HISTORY OF THE POTAWATOMI AREA COUNCIL
The Potawatomi Area Council, headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin, serves all of Waukesha County and portions of Dodge, Jefferson, Walworth and Washington Counties. The Council has a professional staff of approximately 15 people. It comprises 21 Venturing Crews, 101 Cub Scout Packs and 78 Boy Scout Troops in three districts. The council number is 651, which was assigned in 1931 when the council was chartered.
The Potawatomi Area Council is divided into three districts:
- Northern Lights District - Serving the communities of Brookfield, Elm Grove, Pewaukee, Sussex, Menomonee Falls and Germantown.
- Onatah District - Serving the communities of Waukesha, Mukwonago, New Berlin, Muskego, East Troy, Big Bend and North Prairie.
- River Trails District - Serving the communities of Hartland, Delafield, Oconomowoc, Watertown, Sullivan, Dousman, Eagle, Palmyra and a portion of Johnson Creek.
Wag-O-Shag Lodge is the Order of the Arrow lodge that serves the council. It was originally formed in October 21, 1944, with the name "Potawatomi Area Lodge", but the name was changed to "Wag-O-Shag" shortly after. This name is an anglicization of the Potawatomi word waugooshance, which means "little foxes".
Camp Long Lake is the council camp, located in St. Cloud, Wisconsin. Camp Long Lake was purchased in 1945 by the Potawatomi Area Council. During 1946, its first summer of operation, 308 boys camped over a period of six weeks. The camp season eventually expanded to eight weeks by 1965 and served 1,701 boys in 1970 or 1971.
M. H. "Uncle Bud" Smith served as Camp Ranger from 1957–1979 and as Camp Director from 1972-1979. He was responsible for much of the program development that still affects camp today. Cary Kazcik served as Ranger from 1980–1987 and also as director from 1981-1986. Jim Greicar then became the Ranger in 1987 to 2002. He also served as Camp Director from 1995-1997. Mike "Shorty" Zindars was hired as Ranger in 2003. The camp season was shortened to five weeks in 1994, but was expanded back to six weeks in 2001. In 2005, the camp week was further expanded to seven weeks due to attendance of 1,103 Scouts in the 2004 season.
Fred Pabst donated the original funds to construct the Dining Hall in 1950. The Dining Hall has since become a central area of camp which brings back many fond memories to Scouts and Scouters alike. Adult and Junior Leader Training courses have their patrol flags proudly hung from the rafters along with National Jamboree flags dating back to the 1950s. The Dining Hall underwent a major renovation completed in 1991.
Order of the Arrow Wag-O-Shag Lodge has been active in promoting and serving camp virtually since its beginning. The lodge donated funds for what is now the Nature Cabin in 1953. It later raised part of the funds for its 2003 renovation into the OA/Nature Cabin.
Camp Long Lake has grown and kept changing with the times. Traditional merit badge offerings were augmented with a Project First Class program in 1991 after changes in Boy Scout advancement requirements challenged boys to complete their First Class rank in a year. A climbing tower was built to challenge Scouts 14 years of age and older in 1998. The Trail to Eagle program was added in 2002 to answer that call of many Star and Life Scouts needing assistance in obtaining the difficult required merit badges. Golfing merit badge was also added that year due to the increasing popularity of the sport. In 2004 a whitewater outpost was added for Scouts who are at least 13 years of age. In 2005, Photography merit badge was added to the program.
Starting in 2009, the council undertook an extensive update to the camp's shooting range facilities with the construction of a BB gun and slingshot building and ranges which opened in 2010. Construction of a large standing gun range for rifle and shotgun shooting activities commenced in 2011.
Camp Long Lake has the following merit badge areas:
- "Aqualand" (Lifesaving, Swimming, Water Sports, Boating)
- Boating (Canoeing, Motor-boating, Rowing, Kayaking BSA)
- Camp Craft (Camping, Cooking, Orienteering, Pioneering, Wilderness Survival)
- Handicrafts (Basketry, Leatherworking, Woodcarving)
- Climbing Tower
- Project First Class Area (New Scout Skills)
- Shotgun and Rifle Range
- Ecology/Conservation (Ecology & Conservation)
- Trail to Eagle - Citizenship in the World & Citizenship in the Nation
- Trail to Eagle (Personal Fitness, Golf, Photography)
- Health Lodge (Emergency Services, First Aid & Medicine)
It also contains the following:
- A large mess hall and kitchen
- Two buildings for winter camping
- Three shower facilities divided by gender and age groups
- Various support and maintenance facilities
Safari Club International funded a renovation to the shooting sports facilities in 2010. SCI’s generous donation is very important as it is the life blood of our shooting sports program at camp. It’s a source for resources that allow our Council’s youth at camp to understand the sport of shooting, apply the knowledge received from our camp instructors and couple it with lots of practice. Learn more about Safari Club International.
Harkrider Service Center
804 Bluemound Road
Waukesha Wisconsin 53188
MTWF: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Th: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
Fax: (262) 544-5357
M-F 8:30AM - 6:00PM
Sat: 9:30AM - 1:00PM
M-F 9AM - 6PM
Sat: 9:30AM - 1PM
CAMP LONG LAKE
N4350 Boy Scout Road
Saint Cloud, Wisconsin 53079
Mike Zindars, Camp Ranger
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