Frequently Asked Questions about Napowan Summer Camp

  1. What is Napowan?
  2. Where is Camp Napowan located?
  3. When does Troop 10 visit Napowan?
  4. What activities are available at Napowan?
  5. Who should go to Napowan?
  6. Are visitors allowed?
  7. Can I call my son?
  8. How do I mail letters or packages?
  9. Can my son call home?

What is Napowan?

Camp Napowan is one of two Boy Scout camps owned and operated by the Pathway to Adventure Council, of which Troop 10 is a part. (The other is Camp Lakota near Woodstock, IL.) Camp Napowan covers approximately 400 acres in central Wisconsin. The camp has 2 water program areas, 3 shooting ranges, a nature area, a COPE course and a "frontier village".  Napowan is the center piece of the Council's boy scout summer activity program.

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Where is Camp Napowan located?

Camp Napowan is located in central Wisconsin near Wild Rose, WI.  Directions to Napowan are available at the Napowan web site.

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When does Troop 10 visit Napowan?

Troop 10 goes to Napowan for the first 2 weeks of the summer camp season. This is typically the last week in June and the first week in July. Check the current troop schedule for the exact dates. Each week-long session lasts from Sunday to the following Saturday. Scouts can attend either or both week-long sessions. Scouts staying both weeks participate in a special activity (and visit a laundromat!) on the weekend between sessions.

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What activities are available at Napowan?

There are many activities at Napowan and the Scout can work towards several merit badges. Many of these badges are Eagle required and some are difficult to get anywhere but at Napowan because they have the facilities and councilors readily available. Napowan has 2 water program areas, one for swimming and one for small craft sailing, 3 shooting ranges, for archery, rifles and shot guns, a nature area for environmental-related badges, and a "frontier village" for craft-related merit badges. Refer to the Napowan web site for details of the program offerings.

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Who should go to Napowan?

Everyone! New scouts must have attended at least one monthly Troop 10 campout before being eligible to attend Napowan summer camp. It is suggested that first year Scouts attend for 1 week and second and third year Scouts go for two weeks.

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What about parents?

The troop needs adult leaders to help at Napowan. This can be a fun and rewarding opportunity for moms and dads to be with their son and also experience the Napowan programs. Parents staying overnight at camp must be trained and registered adult leaders. Further information about helping at Napowan will be distributed during camp sign-up.

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Are visitors allowed?

Day visitors are allowed; just check in at the camp office, receive a wristband and purchase any necessary meal tickets. However please plan ahead and coordinate with your scout. The boys are only in camp during the day for meals; at all other times they are at various activity areas in camp and may be difficult to locate. Only registered adult leaders, with proper medical forms, are allowed to camp overnight. Please make arrangements in advance for overnight stays to ensure paperwork is complete and that we have an available tent.

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Can I call my son?

Call the camp only in an emergency situation. The number for emergencies is 920-622-3680. Because the boys are at activity areas all day, it will take camp staff some time to first locate our adult leaders, for our leaders to locate your son, and for your son to get to the camp office to return your call. You can mail postcards, letters and small packages to your son.

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How do I mail letters or packages?

Letters and packages should be addressed to:

<boy's name>
Troop 10 - Cherokee Campsite
Camp Napowan
N4789 24th Avenue
Wild Rose, WI 54984

Please allow several days for the mail to reach camp; mail letters on Thursday or Friday for delivery the following week.

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Can my son call home?

We discourage calling home. The camp has one or two pay phones that must be shared amongst all campers. To prevent abuses, the payphones can only be used when the Scout is accompanied by an adult leader. Most boys are so busy with activities there is no time to wait in line for the pay phones. The scouts may not bring cell phones to camp. Our experience is that first-year scouts quickly adapt to being away at camp as long as they have participated in at least one monthly Troop 10 campout.

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