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April 2014                                                                                      Volume 3    Issue 4
Six Steps to the Ideal Year of Scouting
Council Scholarship Program
2014 Popcorn Unit Commission Charts available
Mid-America Pinewood Derby, May 3
Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities
Advancement, Camping and High Adventure Opportunities
REGISTER FOR JUBILEE & Enter Jubilee Hill Gateway contest.
Youth and Adult Leader Training Opportunities
Contests, Resources and Sponsors

Three on track to become 100th Eagle Scout in Union County, IA

Troop No. 129, which includes all of Union County, IA, could have its 100th Eagle Scout as early as May. According to Scoutmaster Dave Jennett, three young Crestonians are quickly moving toward becoming an Eagle Scout - Kiernan Norton, Brenton Barber, and Dylan Anson.

Who Will It Be?   Read more.

Scouting For Food 2014 is happening now!

April 4 - Kick-Off!  Thank you to ConAgra Foods, Inc. Foundation, Hy-Vee, Food Bank for the Heartland, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, 1110 KFAB OMAHA'S NEWS SOURCE, WOWT-TV, KETV NewsWatch 7, FOX 42 News (KPTM), and Action 3 News and most importantly, Troop 319 for helping us kick-off Scouting For Food 2014. April 5 - Door hangers were distributed in neighborhoodsApril 12 - Collect food donations from your neighbors, and deliver to designated drop-off sites.  Because the food banks are empty, and the need is dire, each Scout should try to collect donations from 25 neighbors or more.  Help us make a big difference in the lives of hungry children.  For more information, visit www.mac-bsa.org/ScoutingForFood. 

Discover six steps to the Ideal Year of Scouting  The Journey to Excellence starts with the Ideal Year of Scouting! Download your Ideal Year of Scouting planning guide and get started planning the best year of Scouting ever! There are tips, tricks, resources, best practices, and special activities all rolled into one easy-to-follow guide book. Check it out today! Cub Scout Guide  |  Boy Scout Guide   Read more.

"Fireside Chat with Eric," April 7  at noon.  Topics will include:

Veteran's Day Breakfast, Camp Cards, Exploring 101/Survey Recap, Scoutreach Program Update, Council Activities, Scout Night with the Storm Chasers, Cub Family Weekends, Cabela's Day Camp, Ideal Year of Scouting/Membership Inventory, Scout Shop, Jubilee, and Shelter Update. Chats are streamed live to our YouTube channel and can be viewed later.  R.S.V.P. to Katie Godbout for call-in information. View upcoming and past chats online. 

Invest in Character  Why do you believe in Scouting? Watch why some of our families believe in the program here. Scouting provides youth with advantages for the future.  Investing makes it possible to teach youth leadership skills, life-saving skills, and citizenship. 2014 Brochure | 2014 Investment in Character Recognition Items I Donate Now

Mid-America Council Scholarship Program 
The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council offers several scholarship opportunities for Scouts. Scholarships include: "Robert Mueller Memorial" Eagle Scout Scholarships,  Gardner Foundation Camp Scholarship,  Summer Camp Staff Scholarship, Rev. John P. Schlegel Creighton Eagle Scout Scholarship, and Charles Sigerson, Jr. Eagle Scout Scholarship. Applications due by 5 p.m., Monday, June 30, 2014.  Scholarsihps Application Form  | Read More

2014 Popcorn Unit Commission Charts are available to view  Check out the Popcorn  page on mac-bsa.org  for more details! You could earn an extra 4% commission this year!

Eagle Scout Directory Update

Publishing Concepts Inc.  will be conducting outreach to Eagle Scouts from our council and around the country from April through November 2014 to generate an updated Eagle Scout Directory.  If you have any questions about the Eagle Scout Directory, please visit the FAQ page found at www.nesa.org.


CLAAS 8401 South 132nd Street, Omaha    Check In  at 8 a.m.;   Racing at 10 a.m.

Race in your district Pinewood Derby, then race in the 4th Annual Mid-America Pinewood Derby!  This is a race for everyone, including those who have crossed over into Boy Scouts!   SIX SCOUT DIVISIONS - Qualified Scout Division (those who qualified through their district) - Open Scout Graphite, and Open Scout Oil Divisions, plus Open kids race & adult race AND MORE.  Over 150 trophies and awards!  Including $30K+ in prizes, LEGO track, mascots, Pinewood Derby experts from around the United States, plus concessions and faster format for all racing. Cost to enter a car is $5 if pre-registered, and $10 at the door. Attendance is FREE.  Read more and register

Scout Shares Jamboree Story - 70 Years Later  Mark A. Keller shares how excited he was to see Niagara Falls and Washington, D.C., during a trip to the National Scout Jamboree in 1937. Keller shared his story at the Platte County Historical Society Museum.  Read more.

Congratulations to Scoutmaster Arturo Vega!

After completing training, Mr. Vega officially registered with the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council as Scoutmaster for Castelar CLC Pack #449.  Read about his journey from Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico to the Mid-America Council in Omaha, NE.  Read the Scoutreach Newsletter


Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities

Help serve breakfast to those who served for you

To honor our military veterans, the Mid-America Council is hosting a FREE breakfast followed by a flag retirement ceremony, June 14, Flag Day, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Omaha National Guard Armory.  You are invited to attend.  Scouts are needed to help serve breakfast and clean up.  Space is limited to the first 400 participants. Scouts earn service hours.  Sign up online.  Questions?  Contact Clint Siskow at 402-514-3010.  See the flier.  

Get involved and Give Back! ' ServeNebraska' Week, April 20-26

This signature week of service is about inspiring, and encouraging Nebraskans to seek out creative ways to serve their communities. Choose when to volunteer and for how long. Our goal is to have participation statewide in all 93 counties.  Learn more  about ServeNebraska Week, how your unit might volunteer, and register your volunteer activity.

BSA and Protecting the D-Day Landing Beaches - You Can Help!  We are leading a petition drive to convince UNESCO to grant World Heritage Site status to the D-Day landing beaches. The D-Day beaches are not protected from development, and they are under threat.  Read more  to see how you can help! 


Advancement, Camping and High Adventure Opportunities



Jubilee October 10-12, 2014! 
Camp sites reserved on first come, first served basis.  Register for 2014 Jubilee now!  Like  MAC Jubilee on Facebook to stay up-to-date with developing events.  See the Jubilee video!   Check out the Jubilee Hill gateway competition!

Cub Scout Day and Twilight Camp registration is open!  Cub Scout Day Camp is full of fun for five consecutive days or evenings each week. Cub Scouts can participate in shooting sports like archery, BB guns, slingshots, "medieval" shooting challenges, catapult demos and more. Boys will have fun learning and earning belt loops and pins in the great outdoors.   See the schedule and sign up now!  Sessions filling fast.


Camp Cedars has new, revitalized summer camp programSee what's new and sign up for your week now!   Take a sneak peek at the new ATVs for Camp Cedars this summer!

Academic Day at Wayne State College, Saturday, April 26

Belt Loops and Pins that may be offered include:  Art, Astronomy, Communicating, Computers, Family Travels, Geography, Geology, Good Manners, Heritages, Language and Culture, Map and Compass, Mathematics, Music, Nutrition, and Science. Check in starts at 8:30 a.m.  Sessions begin at 9 a.m.  Register now!


Just for clicks: First look at the Digital Technology merit badge

patch and cover.  To borrow a phrase from a certain smartphone maker: The next big thing is almost here.  Digital Technology merit badge, set to debut in mid-April 2014, will guide Scouts through the exciting, complex, ever-changing world of smartphone apps, computer software and tech-focused careers.  Read more!


Boy Scout Day at the Omaha Symphony, April 26, Saturday  Earn your Music Merit Badge with the Omaha Symphony.  Merit Badge Workshop starts at 6 p.m.  Omaha Symphony Concert, "Singing in the Rain" starts at 8 p.m.  Boy Scout Merit Badge workshop is FREE.  Concert tickets $10.  Must register by April 21.  See flier for detailsRegister online today!  


CS2N Offers Free Resources to Earn Robotics Badge

CS2N, or Computer Science Student Network, has partnered with the BSA to offer free training and resources specifically for Scouts earning the Robotics merit badge. Download a 60-day copy of the Robot Virtual World Software to complete the Robotics merit badge,  the CS2N course specifically designed for Scouts and leaders to help boys earn the badge.

Did you hear about Top Shot at Little Sioux Scout Ranch last fall?   It went over so well, we're doing it again! The Mid America Council second annual Top Shot will be at Little Sioux Scout Ranch September 19-21 2014. Competitors must be at least 12 years-old with either Rifle or Shotgun merit badges, or be involved in a competitive shooting program. Cub Scouts are invited to come out Saturday for a fun day of shooting BB guns, bow and arrow, and wrist rockets. Register online. Read about 2013 Top Shot  
Want to explore Philmont Scout Ranch on horseback? 

Two cavalcades just opened up - August 12-20 and August 13-21, 2014!   Philmont Cavalcades are similar to regular expeditions except that, instead of hiking, crews ride horses through the rugged mountain wilderness like the famous trappers who first explored the West.  Visit Philmont Cavalcades for details.  Questions?  Contact Betty Pacheco, at 575-376-2281. 

Attend the World Scout Jamboree 2015 in Japan

Make plans now to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event, where Scouts and Venturers from around the world will meet at the intersection of tradition and innovation to explore energy, technology and harmony.  For more information, please fill out the form and a council representative will contact you.   

Contact us|World Jamboree CR Leader Application  World Jamboree Brochure, World Jamboree Web Page.


Youth and Adult Leader Training Opportunities

Northern Tier Offers Cold Weather Training Program

Testimony From a Northern Tier Cold Weather Leader Training Participant

Northern Tier offers a Cold Weather Leader Training course - a one-week coeducational training opportunity for individual Scouters, Scouts and Venturers 16 or older - held every year in January. Read more about how Scouter Douglas Best survived the training in frigid weather without his gear - lost with his luggage due to a severe winter storm delaying and canceling flights.  Find more information about Northern Tier Cold Weather Leader Training.

You Don't Know It Until You've Taught It  By Jeff Beals, Professional Speaker and Author

"I was involved in the Boy Scouts back when I was a kid and from that experience came a number good life and business lessons. We had a saying in our troop that sticks with me to this day:  "You don't know it until you've taught it."  Whether you're an entrepreneur, executive, sales manager or any other kind of professional, this is sage advice."   Beals shares his memories and methods of training from his Boy Scout experiences.   Read more.

NEW Simplified Health

and Medical records

In preparation for the summer camp season, we are rolling out a new, simplified annual health and medical record effective March 1, 2014. 

Required for unit camping, high adventure, summer camp.  

Read more.

Mid-America Council Leader Training Schedule
The 2014 training schedule includes such trainings as basic, leader position-specific  trainings to BALOO and Wood Badge to Youth Protection Training - both online, and in-person group participant sessions through April.  Read more.
Wilderness First Aid Training and Planning Your High Adventure 
Get Wilderness First Aid trained for your 2014 high adventure, April 25-27 - it's a requirement for Philmont treks.  Contact Sue & Jay Witty, 402-558-7204, or witty1@cox.netPlanning a high adventure?  Check out  Northern Tier, The Summit, Florida Sea Base,  Philmont.  


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National Youth Leadership Training 2014

The course  challenges each participant mentally and physically  giving participants confidence, knowledge and leadership skills to run their units program. . Register Now

Contests, Resources and Sponsors

New photo & video contest! "A Scout is Helpful"

We all know Scouts are helpful. Each and every one has "A Scout is helpful" ingrained in who they are. Helping is what Scouting was founded on, and continues today through service projects like Scouting for Food, and Eagle projects, as well as many others. Scouts help in large ways and small ways, and we want you to capture that.  Email your photo and video entries to Sarah Arnold.  Submit an entry each week! Deadline for entries is May 31, 2014.  Read official entry rules. Learn more.

Mid-America Council Employment Opportunity  Serve as Wagon Wheel District Executive to promote the effective organization, operation and promotion of the council program within this district.  Accept responsibility for the achievement of district objectives of the Wagon Wheel District.  This  professional will be responsible for the following counties: Sarpy County east of I-80 and Cass County in Nebraska.  Apply online

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