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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.


    Christmas Break STEM DAY for CUB SCOUTS

    In partnership with Mid-Plains Community College North Platte

    Activities will focus on requirements to help Scouts earn the NOVA Award.

    Scouts will build machines that fly and boats that float!

    December 30, 2015

    10:00 am – 3:30 pm

    Registration begins at 9:30am

    Mid-Plains Community College McDonald-Belton Campus

    601 West State Farm Rd. North Platte, Nebraska

    Fee is only $7.50 (Scouts and Adults) for the entire day which includes lunch, a really cool patch and all supplies.

    Register online at:

    Registration is limited to 40 people. No walk-ins will be accepted the day of the event. Registration deadline is December 26th or when capacity is reached.

    If you are attending as a Pack you must attend with at least one adult per 5 Scouts with a minimum of 2 adults. Each unit needs to submit a completed Tour Plan at least two weeks in advance.

    For more information contact Jim Parish at 308-532-3110 or

    External Link


    What is a Klondike Derby?

    In August 1896, prospectors discovered gold in the remote Klondike region of Canada's Yukon Territory. In July 1897, the S.S. Portland arrived in Seattle, Washington, with more than a ton of Klondike gold on board. This event touched off the great Klondike Gold Rush as thousands of people who dreamed of becoming wealthy began booking passage on steamers heading north from Seattle and other West Coast ports to the Yukon. Upon arriving at the northern end of the Inside Passage, however, these adventure-bound stampeders found no easy route leading to the still distant Klondike region. Their progress was slow as each prospector made repeated trips over the rugged trail through the bitter cold. Imagine pulling a sled loaded with three to six hundred pounds of supplies over a stretch of ice up a steep grade, strewn with boulders and logs, then crossing over a river bed on a couple of trees laid side by side and you get a picture of their labors. Facing 60-mile-an-hour winds in 65-degree-below-zero weather, the prospectors had to ascend the Chilkoot Pass -- 1,000 feet straight up. With a steady stream of stampeders lining the path each day, it took forty trips to get a ton of supplies up the mountain. Those who survived the mountain then faced a treacherous passage by boat to the town of Dawson near the gold fields.

    Since 1949, Boy Scout Troops have been participating in Klondike Derbies as a way to honor this historic time. Scouts pull a sled loaded with supplies from station to station and compete in various scout skill based events.

    We are carrying on that tradition!!! Get your sleds ready!

    General Information

    • Klondike Derby will be on January 16, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.
    • It will be held at Camp Augustine, just off of South Locust between Grand Island and Doniphan.
    • Lunch will be provided.
    • The stations will test various Scout skills that may include (but are not limited to):
      • Knots
      • First Aid
      • Ice Rescue
      • Fire Building
      • Orienteering
      • Lashing
    • Each patrol must have a patrol name and yell. They will be required to recite their patrol yell at each station.
    • Please make sure that each member of your unit is dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.

    Registration and Cost

    Fees are $15 per Scout and $5 per adult if registered by January 8, 2016. After that, there is a $10 late fee.


    Check-in at the Dining Hall between 9:00 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.





    9:00 – 9:45

    Arrival and check-in

    Dining Hall

    9:45 – 10:00

    Opening Flag Ceremony

    Parade Grounds

    10:00 – 3:20

    Round-Robin Events


    3:20 – 3:30

    Gather for race and closing

    Parade Grounds

    3:30 – 4:00

    Great Sled Race

    Parade Grounds

    4:00 – 4:30

    Awards and departure

    Parade Grounds

    • This year, we are doing round-robin scheduling with each station starting and ending at the same time. Each station will be 20 minutes long and then will have a 10 minute allowance for travel between stations.
    • Your patrol will be given a schedule that you must follow in order.
    • Lunch will be in shifts and will be on your patrol’s schedule


    • Each station will be scored on a standard score sheet. Scores from each station will be accumulated into an overall score for the event.
    • The following awards will be given:
      • Overall competition – based on total points
        • First Place – traveling trophy
        • Second & Third Places – ribbon for Troop/Patrol flag
      • Sled Race
        • First, Second, & Third Place – ribbon for Troop/Patrol flag
      • All Participants
        • Event Patch

    Camping and Cabins

    • Camping is available for $8 per night. It is included as an option in the online registration. You may camp Friday night, Saturday night, or both.
    • Cabins are rented separately from the event. They may be rented online on a first come first served basis. Visit and click on the Camp Augustine Rental link.

    Patrol Equipment List

    • Boy Scout Handbook
    • 2 tarps
    • 8 pieces of ¼” rope at least 6 feet long
    • 1 sleeping bag
    • Minimum of 2 gallons of drinking water
    • Firewood and kindling
    • Flint and steel or other fire starter (no matches/lighters)
    • Compass
    • First aid kit
    • 6 lashing poles – 6 feet long
    • 2 ropes at least 25 feet long (capable of pulling someone to safety)
    • Mess kit
  • The Pine Ridge Trek Camp is a pilot program of the Overland Trails Council for 2016. The program will only accept 8 participants for the 2016 trek.

    The trek will focus on leadership, team building, and personal development with high adventure elements of hiking, backpacking, and camping.


    By May 15, 2016: $225
    After May 15, 2016: $250

    Registration is limited to 8 participants and is first-come, first-served. Must be at least 14-years-old and a First Class Scout.The program will be expanded in future years if it is successful this year.

    Program Will Include:

    • Tour of historic Fort Robinson State Park
    • Camping in some of the most scenic places in Nebraska
    • Three full days of hiking and backpacking
    • A one-day conservation project
    • Team building and leadership development

    About the Pine Ridge Area

    The Pine Ridge is an escarpment between the Niobrara River and the White River in far northwestern Nebraska. The high tableland between the rivers has been eroded into a region of forested buttes, ridges, and canyons. Extensive forests of ponderosa pine, open mixed-grass parklands, woody draws, steep canyons, and perennial streams characterizes this area. A wide variety of wildflowers grows in these varied habitats.

    This provides the perfect backdrop and terrain for hiking, backpacking, and camping.

    About Fort Robinson State Park

    Western Nebraska's premier state park, Fort Robinson, west of Crawford, has it all -- with more than 22,000 acres of exquisite Pine Ridge scenery, compelling old west history, exceptional lodging, loads of fun-time activities, scenic camping and the park's own buffalo and longhorn herds.

    This historic outpost served from the days of the Indian Wars until after World War II. This was the site of the 1879 Cheyenne Outbreak and the death of famed Sioux Chief Crazy Horse. Over the years, the fort served the Red Cloud Indian Agency, as a cavalry remount station, K-9 dog training center, POW camp and beef research station.

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STEM Day for Cub Scouts

Spend some of your Christmas break with us as you work on requirements for the NOVA Award.

Klondike Derby 2016

Since 1949, Boy Scout Troops have been participating in Klondike Derbies as a way to honor this historic time. Scouts pull a sled loaded with supplies from station to station and compete in various scout skill based events. We are carrying on that tradition!!! Get your sleds ready!

Pine Ridge Trek Camp 2016

Pine Ridge Trek Camp is a pilot program offered in 2016. It will include elements of hiking, backpacking, and service set in one of the most scenic areas in Nebraska.

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