The Simon Kenton Council is one of the largest councils in the nation serving 17 counties in central and southern Ohio and Greenup County in northern Kentucky. The council is staffed by more than 40 professional and administrative Scouters with more than 6,500 adult volunteers delivering the Scouting program to more than 18,000 youth.
We are joined by nearly 400 charter partner organizations sponsoring over 600 Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews and Exploring Posts in our council. Through these partnerships, the council’s goal is to be the premier leader in youth development for central and southern Ohio as well as Greenup County, Kentucky.
In addition, we maintain and operate four year-round camps that include 1,152 acres of woods, forests, ponds, trails and camping sites. Youth served include boys and girls ages 6-20 living in urban, rural and suburban areas.
At least 1,000 youth participate in Simon Kenton Council’s ScoutReach program. Through this special program, youth in our most at-risk areas of central Ohio are delivered the full Scouting program at little to no cost to the Scout’s family. Through stipend program aids, the ScoutReach program is delivered to Scouts after school in partnership with Columbus City Schools.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
In 2012, Simon Kenton Council launched its new long range five year strategic plan to meet the needs of Scouting in our local area. Please see addendum for a copy of this document. In this plan, Simon Kenton Council strives to achieve its vision of continuing to be recognized as a premier youth development organization. A trusted community partner, the council is looked to as the leader in teaching young people about leadership, citizenship, character and fitness utilizing our “classroom in the woods” delivery model. Our programs and facilities are viewed as best in class and widely recognized as relevant and important for young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. Through seven strategic pillars, Simon Kenton Council will deliver on this mission through the areas of program, membership, unit service, marketing, facilities, finance, and leadership and governance.