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Smoke Signals – July 2014

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July 2014                                   Volume 2 – Issue 7
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October 10-12, 2014 

It’s only $30 for two concerts, a huge fireworks display and endless activities!  

See the schedule of events.


Jubilee includes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities.  Check it out!



Plan to attend the 2014 Jubilee with your Scouts and families! 


Order Jubilee T-shirts, hoodies and hats online now!  


Like MAC Jubilee on Facebook. 


Enter a design for the Jubilee Hill Gateway contest!  

Read more.



Check out the Game Truck where 20 can play video games at once!




See Smash Mouth and Hairball rock bands in concert Friday and Saturday night followed by outstanding fireworks! 

 Register for Jubilee 


Quick Links

Cabela’s Adventure Day, August 9

Cubs and Webelos will have a day of fun and adventure August 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Chalco Hills Recreation Center, 8901 S. 154th St., Omaha, NE  68138.  Sponsored by Cabela’s.  Activities include: belt loop stations, shooting sports (BB gun, archery, wrist rockets), map & compass, disc golf, fishing, games, and Knights of the Roundtable activities.  Webelos will work on activity pins such as Readyman, Scientist, and Naturalist.  Lunch will be provided.  Questions?  Contact Tom Earhart, at Cabela’s 402-213-8549. Register today.    


Attend Wood Badge, Aug 22-24 & Sep 12-14

Every Scout deserves a trained leader.  Every leader deserves the best available training.  Wood Badge is the elite adult leader’s course designed to teach leaders to view Scouting from the most important perspective – that of our Scouts.   Register online today to reserve your space.  Questions?  Contact  Deb Reinard at (712) 899-2740.  

C.A.M.P. Photo Contest Deadline, August 30

C.A.M.P. – Capturing Amazing Memories and Photos…at camp of course! Send your photos to Sarah Young  to be entered for a chance to win all the camp goodies!   See prize package and contest rules


September is Boy Scout Month at Bass Pro Shops

Through out the entire month of September Bass Pro Shops will be hosting Rifle Shooting Merit Badge and Fishing Merit Badge classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Read more and see the schedule.  Register at Bass Pro Shop, Customer Service, 2901 Bass Pro Dr, Council Bluffs, IA 51501, or call (712) 325-6000.  Classes are limited – register today!


2014 Little Sioux Scout Ranch TOP SHOT

Cub Scouts and accompanying adults are welcome to participate in BB guns, archery, and other activities  on Saturday, September 19-21 at Little Sioux Scout Ranch.  Find more information and register online.  Download the Leader’s Guide.   Questions?  Contact Dave Tasich at 712-643-5434.


Camp Cedars Summer Resident Camp Recap

Week 6 – 
King Pee-Wee

What a wonderful, awesome summer filled with adventure, new activities, skills, and friends,  favorite events, activities, and old friends and so much more!  That’s camp.  Relive it via photos posted on the Camp Cedars Facebook page.  Thanks to all the Scout photographers, videographers, and journalists for posting their amazing photos, videos, and stories!  Week 5 – Untitled Photos | Week 5 – Photos by photography MB students |  Cedars Journal – Week 5 |  The Eight Pages a horror movie – Week 6  | Scoutmaster Movie – Week 5 | Zombie Staff movie – Week 5 | Trade- A- Scout movie – Week 5.   


Pistol Shooting Sports Program at Camp Cedars

During week 6 at C amp Cedars, July 14-18, 2014, Venturing Scouts (youth ages 14-20) were able to shoot pistols, in addition to rifles and shotguns.  Venturers were able to shoot .22 caliber revolvers, .22 semi-automatic pistols, 9 mm semi-automatic pistols, and 357 magnum revolvers. Shooting Sports is an elective for the Venturing Ranger Award.  Read more.

Little Sioux Scout Ranch Cub Camp Recap  

Cub Scouts and families had access to a full aquatics

 program at Little Sioux Scout Ranch summer resident camp this year, along with many, many Medieval-themed activities and events.  You have to see the photos on the Little Sioux Scout Ranch Facebook page to fully appreciate the unparalleled fun and adventure experienced by Cub Scouts and families!  Thank you to all staff, volunteers, Cub Scouts and families for making it the best ever!


Reserve camp pools for an August dog-day swim!

Scout units and families may reserve space at all of our camp locations through a camp reservation system online.  For example, want to reserve the pool at Camp Cedars or Camp Eagle for your unit for a few hours or the entire day?  The camp reservation system provides a great way to view any and all of our properties and facilities and see when they are available. Check it out!



News from  Nani-Ba-Zhu 

By David Ross, Medicine Man Guiding Star.   

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Nani-Ba-Zhu.  
Read more about Nani-Ba-Zhu history,  award winners,  calendar events, activities, and more.  Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Fall  Tribal Festival, August 15-16 at  Camp Cedars.  Questions?  Contact Medicine Man Guiding Star.  


Order of the Arrow News 

OA Summer Conclave: August 8-10, 2014

Summer Conclave and Induction Weekend. Ordeal completion, Brotherhood testing, ceremonies, fun activities, and camp service.  Register online


Register for 2015 NOAC now!  The 2015 National Order of

the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the OA premier event with more than 100,000 Arrowmen celebrating the OA 100th anniversary August 3-8, 2015 at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, Michigan. This will be an event to remember for life!  Secure your spot online today! 

High Adventures are waiting for you!

Northern Tier  – Not just for summer canoe trips!  Check out 2014 winter Opik adventures.


Philmont Scout Ranch – Located in New Mexico,  trek the mountains with us June 14-27, 2015.  See the flier.  Register online today!


The Summit – Do all the awesome Jamboree activities with your Scouts, or with your family!  Check out the Summit Visitor Passes.


Florida Sea Base – Located near Key West, Florida.  Check out the many adventures offered by Sea Base!


23rd World Scout Jamboree – July 28 to August 8, 2015 in Japan!  Registration is now live! 


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