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Smoke Signals – June 2014

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June 2014                                   Volume 2 – Issue 6
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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.



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.



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By David Ross, Medicine Man Guiding Star. 

2014 marks the 25th anni- versary of Nani-Ba-Zhu.  
Read more  about Nani-Ba-Zhu history,  award winners, calendar events, activities, and more.  Remember – May 17 and May 31 are the next ceremony site workdays!

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Fall  Tribal Festival, August 15-16 at  
Camp Cedars.  

Friday, August 15 Camp out begins at 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 16, Festival 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. followed by Tribal Council at 3 p.m.
 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 premier event of the Order of the Arrow, and is Scouting’s second-largest national event.  Over 10,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for a six-day conference, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Order.  The 2015 NOAC will be held from August 3-8, 2015 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Attend  with our Lodge contingent and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.   All participants will receive the soon-to-be coveted “red sash”.  Secure your spot online today!


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REGISTER NOW for Cub Family Weekend!

Cub Family Weekends are a great introduction to Scouting in the outdoors!  Camp Cedars offers a wide range of activities for everyone, including archery, BB guns, climbing and bouldering, hiking, fishing, frisbee golf, bounce houses, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to become a Cub Knight, complete with armor and helmet-making, and an opportunity to “slay” a dragon.  Camp Cedars campers will have a chance to ride a horse!  Questions?  Contact Mike Evano at 402-431-9272.  May 17-18, 2014 at Camp Cedars


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

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 6:15 p.m. on June 11, 2014 at Camp Cedars, which coincides with the sixth anniversary of the Little Sioux Scout Ranch tornado. We hope you will be able to join us for the ceremony and experience summer camp while it is in session.  Read more..


Complete BSA Weather Hazards Training now!

Adults – leaders and parents – before coming to camp, complete the Boy Scouts of America Weather Hazards Training online.  Log in, create an account or enter your BSA ID# and follow the prompts to complete the course.  If you don’t know your BSA ID#, contact Scouters Services at 402-431-9272.


Cub Resident Camp UPDATE 

By “Sir” Mike Evano, Cub Resident Camp Director

Most packs know by now how fun Little Sioux Resident Camp will be…you’ve seen the videos, read the leaders guides, and maybe even had a visit from “Mike the Knight” at one of your pack meetings or roundtables.  But remember, Cub Resident Camp is fun WITH A PURPOSE!  That purpose is to teach valuable lessons to every attending Cub Scout, while providing an unparalleled experience in the outdoors.  Cub Resident Camp offers advancement opportunities for Cubs of all ages; even if they have earned all their Webelos Pins, and are ready for Boy Scouts, a Webelos should still plan on working toward their Cub Scout STEM Award, something made easy at resident camp.  Cubs will also experience an amazing three days in the outdoors; not many camps can boast the diversity of outdoor experiences offered at Little Sioux, from hills to valleys, to fields and lakes.  Finally, the fun and learning is focused on the youth, but available to adults, too; by providing a fully-staffed camp experience, you can have fun right along with your Cub Scouts!  Make sure to sign up your pack, den, or just YOUR Cub Scout for a resident camp experience today.  It’s not too late!  Go to to sign up!


Cub Scout Day & Twilight Camps 2014

Each day camp or twilight camp takes place over five consecutive days.  Cub Scouts attend daily and build upon the experiences and skills they learned the day before!  It’s for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts. Campers do not stay overnight. Register now – camps begin June 2, 2014!


Videos Help Promote Summer Day Camps

It’s time to start preparing for summer camp, and here are two new videos to help you spread the word about the life-changing experiences our camps offer to Cub Scouts. View the videos and read more.

Be a Campmaster – Come Camping With Us!
A campmaster is an adult who is engaged in Scouting with a particular experience level in Scouting and/or has skills and  
expertise to share with others. A campaster  can choose a weekend at any of our facilities, and serve as manager of the camp when in use for weekend camping. The campmaster crew is generally responsible for weekend hospitality, unit programming, and maintenance support.  Read more.

Did you know you can reserve the pool?

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 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. Scout leaders and district and council event volunteers may also reserve space online, from the comfort of their own home, for their event. This system will allow us to eliminate double-booking issues and be the best stewards of our camps that we can be. Check it out!


Cabela’s Day Camp rescheduled for August 9

Because of some scheduling challenges, we had to move our May 31 Cabela’s Day Camp event to August 9.   Find more information and register online!


Summit Visitor Passes Let Anyone Experience the Thrills This Summer

This summer, while everyone else is stuck at home or the office, treat yourself and your family to a weekend at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.  Get passes  today!  Read more.


High Adventures

Northern Tier  – Openings for two more youth for Northern Tier June 20-29, 2014! 

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


Florida Sea Base – Located in 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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