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Smoke Signals – December 2013

The Benefits of Being Camp Staff
By Tom Barnett, Camp Cedars Director

tom_2Summer camp staff interviews have already started for both Little Sioux and Camp Cedars. If this seems early, trust me, it is not. You can never start too early to recruit staff, as a quality staff translates into a quality program. However, many people never take the time to apply for summer camp staff. There are myriad reasons why not to apply, but I want to focus on some reasons why one should consider working on camp staff. Here are just a few. Read more about finding the best Scouts for camp staff.


MAC Eagle Scout designs new Mid-America Council Camps Logo

craigOne of our own Eagle Scouts, Craig McPeck, designed our new Mid-America Council camps logo. McPeck began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub Scout at St. Robert’s in Soaring Eagle and worked hard to make Eagle Scout through Troop 444 in 2008. McPeck encourages each Scout to work toward his dream of being an Eagle Scout.

“Don’t quit. It takes a lot of time and hard work, but don’t give up,” advises McPeck. “I learned patience and hard work pays off.” McPeck is free lancing now, and working towards building his own design firm in the future. Need a graphic designer? Contact Craig McPeck.


Mid-America Council
Northern Tier 2014

Want to go to Northern Tier next summer, June 20-29, 2014? See the flyer for details. Register online. For questions, contact Bob Copple, Chair, or Scott Hanson, Advisor at 402-431-9272.

Philmont 2015

The Mid-America Council will send a contingent to Philmont Scout Ranch June 14-27, 2015. Troops and individual Scouts are encouraged to participate. For questions, contact Contingent Chair, Rich Hawes or Scouter Services 402-431-9272. Read more. Register online.


cub_camping_tentCub Camping
2014 Overnight Resident Camps – Registration is Open!

Cub Scout and Webelos Scout Resident Camp is a medieval adventure! Bring your den, pack, or just your Scout to Little Sioux Scout Ranch for our 2014 “Knights of the Roundtable” Camp. Parents and Scouts will spend three days and two nights camping. Resident camp is for Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos. Each rank will have activities tailored to their program. Ten 3-day sessions begin June and the last session ends July 22, 2014.

Registration for sessions is now open! To secure your place at camp, click the button below to pre-register! You will be able to complete registration with all of your den or pack attendees in January.

For more information, see the Cub Scout Resident Camp Leader Guide. Read more.


Boy Scout Camping
Camp Cedars Boy Scout Summer Camp

Don’t hesitate to select your dates and campsites now for 2014 Summer Camp at Camp Cedars. Register online. Registrations for 2014 Summer Camp at Camp Cedars are open, and weeks 1, 2, and 3 are nearly full. For a special treat, if you have not registered your troop yet, consider camping during week 4 for a great July 4th celebration. Your troop’s adult leaders can take advantage of the free vacation day, and they still get to spend it having quality time with family.

Get it while it’s hot! The 2014 Camp Cedars Leader’s Guide is now available. Download your copy today! A Program Guide with a more detailed schedule and merit badge offerings will be available in early March.

Flying Solo at Camp Cedars: Provisional Campers

Do you have a Scout who can’t make it to Camp Cedars with the rest of your Troop, but still wants to attend? Why not send him as a provisional camper? A provisional camper is a Scout who attends camp individually. Some Scouts cannot attend camp with their Troop (e.g., family schedule conflicts), and we don’t want Scouts to miss camp because of such problems. Any Scout may attend Camp Cedars on an individual basis. Advanced registration is required. The Scout and his parents must agree to accept the assigned leader’s directions and follow the Scout Oath and Law at all times. For more information, contact the Durham Scout Center, Scouter Services at 402-431-9BSA (9272).


nbz_logoNews from Nani-Ba_Zhu
By David Ross, Medicine Man Guiding Star.

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Nani-Ba-Zhu. Read more information about Nani-Ba-Zhu history and award recipients, calendar events and activities, and more. All events are held at Camp Cedars unless otherwise noted. Dates to remember for 2014: Mar 22: Spring Regalia Workshop; Apr 26, May 17, May 31: Ceremony site work days; Aug 15-16: 25th Anniversary Tribal Festival; Oct 10-12: MAC Jubilee at Mahoney State Park.


Campmaster Corps

The council is seeking outdoor-loving adult Scouters to join our Campmaster Corps. Campmasters host units during a weekend camp-out, conduct a brief program for those in camp, and assist the camp ranger with small projects. For information, visit Campmaster Corps online, or contact Campmaster Corps Chair Mike Mayne.


Go to camp for FREE! Sell 2014 Camp Cards

Order Camp Cards by January 11, 2014

Sell Camp Cards and go to 2014 Summer Camp for FREE! 2014 Camp Cards are specially designed with vendors specific to NW Iowa, SW Iowa, Nebraska and Omaha Metro areas. Order Camp Cards for your unit online now!



jubilee Mark your calendar now for 2014 Jubilee! Like our Jubilee Facebook page and stay up to date with event plans and special guests!


Beyond Belt Loops & Badges” the current photo contest!

Show off your photography skills in the photograph contest. Wow us, and your photograph just might appear on the cover of the MAC Facebook page. Send us photos of your Scouts in action – working on belt loops, pins, merit badges, Eagle Scout ceremonies, merit badge clinics, belt loop events, heroism awards, den meetings, and more.
Email your entry to Sarah Arnold. Submit photos now! There’s a week left to send in your photos! Deadline for entries is December 31, 2013. Read official entry rules.

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