Pre-2005 15 Passenger Vans Prohibition
Thursday, February 26, 2015 :: 132 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.


Mitigwa Future Forest Program - Phase 2
Monday, February 02, 2015 :: 236 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. 


Scouting Program Changes
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 :: 468 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


Mid-Iowa Council Presents a Railroad Merit Badge Camporee
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 :: 635 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.


Peace Light of Bethlehem to arrive at the Maytag Scout Center on December 15, 2014 at 11:30 am
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 :: 306 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?


Council Hot Topics

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.

Doubleknot Upgrade Rescheduled to April 17, 2015 - NEW DATE

Doubleknot's significant upgrade of their servers and network infrastructure has been rescheduled to Friday, April 17 from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM. Click here for more information.

2015 Program Planning Fairs

The Program Planning Fair highlights the next year's program changes.  You will have a chance to talk with the chairs of events, training, membership, and more.  Each unit needs to have a representative at this meeting.

Two dates and locations: May 5 at Maytag Scout Center OR May 7 at Sprint Car Hall of Fame.  Click here for more information and location addresses.

Camp Card Accounts Must Be Balanced by April 15

Good work on your Camp Card sales!  Our goal: every Scout earns his/her way to camp!  Accounts must be balanced by April 15.

Summer Camp Registration

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Akela Summer Camp Web Page
Cub Scout Overnighter, Bear Camp, Webelos Camp.  
Mitigwa Summer Camp Web Page
Only a handful of campsites are left for Mitigwa 2015.  Sign up today!

Summer Camp Merchandise

Click here to explore your Camp Merchandise options!

Council Spring Camporee 

We've been working on the railroad . . . Camporee, that is!  Join us at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Boone May 8 - 10 for the Railroad Merit Badge Camporee.  Click here to register online!

Good Turn for Goodwill

Mid-Iowa Council will be doing a council-wide service project to benefit our communities.  Click here for more information and to register.


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.

Boy Scout "Prepared.  For Life." Iowa license plate now available!

Click here to learn more and to apply for your official BSA Iowa license plate!  We must have 500 applications before the plates will be made.  Add your application to the stack and help us reach our minimum order!

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.