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Smoke Signals – March 2014

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March 2014                      Volume 2 – Issue 3
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Register your unit now for

Jubilee October 10-12, 2014!  Plan to attend the 2014 Jubilee with your Scouts and families! 

Like MAC Jubilee on Facebook. 


Campmaster Corps

We’re seeking outdoor-loving adult Scouters to join our Campmaster Corps.  The Campmaster Corps hosts units during a weekend campout,

conducts a brief program for those in camp, and assists the camp ranger with small projects. 

*  Program Feature TBD – Cedars

    March 21-23.  NBZ Crew

All programs provided are FREE to units camping that weekend!  To view more opportunities and sign up, visit Campmaster Corps, or contact Campmaster Corps Chair Mike Mike Mayne.

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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 and activities, and more.  


Order of the Arrow News 
2014 OA Spring Conclave May 2-4, 2014
Order of the Arrow Spring Conclave and Induction Weekend. Ordeal completion, Brotherhood testing, ceremonies, fun activities, camp service. Register online
For questions, contact OA Lodge Advisor Curtis White at, or 402-301-3750.  View the Order of the Arrow calendar for date and location of conclaves.

2015 NOAC Registration Now Live! 

Attend NOAC 2015 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!

Welcome Michelle Kehr! 

When you have questions about camping, call Scouters Services, and ask for our new camping program assistant, Michelle Kehr.  She’ll be supporting camping – reservations, camp assignments and communication with the units, and is being trained to support advancement and activities, too.   Michelle has many years of experience in customer service while working at ADT and ISecuretrac.  She’s currently working on her Bachelors at UNO.  Michelle and husband, Jeff have two children.  She does a lot of volunteer work at her son’s school and enjoys helping her kids with all their activities.  She enjoys camping with her family and church group.  You may contact Michelle Keir at 402-431-9272 ext. 226. 


Campership Requests DUE April 1

No Scout should not be attending a summer camp opportunity because of financial hardship.  Don’t let your son, or another boy in your unit, get left behind this summer for this reason.  Take a moment and submit your application for a campership now.  Register online



Sell Camp Cards until April 30

Sell Camp Cards and go to 2014 Summer Camp or Jubilee for FREE!  Turn in unsold cards and sales at May roundtable.  If you didn’t get your cards at March roundtable, contact Clint Siskow.


NEW!  Simplified Health and Medical records

In preparation for the summer camp season, we are rolling out a new, simplified annual health and medical record effective March 1, 2014. Required for unit camping, high adventure, summer camp.  

Read more.  See records.


NEW!  Unit Fireguard Plan

When you arrive at camp, you are trained in the use of the unit fireguard plan.  It is your responsibility to train your unit members in fire prevention, detection, reporting and fire control.   Through graphics and words, a new poster-style chart clearly outlines steps for fire prevention, fire detection, reporting and fire control.  Order the brochure for teaching Scouts how to use the Unit Fireguard Plan from the Gottschalk Scout Shop at 402-431-0700, or 1-877-5BSAMAC.  


Register now for Cub Family Weekends!

Cub Family Weekends are a great introduction to Scouting in the outdoors!  These overnight events are perfect for new Cub Scouts and families who don’t have a lot of camping experience.  Little Sioux Scout Ranch and Camp Cedars  offer a wide range of activities for everyone, including archery, BB guns, climbing and bouldering, hiking, fishing, Frisbee Golf, Bounce Houses, and STEM (Sciennce, Technology, Engineering and Math) to become a Cub Knight, complete with armor and helmet making, and an opportunity to “slay” a dragon.  Campers at Little Sioux will be able to participate in our annual Cub-O Orienteering event.  Camp Cedars campers will have a chance to ride a horse!

For more information and to sign up, click the links to camp location and date below.  Space is limited!

May 10-11, 2014 at Little Sioux Scout Ranch

May 17-18, 2014 at Camp Cedars

Questions?  Contact Mike Evano at 402-431-9272.


Cub Resident Camp registration is open!

Cub Scout and Webelos Resident Camp will be 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.  Cost:  $110 per Scout, $75 per adult if registered by April 30. A $10 late fee applies starting May 1 for June sessions and June 1 for July sessions.  Register online.

NEW activities at Camp Cedars next summer! 

Look forward to new highlights, such as ATVs, stand up paddle-boarding, GaGa Ball, as well as your favorites –  shooting sports, sporting archery, equestrian,  swimming, climbing, canoeing, hiking, COPE, tons of fun and so much more!  Register now.


2014 Little Sioux Scout Ranch TOP SHOT

We had so much fun at TOP SHOT last fall, that we are going to do it again!  This event is a shooting sports challenge weekend for Boy Scout troop and Venture crew teams.  Cub Scouts and accompanying adults are welcome to participate in BB Guns, archery, and other activities  on Saturday.  Mark your calendar for TOP SHOT September 19-21, Friday through Sunday, at Little Sioux Scout Ranch.  Find more information and register online.  Download the Leader’s Guide.   Questions?  Contact Dave Tasich at 712-643-5434.


Cabela’s Day Camp rescheduled for August 9, 2014

Because of some scheduling challenges for our venue and volunteer staff, and the nearness to Memorial Day Weekend, we had to move our May 31 Cabela’s Day Camp event to August 9.  We will incorporate the summer camp theme of “Knights of the Roundtable”.  Details and registration information will be available at by the beginning of May, so stay tuned!



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.  23rd WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE  July 28 to August 8, 2015 in  Japan.  Read details about how to reserve your spot!



April 25-27, 2014; Fri 6 pm – Sun 1 pm at Camp Eagle, 2911 County Rd 15, Cedar Bluffs NE 68015.  This is an 16-hour outdoor-oriented, first aid course for back-country situations when EMS is not readily available. BSA is requires at least one person, preferably two, (either an advisor or a youth participant) in each crew be currently certified in Wilderness First Aid for Philmont, and we recommend this training for all High Adventures. See the flierSign up now!  Space is limited.  Questions?  Contact Sue and Jay Witty at 402-558-7204, or 402-431-9272.

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