One of the oldest Boy Scouts of America organizations in the United States, the Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Councils (GNYC), also remains one of the largest organizations in the nation, with more than 5,000 volunteers, 800 units in all disciplines, and a support network of more than 700 organizations in the five boroughs of New York City. Led by Scout Executive Ethan Draddy, the GNYC remains committed to providing a program that helps young people develop character, responsibility, and leadership skills for the future.
For over a century the boy Scouts of america has prided itself on building strong leaders in
communities across New York City. Just as a Scout needs a map and compass to guide him
through the woods, the Greater New York Councils requires good planning and effective tools
to successfully implement the Scouting program in an ever changing environment.
The Greater New York Councils formed a committee of volunteers and senior staff to develop
our strategic plan for the next five years. We began the process by asking borough presidents,
district leaders, unit leaders, parents of Scouts and GNYC executive staff for their input.
Volunteer ownership of membership management, financial sustainability and camping
operations were the common threads in all of our research findings. These concepts are woven
throughout the plan in order to give our council the greatest opportunity for success and
sustainable growth. each initiative will be led by volunteers with staff playing a key role in
supporting their efforts.