BOONE, Iowa – Leaders at a camp that houses more than 3,000 Boy Scouts near Boone said that they want to upgrade their facilities.
Camp Mitigwa, located near Boone, serves as a home to more than 3,000 scouts and 90 staff members for five weeks this summer. This season marks the camp’s 91st.
Scouts get to take part in fun activities, while learning to become leaders of the future.
“You rarely hear an Eagle Scout goes on a crime spree,” said Charles Vonderheid, Field Service Director for the Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America. “We’re the preeminent leadership training skills for youth. We help them to make ethical choices.”
Other activities at the camp include wall climbing, zip lining and bow and arrow shooting.
The camp has changed many times and grown over it’s 91 seasons. Now the leaders of the camp are looking to upgrade some of the amenities. Camp Director Todd Eipperle said the camp would like to build another lake, a BMX bike trail and add more zip lines.
Another need is for storm shelters. Eipperle said they hope to build FEMA approved tornado shelters into the side of some of the ravines near the Des Moines River. They would put program shelters on top of the concrete tornado shelters.
At this point camp leaders are still planning and fundraising before the shelters can be built.