Kaw District

District Service Area

The Kaw District serves the counties of Wyandotte, Leavenworth, and northeast Johnson in Kansas and includes the school districts:  Easton; Ft. Leavenworth; Leavenworth; Lansing; Piper; Basehor-Linwood; Tonganoxie; Bonner Springs/Edwardsville; Kansas City Kansas; Turner; and Shawnee Mission. The Kaw District and the Heart of America Council is dedicated to supporting the volunteer Scout leaders as they provide the programs of the Boy Scouts of America to the youth in this area.


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What's New

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills & BALOO Training

The Kaw District Training Team is excited to get back to in-person activities! We will be offering IOLS & BALOO Training on Friday, October 16 - Saturday, October 17 at Camp Naish, Campsite Seaton. The cost for the event is $20 a person. BALOO participants must complete the online BALOO prerequisite at my.scouting.org prior to attending, and must bring proof of completion to the training. Please ensure that you read the information flyer below, and understand that participants will be required to log temperatures a week prior, complete the Part A&B of the health form, and bring the required equipment to attend. The required forms are located on the registration site for download.

IOLS & BALOO Information Flyer

Register Here!

District Adult Recognition Awards

The Kaw District Adult Recognition Award process is now open for 2020! Nominations will be accepted only electronically this year using the Google Forms below. We encourage you to read and familiarize yourself with the available awards that the Kaw District presents its adult volunteers, and select the best option for the leader you are recognizing. The 2020 Kaw District Outstanding Leader Award Nomination Form is used for all awards, except the District Award of Merit. The nominating window will close on Friday, December 4th at 5pm. If you have any questions on the process please contact Matt Thoman.

2020 Kaw District Adult Recognition Award Overview

2020 Kaw District Award of Merit Nomination Form

2020 Kaw District Outstanding Leader Award Nomination Form

District Merger

On August 1, 2020 the Kaw District merged with the Shawnee Trails District to better serve the youth in the Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties, and the Shawnee Mission School District. The merger of these two districts have formed the new Kaw District. District leadership is currently working together to ensure that commitments for both districts like school night, training, and other activities are held as planned. To learn more about the merger please visit here. Your district leadership has grown and looks forward to serving you during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone on the District Leadership contact list for questions or concerns.


Title Name Phone Number
District Chairman Travis Dale 913.915.4764
District Chairman Kirk Peters 913.710.7367
District Commissioner R.J. Wilson 913.209.3936
District Executive Matt Thoman 309.317.1510


Currently Roundtable is being held virtually each month. Invites to Roundtable will be emailed to unit Key 3 leadership and posted on the Kaw District Facebook page. In the interim Eagle project reviews and Eagle Board of Reviews will be handled individually through virtual or in-person review--this determination will be made by all parties involved in the process. For information on the Eagle process, please see the Advancement page.


Matt Thoman

District Executive

Kaw District

Heart of America Council Office
Wednesday, Dec 2 (7:00PM - 8:00PM)
10700 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203
Thursday, Dec 3 (7:00PM - 8:00PM)
425 W Morse Ave., Bonner Springs, KS 66012
Thursday, Dec 3 (7:00PM - 8:00PM)