Shawnee Trails District Activities

Upcoming Activities in 2020

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Shawnee Trails District Dinner

January 29, 2020 | 6:00 PM

District Dinner will be held at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (8788 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212). Doors will open at 5:45 pm to socialize and dinner will be served at 6:00 pm.

Cost is $20 for the Early Bird Special until January 17, 2020. Regular registration is $25 until January 24, 2020. Dinner includes a catered Bar-B-Que dinner, dessert, and beverages. 

The Shawnee Trails District Dinner celebrates the accomplishments of the volunteers in the Shawnee Trails District. The exciting evening will highlight the awarding of the District Award of Merit. The highest award a district can bestow upon an individual for their outstanding service to our youth. The event is for all leaders and their families. Feel free to reserve a table for your unit, or register individually, tables seat 8.

Questions or Concerns? Contact Matt Thoman, David Pendleton, or Scott Fears.

Register Now District Dinner Flyer 


2020 Merit Badge Forum:

The Shawnee Trails Merit Badge Forum will be back at Westridge Middle School in 2020. Westridge Middle School is located at 9300 Nieman Road, Overland Park, KS 66214. Forum dates for 2020 are Saturday February 1st and the 15th. The Forum will be both Saturday's from 8AM - 1PM. The cost for the event is $4/Scout through December 23, 2019 and then $5/Scout through January 6, 2020.
Sign-up is a two-part process this year. Units must submit their class registration electronically to John Lilak. Payment must be completed by mailing or delivering a check and the unit registration form to the council office this year. Individual registrations and walk-ins will not be accepted. Registration closes January 6, 2020.
Please direct questions to the John Lilak, District Merit Badge Forum Chair or the Shawnee Trails District Executive, Matt Thoman.

Detailed Information Packet

Electronic Registration Form

2020 Scouts Discover Scuba Diving

The Dive Shop will be offering an unique experience for Shawnee Trails Scouts BSA participants over the age of 12. Starting in January 2020 through June 2020 the Dive Shop will offer up to 10 Scouts a dive lesson at their facility. There is no cost for the activity, and this is not a certification course. The Scout must provide an appropriate swimsuit and a towel, the Dive Shop will furnish everything else.  The sessions will be offered once a month on Saturdays starting in January. The dive lesson will last 1 hour and 15 minutes. Scouts will spend 15 minutes in a classroom setting reviewing safety protocols for the dive lesson and move to the pool for the final hour. The Dive Shop will follow the Boy Scouts of America Scuba Policy in the Guide to Safe Scouting. 

The troop needs to attend the Shawnee Trails monthly Roundtable to pick up a flier with a registration code to register their group and time slot. Questions can be directed to John Wiedenmann at

Available Dates in 2020:  January 4, February 15, March 14, April 11, May 9, and June 20.

Community Service Hours

Community service is a key point of the Scouting program. Through community service, we promote better citizenship in our members. The BSA Journey to Excellence program helps units include that as part of a well-rounded unit program. For more information about community service, using the Journey to Excellence website to reflect your commitment to community service, and learn about community service opportunities, go to HOAC Community Service.

For easy instructions on how to enter your service hours, click here

Shawnee Trails District Camping Information

Day Camp

See the Day Camp Page. Step back into time with Jurassic Cubs on June 15 - 19, 2020 at the Shawnee Indian Mission!

Cub Scout Resident Camp

Boy Scout Resident Camp

Supplemental Camps

  • STEM - A new area of camps for the Heart of America Council includes camps for Scouts of all ages and in all our programs. To find out more about STEM Camping and other STEM related events, including reserving the STEM trailer, check out our STEM page!

High Adventure Camps

  • Philmont Scout Ranch - Hike the most storied high adventure base the Boy Scouts offers in New Mexico! Find out more here!
  • Northern Tier - Step back in time and experience the remote wilderness of northern Minnesota and southern Ontario! Find out more here!
  • Florida Sea Base - Sail and snorkel the Caribbean waters by planning a trip to the Florida Keys! Find out more here!
  • The Summit - Zip line, whitewater, mountain bike, and more through the mountains of West Virginia! Find out more here!

Order of the Arrow

Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected adults. OA fulfills its mission by recognizing those that best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives with these additional opportunities, promoting camping as essential in every Scout's experience, further developing leaders in Scouting to use those skills in and out of Scouting, and build habits of cheerful service to others.

At the local level, Tamegonit Lodge, operates within the Heart of America Council to support Scouting throughout the council. The lodge is divided into Chapters, which match the geographic district boundaries. The Chapter is led by a youth Chapter Chief and advised by an adult Chapter Advisor. Our Chapter Advisor is Jeff Deane. To see how the Order of the Arrow Chapter can support your unit with OA Elections, program offerings, and other support please contact Jeff Deane.


The Tribe of Mic-O-Say serves as a leadership enhancement program of the Heart of America Council, designed to help the Heart of America Council fulfill its mission of preparing young people of Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Mic-O-Say accomplishes its purposes by affording members ongoing opportunities for introspection on Scouting values as well as practical application of those ideals. The program is focused on Scouts who have shown leadership abilities through specific achievement and growth, and provides them with a distinctive lifelong direction. The program is energized by memorable customs and traditions.

Tribesman who have embraced the principles of Mic-O-Say will find their lives enriched by a vision raised to higher sights, see their performance increased beyond previous limitations, and will develop lifelong friendships. They will stand tall within their communities as examples of unselfish service and of willing leadership. Additional information about the Tribe of Mic-O-Say can be found here!

Summer Camp Staff

Each summer, all of the Heart of America Council Resident Camps offer staff positions, paid and volunteer, for youth and adults. Paid positions are available to individuals 15 years of age and older. The Heart of America Council offers a limited Counselor-in-Training program at Naish Scout Reservation for 14 year-old youth. There are volunteer Camp Commissioner positions and other volunteer roles available for adults throughout the summer camp season as well. To learn more about summer camp staff or to apply for summer camp staff, click here!



Scott Fears

Vice-Chair of Activities

Shawnee Trails District


Mike Blinn

Vice-Chair of Camping

Shawnee Trails District