Nearly $2K raised for scout camp projects

Local supporters of the Eagle Scouts attended a chili networking event Thursday night and donated to two Boy Scout camp programs.

Eagle Scouts, friends and family of Eagle Scouts gave a $100 donation that will go towards climbing ropes, mountain bikes and helmets for Camp Mitigwa, a summer camp.

“It takes money to fund things and keep camps up to date,” said Doug Butler, Tamaha district finance chair. “We very much appreciate what you’ve done.”

Additional donations for the programs were also generated.

Currently, 760 scouts are in the Tamaha district that covers Marshall, Tama and Hardin counties.

“The impact locally is to keep strong scouting programs going here in Marshalltown and Marshall County,” Butler said. “We need a strong summer camp.”

Ryan Alfred, Tamaha District executive, said the camp helps build character.

“When kids go to summer camp that’s when the scouting program comes alive,” Alfred said. “That’s when they’re going to see the most growth when they go outdoors and character development.”

Jonathan Kirner, 18, is an Eagle Scout who attended the event.

“I think it’s great they donated,” Kirner said. “The climbing tower always needs replacement so that will be nice.”

Rogers Anders said he donated because his son is an Eagle Scout.

“Scouts is an incredibly wonderful program for the youth,” Anders said. “It was a great thing for our son.”

Les and Bev Risius also have a son that is an Eagle Scout.

“We just want to that same opportunity be offered to other scouts,” Bev said.

The fundraising goal of the Tamaha District is $3,000.

Anyone else interested in donating can send a check to Mid-Iowa Council Doug Butler, 903 W. Southridge Rd., Marshalltown, IA 50158.