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Scoutreach Program at Glider Elementary School Receives Check

April 24, 2014
Midlands Community Foundation provided the Mid-America Council with a check to support the Scoutreach programs at Glider Elementary School

Midlands Community Foundation provided the Mid-America Council with a check to support the Scoutreach programs at Glider Elementary School

World Jamboree Registration is now Live!

April 23, 2014

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The 2015 World Scout Jamboree Registration System is now live and available through our website, www.scouting.org/worldjamboree. Our developers are still working on the approval section for the CJCs and RJCs to be able to approve applicants. Very soon, I will send you all another email with instructions on how to approve an applicant through the system.

If the developers take longer than a week to finish the approval section, then we will send all CJCs and RJCs a list of those applicants that have registered so you are aware of who is awaiting approval in your council/region. This list will simply be for your information and will not require action on your part until the approval section has been completed.

Please note that all approvals will take place through my.scouting.org, which uses the same login and password as myscouting.org. If you do not have a myscouting.org account, please create one now so you will be ready.

Thank you,
Lisa Cristiano
Boy Scouts of America
International

REGISTER NOW for Cub Family Weekends!

April 22, 2014

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Cub Family Weekends are a great introduction to Scouting in the outdoors!  These overnight events are perfect for new Cub Scouts and families who don’t have a lot of camping experience, or want to get a small taste of what it might be like to attend Cub Resident Camp.  

Little Sioux Scout Ranch and Camp Cedars offer a wide range of activities for everyone, including archery, BB guns, climbing and bouldering, hiking, fishing, frisbee golf, bounce houses, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to become a “Cub Knight,” complete with armor and helmet-making, and an opportunity to “slay” a dragon. 

Campers at Little Sioux will also be able to participate in the annual Cub-O Orienteering event. 

Camp Cedars campers will have a chance to ride a horse!  

Questions?  Contact Mike Evano at 402-431-9272.

May 10-11, 2014 at Little Sioux Scout Ranch

May 17-18, 2014 at Camp Cedars

Boy Scouts Honor Citizen and Corporate Partner of the Year

April 17, 2014

The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council will honor Lee G. Simmons, M.D., Chairman of the Omaha Zoo Foundation as Citizen of the Year and Gallup, Inc. as Corporate Partner of the year on April 21, 2014 at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St., Omaha at noon.

The Citizen of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America. The award salutes their outstanding leadership and service to the community.

During Dr. Simmons’ 40 years of leadership, he elevated the zoo to an unprecedented level. In 1966, he began his work with the Henry Doorly Zoo as resident veterinarian, where he quickly ascended to Director in 1970. During his tenure, the Henry Doorly Zoo has added several state-of-the-art exhibits, such as the Lied Jungle, the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium, the Bill and Berniece Grewcock Center for Conservation and Research, Desert Dome and nocturnal exhibit, Hubbard Gorilla Valley, and others. More than $150 million in development has benefited the community through attracting more than 1.3 million visitors annually, with an economic impact of over $100 million per year.

The Corporate Partner of the Year Award is presented annually to a corporation that exemplifies the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America and assists with providing service to the program.

Gallup is a research-based, global performance-management consulting company. Founded by George Gallup in 1935, the company became known for its public opinion polls, which were conducted in the United States and other countries. Today, Gallup delivers forward-thinking research, analytics, and advice to help leaders solve their most pressing problems. Combining more than 75 years of experience with its global reach, Gallup knows more about the attitudes and behaviors of the world’s constituents, employees, and customers than any other organization.

Gallup associates help private and public sector organizations boost organic growth through measurement tools, strategic advice, and education. Gallup’s 2,000 professionals deliver services at client organizations, through the Web, and in nearly 40 offices around the world.

The Citizen of the Year luncheon is being chaired by Carey & Brian Hamilton, President of Beardmore Chevrolet-Subaru.

Eagle Scout Sponsors: Kiewit Corporation and Valmont.
Life Scout Sponsors: Gallup, Inc. and HDR, Inc.
Star Scout Sponsors: Bank of the West John & Lynne Boyer, Dixon Family Foundation, Dan & Jennifer Hamann, Miller Electric, Chris and Betsy Murphy, and FWBank, TD Ameritrade, UltraAir LLC/Scott & Gail Robertson, and Union Pacific Foundation.
First Class Scout Sponsors: Bellevue Medical Center, Beardmore Chevrolet and Subaru, DLR Group, Drake-Williams Steel, Five Points Bank, Lockwood Development, Mutual of Omaha Bank, SAC Federal Credit Union, The Hawks Foundation, The Nebraska Medical Center, UNO Chancellor’s office/UNL Foundation, US Bank, and Waitt Company.

Contributors: Atchley Ford, David Scott Foundation, DMSi Software, Great Western Bank, H&H Chevrolet, Husch Blackwell, LLP, Omaha Public Power District, Richmont Village, and Streck.

To register, contact Lisa Russell or 402.431.9272. For more information, visit www.mac-bsa.org.

Scouting for Food 2014 is Making an Impact!

April 14, 2014

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Omaha Mayor Stothert, ConAgra Foods, Inc. Foundation, the Omaha Food Bank, Hy-Vee Chef Ochoa, Mid-America Council, Chief Scout Executive/CEO Eric Magendantz, and Boy Scouts from Troop 319 gathered in the Hy-Vee at 50th & Center Streets to kick-off the Scouting For Food Drive, Friday, April 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. for the Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The need for food is critical. Food pantry shelves that were full during the holidays are empty now. Yet, the need to feed hungry children and families has increased.

“Hunger is real for many families in our city. Statistics from the Food Bank for the Heartland tell us that more than 30,000 children in Douglas and Sarpy counties are at-risk for hunger,” stated Omaha Mayor Stothert. “One in five children live in a food insecure home, and many people in our own community report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities, according to a Hunger in America study. Food from this drive directly benefits those who need it most in our communities.”

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Saturday, April 5, Scouts across the Mid-America Council placed door hangers on doors in their neighborhoods to remind residents to leave non-perishable food donations in bags on their doorsteps tomorrow.

Saturday, April 12, starting at 8 a.m., Scouts will collect the bags of food donations from their neighborhoods, and deliver it to drop-off sites at local Hy-Vee stores for the food bank. Scouts in the metro area will load all donations from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. into Werner Enterprise trucks at 144th and Stoneybrook, 156th and Maple, 180th and Pacific Street, and 50th and Center and for transportation to the Food Bank for the Heartland. Scouts will also load a Food Bank van at 90th and Center Street.

You can help! You may drop food off all day at area Hy-Vee locations. Plus, Hy-Vee will be selling $5 and $10 Scouting for Food bags to help provide more food for those in need.

Scouts participate in Scouting for Food to fulfill their oath to “help other people at all times.” Scouting promotes community involvement and emphasizes youth helping other youth.

Untitled-3Eagle Scout John Paul Terneus mentioned that he and his brother, and many other Scouts, will be out in the neighborhoods collecting food donations tomorrow.

“It’s exciting to help fill up the food pantries tomorrow. Scouting for Food is a great opportunity for everyone,” stated John Paul. “Everyone should put their bags of food out by 8:00 a.m., so no one gets missed.”

During the Scouting for Food kick-off last Friday, Hy-Vee Chef Ochoa shared his quesadilla recipe with the Scouts. Star Scout Ambrose Terneus, and 2nd Class Scout Johnny Hula helped make and share the healthy snack with everyone! This year marks the fifth year that Hy-Vee has partnered with the Scouts for this food drive. Hy-Vee is dedicated to doing good deeds in our community.

Life Scout Sam Mellender shared, “Hy-Vee is offering Cooking merit badge classes on Sunday, April 13, at noon at four different locations.” If you would like to participate in one of the Cooking merit badge classes, contact the Mid-America Council at 402-431-9272.

ConAgra Foods Foundation is proud to partner with the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council for the 20th year in a row to lead the way in doing service for the community and help end hunger. The food and cash donations are directed to Food Bank for the Heartland, the Food Bank of Siouxland, and other local food pantries.

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, Troop 319 for helping us kick-off and carry out Scouting For Food 2014. For more information, visit www.mac-bsa.org/ScoutingForFood.

Author – Dixie Wagner, Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America

Be Prepared…for the SAT and ACT

April 2, 2014

BSA giving away $250 SAT/ACT programs

In alliance with the Boy Scouts of America, eKnowledge and the SAT/ACT Donation Project are giving Boy Scout families (past and present) $250 SAT and ACT test prep programs for just the cost of providing the programs (under $20)…the fee covers everything, including materials, shipping, student support, and streaming. You may request your programs online: www.eknowledge.com/BSA

Already, over 4,500 scouting families have benefited from the SAT/ACT Donation Project. The mission of this project is to help Boy Scouts be prepared for the SAT or ACT.

The eKnowledge Donation Project is made up of over 100 educationally focused organizations and a group of professional athletes from the National Football League and Major League Baseball that includes A.J. Hawk and Chipper Jones. Learn more The eKnowledge SAT/ACT Project has provided more than 200,000 SAT/ACT prep programs to families all over the United States.

“I believe in using my gifts and public image to help the community,” said Chipper Jones, six-time All-Star and future Hall of Fame baseball player.

Now in its eighth year, the Project has donated more than $42 million of SAT/ACT test preparation programs. In response to the donation, eKnowledge has received more than 55,000 thank-you letters from those who have benefited including hundreds of comments from the 4,500+ scouting families. Learn more

The PowerPrep™ program helps prepare students to take the exams and increase student confidence, which can result in higher test scores and thousands of dollars in scholarships.

eKnowledge recently released the Cloud (online) SAT and ACT PowerPrep™ Program. In development for more than two years at a cost of $1.5 million, it includes more than 11 hours of video instruction, 3,000 files of supplemental test prep material, thousands of interactive diagnostic tools, sample questions, practice tests, and graphic teaching illustrations. The PowerPrep Programs are also available on DVD.

Families may request their FREE $250 SAT or ACT PowerPrep™ Programs online: www.eknowledge.com/BSA or by calling 951-256-4076.

There is a student fee of $17.55 – $19.99 (per standard program) to cover the cost of delivering the programs, including: technical and customer support, shipping and/or streaming. There is no profit created by this project and all fees are used to improve the program and continue helping thousands of students each year.

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You Could Be One Paycheck Away from Being Hungry

March 27, 2014

As food insecurity rises in our communities, the 2014 Scouting for Food Drive, sponsored by ConAgra Foods Foundation, aims to collect food for those who are in need. Many families are just one paycheck away from needing the Food Bank’s services. Scouts will be delivering door hangers in local neighborhoods on April 5 and will come back to collect the donated food on doorsteps on April 12.

Residents are encouraged to place non-perishable goods in a bag on their door step by 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12 to be picked up by the Scouts. Additional drop-off locations include all local Hy-Vee supermarkets.

Food can be dropped off all week at area Hy-Vee locations. Additionally, Hy-Vee will be selling $5.00 and $10.00 Scouting for Food bags to help provide more food for those in need. On April 12, Scouts will load donations from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. into Werner Enterprise trucks at 144th and Stoneybrook, 156th and Maple, 180th and Pacific Street, and 50th and Center and for transportation to the Food Bank for the Heartland. Scouts will also load a Food Bank van at 90th and Center Street at the Hy-Vee.

ConAgra Foods Foundation is proud to partner with the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council for the 20th year in a row to lead the way in doing service for the community and help end hunger. The food and cash donations are directed to Food Bank for the Heartland, the Food Bank of Siouxland, and other local food pantries.

This year marks the 5th year that Hy-Vee has partnered with the Scouts for this food drive. Hy-Vee is dedicated to doing good deeds in our community.

Many people in our own community report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities, according to a Hunger in America study. Food from this drive directly benefits those who need it most in our communities. Scouts participate in Scouting for Food to fulfill their oath to “help other people at all times.” Scouting promotes community involvement and emphasizes youth helping other youth.

For more information, visit www.mac-bsa.org/ScoutingForFood.
Background Information | Hunger Fact Sheet

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