Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Council trying to trim deficit

DES MOINES (AP) — The Mid-Iowa Council of Boy Scouts in Des Moines has cut back spending because of its $356,000 deficit.

The Des Moines Register reports that heavy borrowing has led to the operating budget deficit.

The council’s top executive, Robert Hopper, says the council has eliminated positions and taken other tough steps to get out of debt by the end of the year.

The borrowing included money to make improvements in Scout facilities, including a new dining hall at 90-year-old Camp Mitigwa, north of Madrid.

In 2010, the council raised more than $3 million to help build a new headquarters in Des Moines, but the money has been set aside for construction.