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Haunting the Boy Scouts, Little Guys Shooting, Teens Learn First Aid & More!

(Omaha, NE) – October 18, 2013 – The Mid-America Council’s vision is to provide unparalleled experiences to more youth. The council ended last month with 700 more Cub Scouts registered in the program over the same time last year. Here’s a look at what the local council is doing to provide them with unmatched experiences this weekend.

Haunted Weekend at Camp Cedars Cub Scouts and family members of all ages are welcome and invited to attend Cub Scout Haunted Weekend at Camp Cedars , a fun, outdoor event for the whole family. This event will be themed for 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. There will also be opportunities for Cub Scouts to earn belt loops and other Scout recognitions. Scouts will check in at 9:00 a.m. Saturday and leave at 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Learn more

Blood and Gore Galore Camporee The haunting doesn’t end there. The Blood and Gore Galore Fall Camporee at Camp Eagle is also taking place this weekend. This event is an intensive first-aid experience featuring realistic emergency simulations designed to challenge and educate Scouts. Working together in Patrols, Scouts will demonstrate their first aid and outdoor skills in a series of 10 scored and timed events. This unique event will provide Scouts and unit leaders with the opportunity to encounter real-life scenarios and assess their skills and understanding of how to provide proper first aid care. Competitions occur from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Learn more

The Amazing Race Camporee Another camporee will be held at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch. The Amazing Race Fall Boy Scout Camporee starts at 5:00 p.m. Friday and ends at 9:00 a.m. Sunday. “The Amazing Race” will have seven events set up for patrol competition, with prizes/ribbons going to the top patrol in each event and a traveling trophy for the top overall patrol. Scouts will have an opportunity to participate in activities and leadership games that they can take back to their troops. Scout Spirit will also be part of this event and patrols will have the chance to compete for the patrol spirit prize! Learn more

Shooting Open House at the Durham Scout Center New Cub Scouts are also invited to practice their aim at a shooting open house hosted at the Durham Scout Center, 12401 West Maple Road, Omaha. The event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. First through 5th grade boys can shoot BB guns, practice archery, launch wrist rockets and regular rockets, and more! Learn more

Cub Scout Fun in Red Oak, Iowa New Cub Scouts in Iowa have an opportunity to practice shooting too. BBs, archery, outdoor games and sports, shooting sports, fishing and sports will all be featured at an event geared at welcoming new boys to the program in Red Oak, Iowa. Scouts who qualify will be awarded pins at the end of the day. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. at Anderson Conservation Area. Learn more

Cub One, Cub All in Norfolk, NE New Cub Scouts in Norfolk will be trying their hands at shooting as well. BB funs, archery, outdoor games will be featured at an event geared at welcoming new boys to the program in Norfolk, NE at the Kiwanis Camp. Learn more

Southwest Iowa Merit Badge College Hundreds of Boy Scouts will converge upon Iowa Western Community College on Saturday, October 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to work on and earn Merit Badges, including: American Business, Architecture, Chess, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Computers, Cooking, Crime Prevention, Dentistry, Electricity, Engineering, Fingerprinting, Fire Safety, First Aid, Geocaching, Landscape Architecture, Law, Personal Management, Photography, Radio, and Soil & Water Conservation. Learn more

The council’s renewed focus on its vision of providing unparalleled experiences to more youth can be seen by the variety in location and activities offered this weekend. Thousands of new Scouts joined the program in August and September, and it is important to the council to offer new Scouts a fun experience that also teaches something valuable right away. Next weekend, more activities are available for families.

The Mid-America Council serves more than 20,000 youth in 58 counties in Nebraska and Iowa and part of Union County in South Dakota.

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