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  • Council President Kyle Kietzmann and Area Director Mike McCarthy have announced the selection of Steve Adams as the Special Position Professional (Interim Scout Executive) for the Prairielands Council. In this role, Steve will serve as the lead Scouting professional guiding the council thru to the completion of the Council’s Conditional Charter over the coming months. At the completion of the Conditional Charter, Steve will be one of several candidates considered for the formal Scout Executive selection process.


    Steve has 32 years of Professional Scouting experience which began in 1984 as a District Executive in Pontiac Michigan. He continued in Pontiac Michigan as a District Director and was then assumed the role of National Sales Representative for the National Supply Division of the Boy Scouts of America. Next, Steve served as a District Director in Cincinnati, Ohio before being promoted to Camping Director for the Orange County Council in Costa Mesa, California. Steve then began 16 years of service to the Chicago Council as the Director of Camping, Senior Development Director, Director of Support Services and he currently serves as the Assistant Director of Support Services with the newly formed Pathways to Adventure Council in Chicago, Illinois.


    Steve will begin in this assignment on Monday, August 1, 2016. He will serve as the lead professional (Interim-Scout Executive) working in partnership with the board to lead the council through the Conditional Charter. He will report to the Council Board through the Council President. Steve looks forward to relocating to the Prairielands Council in the next two months and he will be responsible for the day to day operations of the Council. Mike McCarthy will work closely with Steve and have weekly visits to ensure the council has the necessary support for success.


    Steve is an Eagle Scout who enjoys genealogy and spectator sports. 


    Please join us in congratulating Steve as he leads the Prairielands Council to new levels of success.


  • New Store Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Effective August 1, 2016


    The Scout Shop will no longer open on Saturdays due to low sales volume.  We have looked at sales numbers for Saturdays and it does not justify the extra expense in salaries to have the office open.


    We will, however, be open on Saturday, September 10, 2016 to support new Scout families and Show & Deliver popcorn order deadline.


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