The Scouting mission 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. We have reinforced this mission in 2017 on numerous fronts:
• Our Scouts provided community service projects totaling 208,091 hours of volunteer service. Our projects ranged from improving the outdoor experience for our neighbors to comforting those of us with the greatest need.
• Our Scouts earned 45,427 merit badges, focused on developing leadership talents, life skills, and building a solid foundation of good citizenship.
• More than 5,000 Scouts and Scouters collected over 202,000 pounds of food from our communities to feed our neighbors that frequently go without minimal daily nourishment.
• 9,026 At-Risk youth are participating in our Outreach programs that are uniquely designed for youth facing unfortunate and uncontrollable circumstances.
• 1,418 Scouts earned our movement’s highest honor: Eagle Scout Award. This distinguished honor is the result of one’s dedicated commitment to personal development and heightened community service.
• Over 20,000 adults volunteered their time and energy to invest in our Scouts and our future.
We hope that your unit participated in this success! We also want to assure you that we have heard your concerns about the impact of Friends of Scouting (FOS) or the program insurance fee on family budgets. The council allows either FOS or the program insurance fee to be paid in monthly automatic withdrawals from a bank account or credit card in lieu a single cash payment. If you or your unit needs assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to your unit commissioner or district executive. A list of district executives and phone numbers is attached.
Now, in the spirit of our future, we want to share a vision and call to action for 2018 and beyond. Below, you’ll hear from our Council Commissioner and many of our Vice Presidents about their unique vision for the Grand Canyon Council, in support of each District, Unit and Scout. Additionally, we’ve provided everyone’s contact email for two reasons:
1.) We welcome your constructive feedback and out of the box thinking/ideas on how to make Scouting Arizona even better, and
2.) We welcome your interest to help us accomplish our goals and shape our movement’s future.