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New E-mail Mailing Lists

We are excited to announce we now have several mailing lists you can Sign Up for today!  You may ask why do I want to sign up for a mailing list?  There are several good reasons to subscribe to our E-News mailing list.

·         You can be kept in the loop on what’s going on in the council.

·         It’s quicker than snail mail

·         It helps the council save money by not paying postage to send you a letter

·         It helps us be “Green” ; by not printing up letters we are saving trees.


·          In the future the council would like to greatly reduce the amount of mail leaving the office and utilize a more efficient way to communicate. 

We also are excited to announce we have other mailing lists to help keep you more connected. Please consider signing up today for one of the lists below!!

Weekly Activities Update – Weekly E-mail listing the last 10 items added to the Activities section of the website

Weekly Committee Meetings Calendar – Weekly E-mail that lists the next 14 days’ worth of meetings on the Committee/Board Meetings calendar (up to 14 events)

Weekly Scouting Events Calendar – Weekly E-mail that lists the next 14 days’ worth of events on the Committee/Board Meetings calendar (up to 14 events)

Local Scouts ranked first in region

BLOOMSBURG — The Columbia-Montour Boy Scout Council is celebrating its placement — first in the Northeast Region, second in the nation — in the Boy Scouts of America “Journey to Excellence” for 2013, a press release says.

The rankings are based on a number of measures, including membership growth, Scout retention, camp attendance, and community service. In these and other categories, the local council exceeded national and regional averages.

“The ‘Journey to Excellence’ is how the national Boy Scout organization evaluates scout councils,” said Attorney Barry Lewis, Columbia-Montour Council president. “Ranking first in our region and second in the nation is an accomplishment that our volunteers, youth members and professional staff can be very proud of.”

The BSA’s Northeast Region includes scout councils from Maine to Virginia as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and 27 countries in Europe.

“We have 25 percent of the area boys in Cub Scouts, while nationally the average is 13 percent,” Lewis said. “And in Boy Scouts, nearly 26 percent of this area’s boys are in scouts, while only about 14 percent are nationally.”

At the high school level, both boys and girls can belong to the Venture program. The local council has four Venture Crews.

Among the statistics that led to the council’s high rankings:

• Membership Growth: up 3.5 percent (nationally, average membership declined 5.9 percent)

• Retention of Youth Members: 78.8 percent (national average: 70.2 percent)

• Cub Scout Rank Advancement: 84.5 percent (national average: 62.8)

• Boy Scout Rank Advancement: 46.8 percent (national average: 45.5 percent)

• Cub Scout Camp Attendance: 53.2 percent (up nearly 5 percent from previous year)

• Boy Scout Camp Attendance: 80.2 percent

• Community Service: 13,526 hours, an average of 10.7 hours per youth member

• Top leader in pack, troop or crew received training: 87 percent (national average: 54 percent)

“While the statistics are impressive, the most important fact is that it shows Columbia-Montour Council’s volunteer leaders and staff are providing a high-quality program for the youth in the area,” said James Shearer, Area 4 Director for the national Scouts. Shearer and Area 4President John Mason presented the “Journey to Excellence” award to the council at a meeting of the executive board March 15.

Content From:http://www.pressenterpriseonline.com/daily/032714/page/3/story/local-scouts-ranked-first-in-region

Welcome to the Columbia-Montour Scout Council

The Columbia-Montour Council is proud to play an active role in youth development in the Pennsylvania counties of Columbia and Montour. The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, and provides a program that builds character. For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

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Wednesday – 1pm to 5 pm

Thursday and Friday – 9am to 5pm

Saturday-Sunday: Closed
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5 Audubon Court
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone (570) 784-2700
Fax (570) 387-4074

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