Bergeson named Scoutmaster of Year

Webster City’s own Boy Scout leader Dave Bergeson was surprised and humbled Sunday evening at the Broken Arrow District’s annual Recognition Dinner held in Ames. Bergeson was selected by his peers as Scoutmaster of the Year for his outstanding service to the youth of Webster City’s Boy Scout Troop 17 and service to Iowa’s Broken Arrow District overall.

Bergeson has served as Scoutmaster for Webster City’s Troop 17 for the past three years. Prior to taking on this role, he was Cubmaster for Packs 585 and 583 for more than a decade. Membership numbers are at an all time high for Troop 17 and the troop has had three young men who have earned their Eagle Scout awards in the past year alone. The Eagle Scout award is the highest award achievable in the scouting organization.

“We have a great group of kids,” Bergeson said. “Earning an honor like this is very humbling but it’s not done alone. “

“There are many incredibly supportive parents and others who volunteer hours of their time and talents to help our events happen, as well as my other half, Shelly. Yes, it does take a lot of time and planning but we all do it because we strongly believe in the values Scouting teaches and want to make a positive difference,” Bergeson said. “The real honor is to work with such a great group of dedicated people.”

The Mid Iowa Council’s Broken Arrow District encompasses troops in 23 cities.