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Smoke Signals – November 2013

Camping News

By Tom Barnett, Camp Cedars Director

October was a busy month for camping events in the Mid-America Council. Districts held Cub Scout on-boarding events and Boy Scout Camporees. The Top Shot competition and Haunted Weekend at Cedars helped to provide even more fun and exciting opportunities for Scouts to get out and have fun.

Even though seasons are changing and weather’s getting colder, the fun and adventure is not stopping! Petah La Shauro District will be hosting a Webelos Lock-in in November where Scouts will get the chance to earn activity pins such as Athlete, Communicator, Handyman, Readyman, and Showman. November opportunities also include Scout Night with the Omaha Lancers, and later in January, Goldenrod will host the annual Fun Olympics at the Fremont YMCA. Cold weather doesn’t stop Scouting fun and adventures! Watch the Mid-America Council web site Camping pages and Calendar for events and sign up dates, and come have some fun! If you have any questions, please contact me any time at 402-431-9272 x243, or email me.


Cub Haunted Weekend and Top Shot Photos
Cub Haunted Weekend Photo Recap
Check out the photos from the Cub Haunted Weekend and see the Cubs having a blast!

Top Shot Photo Recap
If you missed the Top Shot shooting weekend, you can see all the fun the Scouts had in the photos!


Congratulations to the Kit-Ke-Hak-O-Kut Lodge, Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor Class of 2013

Pictured (not in order) – Michael G. Mayne – TB, Charlie M. Thilges – TL, Paul M. Zaccone – OH, John P. Aumen – LC, Carl P. Aumen – LC, Thomas A. Barnett – GR, Timothy P. Begley – LC, Christopher M. Comella – SE/TB, Kenneth L. Maddox – LC, Jacob P Rock – LC, Clint R. Siskow – CO, Matthew J Summers – SE, Grady M. Wiedeman – DD, Michael A Wiese – GR, Kara L. Asmus – PLS, Jonathan D. Hawes – SE, Kyle A. Mock – PLS, Casey K. Rhodes – SE, Monte G. Taylor – SE, Joseph A. Hagerty III – WW, Kellen J. Kluch – WW, Jeff S. Kluch – WW, Richard W. Scheer – WW, Noah A. Sundberg – WW, Eric A. Taylor – WW, and Mark H. White – WW. Not pictured Benjamin W. Terrell – SE.

The recipients will be recognized at the Council Awards Reception, Saturday, January 11, 2014 in Omaha, NE. Mark your calendars, and register online now! Questions? Please contact Scouters Services at 402-431-9BSA (9272).


calendar Reminders

nbz_logoSee the 2014 NBZ Calendar online!
Check it over and mark your calendar to be prepared for special events, ceremonies, and regalia building weekends.

oa_logoOrder of the Arrow Winter Banquet
All Kit-Ke-Hak-O-Kut Lodge members are invited and encouraged to attend the Order of the Arrow Winter Banquet, December 7, 2013 at Bellevue University. Register online.


I Love Camping Because…Photo Contest Winner!

Congratulations to "I Love Camping because..." photo contest winner Rich Sudtelgte with Troop 184 from LeMars, IA! Rich won $250 in camping gear, including a tent, sleeping bag, camp chair, skillet, and more!

Congratulations to “I Love Camping because…” photo contest winner Rich Sudtelgte with Troop 184 from LeMars, IA! Rich won $250 in camping gear, including a tent, sleeping bag, camp chair, skillet, and more!

Beyond Belt Loops and Badges – The Next 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 a photo each week for more chances to win! Deadline for entries is December 31, 2013.
Read official entry rules.


Go to camp for FREE! – Sell 2014 Camp Cards
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!


Order your 2014 Blue & Gold FREE place mats!
We are offering all Packs free place mats for their Blue & Gold ceremonies in an effort to help you promote 2014 Cub Camps to your Pack families. Order deadline is December 6. Pick up place mats at January Roundtables. >a href=”” target=”_blank”>Order now!


cub_camping_tentCub Scout 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 one-week 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_tentBoy Scout Camping

Camp Cedars Boy Scout Summer Camp

Select your dates and camp sites for 2014 Summer Camp at Camp Cedars. Register online.

Re-live the fun of 2013 Summer Camp!
See 2013 Camp Cedars photos of Scouts in action.




The Mid-America Council is sending a contingent to Philmont Scout Ranch June 16-28, 2014. Two youth slots are open. Contact Mid-America Council Contingent Chair Rich Hawes.

The Mid-America Council will also send a contingent to Philmont Scout Ranch in 2015. Troops and individual Scouts are encouraged to participate. For questions, contact Contingent Chairman, Rich Hawes or Scouter Services at 402-431-9272. Read more.

Northerntier-logoWant to go to Northern Tier next summer, June 20-29, 2014? The Mid-America Council is sending three crews. See the flyer for details. Reserve your spot by December 20, 2013. Register online. For questions, contact Bob Copple, Contingent Chair; or Scott Hanson, Contingent Advisor, 402-431-9272.


Campmaster Corps
The council is seeking adult Scouters to join Campmaster Corps. Host units during a weekend campout, conduct brief programs, and assist the camp ranger with projects. For information, visit Campmaster Corps, or contact Campmaster Corps Chair Mike Mayne.


Join MAC Summer 2014 Camp Staff
The Mid-America Council is now accepting applications for 2014 summer camp positions. Interviews will begin in November. Read more.
For questions , please contact 402-431-9272, or by email.

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