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Smoke Signals – January 2014

Welcome new LSSR Camp Director!

New Program Director for Mid-America Council, Mike Evano will be overseeing the year-round program functions at Little Sioux Scout Ranch and serving as the Camp Director for the Cub Scout Resident Camp.

Coming from the Northern Star Council in St. Paul, Minnesota, he is looking forward to discovering the outdoor Scouting opportunities in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. As an avid outdoorsman, he spends as much time as possible in wild locations. Whether it’s fishing and hunting with family and friends, or trips to Alaska, Indiana, and Illinois chasing salmon, trout, and whitetail, there is never an “off season” for Mike!

“Scouting is a very important part of my life, but so are family and friends, travels throughout the U.S. and abroad, outdoor endeavors, and art/performing,” notes Mike. “My passion for Scouting and my experience in developing and carrying out innovative activities will lend themselves well to this position, and I am eager to serve the youth and families in the Mid-America Council.” Got questions for Mike, or just want to welcome him? Contact Mike Evano at 402-431-9272 x219.



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, Adviser 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.

Florida Sea Base lottery is open!

The lottery registration for Florida Sea Base 2015 is now open! If your unit wants to participate in a Florida Sea Base high adventure in 2015, you must register by February 15, 2014. See high adventures. Register online.

23rd World Scout Jamboree 2015

Tuesday, July 28 to Saturday, August 8, 2015. Kirara-hama, Japan. Get the details! Download the application. Application due 02-14-2014.


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’s 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.

Provisional Campers

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! 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.


oa_logoOrder of the Arrow News – 2014 OA Spring Conclave, May 2-4

Order of the Arrow Spring Conclave and Induction Weekend. Ordeal completion, Brotherhood testing, ceremonies, fun activities, camp service. All attendees must show a completed current BSA medical form at time of event sign-in. Register online. For questions, contact OA Lodge Adviser Curtis White at 402-301-3750. View the Order of the Arrow calendar for date and location of and conclaves.


Campmaster Corps

The council is seeking outdoor-loving adult Scouters to join our Campmaster Corps. Campmasters host units during a weekend campout, conduct a brief program for those in camp, and assist the camp ranger with small projects. Sign up now as a Campmaster for the following weekend crew camp programs already scheduled for Camp Cedars and Little Sioux Scout Ranch!

  • Tin Can Cooking – Camp Cedars – 2/14-2/16/2014. GOATS Crew
  • Tin Can Cooking – LSSR – 3/14-3/16/2014. GOATS Crew
  • Program Feature TBD – Cedars – 3/21-23/2014. NBZ Crew
  • Shooting Sports – Cedars – 7/25-27/2014. Shooting Sports Crew
  • Shooting Sports – LSSR – 8/22-8/24/2014. Shooting Sports Crew
  • Program Feature TBD – Cedars – 9/12-9/14/2014. ROPES Crew
  • Program Feature TBD – Cedars – 9/19-9/21/2014. ROPES Crew
  • Dutch Oven Cooking – Cedars – 11/21-11/23/2014. ERIKSON Crew

To sign up, visit Campmaster Corps online, or contact Campmaster Corps Chair Mike Mayne.


logo_patchMark your calendar for Jubilee October 10-12, 2014! Plan to attend the 2014 Jubilee with your Scouts! Like MAC Jubilee on Facebook to get the latest information.

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