June 2018 Edition | www.midiowacouncilbsa.org
Mid-Iowa Council's New CEO

Matt Hill

Stephen Austin University
Eagle Scout

District Executive, Finance Director, Field Director – Anchorage, AK
Director of Field Service – Honolulu, HI
Scout Executive – Eau Claire, WI
Deputy Scout Executive – Heart of America Council, Kansas City, MO

2018 School Night for Scouting | Mid-Iowa Council 177

Cub Scout Pack's Role in School Night: * Assign a pack School Night Representative to communicate with the district School Night Team * Coordinate with the district leadership which elementary school the pack will participate in at School Night * ...

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Philmont Scout Ranch Fires
At this time, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all backcountry treks that were scheduled to take place in the Philmont backcountry from June 8 – July 14, 2018. We hope that back country treks may resume after July 14, 2018 with altered itineraries, assuming the back country is safe and infrastructure is restored.
Additionally, programs scheduled to take place at Philmont Training Center will also be canceled through June 23, 2018. The Philmont Training Center expects to welcome back participants beginning with Philmont Family Adventure on June 24, 2018.

For full program announcement and updated information, please click below.

Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America's largest national High Adventure Base. It covers 140,177 acres of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) range of the Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico.

Philmont Scout Ranch operates 35 staffed camps and 55 trail camps. Philmont has high mountains with rough terrain and elevations that range from 6,500 to 12,441 feet.
Come Check out what's new at
Camp Akela!
This year, Camp Akela has unbelievable fun waiting for Cub Scout aged boys and girls as well as their parents, den, and pack leaders. Depending on your age group you will shoot BB guns, bows and arrows and wrist rockets. You will hike, swim, fish and visit the “You Can Do It” village of the 1900s. 
Then comes the highlight of your 2018 camp adventure. Thanks to our corporate sponsor, Mercedes of Des Moines, you will have the opportunity to race pedal cars on the Camp Akela Speedway. These cars will provide tons of fun as you wiz around the oval track made especially for you. Mom and Dad might even get an opportunity to try their hand at driving the oval track as well!
Come join the fun on the Hills above the River this summer…. hurry up and get registered, spaces are filling fast.

Uncle Bade's Popcorn

Uncle Bade was a great mentor to a generation of Iowa boys. He was a wonderful storyteller and instructor in Native American lore - especially adept at chipping arrowheads. However, Uncle Bade was best remembered by Scouts for teaching life...

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Twin Rivers Twilight Camp

Session 1: July 23-27 For all Cub Scout ranks Session 2: July 30-August 3 For all Cub Scout ranks Monday-Friday 5:30 PM-9:00 PM Maytag Scout Center (Des Moines, IA) Cost: Youth fee is $55 LIONS/TIGERS MUST HAVE AN ADULT PARTNER ATTEND THE ENTIRE...

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Do you have Scouts who cannot attend Summer Camp with your Troop?
To help assure that every scout in Mid-Iowa Council has an opportunity to attend summer camp, Mid-Iowa Council is offering a Provisional Troop experience the fifth week of Boy Scout camp at Camp Mitigwa. Lead by experienced Scouters from the Council. To register your Scouts, go to

2018 NYLT Course

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action packed program designed to provide Troops and Crews, age 13-20 with leadership skills.

Camp Mitigwa on July 29 th to August 4 th
Camp Akela invites you to Explore the Wizarding World!

New for 2018 is our Family Camp. Programs and advancement for your Cub Scouts as well as adventures for their siblings and parents.  

Check it all out below.
Adult Adventure Weekend - The Summit Bechtel Reserve

Registered Adults! Summit Bechtel Reserve has a great deal for you, a weekend where you can become a Scout! Enjoy shooting sports, zip lines, climbing, 3D archery, mountain bikes, water activities, rafting, hiking, fishing…. June 20 – 24. $295

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Sign-Up to Sell Popcorn this Fall
The Popcorn Sale has supported Scouting in Mid-Iowa Council since 1983. The Popcorn Sale provides financial support for all Mid-Iowa Council Scouts! This includes everything from paying for unit needs like program materials, badges, and camp fees, to council expenses for camping facilities, training, staff support, and insurance.

The Popcorn Sale is the best way for units to support their Ideal Year of Scouting and help youth learn valuable life skills while earning great profits and prizes! 

Popcorn rally dates for each district are:
July 12th- Woodland Trails
August 9th- Twin Rivers
August 14th- Prairie Winds

Fareway Partner Cards
Thank you for volunteering your time and talents to mentor our youth. Your commitment to community is appreciated.

Fareway and Scouting have many similarities including putting family first, working hard and being thrifty.

These similarities made the “Partner Card” a possibility. As a preferred partner of Mid-Iowa Council, we encourage you to shop Fareway for snacks, party supplies,food for ceremonies, and your adventurous camp outs.

Our organizations are committed to helping you
make Scouting more impactful for our youth.
Each Fareway store has different ways they can help your Scouting unit. Fareway encourages units to reach out to your local stores to discuss discounts, product donations, or other ways Fareway might be able to help your program.
Thank you to all our volunteers and Fareway for making a difference. 

Pick your cards up at the Maytag Scout Center or at your next District meeting!

The commissioner is a friend of the unit. Of all their roles, this one is the most important. It springs from the attitude, "I care, I am here to help, what can I do for you?" Caring is the ingredient that makes commissioner service successful. He or she is an advocate of unit needs. MORE...

Order of the Arrow

National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) 2018 July 30-August 4, 2018 Indiana University in Bloomington, IN

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Scouting provides a wealth of opportunity for exciting outdoor adventures. Scouts and leaders should understand and implement appropriate SUN SAFETY measures that may help to prevent injury or other bodily harm.
More than 135 merit badges are offered by the Boy Scouts of America. At least 47 of them involve outdoor activities with potential for sun exposure. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is commonly diagnosed in teens and young adults. Huntsman Cancer Institute wants Scouts to know that skin cancer is largely preventable. Prevention starts at an early age and is an important component in outdoor Scouting activities. 
World Jamboree 2019

July 22—August 2, 2019, this World Jamboree experience will bring together nearly 40,000 Scouts and Scouters from the entire World to build friendships and share common experiences. This is only the second time the World Jamboree has been held in the United States. Don’t miss this experience. There is still a limited amount of time to sign up as a youth participant (ages 14-18, both male and female), adult leader, or as a staff participant.

Details about the 2019 World Jamboree and how to apply can be found at http://www.2019WSJ.org.

2019 Philmont Contingent Registration Now Open!
Mid-Iowa Council’s annual Philmont Contingent for 2019 is open for registrations. We plan to include over 50 Scouts and Adult Advisors in our 2019 Expedition. We will organize those participants into five crews of 10-12 Scouts. Each crew will make their own choice of 35 available itineraries. This opportunity is open to individual Scouts or unit crews. At this time, we are just under half full. ACT NOW! 
Our 2019 departure date is July 20th with return on August 3rd. Cost for the trip is estimated at $1,320.00.
If you have Scouts looking for a real adventure in the mountains of New Mexico, let us know! Our reservation must be confirmed by May 1, 2018.

Contact Chuck Jordal for additional information. 
cjordal@raccoon.com or (515)279-8746
Youth Protection
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides ...

Welcome to the Eagle's Nest
Congratulations to the May 2018 Eagle Scout class
Boy Scout Summer Camp at Camp Mitigwa | See you there!

Don't miss this summer's new programs and expanded merit badge work! Mitigwa is calling, can you smell the smoke?

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Cub Scout Summer Camp | Get Signed Up Today!

Cub Scout Camp at Camp Akela provides the opportunities for a Scout to try hiking, boating, outdoor skills, field sports, shooting sports, rafts, swimming, woodworking, nature studies, and campfires; these are just some of the activities the...

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This page is found on Mid-Iowa Council's Website and is updated with community events offered to your Scouting units.
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