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BOY SCOUTING IN TOMAHAWK
“A GAME WITH A PURPOSE”
In 1933, Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouting, described
Scouting as “a game with a purpose”. Nowhere is this statement truer than it is
right here. Tomahawk Troop 548 is oldest continuously chartered Troops in
the area, with a long history of excellence and service for more than 78 years.
Area young men continue to enjoy the benefits of Scouting today as they have
in the past. 40 members of the Troop have earned their Eagle Rank. In
addition to earning the National Quality Unit Award, the Troop earned the
prestigious National Camping Gold Award for over 1000 days and nights of
camping in a designated period. Troop 548 is sponsored by the Bronstead-
Searle Post #93 of the American Legion and conducts regular meetings every
Monday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the basement of the Legion Post.
Meeting activities planned by the Scouts themselves include learning and
practicing Scouting skills, planning trips and special activities, working on
merit badges or other projects of interest to the Scouts, games, and lots of fun.
The Troop is divided into patrols of from 4 to 8 boys with new Scouts learning
their skills from the older boys.
The aim of Boy Scouting is to improve the standard of character, citizenship,
and fitness in young men through a program of outdoor activities and
community service. The program is open to all boys in the 11 through 18 age
group. Here in Tomahawk, Troop 548 operates a vigorous and active program
based on camping and canoeing right here in the Northwoods. The Troop
camps at least once a month on a year round basis using a number of local
resources. The Troop outings program is designed to provide the Scouts with
fun, new skills, and advancement. In addition to meeting requirements for
advancing in rank, campouts provide opportunities for earning merit badges,
including Camping, Hiking, Cooking, Backpacking, Pioneering, Orienteering,
Wilderness Survival, and many others.
The City of Tomahawk, dating from the 1940s, has allowed the Scouts to use
“Arrowhead Island” in the Wisconsin River as a Scout camp and base of
operations. From here the Troop conducts the bulk of its canoeing and
camping activities. In addition to monthly short-term campouts, the Troop
also offers annual weeklong camping at Camp Tesomas near Rhinelander.
Summer camp is the ideal place for new Scouts to begin working on
advancement and merit badges, and it is a good place for more experienced
Scouts to earn some of the merit badges required for Eagle. It is also, of
course, a great place to have fun.
Troop 548 also sponsors an additional weeklong annual high adventure activity
open to all Scouts. Recent adventures have included a canoe trip to the
Boundary Waters canoe area, a canoe trip down the Manitowish River in the
Northern Highlands/American Legion State Forest a backpacking trip along
the Lake Superior Trail in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness of the Upper
Peninsula of Michigan, a backpacking trip on Isle Royal in Lake Superior, and
a backpacking trip to the Pictured Rocks area of Upper Michigan Scouting in
Tomahawk is not all fun and games. The Troop is involved in a number of
community service efforts, all designed to promote good citizenship and a
caring attitude in the participants. Some of the recent service projects have
included participation in Tomahawk’s “Make a Difference Day”, Tomahawk
Together, and our annual “Scouting for Food” food drive. The Troop also
participates in the annual Tomahawk Fire and Rescue School held each Sept.
We have also participated in a number of service projects aimed at maintaining
and upgrading local as well as State and National Park facilities and trails.
Troop 548 is a boy-run Troop. Boy leaders plan and execute their own
program, with the support and participation of parents and adult leaders. New
Scouts begin with small jobs under the guidance of more experienced Scouts.
As their skills and knowledge improve, new responsibilities are given to them.
Learning leadership skills is one of the most important products of being a Boy
Scout. The Troop is always looking for new Scouts with a desire to learn,
develop, and have fun. Boys wishing to become a part of Scouting in
Tomahawk should contact the Scoutmaster, Dave Schmit or one of the other
We could not be what we are, without those that
went before us and showed us the way.
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