Napowan is the summer camp Troop 22 has attended since 1987. 2016 is our 30th consecutive year at Napowan! We have explored other camps and we believe this camp offers the best combination of activities, merit badges, advancement opportunities, staff and comfort. The camp is located near peaceful Wild Rose, WI.
We also have the best camp site in the entire camp: Wolf A (see the map of camp).
Here are some things you will want to know about camp:
Weather at Napowan
The weather is usually great, but sometimes it gets a little warm. And it does rain sometimes. And there was that ice storm one year. Anyway here is the current forecast
New for 2016
Older Scout Program:
The Older Scout Program returns and participants can earn Auto Maintenance, Fire Safety, and Search & Rescue Merit Badges. This program is for scouts age 14+ and scouts must register for this program just like a merit badge.
New Merit Badges
Animation, Engineering, Chess, Pulp & Paper
Boys must have attained at least the rank of Scout before attending camp. This is because the prerequisite for earning merit badges is that they must have earned Scout first.
All participants (scouts and leaders) are required to use the current form (2014 version), which can be found here. Previous year's forms or school medical forms will not be accepted. Parts A, B and C need to be completed.
Slotting for 2016 merit badges starts March 1st!
For a list of Merit Badges being offered click here. Most merit badges have prerequisites - requirements that must be done before arriving at camp. Click on "Download the list" for that information.
All scouts must have a schedule of merit badges and other activities so that they can accomplish their goals for camp. Some merit badges are only offered at specific times of the day, others are open. Make a list of the merit badges you wish to take and the leaders will help you make it into a schedule.
Things to bring with you:
☐ Lunch for the trip up on Sunday morning. Must be 100% disposable!
☐ Sleeping bag or blankets
☐ Flashlight (if desired)
☐ Pen or pencil
☐ Watch (inexpensive)
☐ Any medications (turn in Sunday morning - MUST be in original containers in a ziplock bag)
☐ Clothing (for a whole week!)
☐ One pair long pants, and a jacket or sweatshirt are required (it gets cold sometimes)
☐ Scout Handbook for those not yet First Class
☐ Uniform (wear on Sunday)
☐ Swim Suit (wear on Sunday under uniform)
☐ Towels (swimming and bathing). Best to keep bathing towel with you on Sunday as you will likely take the swim test before we unpack the trailer.
☐ Scout cap (required)
☐ Other hat (optional) - it's recommended scouts wear a hat whenever possible to help reduce sunburn.
☐ Purple Troop 22 shirt (for meals)
☐ Rain coat or poncho
☐ Additional pair of shoes (open toe shoes are permitted ONLY at beach or to/from showers)
☐ Air mattress, cot or pad (optional but must fit in less than half the space of the tent)
☐ Soap, deodorant, tooth brush, toothpaste, comb, etc. NO aerosol cans!
☐ Insect lotion (NO aerosol cans)
☐ Merit Badge homework
☐ OA sash (OA members)
☐ CPR card (if you earned one) for merit badges that require it
☐ For swimming merit badge: long sleeve, button-type shirt and long pants are required - these will get soaked!
Remember to label everything with your name - especially purple shirts since they all look the same.
Lighters / matches
Anything in an aerosol spray can
Tents (scout tents are provided by the troop - two scouts per tent)
Food - unless you have enough to share with the troop. NO FOOD IN TENTS!
Scouts are required to wear their Field Uniform (tan shirt, Scout hat, neckerchief) to and from camp. While at camp, any tasteful clothing is OK, except at dinner we wear our purple shirts. A hat should be worn at all times but it does not have to be a scout hat except when traveling and at dinner.
Electronic games, MP3/CD players and cell phones may be used in the car, and will be left in the car while at camp (not responsible for damage caused by heat.) Cell phones are an exception if the parents agrees it's necessary that scouts keep their cell phone at camp, but it's discouraged. It becomes a distraction and there is always the risk of loss.
Parents are always welcome to visit their sons and observe the program and facilities at Camp. Since the Troop has a schedule of activities planned, please check with the leaders first, so that you don’t miss seeing your son. IMPORTANT: Scouts may NOT leave camp at any time without prior, written, approval from the parents. If you anticipate this may come up, please discuss with the Scoutmaster BEFORE camp! Family camping is not permitted at Napowan but there are other options nearby.
The troop will have a "bank" that the boys can deposit money in and withdraw as desired. This helps reduce the amount of lost money. This does NOT mean the leaders will be monitoring how the boys spend their money. That is between the boys and their parents. Put all money in a small unsealed envelope with the Scout’s name on it. Include small bills, as the leaders will not be able to make change. No checks or credit cards! Spending money will be needed for certain merit badges and extra activities (and the Trading Post). $40-60 appears to be the average.
Some activities at camp are an extra cost:
- Rifle and Shotgun Merit Badges – Estimate $30.00
- Motor Boating Merit Badge - $15.00
- Archery Merit Badge - $2.50
- Watersports Merit Badge- $30.00
- Space Exploration Merit Badge (Estimate) - $10.00
- Cooking Merit Badge - $5.00
- Open Water Skiing - $10.00
- Open Shooting: 10 rounds (.22 Cal) - $1.00
- 5 rounds (12 gauge) shotgun - $2.50
- C.O.P.E. - $15.00
- Horsemanship - $60.00
PLEASE discourage phone calls home. They are often disruptive and usually make any minor homesickness much worse! The camp does not have a pay phone and scouts should not have cell phones with them. Scouts and leaders may be contacted at the camp in an emergency, however the camp is very large and it could take up to three hours to locate a specific person. The camp's phone number is: (920) 622-3680
Mail at camp
Scouts LOVE to get mail from home at camp! USPS, UPS and FedEx all deliver to camp. Address mail as follows:
Wolf A Campsite
Napowan Adventure Base
N4789 24th Avenue
Wild Rose, WI 54984
Camp Napowan Trivia
- Camp Napowan was founded in 1946
- Camp Napowan is situated on two lakes, Lake Napowan and Hills Lake.
- The camp property is currently 393 acres in size.
- Lake Napowan was originally named Funk Lake, and the name of the camp comes from the name of the lake
- Hills Lake is named for the Hills (Brothers coffee) family who owned large properties in the area
- The Hills family donated a cabin, which was taken apart, moved and reassembled in the Flintlock village by the camp ranger. It is now used for the Graphic Arts Merit Badge.
- The dining hall is the oldest building on camp (not counting the Hills cabin), and the dining pavilion is the newest
- Harrison (then known as Harry) Ford was a camp counselor at Camp Napowan in 1957. He was on the Nature staff and you can see his name on the staff paddle for that year in the old dining hall.