Southern Sierra Boy Scout Council Downsizes Staff

Yesterday, the Southern Sierra Council of the Boy Scouts of America took a difficult but critical step in adapting to a weakening regional economy and lower than projected contributions by eliminating four full-time and one part-time employee and suspending its ScoutReach program. Following this move,
the Council has five full-time paid employees including a new Scout Executive, which the Board is in the process of hiring. The executive board’s goal is to have a new Scout Executive in place by the end of January 2009.

“The economy has presented a challenge to all organizations, especially non-profits,” said Ralph Goehring, President, Southern Sierra Council. “The volunteer executive board took this difficult step in order to be good stewards of benefactors’ and volunteers’ gifts of time and money and to fulfill our fiduciary obligation to manage the council’s cash flow and assets for the benefits of our stakeholders.”

“The nearly 5,000 youth served by the Southern Sierra Council have long benefited from its dedicated and highly skilled volunteers,” said Goehring. “We will be looking to all of our volunteers to further assist in administering our programs in the communities across the three counties we serve.”

“The executive board has recently taken a key step in securing the council’s financial future by refocusing its efforts on Camp Kern, our high sierra scout camp at Huntington Lake,” Goehring added. “A successful camp not only provides an excellent youth program, but is also a major factor in establishing a council’s long term financial strength and stability.”

To make donations to the Council and invest in the community’s future by supporting the Scouting program, please contact the Southern Sierra Council at (661) 325-9036.

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