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Dear Leaders, Parents and Scouts,

Earlier this year, Scouting launched a new program called “Voice of the Scout”. This innovative feedback program gives parents, leaders and youth a voice in developing Scouting programs at every level. The Sioux Council has participated in this program through two survey cycles and has received valuable input from scout leaders and parents.

For those of you that may not be familiar, Voice of the Scout surveys are sent via email to registered leaders, parents and older Scouts twice per year. The program uses a variety of short questionnaires, targeted toward different groups to build a detailed larger picture that focuses squarely on membership retention and program quality. The questionnaire takes only a few minutes to complete, and the information collected is anonymous.  The overall results are then provided to our local council so we can develop ways to better the program at all levels.

Your support is crucial to the success of this program and the future enhancement of Scouting.  However, having an accurate e-mail database is critical to the program’s success.  As a result we are asking leaders to visit with their Scouting families so see if they are willing to share their email address with us and for those that approve, we are asking the unit leadership to please email us their unit email rosters so that our database is as complete and accurate as possible and then urge your parents and older youth to watch for and complete the surveys they receive via email.

Let your voice be heard and help guide the future of the Scouting movement.  Please visit with your Scouting families and email your unit email rosters to




John Bultsma

Sioux Council Board Member / Voice of the Scout Champion

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