Troop 412 is a Boy Scout Troop chartered by Zion Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Troop 412 meets at Zion Lutheran Church in Northwest Omaha (144th and Ida) most Mondays at 7:00PM. At least one campout is scheduled per month. Our Troop is a member of the Mid-America Council Soaring Eagle district. Please visit us again in the coming weeks and months as new content is added. Our sister pack, Pack 412, has it's own web page.
This year, there were some changes to the Camp Cedars experience. Kit-Fix, was given a full overhaul. In the past it had been a class primarily focused on rank advancement. However this year it was adapted to fit the needs of campers, and the camp as a whole. It was lengthened to a full day class, however many fun activities were added.
Troop 412 gathered at the chruch parking lot on July 5th and prepared to depart to Camp Cedars for the week. The Scouts were excited to return to summer camp for another year.
More photos can be found in the Photo Gallery.
Two weekends this Spring (April 4th and May 15th) Scouts from Omaha Troop 412 helped clean up the Storz Foundation Nature Trail near the Durham Scout Center on West Maple Road. The first weekend was dreary but the Scouts picked up approximately 8 large trash bags of trash along the property. The May 15th weekend the green was overwhelming and the young men put their muscles to work replacing logs along the trail after adults with chainsaws cleaned up downed trees....hotdogs were their reward for hard work and service. You can see more photos here and also here.
Our Spring Camporee was held at Camp Cedars. Although the weather was raining and cold, it did not dampen the spirits and competiveness of the Scouts. There were 14 Scouts and 7 adults leaders that attended the campout for the weekend. The Scouts participated in seven events putting their first aid, pioneering, accuracy, problem-solving, memory and leadership skills to the test. The scouts had the challenge of building the tallest flag pole, using tennis balls with a slingshot to hit targets, administering first aid and transporting patients and using 2x4 to move the patrols out of the swamp.
We have tons of photos from the Spring 2015 Camporee and other recent Scouting events!
Troop 412 camped at Two Rivers State Recreation Area March 20-22 near Waterloo Nebraska and enjoyed the early Spring weather. Five new Scouts joined the Troop on this campout. Fishing was pretty good at the trout pound but it took most of the afternoon to find out what the trout were biting. The Scouts enjoyed pancakes for breakfast, grilled cheese sandwiches and soup for lunch and hobo dinners for supper. This was the first campout for many new leadership positions including Blake at Senior Patrol Leader, Austin at Quartermaster, Dimitri and Max at Patrol Leaders. Photos from the campout can be found here in the Troop Photos Gallery.
It was a cold and windy February 22nd when Troop 412 participated in the annual Snowbox Derby at Mt Crescent Iowa. Patrols build their sleds from cardboard and duct tape and then competed in various races down the slopes of the ski runs at Mt Crescent. Participants had a lot of imagination with their sled building and many designs including tanks and airplanes could be seen.
You can see more photos of the Snowbox Derby here in the Photo Gallery.
Troop 412 enjoyed the 2015 Klondike Derby at Little Sioux Scout Ranch. In the past this event has been affectingly known as "The Freezorie". This year, however, the temperatures while still cold wasn't as cold as in the past. The Scouts built their Klondike sled over December and January and came prepared to race during the January 16-18 event. Nine Scout from Troop 412 participated in the competitive events including, Blind fold Stretcher Carry, First Aid Splint and Transport, Ice Rescue, Snowshoe Biathlon, Tripod Cooking and a Cast-Iron Cooking Contest.
You can see photos of the Klondike Derby here in the Photo Gallery
Troop 412 was at Scout Jubilee held at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park from October 10th through the 12th. This special event is only held every 4 years. This year's Jubilee was Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) based and featured many educational activities and displays. More that 6,000 Scouts from four different states participated in the Jubilee. The various bounce houses, human hamster balls, mechanical bull, and zip lines were very popular for both the Cubs and Scouts. Troop 412 along with Pack 349 (Dodge Elementary) camped at the Little Creek campsite for the weekend. This year's event featured concerts by Hairball on Friday night and SmashMouth on Saturday night followed by fireworks. Hairball's show featured tributes bands popular in the 80s and 90s. The lead singers were dead-on with vocals and their mannerisms. Smashmouth exited the crowd with hits like "Can't Get Enough Of You Baby", "All Star" and "I'm a Believer" (both from the movie Shrek).
Webelos Woods is a overnight family camping weekend for Webelos and their parents. It's a great way for the Webelos and Dads to be introduced to the Boy Scout camping experience. It is held each year in the Fall. Troop 412 was one of the host Troops at Webelos Woods Sept 19-21 at Camp Wakonda, Bellevue NE.
Webelos from the Soaring Eagle District were able to visit and participate in camping and skill building with 4 other local Boy Scout Troops. About 40 Webelos attended the weekend event.