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Pre-2005 15 Passenger Vans Prohibition
Thursday, February 26, 2015 :: 211 Views

Effective September 1, 2015, the use of 15-passenger vans manufactured before 2005 will no longer be allowed in connection with Scouting programs and activities and will no longer be covered under BSA liability insurance. Any 2005 or later 15-passenger vans may be used if equipped with Electronic Stability Control and seat belts for all passengers as well as the driver. This applies to all vehicles, regardless of ownership.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has determined that 15-passenger vans with 10 or more occupants had a rollover rate nearly three times that of one carrying fewer than five passengers. A major factor was the high center of gravity of the vehicle when loaded.

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Mitigwa Future Forest Program - Phase 2
Monday, February 02, 2015 :: 321 Views
Camp Mitigwa is pleased to announce Phase 2 of its Future Forest Program. Mitigwa's forested ridges, camp sites, and trails have been serving up memorable experiences for Scouts and Scouters for more than 90 years. Many of the camp’s trees were already mature when the camp was new, but, even trees eventually grow old. Old trees can become unsafe around buildings and campsites and need to be replaced. Newly developed areas of camp need to have trees planted to add shade, increase beauty, provide wind protection, and improve wildlife habitat. The Future Forest Program is planned as a long-term effort to meet those needs and insure that Mitigwa's forests and landscape trees remain safe, healthy, and beautiful. 

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Scouting Program Changes
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 :: 577 Views
As you may know, there are many changes coming in Scouting during the next two years, including a complete overhaul of the Cub Scout advancement program. There are official Scouting websites that provide details of the upcoming changes in the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs during 2015-2016

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Mid-Iowa Council Presents a Railroad Merit Badge Camporee
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 :: 871 Views
Mid-Iowa Council presents a Railroad Merit Badge Camporee, May 8-10, 2015. This will be a council-wide Spring Camporee for 2015. This event will provide a program similar to the Railroad Merit Badge Program presented at the National Jamboree over the last 18 years. Several of our program staff have served at National events in the past and have been part of our events as well. We have provided this program at similar events over the last 16 years.

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Peace Light of Bethlehem to arrive at the Maytag Scout Center on December 15, 2014 at 11:30 am
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 :: 379 Views
On December 15, 2014 the Peace Light of Bethlehem will arrive at the Maytag Scout Center. It will stay here, and at Iowa Religious Media Services in Urbandale, through December 23.  Your unit can “fetch the light” and share it with your community. What is the Peace Light?

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Mid-Iowa Council and Mid-Iowa Scout Shop will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.  Click here to view our holiday closing schedule.


Merit Badge Counselor Renewal Time!

This is the time to renew your registration as a Merit Badge Counselor.  Click here to learn about the Merit Badge Counselor program and to renew your information.  If you are not currently registered with the Boy Scouts, please complete the BSA Adult Membership Application using position code 42 and then click here to complete Youth Protection Training.  There is no cost to be a Merit Badge Counselor.


Summer Camp Registration

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Summer Camp Merchandise


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Council-Wide Training

Every Scout deserves a TRAINED Leader.  Learn more about training opportunities being offered this spring.  Click here to view our Council Training Events page.


Wood Badge Training 2015

Wood Badge Training registration is now available!  Please visit the Wood Badge page (click here) to find out about this premier training opportunity only available every other year.