*** The registration deadline has been extended to Friday, February 22nd. ***

The second annual Merit Badge Day sponsored by the Pawnee Chapter of the Order of the Arrow is a great way to get a merit badge or two from experts in the field.

Who: ScoutsBSA Youth

What: Second Annual Merit Badge Day sponsored by the Pawnee Chapter of the Order of the Arrow

When: Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Check-in begins at 8:30 AM

Where: Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Grand Island

Why: Earn two merit badges taught by experts in the field

Cost: $15 for youth (for lunch and program), $5 for adults (for lunch)

Registration deadline is February 15, 2019

Merit badges offered:

  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Chess
  • Dog Care
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Fire Safety
  • First Aid
  • Public Health
  • Textile


Since 1953, one of the major highlights of the Cub Scout year is the Pinewood Derby. Cub Scouts and their parents work together to design and create a vehicle out of a block of wood. Once the car is completed, the scouts race against each other.

Now, it is your turn. Teams and individuals get a chance to race cars for all the bragging rights. This event will not be any fun without competition. Now is the time to challenge your friends and business competitors to race. They built cars and bragged about them in the past, demand they step up and prove their car design abilities again!

 All proceeds from this fun event will support the character-building programs of the Overland Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Cost is $50 per entrant, which gives you:

  • Pinewood Derby car kit to build your fastest car
  • One free drink from Kinkaider at the event

May the 4th be with you

In 2009, Pack 139 invited several other area packs to go camping with them in an effort to make camping available to all local Cub Scouts. It began as, and still is, a one-night campout open to all Cub Scouts and their families. As the years went on, the event grew and evolved. To open up new opportunities, the event became a district event in 2019.

Highlights of this year’s event include:

  • Building and launching a model rocket
  • Neckerchief slide making
  • Light saber building
  • Hip Hop Hula game
  • Campfire skits
  • Sunday morning interfaith worship service

We will provide the following meals (lunch on Saturday is NOT provided):

  • Saturday afternoon snack
  • Saturday supper
  • Sunday breakfast

We encourage all youth and adults choose and practice a skit to do at the campfire on Saturday night.

Don’t forget to bring your fishing gear so you can take advantage of the lakes at Fort Kearney State Recreation Area.

Most importantly, we invite everyone to wear their favorite Star Wars costume!

We would like your feedback on this event so we can improve it in the future. If you have any feedback or questions, please contact Cody Yendra at 402.980.8792.



Early by March 15: $20

Regular March 16-April 1: $30

Late after April 1: $40

Early by March 15: $15

Regular March 16-April 1: $20

Late after April 1: $25

Ideal for scouts and leaders, our 16-hour Wilderness and Remote First Aid course gives you the skills and confidence you need to respond to an emergency when help may be delayed. The course meets BSA requirements for wilderness first aid training among all crews participating in national and council high adventure camps. Course participants must be at least 14 years of age and possess current certification in adult CPR/AED.

Topics Include:

  • Head (brain), neck, and spinal injuries
  • Hypothermia
  • Allergies and anaphylaxis
  • Bone and joint injuries
  • Wounds and wound infection
  • Heat-related emergencies
  • Burns
  • Much more…

Spring course at Camp Augustine

April 6-7, 2019

  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday
  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday
  • Class size limited to 18 participants
  • Must be at least 14-years-old
  • Must hold current CPR/AED certification (see below)
  • No meals, lodging, or hard-copy book are provided, but may be added for an additional fee.

Fees – all optional fees can be added through the “Classes” tab in the registration:

  • Base fee $50 before March 2nd ($70 after that)
  • Optional $16 for hard copy book (electronic book provided as part of base fee)
  • Optional $10 for lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Optional $10 for lodging on Friday night (includes Saturday breakfast)
  • Optional $15 for lodging on Saturday night (includes Saturday supper and Sunday breakfast)
  • CPR is $25

CPR is 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Friday, April 5, 2019

Why pay dues?

The biggest reason to pay dues is to remain an active member of the lodge. As an active member, you will have the opportunity to become a Brotherhood or Vigil Honor member, help with official service projects, receive our newsletter “Buffalo Tracks”, run for official positions, seek leadership opportunities within the Lodge, and much more. You should know that the lodge also supports many other activities that are part of our mission to provide service to others. For instance, we provide staffing for many council and district events. We also use dues to pay for camp improvements and support other programs. All of the programs supported by the lodge are identified and voted upon by the Lodge Executive Committee.

Your dues help us remain a vital part of the Overland Trails Council. So, please support your Lodge.

How much are dues?

Dues are $15. That’s barely over $1 a month!

When do my OA dues expire?

OA dues expire annually on December 31.

What if I haven't paid dues in a few years?

No problem. We do not collect any back dues. Just pay your current dues and your membership is considered active.

What do I get from paying my dues?

Paying your dues allows you to wear the OA sash and lodge flap on your uniform to show your membership in the OA. You also are able to attend a number of fantastic events such as Fellowships, Section Conclave, Lodge Leadership Development Conference (LLD), and the annual Lodge Banquet!

What do my dues go towards?

A portion of your annual dues is sent to the National Office to help fund youth leadership travel and provides money for scholarships. Annually, we contribute funds to the Overland Trails Council for worthy projects at Camp Augustine.

The Grand Island Service Center is closed Thursday, February 7, 2019 due to the cold weather. This is in accordance with our policy that the Service Center is closed when Grand Island Public Schools closes.

Enjoy and exciting night of football as the Nebraska Danger take on the Tucson Sugar Skulls on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Kickoff is set for 7:05 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.

All Scouts, parents, and family members are encouraged to join us as we form the longest tunnel walk in Nebraska Danger history. Meet at 6:30 PM on the lower concourse south of Pizza Hut to be a part of this historic tunnel walk.

Tickets cost $15 each. Patches are available for $3 each.

SPECIAL NOTE: Tickets for Scouts who met the popcorn sales goal of $1,700 and one adult partner have been ordered by the council. Details will be sent to you soon.

We have teamed up with Virginia Diner to bring a spring fundraising opportunity to all of our units. In an effort to allow Scouts to be thrifty and pay their own way, the sale is designed to help units raise funds for summer activities. Many packs, troops, and crews fund their unit through the popcorn sale in the fall, and use the spring nut sale to “fund the Scout”. This is a great opportunity to help raise the funds necessary to give each youth the opportunity to attend camp.

We just published a new Leader’s Guide, and have moved all of our forms online. If you got a Leader’s Guide in the mail, disregard it and download the new one. If you have already submitted your commitment or order, you’re still good to go. If you haven’t, we hope you find our online forms easy and fast.


The Grand Island Service Center will be closed today due to illnesses and the weather.

The North Platte Service Center will open today at 10:00 AM.

The Council Executive Board meeting will still take place at Camp Augustine at 6:30 PM.

The MAC Husker Trails College of Commissioner Science offers
something for every registered scout leader!  You will be able to select
the track you want to study and choose electives to meet your need. 
Commissioners are encouraged to use this continuing education event to
facilitate improved service to their units/Districts/Councils.