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January 2015

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Meet Christine Salisbury, new Cedars Camp Director

Christine is our new Council Camping Director.  Christine graduated from Kansas State University in 2009 with a Masters of Architecture. She hails from the Heart of America Council in Kansas City, where she is a Venturing Silver Award recipient.   As a Venturer, she has participated in high adventure programs, and worked as Northern Tier staff for three seasons, and Philmont Scout Ranch staff for ten seasons.  She enjoys cycling, backpacking, dog sledding, and ultimate Frisbee.

Be sure to watch the video, as Christine shares new procedures,

pro-grams, and shelter/ facilities at Camp Cedars.  Questions?  Contact  Christine Salisbury at 402-431-9272 ex. 206. Welcome Christine!Welcome, Christine!



Apply for 2015 camp staff positions

Here’s the best summer job you’ve ever had, apply for camp staff today!  You must be at least 14 years-old before the beginning of camp to serve as a volunteer counselor in training.  You must

be 15 years-old and older before camp begins to receive a salary-based on experience.

Camp Cedars Camp Staff – Email your application to Cedars Camp Director, Christine Salisbury.

Little Sioux Scout Ranch Camp Staff – Email your application to LSSR Camp Director, Mike Evano.

Or, you may post mail or bring your application to the Durham Scout Center, 12401 West Maple Road, Omaha, NE  68164, ATTN: Mike Evano or Christine Salisbury.   Questions?  Contact 402-431-9272.  Apply now – interviews are underway!

Cedars Shower/Storm Shelter Groundbreaking 
Ceremony Recap & Progress  
A groundbreaking ceremony was held June 11, 2014 at Camp Cedars, which coincides with the sixth anniversary of the Little Sioux Scout Ranch tornado. Nearly 500 Scouts, Scouters and supporters joined us for the ceremony. Read more. See progress made!



NBZ Spring Regalia Workshop

Camp Cedars Dining Hall, Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Everyone is welcome.  Cost is $8 per person.  Lunch is included.  Approximate regalia cost for Brave Regalia is $27, which is payable at the event.  Register online now.  Questions?  Contact David Ross or Judy Erb.  Keep up with NBZ on Facebook!


Order of the Arrow caps 2015 National Conference registrations

The 2014 OA membership drive was so successful, 17,000 members have registered to attend the 2015 National Conference next summer.  2015 is the 100th anniversary for OA.  Unfortunately, there is only room for 15,000 forcing a registration cap that will limit 1 adult to 3 youth to meet capacity requirements.  Read more.


More than 6,000 Boy Scouts from four states take part in Jubilee

Excerpt from article posted Saturday, October 11, 2014 by Cody Winchester, World-Herald staff writer.  “Thousands of Boy Scouts descended on Mahoney State Park this weekend for Jubilee, a three-day festival of camping, games, learning and music.  The region’s biggest Scouting event happens once every four years. Organizers said more than 6,000 Scouts from four states registered this year for the event hosted by the Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America.”  Read more.   Check out all the photos and stories posted on Mid-America Jubilee Facebook page.  Relive the FUN! 


Mark your calendar for Jubilee 2016 – October 14, 15, 16

We had so much fun with Jubilee 2014, we decided Jubilee should happen every two years so every youth may experience the unparalleled fun and adventure more than once during his or her Scouting career.   Add the dates to your unit camping schedule.  Start planning your gateway.  Get ready for the most fun-filled, action-packed, Scouting adventure weekend yet!  Watch for updates – we’ll keep you posted!

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