than ten people in any single meeting space or outdoor gathering is not allowed by state and BSA standards.  Units are encouraged to continue virtual meetings if more than 10 people are participating.

Guidance on weekend unit camping will be the next step in our return to in-person Scouting.  We plan to release these details around June 1.  As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change.  Safety is and always will be our number one priority in Scouting.

The latest updates can be found here.

Scouting at Home Resources

Please visit our Scouting at Home page for the latest ideas, resources, and fun ways to keep Scouting!

May 17 - May 23 - Memorial Week

  • Post your picture that focuses on "In Memory of our Veterans" using the hashtag #SmileysHonor. You can post pictures of flags or posters in your yard or windows, driveway art, or photos honoring veteran family members. 
  • Monday, May 25 at 3:00 PM - Join us live on the Samoset Council Facebook Page for scouts playing Taps for the National Moment of Remembrance. If you want to be featured, upload you playing Taps here.

Cub Scout Projects

The flyers below contain more ideas to keep on Scouting at home.  All families should check these out!

Spring Camporee - May 1-31

  • All families should participate in our spring camporee program by creating a campsite in your backyard.
  • To count for camping nights and rank advancement, unit approval is required. Troops and packs should coordinate a date to allow for video chats during your event.
  • Camporee Flyer (PDF)

Membership Recruiting

A virtual roundtable for all Scouting leaders was held on Thursday May 7.  The program featured presentations for our fall membership campaign.  Check out the resources below if you missed this meeting.  We recommend all leaders watch the videos below to learn how they can help with recruiting families into Scouting this fall.

If you watch the fall recruitment training video and have questions join us for a Question and Answer Session on May 28 from 7-7:30 pm. Register for this event online: http://www.samoset.org/event/2683782

Camping Update

As always, the safety of all our campers is the top priority.  We have taken a careful and informed approach in evaluating whether to run summer camp this year. Since the spread of this pandemic, we have been continually monitoring the situation, and consulting with health experts, government officials, and other camp professionals.

We know there are questions and concerns about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect summer camp.  We are working daily on the details and plan to release updated leader guidebooks around June 5. These guides will contain details for this year’s program and how we will maintain social distancing throughout all aspect of camp.  See the two links below for more information

A Scout Salute to Fallen Heroes

We are calling on Scouts across the country to build on the tradition of honoring our nation’s fallen heroes this Memorial Day by posting public tributes to our veterans in partnership with the National Cemetery Administration and by participating in the National Moment of Remembrance with a special Scout salute. Learn More

June Roundtable

Mark your calendars for a virtual roundtable on June 18 at 7:00 PM.  Topics will include beascout.org, running virtual meetings, and updates regarding in-person meetings.

Register in advance for this meeting