Mesquakie District Committee

The District Committee meets the first Thursday of the month at 6:00PM at the DeWitt Community Center

If you are interested in being a part of the District Committee or would like more information please contact  the District Chairman below.

District Key 3

The District Key 3 consists of the district chairman, district commissioner, and district executive.  These three crucial positions work together to define and serve the needs of the district.



District Chairman

A District Chairman leads the District and does the following:

- Identify and recruit enough of the right people as operating committee chairman

- Initiate plans and help committee chairman recruit an adequate number of members to carry out the functions of the district

- Plan (with the District Executive) and preside at District Committee meetings

- Work with the District Commissioner and District Executive to stimulate and to coordinate the work of the District, to ensure the success of the Scouting units

- In cooperation with the District Executive, ensure the completion of District Goals

- Represent the District on the Council Executive Board, once elected

- Recognize individuals, committees, and chartered organizations for their scouting accomplishments

- Support local and national Scouting policy, procedures, and practices

- Help secure support for Scouting from top community leaders throughout the District

- Annually appoint a district nominating committee to select nominees for district officers and district members at large


Bryce Albrechtsen



District Commissioner

- Identify and recruit enough of the right people as commissioners so that all Scouting units in the district receive regular, helpful service

- Train members of the commissioner staff

- Supervise and motivate unit commissioners to visit each unit regularly, identify unit needs, and make plans to meet unit needs

- Administer the annual commissioner service plan, which gives specific purposes for commissioner contact with units at designated times of the year

- Oversee the unit charter renewal plan so that each unit reregisters on time and with optimum membership

- Guide roundtable commissioners to ensure that monthly roundtables are well-attended, and provide practical and exciting unit program ideas

- Plan and preside at monthly meetings of the District Commissioner staff

- Work with the District Chairman and District Executive to stimulate and coordinate the work of the district (the District Key 3)

- Help meet District Goals

- Represent the district as a member of the council commissioner cabinet

- Support local and national Scouting policy, procedures, and practices

- Attend district committee meetings to report on conditions of units and to secure specialized help for units

Joe Vance



District Executive

- Provide professional coaching and guidance to unit volunteers

- Provide suggestions and answers to unit leaders with questions about the Boy Scouts of America program

- Maintain regular contact with the heads of Chartered Organizations

- Provide behind-the-scenes administrative skill

- Give inspiration and encouragement to unit and District level volunteers

- Arrange for the Council's office services such as mailings, meeting notices, and support materials

- Recruit District level volunteers to form the District Committee

- Assist District level volunteers in planning and carrying out District events such as training courses and activities



 Zachary Beuthien



District Committee:   


Advancement and Recognition Committee

- Help unit leaders establish and maintain proper advancement procedures in their units

- Monitor rank advancement progress throughout the year and identify those units with little or no advancement that may need special assistance

- Recruit and train an adequate group of merit badge counselors. Publish a current list of merit badge counselors

- Review and approve service project plans submitted by Eagle Scout candidates

- Participate in troop boards of review, or conduct district level boards of review for Eagle Scout candidates

- Consider and act on appeals from Eagle Scout candidates if their troop denies their application or turns them down at the board of review

- Recommend youth members or adult Scouters for special awards and recognition

- Provide physical facilities and experts in advancement fields that are difficult for units to secure


Advancement Committee Chair

Mark Neblung

Camp Promotions and Outdoor Committee

- Promote unit participation in council camping opportunities. 

- Help select leaders and develop programs for District Cub Scout day camp, resident camp, and family camps.

- Work with commissioners to help Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venturing Crews plan and carry out a year-round schedule of camping and outdoor program events.

- Give special guidance on the health and safety concerns of outdoor program activities.

- Promote the use of camperships for members with financial need.

- Working closely with its officers, guide the Order of the Arrow to help promote camping in the district.


Camping Committee Chair

Arnold St John

Training Committee

- Determine who needs training

- Build an annual training program

- Develop plans for specific courses

- Promote courses

- Provide training recognition

- Evaluate training

- Promote fast start training


Training Committee Chair

Joe Vance

Finance Committee

- Obtain and understand the district's portion of funds to be raised toward the council budget

- Organize and carry out a successful Friends of Scouting annual campaign in the district, and meet the goal by the target date

- Assist the council in raising funds toward the "project selling" program

- Promote the council plan for endowment development

- Support and cultivate a cooperative relationship with the local United Way

- Implement council finance policies within the District

- Inform units of unit finance policies

- Support district activities that involve income and expense by assuring proper money management

- Provide recognition to donors along with information on how their dollars helped serve youth


Finance Committee Chair

Nick Vance


Membership Committee

- Organize new Packs, Troops, and Crews

- Recruit and train organizers for units (new and reorganized)

- Cultivate interest of potential Chartered Organizations and community groups

- Work with District Commissioner and District Training staff to provide new units with personnel


Membership Committee Chair

Matt Steenhard


Activities and Civic Service Committee

- Plans a well-balanced schedule of district events, and recruits teams to carry them out

- Decides how scouting can become involved in selected needs and interests of communities in the district.  Helps scouting units take part in community service projects.

- Promotes and assists with the planning of Council events.

- Promotes and carries out the District's share of national events.

- Conducts an annual poll of unit leaders to determine unit needs and wishes for district activities.


Activities Committee Chair

Marc Smith



District Religious Emblems Coordinator

- Serve on Committee with Council RE Coordinator

- Disseminate information at Round Tables and educate units

- Encourage Unit Committees to set goals for the number of Religious Emblems that will be earned each year

- Recruit "Presenters" to make presentations on Religious Emblems on the local level

- Work with clergy of the Chartered Partners

- Post information on the council, district, or unit websites about Religious Emblems Classes being conducted in the District


 Religious Emblems Committee Chair