2134 Nicholasville Rd., Suite 3
Lexington KY 40503
Contact Information
Address 2134 Nicholasville Rd., Suite 3
Lexington, KY 40503
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:; mailing a check or pledge to 2134 Nicholasville Rd. Suite 3 , Lexington, KY 40503, 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
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
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

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
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 Daniel H. Miller
Company Affiliation Webb, Hoskins, Brown & Thompson, PSC
Term Dec 2019 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Roger BairdHarp EnterprisesVoting
Mark BoisonFifth Third BankVoting
Tim BrownKentucky Department of ForestryVoting
Louis "Buzz" CarmichaelCBA-PharmaVoting
Don Combs IIICommunity VolunteerVoting
Whitney Dunlap IIIDunlap Law FirmVoting
John GilbertCommunity Volunteer
Charlie GortonRetiredVoting
Dr. William GreisnerPhysicianVoting
Todd HaydenKentucky Transportation CabinetVoting
John HeltzelRetiredVoting
Dr Robert HillwigUniversity of PikevilleVoting
David HowardHoward EngineeringVoting
Bob HutchisonHutchison McDonaldsVoting
Bonnie JiuntaCommunity VolunteerVoting
Larry LoweRetiredVoting
David MadisonCommunity VolunteerVoting
Dan MillerWebb, Hoskins, Glover & ThompsonVoting
David MossKentucky Coal AssociationVoting
Jay NolanJ. Frank PublishingVoting
Allen NorvellBlue and CompanyVoting
Craig NowellCommunity VolunteerVoting
Maryanne O'CannaLexington Fayette county Health DepartmentVoting
Maryanne O'CannaCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mary Quinn RamerVisit LexVoting
Aaron ReynoldsCommunity VolunteerVoting
Steve RitterLexMarkVoting
James RobertsHK Bell EngineeringVoting
Ernie SammonsErnest W Sammons CPAVoting
Kirby SmithKirby Steel ProductsVoting
David Stevens Dr.Shriner's HospitalVoting
Russ TuckerState Farm InsuranceVoting
Alex WaldropNational Thoroughbred Racing AssociationVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
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
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
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Program / Program Planning
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
Wayne Andrews Dr.Morehead State University
Charles BairdBaird & Baird
Tom BakerBaker Communication
Anthany BeattyUniversity of Kentucky
Darby BennettMountain Construction Company
Tom BlodgettACS
Don BloomerCitizen's National Bank
Frank CainTreasure Isles
Bud CasebierRetired
Ben Chandler CongressmanUS House of Representatives
Bob DamronKentucky State Representative
Clay DavisRe
Jarrell DunsonAsbury Seminary
Harold FaulconerRetired
Elizabeth FielderFielder Group
Bill GayRetired
Robert GohState Farm
J.W. GrabeelSoutheastern Appraisal
Steve GrossmanHilliard Lyons
Jean HaleCommunity Trust Bank
Larry HobbsCentral Bank
David Hoddy Dr.Georgetown Pediatrics
W. James HostRetired
Jeff LagrewAtlantic Appraisal
Susie McEuenJP Morgan Chase
Nana MensahXports, Inc.
Mathew MitchellUK Hoops
Richard NoonanMorgan Keegan
John PoundstoneRetired
Lucian RiceRetired
Harry RichartPNC Bank
Hal Rogers CongressmanUS COngress
Cal RoszellRetired
Bill SavageAttorney
Stu SilbermanFayette County board of Education
Ken SturgillSpade Corporation
Dudley TaylorPeoples Bank
Cy WaddleCMW Investments
Mike WhitleyRetired
John WilsonJohn Wilson, CPA
George WilsonRetired
John WilsonCommunity Volunteer
George WoolwineHDR Engineering
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 "Chip" Armishaw
Term Start Feb 2013


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
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
James Kelly Hampton2005 -
Joseph KeathleyFeb 1987 - Dec 2004
Senior Staff
Title Chief Operating Officer
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.

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.

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.


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.)



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.



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

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.

United Way Member Agency1920
Commerce Lexington1990
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
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 and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$1,616,567$1,487,488$1,516,832
Total Expenses$1,615,040$1,509,401$1,546,923
Revenue Less Expenses$1,527($21,913)($30,091)
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$451,168$535,142$525,763
Investment Income, Net of Losses$28,602$28,959$38,343
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$400,685$403,893$407,110
Revenue In-Kind----$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,378,881$1,227,856$1,321,653
Administration Expense$94,463$156,503$90,108
Fundraising Expense$141,696$125,042$135,162
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.990.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%81%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$3,064,160$2,920,085$3,990,562
Current Assets$504,821$386,808$184,704
Long-Term Liabilities$504,265$458,277$1,598,965
Current Liabilities$243,007$208,469$103,540
Total Net Assets$2,316,888$2,253,409$2,288,057
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Dates July to Dec
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
Address 2134 Nicholasville Rd., Suite 3
Lexington, KY 40503
Primary Phone 859 231-7811
CEO/Executive Director James "Chip" Armishaw
Board Chair Daniel H. Miller
Board Chair Company Affiliation Webb, Hoskins, Brown & Thompson, PSC