Over the last several days you may have seen news reports regarding the Boy Scouts of America's financial position. The National Boy Scouts of America organization is exploring all options to ensure that it can continue to provide the foremost program of character development and values-based leadership training without interruption and continues to support all its local Councils across the country.
Daniel Webster Council
is a separate 501(c)3 non-profit corporation based right here in the state of New Hampshire and serves nearly 10,000 young people led by over 5,000 dedicated adult volunteers. The recent news stories regarding issues that affect the National Council and its operation based in Texas,
not our local council
Our ability to deliver the Scouting program to families across the Granite State remains unchanged.
As we learn more about the financial discussions underway at our national organization, it's vitally important to be reminded that
Scouting in the Daniel Webster Council is as strong financially
we are essentially debt free
and programmatically today as it's been in many years.
Just this year alone, more than
young men have earned the rank of
. Scouts across the state have performed
of community service and collected more than
a quarter million pounds
of food for food pantries throughout the state.
Our Council is an independent non-profit serving New Hampshire. We own and control some of the Northeast’s premier camps (
Camp Carpenter 250 acres in Manchester and Griswold Scout Reservation 3,600 acres in Gilmanton Ironworks
), council service center, bank funds, investments and endowment. Our assets remain ours regardless of what happens to the national organization. The nature of the relationship between our council with the national BSA organization is that we are the holder of a charter to conduct the Boy Scouts of America programs in our defined territory. Our Council receives no funding from the national organization; in fact, we pay fees to National BSA as a part of our charter agreement and for specific services. Councils receive value back from the national organization, but we operate as a financially-independent not-for-profit organization.
Dollars given locally in support of Scouting stay right here in New Hampshire.
The Daniel Webster Council has been providing essential programs to its members for over 100 years and serves approximately 10,000 youth and their families annually. Our focus has been delivering a quality program to boys and girls in New Hampshire, and we will maintain our focus on preparing youth for their future.
We will continue to keep you apprised of any updates as we receive them.
Yours in Scouting,
BGen (Ret.) Stephen Curry Thomas Inzinga Jay Garee
Council President Council Commissioner Scout Executive & CEO