Annual Report


Greetings from the Suwannee River Area Council!

We are pleased to provide youour 2017 Suwannee River Area Council, Boy Scouts of America Annual Report. The quality of our Scouting program remains strong, as we continue to serve 1,937 youth. 2017 marked the94nd 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 OathScout Law
On my honor, I will do my best to do my dutyTrustworthy Loyal Helpful Friendly
to God and my Country, and to obey the ScoutCourteous Kind Obedient Cheerful
Law; to help other people at all times; to keepThrifty Brave Clean Reverent
myself physically strong, mentally awake, and
morally straight.

2017 Accomplishments:

• 1,937 youth participated in programs this year.
• 960 adult volunteers served as role models for our youth members.
•There were 85 units registered this year – Packs, Troops, Crews, and Posts.
• 69 Scouts earned their Eagle Scout award and completed 8,262 service hours.

•Ended the year with a deficit in operating income.
•Hosted a successful 2017 Golden Eagle Community Dinner.

•Conducted the Council’s 5th Boy Scout Sporting Clays raising $8,000 for Scouting Programs.

•The Council Popcorn salegrossed $114,900 in sales.

•The Council’s Camp Card Program sold 2,000 cards, grossing $20,000 for Scouting programs.

•Scoutreach is outreach Scouting targeting at-risk, urban, rural, and other under-represented populations.
•Scoutreach insures that Scouting is for everyone – 10% of Suwannee River Area Council members are minority (5.7% African-American and 2.7% Hispanic, Asian and other) and 5.8% are female.
• 19 at-risk youth members participated in the Scoutreach Program in 2017.

Learning for Life:
• 71youth participated in Exploring, our worksite-based Career Education program, in 5 units.

Quality Programs and Training:

• 60% 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:
• 577 youth and adult volunteers participated in programs at Wallwood Scout Reservation.
• 204 Boy Scouts attended 2-week-long Summer Camp sessions at Camp Wallwood.
•141 Cub Scouts attended Cub Scout Day Camp in the Suwannee River Area Council.
• 286 Cub Scouts and their family members participated in 2 Cub Family Weekends at Camp Wallwood.
•Scouts collected over 13,500 pounds of food for local food pantries during our Annual Scouting for Food Drive.