Samoset COVID-19 Update

Samoset staff continues to operate in a virtual capacity with a limited number of staff returning to the Wausau Homes Service Center (WHSC) starting on Monday, June 1.  Staffing of the facility will be during regular hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  WHSC remains closed to in-person business & Scout Shop customers.  Curbside pick-up and drop-off of Scouting business can be coordinated by calling 715-355-1450.  The Scout Shop will continue shipping orders and providing curbside pick-up.  Call 715-355-9680 or to place an order. 

Starting Friday, June 12 Scouting units can begin weekend camping programs and Go See It (Cub Scout Pack) day activities with social distancing of 10 or less participants.  See the Samoset guidance document along with the companion Event Screening Checklist and Camping Safety Checklist documents.

We anticipate that the next phase of Samoset’s reopening plan will be implemented later in June or early July.  This will include less restrictions to weekend camping, guidance for Cub Scout Pack SuperTrips and in-person business/Scout Shop transactions at WHSC.

The latest updates can be found here.

June Roundtable

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

Register in advance for this meeting

Scouting at Home Resources

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

What do you eat at a Camp-In? 

How about crescent roll hot dogs, foil dinners, or indoor s'mores.  Work with your parent and guardian to create some delicious items.  See the links below from our friends at Northern Star Council for the simple steps.

  1. Crescent Roll Hot Dog
  2. Foil Dinners
  3. Indoor S'mores

Show us what you are doing! at Samoset Council Facebook and Instagram Pages

Cub Scout Projects

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

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:

Scout Shop News

The Scout Shop will continue shipping orders and allow curbside pick-up.  Call 715-355-9680 or email us ( to place an order.   

In celebration of our 100 year anniversary, we have developed some special clothing and merchandise.  Check out this form for more details and to place an order.  

Did you or your Scouts participate in our spring camporee?  You can order a patch through the Scout Shop to recognize your work!

Membership Fee Increase

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has worked to keep the membership fee as low as possible. Unfortunately, operating costs have continued to rise and COVID-19 has compounded the need to increase the fee to maintain the program.

To ensure BSA have the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting, the updated national membership fee is

  • $66 for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts participants
  • $42 for Exploring participants
  • $42 for all adult volunteers (includes cost of background check)
  • $75 for a unit charter fee

The membership fees will take effect August 1, 2020, for new members in the 2020-2021 program year. For renewing members, the new fee will take effect at recharter time. The updated unit charter fee will take effect August 1, 2020, for all new and rechartering units.

Starting August 1, 2020, there will also be a one-time $25 joining fee for new program participants in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts; however, there is no joining fee for Exploring participants, participants previously registered in any BSA program, those transferring from one program to another, council-paid memberships, or adult volunteers.

Visit this link to learn more.