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Ice Skating at Moylan Park!

July 30, 2014

        Questions?  Contact Daryl Milius at 402-431-9272.
 
 

 

STEM in Scouting

July 25, 2014

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STEM Initiatives

(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

 

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These disciplines are considered by many to be the foundation of an advanced society. In many forums — including political, governmental, and academic — the strength of the STEM workforce is viewed as an indicator of a nation’s ability to sustain itself.  

 

To engage our youth members in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the Boy Scouts of America created new program initiatives emphasizing STEM in the context of the current advancement programs. The BSA STEM initiative gives Scouts an opportunity to explore relevant skills and experiences, and to be recognized for their achievements. The aim is to expose youth to new opportunities and help them develop the STEM skills critical for the competitive world marketplace. Our council is implementing these initiatives.

HOW TO GET STEM STARTED IN YOUR UNIT  –  Get in on the FUN!

  1. Make sure you get a copy of the NOVA award book (Cub Scout, Webelos, Boy Scout, and Venturing books) for your unit or per youth – sold in the local Scout shop.
  2. Any adult in the unit can help counsel the youth on the NOVA level awards / approved by unit committee, and following Youth Protection Guidelines.
  3. Review the award worksheets:   Cub Scout Math Nova Worksheet | Cub Scout Science Nova Worksheet | Cub Scout Super Nova Worksheet | Webelos Super Nova Worksheet  | Cub Scout Webelos STEM Mapping 2014 | Cub Scout Nova Award 2014.
  4. Recruit an adult to be the Unit STEM Chairman (STEM professional background optional).
  5. Get familiar with the NOVA program resources.
  6. Recruit adults with a STEM background to be Supernova Mentors.  Supernova Mentors need to fill out a mentor application.  Forms must be turned in to the Scout office. 
  7. Find online training for STEM Counselors, Mentors, and for general information.  
  8. Supernova Mentors nearby can be found on the council Merit Badge Directory.
  9. Turn in awards timely at the Scout Shops – Advancement Report form.
  10. Attend roundtable to learn about STEM resources, and be a fan of the MAC Facebook page
  11. Lastly, check out the council calendar and STEM & NOVA web page for cool STEM events taking place around the council. 
Questions?  Contact Michelle Hurt, STEM Staff Advisor, at 402-514-3067.
 
 
 
 

           
 

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Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America

Woodbadge Registration is Closing Soon!

July 18, 2014

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience Scouting like never before!  Sign up today.

 

Wood Badge is the elite adult leader’s course designed to teach leaders to view Scouting from the most important perspective – that of our Scouts.

As a Wood Badge participant, you will… 
  • Learn to view Scouting globally, as a values-based program that provides age-appropriate activities for youth.
  • Discover leadership concepts relevant to Scouting’s values-based movement.
  • Apply the skills learned to nurture and grow their units as well as personal lives and professional careers.
  • Experience Scouting from a Cub Scout/Boy Scout/Venture Crew point of view.
It’s often stated that Scouts deserve the best trained leaders.  Likewise, leaders deserve the best possible training.  Wood Badge is the best possible training Scouting offers.  It’s the pinnacle of adult leader training and is often fondly referred to as a positive, life-altering experience.
 
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August 22-24 and    
September 12-14
  at Camp Cedars 
              You must attend both course sessions.
 

 
Register online today to reserve your space.  More information can be found on the Mid-America Council Wood Badge page.   Should you have questions regarding Wood Badge, or if you would like to have someone come talk to your unit leadership about the benefits the program has to offer, please contact Deb Reinard at (712) 899-2740.

September is Boy Scout Month at Bass Pro Shops!

July 15, 2014

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We are pleased to announce the 2014 Boy Scout Month at Bass Pro Shops; “Providing a Compass for Life!” This promotion will last the entire month of September.

Bass Pro Shops continues to be a generous partner and sponsor of the Boy Scouts of America. Over the past three years, this promotion has generated more than $300,000 for the BSA and, more importantly, provided opportunities for hundreds of young people to participate in merit badge workshops with expert counselors and phenomenal materials. We are grateful to Bass Pro Shops and proud to count them among our partners.

Click the links below for more information and for a listing of Merit Badge classes offered at our local Bass Pro Shops

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Bass Pro 2014 Schedule

Lemon Daze Sidewalk Sale!

July 8, 2014

                          9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
Find good buys at the Gottschalk Scout Shop.
  • Discounted tents, sleeping bags, T-shirts, gifts, books, and more.  
  • Browse new merchandise arriving daily.
  • Bring a canned food item for our Food Drive benefiting the Food Bank of the Heartland.
  • Enjoy an ice cold, homemade glass of lemonade!
 Chess Merit Badge Class  
  • Taught by Bob Cote from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Class is FREE with canned food donation item.
  • Or, $5.00 donation to go to the Food Drive for the Food Bank of the Heartland.
Register Online
(In the previous mailing of this message, the image above didn’t link to registration. 
It has been corrected.  You may click on it, or go to: https://scoutingevent.com/?lemondaze.  
My apologies.  Thank you for your patience.  Dixie Wagner, Editor )
Questions?  Contact Sheila Kalhorn at 402-431-0700.
 

Gottschalk Scout Shop

12401 West Maple Road
Omaha, NE  68164

Phone – 402-431-0700

 

Saturday, July 12 
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Twin Lakes’ District Executive Linda Ayers!

June 26, 2014

Below is an article in the June 2014 Fort Dodge Business Review – Women in Business Issue. The article features our own Linda Ayers, District Executive for Twin Lakes.

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Jubilee 2014

June 25, 2014

Jubilee is largest Scouting event in the Midwest! The fun begins on Friday night, October 10, with activities and a concert (Hairball) hosted by the Order of the Arrow Lodge. 

 

Saturday kicks off with a patriotic opening ceremony and then the activities fire up! The food court will be well stocked with favorites like Famous Dave’s, Sonic, and Dominos. Saturday wraps up with a concert by Smash Mouth (you’ve probably heard some of their music in some familiar movies, like Shrek) and one of the best fireworks shows in the area. 

 

Before you leave the park Sunday, take part in a religious observance and then join in the Scout park clean up – remember – Leave No Trace.  

 

Join Scouts from throughout our council and beyond. It is a weekend filled with concerts, activities for all ages, fireworks, and more! 

 

Remember: You can go to Jubilee 2014 for FREE by selling 40 camp cards. Call 402.431.9272 for more details. 

 

 

Check the web for the latest here: www.mac-bsa.org/MACJubilee. 

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