Winnebago Council

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Winnebago Council
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Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Waterloo, Iowa
Country United States
Council Commissioner Daniel King
Scout Executive Todd Wordel
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The Winnebago Council is a council of the Boy Scouts of America (#173). The Winnebago Council serves all Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, adult volunteers and Venturers in 17 counties located in North Central Iowa.


The council is administratively divided into districts:

  • Lakeland
  • River Valley
  • Twin Rivers


The Winnebago Council owns and operates two camps — Camp Ingawanis in Waverly, Iowa and the Winnebago Scout Reservation near Marble Rock, Iowa.

Camp Ingawanis[edit]

Operating since 1924, Camp Ingawanis has 11 horses, and boasts about being one of the few Boy Scout camps in the nation to have an extensive equestrian program. The camp also has direct access to the Cedar River, following winding trails through the rolling hills. The facilities are open year-around, available for Scout units and other organizations to use.[1]

Winnebago Scout Reservation[edit]

The Winnebago Scout Reservation was a year-round camping facility that is home to the Winnebago Council's Cub Scouts. The camp held Boy Scout Camporees in the Spring and Fall and many other Cub Scout and Boy Scout activities throughout the year.

The Winnebago Scout Reservation boasted several heated and unheated sleeping cabins that are available year-round, themed campsites with permanent picnic shelters, and many other facilities including: a large dining hall and kitchen, director's lodge building, activity building, heated swimming Pool, shower facilities, BB gun range, archery range, obstacle course, nature building, hiking/biking/skiing trails, mountain bikes, cross country skis and snowshoes.[2] Campsites were given different themes including Native American teepees, covered wagons, mountain man cabins, a Gold Rush town, a fort, and a Hobbit village.


In 1954 the Winnebago Boy Scout council decided to close down Camp Roosevelt due mainly to its small size. It was determined at that time that a new property should be purchased to replace the camp. In 1956 the council executive board met in Marble Rock, IA and voted to establish a new Scout Reservation in the area. They originally purchased 336 acres (136 ha), with an additional 18 acres (7.3 ha) purchased in 1959. The camp was utilized by Scouts for the first time in late 1956. Construction took off in 1957 with a large effort to plant trees in what had been farm fields. Winnebago Scout Reservation began to take shape and Camp Roosevelt was finally closed in 1958. Summer camp took place at the completed Winnebago Scout Reservation for the first time in the summer of 1959 with over 900 Scouts in attendance.[3] Due to decreased attendance and budgetary difficulties, the Winnebago Scout Reservation was sold to the Floyd County Conservation Board in 2012 and repurposed into the Tosanak Recreation Area.[4]

Sac-N-Fox Lodge[edit]

Sac-N-Fox Lodge
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Location Waterloo, Iowa
Founded 1972
Lodge Chief Brandon Nelson
Lodge Adviser Bruce Merfield
Lodge Staff Adviser Tim Cook

The Order of the Arrow Scouting's national honor society is represented in the Winnebago Council by the Sac-N-Fox Lodge. The lodge is administratively divided into chapters corresponding to the council's districts. The Sac-N-Fox Lodge is part of Section C-3A, in the Central Region.


The Sac-N-Fox Lodge #108 arose out of the merger of the Wakosha Lodge #108 based in Waterloo, Iowa and the Aiaouez Lodge #473 based in Mason City, Iowa. The name was chosen to pay tribute to the Indian tribes that once inhabited the area.

The merger of the two lodges was discussed at a mutual Father-son Aiaouez and Wakosha Lodge Winter Banquet on December 19, 1971, and the merger took place at the time when the two respective councils merged in 1972.

Lodge Flap[edit]

The Sac-N-Fox Lodge flap was designed by Gary Stattler, The fleur-de-lis symbolizes our ties to the Boy Scouts of America and the W.W.W. shows our ties to the Order of the Arrow. The council fire in the center of the patch is our lodge's totem, and the two Indians in the patch are exchanging the peace pipe, the symbol of our council. The thunderbird and the fox head in the patch depict the totems of the Wakosha and Aiaouez Lodges.[5]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Order of the Arrow