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    The 2017 National Scout Jamboree will be held from July 19 to July 28, 2017.


    In 2009, the BSA purchased 10,600 acres of property adjacent to West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River area in order to create the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The Summit is the new home of achievement, adventure, and innovation in Scouting. With world-class facilities and a focus on outdoor action sports, the Summit welcomed Scouts to a whole new jamboree experience in summer 2013. 2017 is the next national jamboree!


    The excitement of the jamboree isn’t limited to Scouts. The Summit features a large visitor area, where day-users can try out some of the activities that the Scouts are doing around other parts of the Summit. Whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing and bouldering, and mountain biking are just a few of the activities offered at the Summit. There’s also skateboarding, BMX, shooting sports, and zip-line challenge courses. And that’s just the beginning.

    We want you to join us in experiencing the 2017 National Jamboree!  Boy Scouts are welcome to join us on this great adventure. The fee for Scouts to participate in 2017 is estimated at $2,800.

    A non-refundable reservation fee of $300 must accompany your application.  There are regular minimum payment deadlines that must be met with the balance due on or before March 1, 2017.  You may make payments ahead of time and pay as much as you like---even in full.  

    The Overland Trails Council Jamboree contingent will leave Grand Island around July 14, 2017 and fly to Washington, D.C.  We will visit such places as Arlington Cemetery, the Capitol, various monuments, the Smithsonian Institute, Gettysburg, Colonial Williamsburg and many other sites.

    The Jamboree is open to all who are qualified on a first come first serve basis. (A Scout who has completed the 6th grade, or will be at least 12 years old and a 1st Class Scout by July 1, 2017, but not have reached his 18th birthday by Aug. 1, 2017 and lives and abides by the Scout Oath and Law and the jamboree code of conduct may participate in the Jamboree).  After our troop has been filled, a standby list of alternates will be established. Scouts will be become part of a Jamboree troop consisting of 36 Scouts and 4 adult leaders. Each Scout will be a member of a patrol within the troop. Every contingent member will be required to attend regular troop meetings, submit a completed National Jamboree Medical form signed by a licensed physician and indicating compliance with specified immunizations, attend a contingent gathering and a 3 day training encampment.

    The jamboree fee covers transportation, tours, and admission fees. meals, lodging, insurance and most patrol and troop equipment.  The fee also covers the mandatory council contingent training encampment. There are additional expenses that include uniforms and personal gear, spending money, memorabilia items, prejamboree troop activities and possibly additional troop expenses including building projects, copying and postage.

    Please note these important items: 

    All participants will have to sign and agree to live by a Jamboree code of conduct in order to be accepted into the contingent. 

    The airline portion of the fee is an estimate.  If the airfare is higher than our estimate there many be a fee increase at that time.  We will do our best to stay within our estimate, but airfares are out of our control.

    For more information click hereExternal Link.

  • Attention Scouts and Scouters!

    The Overland Trails Council is pleased to announce our partnership with Soles4Souls.  On November 12, 2015 the Overland Trails Council will be hosting a shoe drive to benefit those in need by working with the organization Soles4Souls with the goal of collecting 25,000 pairs of shoes.

    As we all know, service to our community and to others is synonymous with Scouting.  In order for this drive to be a success, much like the Scouting for Food Drive, we need your help and participation.  While we know the window to make this a success is tight, we also know that with the collective help from the Scouting family, we can achieve any goal we set out to attain!

    Here is how you can help.

    We are asking each unit to commit to participating in this event by enlisting their Scouts and Scout families to collect 25 pairs of shoes each. For those who are able to collect the 25 pairs of shoes, Soles4Souls will send you a commemorative patch!!  Soles4Souls has asked that we tie or rubber band each pair of shoes together.

    This is not intended to be a door to door drive, rather a quick way to clean out your closets at home and help a worthy cause at the same time!  While this is not intended to be a door to door drive, units are encourage to engage their communities, their schools, charter organization, their friends and their neighbors! 

    Event Details                                     

    Date: November 12, 2015***

    Where: Overland Trails Council Service Center - Grand Island

    Time: 9am-7pm

    ***Shoes can be dropped off between November 9 - 13, 2015 during normal business hours.

    It’s Simple, it’s life-changing, it’s Scouting!

    1. RSVP your unit
    2. Collect used shoes
    3. Bring them to the Scout Service Center on or before November 12, 2015.
    4. Have Fun and give back!


    Soles4Souls - Wearing Out Poverty (information taken from Soles4Souls website, )

    Our Mission
    Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator .

    How Soles4Souls Achieves it's Anti-poverty Mission
    Founded in 2006, Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing.

    Soles4Souls distributes shoes and clothing in two ways. Most new items collected primarily from corporations and retailers are given directly to people in need, both in the U.S. and overseas. The organization has relationships with several of the world’s leading apparel brands, which provides Soles4Souls with new but non-marketable overstocks, returns, discontinued models and other shoes or clothing items.
    At the same time, Soles4Souls receives millions of articles of used shoes and clothing that have been collected by individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners.  After sorting items in its national warehouse system, Soles4Souls typically sells the used shoes and clothing, as well as some new items allocated by manufacturers, to carefully selected micro-enterprise organizations. These both private and non-profit companies are contracted to provide shipping, financing, inventory, training and other support to ultra-small businesses in countries like Haiti where there are virtually no jobs to generate personal income.

    Through the collection and sale of used (and new) clothing and shoes, Soles4Souls helps create self-sustaining jobs that generate desperately needed revenues throughout those communities. The sale of footwear and apparel to support micro-jobs also provides the majority of funding to sustain Soles4Souls operations and further expand its donations of new shoes and clothing.


    Charter Renewal Training 

    Each District will conduct charter renewal training.  At this training units will receive their charter renewal packages and important information to help make the unit charter renewal process as simple as possible. 

    Buffalo Bill                    October 15th   7:00 pm          Western Service Center – North Platte

    Covered Wagon             October 19th   7:00 pm          First United Methodist Kearney - Heritage room

    Pony Express                October 20th   6:30 pm          First St. Pauls Lutheran Church – Hastings

    Pawnee                           October 22nd   6:30 pm          Grand Island Scout Office


    CHANGES IN 2015

    • The National Council recently announced there will no longer be a “lapse period” for units that fail to recharter on time.  A unit that has not reregistered by its expiration date will be considered “separated” and immediately dropped from BSA’s membership reporting.  Units and their members who do not recharter on time will not have access to Scouting services and programs from the local council such as advancements, Scout Camps, activities and events until the rechartering process is complete.  
    • To avoid rechartering issues that may cause your unit to become “separated”, 2016 charters need to be turned in by December 15, 2015.  This allows the Council Service Center time to process all renewals prior to their expiration date so the unit will not be added to the “separated” listing. 
    • To establish consistency in the registration requirements across all programs, regardless of age, participants who are 18 but not yet 21 must register as adults. However, this does not affect their eligibility to participate in programs such as Venturing and Sea Scouting. The primary purpose of the change is to ensure that all persons legally considered adults meet adult membership requirements, including undergoing a criminal background check and meeting the BSA’s Youth Protection requirements and membership standards. As such, anyone who will be 18 and over must complete an Adult Application and YPT and submit this documentation with the charter paperwork. 



    Packs, Troops, and Crews, Click Here to Start the Online Charter Renewal ProcessExternal Link

    - Then click on First-Time User if this is your first time logging in this year, otherwise, click on returning user.

    Posts and Learning for Life Groups Click here to Start the Online Charter Renewal ProcessExternal Link

    - Then log in to your MyParticipation account. Click on "My Tools" then on "Online Post Renewal"

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