Iowans who support the Boy Scouts of America may soon be able to show it on their vehicles’ bumpers. The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to offer a Boy Scouts specialty license plate to motorists statewide for a $35 fee.
Bob Hopper, CEO of the Mid-Iowa Council of Boy Scouts, say part of that fee will be help the scouting program. “We’re serving about 45,000 young people in Iowa right now,” Hopper says. “Lots of moms and dads and lots of alumni who have been extraordinarily dedicated to scouting. We just think this is a fun thing and it will provide a little bit of income that will drive back into our scouting program.”
The license plates will feature a red, white and blue Boy Scout logo with the words, “Prepared. For Life.” Hopper says the plates have been in the planning stages for the past few years. “Right now, we’re in the stage where we have to obtain a minimum of 500 paid applications from the entire state,” Hopper says. “Once we cross that threshhold, this will become an official license plate with the Iowa Department of Transportation.”
Orders are now being taken for the license plates. You can get an application at any of the Boy Scout offices in Iowa, by calling Hopper at (515) 266-2135, or by going to the website: www.midiowacouncilbsa.org.
(Reporting by Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City)