December 14, 2018
Dear Parents, Volunteers, and Donors:
The purpose of this communication is to help you understand the position of the Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America and how it relates to the National Council, Boy Scouts of America. A recent story in the Wall Street Journal has been wide-spread.
Below are some facts we would like to share with you:
- Sequoia Council, BSA operates as a financially separate not-for-profit organization and our Council receives no funding from the National organization.
- Sequoia Council, BSA is a 501(c)(3) entity incorporated in California. Our camps, volunteer service centers, and finances are owned and controlled locally by the Sequoia Council, BSA and we are governed by a local board of directors.
- Our local Scouting programs, camps, and the volunteer service centers will not be affected by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America’s consideration of their options.
- All funds contributed to the Sequoia Council, BSA stay within the council territory. This includes Friends of Scouting donations, popcorn and other fund raising. We send a $100 charter fee and a small service fee annually to the National Council, BSA. Youth and adult membership dues are collected annually by local Councils on behalf of the National Council, BSA.
Our Council is strong and is among the strongest in the nation from the perspective of fiscal health, quality programs, camps, volunteer dedication, safety, diversity outreach and dedicated staff.
Youth protection requires continued vigilance. Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children in our Scouting programs. The continuing education of leaders, parents and youth through youth protection training will ensure Scouts are safe in Scout meetings and on outings.
It is our hope that the National Council, Boy Scouts of America organization can navigate the difficult waters that many organizations have faced with over a century of existence. Our primary focus is on bringing high-quality programs to over 7,000 Scouts in each community and neighborhood we serve.
Thank you for continuing your role and providing leadership and support to the youth in the Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Yours in Scouting,