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Flag Day Veterans Breakfast and Flag Retirement Ceremony

June 13, 2015

Boy Scouts Served Free Breakfast to Thank and Honor Those Who Served For Us

(Omaha, Nebr.) – Saturday, June 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the National Guard Armory in Omaha, the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council hosted a FREE Continental Breakfast to honor the U.S. Flag and recognize the sacrifice and service of our Veterans and the families of deployed Veterans.

Boy Scouts provided an opening ceremony displaying flags from each branch of the military and versions of the U.S. Flag throughout history.

Following the opening ceremony was a program led by local military leaders, both retired and active. Guest Speakers included Colonel Mark Williamson, 55th Wing Vice Commander, and Retired U.S Army Colonel, Byron Diamond.

At the conclusion of the event, all Veterans and Boy Scouts were invited to participate in a flag retirement ceremony led by Denny Deters.

Presented by SAC Federal Credit Union. Sponsored by First Westroads Bank, McGladrey, Aetna, Metro Community College, and VFW Post 2704 US Department.

Program Included:

  • Gathering – Dale Webber, WOWTV Channel 6
  • Posting of the Colors & Pledge of Allegiance – Order of the Arrow Scouts, Mid-America Council
  • Invocation – Chaplain Captain Michael Farar, Chaplain 55th Wing
  • Flag Folding Demonstration – USSTRATCOM Color Guard
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome – Dave Webber, WOWTV Channel 6
  • SAC Federal Credit Union Address – Gail DeBoer, President & CEO
  • Presentation by Colonel Bryon Diamond, US Army, Retired
  • Presentation by Joel Schneider, CPL, USMC, Retired
  • Key Note Speaker – Col. Mark Williamson, Vice Commander, 55th Wing
  • Recognitions and Closing Remarks – Steve Lanni, Council Commissioner, Mid-America Council
  • Retirement of the Colors – Order of the Arrow Scouts, Mid-America Council
  • Flag Retirement – Denny Deters, Veteran / Boy Scout Volunteer

View photos of the breakfast and flag retirement ceremony on the Mid-America Council Facebook page.

Thank you to all who helped with the Veterans Breakfast and Flag Retirement ceremony today.

Event Coordinator – Stephanie Rall, Mid-America Council
Author & photos – Dixie Wagner, Mid-America Council

2015 Scout Ushering Service at Memorial Stadium

June 2, 2015

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Be a part of a long standing tradition of service to the University of Nebraska Football program, Sign up today! ALL personnel will be checking in at the west entrance of Cook Pavilion (the old indoor football field). During check in you will show a photo ID which will check you off of a list that has been provided and you will be given a wristband. You have to register to usher on the council website or by calling the Outdoor Education Center, if you do not register, you will NOT be able to participate as an usher!!!

Once checked in at Cook Pavilion, each staff will make their way across the track to Gate 15. There will be golf cart shuttles provided for those who have a difficult time walking. You will HAVE to have a wristband in order to gain access to the stadium.

Football season will be here soon!

We need more Scout Ushers to provide the best possible Fan Experience! If you are wanting to Usher at the Home football games, all you have to do is get signed up on-line. The event registration tab is here on this page. All Ushers must be registered with the Boy Scouts, and wear a FULL uniform to the games (Scout Shirt, pants or shorts, socks, and belt).

A requirement to usher is that you wear a Complete Boy Scout Uniform (shirt, pants/shorts, belt, and socks) in order to be admitted to the stadium. Remember you HAVE TO BE REGISTERED IN SCOUTING TO USHER!!

Please plan accordingly in your arrival times to the stadium to ensure you are still in your position for ushering at least 2 hours prior to kickoff.

Here are the requirements in order to usher:

  • Be at least 12 years old
  • Be a First Class Scout
  • Wear a Complete Boy Scout Uniform (shirt, pants/shorts, belt and socks)
  • Attend every home football game
  • Arrive at least TWO hours before kick off

2015 Home Football Schedule (game times as noted or To Be Announced):

  • Saturday, September 5th, BYU
  • Saturday, September 12th, South Alabama @ 7pm
  • Saturday, September 26th, Southern Miss (Homecoming)
  • Saturday, October 10th, Wisconsin
  • Saturday, October 24th, Northwestern
  • Saturday, November 7th, Michigan State
  • Friday, November 27th, Iowa

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ArrowTour to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Honor Society – Order of the Arrow

May 22, 2015

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(Omaha, NE – (May 21, 2015) – 2015 marks the Boy Scouts of America’s National Honor Society’s (Order of the Arrow) 100th anniversary. The Order of the Arrow (OA) and its members, known as “Arrowmen,” will commemorate this exciting anniversary milestone with a U.S. cross-country tour to help reflect, connect, and discover the OA’s past, present and future.

ArrowTour will make 110 stops across the country during the summer of 2015, to give current and former OA members, Scout and adult volunteers and Scouting alumni a chance to be a part of the 100th anniversary celebration. The tour stops are free and open to the public.

On Friday, June 19, 2015, ArrowTour will stop at Camp Cedars, 2911 County Rd 15, Cedar Bluff, NE from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“For almost 100 years, being a servant leader is what the Order of the Arrow has been all about,” said Alex Call, national chief of the Order of the Arrow. “It is our hope ArrowTour will be an opportunity to tell the story of the Order of the Arrow by reflecting on our past, and at the same time motivating others to give of themselves in service to others in the future.”

ArrowTour guests will have an opportunity to participate in a program which includes a show recognizing the Order’s rich history, and empowering participants to help shape the organizations future. The tour stop also includes interactive exhibits with activities such as silk-screening, branding wood and leather, and challenging games.

Participants will have a chance to meet some of the OA’s national youth leaders. Alumni can learn about the Scouting Alumni Association and local alumni efforts to supporting Scouting in our area.

An exclusive ArrowTour trading post will carry ArrowTour and OA centennial merchandise for sale. More information about the ArrowTour routes and program can be found at http://arrowtour.oa-bsa.org. You can also keep up with the tour as it makes its way around the country by following @ArrowTour on Twitter.

As Scouting’s National Honor Society, the OA’s purpose is to recognize those Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. And through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way which warrants similar recognition, such as promoting camping and responsible outdoor adventures, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp. And also develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation crystallizing the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

The Order of the Arrow was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America. It became an official program experiment in 1922, and was approved as part of the Scouting program in 1934. In 1948, the OA, recognized as the BSA’s national brotherhood of honor campers, became an official part of the Boy Scouts of America. In 1998, the Order of the Arrow became recognized as Scouting’s National Honor Society when it expanded its reach beyond camping to include broader service to Scouting and the community.

About the Order of the Arrow

For more than 99 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth. 2015 marks the Order of the Arrow’s 100th anniversary.

Scouts Step Up When Need is Greatest

May 8, 2015

Drew SFF 1 2015-04-18Scouting for Food drive delivers thousands of meals for those who need it

OMAHA, NE., May 8, 2015 – Scouts took action to fill the nearly empty shelves of the Food Bank of the Heartland, Food Bank of Siouxland, Inc., and other local community food banks in the Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America.  Scouts collected 208,145 meals for those who need it.  Our goal was to collect 161,150 meals.  This year we collected 46,955 meals over our goal!  These meals are provided by 355,234 food items.

“The timing of the Boy Scouts Scouting for Food drive is ideal,” said Brian Barks, Director of Development and Communications for Food Bank for the Heartland.  “From April through September the Food Bank sees donations dwindle but the need for assistance remains high.  This drive not only generates much needed food, but increased awareness to the problem of hunger in our communities.”

IMG_5859One out of five kids in Nebraska and western Iowa live in a food insecure home. This means they don’t have consistent access to the food they need to help them grow and thrive.  For 21 years, the ConAgra Foods Foundation has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council to create the Scouting for Food drive, aimed at feeding these children and others in our communities who are in need.

“These are wonderful results that provide critical resources to help feed children and others in the area who don’t always know where their next meal may come from,” said Chris Kircher, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and President of the ConAgra Foods Foundation.  “ConAgra Foods appreciates and applauds the hard work of the Scouts and the remarkable generosity of the entire community.”

This year was the 5th year Hy-Food drop off 2015-04-18 HyVee 168 & MapleVee assisted the Scouts with Scouting for Food.  Hy-Vee stores served as drop locations for donations from April 11-18. Additionally, stores sold $5 and $10 bags to donate to the drive.  Donations from purchased bags totaled $4,165.

Additionally, this year, the Omaha Beef helped grow the campaign by collecting food donations at games in April.  DPI Management chose to support Scouting for Food as their service project at their annual corporate conference this year as well.

“We are so proud of our Scouts, leaders, families, and communities. Thank you to everyone who helped those in need of meals and responded to our Scouts’ call to action. Thank you to ConAgra Foods Foundation for sponsoring this effort, year after year, and Hy-Vee for their continued support of our partnership with the Food Bank for the Heartland and Food Bank of Siouxland.  Thank you also to the Omaha Beef and DPI Management for supporting Scouting for Food,” said Eric Magendantz, CEO of the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council. “A Scout is helpful is one of the twelve points of the Scout laws we live by.  Community service is one of the promises we make to the parents of our Scouts, our communities, and those who find themselves in a place of need,” he said.

Across the Mid-America Council, 4,197 Scouts and 3,646 adult leaders participated in the 2015 Scouting for Food drive.  Scouting for Food occurs simultaneously in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota. The food collected in those counties benefits the people who need it locally. Scouting for Food is the largest coordinated community service project the Mid-America Council does every year. Scouting for Food began in the Mid-America Council in 1989.

For more information, visit www.mac-bsa.org/ScoutingForFood.

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Cub Scout awards getting updated to match new Cub Scout program

April 9, 2015

The countdown continues to the debut of the new Cub Scout program. As of today, it’s T-minus 54 days until the June 1, 2015, launch.

News about the update seems to show up weekly as we get closer to go time.

The most recent announcement: The requirements for the National Den Award, National Summertime Pack Award, Cub Scout World Conservation Award and Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award have been revised to reflect the new program.

You can find the information at the always-helpful Scouting Wire.

Or read on to find out more about these awards.

National Den Award

What it is: The National Den Award recognizes dens that conduct a quality, year-round program. It can be earned only once in any 12 months. The 12-month period (charter year, calendar year, etc.) is determined by the pack committee.

Service projects, field trips, character development, and Cub Scout camping are areas that are emphasized. Dens earn the award as a team, not as individual den members. The recognition is a ribbon for the den flag or den doodle.

Requirements

A. Have at least 50 percent of the den’s Tigers, Cub Scouts, or Webelos Scouts attend two den meetings and one pack meeting or activity each month of the year.

B. Complete six of the following during the year:

  1. Use the denner system within the den.
  2. In a Tiger den, use shared leadership and rotate the boy/adult host team.
  3. Have 50 percent of the den go on three field trips per year. A field trip may be used in place of a den meeting.
  4. As a den, attend a Cub Scout day camp, Cub Scout or Webelos Scout resident camp, or a council family camping event with at least 50 percent of the den membership.
  5. Conduct three den projects or activities leading to a discussion of the Scout Law.
  6. Have 50 percent of the den earn at least three elective adventure loops or adventure pins.
  7. Have 50 percent of the den participate in a patriotic ceremony or parade.
  8. Have 50 percent of the den participate in a den conservation/resource project.
  9. Have 50 percent of the den participate in at least one den service project.

See page 43 of the new Cub Scout Leader Book.

National Summertime Pack Award

What it is: This award encourages packs to keep the fun going all year long. Instead of hibernating in the summer, packs who earn this award schedule activities in June, July and August (or during other school vacations if the pack is in a year-round school).

How it’s earned: Dens with an average attendance of at least half their members at the three summer pack events are eligible for a colorful den participation ribbon. Boys who participate in all three pack events are eligible to receive the National Summertime Pack Award pin, which they can wear on the right pocket flap of their uniform. This is an individual recognition for boys, not adults.

Cub Scout World Conservation Award

What it is: This award provides an opportunity for individual Wolf Scouts, Bear Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers to “think globally” and “act locally” to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are related through natural resources.

Requirements for this award must be completed in addition to any similar requirements completed for rank.

Wolf Scouts must:

  1. Earn the Paws on the Path adventure.
  2. Earn the Grow Something adventure.
  3. Complete requirements 1 and 2 from the Spirit of the Water adventure.
  4. Participate in a den or pack conservation project in addition to the above.

Bear Scouts must:

  1. Earn the Fur, Feathers, and Ferns adventure.
  2. Earn either the Bear Goes Fishing or Critter Care adventure.
  3. Complete requirement 3 from the Baloo the Builder adventure by constructing a bird feeder or a bird house as one of the options.
  4. Participate in a den or pack conservation project in addition to the above.

Webelos Scouts (Including Boys Earning Arrow of Light Rank) must:

  1. Earn the Building a Better World adventure.
  2. Earn the Into the Wild adventure.
  3. Earn the Into the Woods adventure.
  4. Earn the Earth Rocks adventure.
  5. Complete requirements 1, 3a, and 3b in the Adventures in Science adventure.
  6. Participate in a den or pack conservation project in addition to the above.

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

What it is: Cub Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. The first time the award is earned, the boy will receive the pocket flap award, which is to be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt. Each successive time the award is earned, a Wolf Track pin may be added to the flap. Leaders should encourage boys to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year.

Requirements

All Ranks

Attend Cub Scout day camp or Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camp. Additionally, complete the rank-specific requirements as follows:

Tiger Scouts

Complete the Backyard Jungle adventure, and complete four of the outdoor activities listed below.

Wolf Scouts

Complete the Paws on the Path adventure, and complete five of the outdoor activities listed below.

Bear Scouts

Complete the “Bear Necessities” adventure, and complete six of the outdoor activities listed below.

Webelos Scouts

Complete the Webelos Walkabout adventure, and complete seven of the outdoor activities listed below.

Outdoor Activities

These activities must be in addition to any similar activities counted toward rank advancement and can be accomplished as a family, a den, or a pack.

  • Participate in a nature hike in your local area. This can be on an organized, marked trail, or just a hike to observe nature in your area.
  • Participate in an outdoor activity such as a picnic or a fun day in a park.
  • Eplain the buddy system, and tell what to do if lost. Explain the importance of cooperation.
  • Attend a pack overnighter. Be responsible by being prepared for the event.
  • Complete an outdoor service project in your community.
  • Complete a nature/conservation project in your area. This project should involve improving, beautifying, or supporting natural habitats. Discuss how this project helped you to respect nature.
  • Participate in your pack’s earning the Summertime Pack Award.
  • Participate in a nature observation activity. Describe or illustrate and display your observations at a den or pack meeting.
  • Participate in an outdoor aquatics activity. This can be an organized swim meet or just a den, pack, or family swim.
  • Participate in an outdoor campfire program. Perform in a skit, sing a song, or take part in a ceremony.
  • Participate in an outdoor sporting event.
  • Participate in an outdoor Scouts Own or other worship service.
  • Explore a local city, county, state, or national park. Discuss with your den how a good citizen obeys park rules.
  • Invent an outside game, and play it outside with friends for 30 minutes.

Need more info?

For additional information and the latest on the changes coming to Cub Scouting, head toscouting.org/programupdates. That’s where you’ll find the most recent FAQ’s, transition guidelines, presentations and other materials to support the new program launch.

Posted on April 9, 2015 by in Awards, Cub Scouting // 0 Comments

Host Families Sought in NE/IA for Exchange Students Interested in Scouting

April 8, 2015

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CCI Greenheart, a nonprofit agency, is searching for volunteer host families who are passionate about scouting and who are interested in cultural exchange. Exchange students are 15-18 years old, they speak English, have medical insurance, and their own spending money. They reside with local families from August through early June, attend the local public high school, and participate in family & extracurricular activities. Our host families provide a room, meals, and a caring environment. For more information, please contact Alicia Morrison at 402-253-6898 or complete an inquiry at: ccigreenheart.org

Featuring:

Juan (boy, Spain) – age 17 – enjoys scouting, camping, going to the gym, video games, travel, biking, bowling, martial arts, skiing, soccer, listening to music, cooking, watching tv, outdoor activities, dancing, tennis. He has no pet allergies or dietary restrictions. His interviewer says, “Juan is a mix of 3 cultures being Colombian, Spanish and Catalan. He speaks 3 languages and would love to share these 3 cultures with his American host family.”

Yanmeng (girl, China) – age 16 – enjoys scouting, camping, fishing, outdoor activities. She also enjoys basketball, bowling, going to the gym, Golf, Ice skating, Ping pong, Roller skating, Rowing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Attending theater, Ballroom dancing, Dancing, Drama (acting/set building), Drawing or Painting, Listening to classical music, Listening to popular music, Photography, Playing an instrument, Singing, Beach, Collecting, Cooking, Gardening, Greenheart Environmental Activities, Handicrafts, Knitting, Model building, Movies, Outdoor activities, Puzzles, Sewing, Student government, Television, & Watching sports. She has no pet allergies or dietary restrictions.

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