Cape Fear Council, BSA

Anthony Nigro, NECF District Executive of the Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts of America talked about scouting in the Northeast Cape Fear Council of the BSA and program changes the scouts have made to accommodate young families wanting scouting experiences for their sons and daughters. (photo by Jeff Wenzel, Above Topsail)


The mission of the Cape Fear Council, Boy Scouts of America is to foster the character development, citizenship training and physical fitness of young people, and in other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values based on those found in the Scout Oath and Law. 


Anthony relayed some scouting facts

  • The Northeast Cape Fear District includes northern New Hanover County and Pender County.
  • The district has over 1,000 boys and girls across 36 units in the various scouting programs list above. This includes an explorer post at the Pender Memorial Hospital that give high school students opportunities to explore potential career paths.
  • Scouting membership in the District grew by 8% in 2019.
  • There were 28 Scouts in the NECF district who earned their Eagle Scout Award this past year providing more than 2,800 man-hours of community service with their projects.
  • More than 200 scouts attended week-long summer camps last year.
  • Youth Fun Day in September attracted 500 youth and 400 adults to participate in sports, fishing, Cub Scout Adventures and other activities during the day-long event.
  • More than 140 campers attended weekend events at the McNeill Cub Scout World.

Scouting Programs


Boy Scouts of America- a recognized organization for over 100 years

Anthony explained the scouts are not changing their name, they are the Boy Scouts of America. What is changing is the opportunity for girls to become members of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

  • Cub Scouts now includes separate girls dens for girls ages 5-10.
  • Boy Scouts has become ‘Scouts BSA’ and includes separate girls troops for ages 11-17.
  • The other programs listed above will stay the same as they already include girls.

BSA Topsail Island Breakfast Fundraiser

Anthony also related the upcoming BSA Topsail Island Breakfast Fundraiser on Feb 28th at 6:30 AM at the Southern Roots Grille, in Holly Ridge. Speaker will be Four Star U.S. Army General Curtis (Mike) Scaparrotti (retired) who himself was a boy scout. Breakfast is free but seating is limited so please RSVP to Rick Stidley –rstidley@aol.com


To learn more about Scouts and the Cape Fear Council of BSA visit them on the web

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