The Mid-America Council has a strong tradition as one of the Nation's premier Scout Councils. Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has instilled timeless values of character, citizenship and leadership in each young man and woman who has entered the Scouting program. The Mid-America Council continues this tradition through educational based skills and activities. Currently, there are 20,814 Scouts and 7,017 volunteer leaders.
The Mid-America Council was formed from a merger of the Covered Wagon Council and the Southwest Iowa Council in 1965. The first recorded Scouting movement in the area was in 1918 as the Omaha Council. In 2000, our council merged with the Prairie Gold Council in the Sioux City, Iowa area. The Mid-America Council covers 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.
Order the Mid-America Council History Book
Pick up your copy of the Council history book, "Scouting Our Story - A look back at 100 years of Scouting in the Mid-America Council
." Hardcover is $44.99 and paperback is $34.99.
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In 2010, the Centennial Year of the Boy Scouts of America, the Mid-America Council published a book documenting the history of how our local council came to be what it is today. Since being printed, some corrections and additions have come to our attention. If and when the council prints a second edition, we plan on including the following information.
Collect A Piece of History While Helping To Preserve Our Council's Past!
Prior to 1970, Boy Scout Councils used red and white patches on their left shoulder to identify them. These were known as Red & White Strips (RWS). To celebrate the rich history of the Mid-America Council, the Batchelder Family Scout Museum & Education Center has created a set of seven historic Red & White Strip patches.
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Batchelder Family Scout Museum
Durham Scout Center
12401 West Maple Road
Omaha, NE 68164
Batchelder Family Scout Museum
The Batchelder Family Scout Museum (BFSM), founded by Anne Stuart Batchelder in 2007, has Scouting exhibits and displays, with a focus
on the rich history of the Mid-America Council. The museum is located in the Durham Scout Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Learn about which
camp pennant Norman Rockwell painted from our council in one of his famous paintings. See how Scouting has been a part of Eastern Nebraska,
Southwest Iowa, Northwest Iowa and South Dakota for the past 90+ years. View the historic uniforms and handbooks of the past. Explore
the traditions of the honor camper tribes from Camp Gifford and Camp Cedars.
Scouts who visit the museum can participate in the BFSM Activity Program. Just look through the museum, answer a couple questions and
you can receive the BFSM Activity Patch! Tours are also available for Scout units upon request. The tours can help complete a number
of badge requirements.
If you have Scouting items from the following councils, please consider donating them to the Batchelder Family Scout Museum:
- Omaha Council
- Southwest Iowa Council
- Fort Dodge Area Council
- Covered Wagon Council
- Sergeant Floyd Council
- Sioux City Area Council
- Prairie Gold Council
- Mid-America Council
Come explore and experience the Batchelder Family Scout Museum today!