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Top 10 Largest Councils

Posted on 30 January 2009 by Dan

Scouting News has extracted a few facts, our readers have asked about in the past, from the Response to various inquiries regarding the Boy Scouts of America memorandum released in response to stories recently published by Hearst Newspapers.

The largest Councils in the Boy Scouts of America is always listed in two different ways. The first is by total membership, this includes traditional membership and learning for life membership. The second is by traditional membership.

Top 10 Largest Councils (Total Membership)
1. Greater New York Councils (New York, NY)
2. National Capital Area Council (Bethesda, MD)
3. Great Salt Lake Council (Salt Lake City, UT)
4. Sam Houston Area Council (Houston, TX)
5. Circle Ten Council (Dallas, TX)
6. Northern Star Council (St. Paul, MN)
7. Utah National Parks Council (Orem, UT)
8. South Florida Council (Miami Lakes, FL)
9. Central Florida Council (Orlando, FL)
10. Cradle of Liberty Council (Philadelphia, PA)

Top 10 Largest Councils (Traditional Membership)
1. Great Salt Lake Council (Salt Lake City, UT)
2. Utah National Parks Council (Orem, UT)
3. National Capital Area Council (Bethesda, MD)
4. Sam Houston Area Council (Houston, TX)
5. Trapper Trails Council (Ogden, UT)
6. Grand Canyon Council (Phoenix, AZ)
7. Northern Star Council (St. Paul, MN)
8. Circle Ten Council (Dallas, TX)
9. Greater St. Louis Area Council (St. Louis, MO)
10. Heart of America Council (Kansas City, MO)

There you have it! The top 10 Largest Boy Scout Councils by total membership and traditional membership.

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ScoutStuff Coupon Code: Buy One Hat up to 75% Off Get One Free

Posted on 29 January 2009 by Dan

ScoutStuff Hat SaleScoutStuff.org is having a hat sale! Starting today, January 29th, select Stetson hats and other caps will be marked up to 75% off their original retail prices.

Purchase one of the hats or caps marked for this promotion and receive another of equal or lesser value at no cost.

Visit the special Scoutstuff.org BOGO Hats and Caps page to see all the details. Enter Promotion Code H559933 at checkout to receive your bonus hat or cap. Or visit your local participating Scout Shop to take part in this great offer.

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BSA Responds to Stories Recently Published by Hearst Newspapers

Posted on 29 January 2009 by Dan

The National Council has issued a response to the news stories published today as a result of a joint investigative project from five Hearst Newspapers.

While you can read the full article, Profit trumps preservation for Boy Scout councils nationwide, here are some “highlights”:

The Hearst journalists found that over the past 20 years, scouting councils nationwide have carried out clearcuts and other commercial timber harvests in and around sensitive and protected forests. Local Boy Scouts administrations across America have also reaped tens of millions of dollars from selling campgrounds and other properties.

Hearst Newspapers found some Scouts’ executive salaries and retirement packages were larger than those offered by many comparable non-profits.

Also, the reporters found examples of cozy relationships between councils and influential volunteers, including timber company employees serving in key Boy Scouts board positions.

The National Council issued a response, which appeared on front page of Scouting.org, to the stories recently published by Hearst Newspapers.

Today’s story focuses on some of the most difficult and emotional decisions councils must make in order to be good stewards of their resources. So why does an organization like the BSA harvest timber and sell property? There are many reasons councils harvest timber, including safety, health of the forest and wise use of the income to serve our youth. Similarly, local executive boards have the duty to use all council assets in the best interests of Scouting – which might include the sale of properties. But in both cases, the real reason goes back to why we exist, our mission — to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

You can read the complete response to the stories issued by the National Council.

The National Council has also made public a memorandum titled Response to various inquiries regarding the Boy Scouts of America which they sent to the reporters involved in the research of the stories.

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