About the Northeast Iowa Council
The Northeast Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America (NEIC) is headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa and serves 3,927 youth in Allamakee, Clayton, Delaware and Dubuque counties in Iowa, along with parts of Jackson & Jo Daviess County in Illinois. The Council is supported by 1,244 registered volunteers.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the Nation’s largest and most prominent value-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of active citizenship, and develops personal fitness. For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining fun activities with teamwork, service, and lifelong values. It is our mission to continue this curriculum to better prepare young people to make ethical and moral decisions throughout their lifetime. We could not do that without these three groups of leaders:
The NEIC Council Professional Staff
The Northeast Iowa Council provides unit leader training, program ideas, camping facilities, community marketing professional guidance for volunteer leaders, and liability insurance protection. We host fundraising events, secure grant funding, organize outreach programs, and are here to help our unit leaders, volunteers, and Scouting families.
The Chartering Organization Partner
The Boy Scouts of America brings Scouting programs to youth by chartering with community organizations to operate Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venture Crews, and Explorer posts. The chartered organization must provide an adequate and safe meeting place with capable adult leadership. Chartered organizations agree to use the Scouting program in accordance with their own policies as well as those from BSA. The program is flexible but major departures from BSA methods and policies are not permitted.
Scouting’s adult volunteers provide leadership at the unit, district, council, and national levels. Many are parents of Scouts and many entered Scouting as youth members. Each chartered organization establishes a unit committee, which operates its Scouting unit, selects leadership, and provides support for a quality program. Most unit committees depend on parents for membership.
The unit committee selects the Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, or Exploring Adviser, and then they are approved by the chartered organization. The unit leader must be a good role model because our children’s values and lives will be influenced by that leader. You need to know your child’s unit leader and be involved in the unit committee activities so you can evaluate and help direct this decision process.
For more information on Scouting and the National Organization of the Boy Scouts of America, please visit their website.