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e-Bugle – June 2014


BSA e.Bugle
June 2014                                                                                      Volume 3    Issue 6
Tornado Relief Help Needed in Northeast Nebraska
Fireside Chat with Eric
Groundbreaking ceremony at Camp Cedars, July 11
Council Scholarship Program
Eagle Scout Recognition
Volunteer and Community Service
Advancement, Camping and High Adventure
Belt loops and pins are here to stay!
Contests, Resources and Sponsors

Dr. Robert M. Gates Elected National President of the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America elected Dr. Robert M. Gates, former secretary of defense and former director of central intelligence, as the organization’s national president during the National Annual Meeting on May 22. In this volunteer role, Dr. Gates will lead the National Executive Board, which guides the Boy Scouts of America as it serves 2.5 million youth members, for two one-year terms. He is the 35th president of the BSA, following telecom pioneer and co-owner of the Seattle Mariners Wayne Perry.  Read more.


EMERGENCY Tornado Relief Help Needed for Pilger and Wakefield
If you are able to respond and help clean up tornado damage in Pilger and Wakefield, emergency officials advise volunteers in Pilger is to check in at Wisner-Pilger High School.  Wakefield and Wayne/Dixon county  volunteers are asked to go to the Wakefield Fire Hall at 405 Main Street between 9 am-3 pm.   Volunteers who have equipment or can offer specialized skills, such as chainsaw and heavy equipment operation, or trucks and trailers to haul debris, are asked to call the hotline for placement at 402-287-2574.  For questions, contact Diamond Dick District Executive, Tracy Yost.  See how to help tornado victims


“Fireside Chat with Eric,” July 7 at noon.  Topics will include:  Journey to Excellence, Loess Hills Trail Race, Winner’s Circle, Exploring, Jubilee, Properties Update, Camping Update, Popcorn Training, Membership,  Cabela’s Day Camp, Why go to Program Kick-Off?, and Show & Tell with Sheila.  Chats are streamed live to our YouTube channel and can be viewed later.  R.S.V.P. to Sarah Young  for call-in information. View upcoming and past chats online.  


Camp Cedars Shower/Storm Shelter Ground Breaking Ceremony, June 11

A groundbreaking ceremony for new shower/storm shelters was held June 11, 2014 at Camp Cedars, which coincided with the sixth anniversary of the Little Sioux Scout Ranch tornado.  The shelter/shower-houses will have single stall shower/restrooms, laundry facilities and even a place to charge your cell phone. Construction is scheduled to commence in August 2014.   Read more.


Applications for Mid-America Council Scholarship Program due Monday, June 30

The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council offers several scholarship opportunities for Scouts. Scholarships include: “Robert Mueller Memorial” Eagle Scout Scholarships,  Gardner Foundation Camp Scholarship,  Summer Camp Staff Scholarship, Rev. John P. Schlegel Creighton Eagle Scout Scholarship, and Charles Sigerson, Jr. Eagle Scout Scholarship.  Applications due by 5 p.m., Monday, June 30, 2014.  Scholarships Application Form  | Read More.

Iowa Boy Scout License Plates Available Now
Boy Scout leaders, families and friends of Scouting in Iowa now have the unique opportunity to order custom license plates supporting the Boy Scouts of America.  Read more for information about how to order your plates.

We honor the memory of long-time Scouter, Herold M. Meyer

Herold Meyer passed away April 20, 2014.  He touched many lives through all his years in Scouting, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Prayer services were held Friday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 316 15th St., Onawa, IA.  Please  post memories to share about Herold to his Facebook page, or email to  The memories and stories will be gathered in a booklet as a keepsake for the family.   Read Herold’s obituary.

Journey to Eagle Scout 

Cherokee honors first Eagle Scout in 27 years

Troop 107, in Thundercloud district, is proud to honor Brian Nelson as the first Eagle Scout from the Cherokee, IA community in 27 years.  Kent Lundquist was the last Eagle Scout honored in 1987. He is also the second generation of Eagle Scouts in his family since his father, Barry, earned the Eagle rank in 1983.  Learn more about Brian’s journey to Eagle.  

Eagle Scouts, Wren, Frideres, and Holt soar! 
Troop 174, of Wayne, NE in Diamond Dick district, continues the tradition of excellence fostering the growth and development of young men to become active citizens in the their community as Eagle Scouts.  These three represent Eagle Scouts # 136,137,138 in the Wayne community dating back to 1923.  Read more about their journeys to Eagle.

Boy Scout Eagle project close to 17-year-old’s heart
It was only about a dozen trees, not a forest.  But, an Omaha Boy Scout’s tree-planting project was at least another punch at a statewide problem.  Scotch pine trees are dying from “pine wilt” in Pipal park and other parks throughout Omaha and across Nebraska.  Read more about Bill Lux and his journey to Eagle.

Eagles, make sure you’re in the 2015 Eagle Scout Directory

The Eagle Scout Directory aims to contain the name of every Eagle Scout in history.  In the coming months, PCI will contact Eagle Scouts to get updated information.  Eagles decide how much or how little information is included.  PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts), is a Dallas-based agency that NESA has selected to publish its directory.

Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scouts!  See list of Eagle Scouts January to May, 2014.   

Volunteer and Community Service 

Boy Scouts honor volunteers, dedicate new flagpole 
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -Volunteers are often recognized for their service to others. But when those their helping are our youth, it holds extra meaning,  And so Boy Scouts of the greater Siouxland area came together to recognize the efforts of those volunteers. Read more.

Volunteers place flags at graves for Memorial Day

Volunteers decorated graves with American flags at Omaha’s Mount Hope Cemetery on Saturday. The Benson VFW and American Legion have combined forces since the 1930s to ensure the job gets done. The Benson High School ROTC and the Boy Scouts pitched in with help from other volunteers.  Read more.

Thank you for GIVING BIG!

On May 21 from midnight to midnight, 36 donors raised $13,341 dollars via OMAHA GIVES! powered by the Omaha Community Foundation.  May 18 at 7 pm to May 19 at 7 pm marked the first ever Columbus Big Give in the Petah La Shauro district.  Six donors raised $670 via the   At the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council, we are proud to live and work in such generous communities!  We are honored by how you support our vision of providing unparalleled experiences for more youth.

Advancement, Camping and High Adventure 



Jubilee October 10-12, 2014! 
Camp sites reserved on first come, first served basis.  Register for 2014 Jubilee now!  Like  MAC Jubilee on Facebook to stay up-to-date with events.  See the Jubilee video.   Check out the Jubilee Hill gateway competition.  jubilee T-shirts are now available.

Register for Cub Scout Day and Twilight Camp  
Cub Scout day camp is full of fun for five consecutive days or evenings each week. Cub Scouts can participate in shooting sports like archery, BB guns, slingshots, “medieval” shooting challenges, catapult demos and more.  See the schedule and sign up now!  Sessions filling fast.  Check out the Cub Day Camps video – click image to the right.

Wow!  See what ‘s new at Camp Cedars.  See what’s new and sign up  for your week now!  Take a sneak peek at the new ATVs for Camp Cedars  this summer!   (Actually, ours are red.)  Click the image to the left to view video of our Scouts and ATVs in action at Cedars during Week 1.  Check out Camp Cedars Facebook page to keep up with everything that’s happening at camp – GaGa Ball pits, stand up paddleboarding, and awesome STEM merit badges!

Sign up for Top Shot, September 19-21


Little Sioux Scout Ranch will host the second annual Top Shot September 19-21, 2014. To participate competitors must be at least 12 years-old with either rifle or shotgun merit badges, or be involved in a competitive shooting program. Cub Scouts are invited to come out Saturday for a fun day of shooting BB guns, bow and arrows, and wrist rockets.Register online. Read about 2013 Top Shot.

Attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree 2015 in Japan


Make plans now to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event, where Scouts and Venturers from around the world meet at the intersection of tradition and innovation to explore energy, technology and harmony.  For more information, please fill out the form and we will contact you!  Contact us|World Jamboree CR Leader

Share your tips for building a Scout-led troop  Check out this opportunity for you and your troop to be featured in an upcoming issue of Scouting magazine!  Read more.

Are you using the new 

Health & Medical forms? 

This summer camp season,  a new, simplified annual health and medical record is required for unit camping, high adventure, summer camp.  Read more.

The Guide to Safe Scouting is now smaller, easier to carry
It fits in glove compartments, daypacks, purses or troop trailers. The guide, which includes policies and guidelines, is now smaller and more durable. Read more.  The online version is still available.


Sign up for Smoke Signalsour monthly camping newsletter! Choose  Camping News to receive it by email.  

Cub Scout changes coming.
Belt loops and pins are here to stay!  The new Cub Scout Adventure Program, debuting in May 2015, is better for everyone involved. It’s more fun and active for boys.  Click the CubCast logo above for more information!  Check CubCast monthly for the latest Cub Scout news.

Order of the Arrow

It’s not a secret society, but many Scouters out there don’t know a whole lot about the Order of the Arrow, which is the BSA’s national honor society.  In

 ScoutCast , National OA Chief Nick Dannemiller  demystifies this important group within Scouting.  Click the ScoutCast logo above for more information.  

Resources, Contests, and Sponsors

 NEW  photo contest!   

Capture Amazing Memories & Photos…while camping, of course!  Send pictures of your Scouts learning to cook in a Dutch oven. Submit photos of Scouts participating in STEM at Camp Cedars. Show us smiling faces and Scouts having a good time. High adventure? Yes, please! Learning first aid? You know it! First time at Cub Scout resident camp? Show us what you did! Last year to go to Camp Cedars? Capture it and share it with us!  Email your photo and video entries to Sarah Young.  Submit an entry each week!  Read the rules.

Mid-America Council Employment Opportunity

District Executive – (Missouri Valley, IA) – Serve as District Executive with responsibility for the achievement of district objectives for part of Ohwahnasee district. 

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Bechtel Summit Reserve

Philmont Scout Ranch

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