Tesomas Program Areas
Business & Technology
Learn to build a computer or run your own business. This area teaches Scouts about technology and how to use it. Furthermore, it offers merit badges to strengthen personal skills which help a Scout be successful later in life.
COPE & Climbing
Get a taste of adventure with our 60’ climbing tower, featuring walls for rappelling, climbing, and team-building. For the most daring Scouts and leaders, our famous Hanna Zip-line offers a breathtaking ride to the ground from the top of the tower. The challenge continues just a few steps away at Project C.O.P.E. Participants walk the line on our 45’ high-ropes course and test their limits at our low course events, building teamwork and working through various obstacles.
Eagle Quest offers opportunities to help young Scouts complete their Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.
The schedules, designed around the more difficult requirements, allow the Scouts to select requirements they need to finish the rank they are currently working towards. Many of the Scouts participating in the Eagle Quest program will need the guidance of their Leaders to remind them of their schedule and of any necessary items they might need.
The Eagle Quest Schedule runs all day long to make it possible for Scout to advance a full rank during their stay at camp. If a Scout only needs help on a few requirements, they should sign up for merit badges and come to Eagle Quest during open instruction. Open instruction is a good way to make up missed requirements or to complete new ones. However, it is not a replacement for attendance at Eagle Quest. Some requirements like the cooking, the 5-mile hike, the 1-mile compass course, etc. cannot be completed during open instruction. Most requirements need a day of instruction and another for evaluation; therefore Scouts should not wait until Friday to start requirements.
- Requirements start on time in order for the schedule to flow smoothly.
- Certain requirements will require the Scouts to dress properly for the activity. Swimsuit, towel, and shoes are needed for all swimming requirements. Long pants are recommended for hikes. If some Scouts are not properly dressed, we cannot hold up the class while they go back to their campsites to change.
Certain requirements meet at other locations besides Eagle Quest. These locations are noted on the schedule. Please have your Scouts arrive on time and be prepared.
- First Class requirement 1b (finding direction at night) will take place on Tuesday evening at 10:00 PM and Scouts are asked to meet at the Activity Field. If the weather doesn't cooperate, the staff will re-schedule this requirement and make an announcement about the change.
- Tenderfoot requirements 10a and 10b (physical fitness tests) cannot both be completed at camp, as they require a 30 day period between them. In order to complete requirement 10 fully at camp, a Scout must begin 10a at least 30 days beforehand. However, a Scout may choose to begin 10a at camp, wherein 10b must then be completed at a later date.
- Totin' Chip is offered Monday & Thursday at 3:30 PM (only need to attend one of these).
- Firem'n Chit is offered Tuesday & Friday at 3:30 PM (only need to attend one of these).
Ecology & Conservation
One of the most precious resource at Camp Tesomas is the environment. Eco/Con offers a wide variety of merit badge classes using the awesome surroundings as the classroom. In addition to merit badge work, Eco/Con is headquarters for conservation hikes, nature trails and various displays. The director and staff can offer Scouts ideas for year-round nature activities.
Carve it, weave it, thread it, paint it, pound it, imprint it. Handicraft offers all this to unleash a Scout’s creativity. Handicraft is one area in which new Scouts will always find success. Some proejcts can be completed using natural materials while others may require supplies from the Trading Post. Please read the special notes below for more information.
- Basketry and Fingerprinting are 2-3 day merit badges offered Monday & Tuesday and again on Thursday & Friday. Scouts who need extra time to finish their project or who would like to start early, can use the open time on Wednesday. Scouts need to start the merit badge on Monday or Thursday in order to insure completion.
- Woodcarving, Leatherwork, and Art take a full week to complete. Scouts should sign-up for the time they would like to work on a badge and expect to be busy the full week.
- Handicraft offers Basketry from 3:30-4:30 Monday & Tuesday and Fingerprinting from 3:30-4:30 on Thursday & Friday. Scouts need to show up on both days to insure completion.
- Scouts can work on their project for any merit badge during free time (3:30-5:30) but should not expect to complete any badge during this time unless otherwise noted because they are encouraged to take part in afternoon activities throughout camp.
No merit badge can be started on Friday since requirements require a day of instruction and another day for evaluation.
Micro Trek is perfect for those who have already done much of what Tesomas offers, but still want to experience a little more adventure. Micro-Treks are miniature versions of Hanna Venture Base Treks, which are week-long high-adventure excursions available to Boy Scouts, and Venturers.
Learn more about Micro-Trek
Tesomas is proud to offer one of the few program areas in the nation with resources and staff specifically geared for health, fitness, and safety. If you scouts are bored or need to burn off a little extra energy Personal Wellness has the equipment for basketball and a large activity field for any game you want to play. Please read the special notes below for more information.
CPR Training allows Scouts the opportunity to complete the CPR requirement needed for some Merit Badges. Offered daily from 3:00 to 4:00. Scouts can show up any time to complete.
All the skills a scout needs in one area. This area is great for those scout who would like to learn or fine tune important Scout skills. If you have questions about pioneering, camping, wilderness survival, cooking, or orienteering stop by for some answers.
Shooting Sports offers quality instruction and recreation to all Scouts and Scouters. Our skilled staff are ready to provide a truly excellent Shooting Sports experience. For reasons of safety no personal firearms, bows, or open toed shoes are allowed.
Welcome to the beautiful Crystal Lake, home of the best Aquatics program in all of Scouting! Merit Badges will be taught at both, the Hanna Venture Base Waterfront and Tesomas Waterfront. Open swimming and boating will also be offered at both Waterfronts. Please read the special notes below for more information.
- You must pass the swimmers test in order to do any merit badge or activity badge offered at the Waterfront except fishing. Those not able to complete the swimmers test are welcome to attend instructional swim at 10:30 am or 2:00 pm Monday - Friday.
- Speak to a Waterfront staff member if you are interested in doing the mile swim award. You must commit to doing training every afternoon in order to do the mile swim on Friday.