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5/22/2015 -
ArrowTour to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Honor Society – Order of the Arrow

(Omaha, NE – (May 21, 2015) – 2015 marks the Boy Scouts of America’s National Honor Society’s (Order of the Arrow) 100th anniversary. The Order of the Arrow (OA) and its members, known as “Arrowmen,” will commemorate this exciting anniversary milestone with a U.S. cross-country tour to help reflect, connect, and discover the OA’s past, present and future.

ArrowTour will make 110 stops across the country during the summer of 2015, to give current and former OA members, Scout and adult volunteers and Scouting alumni a chance to be a part of the 100th anniversary celebration. The tour stops are free and open to the public.

On Friday, June 19, 2015, ArrowTour will stop at Camp Cedars, 2911 County Rd 15, Cedar Bluff, NE from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“For almost 100 years, being a servant leader is what the Order of the Arrow has been all about,” said Alex Call, national chief of the Order of the Arrow. “It is our hope ArrowTour will be an opportunity to tell the story of the Order of the Arrow by reflecting on our past, and at the same time motivating others to give of themselves in service to others in the future.”

ArrowTour guests will have an opportunity to participate in a program which includes a show recognizing the Order’s rich history, and empowering participants to help shape the organizations future. The tour stop also includes interactive exhibits with activities such as silk-screening, branding wood and leather, and challenging games.

Participants will have a chance to meet some of the OA’s national youth leaders. Alumni can learn about the Scouting Alumni Association and local alumni efforts to supporting Scouting in our area.

An exclusive ArrowTour trading post will carry ArrowTour and OA centennial merchandise for sale. More information about the ArrowTour routes and program can be found at http://arrowtour.oa-bsa.org. You can also keep up with the tour as it makes its way around the country by following @ArrowTour on Twitter.

As Scouting’s National Honor Society, the OA’s purpose is to recognize those Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. And through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way which warrants similar recognition, such as promoting camping and responsible outdoor adventures, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp. And also develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation crystallizing the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

The Order of the Arrow was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America. It became an official program experiment in 1922, and was approved as part of the Scouting program in 1934. In 1948, the OA, recognized as the BSA's national brotherhood of honor campers, became an official part of the Boy Scouts of America. In 1998, the Order of the Arrow became recognized as Scouting's National Honor Society when it expanded its reach beyond camping to include broader service to Scouting and the community.

About the Order of the Arrow

For more than 99 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America's youth. 2015 marks the Order of the Arrow’s 100th anniversary.

5/20/2015 -
A Scout is Helpful Photo Contest
5/11/2015 -
Scouts Step Up When Need is Greatest

OMAHA, NEB., May 8, 2015 – Scouts took action to fill the nearly empty shelves of the Food Bank of the Heartland, Food Bank of Siouxland, Inc., and other local community food banks in the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council. Scouts collected 208,145 meals for those who need it. Our goal was to collect 161,150 meals. This year we collected 46,955 meals over our goal! These meals are provided by 355,234 food items.

“The timing of the Boy Scouts Scouting for Food drive is ideal,” said Brian Barks, Director of Development and Communications for Food Bank for the Heartland. “From April through September the Food Bank sees donations dwindle but the need for assistance remains high. This drive not only generates much needed food, but increased awareness to the problem of hunger in our communities.”

One out of five kids in Nebraska and western Iowa live in a food insecure home. This means they don’t have consistent access to the food they need to help them grow and thrive. For 21 years, the ConAgra Foods Foundation has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council to create the Scouting for Food drive, aimed at feeding these children and others in our communities who are in need.

“These are wonderful results that provide critical resources to help feed children and others in the area who don’t always know where their next meal may come from,” said Chris Kircher, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and President of the ConAgra Foods Foundation. “ConAgra Foods appreciates and applauds the hard work of the Scouts and the remarkable generosity of the entire community.”

This year was the 5th year Hy-Vee assisted the Scouts with Scouting for Food. Hy-Vee stores served as drop locations for donations from April 11-18. Additionally, stores sold $5 and $10 bags to donate to the drive. Donations from purchased bags totaled $4,165.

Additionally, this year, the Omaha Beef helped grow the campaign by collecting food donations at games in April. DPI Management chose to support Scouting for Food as their service project at their annual corporate conference this year as well.

“We are so proud of our Scouts, leaders, families, and communities. Thank you to everyone who helped those in need of meals and responded to our Scouts’ call to action. Thank you to ConAgra Foods Foundation for sponsoring this effort, year after year, and Hy-Vee for their continued support of our partnership with the Food Bank for the Heartland and Food Bank of Siouxland. Thank you also to the Omaha Beef and DPI Management for supporting Scouting for Food,” said Eric Magendantz, CEO of the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council. “A Scout is helpful is one of the twelve points of the Scout laws we live by. Community service is one of the promises we make to the parents of our Scouts, our communities, and those who find themselves in a place of need,” he said.

Across the Mid-America Council, 4,197 Scouts and 3,646 adult leaders participated in the 2015 Scouting for Food drive. Scouting for Food occurs simultaneously in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota. The food collected in those counties benefits the people who need it locally. Scouting for Food is the largest coordinated community service project the Mid-America Council does every year. Scouting for Food began in the Mid-America Council in 1989.

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