THE CENTER FOR COURAGEOUS KIDS
1501 BURNLEY RD
SCOTTSVILLE KY 42164-9693
Contact Information
Nonprofit THE CENTER FOR COURAGEOUS KIDS
Address 1501 BURNLEY RD
SCOTTSVILLE , KY 42164 9693
Phone (270) 618-2900
Fax 270 618-2901
Contact Name Joanie O'Bryan
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2005
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Mailing a check, phone donations, in-kind donations, website donations, volunteer opportunities, etc.
 
Other Documents
Financial Summary
 
 
Statements
Mission Statement

Instilling inspiration and empowerment while enhancing the lives of children with serious illnesses.

Background Statement

The Center for Courageous Kids (CCK) is a year-round medical camp located in Scottsville, Kentucky which was founded in 2004. One of our founding principles is that the children and families who attend CCK do so free of charge. Children who attend The Center for Courageous Kids come from a culture of dependency and isolation, which negatively impacts achievement of growth and developmental milestones. For this reason, CCK created a program that addresses the current needs of the medically fragile pediatric population. Our program provides the campers an opportunity to experience “normalcy” through interaction with peers who share the same health condition and learn self-care through instruction from the medical team. We offer two programs at The Center for Courageous Kids. The first is the traditional overnight summer camp experience held during nine, one-week sessions. We have lodging for 128 campers, up to 96 counselors, and 30 medical volunteers. The second program is Family Retreats during which the camper and their family attend camp for either a weekend or for a day retreat. We offer these Family Retreats during the year with each weekend retreat serving up to 30 families and the day retreats serving up to 60 families. Both programs are offered to a variety of illness groups with each session catering to a specific illness or disability.


Impact Statement

While we ensure that our campers are having fun, we are also dedicated to creating an environment that fosters opportunities for making excellent choices, creating and sustaining healthy relationships with peers, building personal confidence to work through challenges and achieve personal goals.

These are the kind of "life learning experiences" that you can expect the child to reach at camp:
  • Decision Making: Choosing between many options over the course of their stay
  • Team Work: Being a teammate and working with others towards common goals
  • Expanding Horizons: New activities and interacting with people of different backgrounds
  • Creative Expression: Opportunities to perform in front of groups
  • Individualism: Opportunities to express their opinions
  • Serving: Learning to share resources with fellow campers and compromising
  • Confidence and Self-Esteem: Practicing "supervised" independence
  • Leadership Skills: Opportunities to lead within their lodges
  • Experiencing Success: Competing in a healthy environment
Our commitment is to ensure that our campers not only have these life learning experiences, but that they can keep these experiences with them as they grow.

  


Needs Statement

Donations of any amount

In-kind donations (twin sheet sets, towels, medical supplies, etc.) 

Volunteers

 
CEO/Executive Director Statement  
 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
International
National
The Center for Courageous Kids serves every state in the country. To date, we have served children from 45 states and 10 countries
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

Our goals for children attending camp are as follows:  

 
A. Children learn to self-regulate their health condition and participate in management of medications, care procedures, use of adaptive equipment and activities of daily living. 
 

B. Children are educated about their health condition through participation in the camp experience and are able to articulate the challenges of their condition. 

 

C. Children demonstrate an increase in self-esteem by engaging with peers with similar health challenges, communicating effectively with peers and adults, and participating in self-care measures that were previously performed by family members and/or care providers.  

 

D. Children with chronic disease, disability, and life-threatening illnesses achieve a higher quality of life as evidenced by their ability to transfer knowledge and skills from the camp experience to the home.

 
There is a current need for children living with a disability, to have the opportunity to experience “normalcy” through interaction with peers who share the same health conditions. These children are often challenged by a culture of dependency and isolation which negatively impacts achievement of growth and developmental milestones. The camp experience helps marginalize the impact of these influences and improve a child’s ability to withstand future life challenges. The quality of life for these children depends not only on their medical treatment but also on the successful management of the child’s psychological care. Each child not only has the opportunity to enjoy a typical outdoor lifestyle, in an inclusive environment, but experience daily contact with other children who share similar life challenges. The awareness that is gained through the realization that they are not alone in their plight and the independence instilled through watching other children overcome obstacles that they might also face is beneficial to every camper.
 
Our goal is that children with medical needs who participate in camp will leave the facility with a renewed self-esteem and the knowledge to become more productive citizens. We can certainly improve the quality of these children’s lives through specified programs created for their individual needs and development opportunities.



StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

Our commitment is to ensure that our campers not only have life learning experiences, but that they can keep these experiences with them as they grow. Children will experience what a real camp is like in a setting that is physically safe and medically sound. These underserved children will meet other children living with their same condition and finally experience “normalcy”. For many of our campers this will be the first time they have ever met another child with their condition or been in a setting away from home and their family where they can feel safe and cared for. In addition to the self-care skills that each child will learn, the children will also develop independence and self-confidence while making friends, learn team-work, and enhance their self-esteem. For some children their camp session will be a time of fun, recreation, and respite where friendships are formed and skills are learned that will change them forever. For others, this time at camp will be one of the few opportunities, in their too-short lives, to experience childhood at its most basic- just having fun with friends. 



  
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

The Center for Courageous Kids offers two programs that strive to provide our campers with activities that center around free play, promote a healthy life style, and help to achieve a better understanding of their health conditions. The first is the traditional overnight camping experience held during nine, one-week sessions each summer. Each of the nine sessions is for one week of lodging for 128 campers and up to 96 counselors and 30 medical volunteers. In addition to the summer camps, the second program is Family Retreats during which the camper and their family attend camp for either an entire weekend or for a day retreat. We offer these Family Retreats during the year with each weekend retreat serving up to 30 families and the day retreats serving up to 60 families. Both programs are offered to a variety of illness groups with each session catering to a specific illness or disability.

Our medical and program staff are highly trained pediatric professionals with expertise in medicine and therapeutic programs for our "courageous kids" and are able to conduct continuing care such as chemo, dialysis, transfusions, pain management, medications on site.

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?

The Center for Courageous Kids has a variety of methods to evaluate our outcomes after each camp. To evaluate our program, we will first look at what time and money has been invested, what services are being provided, and who is being reached. Through the review of annual reports, program documents, medical logs, the program budget and cash flow we can evaluate these areas. We consistently request feedback from families, volunteers, summer staff member, campers, and year-round staff.

 

The next phase of the evaluation analyzes how camper attendance has changed. The Center for Courageous Kids will review camper statistics reports to monitor how many new children with disabilities are being reached over the course of each camp season and to determine where the majority of the camper population resides.

 

The Center for Courageous Kids will also analyze changes in camper’s social skills and levels of independence. We will review medical logs, program documents, counselor evaluations and post camp surveys that are completed by both campers and parents. In addition to changes in the seriously ill child, the evaluation plan will also monitor the number of parents and siblings taking part in networks of support as a result of their camp experience.

 


ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

We have accomplished our goals so far evidenced by the fact that CCK has served over 25,900 campers, with over 109 different illnesses from 45 states and 10 countries since opening in 2008.  Our attendance continues to increase yearly as well as the number of illnesses we are able to serve.  We have continued to be able to offer our services at no cost to the children or families who attend.

 

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Croley W Graham Jr.
Company Affiliation ETC Management, LLC
Term Dec 2016 to Jan 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mr. Stockton Clark President, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western MassachusettsVoting
Mr. Brian Clemmons South Central BankVoting
Mr. Croley W. Graham Jr.Senior Advisor, ETC Management, LLCVoting
Ms. Joanie O'Bryan President/Executive DirectorVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr. Stockton Clark
Company Affiliation Ronald McDonald House Charities
Term Dec 2016 to Jan 2018
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Joanie O'Bryan
Term Start Nov 2016
Email jobryan@courageouskids.org
Experience

  • Director of Development, The Center for Courageous Kids

  • Regional Director of Business Development, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Atlanta, GA

  • District Healthcare Coordinator, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Louisville, KY


 

Co-CEO
Experience
Staff
Full Time Staff 27
Part Time Staff 11
Volunteers 1000
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 77%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 35
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 28
Unspecified 0
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
Comments
CEO Comments ----
Description The Center for Courageous Kids (CCK) provides a camp experience to seriously ill children that would not be able to participate in other types of camps. The ages of children served for summer camp are 7 to 16. CCK has served many illness groups including, asthma, cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes, heart disese, blood disorders, muscular, dystrophy, osteogenesis imperfecti, sickle cell, spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy, and transplants.
Budget 174592 per week
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Description The Center for Courageous Kids (CCK) Family Retreats provide respite, recreation and support programs for families who have a child with a chronic or life threatening illness. Family Retreats provide similar experiences as summer camp, as well as the opportuntiy for parents to gather together and share similar life experiences. Children ages 5 - 17 with a diagnoses served by CCK and their household qualify to attend.
Budget 40920 per wknd
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Families,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2017
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations

External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $2,445,485.00
Projected Expenses $3,291,371.00
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$2,323,841$2,205,760$1,670,557
Total Expenses$3,886,692$3,799,415$4,097,119
Revenue Less Expenses($1,562,851)($1,593,655)($2,426,562)
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
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$2,214,890$2,069,060$1,529,910
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$94,694$8,625$5,269
Investment Income, Net of Losses$17,478$13,193$4,747
Membership Dues------
Special Events($4,478)$113,348$129,993
Revenue In-Kind----$369,975
Other$1,257$1,534$638
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,122,161$3,033,192$3,406,410
Administration Expense$343,656$325,445$310,074
Fundraising Expense$420,875$440,778$380,635
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.600.580.41
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%80%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%20%23%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$14,165,304$20,731,168$32,853,395
Current Assets$4,230,954$5,334,016$16,793,063
Long-Term Liabilities--$2,025$10,506,888
Current Liabilities$62,311$63,299$87,008
Total Net Assets$19,102,993$20,665,844$22,259,499
Form 990s
2016 990
2015 990
2014 990
2013 990
2012 990
2011 990
Audit Documents
2016 Audit
2015 Audit
2014 Audit
2013 Audit
2012 Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To continue to grow and sustain The Center for Courageous Kids' campus and services for the future. Funds will be used to update facilities, new construction, improved programs offered to campers and increase number of campers served annually.
Goal $10,000,000.00
Dates Jan 2014 to May 2019
Amount Raised To Date 3200000 as of Feb 2017
State Registration Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
 
Address 1501 BURNLEY RD
SCOTTSVILLE , KY 421649693
Primary Phone 270 618-2900
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Joanie O'Bryan
Board Chair Mr. Croley W Graham Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation ETC Management, LLC