Rocky Mountain Council, BSA announced record growth in 2008. 1,900 new boys, young men and young women have joined the Council giving it a membership of 5,173 youth with a total net increase of 29.7%. The Council saw a 5% jump in traditional membership during the year, with community programs rising 8.8%.
Rocky Mountain Council has enjoyed several years of at least 5% membership growth and has achieved Quality Council each of those years as well. The Council is now recognized by the National Council Boy Scouts of America for having the most significant growth in programs in the region and the highest growth rate in youth membership nationwide amongst similar sized Councils.
Council Scout Executive, Rene Monarez attributes the success to having quality community programs, top-notch camping properties, and urban emphasis.
Monarez explained, “we made a concerted effort to reach out to population groups that have not historically accounted for a significant portion of the membership. These have included teenage youth now receiving character education in middle-schools, members of minority groups, and the economically disadvantaged throughout the nineteen counties served.”
“Boy Scouts has created a strong foundation of leadership, service and community for thousands of Southern Colorado’s youth,” Monarez adds.