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SE Corner: An Incredible 2021!

Winston Churchill once said, “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” It is always important to look back and reflect.

Let’s look back on some of the achievements Montana Council reached in 2021:

  • 795 new youth were recruited in 2021, more than doubling the youth recruited in 2020.
  • $478,000 was raised in our Investment in Character and Leadership Fundraisers.
  • Total District revenues across the council achieved a $60,000 increase over last year.
  • 14 new packs, Scouts BSA troops, and Venturing crews were organized in 2021.
  • The 2021 Popcorn sale grossed over $1,000,000 with one of the highest sales per Scout in the country.
  • Over 1000 Scouts and Scouters attended our camp programs at K-M Scout Ranch and Montana Outdoor High Adventure Base (MOHAB). Even with not running Camp Melita Island and having to cancel the last two weeks of K-M because of COVID.
  • Thanks to the Special Events Professionals and Volunteers, the council had the highest ever attended Council Golf Tournament.
  • The Council Scout Stores and Camp Trading Posts achieved their budget netting almost $50,000.
  • Over 75 Scouts achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, which equates to about 20,000 community Service hours.
  • Girls registered in Scouts BSA increased by 17% over 2020.
  • 9 young ladies in Montana have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout since joining Scouts BSA in 2019. 

All these great achievements could not have been reached without a genuine Team 315 effort from our outstanding staff, the Board of Directors, and our amazing volunteers. Every district across the Council had success, whether in finances, membership, recruitment or various district activities.

We are also thrilled to welcome our New District Executive for the Mountain Valley District, Renee Stephens. She comes to our team with a vast amount of Scouting Experience, and we are very excited to have her on Team 315!

I look forward to a great 2022. We will continue to GROW, use our Resources, Opportunities, and Celebrate our Wins in 2022.

Thank you for all you do for Scouting!

Dirk Smith
Scout Executive

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