Boy Scouts of America Council, Northwest Georgia Council

Be Prepared

aka Northwest Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America   |   Rome, GA   |


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


Scout Exerutive/CEO

Matt Hart

Main address

PO Box 1422 1013 N 5th Ave NE, Suite 1

Rome, GA 30162 USA

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NTEE code info

Boy Scouts (O41)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When we talk about “Prepared. For Life. ™” in Scouting, that’s what we teach. We provide the skills necessary to help America’s young people meet the challenges of today’s society, and then use those skills to mentor others behind them from generation to generation. Prepared. For Life. demonstrates a lasting legacy of great leadership taught through the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. All of these outdoor adventure programs help our Scouts learn the secrets of problem solving and team work as they navigate difficult trails and deal with the many surprises Mother Nature has to offer. In this rapidly changing society, problem solving and team work are prerequisites for great leaders as our Scouts make their way through life’s many rewards and challenges. We teach self-reliance, confidence in the face of adversity, and the ability to lead others. Our Scouts overcome challenges that exceed even their own expectations.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Boy Scouts of America

Lion Cubs is a program for Kindergarten boys and girls and their adult partner that serves as the entry point to the Scouting movement.

Tiger Cubs BSA A school-year program for first-grade (or 7-year old) boys and girls and their adult partners that stresses shared leadership, learning about the community, and family understanding. Each child-adult team meets for family activities, and twice a month all the teams meet for Tiger Cub den activities.Cub Scouting A family and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making for boys and girls in the second through fifth grades (or who are 8, 9, and 10 years old). Fourth and fifth-grade (or 10-year-old) youth are called Webelos Scouts (WE ll BE LOyal Scouts) and participate in more advanced activities that begin to prepare them to become members of Scouts, BSA. Cub Scouting s emphasis is on quality program at the local level, where youth and families are involved.

Scouts, BSA is a program for youth 11 through 17 designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. (Scouts, BSA also may become Scouts if they have earned the Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade.)

Venturing A program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age to provide positive experiences through exciting and meaningful activities that help youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Boy Scouts of America

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Membership took a hit with COVID closing schools but is rebounding. Currently membership is tracking 12% over previous year and nearing pre pandemic levels.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Scouting program has three specific objectives, commonly referred to as the “Aims of Scouting.” They are character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.

The ideals of Boy Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout motto, and the Scout slogan. The Scout measures themselves against these ideals and continually tries to improve. The goals are high, and, as they reach for them, they has some control over what and who they become.

The patrol method gives Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places responsibility on young shoulders and teaches youth how to accept it. The patrol method allows Scouts to interact in small groups where they can easily relate to each other. These small groups determine troop activities through their elected representatives.

Outdoor Programs
Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoor setting that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. It is here that the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose.

Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Scout plans their advancement and progresses at his own pace as they meets each challenge. The Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps them gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.

Association with Adults
Youth learn a great deal by watching how adults conduct themselves. Scout leaders can be positive role models for the members of their troops. In many cases a Scoutmaster who is willing to listen to boys and girls, encourage them, and take a sincere interest in them can make a profound difference in their lives.

Personal Growth
As Scouts plan their activities and progress toward their goals, they experience personal growth. The Good Turn concept is a major part of the personal growth method of Scouting. Youth grow as they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns for others. Probably no device is so successful in developing a basis for personal growth as the daily Good Turn. The religious emblems program also is a large part of the personal growth method. Frequent personal conferences with their Scoutmaster help each Scout to determine his growth toward Scouting’s aims.

Leadership Development
The Boy Scout program encourages Scouts to learn and practice leadership skills. Every Scout has the opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership situations. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps a child accept the leadership role of others and guides them toward the citizenship aim of Scouting.

The uniform makes the Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community.

1. Membership and Leadership development-A great deal of time and effort is spent on the continual recruitment, training, and education of volunteer leaders that deliver the mission of Scouting.
2. Providing resources including a fully developed Scout Camp. Scouting happens in the out of doors and much of our time and funding is spent to provide the best possible outdoor experience.
3. We have an extensive volunteer base that provides an outstanding experience for the youth of our communities.
4. We are capable of providing the Scouting experience to all youth, regardless of background or economic condition.

We have demonstrated continual improvement across all measurable outcomes in the Journey to Excellence.

We are quite proud of our progress as well with our continual camp development process which has enabled us to provide one of the finest outdoor classrooms in the country.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Boy Scouts of America Council, Northwest Georgia Council

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Boy Scouts of America Council, Northwest Georgia Council

Board of directors
as of 08/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bill Davis

Self Employed

Term: 2021 - 2023

Andrew Conrad

Bill Davis

J Anderson Davis

Howard Elder

Candler Ginn

Jodi Johnson

Jerry Lee

Eric Vaughn

Thad Watters

William C. Bowen

Kirby Brown

Barnett Chitwood

Rob Cowan

Alan Dean

Steven Fellows

David Grabensteder

Anthony Hudson

Louis Johnson

Robert Noble

Roger Rollins

James Russell

Jim Shaheen

Joey Stuart

John Sucher

Gale Trantham

Robert Varner

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/31/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/31/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.