You may have heard the news reports regarding the National Council, Boy Scouts of America’s financial position. It is exploring all options to ensure it can continue to support all local councils across the country.
The strength of Scouting for the last 100-plus years has been its local domain. Each scouting unit is owned by its local charter partner which is typically a place of worship, service club or educational institution.
The Black Swamp Area Council is a 501(c)(3) entity incorporated in Ohio. Camp Lakota, Camp Berry, Findlay Service Center, our bank funds and investments are owned and controlled by the Black Swamp Area Council with governance from our local council Executive Board leadership. (Note, the Lima Service Center building is leased from the Lima FOP by the Black Swamp Area Council.)
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. We receive value back from the National Council, BSA, but we operate as a financially independent not-for-profit organization.
Areas where we partner with National Council, BSA, for business purposes, include several insurance programs, services for IT and expertise related to camping, Youth Protection, to name a few.
Charitable support of the Black Swamp Area Council stays local. 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.
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.
Sherri Garner Brumbaugh
Marc D. Kogan