2015 Annual Report

ANNUAL REPORT 2015

Greetings from the Suwannee River Area Council!

We are pleased to provide you our 2015 Suwannee River Area Council, Boy Scouts of America Annual Report.  The quality of our Scouting program remains strong, as we continue to serve 2,248 youth.  2015 marked the 92nd year the Suwannee River Area Council has been serving youth in 13 Counties:  Seminole, Decatur, Grady, Thomas, Colquitt, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla, Franklin, Leon, Gadsden, and Liberty.  

The values found in the Scout Oath and Law have become the compass that guides young people along the path to responsible adulthood.  These values are needed now more than ever.  In our culture and our world, these values become the foundation needed to overcome everyday challenges.  Truly, these values are the foundation for a successful life.
  Scout Oath                                                                                                               Scout Law
On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty                                  Trustworthy     Loyal      Helpful         Friendly     
to God and my Country, and to obey the Scout                          Courteous       Kind      Obedient         Cheerful
Law; to help other people at all times; to keep                              Thrifty      Brave      Clean             Reverent
myself physically strong, mentally awake, and
morally straight.

2015 Accomplishments:

Membership:
• 2,248 youth participated in programs this year.
• 1,007 adult volunteers served as role models for our youth members.
• There were 104 units registered this year – Packs, Troops, Crews, Posts, and Groups.
• 63 Scouts earned their Eagle Scout award and completed 11,415 service hours.
Finance:
• Ended the year with a surplus in operating income.
• Hosted a successful 2015 Golden Eagle Community Dinner.
• Conducted the Council’s  3rd Boy Scout Sporting Clays raising $6,000 for Scouting Programs.

• The Council Popcorn sale grossed $160,000 in sales. 

• The Council's Camp Card Program sold over 9,000 cards, grossing $45,000 for Scouting programs.

Scoutreach:
• Scoutreach is outreach Scouting targeting at-risk, urban, rural, and other under-represented populations.
• Scoutreach insures that Scouting is for everyone - 14% of Suwannee River Area Council members are minority (9% African-American and 5% Hispanic, Asian and other) and 4% are female.
• Over 208 at-risk youth members participated in the Scoutreach Program in 2015.
Learning for Life:
• 6,075 youth participated in Learning for Life, our Character Education program.
• 124 youth participated in Exploring, our worksite- based Career Education program.
Quality Programs and Training:
• 42% of top adult leaders have been completely trained for their position.
• 49% of Scouting units have earned the National BSA Quality Unit recognition.
Camping and Activities:
• 1,588 youth and adult volunteers participated in programs at Wallwood Scout Reservation.
• 327 Boy Scouts attended  2-week-long Summer Camp sessions at Camp Wallwood.
• 149 Cub Scouts attended Cub Scout Day Camp in the Suwannee River Area Council.
• 406 Cub Scouts and their family members participated in 2 Cub Family Weekends at Camp Wallwood.
• Scouts collected over 13,551 pounds of food for local food pantries during our Annual Scouting for Food Drive.