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Causes: Boy Scouts of America, Children & Youth

Mission: The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Our vision for the National capital Area Council is to accomplish the mission of the Boy Scouts of America in such an exemplary manner as to be recognized by our public as the premier youth organization in the communities we serve.

Results: 2013 Highlights: 55,307 youth served 77.3% youth retention rate 21,928 adult leaders Growth in number of units Balanced budget for 22nd consecutive year 1,377 new Eagle Scouts 53,240 merit badges earned 313,877 service hours, valued at $6.9 million to community 908,620 pounds of food collected for area food banks 19 Meritorious Action and Lifesaving Awards

Target demographics: prepare youth for life, developing character, leadership and citizenship

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 55,000 youth through the help of nearly 22,000 adult volunteers. More than 313,000 community service hours were reported by area units for service projects completed by Scouts last year!

Geographic areas served: Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Programs: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Scout Camp, Venturing, High Adventure, Exploring, STEM, Scouting for Food and much more! Youth members are organized into local Scouting units (packs, troops, crews, teams, ships and/or posts), depending on their age and program. Each unit is chartered to a local community organization, including churches, civic clubs and community businesses. These units help support the local community and the programs help youth develop character, citizenship, personal fitness, career interests and an appreciation for the environment. This is accomplished through rank advancement, service to others and outdoor activities. Success in the advancement program can be measured by the number of local youth who achieved Scouting’s highest rank - Eagle Scout. To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shout out to all of the amazing and passionate volunteers. NCAC has touched the lives of thousands for over 100 years and continues to inspire youth through top notch programs. My son has had opportunities through BSA that many of his friends who are not involved in Scouting do not have. I am thankful that he joined cub scouts in first grade. He is on his way to Star Scout, CPR certified, and holds the knowledge that only Scouting provides.
`Proud Rockville Scout Mom

Donor

Rating: 5

The National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America is a wonderful place to invest your money in the future of our nations youth. While National Policy may be restrictive in who is allowed to participate or volunteer with the Boy Scouts, and whether or not that changes in May, NCAC will continue to strive to present the best programs for our children's moral and physical development, as they always have. The programs, day camps and summer camp activities have always been among the best there is, and having been a Scout in this Council, and continuing to support this Council's activities as a donating adult, I feel that there is no more worthwhile place to donate to than NCAC-BSA.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

The Boy Scouts of America is a wonderful organization that inspires thousands of young men and women to "do their best" and contribute to society by upholding a standard of public service and personal integrity. Howerver, BSA policy discrimination against gay Scouts and employees is hurting the organization through loss of corporate sponsorships, reduced ability to recruit new members, disaffection of many current and former Scouts and volunteers, and loss of access to various public facilities. Most Americans, and in particular most young men and women, find it repugnant to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. The BSA is teaching our next generation of leaders that stigmatizing their peers on the basis of sexual orientation is acceptable. Before donating to the BSA, funders might want to ask themselves if they want to support an organization that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation and what kind of message that sends to their stakeholders.

On a personal note, I have been a volunteer with Boy Scouts of America in the National Captial Area Council for over 13 years.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The chance to work with youth and fellow volunteers with the BSA National Capital Area Council has been a wonderful experience. Some of the best times I've had in my life have been working with the youth (both boys and girls) and my fellow adult volunteers during the past 9 years I've been a volunteer with this organization. It has been truly rewarding to see the development of the youth over the years and all that they've been able to accomplish. They are an inspiration and our future so volunteering with BSA has definitely been a worthwhile investment of my time, talent, and money.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Capital Area Council BSA is a great organization that teaches youth leadership and citizenship skills. Youth learn to work with other youth and with adults. Youth learn to live in and enjoy the great outdoors. Youth learn to respect their environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is a good organization. There are times where I think the NCAC staff could be more responsive or helpful, but this is a very large organization so answers to questions cannot always be immediate. Fact is, everyone believes in the program.

Review from Guidestar