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Beyond Badges and Belt Loops Fall 2013 Photo Contest!

Welcome to the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council’s “Beyond Badges & Belt Loops” Photo Contest! Show off your photography skills! THE PHOTO CONTEST ENDS ON DECEMBER 31, 2013.

WEEKLY WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL. WEEKLY WINNERS WILL HAVE THEIR PHOTO POSTED AS THE MID-AMERICA COUNCIL’S FACEBOOK COVER PHOTO. A GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED BY JANUARY 31, 2013. THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE A $250 CAMPING KIT. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!


Wow us, and your photograph just might appear on the cover of the Mid-America Council’s Facebook page. The photograph contest is open to Mid-America Council Scouts and Scouters. Its theme: Beyond Belt Loops & Badges. Use your imagination and send us photographs that illustrate learning and earning in Scouting. Send pictures of Scouts working on belt loops, pins, merit badges, Eagle Scout ceremonies, merit badge clinics, belt loop events, heroism awards, den meetings, and more. Show us your Scouts in action, learning something new or earning an advancement.

Entry Rules
  • Email your entry to Sarah Arnold
  • Each entrant must be a registered member of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts or Venturing, or a registered adult leader.
  • Photographs must be taken in 2013.
  • All entries must be digital in JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg) format. Files should be as high of a resolution as your camera (and your computer, for uploading) will permit.
  • Deadline for entries: December 31, 2013.
  • Be sure to read and agree to the complete official rules.

Awards
One photograph per week will be selected as the Mid-America Council’s cover photo on Facebook. Following the close of the contest, one lucky winner will receive a $250 winter camping package.

The ‘Fine’ Print
The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council its agents will not be responsible for damage or loss of entries. Entries become the property of the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council. The decisions of the judges are final.

Good luck. Now go out and capture learning and earning in Scouting!

Official Rules

  1. Eligibility: The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council “Beyond Belt Loops & Badges” photo contest (the “Promotion”) is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are registered Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts or Venturers or adult leaders and located in the U.S. at the time of entry. Employees, contractors, directors and officers of the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council (“Sponsor”), and their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, distributors, licensees and the advertising, fulfillment, judging and promotion agencies involved in the development and administration of this Promotion (collectively, “Promotion Parties”), and their immediate family members (parent, child, sibling and spouse of each) and those living in the same households of each are not eligible. Void elsewhere and where prohibited by law.
  2. Promotion Period: The Promotion begins at 12:01 a.m. Central Time ("CT") on October 7, 2013 and ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on December 31, 2013 (the "Promotion Period").
  3. How to Enter: During the Promotion Period, emailSarah Arnold your photo(s) along with up to 300 words describing your picture. Include “Beyond Belt Loops & Badges Photo Contest” in the subject line of the email. The person emailing the photo will be deemed the entrant (the “Entrant”).
  4. Entry Requirements: In order to be entered in the Contest, Entrants must comply with registration instructions when submitting their photo. The photo must be digital in JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg) format. The photo must have been taken in 2013.

    The Entry must NOT contain personally identifiable information such as last names, addresses, e-mail addresses or URLs. Entrants must obtain a signed release form from each person (or their legal guardian if under 18) who appears in the photo. Entrants may be required, at any time, to provide Sponsor with evidence of all such releases, written permission(s) and authorization(s). By entering, you understand that your entry may (in Sponsor’s sole discretion) be posted online for people to view. It may be used in other promotional aspects by the Sponsor.  In the event of a dispute as to the identity of an Entrant, the Entrant will be deemed the legal owner of the e-mail address appearing on the Entry.

    The Entry may not contain obscene, lewd or inappropriate images or text, as determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Any Entry Material or portion thereof that is, in the Sponsor's sole discretion, obscene, profane, lewd, defamatory, contains any third party materials, or otherwise violates or infringes (or may infringe) any copyright, trademark, logo, mark that identifies a brand or other proprietary right of any person living or deceased (including but not limited to rights of privacy or publicity or portrayal in a false light) or entity, or is otherwise objectionable, will not be considered and may disqualify the Entrant. Entrants may not copy or otherwise plagiarize the Entry Material from any source. Sponsor has the sole discretion to determine whether a photo qualifies as an Entry. All Entries must be the sole, original work of the Entrants. Entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Entrants and winners acknowledge and agree that their Entries become the property of the Sponsor, which thereby has the right to edit, adapt, modify, reproduce, promote and otherwise use Entries in any way it sees fit. Automated, script, macro or robotic Entries submitted by individuals or organizations will be disqualified. If, in Sponsor's sole discretion, the Entry appears to have resulted in any injury or bodily harm, it will be rejected. Entries must be in keeping with Sponsor's image and may not be offensive, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, nor can it defame or invade publicity rights or privacy rights of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person's personal or proprietary rights. In such an event, the Entry will not be posted online and will be disqualified from the Contest. Any Entry not in compliance with the above and does not meet the Websites' requirements will be disqualified. By entering, you agree to waive any rights you may have to the Entry submitted.
  5. Winners: A panel of judges will select one first-place winner. Judging will be based on the following criteria: originality and creativity, communication of the “Beyond Belt Loops & Badges” theme, and overall appeal. The grand prize winner will be notified via email by January 17, 2014. Weekly winners will have their image posted as the Sponsor’s cover photo on Facebook
  6. Prizes, Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) & Odds: One (1) First-Place Prize: A winter camping kit. Total ARV = $250. No substitution, cash redemption or transfer of prizes is permitted except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. If a prize, or any portion thereof, cannot be awarded for any reason, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All federal, state and local taxes, and all other costs associated with acceptance or use of the prizes, are the sole responsibility of the winner. Arrangements for delivery of prizes will be performed after winner validation. Odds of winning any prize depend on the number of entries received. Winners will be notified by email. Unclaimed prizes will not be awarded.
  7. Privacy information: Online contact information will be collected from entrants for the sole purpose of a direct response to contact winners.
  8. General Rules: All federal, state and local laws apply. Potential winners' parent/legal guardian, as any winner is a minor, may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability and a Publicity Release within ten (10) days of attempted delivery or prize will be forfeited. The return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable or failure to return any documents in a timely manner may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be chosen. By participating, participants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Promotion Parties from and against any and all liability or damages associated with this Promotion or acceptance, use or misuse of any prize received in this Promotion. Promotion Parties are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer or administration of the Promotion. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its agencies to use winners’ names and likenesses for purposes of advertising and publicity without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. By participating in this Promotion, participants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and decisions of the Sponsor, which shall be final in all matters relating to the Promotion. Promotion Parties are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, stolen, illegible, inaccurate, damaged, incomplete, non-delivered or postage-due mail; or for printing, distribution or production errors or for technical, hardware, software, or telephone malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications caused by the user or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Promotion, or by any human, or other error, which may occur in this Promotion. If, in the Sponsor's opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of tampering with any portion of the promotion, or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the promotion, the Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify suspect entries and/or modify or terminate the promotion in a manner deemed reasonable by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an entry, entries will be declared made by the person's name submitted at time of entry. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the Promotion or Website or acts in a disruptive manner. This Promotion is offered only in the United States and is governed by the laws of the State of Nebraska. By entering, entrants irrevocably consent to the sole and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Nebraska located in the county of Douglas for any action, suit or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Promotion.
  9. Waiver: By participating in this Promotion, participant waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages, attorneys’ fees or any damages other than actual out-of-pocket costs incurred to participate.
  10. Winners’ List: To receive a copy of the Winners’ List for this Promotion (available after 01/17/14), mail a self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope to be received by 03/20/14 to: Winner's List, BSA Badges Photo Contest, 12401 West Maple Road, Omaha, Nebraska 68164
  11. Sponsor: Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council, 12401 West Maple Road, Omaha, NE 68164

In the November edition of the Smoke Signals e-newsletter sent on November 16, the photo contest winner was listed correctly, but the wrong picture was included. Rick Sudtelgte’s photo is of 10 Scouts in five canoes:

The photo shown in Smoke Signals was by Jeri Berg:

A different photo by Jeri was our week 8 photo contest winner and was displayed on the council Facebook for several weeks as the cover photo:


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