A Message from Scout Executive Craig Poland

Dear NCAC Family Member,

By now you have probably read or heard about the recent Wall Street Journal article speculating on the Boy Scouts of America’s finances. We want to start by assuring you that Scouting remains strong and steady on the trail to our second century. To address some of the questions and concerns we have been hearing, please review this information on this matter. As always, if you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss.

The most important fact is this: National Capital Area Council is a corporation separate from BSA and maintains its own 501(c)3 status. Business decisions made on this or any issue by BSA will not impact the assets of National Capital Area Council – including donations made to our local program.

BSA – the national organization – has an obligation to its members to remain strong. As such they are exploring all options for best management of their assets. Sometimes this involves contacting outside experts. No decision has been made or is imminent at this point about BSA’s finances.

It is important to note that National Capital Area Council is governed by local volunteers who provide strong oversight on budget development, fundraising, spending, and investment. During the past decade, our Council has balanced its budget every year, made substantial capital improvements to Council owned facilities, and ensured the future of local Scouting through growth in our Council’s endowment fund. National Capital Area Council is also debt-free and has no pending litigation. This diligent governance from our volunteers keeps us a well-run organization.

Our Council is one of the oldest and largest Boy Scout councils in the country. Through the continued support of our generous volunteers’ time and financial resources we are able to provide a high-quality Scouting program to more than 50,000 Scouts and 20,000 adults in the DC metro area.

Our Council has much to be grateful for this year. An outstanding summer camp season, tremendous enthusiasm for the launch of Family Scouting, and strong growth in the Lion program are just the beginning. We are poised to see Scouting return to a position of strength and growth and must not let any potential financial restructuring by the national organization distract us. Scouting long has been, and continues to be, the most relevant character and leadership development program for youth.

Let’s keep it that way!


Yours in Scouting,

Craig Poland
Scout Executive, National Capital Area Council