Here is where we stand at the end of last week:
We have received $241,930 of the budgeted revenue of $322,930 (75% of goal reached)
Additionally, we have received an additional $27,151 to cover the $59,351 revenue shortfall (46% of goal reached)
Each week we exceed revenue projections or are below budget in expense projections, we as a council move closer to achieving the year end goal. Thank you for your help and continued support of our local Scouts.
The Council's leadership and Executive Board have been working diligently on the 2016 Council Operating Budget and as soon as it is completed and approved, I will be posting it here on my blog for your review. Also, we have been working with many resources to gather the facts concerning the construction of Bayport Scout Reservation and the finances of that complete project. Again, as soon as we have the final details to share, they will be posted here for review.
A few thoughts on membership. Last year our council ended the year with a 651 loss in membership compared to 2013. That represents a 11.7% loss in membership from the end of 2013 to 2014. One of my objectives at the beginning of 2015 was to at least reduce, if not eliminate the membership deficit our council faces. This past spring, rechartering losses were much lower than in previous years and our deficit shrank to -352 at the end of June 2015 compared to end of June 2014, significant improvement in just six months. Our percentage of youth that rechartered and were retained was better than in the past and better retention reflects quality program offered at the unit level.
Since June, the deficit has slowly crept back up to -456 at the end of September compared to end of September 2014. Recruiting efforts have been difficult this year. We do have 55 units in the council that have already met or passed thier end of 2014 Registered Number of Youth in 2015. In Chesapeake Bay District: Packs 81, 200, Troops 54, 86, 113, 124, 132, 133, 138, 2010, Team 28, Crews 28, 111 and Ship 1781. In First Colony District: Pack 108, Troops 103, 155, 300 and Post 911. In Siouan Rivers District: Packs 24, 132, 232, Troops 125, 132, 232. In Colonial Trail District: Packs 25, 95, 96, Troops 7, 30, 36, 73, 95, 96, 544, Crews 25, 247, Ship 16. In Monitor Merrimac District: Packs 11, 29, 128, 275, 310, 333, 342, Troops 1, 6, 18, 99, 158, 275, 368, Crews 140, 595, Post 7570. Thank you to each of these units for topping out on membership and thank you to all units that have invited and received new Scouts this fall. There are many units in the council that are just a handful of Scouts away from having more youth registered this year compared to the end of last year. Your District Executive can provide you with specific numbers for your unit.
Please do everything possible to continue to extend Scouting to youth in your community. While here I state numbers, it is critically important to remember that behind each number is a face, a face of a young person that is enjoying our program and the lifetime of benefits that come with it. Parents want what Scouting offers, we must remain steadfast in letting families not yet involved in Scouting what we are really all about. Together, we can turn our council's membership around and end the year serving more youth than last year. I appreciate your commitment to help.