2018 was a momentous year for the Dan Beard Council and we made a huge impact together! Thank you to the nearly 6,000 volunteers, hundreds of local businesses, and thousands of families who passionately help to support our mission in so many ways. In this report you will see some of the incredible accomplishments that we achieved in 2018.
The Dan Beard Council is stronger than ever. Last year we saw significant growth in both our fundraising and our popcorn sale efforts. In addition, we continued a tradition of membership growth for the 4th consecutive year, and we continue to deliver outstanding programs to local youth all across our region. A special thanks to our charter partners who are instrumental in helping Scouting to thrive within each of our local communities. Together we are helping Scouting to grow and to teach life skills to even more youth in our local communities. With every additional Scout that joins our ranks, another child learns positive values, civic service, leadership, and so much more.
In Dan Beard Council, we are proud of several recent notable accomplishments. In 2018 we helped to lead the way by hosting the national kickoff for family Scouting materials at the NextConnect Marketing Summit. In the spring, we welcomed the Boy Scouts of America National Commissioner, Charles W. Dahlquist, II, to the Daniel Carter Beard House to meet and speak with local volunteers. And throughout the year we worked together toward a historic move to expand the program to serve the entire family. In the fall, 929 girls said “Scout Me In” and joined the ranks of Cub Scouts in the Dan Beard Council. The BSA’s decision to welcome girls into the Cub Scout program and to offer a program for older girls comes from input received from our Scouting families. The research found that families today are busier and more diverse than ever, and that parents are interested in spending more time as a family interacting with their kids. We owe it to families to structure our program offerings in a way that fits into their busy lives to deliver character development and values-based leadership training that Scouting promises. The expanded program is not coed, but rather offers a unique single-gender model that allows families to participate together while also providing character and leadership opportunities for both boys and girls. We are excited for families to participate together and form life-long memories with the entire family.
In 2019, we hope that you will join us in saying “Scout Me In” to help ensure Scouting can continue to deliver the highest quality program to every local child.