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Potawatomi Area Council Hires New Scout Executive

Posted on 28 February 2009 by admin

Patrick SchererPotawatomi Area Council’s Executive Board Search Committee would like to announce that Patrick Scherer has been hired as Potawatomi Area Council’s new Scout Executive. He will become the 13th Scout Executive in the history of the Council and will start his new position on March 9, 2009.

Pat has over 18 years of professional service in Scouting having served in Menasha, WI, Portland, OR and for the last five years in San Francisco, CA. He has held the positions of District Executive, Sr. District Executive, Camping Director, District Director, Finance Director and his current position as the Director of Field Service for the San Francisco Bay Area Council.

Pat and his wife Mara met during their college days at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. They have two children Maija (9) and Tyler (7). Maija is in fourth grade and is in Girl Scouts. Tyler is in first grade and is in Cub Scouts where Pat currently serves as Cubmaster.

Born and raised in Manitowoc, WI, he has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for 30 years. He was a Cub Scout and earned the Arrow of Light. As a Boy Scout he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and earned the Ad Altare Dei Award as a member of Troop 931. He is a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, a recipient of the Founder’s Award and has served as a Section Vice Chief.

Strengths from his experiences in other Councils will help propel the Potawatomi Area Council to the next level. The committee was particularly excited about his financial, planning and administrative strength. He is equally strong in field operations with success in membership, traditional program and Scoutreach.

He will be highly visible within the Council as soon as he settles in to his new office. Please take an opportunity to welcome Pat to his new position as the leader of the Potawatomi Area Council.

The following was a news release issued by Potawatomi Area Council.

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ScoutFit – New Wellness Program Offered by the Mid-America Council

Posted on 28 February 2009 by admin

One in three children in Nebraska (K-12) are overweight or at risk of being overweight. To help combat this, the Mid-America Council is transforming our many wellness-based activities into a higher profile program – ScoutFit.

ScoutFitThe ScoutFit program will bring to light the current wellness-based activities and advancements Scouting offers and also use new, specially designed wellness challenges, menus, help guides and awareness campaigns to encourage healthy behaviors and attitudes among our members. Through ScoutFit, the Council will proactively address wellness, and by extension, obesity in our units and community.

The Council’s ScoutFit Challenge began with the staff and was recently rolled out to volunteers. Nearly 100 leaders, with more signing up every week, have pledged to be ScoutFit. Here’s the story of one.

My ScoutFit Story
By Clarissa Conolley, Program Assistant

Since joining Boy Scouts of America, I have enjoyed guiding the Scouts during fundraisers, service hours and camping trips. However, I did not enjoy having little energy, feeling tired and not being able to keep up with the youth. Less than a year after I signed the adult application form, I realized I had to do something to change my unhealthy lifestyle, and ScoutFit helped me do that.

ScoutFit teaches that the trick is to start with one habit at a time. I began by drinking more water and less soda. I ate healthier foods with smaller portions. I chose the stairs over the elevator, and parked further from the entrance. These small steps helped pave the way to a big achievement. I’ve lost 45 pounds and feel great. I can’t wait until summer camp at Camp Cedars. Let’s see if the troop can keep up with me this time!

To register for Scouts, call 402.431.9BSA (9272). Visit, and pledge to be ScoutFit in 2009!

About Mid-America Council
The Boy Scouts, Mid-America Council serves youth in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. The Council serves youth by instilling them with values that last a lifetime. Such values include honesty, helping others, character development and respect for the law. Scouts learn these values while participating in fun, family-friendly activities. The Council, supported by 8,516 volunteers, is headquartered in Omaha, with a satellite Scout Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

The following was a press release issued by Mid-America Council.

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TrailStop Twitter Contest

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February Twitter Contest – $25 Gift Code for

Posted on 27 February 2009 by Dan

TrailStop Twitter ContestWe promised a February Contest so here it is! (We know its a little late but hopefully you will agree it was worth the wait!)

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