In 2007, I attended my first “Jubilee.” I had been on the job at the Boy Scouts for just over a year when the big day came. And I don’t say “big day” lightly. I’m married. I have planned a wedding. Planning for a Jubilee is just like planning a wedding – but WAY bigger! Every single member of your council staff plays a part in planning, organizing, implementing, and executing a Jubilee during a Jubilee year. So, it’s basically as big as planning 50 weddings all at the same time.
So, in 2007, I had been out of college for a year. I have a degree in Journalism, Public Relations, and Advertising. Makes sense. I’m your marketing director. Anyway, in journalism school, you’re taught not to use jargon and terminology that the layman can’t understand. Well, becoming a member of the “scouting family” meant learning a ton of jargon. I actually had to look up “Jubilee.” I had no idea what it meant. And really, the online definition didn’t really give credit where credit is due. Honestly, after all the planning and the hype and the research and the promoting – I wasn’t even looking forward to going to the Jubilee. But…
Now that I’ve been! Oh, my! I can tell you first-hand. It is SO worth it. The planning. The time. The hubbub. Every second that I put into that event with dozens of co-workers and three times as many volunteers was 100% worth it. Here’s a few reasons why:
- IT IS FUN! Seriously, I was 25 and had the time of my life. Plus, I got to see about 8,000 other people having the time of their life too!
- When we say, “there’s something for everyone,” we are not just pushing a standard issue cliché. There actually is something for everyone.
- There’s a million bouncy house-type things for the elementary school crowd.
- There’s a video game competition sponsored by Best Buy for the older “kids.” I know. They don’t think they are kids anymore… But who knows what to call them? Young adults – nope. They don’t like that either. Young people. Maybe? Anyway, the gaming-aged crowd will have an awesome time as well!
- There’s a huge fireworks display, and I am not kidding you, it is amazing! I adore fireworks shows, and the one at Jubilee is my ALL TIME FAVORITE. So even if you don’t like fun or family or other cool stuff, if you just come for the fireworks, it’s worth it. For real.
- You can camp, or sleep in a hotel, or a cabin. Pretty much, you’ll be comfortable no matter your comfort level.
- We bring in awesome shows for the main stage. Last time, we had an amazing Beatles cover band. My husband even came!
- The list continues – but we still have some time.
There will be lots of information to come. Tons of details to share. We’ll keep you posted. We’ve got plans to communicate on the blog, on social media, through the mail, with an e-newsletter… the works. But I’ve told you enough for now.
So, seriously, if you never hear from me again, know that I personally think that this is the best event to take your whole family to. It is the best event to come to with your entire pack. Or den. Or troop. Or patrol. Or 10 best friends. Or three other people you kind-of know. Just come. Please. It’s totally worth it!
…P.S. If you aren’t the type who likes to read and would rather watch, check out a recap of our 2010 Jubilee here:
The Mid-America Council is using Scouting Event software for all district and council events – from Merit Badge Colleges to Webelos Lock-Ins to Day Camps. If you are in charge of planning a district or council event, the process for submitting the information is very easy:
- Just go to http://www.mac-bsa.org/calendar.aspx and click on the calendar request form to the right of the calendar.
- Fill in all the fields necessary for your event & upload any flyers or supporting documents
- Review the draft version when the Web Admin has sent you the link (within 24-48 hours of submission)
- Send any changes to the Web Admin, or approve the event for live registration (your district executive or council staff advisor must be the final sign-off)
That’s it! Once the registration has gone live, you will receive an email weekly with new registration counts. You can also log in and pull a variety of reports for your event.
If you have an event that does not require registration or another organization is handling the registration part, please submit the calendar request so it can be added to the council calendar. This would be for events like Scout Nights. We put it on the calendar for all Scouts to see it, but there is no registration option.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Arnold.
“How much?” is a question I hear more times than I can count this time of year. “So, how much do you think is on this truck?”, “How much product can I fit in my mini-van?”, “How much does my Scout need to sell to get this prize, or that prize?”, “How much popcorn did we sell this year?”, as you can see, the list goes on, and on.
However, the MOST IMPORTANT question I get asked, that I never get tired of answering, is “How much money did the Mid-America packs and troops earn this year?”. It’s an exciting question to answer – our packs and troops (YOU) are the best in the country at raising funds for your Scouting activities. You put the ‘outing in Scouting’ by providing your Scouts with unparalleled experiences, which in turn makes them the best Scouts they can be.
So far, in 2013, our packs and troops have earned almost $1 million from popcorn in their bank accounts. I know this sounds like a lot of cash, but let me show you why I am concerned:
- In the fall of 2013, the Mid-America Council (YOU) had more than 900 new Cub Scouts join us on the Scouting Trail – these families are in your packs and troops. This means you have more boys on your re-charter for next year, right? How are you paying for them to gain the benefits of the program?
- In the fall of 2013, Boy Scouts of America announced the national annual membership dues are increasing by $9.00 for each Scout. This probably wasn’t included in your budget for re-chartering. Did your popcorn sale cover the increase?
- If there is less in your pack or troop bank account – what does that mean for you? Are you going to have to ask parents to pay out-of-pocket? Will you be cancelling some of your activities planned for your Scouts? I hope not. Scouts deserve to have unparalleled experiences.
I believe in the Scouting program and I know that Scouts gain advantages for the future that are unmatched anywhere else. I believe that NO one should be left with less money this year. That money helps to provide the experiences and benefits that make Scouting such an interactive program. So, I’m rounding up the troops, pulling out all the stops and calling in some favors and we are launching a second sale for YOU.
The sale will start today, Friday, November 15th. We have a limited amount of product you can check out for store-front sales, and are allowing all products to be ordered on a take order.
Why do I care about this? I care because I need YOU to have the best year ever in Scouting. I need your Scouts to have more fun than they ever expected. I need your parents to never have to worry about paying for anything with Scouts.
Why do I need this? Because when your Scouts are having all this fun, they are learning the most important skills in life. They are learning how to be men, respectable, smart, caring men, who can make this world better.
I need Scouting to be strong because our world needs Scouting to be strong. I need Scouting to be strong because when my son is old enough, I want there to be an awesome pack that he joins and has a ton of fun while learning important life lessons.
Please take this opportunity to earn more money for your pack or troop. Use it to pay for your re-charter, take the boys on one more camp-out or activity. Use it to throw the best blue and gold your pack has ever seen, or court of honor that truly honors the work of a new Eagle Scout. Please take this opportunity.
Yours In Scouting,
Volunteers are needed to pick up corn by hand in fields that were blown down by the recent tornado. Help is needed at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, and Sunday, November 10, 2013.
Dress warm, bring gloves, and prepare for possible muddy conditions!
The meeting location will be at the Jack and Bev Beeson property in Wayne, Nebraska, 3 miles east of Dairy Queen, and then north for 1. 6 miles. There is only one Dairy Queen in Wayne; it’s on the intersection of the highways.
85663 579th Ave
Wayne, NE 68787-8009
For more information, please contact Bev Beeson at 402-375-9027. Or, Diamond Dick District Executive Tracy Yost at (402) 841-3037, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please share this with others you think may be able to help. Bring the Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and the Girl Scouts! This would be a great way for them to earn service hours. Bring the church youth groups, 4-H youth and don’t forget the high school band! Many hands make quick work!
Northern Tier provides epic wilderness canoeing trips in remote Manitoba Canada. Trips feature a float plane ride, unsurpassed freshwater fishing and hundreds of thousands of acres of virgin wilderness to explore. This is one trip that will change your life. Every summer, hundreds of Scouts head to the most remote Boy Scout High Adventure base for a once in a lifetime wilderness canoeing expedition. Trips begin by meeting your “Interpreter” who is a trained Northern Tier staff member that will accompany you on your trip. Northern Tier provides full outfitting for your trek. A float plane ride to the canoe cache begins your trip. After that, you can decide which of the less traveled trails you want to follow. Crews typically paddle a mixture of lakes and rivers. It is common for crews in Bissett not to see anyone other than their crew for their entire trip. There are also lots of fish to catch. After your trip, you will return by float plane to the base to enjoy a cleansing sauna.
“Scouts experience a phenomenal wilderness area. I have seen loons, beavers, otters, deer, moose, bald eagles, and more. Brilliant starry nights, Northern Lights, thunderstorms, and picture perfect weather have their place on each voyage. The maturity and growth Scouts gain from pushing past their previously imagined limits is incredible. I can’t speak highly enough of this program; it has changed my life.” - Past Participant – Northern Tier
Bissett has been called the most extreme adventure the BSA offers. Come to Bissett and experience “Wilderness Adventures that Last a Lifetime!” For more information, contact Northern Tier National High Adventure Programs, PO Box 509, Ely, MN 55731. Visit the Northern Tier web site at www.ntier.org, or call 1-218.365.4811.
You’ve seen them walking into meetings and events with more than a five o’clock shadow. These Mid-America Council professional fellas aren’t making duck calls or auditioning for Duck Dynasty. They are “The Beard Team” serving as walking beard billboards working towards and raising awareness for the following goals.
- Investment in Character Campaign (formerly FOS) – Nick Boden, ASST Director of Field Service
- Traditional growth of 11, 570 Cub Scout families – Nate Young, Director of Field Service
- Balanced budget – Eric Magendantz, Scout Executive/CEO and Spencer Finley, Director of Accounting
- Re-Charters 90% completed in Scouters Services – Jason Ballew, ASST Director of Field Service
- Investment in Character Campaign Manpower Development – Clint Siskow, Senior Development Director
- Daryl Milius, Soaring Eagle District Director; Jordan Hunter, War Eagle District Executive; David Harris, War Eagle Senior District Executive; Maurice Cotton, Lewis & Clark Soutreach Pre-professional; and Scott Hanson, Director of Camping Services are also on The Beard Team working toward the five goals listed above.
The Beard Team plan is to meet these goals as a council by Friday the 13th of December, 2013. They’re doing this because our youth in our communities deserve to have a quality council that provides unparalleled experiences for more youth. Watch the January BSA e-Bugle for a full report on the success of The Beard Team – complete with a full-bearded, group photo!
Hi Fellow Scouters,
The College of Commissioner Science is the premier Commissioner training and it only happens once a year in Mid-America Council. The College offers commissioner classes for you no matter what your commissioner position. This year the College will be on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at BoysTown NE.
This is the only time this year that you will be able to get Roundtable Commissioner and Staff training. The Bachelor in Roundtable Science Program (full day program) will give you the tools you need to put on great Roundtables. If you already have your Bachelors in Roundtable Science then the Masters Program (1/2 day program) will give you extra tools to take your Roundtables to the next level and give you time to take other commissioner courses.
Below is a link to the registration page on the council site. Register today!
MAC – ACC Roundtable