The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Scouting is designed to teach age appropriate life skills, citizenship, responsible decision making, leadership skills and more. For over 100 years the BSA has effectively developed character in America's youth through a proven program delivered through trained volunteers. Scouting partners with local organizations, primarily churches and civic groups to deliver the Scouting program.
The Boy Scouts of America is chartered by Congress to provide Scouting for America's youth. The Blue Grass Council is one of 272 Councils chartered to the BSA. The Council was chartered in 1917. Today's council is the direct result of merging of at least 5 different smaller councils during the past 90 years. The BGC is charged with providing Scouting programs in 55 counties in central, eastern, and southern Kentucky. The Council has a volunteer board of directors which governs its daily business. The Council headquarters is located at 3445 Richmond Road in Lexington. The Council owns a 750 acre property between Mt. Sterling and Clay City in Montgomery County that serves as its camp. Camp McKee offers several weeks of Boy Scout camp each summer, Cub Scout camp sessions, and serves as a site for district and council weekend events on a year around basis. A number of excellent training programs for adult Scouters are offered throughout the year at Camp McKee. The facility is available for rentals for Scout groups, religious groups, corporate training and retreats, and private functions such as weddings and various outside corporate trainings.
The 55 county service areas are divided into 6 districts. Each district is staffed by a professional, and has a volunteer committee structure that is responsible for planning and implementation of activities around the four core Scouting functions... membership, program, manpower, and finances.
Boy Scouts is for boys 11-18. The program is built around outdoor activities with an emphasis on learning values, citizenship, community services and a whole range of life skills. Scouts earn merit badges which lead to advancements while participating in challenging activities.
Venturing is a co-ed program for youth 14-20 focusing on high-adventure activities and advanced leadership training.
2. Financial Support: A key variable in our ability to deliver the Scouting program to youth is finances. In 2015 we provided more than $20,000 in financial assistance to families in order to participate in Scouting. Help make sure no Scout is turned away for financial reasons. Operating expenses for the Council programs and camp facilities continue to increase while the Council has lost significant funding sources. Ongoing operating support is vital for the strength of Scouting in our region.
3. Volunteers: Finding, training and mobilizing volunteers that will establish and grow new units, step into leadership voids in existing units, and bring new energy and perspectives to Scouting. Volunteer today to make a difference in the life of a child.
4. Partnerships. Building new partnerships with organizations, congregations and community groups with interest in and commitment to leadership development, healthy lifestyles, character development and the environment.
The Blue Grass Council is charged with providing Scouting for 55 counties in central, eastern, and southern Kentucky. The service area reaches from Franklin County to Lake Cumberland area to all of southeastern and eastern Kentucky. The service area is divided into 6 geographic districts in order to mobilize volunteers and reach youth and communities effectively.
The Blue Grass Council is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and governed by its board of directors. At the same time the Council is Chartered by Boy Scouts of America and has prescribed policy, procedures, and governance requirements set by our national organization. Membership requirements and registration fees are set by our national organization. Personnel policies, financial management policies, guide to safe scouting, requirements and advancement standards are all established by BSA. Minimum standards for hiring of professional are established by BSA as are salary ranges for professionals. The local council has responsibility for following all national policies and procedures, for the employment of all personnel, and the delivery of all programs and services within the policies of BSA and the legal requirements of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
A school-year program for first-grade (or 7-year old) boys and their adult partners that stresses shared leadership, learning about the community, and family understanding. Each boy-adult team meets for family activities, and twice a month all the teams meet for Tiger Cub den activities.
A family and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making for boys in the second through fifth grades (or who are 8, 9, and 10 years old). Fourth and fifth-grade (or 10-year-old) boys are called Webelos Scouts (WE BE LOYAL Scouts) and participate in more advanced activities that begin to prepare them to become Boy Scouts. Cub Scouting s emphasis is on quality program at the local level, where boys and families are involved.
A program for boys 11 through 17 designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. (Boys also may become Boy Scouts if they have earned the Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade.)
A program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age to provide positive experiences through exciting and meaningful activities that help youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.
A worksite-based program. It is a career education program for young men and
women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old.
The Scouting programs are designed to strengthen families, the community, and the youth that participate. Because most of the programs are delivered in units, often in church basements by volunteers, Scouting also has a major impact in building competencies in adults who volunteer through the rather extensive training offered to and required for volunteers. Because of the participation of parents, Scouting is a strong family building program and is very effective in building lasting relationships between parents and sons.
Youth want to learn the outdoor skills, the preparedness, leadership, and citizenship skills. Major challenges today in Scouting are time and competition. Parents and youth are so scheduled that at an early age they are forced to make choices about activities they will participate in. Competition from sports that are demanding year around training at an early age also becomes a deal breaker for many youth and families. Also because Cub Scouting is family focused, some folks will not have the capacity to participate in evening meetings. We are starting to address this through some non-traditional units that meet as a part of after school programs.
An additional challenge is a perception that Scouting is too expensive for some. The Blue Grass Council offers scholarships for registration fees, and camping fees. Through the annual product sales units and Scouts can earn the funds needed to pay for their program. Compared to most athletic programs Scouting is quite inexpensive.
A significant challenge to continued growth is securing required volunteers who will provide unit leadership. This is a very big challenge in our smaller more rural counties and in our under served and neighborhoods in our larger communities.
The Blue Grass Council has a number of collaborations at various levels:
-Each of our units (packs, troops) are chartered to and owned by local organizations, usually churches.
-We work cooperatively with several other social service agencies to provide Scouting units within their institution.
-We are providing afterschool Scouting in several public settings and community centers run by LFUCG Parks and Recreation.
-We run program events in cooperation with other organizations (conservation, health, recreation.
-Our Pack and Troops do community service projects for a wide range of community groups.
-As a part of advancement to Eagle, a project is done by each Eagle Scout in a community organization.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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