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Camp Cedars

Located on the south bank of the Platte River near Fremont, Nebraska, Cedars is home to Mid-America Council's Boy Scout summer camp.

Camp Cedars, which comprises the western half of the Covered Wagon Scout Ranch, is located approximately three miles northeast of Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska. It has been Mid-America Council's principal long-term Boy Scout resident camp since 1939. Cedars consists of 360 acres of wooded hills and meadows on the bluffs overlooking the south bank of the Platte River.

Camp Cedars features a heated pool with a shower house, accessible to the physically challenged; air-conditioned HunTel Systems dining hall, seating over 500; the Bates Amphitheater with space for over 1,000 campers; a shooting sports facility featuring the Protzman Arena and a the Scott Family Shotgun Range; and the Dixon Family Nature Center.

Other facilities include the Smith Administration Building, Scott Director's Cabin, Karp Pavilion, Rotary Shelter, and Millard Resource Center.

Twelve campsites provide 264 permanent tent platforms, including the Armstrong McDonald wheelchair-accessible campsite, for Scouts and leaders.

Camp Cedars also boasts the premier Challenging Outdoor Program Experience (COPE) in the mid-west and a lake for canoeing, rowing and fishing. Thanks to Roger Pentzien, our lake was dredged in 2000 and restocked with several species of fish. Camp Cedars also features a rappelling tower, 60-feet high, with climbing walls - the highest tower in the BSA!

The Haddix Trading Post and Scott Storm Shelter
2012 marked the beginning of a strategic journey. We opened the Haddix Trading Post and the Scott Storm Shelter, in case of inclement weather. The facility includes a health lodge and command center ensuring we are prepared for anything that comes our way.

Ranger Notes

If your unit is interested in providing service hours during your stay in camp, please contact Ranger Curt White (402-301-3750) prior to your visit.

Should you need to adjust your reservation, please contact Scouter Services at 402-431-9272.

Directions to Camp
From Omaha: From US 275, turn onto NE 64 at Valley.
Follow NE 64 to US 77.
Turn north (right) on US 77 to NE 109 (just south of the Platte River).
Turn left (west) on NE 109 and go about 5 miles.
At the sign for Camps Cedars and Eagle turn right onto County Road 15. Follow signs.

From Lincoln: Follow US 77 north through Wahoo and Mead to NE 109 (just south of the Platte River).
Turn left (west) on NE 109 and go about 5 miles.
At the sign for Camps Cedars and Eagle turn right onto County Road 15. Follow signs.

From North: Follow US 77 south through Fremont to NE 109 (just south of the Platte River).
Turn right (west) on NE 109 and go about 5 miles.
At the sign for Camp Cedars and Eagle turn right onto County Road 15. Follow signs
2898 Tom Lee Rd
Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska 68015

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Camp Use Policy Back to Top
  1. Reservations
    • Accepted on a first come, first-served basis.
    • All reservations must be pre-paid for any facilities used.
    • Reservations for campsites/non-building will be paid on a per-person basis, at arrival.
  2. Cancellations
    • Fees are non-refundable.
    • No-shows forfeit all fees paid or will be invoiced for fees not yet paid.
  3. Leadership:  Two-deep leadership is required for any outing, regardless of whether it is on or off Council-owned property, or regular meeting locations. All registered adult leaders must have completed Youth Protection Training. At least 2 adults must accompany all youth groups and be in attendance at all times during their stay. One adult must be at least 21 years of age; the second must be at least 18 years of age. For Scout groups, at least one adult must be registered with the BSA and be Youth Protection Trained, the other may be a parent.
  4. Health & Accident Insurance:  The Mid-America Council has purchased the National BSA Council Accident & Sickness Plan, which covers Mid-America Council registered Pack, Troop and/or Crew members for both accident and illnesses; which manifest themselves during participation in Boy Scout activities. All other groups/individuals reserving camp will not be covered by this plan.
  5. Liability Insurance:  Non-BSA groups must provide a certificate of liability insurance with policy limits of at least one million dollars ($1,000,000), naming the Mid-America Council and the BSA as a co-insured.
  6. Hold-Harmless:  For non-Scout groups, I understand that participation in camping activities involve certain degrees of risk. I have carefully considered the risk involved and have given consent for myself and/or my child to participate in these activities. I understand that participation in these activities is entirely voluntary and requires participants to abide by applicable rules and standards of conduct. I release, hold harmless and agree to indemnify the Boy Scouts of America, the local council, the activity coordinators and all employees, volunteers, related parties or other organizations associated with the activity from any and all claims or liability arising out of this participation. I have required the participants in my group to agree to these standards as well.
  7. Restricted Activities:  No alcohol, illegal drugs, firearms, fireworks or pets are allowed on Mid-America Council Camp properties. Snowmobiles, motorcycles and horseback riding are not permitted. Individuals or groups in violation may be asked to leave camp without refund of fees. A camping area is designated by a latrine and a fire ring. Camping is permitted only in camping areas. Fires of any kind are permitted only inside a fire ring.
  8. Smoking:  Smoking is prohibited at our camps.  This includes vaping and other tobacco products.
  9. Motorized Vehicles:  All motorized vehicles must remain on designated camp roads, parking only in designated areas, and are subject to other restrictions due to season or activity.  Personal ATVs, golf carts, and motorized scooters are not permitted on camp property.
  10. Firewood:  To help prevent the spread of invasive species, specifically Emerald Ash Borer, outside firewood is not permitted at our camps.  Each camp has plenty of firewood available at no cost.
  11. Pets:  Pets are prohibited and should not be brought to camp.
  12. Fishing:  Fishing is available, and abundant, at the lakefronts at Camp Cedars, Camp Eagle, and Little Sioux Scout Ranch.  Fishing permits are not necessary while staying in camp.  Catch & release regulations will follow those set by Nebraska Game & Parks (for Camps Cedars and Eagle) and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (for Little Sioux Scout Ranch).
  13. Damages and Clean-up:  The unit or organization is responsible for all clean up and damages. Repairs and necessary cleaning will be charged to the unit. Report all needed repairs to the Ranger immediately.
  14. Building Usage:  Camping/sleeping in buildings, not intended for that purpose, is not permitted.
  15. Check-in/Check-out:  All units must check-in and out with the Camp Ranger or Campmaster. Daily use of facilities are from 4pm of the day of rental to 11am the following day.  Weekend check-in is after 4pm on Friday afternoon, and checkout before 11am on Sundays. Some program facilities may have specific check-in/out times based on your reservation.
  16. Annual Health & Medical Records:  All units must be in possession of medical forms for each of their youth and adults on site for any amount of time.  For day use or weekend camping, only parts A & B are necessary to have for each person.
  17. Canoe Rental:  Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense Plans must be used and certified aquatics personnel must be in attendance for this activity. For swimming and boating activities, both must be supervised by a mature and conscientious adult age 21 or older who understands and knowingly accepts responsibility for the well-being and safety of youth members in his or her care. The supervisory adult must also be trained and committed to the nine points of BSA Safety Afloat and/or the eight points of Safe Swim Defense.

Non-adherance to any of the above camp policies may result in the dismissal of the entire group by the Camp Ranger or designee.

Check In Procedure Back to Top

All units must check-in with Camp Ranger Curt White (402-301-3750) or Campmasters upon arrival at camp.

Check Out Procedure Back to Top

All units must check-out with Camp Ranger Curt White (402-301-3750) or Campmasters.

Cancellation Policy Back to Top


  • All fees are non-refundable.
  • No-shows forfeit all fees paid and will be invoiced for any fees not yet paid.
  • Reservations may be rescheduled once if notified more than 30 days in advance.  Rescheduled dates must be within 12 months of original reservation.
  • Full refunds will only be granted in the event of the camp being closed for any reason.
Cleaning Policy Back to Top

Damages and Clean-up

A Scout is clean and respectful.  Facilities used at camp should be left as they were found or better.  Your group is responsible, and will be charged, for any damages.  Report all needed repairs to the Camp Ranger or Campmaster immediately.