From the desk of Ethan Draddy: our new Strategic Plan for central Maryland

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“The Challenge is to remain relevant for today’s youth and adaptable…remaining true to the mission of Scouting”, Barry Williams, Chairman of the Board for our Baltimore Area Council.

Communities in central Maryland are fortunate in that the nurturing efforts of dedicated volunteers produce more than one thousand growing and vibrant Scouting programs as a strong force for good.

From the Report to the State and University of Scouting to the vast and varied summer camp staffs….to the Jamboree leadership gearing up for eleven Troops at the Bechtel Summit….to Wood Badge….to hundreds of participants at Philmont….to Order of the Arrow youth leadership development and fellowship….to hundreds of Districts  programs….and more….Scouting is helping parents raise strong children

In the midst of this plethora of quality programs effecting more than 50,000 youth and adult leaders, Baltimore Area Council volunteer leaders and staff have just completed a six month learning process producing a new five-year Strategic Plan. This process invited two reasonable questions from Barry Williams, Chairman of the Board, Chad Gillenwater, Advisory Board Chair, Commissioner Trey Shupert and others: “What do we want to be in the future” and “how do we want to get there.”

We are grateful that fellow board member Chris Inglis, a Distinguished Eagle Scout himself, served as our chair for the Strategic Plan Key Committee.  Under his capable leadership, seven sub-committees organized. Our countless thanks to the following chairs: Impact & Participation Committee – Dr. Kevin Maxwell, Vice Chair of the Board-Membership and Superintendent, Anne Arundel Public Schools; Resources and Finances- David Gibbons, Executive Vice Chair of the Board and Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP; Building Our Brand – Dwight Crone, National Pike District Chair and Partner, McFarlin Insurance; Dynamic and Relevant Program-Ron Andro, Vice Chair of the Board and Chief Operating Officer, Baltimore-Washington Medical Center; Innovation and Technology – Steve Martino, Vice Chair of the Board and Director of the Maryland Lottery; Youth Advocacy and Strategic Relationship – Gerald Stansbury, Vice Chair of the Board-Relationships and President, NAACP Maryland Conference; Leadership Excellence and Culture – Ken Kelly, Council Treasurer and SVP, Corporate Controller, McCormick & Company.

Each sub-committee was tasked with examining our current status and how we can further extend the vision of the Boy Scouts of America throughout Central Maryland. It’s the Executive Boards’ intent to invite various standing committees of the Baltimore Area Council to help guide the tactical aspects of the plan that have been developed.  You are invited to review the Executive Summary www.baltimorebsa.org/openrosters/DocDownload.aspx?orgkey=749&id=63451

We think it important to share this very important information with you so you may understand how we are addressing this Strategic Plan and how the Baltimore Area Council is very grateful for the incredible contributions and down right brain power of our volunteer and staff leadership. The Baltimore Area Council’s Strategic Plan is a vital process not only for the continued sustainability of our council but for the future viability of Maryland.

Click on www.baltimorebsa.org/gettheplan to “Get the Plan” in the words of Board Chair Barry, Executive Vice Chair Dave, Scouts, leaders and parents.

Ethan

 

 

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