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High Adventure openings for Florida Sea Base, Philmont, and The Summit in 2015 and 2016

December 21, 2014

The Mid-America Council is dedicated to ensuring every youth has an opportunity to attend a BSA High Adventure Base.  Some are provided through a contingent experience, which means the trip is organized through a committee of volunteers in the Mid-America Council, and may contain Scouts and adults from all over the council.  See the opportunities below!

Council contingent fees are all inclusive.  The fee includes the program fee, all travel costs, meals, and special mementos for the Mid-America Council contingent. 

Individual or group registrations accepted.  Philmont, Florida Sea Base, and Northern Tier require all youth must be 14-years of age, or 13-years of age and have completed the 8th grade. Summit requires all youth must be 13-years of age by September 1 of the year attending.  No exceptions.

Questions?  Please contact the Council High Adventure Chair, Hunter Horste.

SEABASEFlorida Sea Base 2016  

Commitment deadline Dec. 31, 2014.  

We’re planning to send three crews of up to 24 total participants.  Participants will enjoy the Florida Keys Adventure Program at Sea Base, which includes a variety of activities over a seven-day period. The Mid-America Council is currently awaiting approval on our contingent dates for 2016.  We have applied for the following options:  June 4-11, 2016;  May 29 – June 5, 2016;  June 2-9, 2016.  The total fee for contingent participants will be approximately $2,000.  A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot.  Register online.   Check out Florida Sea Base Website.

PHILMONTPhilmont Scout Ranch 

2015 – Reservations are still available!

June 14 – 27, 2015.  Six crews are headed to Philmont this summer!  Experience a two-week backpacking trek, and participate in activities throughout the hike.  The total fee for contingent participants will be no more than $1,400.  A $125 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot.  Register online.

2016 – Make your reservation by May 1, 2015 for June 12 – 25, 2016.  Six crews of up to 72 participants will be going to Philmont.   Participants will enjoy exploring more than 200-square miles of rugged New Mexico wilderness, which includes a variety of activities over a twelve-day trek at Philmont.  The total fee for contingent participants will be approximately $1,400.  A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot. Register online.  Check out Philmont Scout Ranch Website.

SUMMMITSummit Bechtel Reserve 

2015 and 2016 – Make your reservation today!  Participants will enjoy the Summit Experience, which includes a half-day program at each of the Summit adventure sports venues – The Canopy, The Rocks, Low and High Gear, The Park, The Trax, The Bows, The Barrels, Bravo Lake, and The Ropes.  Participants will also get a thrilling ride down that 3,100 foot Big Zip!

July 18, 2015 – July 26, 2015.  Make your reservation by January 15, 2015!  The total fee for contingent participants will be approximately $1,750.  A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot.  Register online 

July 23, 2016 – July 31, 2016.  The total fee for contingent participants will be approximately $1,850.  A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot. Register online.  Check out the Summit Website.

Jan. 17 webcasts will help prepare you for the new Cub Scout program

December 18, 2014

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Jan. 17 webcasts will help prepare you for the new Cub Scout program

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Bryan Wendell in Cub ScoutingScouting TipsTraining // 23 

Hey, did you hear there’s a new Cub Scout program launching June 1, 2015?

If so, you know it’ll be more exciting for boys and easier to implement for unit leaders.

But you probably still have questions about how it’ll work. There’s good news: You can get many of those questions answered by watching a special webcast on Jan. 17.

The webcasts will cover the coming changes, how to prepare and when resources will be available. Sessions are position-specific, but anyone in any role who has an interest in the new Cub Scout program is welcome to attend. No login or special registration is required.

If you can’t make any of these sessions, don’t worry. They’ll be recorded for later viewing.  Here’s the schedule:

New Cub Scout Program Webcasts Schedule

Cubmaster Webcasts

  • 8 a.m. (Central) Saturday, Jan. 17, or
  • 3 p.m. (Central) Saturday, Jan. 17

Den Leader Webcasts

  • 9:30 a.m. (Central) Saturday, Jan. 17, or
  • 4:30 p.m. (Central) Saturday, Jan. 17

LDS-Specific Considerations*

  • 11 a.m. (Central) Saturday, Jan. 17, or
  • 6 p.m. (Central) Saturday, Jan. 17

* It is recommended that those interested in the LDS session view one of the role-specific sessions first.

Where to view the webcasts

Click here to attend a webcast: http://www.livestream.com/bsanationalcouncil. (No login is required.)

Questions?  Please contact your unit commissioner, Cubmaster, or Mike Evano at 402-431-9272.

You’ve Heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, How About ‘Giving Tuesday’? Today is the Day!

December 2, 2014

Originally posted on Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council:

#GivingTuesday is a day when people around the world come together to give back. As the movement continues to grow in the US, countries around the world are leading their own #GivingTuesday movements by creating their own initiatives to encourage giving in their communities.

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Jubilee Shoe Drive for SOLES4SOULS Logs 624 Service Hours

November 23, 2014

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Visit Santa at Santa’s Scout Shop, Saturday, Nov. 29

November 23, 2014

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Top Ten Teen Career Choices

November 23, 2014

Nursing remains top teen career choice for sTop Ten Career Choices 2014 graphicecond year in a row.

(Omaha, NE) – November 19, 2014 – Several Omaha and surrounding area high school and middle school students participated in a career survey last spring indicating their top two career interests and top two hobbies.  The surveys are part of the Omaha Exploring Program, which is a career-education program for all students ages 15-21 facilitated by the Boy Scouts of America. The surveys are also a way for the program executives to know which type of career areas to focus on and what programs to provide.  All students that participate in the survey are sent personalized invitations to join a program when one comes up relating specifically to their interests.

The purpose of the Exploring program is to provide experiences which help young people mature, and prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.  Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in our community.  Local Omaha organizations initiate an Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community.  The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.  Explorer Posts specialize in a variety of career skills.  Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.

2014 has been a very successful one for the Exploring team. They were able to survey more students than ever and have been able to create new programs based on the information gathered.  Take a look at the top ten survey results for careers for 2014.  A total of 12,882 students were surveyed, which includes students in the Omaha area, Council Bluffs area, and surrounding areas outside of the metro.  When comparing the results from 2013 to 2014 there are a few changes.  While the top five remained consistent, we did see Photography jump three places, and Culinary/Cooking replaced Sports Medicine.  Out of all 12,882 students surveyed, the number one interest still remains Nursing, which is consistent with results from 2013.

Participating schools will be gearing up to take the career survey again in the 2015 spring semester.  For more information, or to have your students participate in the surveys, please contact Sarah Wisecup at sarah.kalhorn@lflmail.org, or 402-514-3022.

To sign up for an Exploring program, or receive more information on 2015 spring programs, please visit our website: www.omahaexploring.org, or contact us at 402-431-9272.

You’ve Heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, How About ‘Giving Tuesday’? Today is the Day!

November 17, 2014

#GivingTuesday is a day when people around the world come together to give back. As the movement continues to grow in the US, countries around the world are leading their own #GivingTuesday movements by creating their own initiatives to encourage giving in their communities.

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