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    2017 JAMBOREE DATES ARE SET

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

    A NEW VENUE FOR THE JAMBOREE

    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!

    HIGH ADVENTURE

    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.


  • 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.

    Cost

    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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    Train for Emergencies in Wilderness and Remote Environments

    Ideal for scouts and leaders, our 16-hour Wilderness and Remote First Aid course gives you the skills and confidence you need to respond to an emergency when help may be delayed. The course meets BSA requirements for wilderness first aid training among all crews participating in national and council high adventure camps. Course participants must be at least 14 years of age and possess current certification in adult CPR/AED. We are offering CPR on the Friday evening before the course.

    Topics Include:

    • Head (Brain), Neck and Spinal Injuries
    • Wounds and Wound Infection
    • Hypothermia
    • Heat-Related Emergencies
    • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
    • Altitude-Related Illnesses
    • Bone and Joint Injuries
    • Burns, and more...

    2016 WFA Flyer

    Course Schedule


  •  2016 Course Information (Hosted by the Overland Trails Council):

    Weekend One - April 1-3, 2016 - Camp Augustine - Grand Island, NE
    Weekend Two - April 29-May 1, 2016 - Camp Augustine - Grand Island, NE
    (You must attend both weekends, no exceptions)

    The History of Wood Badge

    Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded Scouting early in the 20th century, and in just a few short years, the movement exploded in popularity. Baden-Powell quickly recognized the need for adult leaders to complete training in a hands-on outdoor environment.

     

    On Monday, September 8, 1919, twenty men clad in shorts and knee socks gathered around a flagpole at Gilwell Field near London. Organized into three Patrols, these men launched the precursor for what eventually had become Wood Badge for the 21st Century.

     

    Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys and Aids to Scoutmastership were "textbooks" for this outdoor classroom, and during the 11 day course, the Scouters learned the skills to pass on to their eager Scouts: Troop organization, campcraft, pioneering, woodcraft, signcraft, games, fieldworks, study circle work and pathfinding.

     

    Upon completion of the course, Baden-Powell awarded each of the Scouters a hand-carved bead tied to a leather thong, the beads a prize he collected from Zulu Chief Dinizulu during the British Ashanti Campaign in 1888.

     

    The Boy Scouts of America conducted its first official Wood Badge course in the United States in 1948. Since that time, training professionals and volunteers have updated the Wood Badge syllabus to provide the best methods to adult Scouters for teaching leadership and program delivery.

     

    What is Wood Badge for the 21st Century?

    Wood Badge for the 21st Century is the premier adult leadership development course for the Boys Scouts of America. It teaches contemporary leadership and team-building skills where learners become members of their own Troop. Wood Badge for the 21st Century was designed for leaders from all the current BSA programs (Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing) and is now taught in place of the old Cub Scout Leader and Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge courses.

     

    Wood Badge's effectiveness as a leadership development experience has been applauded by industry training professionals. Its positive influence on graduates' individual unit-level programs is unparalleled.

     

    What is the purpose of Wood Badge?

    Wood Badge for the 21st Century is the advanced training program for all BSA program leaders. It is designed to train adult volunteer and professional Scouters, using the latest leadership skills.  Techniques and skills learned during this course will make you a better leader. Beginning in 1919 and continuing though until today, Wood Badge remains the preeminent leadership training offered by the Boys Scouts of America.

     

    Who may attend Wood Badge?

    To attend a Wood Badge course you must:

     

    1. Be a registered member of the Boys Scouts of America. There is no tenure requirement. 

    2. Have not previously attended and completed a Wood Badge for the 21st Century course. (Scouters who have attended the previous Cub Scout or Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge Program may attend) 

    3. Be fully trained in your current registered position. 

    4. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. 

    5. Complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record.

     

    Because of the advanced nature of this training the requirements must be met. It is strongly recommended that participants have at least some camping experience.

     

    If you are interested in attending this training and meet the requirements please complete the Wood Badge Registration by clicking on the first weekend below. Reserve your spot soon as space is limited.

     

    Scholarships

    Local council scholarships and national scholarships are available. See the scholarships link below.

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    REPORT YOUR UNIT SERVICE HOURS HERE External Link

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a Good Turn?

    A service project is a special Good Turn that puts Scout spirit into action.

    —The Boy Scout Handbook, 12th Edition, page 84

    As stated in the Boy Scout Handbook, some Good Turns are big—saving a life, helping out after floods or other disasters, recycling community trash, or working with others on conservation projects. But Good Turns are often small, thoughtful acts—helping a child cross a busy street, going to the store for an elderly neighbor, cutting back brush that is blocking a sign, doing something special for a brother or sister, or welcoming a new student to your school. Youth and volunteers are looking for ways to serve their communities. At the same time, service organizations need dedicated volunteer help. By working together, we can improve our young people, our communities, and the nation.

    How does a Journey to Excellence service project benefit the community?

    Meeting the substantial needs of every community is dependent on its citizens to answer the call of volunteerism. There is a natural fit between the Boy Scouts of America and other community organizations, and service learning is an integral part of the Scouting program. As a result, youth and adults seek opportunities to volunteer, and community organizations need volunteers to help them fulfill their missions. Working with these organizations creates a win/win situation for everyone.

    Do volunteers have to be a member of the Boy Scouts of America to participate in the service project?

    No. In order to fight hunger, provide shelter, and teach the habits of healthy living, we need the assistance of everyone in the community.

    How is this different from Scouting for Food?

    Scouting for Food is a once-a-year effort focusing on one area of need. Good Journey to Excellence service projects should be conducted year-round.

    Will the Supply Group sell recognition items?

    No. Councils will need to design their own recognition items if they choose to offer them.

    How can a council log service hours for multiple units?

    The council can do one of two things: 1) the council can set up an OA Lodge log in (if one isn’t already set up) to use as a “dumping ground” for service hours added by council/district staff and 2) most councils have a troop and/or crew set up to register summer camp staff who aren’t Scouts, e.g. cooks, chaplain, etc. The council can use these units as a “dumping ground” for council staff to add hours. Detailed instructions for the OA lodge log in are below:

    How does an Order of the Arrow lodge record their service hours?

    Each local council has an OA lodge ID that can be used to log Order of the Arrow service hours. Anyone from the lodge can create an account and record hours with that lodge ID. All OA units are "Lodge" unit type. The unit number is a 1, 2 or 3 digit number that matches the council number. Council 1 OA unit number is 1, council 212 OA number is 212. If the council has units with the same number as the council number, that is not a problem because the unit ID will help the computer differentiate between the various accounts. Follow the same instructions for units recording their service hours.

  • Scouting with Nebraska Danger Indoor Professional Football

       Let’s help sell out this game! 

    Tickets are limited so get your tickets early!

    Game start time 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)

     

    Purchase a special event patch for $1.50

    Scouts will be involved in the player tunnel walk

    Post-game autograph session with the players on the field

    Adults and Youth are asked to wear their uniform  

     

    Ticket Quantity: ________@ $15.00 per ticket       Patch Quantity: ________@ $1.50 each

     (General Admission Seating)

        Tickets and patches will be mailed in advance

    (limited number of patches may be available day of game) 

     Registration Deadline: April 1, 2016

    Additional Tickets can be purchased after April 1st through the Heartland Events Center Box Office before game day or walk-up at the game, at area Pump & Pantry stores the week prior to the game (not available the day of or the day before the game) or from the Heartland Events Center via Ticketmaster.     

       

     


  •  YOU ARE INVITED To The 

    Covered Wagon District Banquet

    March 20th, 5:30 -8 PM

    The Coop Banquet Hall

    115 E 21st Street, Kearney NE

    WITH

    Keynote Speaker

     Distinguished Eagle Scout: Mr. Pete Kotsiopulos

    And

    Dinner Entertainment by: “Ukulele Lady” Liz Sikes

    Come celebrate the accomplishments of the Covered Wagon District’s Scouts and Scouters with an evening of music, food, fellowship and fun!

    Cost to the event is $15 per person until February 28

    OR SPONSER A CLASS OF 2015 EAGLE SCOUT !

    Only $20, this covers the Eagle Scout’s meal and gift

    **This is a Class “A” Boy Scouts of America family event**

    * 5:30 to 6 Social gathering

    * 6:00 Meal and Music - BBQ Pork Stuffed Bake Potato Bar

    * 7:00 Ceremony

    We will be recognizing

    The Eagle Scout Class of 2015

    The District Award of Merit Recipients

    The Ward Schrack Lifetime of Service to Scouting Award

    Unit  Journey to Excellence

    Top popcorn sellers, and More


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    Whispering Cedars

    March 19, 2016
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm

     

    Camp Augustine

    April 9, 2016

    8:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Training Summary

    Proper maintenance, personal protective equipment, and correct technique are critical components of safe chain saw operation. Council properties rely on chain saws to help clear trails, remove deadfalls, clear timber, and stockpile wood for campfires and heating buildings. This training outline provides local councils with the resources to train chain saw operators on council property.

    National camp standards require that chain saw operators be at least 18 years old and meet one of the following requirements:

    1. Be a professional forester.
    2. Be a certified arborist.
    3. Have received training in chain saw techniques from a Ranger section of National Camping School.
    4. Have written documentation of having other training in these techniques that is recognized by the state or federal government.
    5. Have successfully completed BSA Chain Saw Safety Training course, No. 20-136. (Successful completion of this training program achieves this goal.)

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:

    • Identify daily, weekly, and monthly required chain saw maintenance items.
    • Properly use personal protective safety equipment and clothing.
    • Start and operate a chain saw.
    • Understand felling, limbing, and bucking procedures.

    The course is free, but please sign up at the right.


  • 3rd Annual Turkey Hunt in Support of Scouting
    Camp Augustine - Doniphan, Nebraska
    Hunt Dates: May 6-15, 2016

     

    ONLINE AUCTION FEBRUARY 6 AT 7:00 PM TO FEBRUARY 15 AT 7:00 PM (Central Time)

    Click to Start BiddingExternal Link

    Bids must be placed online with eBay

    This hunt supports camp maintenance and improvements at camping properties in Overland Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America. These properties include Camp Augustine, Whispering Cedars, and Scout 40. These camps host programs and events throughout the year for nearly 4,000 youth registered in the Boy Scouts of America.

    • Sold by online auction that begins at 7:00 pm central on February 6 and ends at 7:00 pm central on February 15, 2016
    • Up to 10 days/9 nights exclusive access to Camp Augustine. Stay/hunt for all days for just a few
    • Camp is reserved from May 6-15, 2016 exclusively for this hunt and the hunt must take place within those dates
    • Bow and/or shotgun allowed
    • Exclusive hunting on 140 acres of Camp Augustine along the Platte River between Grand Island and Doniphan
    • Local and regional airports have flights from several major US cities
    • 90 minutes from Lincoln and 2 hours from Omaha
    • Lodging provided if needed in heated and air conditioned cabins with beds, table & chairs, cook top and fridge
    • Showers available in shower house
    • You may bring a camper—electricity and water will be provided
    • Arrangements can be made for storage of turkeys until you leave
    • Maximum 6 hunters allowed
    • Both adults and youth may participate in hunt, but youth must be accompanied by adult while hunting
    • All state laws and regulations regarding hunting must be followed, including permitting
    • Hunting permitted in all areas of camp except Ranger maintenance/house area, parking lot, or near any buildings/program structures
    • Alcohol is not permitted on any property owned or operated by the Boy Scouts of America
    • No refunds will be given if hunt not used during designated time in 2016
    • We will communicate via email/phone once auction has ended to work out details

    Overland Trails Council, BSA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. A receipt will be provided for tax purposes.

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    Time and use takes a toll on our camping properties. Please join us for a work day to help improve our camps. There are projects for young and old. Come all day or just for a few hours. Lunch will be provided. All work days run from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

    • Whispering Cedars - March 19, 2016
    • Camp Augustine - April 9, 2016
    • Camp Augustine - May 21, 2016

    There is no cost, but please register so that we can plan lunch and the projects.

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    The Scouting Alumni Association welcomes everyone positively and personally impacted by the Boy Scouts of America—former Scouts, family members of Scouts past and present, volunteers past and present, and the millions of Americans who benefit from Scouting in their communities every day—to join today.

    By joining the Scouting Alumni Association, you'll stay up to speed on what's happening in Scouting and help youth experience the excitement, challenges, and adventure that Scouting has to offer.

    Enjoy the member benefits and support the good work that the BSA continues in its second century. Membership costs $35 annually. Benefits include the following:

    • Packet sent upon joining containing an embossed affiliation card, lapel pin, luggage tag, and window cling.
    • Quarterly electronic newsletter Alumni Alive! It's a popular, convenient update of all the great happenings within Scouting today.
    • Cell phone ring tones of 10 bugle calls. This is fun! Watch for people who think "Reveille" requires a salute!
    • Free one-year membership to the National Scouting Museum. This award-winning, world-class museum is located in Irving, Texas, across the street from the BSA national office. Membership includes the museum newsletter, Bridges & Trails, online plus free admission to the museum and Norman Rockwell art gallery for up to four guests when you show your Scouting Alumni Association affiliation card.
    • One-time discount on a purchase from the BSA Supply Group. You can purchase online at Scoutstuff.org or in person at a Scout shop at your local council service center.
    • And more coming soon.

    Click here for more informationExternal Link

     

    
Today's Top Stories

3rd Annual Turkey Hunt in Support of Scouting

This hunt supports camp maintenance and improvements at camping properties in Overland Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America. These properties include Camp Augustine, Whispering Cedars, and Scout 40. These camps host programs and events throughout the year for nearly 4,000 youth registered in the Boy Scouts of America.

Scouting Alumni Association

Join the Scouting Alumni Association today to reconnect with Scouting and help build better youth.

Chainsaw Training

Proper maintenance, personal protective equipment, and correct technique are critical components of safe chain saw operation. Council properties rely on chain saws to help clear trails, remove deadfalls, clear timber, and stockpile wood for campfires and heating buildings. This training outline provides local councils with the resources to train chain saw operators on council property.

Spring Work Days 2016

Help us get our camping properties in shape for the summer. We have lots of great projects for young and old. Lunch is provided, but please sign up so we have a good count.

Wood Badge 2016

Wood Badge for the 21st Century is the premier adult leadership development course for the Boys Scouts of America. It teaches contemporary leadership and team-building skills where learners become members of their own Troop. Wood Badge for the 21st Century was designed for leaders from all the current BSA programs (Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing).

Covered Wagon District Banquet

Covered Wagon District Banquet Match 20, 2016 at the Coop Banquet Hall in Kearney Join us for a time of fun, fellowship, and food! We will hear from Distinguished Eagle Scout: Mr. Pete Kotsopulos and we will be recognizing: the Eagle Scout Class of 2015, District Award of Merit, Ward Schrack Lifetime of Service to Scouting, Journey to Excellence, Top popcorn sellers, and more.

Camping Properties Strategic Planning Survey

Overland Trails Council is currently developing a long‐range plan to determine the future uses of its facilities, and a vital part of our planning process is to gather ideas and opinions from Scouts and Scouters. YOU are Scouting. We intend to shape our camping facilities so that we can best serve you and your fellow members.

Wilderness First Aid Training 2016

Are you going on a high adventure trip this summer? This 16-hour course will give you the skills you need to deal with almost any medical emergency.

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.

2017 National Jamboree

Live Scouting's Adventure...2017 National Jamboree

Scouting with the Danger

Come and cheer on the Nebraska Danger Indoor Professional Football team...

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