The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to provide a program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop physical and mental fitness. Scouting is designed to make a difference in the lives of boys aged 7 through 20. Scouting makes a difference by preparing youth for success as they grow.
Being involved in Scouting for even a few years has a positive influence on the choices youth make and the confidence they gain.
2018 Mid-Iowa Council Holiday Closings
|New Year's||January 1|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Day||January 15|
|President's Day||February 19|
|Good Friday||March 30|
|Memorial Day||May 28|
|Independence Day||July 4|
|Labor Day||September 3|
|Click here to view the Scout Shop's Holiday Closings|
Mid-Iowa Council - A Brief History
Like councils across the nation, the story of Mid-Iowa Council is colorful, filled with rich stories, and flavored with incredible people.
The earliest mention of Scouting in the Central Iowa area appeared in the BSA Report to the Nation in 1911. Not long after, a group of citizens petitioned the National Council and received a charter for a “First Class” council in 1914; it was called simply the Des Moines Council.
Nearby areas also started local councils and Scouting grew. The number of Troops and Scouts enlarged dramatically and the boundaries of councils began to expand and even merge. Camping grounds and camp programs suited just for Scouts began to appear.
The first Camp Mitigwa – Maker of Men - was a temporary camp held just north of Adel, then moved to the Ledges, and finally in 1923 found a permanent home “on the hills above the river” where Scouts have sought and found adventure since.
The Des Moines Council grew into the Des Moines Area Council then began to merge with its neighbors becoming Tall Corn Council and finally merging once again in 1970 creating what we now know as Mid-Iowa Council.
Since then there have been many changes, plus thousands of boys, and a long line of red-jacketed leaders. And throughout we have remained faithful to the ideas and ideals that began it all – a dedication to youth, community, and a better future – tied together with an oath of 40 simple words and a set of life directing laws that number just twelve.
Scouting in Iowa - The Values Endure
A history of the Scouting program in central and southern Iowa.
Advisory Contacts and Staff Contact Information
Click HERE for a list of Advisory Contacts. See below for Staff Contact information:
|Assistant Development Director||Darla Hunzelman||(515) 266-2135|
|Camp Ranger-Camp Mitigwa||Jeff Koenigsfeld||(515) 822-1559|
|Controller||Jedd Moore||(515) 266-2135|
|Development Associate||Jennifer Kramka||(515) 266-2135|
|Development Director||Ben Chiochon||(515) 266-2135|
|Director of Field Service||Charles Vonderheid||(515) 266-2135|
|District Assistant, Twin Rivers||Terri Cutler||(515) 266-2135|
|District Assistant, Woodland Trails||Jessi Milner||(515) 266-2135|
|District Director, Prairie Winds||Eric Thorsbakken||(515) 266-2135|
|District Director, Twin Rivers||Sara Gilbert||(515) 266-2135|
|District Director, Woodland Trails||Michael O'Connor||(515) 266-2135|
|District Executive, Prairie Winds||Zach Tomesch||(515) 266-2135|
|Field Director, Twin Rivers||Todd Eipperle||(515) 266-2135|
|Office Manager / Administrative Assistant||Cindy Day||(515) 266-2135|
|Program Director||Dan Maiers||(515) 266-2135|
|Program Secretary / Webmaster||Theresa McIlhenny||(515) 266-2135|
|Registrar / Customer Service||Randy Rosander||(515) 266-2135|
|Scout Executive/CEO||Robert Hopper||(515) 266-2135|
|Senior Development Director||Scott Walters||(515) 266-2135|
|Support Secretary / Customer Service||Nancy Helland||(515) 266-2135|