About Us

The Inland Northwest Council

Serving youth and families in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho

 
The Inland Northwest Council, # 611, serves more than 10,600 youth members with nearly 5,000 volunteer leaders in more than 600 Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity teams, Venture crews, Explorer posts, and Learning for Life groups.The council is divided into 9 districts each with staff support as well as a volunteer committee to organize and support Scouting programs in its geographic area. The council employs 22 full-time, 3 part-time and 150 temporary (for summer camp operations) employees.

History
Scouting was founded in 1910 in the United States and in 1915 in the Spokane area.  The council was first incorporated in the State ofWashington in 1922 as the Inland Empire Council.  The current Inland Northwest Council was formed after a merger with the Lewis-Clark and Idaho Panhandle Councils in 1992. A local volunteer executive board governs the council with an executive committee of officers and an advisory board. 

Area
The council boundaries include the following Washington counties: Spokane, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Lincoln, Whitman, Garfield, and Asotin plus the panhandle of Idaho including these Idaho counties: Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, Latah, Lewis, Nex Perce, Idaho and Clearwater.
 
Camps
The council operates three Boy Scout camps: Camp Easton on the east side of Lake Coeur d’Alene, Camp Cowles on Diamond Lake north of Spokane, and Camp Grizzly on the Palouse River near Potlatch Idaho.  The council also operates the nationally recognized North Idaho High Adventure Base that takes older youth on week-long whitewater rafting trips on the Salmon River.
 
Service Centers
Three Council Service Centers support our programs to nearly 5,000 volunteer leaders. The council is headquartered in the service center inSpokane, Washington (411 W. Washington St., Spokane, WA 99201, 509-325-4562).  Additional service centers are located in Hayden,Idaho (10739 N. Government Way, 208-772-2455)and Clarkston, Washington (915 6th Street, Clarkston, WA 99403 509-758-7575).  

Budget & Funding
The council’s annual budget is $2.4 million. Revenue comes from United Way (4%), popcorn sales (14%), donations (28%), program fees (37%), sale of supplies (3%), endowments (6%), special events (4%) and other (4%). 86% of the revenues are spent on program services, 9% on management, and 5% on fundraising. The council partners with the Spokane County United Way, Twin County United Way and the United Way of Pullman.  
 
Strategic Plan
Our strategic plan includes initiatives to enable: (1) every participant to advance at least one rank or earn at least 3 recognitions annually; (2) every participant to have an outdoor program experience at least 3 times a year; (3) every participant to benefit from fully-trained volunteer leadership at every level (unit, district & council.); (4) every member to participate in at least one or more community service projects annually. 

Our Mission & Vision
Our mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Our vision is to enrich the lives of youth through ACTS: Advancement & recognition, Camping & adventure, Trained mentors, and Service to the community. 
 
Scout Law
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
 
Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.