Chariton Rotary hears update on Boy Scout program from District Director Mike O'Connor

Mike O’Connor, the Woodland Trails District, District Director for the Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America speaks at the Rotary Club of Chariton’s meeting this past Friday afternoon.

The Eagles were really flying in Southern Iowa last year, according to Mike O’Connor, District Director for the Mid-Iowa Council of Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

O’Connor reported to the Rotary Club of Chariton on Aug. 9 that 163 Boy Scouts achieved the Eagle Scout Badge last year. That badge is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Scouting program. Sixteen of those Scouts were in the Woodland Trails District, of which Chariton is a part. O’Connor said nearly 13,760 youth were served by the organization in 2018. Those scouts provided 72,789 hours of community service to others.

While participation in youth activities is down across the country, the Mid-Iowa Council reported membership growth in seven of the last eight years. Woodland Trails District has seen membership growth in each of the past two years. The youth retention rate is an impressive 73 percent.

Read the August 13, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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