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  1. I attended the BSA's former National Executive Institute at the former Schiff Scout Reservation in 1974 (NEI 7404). My classmates and I ordered special 2-color patches for our class. I have four of them left. They are not valuable and not worth eBay'ing, but I am curious if anyone here might know someone who may have attended NEI 7404, or even any NEI at Schiff who might have in interest in the patch.
  2. All former camp staffers (and their spouses) are invited to attend the 2010 Camp Staff Reunion at Camp Eagle, June 25-27. If you served on camp staff with the Mid-America Council, or the former Covered Wagon, Southwest Iowa or Prairie Gold Council, this is your opportunity to reunite with friends and check out what's going on at the current edition of Boy Scout Summer Camp. You can even pitch a tent if you wish to really relive the summer camp experience, or you could bring an RV, rent one of the four cabins at Camp Eagle, or utilize one of the many hotels in nearby Fremont, NE. We encourage you to bring your patches, t-shirts, photos, slideshows and any other camp memorabilia to display, share and/or trade. There will definitely be some interesting and rare items to check out. Friday night's activities will be sharing the retreat and campfire with the week's Scouts at Camp Cedars. Saturday's events will include fellowship in the morning, activities in the afternoon (horses, swimming and shooting), and a campfire Saturday night! COST for the event is $40 per person which includes lunch and dinner Saturday lunch and dinner, breakfast Sunday morning, a special reunion t-shirt, and all activities. (Registrations received after June 13 will incur an extra $5 late fee.) Online registration is available at https://macsecure.waittinteractive.com/forms/form40.aspx If you have any questions or wish to reserve lodging at Camp Eagle, please contact Dusty Keiser, dkeiser@mac-bsa.org Phone: 402-431-9BSA
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    Old OA Ceremony Booklets 1960's era

    Thanks for the replies and the assistance, and yes, the website is great!
  4. I'm wondering if any "old-timers" (or anyone else) might have copies of 1960's-era OA Ceremony booklets? (This was back before certain references to "God" were removed for political-correctness reasons.) I had some for a long time, but apparently in one my moves, I must have missplaced them. I'm interested in all three, Ordeal, Brotherhood and Vigil. I'd be happy to receive them in any format, digital or otherwise. Thanks for any help! Larry Wullilissin
  5. We are attempting to locate anyone who may have ever been a summer camp staff member of any camp of what is now Mid-America Council, BSA, (Nebraska - Iowa - South Dakota). We will be having an all-year staff reunion in July 2005, at Camp Cedars, Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska. Date will be announced soon. This includes former staffers of the current camps of MAC as well as those of the former Covered Wagon, Southwest Iowa, and Prairie Gold Councils, including Camp Cedars, Camp Eagle, Camp Wakonda, Little Sioux Scout Reservation, and Thomas Ashford Scout Reservation. You may contact me for further information at larryfiehn@hotmail.com or Doug Heller at DougHc7adv@aol.com We also have an online Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MidAmericaCouncilCampsStaffAlumni/ The Yahoo Group is not an official site of the Mid-America Council, BSA, or of the BSA. Anyone with any interest in the referenced camps, their staff members or the camps' histories is welcome and is invited to join. Any leads on any former staff members or their relatives/friends will be greatly appreciated, so please feel free to further share this posting. Thank you, Larry Fiehn
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    The Great Central West Region

    I grew up as a Scout and leader in the former Region 8 - The Great Central West. Yes, the song was sung to the tune of "My Wild Irish Rose". The parts I recall now: "The Great Central West! The Region we love best. You can search everywhere But there's none can compare To our Region, the Great Central West". NOW...do any of you recall the rest of the song? Or how about the "Region Cheer", not all of which I can now remember, either: LEADER: "What's the name of the river Napoleon crossed on a bar of Ivory Soap?" RESPONSE: "The Powder River. It's a mile wide, an inch deep and flows uphill all the way. ALL: "Ride 'em cowboy. Let 'er rip. Yahoo!" Can anyone help out this poor fellow's fading memory? I still have one of the original Region 8 patches! Thanks! Larry
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    Thanks, Alpha Phi Omega for NOT discriminating!

    Hi, Bob. Back when I was an APO officer, the BSA hadn't become actively discriminatory as its current leadership has led it to become against "non-theist" believers and non-heterosexual persons. I feel the BSA today is a youth program largely controlled by so-called "fundmentalist", often self-described "Christian", religious organizations. Just evidence that several of its largest partnering organizations are: the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And I feel the BSA should be "different" in that: a) It has a charter issued by the Congress of the United States; b) It continues to "feed at the public trough". If, as it claims, it is a "private" organization not subject to anti-discrimination laws, it should quit asking the public and the government for handouts. APO is founded on "Scouting" principles, principles that I feel have been corrupted ainto the current policies of the BSA. The BSA is one Scouting organization. It is not the be-all and end-all of "Scouting". Again, just my personal opinions, and I know others will disagree. All the best!
  8. As an Alpha Phi Omega alum and former Chapter President, I just want to thank APO for maintaining its independence and seperate identity from the Boy Scouts of America. A recent reply from APO in response to me asking about its membership policies regarding non-heterosexual and non-theist persons was (** shows emphasis added): "Alpha Phi Omega has an open membership policy and chapters are free to recruit **any** students that are enrolled full time with their host institution. As you know we were founded by Scouters and believe that the Scouting principles are values that **all** members can strive for **regardless of BSA policies**. The principles and the BSA policies are not contingent to each other and APO does not take a stance on any organization's internal policies." At least I can still PROUDLY claim APO in my history. Oh, I used to be a member of the National Eagle Scout Association until it was co-opted by the National Council and since then, you cannot be a member of NESA just because you WERE an Eagle Scout. Now you have to meet BSA's normal registration requirement(s)! I think that the "Knights of Dunamis" should have stayed independent from the National Council of the BSA!
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    the History of NESA

    Doing a Google search on the term "Knights of Dunamis" will bring up quite a few mentions, also.
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    the History of NESA

    Sorry that my reply to you is nearly two years after your post, and I hope this reply still gets to you! For an "official" history of the NES and its predecessor organization, The Knights of Dumanis, see http://www.scouting.org/nesa/history.html
  11. Due to the availability of some former staffers, it looks to me like Friday, 23 July 2004, and Saturday, 24 July, 2004, will be an opportune time for those of us interested in some type of a reunion at/near Camp Wakonda at Griswold, Iowa, to get together. I am anticipating a informal dinner on Friday night, perhaps at Griswold, and then a short and informal tour of the camp on Saturday morning. Other suggestions are MOST welcome! If you know any people who may be interested, please pass along this information. We are looking for and inviting ANYONE who was a camper, leader, or staff member as well as anyone with a connection or fondness for this former Boy Scout Camp. If you know of anyone to whom this message may pertain, please forward it to them or have them contact me. Larry Fiehn Camp Wakonda Director - 1974 Moderator of Mid-America Council Camps Staff Alumni Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MidAmericaCouncilCampsStaffAlumni/
  12. Due to the availability of some former staffers, it looks to me like Friday, 23 July 2004, and Saturday, 24 July, 2004, will be an opportune time for those of us interested in some type of a reunion at/near Camp Wakonda at Griswold, Iowa, to get together. I am anticipating a informal dinner on Friday night, perhaps at Griswold, and then a short and informal tour of the camp on Saturday morning. Other suggestions are MOST welcome! If you know any people who may be interested, please pass along this information. We are looking for and inviting ANYONE who was a camper, leader, or staff member as well as anyone with a connection or fondness for this former Boy Scout Camp. If you know of anyone to whom this message may pertain, please forward it to them or have them contact me. Larry Fiehn Camp Wakonda Director - 1974 Moderator of Mid-America Council Camps Staff Alumni Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MidAmericaCouncilCampsStaffAlumni/
  13. Anyone who has ever been a staff member of any camp of what is now Mid-America Council, BSA, (Nebraska - Iowa - South Dakota) is invited to attend an all-year reunion on 5 July 2003, at Camp Cedars, Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska. This includes current camps of MAC as well as those of the former Covered Wagon, Southwest Iowa, and Prairie Gold Councils, including camps Cedars, Eagle, Wakonda, Little Sioux, and Thomas Ashford. You may contact me for further information at larryfiehn@hotmail.com or Doug Heller at DougHc7adv@aol.com We also have an online Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MidAmericaCouncilCampsStaffAlumni/ This Yahoo Group is not an official site of the Mid-America Council, BSA, or of the BSA.
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    New Mid-America Council Camps Alumni Group

    I'm glad I could answer your question. Now...as I recall, the Kansas City area council either is or used to be Heart of America Council!
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    New Mid-America Council Camps Alumni Group

    Mid-America Council is based in Omaha, Nebraska. It was formed in the mid-1960's by the merger of eastern Nebraska's Covered Wagon Council and the Southwest Iowa Council, which was based in Council Bluff, Iowa - just across the Missouri River. Recently, MAC merged with Prairie Gold Council, which was based in Sioux City, Iowa. Thanks for asking!
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