2022 ANNUAL REPORT
Greetings from the Suwannee River Area Council!
We are pleased to provide you with our 2022 Suwannee River Area Council, Boy Scouts of America Annual Report. The quality of our Scouting program remains strong, as we continue to serve 1,265 youth. 2022 marked the 98th year that the Suwannee River Area Council has been serving youth in our area. As of 2022 our service area includes the following 13 Counties: Seminole, Decatur and Grady, Thomas, Colquitt in Georgia; Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla, Franklin, Leon, Gadsden, and Liberty in Florida.
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.
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 has 12 points. Each is a goal for every Scout. A Scout tries to live up to the Law every day. It is not always easy to do, but a Scout always tries.
A Scout is:
TRUSTWORTHY. Tell the truth and keep promises. People can depend on you.
LOYAL. Show that you care about your family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.
HELPFUL. Volunteer to help others without expecting a reward.
FRIENDLY. Be a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you.
COURTEOUS. Be polite to everyone and always use good manners.
KIND. Treat others as you want to be treated . Never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.
OBEDIENT. Follow the rules of your family, school, and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.
CHEERFUL. Look for the bright side of life. Cheerfully do tasks that come your way. Try to help others be happy.
THRIFTY. Work to pay your own way. Try not to be wasteful. Use time, food, supplies, and natural resources wisely.
BRAVE. Face difficult situations even when you feel afraid. Do what you think is right despite what others might be doing or saying.
CLEAN. Keep your body and mind fit . Help keep your home and community clean.
REVERENT. Be reverent toward God. Be faithful in your religious duties. Respect the beliefs of others.
- 1,265 youth participated in programs this year
- 520 adult volunteers served as role models for our youth members
- There were 55 units registered this year – Packs, Troops, Crews, and Posts.
Quality Program Delivery:
- 55 Scouts earned their Eagle Scout award
- 9000+ Community Service Hours were performed by Scouts
- 1,512 Merit Badges were earned by Scouts
- $1,411,588 Total Net Assets
- $58,143 Investments made in Capital Projects
- Hosted a successful 2022 Golden Eagle Community Dinner.
- Ended the year with a positive operating income position
- The Council Popcorn sale grossed $114,900 in sales.
- The Council’s Camp Card Program sold 2,000 cards, grossing $20,000 for Scouting programs.
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 Boy Scout Reservation
- 112 Scouts BSA attended week-long Summer Camp session at Wallwood Boy Scout Reservation
- 158 Cub Scouts attended Cub Scout Day Camp in the Suwannee River Area Council
- 162 Cub Scouts and their family members participated in Cub Family Weekend at Wallwood Boy Scout Reservation
- Scouts collected over 13,500 pounds of food for local food pantries during our Annual Scouting for Food Drive