LIMA — The national Boy Scouts of America might be facing tough financial decisions in the coming weeks. That doesn’t mean the local organization, the Black Swamp Area Council, is in trouble, though.
Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, council president for the Black Swamp Area Council, and Marc Kogan, scout executive, sent a letter out Friday afternoon to ease donors’ concerns about the strength of the local scouting organization.
“Charitable support of the Black Swamp Area Council stays local,” according to the letter. “All assets of the Black Swamp Area Council, including past and future charitable contributions, unit accounts, endowment funds, and properties, are independently held and protected. Dollars given locally in support of Scouting stay right here in the Black Swamp Area Council.”
On Wednesday, the national organization acknowledged it would explore “all options,” including possible bankruptcy protection, to stay afloat while facing sexual abuse lawsuits and dwindling membership at the national level.
Scouting’s organization protects the local assets from the national organization. The Black Swamp Area Council is its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which owns Camp Lakota, Camp Berry and Findlay Service Center. The Lima Service Center is leased from the Lima Fraternal Order of Police.
The local organization doesn’t receive money from the national organization, according to the letter.
“The Black Swamp Area Council receives no funding from the National Council, BSA; in fact, we pay fees to National Council, BSA as a part of our charter agreement for specific services,” according to the letter. “We receive value back from the National Council, BSA, but we operate as a financially independent not-for-profit organization.”
The local organization conducts scouting programs in a 13-county area in northwest and west center Ohio.
“Our focus has been delivering a quality program to boys and girls in our local community and we will maintain our focus on preparing youth for their futures,” according to Brumbaugh’s and Kogan’s letter.