The vision of the Inland Northwest Council 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 2,000 youth members with over 1,500 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 dedicated staff support and a volunteer committee to organize and support Scouting programs in its geographic area. The council employs 16 full-time staff and nearly 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.
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 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 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.