Summer Camp at Camp Tesomas – July 12-18, 2020

It’s time to register for Troop 24 Summer Camp!!

Troop 24′s annual summer camp will be at Camp Tesomas, north of Rhinelander, Wisconsin (about 6 hours from Riverside). The dates for this year’s camp are July 12-18, 2020. Camp Tesomas has recently announced that they DO plan to run summer camp starting July 5. More information about the camp is available here:

Camp Tesomas will be run with modifications to follow social distancing guidelines and requirements. BSA is allowing one scout per tent for this summer, or tent sharing for family members. A rotational plan of activities will be used to avoid large group interaction. We will eat at the campsite rather than at the dining hall. We plan to travel to camp by leader cars this year, rather than take the bus. Bikes will not be used at camp this year. Scouts will not pre-register for merit badge classes this year, as the focus of camp will be scouting experiences rather than merit badge completion.

The cost for camp is $310. Because many scouts have popcorn credits, the camp fee will be paid by check made out to Troop 24. Checks can be turned in to Troop Committee Chair Carrie Staubus. Once you register, you will receive drop off information. Scouts with popcorn credit will receive an e-mail with the amount. If it will be a hardship to pay everything at once, you can pay $150 now, with the remainder due by June 1.

All scouts will need an updated BSA medical form, signed by a physician (Part C) prior to going to camp. Please make your doctors’ appointments soon. The form that you need to take to your physician can be downloaded here:

Please don’t wait until the last minute to register! Register for camp here: Camp Tesomas 2020 Scout Registration Please register and turn in your money by May 20 so we know who will be attending for planning purposes!

Adults planning to attend Camp Tesomas, register here: Camp Tesomas 2020 Adult Registration

General questions about camp can be directed to our Summer Camp Coordinator, Carolyn Lach at

Summer Camp 2020

Troop 24 has reservations to attend Camp Tesomas July 12-18, 2020. Currently, Camp Tesomas staff is planning to hold summer camp in 2020 if they are allowed by state guidelines and regulations regarding COVID-19 and social distancing. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Wisconsin Department of Health have not yet decided whether summer camps will be allowed.

We are asking Troop 24 members to answer a brief survey regarding your opinion on whether the troop should attend Camp Tesomas if permitted. Please let us know your concerns in the “Comments” section of the survey.

Summer Camp 2020 Survey

Start Thinking About Summer Camp!

Troop 24 will be attending Tesomas Summer Camp July 12-18, 2020. The cost of camp will be $310 per scout, plus an additional bus fee for transportation. Sign-up on our troop website will begin in spring. For those with financial hardship, camperships are available to pay a portion of this cost. Tesomas campership applications are due April 1. Here is a link to the form that parents should submit to be considered: Samoset Campership Application. Troop 24 also has campership money available for scouts with financial hardship who participated in our troop fundraising. Contact Scoutmaster Tim Lauger for more information.

Tesomas program registration opens on March 1, and the following programs have limited enrollment. Microtrek 101 is for scouts who are 13 and 14 years of age and First Class rank (morning only, $50 additional cost). Microtrek 200 is for Scouts 15 years of age or older and First Class rank (morning or afternoon session, $65 additional cost). Microtrek 300 is for scouts who have already completed Microtrek 200 (all day program, $110 additional cost). More information will be available at troop meetings or on the Camp Tesomas website. Email our Troop Camp Coordinator Carolyn Lach ASAP at if you want to sign up for a Microtrek program.

Four merit badge classes have limited enrollment: Climbing, Archery, Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting ($25 additional fee). If you wish to participate in one of these programs, email our Troop Camp Coordinator Carolyn Lach ASAP at New scouts will be participating in merit badge classes and programs which do not have limited enrollment, so those families can just save the dates of July 12-18 and wait for the information meeting our troop will have later this year.

Camp Tesomas Photos

We received the following message from Camp Tesomas staff to share with our Troop 24 families:


Thank you for a wonderful week at camp! Below is the link to the end of the week slideshow as well as the rest of the pictures taken during the week. Enjoy!





Arrival Home from Camp Tesomas

Troop 24 should arrive at the Hauser parking lot at about 4:45pm today (Saturday, July 20th).  Please be on time to pick up your scout and their gear.

Bikes have arrived already and it would be helpful if parents could pick up their scout’s bike now (starting st 1:30 pm). The bikes are also at the Hauser parking lot.

Camp Tesomas Monday

Troop 24 has had a good day, starting our merit badge claases and other programs. Scout were able to swim, bike and boat during our free time.
A storm has rolled in tonight, but we are all safe in our “storm shelter” buildings, playing cards and board games while we wait for the rain and lightning to be done.

Tesomas Mail

If you wish to send mail to your scout at camp, please address the mail in this way:

(Camper’s Name), Troop 24
Tesomas Scout Camp
5403 Spider Lake Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501

You are encouraged to mail things several days early to ensure we receive it before checkout day.
Do NOT mail care packages that include any food items.

If there is an emergency family issue, please call (715) 365-3111 or email with
the camper’s name and unit number in the subject heading and the Camp Director will ensure that
the camper receives the message.

Camp Tesomas Reminders

Bike Inspection and Ax Yard
Bike inspection for camp will take place Thursday, July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lach’s house at 2334 S. 14th Ave. in North Riverside. We don’t want scouts to get to camp and have problems with their bikes, so please attend or have a family member bring your bike if you have a conflict. If you know that your bicycle needs repair you will need to bring the needed parts with you and we will repair the bike if possible. An Ax Yard will teach scouts how to safely use knives and axes. Scouts who participate will earn the Totin’ Chip which is required to possess or purchase a pocket knife at camp (mandatory for the Woodcarving Merit Badge).

Bike & Equipment Drop-Off
Bike drop-off is at Tom Hartwig’s yard at 2413 4th Avenue in North Riverside on Saturday, July 13 between 9 a.m. and noon. Remember to bring a bike helmet, as it is required by Camp Tesomas.

If you have any troop equipment (and ESPECIALLY tents), please bring it to the bike drop-off on Saturday.

Weather Forecast
The projected high temperatures in Rhinelander, Wisconsin next week range from 85 to 91 degrees, with a chance of thunderstorms a couple of days. Evening temperatures are predicted with a low of 64 degrees. Pack appropriately.

What to Bring
Please print and review the Troop 24 recommended Summer Camp Packing List. Scouts should pack so they know where everything is. Put your scout’s name on everything–AND WE MEAN EVERYTHING! Scouts must wear Class A uniforms (Scout shirts but not neckerchiefs) for travel to camp. Bring a hanger for the shirt during the week. Remember your scout book as we will have opportunities to work on rank advancement at Tesomas. If you have partial blue cards from merit badges offered at Tesomas, bring the partial blue cards so you can attempt to complete them at camp. You do not need blue cards for this year’s classes. Be sure to bring insect repellant and long pants & a long-sleeved shirt. When buying insect repellant, be sure it is NON-AEROSOL (aerosol sprays are very flammable, and are not allowed at camp). You may bring a cell phone (at your own risk) and ear buds for use on the bus only. Older scouts may bring their own tent or hammock if they wish, but there will be no solo youth tents (you still will have a tent-mate if not in a troop tent).

Scouts taking medications (prescription and non-prescription) should bring the meds in the original container in a ziplock bag labeled with the scout’s name. If there are multiple medications for a scout, please include a note detailing time, dosage, etc.
Carrie Staubus will collect this medication and remind those scouts when to take their medicine. Please give the bags to her at bus drop off on Sunday. The Tesomas medical office is available for scouts who need medication refrigerated or need other assistance. Please email if you have concerns.
Anyone who did not turn in their complete BSA medical form (with a copy of their health insurance card) MUST bring TWO copies on Sunday morning.
Scouts participating in the Scuba program must bring their packet with all required paperwork completed, including parent signatures.

Snacks/Allergy Info
No snacks are allowed in tents – do not bring any extra food for during the week. For the bus trip to camp, you should have a water bottle and if you wish a NUT-FREE, non-messy snack, such as a piece of fruit or two.

Scouts riding the bus will need money for lunch on the way to camp and money for lunch on the way home. Remind your scout to save back enough money to eat lunch on the return trip. Scouts may buy snacks at the Trading Post during the week. Souvenirs are available as well. $40 is the suggested amount to bring.

Meet in the parking lot of Hauser Jr. High at 6:30 a.m. sharp on Sunday, July 14th to load gear and prepare for a 7:00 am departure.

Swim Test
Scouts who did not take the swim test in advance will be taking the test almost immediately after arrival. Bring swim trunks and a towel in a separate bag on the bus.

Return to Riverside
The scouts arrive back at the Hauser parking lot at around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday July 20. They will use leaders’ phones to call as they get close and/or a group email will go out letting parents know when to meet the bus.

Summer Camp Code of Conduct

Greetings, Tesomas Families –

As our camping week approaches, you are no doubt preparing for our Sunday morning departure.

As noted in a prior post, maintaining a positive “Scout Spirit” at camp will enable all of us to make the most of the week’s opportunities.

So, please take a few moments to review the Summer Camp Code of Conduct with your Scout, where Camp and Troop conduct expectations are outlined.

The leadership will reinforce this with the Scouts, while aspiring to spend most of our time just sharing stories about the adventures of the day.


Tesomas Summer Camp

We are just one week away from Tesomas Summer Camp.

There is one more chance to complete the swimming tests at Pav YMCA on Monday, July 8th at 5:30 pm – if not, you will be asked to take a swim test upon arrival at camp. If you did the swim test with another lifeguard, please scan and email the test results on the camp form to

BSA medical forms must be turned in NOW to Mrs. Lach including Part C from your doctor and a copy of your health insurance card.

Make sure your bicycles are tuned up, air in the tires and ready to ride. We have limited bicycle repair capabilities or parts at camp. You MUST have a helmet. Bicycle and helmet turn in will be on SATURDAY JULY 13 from 9am to Noon at 2413 S 4th Avenue, North Riverside. Email if you need to schedule an earlier drop off.

To help you prepare for camp, Troop 24 will hold an Ax Yard/Bike Check on Thursday, July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lach residence, 2334 S. 14th Ave, North Riverside. The purpose of the Ax Yard is to teach proper and safe use of knives, axes, and saws. Completion of the Ax Yard is required to obtain a Totin Chip, which is required if the scout is in possession of any kind of personal knife during any scouting activity. In preparation for the Ax Yard, each scout must review wood tools use and safety rules in the Boy Scout Handbook Chapter 12. Scouts must wear closed toe shoes and may wear Class B shirts. Troop 24 Instructors and other available experienced scouts are required to attend the Ax Yard and be prepared to teach the requisite wood tool use and safety rules.

Go to the the Camp Tesomas website for camp information including a recommended packing list (under Parent Guidebook). You can also look at the Troop 24 summer camp packing list. Do Not Forget: Scout Handbook, Class A uniform, rain gear, sunscreen and bug spray. A camp chair is nice to have also. A couple notes of what NOT TO BRING: Anything Aerosol, open toed shoes including flip flops, electronics. Neither Troop 24 nor Camp Tesomas accepts any responsibility for lost or damaged electronics or personal items. Put your name on Everything!

Travel: The bus will pick up the Troop on Sunday July 14 at 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Hauser Jr High. Scouts must wear their uniform shirt for travel to camp. The bus will make one stop during which Scouts may purchase lunch on their own. Don’t forget to save money to purchase your lunch on the return trip.

We look forward to seeing everyone SUNDAY at 6:30 a.m.

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