An Important Message to all Scout Families 

Thank you for your support of Scouting!  We would like to clarify some information that appeared in recent news stories concerning finances of the national Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization.  We want to make sure that you are getting accurate information particularly about how this relates to the Minsi Trails Council.

First, it’s important to know that while some of the news stories implied the national council has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the national BSA has not.  They are going through a due diligence phase with national board members and outside experts, and a possible financial restructuring is only one of the options being considered.  Also, note that no decision has been made on any of the options being considered, and the over-riding concern is for continued delivery and success of the Scouting programs for America’s youth and their families.

Below are some facts that we would like to share:

  • The Minsi Trails Council operates as a financially independent, not-for-profit organization that is separate from the national BSA organization.
  • The Minsi Trails Council is a 501(c)(3) entity incorporated in Pennsylvania.  Our Camps, Scout Service Center, assets, and finances are all locally owned and controlled by the Minsi Trails Council.
  • Our council is led by an independent, local executive board, advisory committee, and dedicated volunteer leaders who ensure that our council provides a quality program for area youth.  They oversee all aspects of our operations along with our experienced local staff.  As such, this means that the Minsi Trails Council is locally owned and led.
  • Our local Scouting programs, camps and the Scout Service Center will not be directly affected by any of the national BSA's consideration of their options.
  • All funds contributed to the Minsi Trails Council are used to support local Scouting in the Minsi Trails Council; this includes all Friends of Scouting donations, popcorn sales, gifts in kind, and all other types of support and donations.  We serve six counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey; all gifts and donations support our programs in those six counties.
  • Our Council is financially strong, in fact the Minsi Trails Council is among the strongest in the nation from perspectives of fiscal health, quality programs, volunteer leadership, safety, and staff quality.  Minsi Trails Council ranks among the top 15% of scout councils based on quality program delivery to youth.

We hope this helps clarify some of the important details that may not be apparent from the news stories.  The focus of the national BSA, and our local Minsi Trails Council, remains on providing today’s youth with the best experience possible that develops character, leadership, citizenship, and achievement for our youth.

In our council we look forward to bringing high-quality programs to the more than 10,000 youth we serve throughout our area’s neighborhoods and communities.  This is all possible only through the hard work of our volunteers and Scout families.

We thank you for your continued leadership and support of the youth in Minsi Trails Council and wish you a happy holiday season and new year!

Minsi Trails Council is happy to welcome Richard “Rick” Christ as our new Scout Executive & CEO.  Rick is currently Scout Executive & CEO of Baden-Powell Council in Binghamton NY and previously served as Assistant Scout Executive for Minsi Trails Council.  Rick will officially join the council on January 1, 2019.


BSA National Youth Protection Training Update - National 3/01/2018

March 2018 Letter                     Youth Protection Training Link

Youth Protection Training "How to Guide"

Integration of Lion Cubs into the Cub Scout Program - National 2018

Recognizing the success of the National Lion pilot program, the Boy Scouts of America's Board of Directors have approved integrating Lions into the Cub Scout program empowering chartered partners with packs to offer the experience to Kindergarten-age children nationwide. Learn More

BSA Expands Program - National 10/11/2017

Family Scouting Q & A               Family Scouting News Release

PA State Youth Protection Clearance Requirements (PA Act 15) - Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 2015

For youth-serving organizations in Pennsylvania, new clearance requirements were enacted that need to be completed before you can volunteer and work with youth in PA. Please click here for all the important new details.

Scouting Impact - National November 2017

An independent research study conducted by Tufts University reported boys involved in Scouting had a four-fold increase in character attributes like cheerfulness, helpfulness, kindness, obedience, trustworthiness and hopeful future expectations. Positive character translates into doing better in school, having higher career goals and making better life choices. In short the Tufts Study shows, Scouting Builds Character. Click here for more details on the Tufts Study.

Minsi Trails Council, BSA serves over 10,000 youth through the leadership of 3,800 adult volunteers. The council provides programs to youth throughout the Anthracite region, Pocono Mountains and Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania along with western New Jersey and serves six-counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, Carbon, Luzerne, and Warren Counties. The local Scouting heritage dates back more than 105 years to 1910 when the council’s first scout troops were established in Allentown and Easton. Minsi Trails Council has three Scout camps in the Pocono Mountains: Akelaland Cub Scout Camp and Settlers Camp at the Trexler Scout Reservation in Jonas, PA and Camp Minsi located in Pocono Summit, PA. Combined, these camps serve more than 5,000 campers annually. 

Who We Serve:
• 10,000 local youth members
• 5,000 local adult leaders
• Nearly 300 packs, troops and crews
• More than 200 chartered organizations

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Upcoming Events

Minsi Trails Council Shooting Sports Committee is committed to serving in an ongoing manner the units and districts of Minsi Trails...
North Valley District Roundtable takes place the first Thursday of every month at the old school next to St. John the Baptist Church in Whitehall....
Dear Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Advisors, and Committee Chairs, On Saturday, January 5th, our district will hold its annual Re-charter Day at First...
Witauchsoman Lodge #44 Order of the Arrow Lodge Family Banquet January 5, 2019 Stroudsmoor Country Inn CELEBRATE OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY! To reserve...
Click here for the Snowbound 2019 Save the Date...
  *Registration Details* Each registrant must be named in registration to receive an admission ticket Payment must be made to Minsi Trails...
Our annual re-chartering process will take place at St. James Lutheran Church in Stewartsville, NJ.   Please check 2 preferred times for...
Click here for the Winter Webelos Event information...
Popcorn Top Sellers Party Tuesday, January 15, 2019 6-8pm The Top 50 selling Scouts will: Enjoy two hours of jump time with a friend Get a key...
Come experience winter at Camp Minsi with a day of fun on the frozen water of Stillwater Lake. Units are responsible for their...
2019 Forks of the Delaware Volunteer Recognition Dinner Come out and enjoy a night of fellowship with other Scouters from the district....
We will have an event flier up shortly.  Just mark in your calendars this date for the Klondike...
Silver Beavers now announced! Click HERE for printable registration form Click HERE for advertising...


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