- About Simon Kenton Council
- About Boy Scouts of America
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Our Strategic Plan
- Our Annual Report
- Job Openings
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.
Council Contact Information:
Leadership Development Center
807 Kinnear Rd.
Columbus, OH 43212
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.
Cub Scouting Program- Youth members ages 6-10 join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight boys. Tiger Cubs (first-graders), Wolf Cub Scouts (second-graders), Bear Cub Scouts (third-graders), and Webelos Scouts (fourth- and fifth-graders) meet weekly. Once a month all of the dens and family members gather for a pack meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster and pack committee. The committee includes parents of boys in the pack and members of the chartered organization.
Cub Scouting Activities- Many of the activities happen right in the den and pack. Some of these are completion of core Scout badges, an annual pinewood derby race, family field trips, outdoor recreation and fitness, monthly outdoor campouts and summer resident camp.
Boy Scouting Program- Boy Scouting is a year-round activity for boys age 11 – 17. Boys who are 10 may join if they have received the Arrow of Light Award or have finished the fifth grade. Specifically, the BSA endeavors to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit; have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness; have personal values based on religious concepts; have the desire and skills to help others; understand the principles of the American social, economic, and governmental systems; are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation’s role in the world; have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people; and are prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society.
Boy Scouting Activities- Boy Scouting offers youth fun outdoor activities, peer group leadership opportunities, community service learning and career exploration.
Venturing Program- Venturing provides youth development opportunities for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. Venturing’s purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills and become good citizens.
Venturing Activities- Venturing offers youth high adventure activities, leadership development, environmental education, and career and hobby exploration.
Exploring Program – Exploring is Learning for Life’s career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) or 15 to 21 years old. Exploring’s purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.
Adults are selected by the participating organization for involvement in the program. Color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, economic status, and citizenship are not criteria for participation.
Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations initiate an Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.
Explorer posts can specialize in a variety of career skills. Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.
For more detailed information on the Exploring program, Click Here
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The BSA is committed to equal employment opportunity and compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws that prohibit workplace discrimination and unlawful retaliation, such as those that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical condition), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or familial status, genetic information, citizenship status, protected activity (such as opposition to or reporting of prohibited discrimination or harassment), or any other status or classification protected by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws. This policy of equal employment opportunity applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including without limitation advertising, recruiting, hiring, training, evaluation, promotion, transfer, work assignments, compensation, benefits, disciplinary action, termination, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment.
BSA Position On Transgender Youth Participation
BSA Position Statement on Transgender Youth The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Recognizing the established and well-known benefits of a single-gender program, the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs are only available to boys. Until recently, the BSA, along with schools, youth sports, and many other youth-serving organizations, ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine gender, and thus eligibility for Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting. In recent years the concept of gender identity has become much more complex than the binary choices of male and female and simply referring to a birth certificate. Communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state. As such, the Boy Scouts of America will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application. Given that the welfare and best interests of each child is the top priority in Scouting, our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.
As such, the Boy Scouts of America will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application. Given that the welfare and best interests of each child is the top priority in Scouting, our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child. When considering Scouting for a transgender youth, the youth’s parents must have an initial discussion with the council and unit to determine:
Is the child living culturally as a boy? Is the child recognized by his family as a boy? Is the child recognized by his school and/or community as a boy?
Living culturally as a boy generally includes dressing as a boy, using a culturally accepted male name or nickname, parents/caregivers using male pronouns when referring to the child, and being considered “a boy” in his daily-life. It is important that the Scouting community respectfully use the name and preferred pronouns (most likely male) when referring to the child. If the child is not living culturally as a boy, then the youth will not be eligible to register in these programs. While discussing preferences directly with a transgender youth and the family is the best approach, helpful information is available to help ensure that we treat all Scouts with dignity and respect.
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.
View our complete plan HERE
To learn more about where the Simon Kenton Council’s money is spent and their plans for the future, feel fee to check out the newest Annual Report. We would like to thank all of those who helped us to reach our goals this past year and look forward to your future involvement in Scouting.