570 Milner Road
Versailles KY 40383
Contact Information
Address 570 Milner Road
Versailles, KY 40383
Phone (859) 873-3271
Fax 859 873-2410
Contact Name Wesley Scott
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1973
Former Names
Life Adventure Camp
The Cleveland Home
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass accepts donations in the following formats:

1) Checks by mail
2) Credit card donations by phone or through the "donate" link on our website:
3) Gifts of stock: call Wesley at 859-873-3271 to facilitate. 
4) Gifts in Kind
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
"Transforming Lives through Outdoor Adventures!"
Life Adventure Center programs transform lives by enhancing growth, improving communication and building resiliency for both individuals and groups, especially under served youth through professionally supervised outdoor group challenges and shared reflection opportunities. 
We harness evidence-based theories of experiential education to innovatively combine group dynamics, psychology, meditation, equine assisted learning/psychotherapy, and outdoor adventure to build resiliency, communication, teambuilding, and self-efficacy. More than mere recreation, we employ a guided “debriefing” process to actualize life-changing, break-through transformations. Our camps and retreats heal veterans, reconnect families, and build resiliency in the most vulnerable youth. 
Background Statement Life Adventure Center resulted in the merger of The Cleveland Home with Life Adventure Camp, inheriting nearly a 150 year history of outdoor education serving disadvantaged populations.

The Cleveland Orphan Institute (later, The Cleveland Home) began after 1869 on 12 acres in downtown Versailles.  In 1964, the land of Judge Field McLeod was donated and 328 acres of farmland in Woodford County went to The Cleveland Home, which had evolved into a residential treatment facility for "troubled girls." The Home was known for innovative Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and other outdoor programs. 

In 2005, the residential  treatment facility closed as the Home merged with Life Adventure Camp (a summer camp for "behaviorally challenged, at-risk" kids). The new "Life Adventure Center" would move to the acreage off Milner Road and open their doors formally in 2006. 
Acquiring an additional 254 acres in 2006 and then taking over management of the 374-acre Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary in 2014, LAC now serves a rang of populations, including "mainstream groups" as well as mission-driven, underserved groups through professionally facilitated outdoor experiential education programs.  
Today, Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass is an experiential educational non-profit that uses hand-on learning in a natural setting.  
Believing the best way to instill resiliency and self-efficacy into individuals is by doing, our programs revolve around "challenge by choice" and "learning to fail" on our high and low ropes course, leaning with our equine-companions at our equestrian facilities, and experiencing outdoor adventures (like canoeing, rock climbing and wilderness living skills). All of these activities are then "debriefed" and a transference activity takes place to help empower are participants to see beyond the activity and into the troubles of their own life.  
Impact Statement

 We harness evidence-based theories of experiential education to innovatively combine group dynamics, psychology, meditation, equine assisted learning/psychotherapy, and outdoor adventure to build resiliency, communication, teambuilding, and self-efficacy. More than mere recreation, we employ a guided “debriefing” process to actualize life-changing, break-through transformations. In 2017, we were able to serve nearly 3,100 participants.  Our camps and retreats heal veterans, reconnect families, and build resiliency in the most vulnerable youth.

LAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization and uses 100% of your donations and program revenues for mission-driven work, thanks to years of good stewardship dating back to the 1800s.
Needs Statement
1.  Major kitchen renovation (~$30,000) - we have increased participant meals by 2400% in the last 5 years due to successful increases in residential programming.
2.  Diversify funding sources and add $100,000 to the annual fund - allows us to scholarship and provide for individuals and organizations that would otherwise not be able to participate in resiliency programming.
3.  Collaborate with other non-profits to increase awareness & partnerships. 
4.  Obtain more volunteer service from mental health professionals to assist in program development and oversight for underserved/disadvantaged populations.
5.  General volunteer groups to help with property maintenance, such as mulching, plant removal, and general clean up.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Simply put, Life Adventure Center Life of the Bluegrass (“LAC”) changes lives.  Our safe, fun and challenging programs feature a challenge course (low and high ropes with climbing wall and zip line), horsemanship and expertly guided wilderness adventures - facilitated by some of the best professionals in experiential education.  Beyond offering recreational opportunities, our programs produce skills that extend into our clients’ daily lives through the principle of “transference.”  Our programs achieve measurable and life changing impacts. Our programs show measurable increases in resilience (CD-RISC II scale) for youth and adults, increased communication between veterans and their family members, decreased levels (self-reported) of anxiety for female veterans, and numerous other benefits to our participants--including mainstream corporate groups and summer camps. 

LAC’s biggest challenge is our biggest opportunity – to secure additional funding to increase the numbers we serve each year.  While financially stable, LAC is built on a community model, meaning funding cut-backs to schools, social service agencies, and other non-profit groups affect our enrollment numbers.  To combat this, we are growing our fundraising to provide additional scholarships and support for underserved and disadvantaged groups. At a time when the demand for trauma-informed care for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and PTS(d) recovery is skyrocketing, many organizations are scaling back.  Our evidenced-based methods of healing has a profound impact, whether the participant is 7, 17, or 70. With your help, we're committed to providing as many free and greatly reduced camps and retreats (year-round) for veterans living with PTS(d), youth overcoming poverty and child abuse, women rescued from human sex-trafficking, and other trauma-affected individuals.  Our challenge is to increase donations to support these programs--will you join us? 

Life Adventure Center has embarked on several new initiatives to serve Kentuckians. Through our management of the  Clyde E. Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, we offer environmental field trips to low SES school districts, providing quality environmental education and an introduction to experiential ed for youth who otherwise would not receive it. We've expanded scholarships for economically disadvantaged summer campers and instituted new partnerships that allow us to have longitudinal contact with our community partners through "mobile-units." This allows us to meet participants of our camps and retreats before they arrive on property and continue working with them on their healing and recovery beyond their time on property through follow-up visits.   

We are especially proud of our work with returning military service men and women. Our unique “Military Teen Adventure Camps” reconnecting returning service men / women with their families through guided outdoor adventure camping/canoeing/climbing trips.  Provided at no cost to military families, our facilitators guide participants through team building and communication initiatives through outdoor adventures.  “I can’t remember the last time I was able to relax and spend this much quality time with my daughter… we will have a closer relationship because of [LAC].” –Bill, 15 year Special Forces veteran of 7 combat tours. 

We invite donors to increase giving – joining us to "Transform Lives through Outdoor Adventure!"
Board Chair Statement
Here at LAC, we have roots in a nearly 150 year history of serving disadvantaged youth and families; first as a orphanage and school for local girls, later as a temporary home away from home for troubled teenage girls and since 2006, as Life Adventure Center.  We partner with advocates for disadvantaged youth and families to offer challenging outdoor experiential activities which build individual resiliency, confidence, communication, and leadership in hopes of changing lives through personal responsibility and wise choices.  From my Board governance perspective, our biggest challenge was the transition 10 years ago, from a reactive residential treatment model, which served perhaps 20, to a proactive experiential facility that can inspire much larger groups.  It took courage, executive leadership, proper staffing and money to re-focus our mission and envision our future.  As evidenced through this decade of steady annual growth, this initial challenge has been met!  
LAC is blessed to have primary funding from a separately managed John Cleveland Foundation dating from 1875.  While the Foundation primarily supports staff and infrastructure needs, "Good Giving" donations and grants fund the effective programs which bring us the at-risk populations central to our mission:
*Impoverished and "at-risk" children
*Military families and disabled Veterans suffering from PTSD
*Women recovering from human trafficking
*Children of the incarcerated
*And targeted school groups for team-building, summer camp and leadership retreats.  
Recognize that most of these groups are unable to cover the cost of their program experience.  Our current challenge is to fully develop our philanthropic model for the at-risk clients we serve.  We have experienced and dynamic executive leadership.  We have highly trained/certified staff that understands our niche and loves their work.  We have second to none on-site facilities that precisely support our program activities and we utilize travel-to-destinations for activities outside of our scope.  We need "Good Givers" like you to provide the person to person scholarship funds that enable us to have a positive impact on the disadvantaged among us.  Please learn more about LAC success stories at our website or schedule a visit to tour our Woodford County facility.  ~A fellow Good Giver and mission supporter, Steve Bush- Immediate Past President, LAC 2015-2016. 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Human Services
Tertiary Organization Category Recreation & Sports / Camps
Geographic Areas Served
Anderson County
Boyle County
Campbell County
Christian County
Clark County
Fayette County
Franklin County
Garrard County
Grant County
Hardin County
Jessamine County
Letcher County
Madison County
Marion County
Mercer County
Scott County
Shelby County
Trimble County
Jefferson County
Primary focus is on Central Kentucky, with secondary focus on Louisville and the Commonwealth.  Programming for our Veterans and Military families extends to the continental US. 
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Life Adventure Center transforms lives through professionally guided outdoor adventures.  Utilizing evidence based theories of group dynamics, experiential education and self-efficacy, our outdoor adventures profoundly change the way participants see themselves and their ability overcome life's challenges.  Through safe, fun and challenging outdoor experiences, wounded warriors heal, impoverished kids learn confidence, and relationship strengthen.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?  Our professionally trained and certified staff employ evidence based- theories of experiential education (Kolb & Fry), group dynamics (Tuckman) to effect positive changes in our clients' self-efficacy (Bandura). By challenging our clients to "get outside of their comfort zone," we use equine assisted learning, high-ropes, climbing, canoeing and other outdoor education activities to teach self confidence, team-building and leadership skills.  More than mere recreation, our guided challenges can profoundly change lives.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? A long history of pioneering work in the outdoor education field combines with unparalleled facilities and a highly trained staff of certified professionals.  Affiliation/Accreditations include The Association for Challenge Course Technologies, American Camp Association, American Canoe Association, Association for Experiential Education, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Certified Horsemanship Association, Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Institute for Wilderness Medicine, The Kentucky Nonprofit Network and National Archery in the Schools Program, among many others.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?

 Qualitative indicators include testimonials from program participants.  An example: "Your program has empowered a frightened, insecure little girl with some hurdles she had to overcome and turned her into a beautiful woman who can do and be anything she wants.  Your program will always have a special place in my and my husband's hearts because you gave her the bridge to the rest of her life and tools she will need to meet any obstacles... and WIN."

Quantitative data include longitudinal studies, the ACA's "Youth Outcome's Battery, and other validated surveys measuring Self-efficacy guide all program evaluations and development.


ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? We hope to develop more longitudinal studies to publish and contribute to the increasing body of evidence-based, duplicable programming that uses outdoor, adventure based experiential education to affect positive changes to the resiliency of both individuals and groups. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Roger Brown
Company Affiliation University of KY
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Mr Todd Boggess General Manager, Secat Inc.Voting
Mr Roger Brown Ph.DUniversity of Kentucky Agricultural Economist - FacultyVoting
Mr Steve Bush Retired Educator and Farm OwnerVoting
Ms. Ann Hayes Thoroghbred Farm OwnerVoting
Mr. Jimmy Nelson Ph.DNorton Health CareVoting
Mr. Mark Shake Business DevelopmentVoting
Ms Shannon Stuart-Smith Non-Profit Consultant/AttorneyVoting
Mr. Mark Sulski Kentucky Bank - Market President Scott CountyVoting
Mrs Karen Simms Tolson Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 30%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Ann Hayes
Company Affiliation Self-Employed
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
CEO Comments

Our board recently completed an extensive strategic plan. We also are members of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network and have completed compliance for KNN’s “Best Practices Partnership”  through use of the Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Kentucky program. With several board members reaching their term limits in the near future, we continue to pursue opportunities to broaden our board membership 

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr Timothy D Magill MS
Term Start Sept 2012

Mr. Magill holds a master’s degree in Leisure & Environmental Resources Administration from Aurora University’s George Williams College – a degree created specifically for leaders in the fields of Environmental, Outdoor and Experiential Education. In addition, Mr. Magill brings 28 years of experience to LAC, having served in a wide variety of non-profit management, and fundraising positions in educational and recreation settings.   

Beyond his administrative experience and educational background, Mr. Magill is an avid horseman, outdoorsman and instructor in outdoor pursuits - holding numerous certifications: Wilderness First Aide, Certified Horsemanship Association Level II Overnight Trail Guide and Western Horsemanship Instruction, NASP Basic Archery Instruction, and Red Cross Lifeguard, among other endorsements. 

In addition to his focus on LAC participants’ experience, Mr. Magill focuses on measurable outcomes and stewardship of donors’ investment in our participants’ lives. He welcomes inquiries about LAC’s programs and impact on the community.


Full Time Staff 11
Part Time Staff 6
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 67%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Donald P Fulford Apr 2008 - Feb 2012
Tracey Wright July 2007 - Mar
Senior Staff
Title Director of Administration

Tracey began with Life Adventure Center in 2001 when the organization was The Cleveland Home. She brings a caring spirit and a continuity to LAC having seen the organization through the transition from The Cleveland Home’s early mission dedicated to orphaned girls to Life Adventure Center’s programming impacting thousands of youth and families annually from across the Bluegrass Region. Her greatest passions are planning events that include gatherings for families and groups to build memories as well as enjoying the many resources offered at LAC. In particular, “Play Date with Your Mate” events for strengthening marriages and volunteer opportunities for families, youth and corporate groups are among her favorites. Tracey has three grown children and two granddaughters.   Bringing laughter, hope and encouragement to her family is important; sharing these attributes with others is part of the legacy that she is dedicated to both at home and at Life Adventure Center.  Her primary responsibilities include serving as a liaison between the Board of Trustees and the operations; promoting the volunteer services; and working with the Executive Director to promote and manage donor opportunities.

Title Chief Financial Officer

Cathy Terry joined the Life Adventure Center team as the Chief Financial Officer in May of 2011. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds her Certified Public Accountant license.  Cathy brings over 25 years of combined accounting experience from the private, public and non-profit sectors.  She not only provides practical knowledge, but brings sound judgment, professional and ethical responsibility and innovative thinking.  

Title Program Director

Mr. Marlowe has worked with Life Adventure Center, since 2010. He started as Program Coordinator, became Program Manager in 2011, and then in 2013 became Program Director.

Before embarking on his career in business and non-profit management, Byron served as a team leader in the United States Army. Byron’s outdoor experience ranges from leading 34 students on a 10 day, 250 mile sailing expedition to leading a team of men in Iraq for a year. Byron has led military and civilian courses in: Canada, Mexico, Iraq, the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, the Bahamas, Haiti, and across much of the US.

Byron currently holds a B.A. in Business Administration and an A.A. in Biology from the University of Kentucky. 

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
CEO Comments

LAC is proud to attract and employ some of the best trained, most experienced, professional and respected facilitators in experiential education. We similarly pride ourselves on best practices - evidenced by our certifications with the American Camp Association, Certified Horsemanship Association, Association for Challenge Course Technologies, Wilderness First Responder, American Canoe Association, and American Mountain Guide Association, among others. Our ongoing challenge is to ensure continuing education and resources are funded to maintain our staff’s skill sets – additional opportunities for donor support.


Our Low and High Challenge Course (LCC; HCC) and Mobile Unit (MU) programs offer an innovative workshop of discovery and development for groups of almost all sizes and ages. Groups may visit our HCC and LCC on our 575 acre farm, or we can bring our MU to their site. Our professional facilitators design programs customized to meet the needs, abilities, and goals of each individual group! The LCC and MU offer ground level problem solving initiatives that give participants opportunities to build life skills while working together to solve the challenges set before them. This is the heart of each program as it provides a rich framework to transfer the experience to real life. The HCC includes a Climbing Wall, Dual Zip Line, 8 High Elements and a Giant Swing all 30 + feet in the air! Corporate Team Building has evolved as an exciting opportunity to serve the business community and expand our name recognition outside of the youth and education areas.

Budget $145,667
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Adults, General/Unspecified
Program Short Term Success

Participants are encouraged to practice and explore their leadership style, individual and group strengths and weaknesses, teamwork, conflict resolution, effective communication, problem-solving and effective decision-making skills. They also have the opportunity to learn the importance of personal responsibility, cooperation, planning, and integrity. Our high course helps individuals conquer perceived limits while building their confidence in themselves and others. It provides participants an opportunity to set and achieve personal goals in a safe environment and learn firsthand the power of giving and receiving positive and encouraging support while exploring the limits of their own personal boundaries and abilities.

Program Long term Success

Groups can hope to see increased productivity, passion, unity and commitment from their team members. These changes begin as the individuals within the group begin to identify and understand the importance and uniqueness of their own role within their group. This understanding comes as the group explores the dynamics of how they work together, and as they develop and define a clear and unified goal together. As our program continues to grow and serve more groups; it will help to build stronger individuals and communities who are more outwardly focused and dedicated to leading and serving those around them. Individual participants will gain lifelong skills that will enable them to step up as leaders with the skills to communicate clearly and to work with others to identify and solve potential problem areas in their community. These individuals will be able to set higher goals in life and use the skills they have learned to obtain the resources and support they need to reach these goals.

Program Success Monitored By To monitor our program we request that our group coordinators, chaperones, and mature participants complete an evaluation form after the completion of each program. These evaluations help us to monitor our service to groups and the impact our program has on each participant.
Examples of Program Success

"In terms of group bonding, cooperation, communication, team building, and just plain fun, this was the best thing we have ever done."  Bluegrass Prevention leader 

 “Very reputable team of facilitators and sensitive to cross-cultural realities.” Asbury Seminary Beeson Program

“I feel that since our last outing here, our group became closer and worked better as a team. I tell parents and friends that one day here does more for our youth group than months of youth group.” Georgetown First Presbyterian Youth Minister

 “I never in a million years though that I would climb a rock wall. It was tough, but I really felt a sense of accomplishment finish it. The encouragement from my co-works was so important.” Shelby Co Pre-school

 “Students who usually sit back and don’t participate were speaking out and showing leadership. I also saw students from different groups who don’t typically interact, working together.” Bloomsfield Middle School

 “I feel I grow as a leader each time I see you in action! I take away nuggets of priceless wisdom while watching you interact with the kids.” Girl Scout Troop 858 Leader


The Life Adventure Center is dedicated to excellence in the equestrian industry.  With a background in English riding, dressage, jumping, and vaulting our CHA certified instructors are committed to educating all levels of riders from children to adults and recreational to competitive.  We have a large variety of horses to suit many different needs.  The Life Adventure Center is dedicated to safety, good horsemanship, and fostering that special bond between people and horses.  We believe...

 ...that every child and adult has the right to find a best friend in a horse (no matter their ability to pay).
...that everyone deserves a place where they can become their best self.
...that the relationship between horses and people can be magical and life-changing.
...that good horse people are good people.
...that every horse has something to teach (no matter their breed, age, or ability) and every person has something to learn (no matter their race, orientation, age, or gender). 
Budget $153,281
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), At-Risk Populations, Adults
Program Short Term Success

Our instructors follow the Certified Horsemanship Association's curriculum to measure student's growth in their riding/vaulting skills.  We use student/parent surveys to measure success in more subjective areas like gaining confidence, better communication, and leadership skills.  The Life Adventure Center uses horses to help riders and vaulters overcome challenges which simultaneously teaches the student to ride/vault better while also imparting important life lessons that relate back to other areas of their life.  Each semester students set goals for themselves and we work hard to meet these goals.  Goals can be anything from jumping higher, taking a horse to a show, or even refining a skill they already have.  These short term successes help set the foundation for great successes along the way both at the farm and in their lives outside the farm.  

Program Long term Success

Our long-term success can be gauged by specific goals and are something the Equestrian Program is quite proud of.  We have the privilege of seeing students year after year in most cases and this allows for us to see them grow and develop both as riders and as people.  To properly and safely interact with a horse, students must learn good communication.  They must show their horse that they can be confident and assertive leaders and they must also treat their horse fairly and with compassion.  These things are inherent to becoming a good horse person and are lessons that are not taught but experienced.  Our staff and horses have the honor of having a hand in leading students toward better self-esteem, confidence, leadership skills and so much more.  This in turn improves relationships with others and the student's ability to make their way through the world.  We have a student we have watched grow up in our program who exhibits extreme shyness.  Her time at the barn learning to ride has built her confidence and allowed her to learn to be assertive.  Her parents have commented that her time at the barn has played a huge part in her getting over her shyness issues.  A child that was not able to look an adult in the eye is now interacting in lessons, joking around with other students and being assertive with a 1200 lb. animal.  Horses allow students to overcome challenges in a positive way which helps them learn to positively handle challenges in the real world.  

Program Success Monitored By

We measure skills acquisition by following CHA standards for riding.  Students are able to take a test for each level and get and become certified at that level.  We also have a student horse show at the end of each semester for our students to highlight what they have learned that year.  For our camps, we have a set of skills campers work toward.  Depending on the number of skills accomplished they will gain "Gold, Silver or Bronze" levels in both riding and ground work.  As stated earlier, we use parent and student surveys to measure the soft skills learned over time (i.e. leadership and communication skills.)  We also use surveys to set goals for the upcoming semester. 

Examples of Program Success

The number of unduplicated participants has increased from 985 in 2012 to 1448 in 2013.  Our first round of CHA testing in 2014 showed a 90% pass rate.

Quotes from Parents & Students:

~"There is no where our daughter would rather be than at LAC, riding a horse, caring for a horse, or just being at the barn!  The equestrian instructors at LAC have helped her build confidence and courage; as well as nurture her love of animals." ~ Parent

 ~"Your program has empowered a frightened, insecure little girl with some hurdles she had to overcome and turned her into a beautiful young woman who can do and be anything she wants.  Your program will always have a special place in our hearts because you gave her the bridge to the rest of her life and tools she will need to meet any obstacle and win"  ~Parent
~"The way (my child) has fallen in love with the horses has blown my mind.  This is the first thing that she has really taken an interest in ever.  (My child) even wanted their room to be all in horses.  Very exciting and if it wasn't for your camp helping me out last year to get them there we would have never know that love was there." ~Camper Parent
~"I say it every time, this is a life-changer for me- truly good for the mind, body and soul!" - ~student 

The Outdoor Adventure Program is a single or multi-day wilderness immersion program designed to increase self-confidence, leadership, and communication within a group.  Participants will first learn basic survival skills in the wilderness, then learn to live in the wilderness, then to teach others how to do those things, and finally how to transfer those outdoor skills into long term life skills.  Strong emphasis is placed on Leave No Trace and having participants begin to develop their own set of outdoor ethics.  Programs range from 1 day to 2 weeks and can serve between 5+ participants per course.

 Specialized programming continues with service to military families, "at-risk" youth programs and underserved youth within the community.
Budget $230,845
Category Education, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Adults, General/Unspecified
Program Short Term Success

At the end of each program, participants demonstrate an increased aptitude in wilderness skills.  As a result of being able to easily accomplish something that originally they believed to be impossible (or very difficult to say the least), their self confidence and problem solving skills are increased.  Finally, while it might take some time to change the wilderness ethics of a whole community, it only takes one course to effect the ethics of one person. 

Program Long term Success

Ultimately this program will begin to affect the overall outdoor ethics of Central Kentucky.  As more and more participants are served, the principles of Leave No Trace will begin to filter through the community.  This will result in a more environmentally conscious community as well as a generation of young people ready to assume the mantle of wilderness preservation and environmental conservation.

Program Success Monitored By

At this point, the Outdoor Adventure program has only existed for two year.  Success is monitored by continued participation, demonstration of solid outdoor skills and the verbal and written feedback provided by participants and group leaders. 

Examples of Program Success
Our expansion of the Military Extension Adventure Camp opportunity from 4 camps to 6 and the addition of at least 3 other military adventure camps for military bases located here in Kentucky.
Helping those who have sacrificed so much. The Warrior Adventure Program of the Life Adventure Center creates an environment where injured service members and their families build relationships and interact as a part of a healthy community. By allowing these men and women to do something they love, and at the same time continue to build their community, this program helps wounded veterans heal.  
 Military -Teen Adventure Camps (MTAC) - At Life Adventure Center, we know that the family unit is just as important as the returning heroes themselves.  That's what our MTAC programs are all about: shared experiences for service members and their families.  Everything including equipment, lodging, food, and transportation is absolutely free!  Not only are these camps fun, but they offer an opportunity for military parents and their teens to reconnect.  
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Other Named Groups, Elderly and/or Disabled, Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short Term Success
A program built through partnership.  The LAC Warrior Adventure program was established out of a partnership between Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Hunters for the Hungry, and Kentucky Utilities to develop a healing adventure for injured service men and women.
 The event was best summed up by one wounded Veteran who said, "This event changed our lives; it helped revive our spirits and renew our sense of self-worth."  Another warrior stated that we were, in fact "saving lives". These injured servicemen and women participate in activities despite the challenges that they are currently facing.  
Program Success Monitored By ~The experience has been both life changing and unforgettable.  ~ US Army Dad
In 2013, the Life Adventure Center took over the management of the Clyde E. Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary.  This addition dedicates over 370 acres to environmental education activities following Life Adventure Center's model of custom designed programming and experiential education.  
During our onsite workshops, participants can expect to:
  • Participate in an u-close and hands on experience of the world around them.
  • Have an opportunity to develop and practice positive environmental ethics.
  • Discover new and interesting aspects of their local plants and wildlife.
Rich in ecological diversity, our properties are full of wildlife and opportunities to learn about the environment.  The Marion Lindsey Bird Blind offers exceptional views of birds, mammals and insects.  
Our professional facilitators and educators engage participants in playful learning.  Lessons are custom designed to meet a group's specific learning goals.   
Budget $94,987
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Adults, Families
Program Long term Success Life Adventure Center maintains heritage of Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary which was established in 1967 by Mrs. Emma Buckley as a memorial to her late husband, the 374 acre facility was managed by the Audubon Society until this year, when manager Tim Williams retired.  Life Adventure Center is honored to have been chose as the new steward for this regional treasure and is committed to continue to manage the property using the best practices of conservation.
Examples of Program Success
~the activities aligned perfectly with our core content and the age of our students.  ~ 2nd Grade Elementary School Teacher
Program Comments
CEO Comments

Simply put, Life Adventure Center Life of the Bluegrass (“LAC”) changes lives. Our safe, fun and challenging programs feature a challenge course (low and high ropes with climbing wall and zip line), horsemanship and wilderness activities - facilitated by some of the best professionals in experiential education. Beyond offering recreational opportunities, our programs produce skills that extend into our clients’ daily lives through the principle of “transference.” Our programs achieve measurable and life changing impacts. We improve grade scores for at risk youth, rebuild relationships for returning veterans and their families, enhance personal confidence of developmentally disabled adults and even improve communication for corporate teams.

LAC’s biggest challenge is our biggest opportunity – securing additional funding to enable us to increase the numbers we serve. While financially stable, LAC suffered from funding cut-backs to schools and other groups. Funding for transportation and programming for disadvantaged groups has particularly suffered setbacks when the demand for our services from these groups has increased. Our challenge is to increase participation by “mainstream” groups and individuals to financially support (through program fees and donations) our work with disadvantaged populations – to whom we offer free or low cost programming.

Despite these challenges, Life Adventure Center has embarked on several new initiatives to serve Kentuckians. Specifically, we are ready for the grand opening of an extensive equestrian and mountain bike trail system for public use. In addition, we will expand our impactful programming for “at-risk” school groups, veterans’ groups and developmentally challenged adults. 

We are especially proud of our work with returning military service men and women and plan to expand these programs in 2013. Among other military programs, our “Military Extension Adventure Camps” reconnect returning service men / women with their families through guided outdoor adventure camping/canoeing/climbing trips. Provided at no cost to military families, our facilitators guide participants through team building and communication initiatives while . “I can’t remember the last time I was able to relax and spend this much quality time with my daughter… we will have a closer relationship because of [LAC].” –Bill, 15 year Special Forces veteran of 7 combat tours. 

We hope donors will increase giving – joining us in this measurable, positive, life changing work "Transforming Lives thru Outdoor Adventure."

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2014
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass believes that collaboration is the key to success in the non-profit realm.  Among many other organizations, we collaborate with  the Woodford County Extension office, Bluegrass PRIDE, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, Kentucky Department of Forestry, Leave No Trace, University of Kentucky, KYMBA, The Bluegrass Railroad, R4 Alliance, Save A Warrior, Refuge for Women, Mentors & Meals and many other local, state and federal agencies.
Chamber of Commerce2012
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2014
Commerce Lexington2014
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2011
Second Sunday2012
United Way Community Impact Partner Corporation2013
External Assessments and Accreditations
American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation2012
Commitment to Increasing Environmental LiteracyNational Environmental Education Foundation2010
Certified Wildlife HabitatNational Wildlife Federation2010
Leave No Trace Master LevelLeave No Trace Outdoor Ethics2012
Passed Annual Challenge Course InspectionAdventureworks2012
Certified Tree FarmAmerican Tree Farm2009
MembershipKentucky Proud Promotional Program2012
Private Business Conservation Partner of the YearKentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,586,538.00
Projected Expenses $1,586,538.00
Spending Policy N/A
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 Year201620152014
Total Revenue$1,387,108$1,370,033$1,368,775
Total Expenses$1,444,552$1,420,737$1,283,619
Revenue Less Expenses($57,444)($50,704)$85,156
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$51,141$12,445$15,303
Individual Contributions$124,603$89,076$69,407
Investment Income, Net of Losses----$16
Membership Dues------
Special Events$1,159($338)--
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,053,848$991,704$1,057,992
Administration Expense$273,960$328,731$222,318
Fundraising Expense$116,744$100,302$3,308
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.960.961.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%70%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%13%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$73,358$93,200$147,491
Current Assets$73,358$93,200$147,491
Long-Term Liabilities$85,000$56,860$53,983
Current Liabilities$17,351$34,868$41,332
Total Net Assets($55,972)$1,472$52,176
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Infrastructure development to be guided by Master Land Use Plan
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
In 2006, The Cleveland Home began doing business as Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass from the farm located just outside of Downtown Versailles, KY. The farm originally offered off-site programming to the girls living in The Cleveland Home. In the years leading up to 2005 the Cleveland Home was a residential treatment facility and not completely meeting the organizations mission of serving girls of Kentucky. At that time the governing board chose to close the Cleveland Home and shift the organizations focus towards positively impacting lives within the Bluegrass Region and is now operating as The Cleveland Home, DBA Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass.
In 2009 the board changed the fiscal year as previously filed from July to June to follow a calendar year of January to December. 

In an ongoing effort to ensure financial security and sustainability, our board recently reduced the amount of annual, operational costs our small endowment can support. This appropriate move to preserve long term stability challenges us to increase donations to our annual fund. Thus, we hope to engage more constituents in the months and years ahead.

Address 570 Milner Road
Versailles, KY 40383
Primary Phone 859 873-3271
CEO/Executive Director Mr Timothy D Magill MS
Board Chair Mr. Roger Brown
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of KY