The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 9, 2013

National Boy Scouts Honor Local Scout Council

The Daily Item

— BLOOMSBURG — Boy Scouts of America has announced that Columbia-Montour Council has earned first place in its Northeast Region in membership growth and in the BSA’s “Journey to Excellence,” which judges program quality.

“We are proud to recognize Columbia-Montour Council, which serves the youth of Columbia and Montour counties and part of Luzerne County, as the regional leader in membership growth and program excellence,” said James K. Shearer, Northeast Region Area 4 director for the Boy Scouts of America.

Journey to Excellence measures Boy Scout councils in five areas: finance, membership, program, unit service and leadership/governance. The councils are judged on such activities as percentage of trained direct contact leaders and executive board members, community service, membership growth, rank advancement by youth members and fiscal stability. Columbia-Montour Council is one of 72 councils in the BSA’s Northeast Region, which covers the area from Maine to Virginia and also includes councils in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Europe.

“Columbia-Montour Council is doing an outstanding job in delivering the Scouting program to more than 1,000 youth in the Bloomsburg, Danville and Berwick areas,” Shearer said. “It’s a tribute to the hard work and commitment of the troop, pack, den and Venture Crew leaders and other adult volunteers who are ensuring that a quality experience in Scouting is available to area boys and girls.

“Although many Scout councils across the country have seen a decline in membership, Columbia-Montour Council continues to grow, adding three new units in the past year. That’s a remarkable achievement.”

Area youth interested in Scouting can call the Columbia-Montour Council at (570) 784-2700 or go to for more information. Cub Scouts is for boys in Grades 1-5, Boy Scouts for boys ages 11-17 and Venturers for boys and girls ages 14-20.