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Scouting is thriving in north central Iowa

April 29, 2014

The Messenger
April 27, 2014

There are currently 15 Cub Scout Packs and eight Boy Scout Troops in Twin Lakes District, which serves more than 500 Scouts and 200 adult volunteer leaders in Kossuth, Humboldt, Webster, Pocahontas, Calhoun and Sac counties in Iowa.

Scouting is a year-round program that encourages ethical decision-making skills, emphasizes leadership, character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.

Cub Scouting is a family and home-centered program made up of boys in first through fifth grades.

Boy Scouting is for boys age 11 through 17 designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster.

Last year, in the Twin Lakes District:

  • Three young men earned the rank of Eagle Scout
  • 22 Cub Scouts earned the Arrow of Light Cub Scouting’s highest award
  • Seven of nine Boy Scout troops attended Summer Camp
  • 297 merit badges were earned. (The top three earned were archery, nuclear science and swimming)
  • 142 Scouts and adults attended a fun-filled weekend at Fall Camporee
  • 186 new boys and their families join Cub Scouts last fall

In Fort Dodge, there are:

  • Three Cub Scout Packs with 180 boys
  • Three Boy Scout Troops with 41 young men
  • Nine Arrow of Light awards were earned
  • 116 Merit Badges were earned
  • 72 New Cub Scouts were recruited into the program
  • 28 elementary school-aged boys benefited from the Cub Scout program at the Butler Blast! after-school program

Recently, Scout families participated in the District Pinewood Derby held on March 30 at Iowa Central Community College. More than 70 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, siblings and parents participated in the annual event.

Numerous hours of service are given back to the community each year, including the annual Scouting for Food initiative. In April, more than 200 Scouts, volunteers and family members participated in collecting 5,000 items of food, which was distributed to food pantries throughout the District.

A Cub Scout Day Camp is being planned for July 24-28 at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Activities planned around the Knights of the Roundtable theme will include archery, B.B. gun and wrist rocket range, fishing, nature and astronomy. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Linda Ayers.

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The Twin Lakes District is one of 11 Districts making up the Mid-America Council. The Council has a strong tradition as one of the nation’s premier Scout Councils. Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has instilled timeless values of character, citizenship and leadership in each young man and woman who has entered the Scouting program. The Mid-America Council continues this tradition through educational based skills and activities. Currently, there are over 20,000 Scouts and 7,000 volunteer leaders.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council, is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout oath and law.

The Council supports local leadership by providing the following:

  • Program support and enhancement: leadership training programs, recruiting materials, activities, registration systems, websites, newsletters, etc
  • Financial assistance: registration, uniforming and campership assistance for low-income families, support of afterschool programming
  • Facilities: council offices and supply stores, camp properties
  • Administrative support: record keeping, staffing, advancement reporting, printing, etc.

Linda Ayers joined the Mid-America Council as district executive for the Twin Lakes District in January.

Fact Box

Meet Linda Ayers

Ayers graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in marketing. She has served as a marketing director in the engineering and manufacturing sectors and executive director of two nonprofit organizations.

Ayers grew up in Webster City. She said she is happy to return to the area after raising her three children in northwest Iowa. She has a daughter, Bethany from Des Moines, and two sons, Russell of Coralville and Ryan of Ames. Both of her sons are Eagle Scouts.

Prior to adding Professional Scouter to her resume, she was very active as a volunteer for the Mid-America Council. Ayers served as the Council recruiting chair, War Eagle District membership chair, and Pack and Troop Committee chair. She earned the District Award of Merit and the American Legion of Iowa Adult Boy Scouter of the Year awards.

Growing the Scouting program in the area is Ayers’ main goal. She provides leadership and direction to Scout leaders to assist in building programs and activities for youths.

As a Scout parent, and now as a Scouting Professional, Ayers has seen firsthand the benefits of the program that trains tomorrow’s leaders to be conscientious, responsible, and productive members of society.

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