The Kaw District conducts various events and activities throughout the year that are designed to enhance a Scouting unit's annual program. Events include monthly Roundtable meetings, Merit Badge Forum, Scouts BSA Camporee, and adult leader specific training courses. The district calendar lists the dates of the activities and provides additional event information.
You can always see the latest info on the Kaw District Facebook page.
BSA Annual Health and Medical Record
Community Service Hours
Community service is a key point of the Scouting program. Through community service, we promote better citizenship in our members. The BSA Journey to Excellence program helps units include that as part of a well-rounded unit program. For more information about community service, using the Journey to Excellence website to reflect your commitment to community service, and learn more about community service opportunities, visit the HOAC Community Service page.
Kaw District Camping Information
Cub Scout Resident Camp
Cub Scout Resident Camping is a short-term camping experience for all Cub and Webelos aged Scouts. It is designed to provide an introduction to a long-term camping experience found in Scouts BSA and advance their camping skills needed as they advance in Scouting.
- Wolf Camp - A two-day, one-night camping experience in June or July of the summer after a Cub Scout's first grade year at Cub World at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation for the Scout and their parent/guardian. Find out more about Wolf Camp here.
- Bear Camp - A three-day, two-night camping experience in June or July of the summer after a Cub Scout's second grade year at Cub World at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation for the Scout and their parent/guardian. Find out more about Bear Camp here.
- Webelos Camp - A four-day, three-night camping experience in June or July of the summer after a Cub Scout's third and fourth grade years at Central Camp at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation. One-on-one parent/guardian participation, like that of Bear Camp is not required. Find out more about Webelos Camp here.
Scouts BSA Resident Camp
Scouts BSA Resident Camp is a long-term camping experience for boys and girls in the Scouts BSA program. It is designed to teach independence and interdependence among Scouts while at the same time provide opportunities for them to learn leadership and teamwork as they live the Patrol Method and work on advancement and Merit Badge requirements. The Heart of America Council offers three long-term camping programs for Scouts BSA participants.
- Theodore Naish Scout Reservation - A seven-day, six-night camping experience in the summer for Scouts BSA youth. Summer Camp at Naish features Merit Badges, outposts, and the Order of the Arrow to name a few of the available programs. Find out more about Naish Summer Camp here.
- H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation - A ten-day, nine-night camping experience in the summer for Scouts BSA youth. Summer Camp at Bartle features Merit Badges, outposts, and the Tribe of Mic-O-Say to name a few of the available programs. Find out more about Bartle Summer Camp here.
- Rotary Youth Camp - The council operates a five-day, four-night camping experience to Scouts BSA and Venturing participants with special needs who otherwise would not be able to participate in a traditional long-term camp. This camp is designed to help Scouts with their advancement in Scouting and uses the Merit Badge program and other activities to reach this objective. Both Order of the Arrow and the Tribe of Mic-O-Say are offered here. Find out more about Rotary Youth Camp here.
The Council offers many supplemental camps to enhance the unit program at all levels. These camps can be day-long, or short-term camping experiences that occur at the Theodore Naish or H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservations.
- STEM - A new area of camps for the Heart of America Council includes camps for Scouts of all ages and in all our programs. Find out more about STEM program here.
- Cub Scout Family Campouts - These one-night adventures offer activities including archery, STEM, backyard games, and more. These are open to individuals or packs and offer a great way to introduce Cub Scouts to new families. Find out more about Cub Scout Family Campouts here.
- Webelos Adventure Weekend - This unique camping experience is open to all Webelos and will include a first look at what Scout Camp is all about along with exciting activities lined up geared toward achieving Arrow of Light requirements. Find out more about Webelos Adventure Weekend here.
- Naish Family Camp - Week long adventure at Theodore Naish Scout Reservation in June that is customized for your own adventure! Find out more about Naish Family Camp here.
High Adventure Camps
The National Service Center operates four National High Adventure bases across the country. Offering long-term camping experiences for Scouts BSA and Venturing participants these are life-changing experiences not to be missed!
- Florida Sea Base - Sail and snorkel the Caribbean waters by planning a trip to the Florida Sea Base! Find out more by clicking here!
- Northern Tier Canoe Base - Step back in time and experience the remote wilderness of Northern Minnesota, Northwest Ontario, and Northeast Manitoba! Find out more by clicking here!
- Philmont Scout Ranch - Hike the most storied high adventure base in the Boy Scouts of America by hiking the mountains of New Mexico! Find out more by clicking here!
- The Summit Bechtel Reserve - Find hiking, rafting, ATV's, and extreme outdoor sports at the newest high adventure base in the Boy Scouts of America. Find out more by clicking here!
Order of the Arrow
The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected adults. OA fulfills its mission by recognizing those that best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives with these additional opportunities, promoting camping as essential in every Scout's experience, further developing leaders in Scouting to use those skills in and out of Scouting, and build habits of cheerful service to others.
At the local level, Tamegonit Lodge, operates within the Heart of America Council to support Scouting throughout the Council. The lodge is divided into Chapters, which match the geographical district boundaries. The Chapter is led by a youth Chapter Chief and is advised by an adult Chapter Advisor. To see how the Order of the Arrow can support your unit with OA elections, program offerings, and other support please contact Troy Johnson or Joe Krebs Jr., Order of the Arrow Chapter Advisors.
The Tribe of Mic-O-Say serves as a leadership enhancement program of the Heart of America Council, designed to help the Heart of America Council fulfill its mission of preparing young people of Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Mic-O-Say accomplishes its purposes by affording members ongoing opportunities for introspection on Scouting values as well as practical application of those ideals. The program is focused on Scouts who have shown leadership abilities through specific achievement and growth, and provides them a distinctive lifelong direction. The program is energized by memorable customs and traditions.
Tribesman who have embraced the principles of Mic-O-Say will find their lives enriched by a vision raised to higher sights, see their performance increased beyond previous limitations, and will develop lifelong friendships. They will stand tall within their communities as examples of unselfish service and of willing leadership. Additional information about Mic-O-Say can be found here!
Summer Camp Staff
Each summer, all of the Heart of America Council Resident Camps offer staff positions, paid and volunteer, for youth and adults. Paid positions are available 15 years of age and up. Heart of America Council offers a limited Counselor-in-Training program at Theodore Naish Scout Reservation for 14 year-old-youth. There are volunteer Camp Commissioner positions and other volunteer roles available to adults through the summer camp season as well. To learn more about summer camp staff or apply for summer camp staff, click here!