EAU CLAIRE, Wis (WEAU)-- The Chippewa Valley's Boy Scout Council was given a big honor today. It was named number one in the nation out of 285 Boy Scout Councils in the Journal of Excellence Program.
Executive Director Matt Hill says it was rated on leadership, the strength of its finances and badge accomplishments among other things. But the success of their program is thanks to its volunteers and scouts.
"It’s really exciting is a testament to our volunteers," said Hill.
Serving 4,500 families, the Chippewa Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America is one of just a few Boy Scout programs growing in the nation.
"We have a plan in place to make sure that we are serving our kids to the best of our ability. So that our kids get a quality program that teaches stewardship and leadership and most importantly is still fun," said Hill.
Last year the council grew in membership by 5%.
Chris Colbert and his son Graeson have been with the Chippewa Valley Scouts for six years.
“Its fun getting to do something outside and things you can do outside and I also enjoy meeting people like me,” said Graeson Colbert.
But the Colbert’s say the value of scouts goes beyond fun adventure.
“For me it gives us opportunity to spend time together and really build what I would call the values that our important in our kids,” said Chris Colbert.
The council serves 10 counties in Western Wisconsin.
Hill says they are always looking for more scouts and volunteers to help keep the strong tradition going.