Smiley News Update

Scout Shop & Office Closings

In observance of Memorial Day, the Council office and Scout Shop will be closed on Monday, May 31st. We will return to normal business hours Tuesday, June 1st. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 715-355-1450 or email

The Scout Shop & Council Office will be closed on Tuesday, June 8th 2021 as all of our staff will be attending a staff meeting and doing a service project at Crystal Lake Scout Reservation.

Please "be prepared" as you plan for your unit's needs.

As of June 1st our Council Office & Scout Shop will resume normal operations. No appointments necessary!

Operating hours will be Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

We ask that all guests and customers wear face masks and store occupancy will be limited to avoid any overcrowding.

Customers may also phone or email Scout Shop orders and have them mailed or ready for curbside pick-up. *

Please allow 48 hour notice to have orders fullfilled. Call 715-355-1450 or email

It’s  “NOT” a Mystery Anymore – Scouts BSA Spring Camporee was Solved!

The Scouts BSA Camporee – IT’S A MSYTERY – was held May 21-23, 2021, at Camp Fletcher in Stevens Point.  There were 13 Troops represented and 87 in attendance.  The Scouts competed in trivia, patch design and camp gadget contests as well as completed rank advancements for Scout through First Class requirements.  The camporee concluded with a campfire and then later in the evening star constellation identifications.

"It was great to see so many of the female Troops here and how well they were doing.” Said one of the Troop leaders. 

Of the 13 Troops , 4 Female Troops did attend.

Solving the Mystery were the following: Trivia Contest winner, First Place Troop 293-9293, Second Place Troop 419.

 Patrol and third Place Troop 9427-Addison and Gabryalla. 

Camp Gadget winners were First Place Troops 427-9427, Second Place Troop 187 and Third Place Troop 9118.

The Patch design winner  chosen out of eleven entries was Adam Krasowski of Troop 427.

Help the Samoset Council Hit Our Friends of Scouting Goal

The Samoset staff and volunteers have made amazing progress towards reaching our annual Friends of Scouting campaign goal. The Samoset Council has raised $181,958 which is 75% to our goal of $244,000! Please help us hit our goal by the end of June! The Friends of Scouting annual giving campaign is crucial to the success of the Samoset Council and to the continuation of exceptional youth programming for all families. If you work for a business or are part of a civic organization that might be interested in donating, please contact Amanda Flannery at .  If you are interested in supporting Scouting in your local community, please visit or text Smiley to 71777. Donate today and give the gift of Scouting!

Scout Shop Job Opportunity 

The Samoset Scout Shop is currently accepting resumes for a part-time (20 hrs. week) - Scout Shop Associate. Duties include: providing excellent customer service by assisting customers in the selection and purchase of Scout Shop merchandise. Complete sales transactions and assist customers with product information. Stock merchandise and prepare email orders for shipping.

So if you’re at least 18 years of age or even retired and just looking for an opportunity to help others then apply by sending a cover letter and resume via email to Michael Vangelov, Director of Support Services at
(Pay range is $12 - $14 per hour depending on experience.)

Update of National BSA Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization

As you know, the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for bankruptcy in February 2020 to equitably compensate victims of past abuse and make every effort to ensure that Scouting’s mission continues. Note, that Samoset Council did not file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.

To read more on this important update, please click HERE.

COVID-19 Council Update

Scouters - I’m sure you have all heard the exciting news from the CDC on the wearing of face masks. It would appear that we are on the way to getting back to some kind of normalcy.

See link:

While the guidance for wearing face coverings is clear for fully vaccinated people in daily activities ( ), specific guidance for employers and the workplace have not yet been provided. The CDC is also expected to issue updates to summer camp operations in the next few weeks.

The Samoset Council Risk Management Committee is constantly assessing the situation and will be meeting again the first week in June. Our first consideration is always the health and safety of our employees and members, so our COVID-related safety guidelines – including wearing masks, staying six feet apart, washing hands frequently and disinfecting high touch areas daily – remain in place while we evaluate CDC and forthcoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and local authority guidance.


Thank you for doing your part to keep yourselves and your fellow Scouts and Scouters safe in your communities.

New Camping Director & Employment Opportunities 

New Camping Director

Brittany Burmeister has been hired to serve as the new Samoset Council Camping Director effective June 1. “Brit” as she likes to be known, is an experienced Scouting professional with multi-council experience having served in both the Three Harbors Council, Milwaukee, WI as well as most recently the Bay Lakes Council, Appleton, WI.

She brings 13 years of camp experience, enthusiasm, innovation, a great understanding of customer service, and the ability to develop strong volunteer relationships. As the Camping Director she will serve as a key member of the Program Team. In this position she will be responsible for implementing all camping programs (summer camp, day camp, outreach, winter camp) at Crystal Lake Scout Reservation and at offsite locations and will also work to develop new programs to better utilize our properties.  She will be the staff advisor to the Council Camping Committee, Wood Badge and the National Youth Leader Training Committees.

Welcome Brit, we’re glad to have you as a member of our Samoset family!

Scout Shop

The Samoset Scout Shop is currently accepting resumes for a part-time (20 hrs. week) - Scout Shop Associate. Duties include: providing excellent customer service by assisting customers in the selection and purchase of Scout Shop merchandise. Complete sales transactions and assist customers with product information. Stock merchandise and prepare email orders for shipping.

So if you’re at least 18 years of age or even retired and just looking for an opportunity to help others then apply by sending a cover letter and resume via email to Michael Vangelov, Director of Support Services at
(Pay range is $12 - $14 per hour depending on experience.)

Outreach Opportunities

The Samoset Council Outreach program is hiring summer and year-round help!

Are you or your Scouts interested in working for the Samoset Council? The Outreach Program has several positions available.

Summer help:  Driver, Program Specialists, and STEM Specialists. We also have openings for year-round Program Specialists. 

If you or anyone you know is interested, please email or call 715-409-0819

Music Merit Badge

Brought to you by....Wausau Conservatory of Music 

Does it seem like getting your music badge is a daunting task? WCM can help you earn it in one week!

WCM in partnership with the Samoset Council for Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes are pleased to offer this one week course in music understanding and appreciation for Scouts wishing to earn their music badges.

Based on the requirements of both organizations, scouts and other interested youth will learn about music theory fundamentals, composition, music history and basic music copyright laws. They will also be part of a music ensemble, learning to play their compositions and a few pieces on hand chimes.

The course will culminate with a recital of the students' compositions intermixed with the concert pieces they learn.

Register today at HERE.

Samoset Scouters, the 2021-2022 Council Resource Guide is now available online!

Units can use this guide for help in:

  • Planning their program
  • Funding their program
  • Growing their program
  • Understanding training opportunities
  • Rechartering your unit

In addition the appendix contains info from council camping opportunities to safety reporting information to name a few. We hope all units and their leadership will review the information in this guide to be better prepared to lead their units. This year the resource guide is only available online and it does not contain the council calendar which can be accessed separately on the council website.

Access it Here

Council Fall/Popcorn Kick-Off Locations

Wood Badge:

Wood Badge is an advanced leadership course available only to Scouters that is designed to strengthen the skills of unit leaders to better deliver the mission of Scouting. You can expect to develop knowledge in project planning, conflict management, mentoring, leading change and more! This course is for Scouters in at all levels of the program and will help you understand more about what Scouting is and why we do it. Outside of having fun, building experience, and networking with fellow leaders, you will ultimately get to think about the practice of Scouting, and live together in the spirit of the Scout Oath. 

A recent participant of our course had this to say: “I have had many leadership training courses in my professional life. This, by far, is the best.  It is brilliantly conceived and well executed.”

This year the course will be held August 27-29 & September 18-19, 2021 at Akela's World Cub Scout Camp in Rhinelander



Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. Over time, these policies have become standard with organizations across the nation. True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting.

The National BSA has heard feedback form volunteers in the field and are now releasing updates to the mandatory online adult Youth Protection Training to include items such as:

  • New mobile friendly design.
  • Updates to the certification test to make questions less ambiguous.

National BSA will communicate when this new release is available – the target date is June 1st, 2021.  It is recommended that anyone who has started the online training prior to this date complete the training as the new versions will cause the loss of any progress in a module.

As you meet with your committee and other parents to plan your Scouting group’s calendar and budget for the upcoming year, please start the discussion on your popcorn sale.  

The first thing you need to establish is your Unit’s Popcorn Kernel. Here is a list of the duties the Popcorn Kernel will be responsible for:

  • Attend popcorn kickoff in August.
  • Host a unit sale kickoff.  Establish the goal and focus on fun incentives!
  • Coordinate and promote your unit’s “Knocking for Popcorn Campaign” during the sale.
  • Ensure all families in your unit receive sales materials (some join late or miss the unit kickoff)
  • Collect popcorn orders and prize selections from each Scout and combine them to create your unit’s order.
  •   Place “Winner’s Circle” prize orders.
  • Make sure all qualifying Scouts get the prizes and incentives they earned.
  • Complete blue bonus prize form and turn in at popcorn pick up along with selling roster.
  • Coordinate pick-up with your distribution site and distribute popcorn to the Scouts of your unit.
  • Collect money from Scouts and turn in check to the Samoset Council.

This year you have the option to participate in “Show and Sell”. Your unit will have a low-risk opportunity to increase your sale by ordering product in advance.  Product can be sold door to door, at work, at family gatherings or at store fronts.  Samoset Council is offering increased commissions based on your show and sell participation as well as success.  Now is the time to discuss with your Unit the option of “Show and Sell”.

Summer Recruitment - Getting the Word Out!

Besides the typical activities, what can you do to get the word out about joining scouting? Marketing research shows that it’s all about exposure, and it takes up to seven impressions to cement the message in your audience’s consciousness. Here are a few ideas you probably haven’t tried:

  • Blow your own horn. Put up a display at your school and at your chartered organization. Even a static display in a window or display case can catch the eye of prospective members. Have pictures of fun things you’ve done recently. Some camping gear or a Pinewood Derby car adds to the “wow” factor. A poster or three in the lunchroom with the day and time of your recruiting night reminds boys and girls about the event. Don’t forget about local businesses that may allow posters or displays in their store windows.
  • Use your Scouts as recruiters. The best recruiters are those boys and girls who are having fun right now! Ask your Scouts to invite a friend who isn’t in the pack or troop already. The BSA has peer-to-peer recruiting cards that youth can give their friends (ask your unit service executive or council office for details). Make sure they know they’ll earn the Recruiter emblem if their invitation results in a new Scout joining.
  • Pin one on. You might know, the BSA has a website devoted to recruiting new members. The site has a ZIP Code search function that returns a list and map of Scouting units in the area; each has a “pin” with meeting time and place and contact information.  Now is the time to update your unit’s information so it is current and correct.
  • Go out on the town. Participate in civic events in your community. Many towns have summer events of some kind. Have an exhibit demonstrating Scouting. Have your unit volunteer to help with some aspect of the event, like selling refreshments or managing lines for attractions. If there’s a parade, ask to march in it. Scouts in uniform remind the community that yes, we do still exist, and might intrigue impressionable youth and their parents.
  • Go to church. Contact the churches in your area and ask if they’d be willing to put an announcement in their bulletin. Also ask if you can put a recruiting flyer on the bulletin board. A general information phone number or website could be listed, and flyers could have tear-off tabs so interested parents will have a number to call to find out where and how to join.
  • Get in the newspaper. Contact the editor of your community’s newspaper and provide details on activities and service your unit is doing   Include information on Join Scouting events. They’re usually happy to provide a listing or run a story. A high-quality photo of some exciting activity can help promote your recruiting and can help the editor fill the “news hole”.
  • Your name in lights. Schools, churches and civic facilities often have a changeable message sign that displays short announcements for passers-by to see. Ask if they’ll add your recruiting event to the rotation.

Select Cub Scout Elective Adventures Retiring Effective May 2022

Nineteen elective adventures (listed below) have been some of the least popular with some being earned by fewer than 3% of Cub Scouts.

Elective adventures are reviewed for content and popularity. These 19 were the least popular based on sales and advancement data. They will be archived in Scoutbook and Internet Advancement, removing the ability to mark them as completed after the retirement date of May 31, 2022.

Cub Scouts can still earn these electives through next May. Most packs transition to the next rank in June, but your den or pack might already have plans for the next program year. So, this next program year from fall 2021 through spring 2022 will be the last time to work on these adventures. However, inventory for loops and pins is limited and will only be available while supplies last.

Cub Scouts can still wear the adventure loops and pins after that date. Once it’s earned, it’s not taken away from the Cub Scout.

To be more agile in program development, the following elective adventures will be retired, effective May 31, 2022.

This Is Your Opportunity to Share Thoughts on Future BSA National Jamborees

Take this survey and/or participate in a focus group to provide input on future National Jamborees. Learn more here.