National Boy Scouts of America Council

Prepared. For Life.

aka Boy Scouts of America   |   Irving, TX   |  www.scouting.org

Mission

The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Ruling year info

1965

Chief Scout Executive

Mr. Roger Mosby

Main address

1325 W Walnut Hill

Irving, TX 75038 USA

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EIN

22-1576300

NTEE code info

Boy Scouts (O41)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts is a program for kindergarten through 5th grade boys and girls. The aims of the Cub Scout program are Citizenship, Personal Fitness, Leadership, and Character. The character traits we seek to instill are the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Cub Scouting uses seven methods to deliver the aims: living the ideals, belonging to a den (small group of same grades), the advancement program, family involvement, activities, serving the neighborhood, and the uniform. The advancement program is when Cub Scouts work on grade specific achievements called ranks. Cub Scout ranks are earned by completing subject specific activities called adventures, an instant recognition program, that reinforce the aims of the program. Activities also include personal safety awareness, environmental stewardship, and STEM.

Population(s) Served
Children
Young girls
Young boys

Scouts BSA is the traditional Scouting experience for boys and girls who are 11 through 17 years of age or have earned the Cub Scouting Arrow of Light award and are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old. Service, community engagement and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout. With exposure to a uniquely hands-on learning experience and the opportunity to earn merit badges reflecting each Scout’s budding interests, youth unlock a world of discovery around them and forge a path for the future. Ninety-five percent of all Scouts BSA members participated in Cub Scouting at some time.
Motto: Be Prepared
Slogan: Do a Good Turn Daily

Population(s) Served
Boys
Girls
Adolescents

Venturing is a co-ed program that allows youth ages 14-20 the opportunity to socialize in a fun, safe environment, while participating in hobbies or high adventure related activities. Participating in a Crew offers youth opportunities for advancement in adventure, leadership, personal growth, and service. These experiences play a vital role in fostering an environment for the young men and women to become leaders in their home, school, and community.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adolescent girls
Adolescent boys
Young women
Young men

Sea Scouting is a co-ed program for youth ages 14-20. Sea Scouting organizes unit programs, known as Ships, on oceans, bays, rivers, and lakes, that provide a safe/fun environment to grow, learn, find adventure, while building long-lasting friendships. This program provides opportunities for youth to earn advancement and other awards, while experiencing high adventure in, on, around, and under the water.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents
Young men
Young women

STEM Scouts is for both girls and boys in grades 3 through 8. It is a co-ed program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), STEM Scouts offers a scouting experience with less emphasis on the outdoors. STEM Scouts follows the Scout Oath and Law with the goal of producing young men and women who are leaders, display confidence, realize their skills and limitations, are respectful of others’ opinions, are problem solvers in all aspects of life, look for opportunities to serve others, are good citizens and demonstrate integrity in all phases of life. While the program focuses on future careers in STEM, it is ultimately designed to be challenging, thought-provoking and, most importantly, fun.

Population(s) Served
Adolescent girls
Adolescent boys

Exploring is a co-ed program for youth that are in the 6th grade through 20 years old. Exploring provides opportunities for real-world hands-on career experiences, while helping them “Discover their Future”. The program links youth with mentors and experts with partner businesses and agencies in their communities. Participating in an Exploring Club or Post ensures youth make informed decisions about careers they may or may not be interested in pursuing, while allowing businesses and organizations the opportunity to meet and cultivate future employees.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
Adolescents
Preteens
Young women
Young men

Learning for Life curriculum-based program consists of grade specific, age-oriented, character education lesson plans that are utilized in schools and other educational settings to help instill character and ethical decision making in our youth. The available lesson plans that are offered for Learning for Life Groups include PreK-12 grades, Champions for students with special needs, along with additional digital resources. Learning for Life uses these interactive lessons to help youth make informed decisions while becoming better students and citizens.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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Goals & Strategy

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Mission of the Boy Scouts of America

It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

The Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

The Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Designed Future Statement

In Scouting's second century, we are building the leaders of tomorrow. Scouting's dynamic and engaging journey beckons to America's young people. Our exciting programs and outdoor adventures inspire lives of leadership, character, and service. Relevant and adaptive, we are a trusted advocate for youth. Our adult volunteers and employees are widely admired for their leadership excellence. The Boy Scouts of America is strong and financially secure. True to our mission, Scouting reflects our nation in its ethnic diversity, and shapes our nation by developing responsible citizens.

The 284 local councils of the Boy Scouts of America serve over 2.6 Million youth members and their families, through 1,028,521 volunteers and 3,945 career professionals and support personnel. The National Strategic Plan for 2011-2015 outlines seven primary strategic pillars toward advancing the Mission and Vision of the BSA.

I. IMPACT & PARTICIPATION: Scouting's programs reach and make a life-changing difference with kids of all backgrounds and communities.

II. RESOURCES & FINANCES: The Boy Scouts of America is financially sound at all levels of the organization through a balanced funding model. Funding is not a barrier to providing programs that fulfill our mission.

III. BUILDING OUR BRAND: The Boy Scouts of America is known and valued by the people of our nation. Our brand is so recognized and respected that it empowers our members and enables our success.

IV. DYNAMIC & RELEVANT PROGRAM: Scouting's programs are exciting, culturally relevant, and appealing to today's youth; attracting them at an extraordinary rate and retaining them longer.

V. INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY: Scouting uses innovation and technology to support the strategic pillars and to increase the impact and potency of the Scouting movement. All members of Scouting are connected with the right information and technology tools anywhere, anytime, to any device.

VI. YOUTH ADVOCACY & STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIPS: The Boy Scouts of America is recognized as an advocate for youth and youth issues. We are known by our members and America's families and communities as a resource for leadership, encouragement, and programs that benefit our country's youth. The strategic relationships of the BSA extend far beyond those with our traditional chartered organizations and keep Scouting relevant and adaptive.

LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE & CULTURE: Scouting's youth, volunteer leaders, and employees exemplify leadership excellence across all aspects of the movement.

The complete 2011-2015 Strategic Plan can be found at http://digital.scouting.org/strategicplan/strategicplan.pdf

The Boy Scouts of America has a 100 year history of collaborating with local community organizations to deliver the Scouting program. Over 100,000 Scouting units (Pack, Troops, Crews and Posts) are owned and operated by local faith based, civic and educational organizations. These units are entirely staffed by over 1 million trained volunteer leaders supported by 284 local councils with nearly 4,000 staff. These local councils provide training, mentoring and administrative support as well as operating hundreds of camp properties the offer year-round and summer resident camping experiences that serve the laboratories for youth members to practice the lessons of leadership. Additionally these local councils and their volunteers provide countless opportunities for youth to learn and implement new skills ranging from basic life skills to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) that may well be the basis for a lifelong passion.

IMPACT & PARTICIPATION
Newly defined success using a balanced scorecard approach
Developed and introduced a new recognition system for measuring performance directly to the KPI's
Developed new unit assessment tools for that focus on KPI's
Developed and delivered an effective tool to measure ethnic and other demographics of current and future youth served
Developed and introduced a unit health measurement to assess a unit's SWOP to long-term viability
RESOURCES & FINANCES
Piloted and delivered a useful model for exploiting economies of scale and/or the use of shared services
Developed operating performance guidelines, to help management develop and evaluate council business plan performance
Developed and rolled out a new five-year major gifts strategy
Each council executive board has established an audit committee in compliance with AICPA Audit Committee Charter Matrix
BUILDING OUR BRAND
Completed a three-year, youth-targeted media campaign that has improved youth awareness of and attitudes toward Scouting
Tougher Than a Boy Scout aired on the National Geographic channel
Working with outside organizations and leveraging partnerships
Trained volunteer marketing chairs in all levels
Developed consistent, relevant, and appropriately branded messages for multicultural markets
DYNAMIC & RELEVANT PROGRAM
Changed our programs to reflect the findings of a thorough program review and assessment
Introduced an easily accessible, internet-based resource center from which people can learn and contribute
Completing a market based analysis tool to evaluate outdoor programs

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
Created an affordable technology road map
Engaged volunteers and supporters by building an open-source initiative to create technological tools and services
Established processes so that the National Council has up-to-date digital contact information for all constituents
Started an innovation grant program to enable employees or volunteers to experiment with ways to achieve the BSA's designed future
YOUTH ADVOCACY & STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIPS
Developed working relationships with 10 leading national experts and/or organizations in the youth advocacy field
Launched a national multiyear health and wellness campaign
Established alliances with both the Cleveland Clinic and Child Obesity 180,
Developed a youth advisory council to provide the youth voice on National committees, task forces, and youth-lead conferences
We have recognize local councils that represent best practices in building and sustaining strategic partner relationships
LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE & CULTURE
Developed and delivered a joint training resource featuring best practices for top leaders
Each council has conducted an annual orientation for new board members
Altered BSA professional employee personnel evaluations, development, and recognitions to include ethnic membership diversification as a key metric for each council
Implemented an employee development support structure

Financials

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National Boy Scouts of America Council

Board of directors
as of 9/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Dan Ownby

Wayne Perry

Shotgun Creek Investments LLC

Joe Landy

Warburg Pincus

Lyle Knight

First Interstate Bank

R. Thomas Buffenbarger

International Association of Machinists and Aerospaace Workers

Randall Stephenson

AT&T

David Steward

World Wide Technology Inc.

Tico Perez

No Affiliation

Matthew Rose

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp

Joe Crafton

CROSSMARK Inc

David Weekley

David Weekley Homes

Drayton McLane

McLane Group

Jack Furst

No Affiliation

James Turley

Ernst & Young

Aubrey Harwell

Neal & Harwell, Attorneys-at-Law

Nathan Rosenberg

Insigniam

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No