Top Priority for the New Birth of Freedom Council – A Message from Council President Matt Haar

To Our New Birth of Freedom Scouting family,

We are facing an unprecedented situation, and I’m asking for your help.

Last year, due to the Covid pandemic, our Cub Scout membership dropped by 42 percent. Let that sink in. In a single year, we lost almost half of our Cub Scouts. For the first time in history, we actually have fewer Cub Scouts than Scouts BSA members. And, since more than 90 percent of Scouts BSA members were Cub Scouts first, today’s Cub numbers are tomorrow’s troop, crew and ship members unless we act now.

The situation is serious, but it is reversible and must be reversed. After a year cooped up due to COVID, our young people want and need to get outdoors again, and with our great outdoor activities, skills training, leadership opportunities, and instilled values, there’s no better organization than the BSA to reach out to the young people in our area.

But, growing membership is hard, even in good times, and it won’t happen by itself. That’s why I’m asking each and every one of us, myself included, to grab an oar because this challenge requires an “all hands on deck” team effort.

I sincerely ask you to do two things today. First, please watch this short video, and second, please download this one-page document that outlines our fall membership plan. You can also visit our website hereWhile no one of us can do everything in the plan, every one of us can do some of it. Please review the plan, and answer the question, “What can I do?” 

I’d appreciate it if you would also share and discuss this message with your fellow Scouters.  Please help me make sure that no one is missed, because, as I said earlier, we really do need all hands on deck.

Thanks in advance for your help. Despite the seriousness of the situation, I know that Scouting is a team second to none, and I’m confident that together we can restore our membership numbers to healthy levels, and deliver our program to as many local youths as possible. 


Matt Haar
Council President

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