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3/27/2014 -
You Could be One Paycheck Away from Being Hungry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

As food insecurity rises in our communities, the 2014 Scouting for Food Drive, sponsored by ConAgra Foods Foundation, aims to collect food for those who are in need. Many families are just one paycheck away from needing the Food Bank’s services. Scouts will be delivering door hangers in local neighborhoods on April 5 and will come back to collect the donated food on doorsteps on April 12.

Residents are encouraged to place non-perishable goods in a bag on their door step by 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12 to be picked up by the Scouts. Additional drop-off locations include all local Hy-Vee supermarkets.

Food can be dropped off all week at area Hy-Vee locations. Additionally, Hy-Vee will be selling $5.00 and $10.00 Scouting for Food bags to help provide more food for those in need. On April 12, Scouts will load donations from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. into Werner Enterprise trucks at 144th and Stoneybrook, 156th and Maple, 180th and Pacific Street, and 50th and Center and for transportation to the Food Bank for the Heartland. Scouts will also load a Food Bank van at 90th and Center Street at the Hy-Vee.

ConAgra Foods Foundation is proud to partner with the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council for the 20th year in a row to lead the way in doing service for the community and help end hunger. The food and cash donations are directed to Food Bank for the Heartland, the Food Bank of Siouxland, and other local food pantries.

This year marks the 5th year that Hy-Vee has partnered with the Scouts for this food drive. Hy-Vee is dedicated to doing good deeds in our community.

Many people in our own community report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities, according to a Hunger in America study. Food from this drive directly benefits those who need it most in our communities. Scouts participate in Scouting for Food to fulfill their oath to "help other people at all times." Scouting promotes community involvement and emphasizes youth helping other youth.

For more information, visit www.mac-bsa.org/ScoutingForFood.

Background Information | Hunger Fact Sheet | Timeline

2/11/2014 -
Investment in Character Leadership Team to Fund Boy Scouts

(Omaha, NE) – February 10, 2014 – Bob Dalrymple, Executive Vice President of Bank of the West, will lead the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council in their annual investment in character campaign efforts to raise more than $1.2 million.

The campaign has four divisions. Each division chair is in the process of recruiting teams to help them reach their campaign goals. The campaign will kick-off on Thursday, February 27 at 5:15 p.m. at Quality Brands of Omaha Anheuser-Busch, 13255 Centech Road, Omaha, NE 68138.

In addition to leading the entire campaign, Dalrymple will also lead one of four divisions. He has been on the board of directors for the council for seven years. Professionally, he serves as Executive Vice President of the West Midwest Division at Bank of the West. Dalrymple leads the division's retail and commercial banking, acquired in 2005 with the purchase of Commercial Federal Corp. of Omaha. He joined Bank of the West when it acquired United California Bank in 2002 and served as its Manager of Los Angeles County division.

Jeff Sharp, Principal at Silverstone Group, will lead another division of the fundraising campaign. Sharp has more than 27 years of experience, providing wealth management and retirement planning solutions. In 2011 and 2010, Sharp was identified as a Top Wealth Manager in Nebraska by receiving the Premium Advisor Award which is awarded by the National Association of Board-Certified Practices.

Additionally, Mike Mapes, President and CEO of the Alliance Group, will lead a third division. Mapes achieved the rank of Life Scout as a youth in Troop 120 from Norfolk, NE.

Finally, Michael Myer, Operating Partner with McCarthy Capital, will lead the fourth division. He also achieved the rank of Life Scout as a youth in Troop 390 from Omaha. Prior to joining McCarthy Capital in 2013, Meyer spent 20 years at Tenaska, Inc., most recently as Vice President of Asset Management for the Operations Group. His prior experience includes many years of financial and operations management experience in the banking and energy industries.

The Mid-America Council is making a change to their annual fundraising campaign. The Friends of Scouting campaign has been re-named the Investment in Character campaign. Investing in Scouting helps to provide more youth with unparalleled experiences. The Mid-America Council is able to offer more activities and reach more youth when funding is available to support the program. Investing in character is more than being a friend. Investors have a share or a stake in the program. Belief in the benefits of the Scouting program is what makes investing in Scouting a worthwhile cause.

For more information, contact Melissa Stricherz, Director of Development, at 402.431.9272 x 209

1/8/2014 -
Boy Scouts Honor Dozens Awards Reception

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact Katie Godbout
Public Relations Director

Boy Scouts Honor Dozens Awards Reception

(OMAHA, NEB.) – Jan. 8, 2014 – Recognizing the volunteers who provide unparalleled experiences for more youth is essential to continuing to attain the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. Dozens of volunteers from Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota will be recognized on Saturday, January 11 at the annual Council Awards Reception, Truhlsen Campus Events Center, 42nd & Emile, Omaha, NE 68198. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

The highest honor that a volunteer can receive from the local Boy Scout Council is the Silver Beaver Award. The Mid-America Council will be honoring 18 individuals with the award on Saturday – the most the council’s ever given in one year! Click here to learn about the Silver Beaver Award.

Honoring the following Silver Beaver Award Recipients:

Dennis

Bender

Omaha

NE

James

Benes

Omaha

NE

Melvin

Clark

Omaha

NE

Robert

Dalrymple

Omaha

NE

Thomas

Gensichen

Omaha

NE

Warren

Johnson

Omaha

NE

Kathy

Joiner

Omaha

NE

Suzette

Juel

Council Bluffs

IA

Michael

Livergood

Bellevue

NE

John

Matteson

Columbus

NE

Deborah

Reinard

North Sioux City

SD

Daniel

Rock

Omaha

NE

Kristina

Ronfeldt

Omaha

NE

W. David

Scott

Omaha

NE

Clarence

Sholly

Spencer

IA

Chris

Sjoberg

Bellevue

NE

Justin

Wyatt

Glenwood

IA

William

Young

Underwood

IA

Boy Scouts Awards Reception
The William H. Spurgeon III Award is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program.  This year, Scott Vlasek will receive the award for his service and leadership to the Aviation Exploring Post (518) sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute

James E. West Award, Venturing Leadership Awards, National Youth Leadership Society, Medal of Merit, and the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award.

The Events Center is located at 619 South 42nd Street, within the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education, on the northeast corner of 42nd and Emile streets. Parking is free on campus in the evening and on weekends in a parking lot directly across the street from the Campus Events Center. Tickets cost $40 at the door.

About the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America’s youth. The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council serves more than 24,000 youth in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.  For more information, visit www.mac-bsa.org.

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1/7/2014 -
Boy Scouts picking up Christmas trees in Omaha
PUBLISHED MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014 AT 2:13 PM / UPDATED AT 2:16 PM

By Emily Nohr; World-Herald staff writer

Omaha area Boy Scouts are providing Christmas tree pick up for two more days.

The curbside pick up will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 11 and 12.

People interested in the service must make a reservation 24 hours in advance by visiting scouting4trees.org or calling (402) 965-1458.

The service by scouts and adult volunteers involved in Troops 282 and 558 covers neighborhoods in Omaha west of 72nd Street, Gretna and the Elkhorn area, or zip codes 68022, 68028, 68114, 68116, 68118, 68122, 68124, 68127, 68130, 68134, 68135, 68136, 68137, 68138, 68142, 68144, 68154 and 68164.

The drive serves as a recycling and ecological service project. Collected trees are taken to area drop sites where they are ground, chipped or used as fish habitat material in area lakes.

The event is sponsored by the Millard Rotary and Boy Scout Troops 282 and 558.

Original Article

12/26/2013 -
Cub Scouts greet servicemen; learn lesson of patience
  Omaha World Herald; December 24, 2014:

What began as a service project became a joyful experience for Cub Scouts and military members.

Earlier this month, eight Cub Scouts from Pack 327 spent five hours at Eppley Airfield. The boys, ages 8 to 11, greeted arriving and departing service personnel at both concourses.

The Scouts thanked 16 military members and gave them each a new 3-by-5-foot U.S. flag.

“It was exciting for the boys,” said Randy Yates, Mid-America Council of Boy Scouts volunteer who works with the pack. Beals Elementary School in Omaha sponsors the pack.

“You just have to have patience,” Yates told the boys. “These people are giving years. It’s easy to give five hours.”

An hour passed before a military member came by.

“After they (the boys) saw that first one, they kept their eyes peeled,” Yates said.

The boys gave flags to members of the Army, Marines and Navy.

“People given the flags were pleased, ” Yates said.

One man said that in his 16 years of traveling for the Navy, this was the first time anyone had given him a present.

“A soldier came through with his mom and dad and two younger sisters helping him carry his pack and things,” said Randy Fellows, a den leader in Pack 327. The mom and sister started crying as two of the Cub Scouts presented the flag and thanked the soldier, he said.

Airport police OK’d the project and gave the Cub Scouts guidelines to follow.

The Scouts, who still have 14 flags, plan another airport giveaway. Yates got 30 free U.S. flags from Mr. Ed’s Flag Pole Co. in Council Bluffs for the “Flags to Military” service project. He tucked an addressed, stamped thank-you note card inside each folded flag.

“We don’t know where these guys were coming in from or going to. Now I’m kind of excited to see where the thank-you notes come from,” Yates said.

Original Article

Cub Scouts will converge on Adam’s Community Center, 3230 John Creighton Blvd., Omaha from 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9 for a FREE day camp!
11/4/2013 -
Boy Scouts to Host Fundraiser
Boy Scout Troop 104 will host a Schwan’s fundraising truckload sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fremont Mall parking lot. Among the large variety of available products will be an assortment of foods to help with holiday entertaining. Proceeds from the event will help send several of Troop 104’s Scouts on their High Adventure Expedition to Yellowstone National Park next summer. Troop 104 meets from 7:30-9 p.m. Mondays at Salem Lutheran Church. All young men between the ages of 10 1/2 and 17 are welcome to join the troop. For more information, call Scoutmaster Wes Walling at 402-720-9327.
Newly awarded Eagle Scout, Paul Brunetti, was featured in the Omaha World-Herald this past weekend!
(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.
(Omaha, NE) – Sept. 26, 2013 – The 43rd Annual Omaha Boy Scouts Golf Invitational presented by Mercedes-Benz of Omaha will be held on Monday, September 30 at Shadow Ridge Country Club
(Omaha, NE) – September 26, 2013 – Local Scouts will be out selling popcorn Sept. 28 - Oct. 27 to earn money for Scouting, camping, and other cool stuff.
(OMAHA, NE) – September 22, 2013 – Nearly a thousand Cub Scouts and their families are set to bowl this Sunday, September 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cub Scout Day at Sempeck’s Bowling and Entertainment in Elkhorn, NE. This is an amazing, unprecedented response to a single event!

Omaha, Nebr. (Sept. 12, 2013) – Experience the thrill of a lifetime. Check it off the bucket list. Face your fear of heights. See the city from a new perspective. Whatever your reason for rappelling down the tower, it’s certain, you will not regret it. Rappel over the edge of the Woodmen Tower on September 21, 2013 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Registration can be done online and a fundraising tool is available to help individuals raise money at www.mac-bsa.org/OverTheEdge. Additionally, a team discount is offered for teams of three who register and pay together for $2,500 – a $500 savings. Teams can be a group from a business, or just friends. Teams or individuals are encouraged to dress up, so you can wear your company’s logo or a costume (no capes or dangling materials allowed).

Anyone can register but participants must be 14-years-old or older and weigh between 110 and 300 pounds. Registration costs $1,000 per person and funds raised go to kids through Scouting programs.

Spectators are welcome. Come cheer on your friends and family on the fifth floor landing zone.

This year’s presenting sponsor is Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society.

For more information, call 402.431.9BSA (402.431.9272) or visit .

About the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America’s youth. The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council serves 20,814 youth in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. The Council is supported by 7,017 registered volunteers. For more information, visit http://www.mac-bsa.org..


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