Smiley News Update

Council Fall/Popcorn Kick-Off Locations

Scout Shop & Office Closings

The Council Scout Office and Scout Shop will be closed Monday, August 23 and Tuesday, August 24 as ALL staff will be out of office at a conference. We will reopen for business on Wednesday, August 25. We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage units to plan accordingly.

2021 Fall Popcorn Sale

Mark Your Calendars

August 10th-Popcorn Kick off in Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids

August 12th-Popcorn Kick off in Weston, Rhinelander, and Marshfield

September 1st- Show and Sell Popcorn orders are due

September 24th- Show and Sell Popcorn pick up

September 25th-Popcorn sale begins

October 24th-Popcorn sale ends

October 27th- Popcorn orders due

November 12 and 13th- Popcorn Delivery

December 12th- Popcorn checks cashed


Please contact your Unit Serving Executive to let them know who your Unit’s Popcorn Kernel will be and if you will be participating in the Show and Sell program or the Take Order program or both.

Popcorn Show and Sell Program

Samoset Council is offering the opportunity to have the popcorn in hand when you start selling this fall! Must sign up by September 1st!


•             Sell outside of storefronts, garage sales, sporting events, or door to door!

•             You do not have to go back to deliver the product it is all done in one trip!

•             You get increased commissions!

•             You can keep whatever you do not sell for the take order popcorn sale!


•             Order product online for Show and Sell by September 1st

•             Show and Sell popcorn pick up September 24th.  Choose to pick up at B & D Warehouse in Weston or Pick N Save in Eagle River

•             Sell product by freshness dates indicated on product containers

Increased Commissions (Earn up to 32%-36% on entire sale) 

•             Qualify for 1% commission bonus by ordering show and sell package by September 1st, 2021 ***MINIMUM $500 order needed to qualify

•             Qualify for 1% commission bonus by increasing your total sale over 2020 by 10%.  (Example: unit who sold $8,000 dollars in 2020 will qualify if they sell $8,800 in 2021)

Things to Know:

•             You must order product by the case so order an amount you know you can sell.

•             NO RETURNS- You have until early 2022 to sell the popcorn.

•             You can give each Scout family product to sell for the Show and Sell sale based on what they sold last year or for new Scouts what the unit tends to sell.

•             Show and sell product can be applied towards individual Scout prizes.

•             Show and sell product can NOT be applied as a single amount towards prizes (Example:  unit who orders $5,000 worth of popcorn can NOT order one $5,000 bonus prize as well.  Prizes are earned by individual Scouts, NOT units. 

•             This is a low-risk option because you can deduct any show and sell product from your upcoming take order at the end of October. 


Go to

- Click on “My Account”

- Enter in your username and password (or create them if you do not have access as a unit popcorn coordinator/kernel)

- Once in the system, you will see your dashboard.

- Click “New Order” on the Dashboard.

-Choose Show and Sell

Remember for Show and Sell orders you will enter in as cases

The sale begins on Saturday, September 25th when the Take Order Sale begins

For all popcorn information please visit

Norman Schultz Memorial Bench Dedication at Camp Tesomas on August 22

On Sunday, August 22, 2021 we will be honoring the Scouting legacy of Norm Schultz (previously from Wisconsin Rapids) and dedicating a bench in his memory at Tesomas Scout Camp at the east shower house. The bench dedication will take place at 10:30 am on Sunday, August 22nd and will be led by Norm's great grandson Patrick Button and Troop 741 of Hartford, WI. All are invited to attend (no RSVP necessary).

Norm was very active in Scouting for over 3 decades. He served as Scoutmaster for Troop 171 out of the Methodist Church in Wisconsin Rapids where he guided his son and many other young men to Eagle. He was part of the Order of Arrow and awarded the Silver Beaver Award. Norm also led a large group in building all the mess hall tables for Camp Tesomas in the mid-1980s and the tables are still in use today. From the 1980's until a few years before his death, Norm also led an Eagle Scout board of review team, assisting many more Scouts in achieving the highest rank in Scouts.

Norman Schultz: May 29, 1929 – March 18, 2018.

Setting Up Your Unit BeAScout Pin 

BeAScout is an online site that prospective members can use to find a unit near them.  To prepare for your  My.Scouting Tools Online Registration go-live, please verify that your BeAScout pin is turned on and that the  contact information is current and displays the information you want shown for your unit.

Step 1: Log in to your My.Scouting account. -

Step 2: Go to Organization Manager  ? Select Menu    ? Select your unit  ? Select Organization Manager

Step 3: Update your Unit Information 

A. Select Unit Pin on the left-hand side of the  screen you will now see the fields available for  setting up your BeAScout Pin.

B. In the Unit Information section of the screen, set  the Appear on BeAScout to the on position.If the check mark is visible then the setting in in  the on position. Turning this on allows the unit  pin to show on the map. 

C. Set Allow People to Apply Online so it is in the  on position with the check mark showing. 

D. Add your units Primary Contact information –  this will be the person whose information will be visible when someone clicks on your unit’s pin. It is recommended that you include an email  address.  The telephone number is optional and will only show if you select to display it.  Use the edit button to change the contact information.
E. Enter your unit’s web address in the Unit Web  Site box. 

F. Add additional information – frequently asked questions can be addressed here such as what day and time the unit usually meets. This field is optional but can help parents determine if your unit meets their  needs before they apply.   
? For Packs you may list your den meeting info, such as days and  times –remember new parents who have never been in Scouting  may be unfamiliar with our program.  So, including things like  “Tigers meet on Monday” will not be helpful, instead say “1st  graders meet Monday” 
? For Troops, Teams, Crews, or Ships – you may want to list any  specialty areas of interest your unit does such as a Troop that focuses on hiking, or a Crew that focuses on scuba, or a Ship that  focuses on sailing small crafts, things that will help people decide if  it is the right unit for them.

G. Check your unit meeting address and correct if needed.     It will default to your Chartered Organization address.  If  this is not where your unit meets edit the address so that  your meeting location will show on the pin.

Step 4: Select the fields to display on the unit  pin.   
The fields you can choose from are displayed in the  Unit Pin Preview.   The unit type you configured in  Settings will automatically show and the apply now  online will show if you enabled it in the previous steps.  The fields you select will display in the Unit Pin Preview  as you enable them so that you can see what will be  displayed on your BeAScout pin.    Only those fields that have the check mark next to  them will display in BeAScout

Scout Shop Employment 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.)

Camp Tesomas Alumni Reunion 

The Camp Tesomas Alumni Reunion is coming up on August 14th. If you’re interested in catching up with some old friends and making new ones, head to for all of the details!

2021 Charter Renewal 

It is that time again!  Yes, time to start thinking about chartering your unit.  2021 is a crucial year with charters because the National organization will be moving to a new system in January 2022.  We are asking all active units to have their charters done before November 31.  Most turn in date will be at popcorn pick-up.  Your Unit Serving Executive will be in touch with more details.

Pre-Charter Renewal - important steps before logging in.

·        Inventory your members and collect fees.  Collect BSA registration fee & Boys Life subscription fee from each youth and adult that will be continuing their membership.  Your unit committee may choose to pay these fees from funds raised during the annual popcorn sale.

·        Secure completed membership applications, including required signatures, for all new youth and new adult members.   Adult applications must include a signed Disclosure/Authorization Form and also include proof of having completed Youth Protection Training.

·        Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers.  Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current the volunteer will not be reregistered.

·        Be sure you have your 9-digit unit access code.  You will need this to begin the charter renewal process online.  You will receive your access code the first week of October.

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. This course is for Scouters at all levels of the program and will help you understand more about what Scouting is and why we do it while building stronger units.
    This training is on par with corporate-level workshops and you can expect to develop knowledge in project planning, conflict management, mentoring, leading change and more! The presentations include a mix of games, activities, demonstrations, and engaged conversation, along with other methods of delivery. 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. Scholarships are available for this course through the campership form located on the Samoset site under the resources tab in the forms and documents dropdown. The cutoff for sign up is July 28th. Wood Badge is an excellent experience like no other and we hope to see you there!

Swamp Monster Egg Hunt Postponed

Due to unexpected and extenuating circumstances, the Samoset Council has decided to  postpone the Swamp Monster Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt which was originally scheduled for August 31 at Iverson Park, Stevens Point to the beginning of May 2022. (Exact date to be determined with approval from Steven Point Parks & Rec Dept.)

This action will help ensure that the Samoset Council is able to provide a premier community event for all our sponsors and participants.

We look forward to everyone’s participation and support of our upcoming Swamp Monster Egg Hunt next May!

Troop 9118 won the United Way Can Sculpture Contest

Troop 9118 won the Minor League can sculpture contest put on by the United Way of South Wood and Adams County

Cub Scout Skill Days, October 23rd, 2021, Camp Fletcher – Stevens Point

Looking for a great day of fun for your Cub Scouts?  Plan to be part of the Cub Scout Skills Day.  Scouts will be challenged to do group skills to solve problems, test their strength and just have fun.  Look for more information at your September roundtable.  Think Chuck Wagon, you do not need a Chuck, but a wagon is recommended.

Scouts BSA Olympians plan to attend the October 15-17, 2021.  Look for more information at your September Roundtable.  Scouts will test their skills to accomplish Herculean feats.  You will also have the chance to test your patrol’s abilities on October 22-24, 2021.  Both locations will be disclosed at the September Roundtables, so plan to be there as well.

Section C-1B Conclave

Find out more about the Order of the Arrow and our brothers in the area at the Section C-1B O.A Conclave – September 17-19, 2021.  Get to meet and have fun with O.A. Members from five different lodges and learn more about the Order.  This year it will be held at Camp Decorah in Holmen, WI.  Register online at for more information.

What is Conclave

Section Conclave is an annual event where five lodges from Central Region Section 1B come together for fellowship, training, and fun while celebrating the traditions of the Order of the Arrow.

Why Should I Attend?

Join Arrowmen from across Section C-1B for our annual Section fellowship and training event. There’s something for everyone from the newest Ordeal to the most experience Vigil. Check out the Conclave schedule for everything you’ll see there!

What Does Conclave Offer?

This event will showcase the best of the Order of the Arrow! Learn about history and traditions of the Order as well as skills you can use in and outside of Scouting.

Date: September 17-19, 2021
Location: Camp Decorah (W7520 Council Bay Rd, Holmen, WI 54636)
Cost: $40
Early Bird Discount: Register before Labor Day, save $5!


2021 Council Join Night Event-September 23rd 2021
The 2021 Scheduled Council Join Event will be held on September 23, 2021.  All units are encouraged to meet with their Unit Serving Executive to discuss time and location.