We’ve completed another school year and here we are in June approaching summer and all the fun of summer camping at any of our excellent Three Harbor Council camps - Indian Mound Scout Reservation in Oconomowoc, WI, Camp OH DA KO TA in Burlington, WI, LeFeber Northwoods Camp in Laona, WI. and Camp Robert S. Lyle in Elcho, WI. Before we head off to camp, I’d like to touch on a few highlights from our district that have prepared our Scouts in the Heart of Milwaukee District to attend and enjoy summer camping fun!
We’ve had a number of our youth advance in rank this year, earning rank from Bobcat to the highly coveted Eagle. We’ve had a number of events that’s helped our Scouts experience everything from memorization of their Promise, Oath and Law to outdoor adventure. Our events which are becoming more well attended and capturing all the excitement that Scouting has to offer are a testament to the improvement in efforts to not only give different exposure through our youth Scouting activities, but also to provide as much opportunity to HOM Scouts as other Districts have in a more volunteer-based Scouting environment. HOM Cub Olympics, Scout Advancement Clinics, Winter Blast, Pinewood Derby, Blue & Gold Banquet, Scouting for Food; Council events like On To Eagle and Trailblazer Adventure Day, as well, give us the same exposure to Scouting activities similar to those of some of the most well established volunteer units in the Council.
The joy of seeing our Scouts compete at HOM Cub Olympics and know they’ve done their best in competition against one another is priceless. Witnessing a cross section of traditional and Scout reach units attending a Scout advancement clinic or learning meal planning is delectable! Seeing some of our newest units chilling in winter competition at our Winter Blast is as cool as it gets! Flagging the finish line for the speedsters at our HOM Pinewood Derby is exhilarating!!! Receiving the New Scout crossovers at HOM Blue and Gold is next level, moon walking thrill, but not as thrilling as providing service and practicing community involvement through Scouting for Food….and everyone knows that all Scouts want to fish, hike, learn archery and shoot BB Guns - along with learning the best ways to set up camp, learn & demonstrate camp etiquette and stick a tomahawk as Webelos. It doesn’t get any better than that!
All of the above is what our Scouts experienced this year and more! We continue to move into the realm of traditional Scouting and we’re adding a new traditional event this Fall with our first HOM Camporee in years. First, though, we hold our shakedown camp on June 14-16 at IMR and we attend the week long provisional camp at LeFeber Northwoods July 7-13. It’s not too late to sign up to participate in the excitement that is Scouting in the Heart of Milwaukee! Preparing future leaders!
To our volunteers who continue to support the movement of Scouting in the direction of leadership:
The HOM district events would not be possible without the self-less work and dedication of each volunteer who takes the time to give back to Scouting. So many boys and families are impacted by the generosity and hours that volunteers give to the program. This district would not survive without the great Volunteers in the Heart of Milwaukee!