Dear Greater New York Councils Volunteers,

We write to you today in regards to an article you may have seen in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal concerning National Council Boy Scouts of America hiring a bankruptcy attorney.  This news should not raise concerns for you about the financial stability of the Greater New York Councils and future of our programs.  We are fully confident in the long-term stability of Scouting in New York City. 

The Greater New York Councils, a 501(c)(3) incorporated in the State of New York, operates as a financially independent not-for-profit organization, separate from National Council Boy Scouts of America. William H. Pouch Scout Camp, Alpine Scout Camp, Ten Mile River Reservation and all Greater New York Councils endowment funds are owned and controlled by the Greater New York Councils and overseen by our volunteer board of directors. The Greater New York Councils does not receive funding from the National Council. In fact we pay a chartering fee to the National Council, much like your Pack, Troop and Crew pay with your unit’s charter, for support. GNYC tax filings and financial statements are available on our council website. 

GNYC's fiscal health, program quality, board and volunteer dedication are all very strong. We are proud to be locally run by our dedicated and involved volunteers from the Greater New York area.
Yours in Scouting,
Ethan Draddy         
Scout Executive & CEO
Director of Field Service