6123 SCOUT TRAIL
DES MOINES, IOWA 50321
Robert Hopper, Director
The highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America is Eagle Scout. The Mid-Iowa Council awards nearly 160 of this prestigious award a year in the 27 county area the council serves. This represents nearly 19,717 hours of community service. In addition Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing Crews provide an additional 50,000 hours of community service.
Through a variety of practical experiences, young people are afforded the opportunity to learn about teamwork and leadership. No matter whether these young people were followers or leaders, it almost always meant working with others.
Scouting builds confidence, self-esteem, and self-reliance, through encouragement, recognition and exposure to challenging new experiences. No other program offers the combination of training and real-life experiences that scouting does to build decision-making skills, initiative, social skills, and respect.
Positive Role Models:
In 2000, eight out of ten children in the United States were living in a single-parent home. Scouting provides its members with vital influences of caring, responsible volunteers whose guidance and friendship are essential to their development. The informal, fun environment of scouting helps youth form meaningful relationships with adults.