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Smoke Signals – September 2013


Meet Our New Camp Director!

Tom Barnett, Camp Director, Camp Cedars

tom_camp_picGreetings and salutations everyone! My name is Tom Barnett, and I am looking forward to serving as your Camp Cedars 2014 Summer Camp Director next summer!I also serve as the Goldenrod District Executive for the Mid-America Council since May of 2012, and have been involved with Scouting most of my life.

Many of my earliest Scouting memories are tagging along with my father and older brothers to their Scouting events. When I was old enough, I joined Cub Scouts and went on to Boy Scouts. I enjoyed two treks at Philmont Scout Ranch so much, I went back to serve on staff for five summers. At Philmont, I learned a lot about Scouting and myself, and hope to bring some of those lessons learned to Camp Cedars.

Some of my fondest Scouting memories are from summer camp. I hope to give our Scouts the same opportunity at Camp Cedars. If you have any questions about the upcoming summer camping season at Camp Cedars or would just like to drop me a line, feel free to email me.


Looking for 2014 Summer Camp Staff

FleurDeLis_4KThe Mid-America Council is now accepting applications for summer camp staff positions in 2014. Camp staff interviews will begin in November. If you have questions and want more information, please contact 402-431-9272, or send us an email.


Cub Scout Camping


Cub Haunted Weekend – October 19-20
Cub Scouts and family members of all ages are welcome and invited to attend another fun, outdoor event at Camp Cedars! The theme for this event is “Halloween”, and there will be something for everyone! Cub Scout Family Weekends are intended to bring Cub Scout families to the outdoors where they can enjoy time and learning activities together. Cub Scouts will earn belt loops and Scout recognitions. Register online.

Check out 2014 Resident Camp Dates
2014’s Cub & Webelos Resident Camp dates have been announced. Click here to check them out and start talking with your Pack about which session to attend.


Boy Scout Camping

New Programs at Camp Cedars for Summer 2014!

Summer 2014 has some new and exciting program features coming down the line. Here are some of them!
Stand-up Paddleboarding – Scouts will enjoy the lake in a new way with stand-up paddleboards earn BSA’s newest awards for stand up paddle-boarding.

Gaga Ball – Not your average dodgeball, the gaga ball is the fun, fast-paced game played at the National Jamboree. Now at Camp Cedars, too!

All Terrain Vehicles – We have been approved for the national pilot program to offer ATVs to our Scouts at Camp Cedars next summer. Learn to safely and properly operate an ATV, all while having fun!

Action Archery – It’s archery combined with trap shooting! Targets will be thrown like a clay pigeon and Scouts will get to test their archery skills and hit them in mid-air.


Campmaster Corps


The Mid-America Council is looking for dedicated adult Scouters to be part of the new Campmaster Corps to support each camp by hosting units during a weekend, providing a brief program, and helping the camp ranger with projects.

For more information visit Campmaster Corps. For questions, contact Mike Mayne, Campmaster Corps Chairman.


Apply for Your National Summertime Pack Award


Each Cub Scout Pack that conducts a pack activity during the summer months of June, July and August qualifies for the Summertime Pack Award. The form is very easy to fill out, and your pack will receive a certificate and pack flag streamer.

Download the Summertime Pack Award application. Submit the application to the Durham Scout Center, 12401 W. Maple Rd, Omaha, NE 68164. For questions, contact Scouter Services at 402-431-9BSA (9272).


Order Your Blue and Gold Place mats Here

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. The place mats have information like dates, camp costs, and fun games for your Scouts to play. All place mat orders are due by December 6th and will be available for pick-up at your January District Roundtable.

Click the place mat below to order online.



What is a Pack Coordinator?

A Pack Camp Coordinator is a volunteer from your pack that obtains all information for 2014 Cub Camps through your District Camping Chairtigeror the Durham Scout Center, schedules and organizes the pack’s summer camp promotion presentation, and registers the pack for their camp dates. Each pack should select a volunteer to fill this position. They can then attend their November District Round-table to pick up a packet full of resources like fliers, a promotional DVD, and helpful forms.

Visit Cub Scout Camping for more information.

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