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Jubilee Shoe Drive for SOLES4SOULS Logs 624 Service Hours

November 23, 2014

Thumbs up for new shoes 2014-11-23

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

November 23, 2014

Gottschalk Santa Shop 2014-11-29

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, or 402-514-3022.

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

You’ve Heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, How About ‘Giving Tuesday’?

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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Cub Scouts Host “Fall Harvest Day Camp”

October 23, 2014

Cub Scouts Host “Fall Harvest Day Camp” Friday, October 24
Elementary school Cub Scouts and families invited to camp while school’s out

(Omaha, NE) – October 20, 2014 – While elementary schools are not is session this Friday, October 24, Cub Scouts and families are invited to our Fall Harvest Day Camp from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Adams Community Center located at 3230 John Creighton Blvd. in Omaha, NE.

Cub Scouts will earn belt loops in basketball and kickball, and enjoy other activities and games as well. The cost for the day is only $5.00 per person, and includes lunch. To make sure we have enough lunch and activity materials for everyone, please send an email to Akia Sparkman, and let her know how many Cub Scouts and adults will be attending. Remember to include “Fall Harvest Day Camp” in the subject line of your email.

If you have questions, or need more information, please contact Scoutreach Director Akia Sparkman at 402-431-9272 ex. 264.

The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council provides the Scoutreach after school program for inner-city and rural youth encouraging character building, morals, and ethics in a safe, fun environment for youth.

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Cub Scout Kickball Belt Loop

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

Boy Scout Popcorn Sale Ends October 26!

October 23, 2014

Boy Scout 2014 Popcorn Sale Ends This Sunday, October 26!
Find a Scout to order your favorite popcorn to help support Scouting now.

(Omaha, Nebr.) – October 20, 2014 – The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council wraps up their month long 2014 fall popcorn sales campaign this coming Sunday, October 26. Have you purchased your favorite Boy Scout popcorn this fall to help support Scouting? If not, we can help you connect!

Visit the Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America popcorn web page at to view popcorn products offered this year. Choose your favorites, then contact your neighborhood Boy Scout or Cub Scout to place your order. Don’t know a Scout in your neighborhood?

Simply call the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council office at 402-431-9272, and ask for Erin Glidden, our council popcorn kernel. Or, email Erin.

Erin will contact a Boy Scout troop or Cub Scout pack in your neighborhood. The troop or pack will call you, and send over Scouts to take your order at your convenience – as long as it’s by Sunday, October 26. Once the 2014 fall popcorn sale ends, you’ll have to wait until next year. Don’t let that happen!

If you’ve already ordered popcorn from your neighborhood Boy Scout or Cub Scout, please consider purchasing a $25 gift card for our military personnel. Because of your generous donation, you will have helped the Scouts earn money for their Scouting programs. Plus, Camp Master’s popcorn will be shipped to U.S. military personnel serving our country at various military facilities throughout the U.S. and around the world, including product shipped to “Operation USO Care Package.” The $25 popcorn military donation is tax deductable.

Thank you for supporting the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council. Your popcorn purchases and donations help us deliver a Scouting program of unparalleled experiences preparing our youth for life – our leaders of tomorrow.

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

Monster Bash This Weekend!

October 22, 2014

Boys Scouts Host “Monster Bash” This Saturday, October 25
Wear your costume, bring a buddy and come have some safe Halloween fun!

(Omaha, NE) – October 20, 2014 – Hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council, the Monster Bash is open to all youth – registered Scouts and the public. Kids and parents are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite costume, and be prepared for some fun, safe Halloween-themed activities, including hands-on crafts, movies, trick or treating, bounce house, ghost hunting, and more. Bring the whole family and friends!

The Monster Bash is this Saturday, October 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Durham Scout Center at 12401 West Maple Road, Omaha, NE. Families and youth may come and go at any time, or attend the entire afternoon. Cost is only $5.00 per youth. FREE for adults and children two-years-old and under. Youth must be accompanied by parent or adult. To be sure we have enough crafts and materials for everyone, please register online at

For more information and questions, please contact Mike Evano at 402-514-3019 or Christine Salisbury at 402-514-3006.

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


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