December 14, 2018
Dear Fellow Scouters,
As we learn more about the financial discussions underway at our national organization, I would like to take a moment to discuss its impact for those of us living here at the Jersey Shore. I think it's vitally important to be reminded that Scouting in Jersey Shore Council is as strong financially and programmatically today as it's been in many years. Our council is a separate non-profit corporation registered in the state of New Jersey. The recent Wall Street Journal article regards issues affecting the National Council of the BSA based in Irving, TX … not our local council.
We have an important duty, and an incredible opportunity, to continue to focus as an organization on preparing youth for their futures through our nation’s foremost program of character development, leadership training and positive achievement.
The National BSA is working with experts to explore all options available to ensure that the local and national programming of the Boy Scouts of America continues uninterrupted. In the meantime, our focus should be to:
- Build upon the momentum we have already experienced this year with new members,
- Plan and implement a successful launch of Scouts BSA to welcome boys and girls into the program in February, and
- Support our fundraising efforts to ensure our continued ability to deliver Scouting to our communities
As an independently registered non-profit corporation, Jersey Shore Council owns the Clayton Service Center, the Citta Scout Reservation, our Endowment Fund, and other assets. Those assets will remain ours, regardless of what happens within the national organization. We hold a charter agreement with National to conduct the Boy Scouts of America programs in a defined territory. Jersey Shore 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.
With the hard work of our volunteers & families, Jersey Shore Council continues to provide a quality program for thousands of local families. On their behalf, thank you for your support, and please accept my warmest wishes for a safe & joyous holiday season.
Scout Executive & CEO