The Northeast Iowa Council, Boy Scouts of America is proud to announce they finished 16th overall in the Scouting’s Journey to Excellence performance recognition program for 2015. The Northeast Iowa Council has achieved a Gold Journey to Excellence rating, the highest ranking, for the fifth year in a row.
The Scouting’s Journey to Excellence is the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of its units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. The program measures the Council on the following objectives: fiscal management and fundraising, membership market share, youth growth and retention, Cub Scout and Boy Scout advancement, Cub Scout and Boy Scout camping, community service, unit service, and leadership in the council, district, and unit.
The Northeast Iowa Council serves 26.2% of the Cub Scout-aged and 19.56% of the Boy Scout-aged youth in the area. The youth remain in the program at a 72.67% retention rate. In 2015, Cub Scouts in the council earned 1,062 new ranks; Boy Scouts in the council earned 354 ranks and 2,204 merit badges.
The Boy Scouts of America has 273 Councils nationwide. The Boy Scouts, Northeast Iowa Council serves 2,312 youth in six counties in Iowa and Illinois. The Council, supported by 1,081 volunteers, is headquartered in Dubuque, IA.