Our vision is to inspire youth to become honorable men and women, prepared to face the challenges of tomorrow and lead others to make a positive impact on the world.
The Inland Northwest Council, #611, serves more than 3,100 youth members with over 1,700 volunteer leaders in more than 140 Cub Scout Packs, Scouts BSA Troops, Venture Crews, and Explorer Posts. The council is divided into 4 districts each with staff support as well as a volunteer committee to organize and support Scouting programs in its geographic area. The council employs 9 full-time, 1 part-time, and 100 temporary employees (for summer camp operations).
Scouting was founded in 1910 in the United States and in 1915 as the Spokane Council. The council was incorporated in the state of Washington 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.
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, Nez Perce, Idaho, and Clearwater.
The council operates three Scout camps:
Camp Easton on Lake Coeur d’Alene,
Camp Cowles on Diamond Lake
Camp Grizzly on the Palouse River near Potlatch Idaho.
The Council Service Center is headquartered in Spokane, Washington (411 W. Boy Scout Way, Spokane, WA 99201, 509-325-4562).
Budget & Funding
The council’s annual budget is $1.7 million. Revenue comes from program fees (50%), popcorn sales (18%), donations (14%), special events (4%), and other (14%). 86% of the revenues are spent on program services, 8% on management, and 6% on fundraising. The council partners with various community organizations and businesses to sponsor units, events, and special activities.
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America 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.
A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
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.