2008 BSA Annual Report

Back in February Scouting News reported about two of the youth selected to give the annual BSA Report to the Nation. Now you can read the Boy Scouts of America 2008 Annual Report online.

Boy Scouts of America: 2008 Annual Report

The introduction of the Annual Report is a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

In 2008, our 98th year, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) served 2.8 million young people, helping them build character, learn values, develop leadership skills, and serve neighbors around the corner and across the globe.

Two events during 2008 encapsulate the promise and the power of Scouting. First, during five weeks across the summer, approximately 3,600 Scouts and adult volunteers came together as part of ArrowCorps5, a project to benefit our national forests in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. Those young—and not-so-young—volunteers completed more than $5.6 million worth of improvements in the BSA’s largest national service project since World War II.

Second, when a tornado devastated Iowa’s Little Sioux Scout Ranch on June 11, dozens of Scouts and adult volunteers responded, setting up a triage system, providing first aid, and saving many lives before first responders could arrive. One survivor of the Little Sioux tragedy spoke volumes when he said, “Thank God that this happened to us and not somebody else who wasn’t prepared.”

Those Scouts and all Scouts were prepared in large part because of more than 1.1 million volunteers, who give selflessly of their time and talent in the service of America’s young people. Thanks to these volunteers, we approach our 100th anniversary confident that Scouting will continue to mold the destinies of young people and of our country far into the future.

The Annual Report is then broke into the following sections:

2008 Report to the Nation

Arrowcorps5 Projects at Five National Forests

The Value of Scouting

2006-2010 National Strategic Plan

Year of the Volunteer—Central Region

Year of the Volunteer—Northeast Region

Year of the Volunteer—Southern Region

Year of the Volunteer—Western Region

100 Years of Scouting

Boy Scouts of America Annual Traditional Membership Summary

Learning for Life Annual Participation Summary

Mission Statement, Vision Statement

2008 Report of the Treasurer (PDF)

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[…] but it is also required to submit an annual report to Congress as part of that charter. ScoutingNews.org has listed the report as it now appears on the Boy Scouts national […]

I am trying to contact the BSA president and understand that Mr John Gottschalk is no longer with you. Who replaced him?

By jerry poppenhouse on August 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 am

In regards to your question about the BSA president. I believe it is in fact still Mr. Gottschalk. I have seen no press releases, changes to the National site, or heard anything from professional Scouters to lead me to believe otherwise. If the position has changed hands, I do not know who his replacement is.

By Dan on August 22nd, 2009 at 11:47 am
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