BLUE GRASS COUNCIL BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
3445 Richmond Road
Lexington KY 40509
Contact Information
Nonprofit BLUE GRASS COUNCIL BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Address 3445 Richmond Road
Lexington, KY 40509
Phone (859) 231-7811
Fax 859 252-3785
Contact Name Chip Armishaw
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2007
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer The Council welcomes direct donations through its website: http://tinyurl.com/investinscouting; mailing a check or pledge to 3445 Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY 40509, or over the phone at (859) 231-7811.  Interested in changing lives of our young people?  To volunteer in Scouting contact the Scout Service Center office at the same number listed above.
Financial Summary
 
 
Statements
Mission Statement  

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.

Background Statement
 

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. 


Impact Statement


 

The Blue Grass Council is honored to serve more than 6,700 young people across 55 counties of Kentucky.  This is made possible through partnerships with local chartering organizations and the work of thousands of volunteers.   

 

 
Scouting programs include:
Cub Scouts is a family-focused program for boys 6-11. Cub Scouts learn respect, citizenship, responsibility and experience positive affirmation of their learning through earned rank advancements.

 

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.

 
Exploring is a worksite-based program. It provides career education and experience for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old. 
 
 
 


Needs Statement 1. Connect with families: Help us make sure every young person knows about the opportunity to participate in Scouting.  Please help spread the word about the opportunity to join Scouting and encourage interested families to call the Service Center at (859) 231-7811 or go to BeAScout.org.

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.

CEO/Executive Director Statement


Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Anderson County
Bath County
Bell County
Bourbon County
Bell County
Bracken County
Breathitt County
Boyle County
Casey County
Clark County
Casey County
Clark County
Clay County
Elliott County
Estill County
Fayette County
Fleming County
Floyd County
Franklin County
Garrard County
Harlan County
Harrison County
Jackson County
Jessamine County
Johnson County
Knott County
Knox County
Laurel County
Lee County
Leslie County
Letcher County
Lincoln County
Madison County
Magoffin County
Martin County
Mason County
McCreary County
Menifee County
Mercer County
Montgomery County
Morgan County
Nicholas County
Nicholas County
Owsley County
Perry County
Pike County
Powell County
Pulaski County
Rockcastle County
Robertson County
Rowan County
Russell County
Scott County
Whitley County
Pike County
Wolfe County
Woodford County
 

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.

Board Chair
Board Chair Dr William Greisner MD
Company Affiliation Allergy & Asthma Associates
Term Dec 2013 to Dec 2014
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Roger Baird Harp EnterprisesVoting
Mark Boison Fifth Third BankVoting
Tim Brown Kentucky Department of ForestryVoting
Louis "Buzz" Carmichael CBA-PharmaVoting
Don Combs IIICommunity VolunteerVoting
Whitney Dunlap IIIDunlap Law FirmVoting
Dr. Billy Forbess DentistVoting
John Gilbert Community Volunteer
Charlie Gorton RetiredVoting
Dr. William Greisner PhysicianVoting
Todd Hayden Kentucky Transportation CabinetVoting
John Heltzel RetiredVoting
Dr Robert Hillwig University of PikevilleVoting
David Howard Howard EngineeringVoting
Bob Hutchison Hutchison McDonaldsVoting
Bonnie Jiunta Community VolunteerVoting
Larry Lowe RetiredVoting
David Madison Community VolunteerVoting
Dan Miller Webb, Hoskins, Glover & ThompsonVoting
David Moss Kentucky Coal AssociationVoting
Jay Nolan J. Frank PublishingVoting
Allen Norvell Blue and CompanyVoting
Craig Nowell Community VolunteerVoting
Maryanne O'Canna Lexington Fayette county Health DepartmentVoting
Maryanne O'Canna Community VolunteerVoting
Mary Quinn Ramer Visit LexVoting
Aaron Reynolds Community VolunteerVoting
Steve Ritter LexMarkVoting
James Roberts HK Bell EngineeringVoting
Ernie Sammons Ernest W Sammons CPAVoting
Kirby Smith Kirby Steel ProductsVoting
David Stevens Dr.Shriner's HospitalVoting
Russ Tucker State Farm InsuranceVoting
Alex Waldrop National Thoroughbred Racing AssociationVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 32
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 31
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 68%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 93%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 30%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Audit
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Endowment
Executive
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Program / Program Planning
Membership
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Wayne Andrews Dr.Morehead State University
Charles Baird Baird & Baird
Tom Baker Baker Communication
Anthany Beatty University of Kentucky
Darby Bennett Mountain Construction Company
Tom Blodgett ACS
Don Bloomer Citizen's National Bank
Frank Cain Treasure Isles
Bud Casebier Retired
Ben Chandler CongressmanUS House of Representatives
Bob Damron Kentucky State Representative
Clay Davis Re
Sam Dick WKYT-TV
Jarrell Dunson Asbury Seminary
Harold Faulconer Retired
Elizabeth Fielder Fielder Group
Bill Gay Retired
Robert Goh State Farm
J.W. Grabeel Southeastern Appraisal
Steve Grossman Hilliard Lyons
Jean Hale Community Trust Bank
Larry Hobbs Central Bank
David Hoddy Dr.Georgetown Pediatrics
W. James Host Retired
Jeff Lagrew Atlantic Appraisal
Susie McEuen JP Morgan Chase
Nana Mensah Xports, Inc.
Mathew Mitchell UK Hoops
Richard Noonan Morgan Keegan
John Poundstone Retired
Lucian Rice Retired
Harry Richart PNC Bank
Hal Rogers CongressmanUS COngress
Cal Roszell Retired
Bill Savage Attorney
Stu Silberman Fayette County board of Education
Ken Sturgill Spade Corporation
Dudley Taylor Peoples Bank
Cy Waddle CMW Investments
Mike Whitley Retired
John Wilson John Wilson, CPA
George Wilson Retired
John Wilson Community Volunteer
George Woolwine HDR Engineering
Comments
CEO Comments
 

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. 

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director James Armishaw
Term Start Feb 2013
Email carmisha@bsamail.org
Experience

 

Staff
Full Time Staff 16
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 2500
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 76%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
NameTerm
James Kelly Hampton 2005 -
Joseph Keathley Feb 1987 - Dec 2004
Senior Staff
Title Chief Operating Officer
Experience/Biography
Progressively responsible positions in two Boy Scout Councils.
Title Chief Marketing Officer
Title Senior Director of Resource Development
Title Director of Information Technology
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description Tiger Cubs BSA

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.

Category
Population Served , ,
Program Long term Success To continue to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Description

Cub Scouting

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.

Category
Population Served , ,
Description  

Boy Scouting

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.)

Category
Population Served , ,
Description  

Venturing

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.

Category
Population Served , ,
Description

Exploring

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.

 
 


 

Category
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments
 

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.

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
 

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.

Affiliations
AffiliationYear
United Way Member Agency1920
Commerce Lexington1990
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2014
Projected Revenue $1,890,750.00
Projected Expenses $1,871,188.00
Endowment Value $574,790.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage 5%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
------
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal----
State----
Local----
Unspecified$0--
Individual Contributions$518,274--$624,394
$0----
$560,190--$603,401
Investment Income, Net of Losses$38,120--$9,467
Membership Dues$0----
Special Events$498,178--$566,287
Revenue In-Kind$0--$117,565
Other$0----
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,499,071--$1,521,509
Administration Expense$219,945--$113,250
Fundraising Expense$164,958--$301,997
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.86--0.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%--79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%--25%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$4,255,410--$4,490,722
Current Assets$71,020--$3,081,383
Long-Term Liabilities$1,575,028--$1,386,728
Current Liabilities$104,825--$178,147
Total Net Assets$2,575,557--$2,925,847
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
  
Address 3445 Richmond Road
Lexington, KY 40509
Primary Phone 859 231-7811
CEO/Executive Director James Armishaw
Board Chair Dr William Greisner MD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Allergy & Asthma Associates