January 2019 Edition | www. midiowacouncilbsa.org
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. 
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.
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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. 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


SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE

32nd Winter Survival Training
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
(Check-in: 8:30 am to 8:55 am)
Iowa State University Armory
Pammel Drive and Russell Road
Ames, Iowa

The training event will host as many as 300 participants and is being conducted by the Army R.O.T.C. Staff and cadets Iowa State University. This will be the 32nd year they have provided this training.

Camp Card Sales
Start 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!

UPCOMING ADVENTURES
Spring 2019 Railroad Camporee | May 3-4

MAKE PLANS NOW TO HAVE YOUR TROOP ATTEND THE 2019 MID-IOWA COUNCIL'S SPRING RAILROAD CAMPOREE.

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Apply for Camp Staff 2019

Interviews will start December 28th! How would you describe your ideal summer job? Would it include variety? Creativity? Being respected and revered? Hanging out with friends all day? A great night life?

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The General's Cup
The General's Cup is a competition between Scout Honor Guards in Mid-Iowa Council. The day will include instruction in flag etiquette, marching, and conducting flag ceremonies by the Iowa National Guard's Honor Guard and will end with a competition between troop honor guards. Is your honor guard up to the challenge?

February 9, 2019
Camp Dodge
Johnston, IA

When is Scout Sunday 2019?

The BSA’s Calendar of Religious Dates lists Feb. 10, 2019, as “Scout Sunday, interfaith.” It lists Feb. 17, 2019, as “Scout Sunday, United Methodist.”

But those are just guidelines. The BSA says a local church may celebrate “on the Sunday most acceptable to the pastor and congregation.” So check with your chartered organization representative or faith leader.

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MERIT BADGE COUNSELORS NEED TO RENEW YEARLY
Due to the crunch of the Holidays Mid-Iowa Council is moving the merit badge counselor renewal process to May. Watch 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 did not receive a renewal notice, contact the Maytag Scout Center 515-266-2135


Please come out to Camp Dodge on Saturday, February 9 th at 1pm and tour the Gold Star Museum until 2pm. We will then head down to the Pool Pavilion for the final events of the Inaugural Generals Cup. Adjutant General Tim Orr will be hosting the first ever General’s Cup competition and the Troops and Packs will have been working hard all day long to fine tune their Color Guard techniques.
The event will end at 3pm, this is a great chance to visit the Gold Star Museum and see our Mid-Iowa Scouts in action. Special shout out to Adjutant General Tm Orr and the Iowa National Guard for hosting this event. Please e-mail scott.walters@scouting.org to rsvp.
Are you coming to the Alumni Event?
LOCATION
Camp Dodge, Johnston, IA

DATE AND TIME
02/09/19 1:00pm - 02/09/19 3:00pm

Please come out to Camp Dodge on Saturday, February 9th, tour the Gold Star Museum and see the final events of the Inaugural General's Cup.
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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
SAVE THE DATE
April 28, 2019
Scout Day at Principal Park

Save the date for April 28, 2019 and join us on the field for the National Anthem and a completely Scout themed baseball experience!
$10 per ticket for the full experience and event patch.

Jerseys worn by players will be Scouting related and auctioned off during and after the game!

More details very soon!
Be the BEST leader you can! Get Trained
Check out training opportunities below
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 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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Mid-Iowa Council Powder Horn Course, Begins 3/29

Powder Horn is a training opportunity designed to expose participants to activities and resources necessary to operate a successful Venturing or Troop High Adventure program....

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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
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.
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
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  • Martin Luther King Day - January 21
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