February 2019 Edition | www. midiowacouncilbsa.org
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Mid-Iowa Council Court of Honor
Please join us as we recognize the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and Scouts at our Council Court of Honor on February 24, 2019, 2-4 pm at the Maytag Scout Center. We will be presenting the Silver Beaver, Heroism, and other awards at this annual event. Register today to be part of the fun and fellowship.


2018 Silver Beaver Recipients
TJ Ballard
David J Bergeson
Thomas D. Cox
Fermin Falcon
Dale Hedrick
Jack Hilmes
Timothy York
Dr. Joshua E Young

OA Philbreak
You can help Philmont Scout Ranch recover from the wildfires at OA Philbreak 2019! Spend your Spring Break in Philmont working in the back country. The cost is $100 for the week and your travel expenses there and back. Due to a generous donation, the $100 fee for the first 20 Scouts that register has been covered. This means the first 20 Scouts just pay for traveling costs there and back. Spots are limited so make a decision and sign up fast. 

Once you have registered send an email to dan.maiers@scouting.org who will begin refunding your fee (You must register on the national site with a credit card). You will then be connected to Dann Flaherty who is helping coordinate travel for those attending.

PLEASE NOTE: Must be 16 years of age or older and a member of the Oder of the Arrow (other requirements can be found using the links below). There are 3 weeks available with only 50 spots each week. March 16-23, March 23-30 and March 30 - April 6. 
Mid-Iowa Council Powder Horn Course, Begins March 29

Want to push your unit out of their normal activities? Come to Powder Horn and learn what's out there for your Scouts. March 29 – March 31 and again April 12 – April 14. Two weekends of hands on activities to help energize your outings! .

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Youth Protection UPDATE - March 1, 2019
At the end of February, the online YP Course will be replaced with an updated version. Please get the word out to all leaders that any courses in progress (completions of some but not all of the required four modules) will be lost when the course is updated. For example, if a leader had completed one, two, or three of the four modules, but had not completed all four, their completed modules will be erased, and they will have to start over again to complete all four required modules. You must have completed all four modules successfully by February 28 th , as the new Learning Plan will be launched March 1, 2019.
Scouting For Food | Saturday, April 13th

Reserve your door stickers today!! Mid-Iowa Council and FoodBank of Iowa are teaming up to end hunger in Central and Southern Iowa. We hope that every Mid-Iowa Council Scouting unit will participate in some way for this event

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Scout Day at the I-Cubs | Sunday, April 28th

We have 500 seats in two sections that are typically $14.00 tickets, we are selling them for $10.00 a ticket. If you buy tickets in these sections, you will get a commemorative Scout Day patch, and your Scouts in Uniform will get to participate...

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Scout Day at the Iowa Cubs Jersey Auction

Not only will the Scout Day with Iowa Cubs be a fun day for baseball and Scouting, you might even be able to take home a piece of that game! The Uniforms pictured above are actually the baseball jerseys the players will be playing in that day. They have the Eagle Scout Badge, Neckerchief, Slide and the Mid-Iowa Council shoulder patch. This is truly a one of a kind jersey.

There will be a silent auction going on during the game by the front gates for 30+ of the jerseys. After the game, winning bidders will be invited on to the field to receive their jersey from the player, if time allows.
Camp Card Sales
Started February 1st!
Sign-up to make the easiest money possible for your Scouting unit. These cards sell for $5.00 and have a $400.00 value. Fill out our on-line form today to reserve your cards!

Earn up to 60% commissions!

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UPCOMING ADVENTURES
Certified Anglers Training Course

"Do you enjoy fishing? Would you like to help Scouts learn and get excited about fishing? Mid-Iowa Council is hosting a Certified Anglers Training Course
April 5-7, 2019.  Register Here
Spring 2019 Railroad Camporee | May 3-4

Mid-Iowa Council presents the 2019 Railroad Camporee. This event is similar to the Railroad Merit Badge presented at the National Jamboree. The event is open to the first 1,050 Scouts BSA Scouts registered. Registration is $25.00 per person.

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Snowflake
Pow Wow
February 22-24
Camp Dodge
Johnston, IA

Register Today

All members are encouraged to join us for trainings, ceremonies, and our highlight event on Saturday night, the pow wow!

The Trading Post will also be open to sell items including event patch sets, your favorite treasures, and even NEW items including our new OA logo hats, new Class B shirts and the new lodge flap that will be given to every new Ordeal member starting this summer.







MERIT BADGE COUNSELORS NEED TO RENEW YEARLY
Merit badge counselor renewal process will take place in May. Be sure to atch your E-mail for your renewal notice starting in March. If you do not respond to the renewal notice you will not be able to teach merit badge classes. You can renew your merit badge counselor status any time between March and May. If you do not receive a renewal notice, contact the Maytag Scout Center 515-266-2135
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Position-specific training course updates
Position-specific training courses for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts (Scouts BSA) were updated as of January 2, 2019. Any progress on a training that was not completed before December 31, 2018, you will now have to take the new course for your position.
Leave No Trace (LNT) Training
LNT Trainer / Outdoor Ethics Course
·         Trainers are the backbone of Scouting’s outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting-edge outdoor ethics into their unit programs.
·         Upon completion of the course, participants will be certified as LNT TRAINERS. 
·         Scouts will be trained to fulfill the leadership position of “Outdoor Ethics Guide”.
·         The course is open to all registered Boy Scouts (14 and older), Venture Scouts and adult leaders. Units that send youth must also send an adult leader to mentor the Scouts when they return to their units.
·         April 26-28, 2019 Camp Mitigwa
·         Cost $30 per person – includes training materials and meals
·         For more information and to register click below

Wood Badge Training Course 2019 - September 13-15 & 27-29

Limited space available. This is not outdoor skills training, this is developing your personal skills of group leadership. Wood Badge is offered every two years. Consider attending the finest leadership training that Mid-Iowa Council has to offer!

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Youth Protection - Boy Scouts of America

BSA Youth Protection Mission Statement: True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America...

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Submitting Eagle Scout Rank Applications

A simple step has been added to the process of preparing for Eagle Scout boards of review in our council. A completed Eagle application form must be submitted for confirmation of earned merit badges and other details by the council before a board of review may be held. When this step has been completed ... for more information
New Membership Card printing process
The BSA is committed to streamlining basic operations by putting tools in the hands of volunteers. For several years now, individuals and unit key 3 have had access to print membership cards through my.Scouting. In addition, functionality was added to my.Scouting on January 1, 2019, to enable members of the unit key 3 to print their unit Charter Certificate.
This “self-service” functionality allows volunteers to print membership cards and the unit charter certificate in a timely manner and enhances the onboarding experience for new youth and adults. 
The World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is only 8 months away and if you have not signed up there is still time but you must act soon. The requirements: you must be a registered member of Scouts BSA, you must be at least 14 years of age by July 22, 2019, you must be no older than 17 years of age on August 2, 2019. Meet these requirements and you too can be part of one of the truly life changing events offered by the Boy Scouts.
On July 22, 2019 young men and women who belong to Scouting organizations in over 150 countries will come together at The Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, for two weeks of fun fellowship and Scouting. With opportunities for camaraderie with Scouts from around the world, the WSJ is a unique cultural immersion experience that supports the World Organization of the Scouting Movement’s mission to create global citizens and educate young people.
WE NEED YOU AS A 2021 JAMBOREE LEADER!!!
Mid-Iowa council only has 15 adult leaders and up to 4 alternates spots available to guide, inspire, and mentor our troops and crew to and from this once-in-a-lifetime event! If you are a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America and will be at least 18 by July 2021 you are eligible to be considered as a leader for our troops and crew. Currently we anticipate taking at least two male troops, one female troop, and ¾ of a venture crew. For more information...Click below.
2019 Contingent Still has openings!

Our 2019 departure date is July 20th with return on August 3rd. Cost for the trip is estimated at $1,320.00.

Don't wait, act now if you have any interest.

2020 Contingent Registration Now Open!

Mid-Iowa Council’s annual Philmont Contingent for 2020 is open for registrations. We plan to include over 50 Scouts and Adult Advisers in our 2020 Expedition. We will organize those participants into five crews of 10-12 Scouts. Each crew will make their own choice of 35 available itineraries. This opportunity is open to individual Scouts or unit crews. At this time, we are just under half full.  ACT NOW!

Our 2020 departure date is July 25 th with return on August 8 th. Cost for the trip is estimated at $1,375.00 (all inclusive).

If you have Scouts looking for a real adventure in the mountains of New Mexico, let us know! 

For additional information contact:
Chuck Jordal
(515)279-8746
BSA SAFETY MOMENT: Frostbite

Serious injuries can occur when it's cold and you spend time working, playing, or sleeping outside, particularly if you are wet or your clothes are wet or too tight. Scouts should be instructed to inform an adult as soon as...

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