Boy Scouts of America Leatherstocking Council

Growing Tomorrow's Leaders, Today!

aka Leatherstocking Council   |   Utica, NY   |  https://www.leatherstockingcouncil.org/

Mission

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Notes from the nonprofit

We completed the merger of two councils in 2016. Our 2016 990 was sent to the IRS on November 8, 2017.

Ruling year info

1965

Scout Executive

Mr. Ray Eschenbach

Main address

Leatherstocking Council 1401 Genesee St.

Utica, NY 13501 USA

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Formerly known as

Revolutionary Trails Council

Otschodela Council

EIN

54-2071388

NTEE code info

Boy Scouts (O41)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to research conducted by The John Templeton Foundation, and the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, as Scouts’ tenure in the program increases, they report higher levels of trustworthiness, intentional self-regulation, hopeful future expectations and better grades. Scouts who regularly attend meetings, report higher outcomes when compared to those with lower attendance. Scouts are more likely to embrace positive social values than non-Scouts. Scouts showed a four-fold increase in obedience and helpfulness when compared to non-Scouts. While Scouts showed a two fold increase in cheerfulness and helpfulness, non-Scouts showed a two-fold decrease in these attributes. Scouts showed a three-fold increase in hopefulness when compared to non-Scouts. When youth are hopeful about the future, it is proven they are more likely to do well in school, have higher career aspirations and make more thoughtful choices.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Cub Scouts

Cub Scout activities are centered around earning badges that are specific to each school grade level. This badge represents a rank. Advancement refers to the progress a Cub Scout makes toward their badge of rank. All of the activities for each rank are in the Cub Scout handbooks. Based on different topics such as hiking, nature, science, citizenship, first aid, sports, and more, adventures are earned as a Cub Scout advances toward their badge of rank. Once an adventure is completed, a Cub Scout receives recognition in the form of an adventure loop or adventure pin.

Population(s) Served

Not all Boy Scout camps are created equal. Sure, each offers a terrific program to entertain and challenge Scouts, but every Scout camp has unique program elements that make it special.

Organized camping is a creative, educational experience in cooperative group living in the outdoors. It uses the natural surroundings to contribute significantly to physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth.
◾Camping contributes to good health.
◾Camping helps campers develop self-reliance and resourcefulness.
◾Camping enhances spiritual growth.
◾Camping contributes to social development.
◾Camping is an experience in citizenship training.

Population(s) Served

Venturing is a youth development program for young men and women who are 13 and have completed the eighth grade, or age 14 through 20 years of age. Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.

Venturing crews can specialize in a variety of avocation or hobby interests.

Goals

Young adults involved in Venturing will:

•Learn to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling the values in the Venturing Oath and Code.


•Experience a program that is fun and full of challenge and adventure.


•Become a skilled training and program resource for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other groups.


•Acquire skills in the areas of high adventure, sports, arts and hobbies, religious life, or Sea Scouting.


•Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be given opportunities to take on leadership roles.


•Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and fun environment.


Methods

The aims of the Boy Scouts of America are to build character, develop citizenship, and foster personal fitness. The Venturing methods listed below have been carefully designed to achieve the aims of the Boy Scouts of America and meet the needs of young adults.

•Leadership. All Venturers are given opportunities to learn and apply proven leadership skills. A Venturing crew is led by elected crew officers. The Venturing Leadership Skills Course is designed for all Venturers and helps teach them in an active way to lead effectively.


•Group Activities. Venturing activities are interdependent group experiences in which success is dependent on the cooperation of all. Learning by "doing" in a group setting provides opportunities for developing new skills.


•Adult Association. The youth officers lead the crew. The officers and activity chairs work closely with adult Advisors and other adult leaders in a spirit of partnership. The adults serve in a "shadow" leader capacity.


•Recognition. Recognition comes through the Venturing advancement program and through the acknowledgement of a youth's competence and ability by peers and adults.


•The Ideals. Venturers are expected to know and live by the Venturing Oath and Code. They promise to be faithful in religious duties, treasure their American heritage, help others, and seek truth and fairness.


•High Adventure. Venturing's emphasis on high adventure helps provide team-building opportunities, new meaningful experiences, practical leadership application, and lifelong memories to young adults.


•Teaching Others. All of the Venturing awards require Venturers to teach what they have learned to others. When they teach others often, Venturers are better able to retain the skill or knowledge taught, they gain confidence in their ability to speak and relate to others, and they acquire skills that can benefit them for the rest of their lives as a hobby or occupation.

Population(s) Served

Leatherstocking Council currently provides youth with the opportunity and ability to take part in the outdoor program of climbing. The Leatherstocking Council currently owns a portable Climbing Wall and takes youth to natural rock for climbing activities.

Planning is in progress for a climbing tower to be located at Camp Henderson. It will soon be available for Scouts, Ventures and Explorers at Camp Henderson with the approval of the Climbing Committee and necessary staff.

Population(s) Served

On the shores of Crumhorn Lake, Henderson Scout Reservation offers numerous waterfront activities including swimming, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, sailing, SUPs, and snorkeling. Test your abilities on our iceberg or simply relax and enjoy the waters and spectacular views.

Merit Badge Opportunities
•Canoeing
•Kayaking
•Lifesaving
•Rowing
•Small Boat Sailing
•Swimming



Open Program Opportunities
•Boating (including Stand-Up Paddleboarding)
•Swimming
•Sailing
•Snorkeling
•Water Carnival

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have the ability to understand and comprehend communication

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Cub Scouts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In order to advance, youth are given the opportunity to lead their peers and learn throughout all of our programs how to communicate, motivate and respond to communication challenges.

Number of children who have an innate motivation to master and control their environment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Camping

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Scouting expands the comfort zones of our youth by presenting them with new challenges. Typically in a camping environment, these exercises may also be presented in pack or troop settings.

Number of children who have the ability to use language for expression and to communicate with others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Cub Scouts

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Youth in our program become very good at using language to express themselves and communicate with their packs and troops. Older Scouts have the opportunity to obtain a communications merit badge.

Number of children who have the skills necessary to maintain personal health

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Cub Scouts

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Personal health and fitness are critical components of all of our programs. They are so important that the Scout Oath contains the phrase, I will keep myself physically strong.

Number of youth who demonstrate leadership skills (e.g., organizing others, taking initiative, team-building)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Cub Scouts

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

For 109 years, BSA has established and maintained its reputation as being the most successful youth serving organization when it comes to the development of leadership skills.

Number of students with good social and leadership skills and self-discipline

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Cub Scouts

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Scouting provides a safe, positive environment for youth to get outside, work together with their peers and each raises up the other when it comes to upholding the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law.

Number of youth who demonstrate civic participation skills (e.g., compromise, perspective-taking)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Cub Scouts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

On the average, each of our Scouts give 150 hours of community service each year!

Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Cub Scouts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Just looking at our Eagle Scouts, we have 65+ community service projects initiated each year, plus council-wide initiatives like Scouting For Food that collects 50,000 food items for homeless Veterans

Number of youth-led community service projects

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Cub Scouts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

While we have 150 troops and packs that conduct community service projects each year, our Eagle Scouts tend to attract the most attention with their community service projects.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Cub Scouts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

100% of our youth participate in one or more community service projects each year. All of our youth are encouraged to take on a leadership role in choosing what project they complete.

Estimated dollar value of food donations distributed to community feedings programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Cub Scouts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Each year, our 3,000 members collect 50,000 nonperishable food items for homeless veterans and local food banks valued at over $250,000.

Number of youth who consider the implications of their actions on others, their community, and the environment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Cub Scouts

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In all of our programs and our camping activities, our Scouts are taught to always be considerate of their actions and the impact they have on others, their community and the environment.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they avoid bullying behaviors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Cub Scouts

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our youth members, adult leaders and staff are all required to take annual training in youth safety, which includes how to identify and prevent bullying behaviors. We have a zero tolerance policy.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Camping

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018, 159 Scouts received $25,815 worth of camperships (based on financial need). Another four Eagle Scouts each received $2,000 scholarships for college and/or trade school.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

BSA Leatherstocking Council serves approximately 4,400 youth in Delaware, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties. That is approximately 6% of the total available youth in our market. Within the next five years, we seek to grow our membership to 10% to 15% of the total available youth in our market.

Recruiting new Scouts comes down to a noticeable presence in the community. Identifying motivated volunteers to work with staff to create new Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venture Crews and Explorer posts. We train youth leaders as well to help recruit members through peer to peer solicitation, while the adult volunteers and staff focus on building and leveraging relationships with community groups. New Scouts are attracted to the same things that retain existing Scouts: fun and educational programs, exciting camping opportunities, clean and safe camps and fun opportunities for rank advancement.

Last year, we were the only one of nine councils in the Northeast Area to achieve growth in traditional membership. We did this by adding local district executives, so we are now fully staffed with one full-time recruiter per district (the Leatherstocking Council is divided up into four districts). Our limited staff compliments a roster of hundreds of capable and experienced adult leaders. We have a 400-acre Cub Scout Camp near Rome, NY and a 600-acre Boy Scout Camp near Cooperstown, NY.

Two years ago, we were the only one of nine councils in the Northeast to achieve growth in traditional membership. While only 2% of Scouting membership achieves the highest rank of Eagle Scout, for the last few years between 6% and 7% of our members have become Eagle Scouts. We celebrate these outstanding citizens each October and January. Over the past year, public events have raised our awareness. We have also doubled our Facebook followers and obtained a $5,000 grant for marketing along with $10,000 worth of Gift-in-kind television commercials. As our image is perceived in the community, so goes membership. Most recently, Mitt Romney's managing director of Bain Capital in Boston, MA, Mr. Steve Barnes, has pledged to donate $100,000 in memory of his father Robert Barnes, Sr., a longtime volunteer at Camp Kingsley, if we can raise $200,000 by July 4, 2020 for capital improvements. Given two-thirds of our membership are Cub Scouts, having this opportunity to improve the camping experience for our Cub Scouts will have a positive impact on retention and recruitment.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Boy Scouts of America Leatherstocking Council

Board of directors
as of 12/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Matt Dziedzic

Ross Berntson

Indium Corporation

Gus DeTraglia

DeTraglia Law

Dale Downin

Delaware County

Frank Dubeck

MD

Matt Dziedzic

Allstate Insurance

Kirk Evans

Favicon Consulting

Sean Fadale

Community Memorial Hospital

Ken Hawks

Retired

Peter Hedglon

Attorney

Matt Jacobs

Alion Science and Technology

Bill Kline

Adirondack Financial President

John Lauchert

Horizon CFO, LLC

Dave Leidy

U Source

Marybeth McCall

MD

Jared Miller

Prolifiq Sign Studio

Thomas Mills

Delaware Cnty Sheriff Dept.

Hank Nicols

Buffalo State College

Paul Obernesser

Retired Engineer

Mike O'Brein

NBT Bank Financial Services

Zachary Oren

City of Utica Attorney

Gary Scalzo

Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig

Joe Sellers

Dir. Of Eastern Operations, Bassett Healthcare

Kathleen Sellers

SUNY IT

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/18/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/18/2019

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.