2016 Executive Committee & Committee Chairs Michael Thompson, Council President Mac McLean, President-Elect Dr. James Blake, Council Commissioner Harry Bolick, VP-Administration Mickey Stokes, VP-District Operations Fred Hyslop, VP-Cub Scouting Dannie Newell, VP-Finance Dr. Eric Baker, VP-Community Partnerships Carl Muller, VP-Program Russell Cann, VP-Outdoor Adventures Capt. Howie Thompson, VP-Exploring Bruce White, VP-Endowment Everett Baker, VP-Facilities Robin Foster, VP-Risk Management Dave Brenner, VP-Development Phillip Kilgore, Immediate Past President Paul Winston, Advancement Chair David Surrett, Training Chair Dan Atkinson, Activities Chair
Russell Cann, Sustained Endowment Chair Ken Betsch, Marketing Chair Russell Smart, Audit Chair Lindsay Smith, Golf Tournament Chair Victor Shelburne, Conservation & Campmaster Ken Ambory, Budget Kent Dykes, Assistant VP Dist. Operations Mac McLean, Council Communications Tom Moran, Fluor High Adventure Base Alana Bell, International Scouting Lee Lewis, Religious Relationships Robbie Hill, Summit Ambassador Carroll Luck, Women for Scouting Lee Dixon, Treasurer Bubba Fennell, Assistant Treasurer Dr. Bill Dukes, National Council Representative King Dixon, II, National Council Representative Lindsay Smith, Legal Counsel Mike Butler, Scout Executive
2016 Executive Board Ken Ambory Dan Atkinson Victor Austin Eric Baker Everett Baker Alana Bell Wayne Bell Jay Best Ken Betsch James Blake Harry Bolick Dave Brenner Lillian Brock Flemming Cy Burgess Grady Butler Russell Cann Merl Code Kevin Cope Charles Dalton Glenn Davis Matthew Delk Brian Disher King Dixon, II Lee Dixon
Sean Dogan Bill Dukes Sylvia Dukes Robert Dye, Jr. Kent Dykes Tom Ervin Bubba Fennell Robin Foster Chuck Fox Tom Fox J.B. Garrett Carolyn Goodjoin Karen Gurgew Robbie Hill Tim Hunt Fred Hyslop Herb Johnson Hal Johnson Mark Johnston Lesa Kastler Phillip Kilgore Michael Kirby Doug Larson Lee Lewis
Lillie Lewis Nate Lipscomb Chris Loewer Carroll Luck Jim Mahony John Mansure Fletcher Martin Jason McCreary Patrick McDonald Mac McLean Stacey Mills Tom Moran Carl Muller Dannie Newell Earle Oxner Leon Patterson Jay Pendergrass Robert Rainey Jon Rogers Jim Ross Delane Rosemond Ben Rosenberger Russell Smart Lindsay Smith
Mike Snyder John Soapes Christopher Soto Chip Stockman Mickey Stokes Kevin Stredney Joshua Summers David Surrett Tommy Thomason Howie Thompson John Thompson III Michael Thompson Phil Towles Ernie Trammell Rick Turner Jeff Tuttle Bruce White Perry Williams Radaka Williams Paul Winston Thomas Young Melvin Younts
Blue Ridge Council Boy Scouts of America 2016 Annual Report Our Mission
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 Law. Blue Ridge Council Boy Scouts of America 1 Park Plaza Greenville, SC 29607 864.233.8363
improvements welcomed campers at Camp Old Indian in 2016. A new High Adventure program was introduced for older Scouts and Venturers that included rock climbing and rappelling, mountain biking, and whitewater aquatics activities. The new Polaris All -Terrain Vehicle program added additional excitement for Scouts throughout the summer with new trails and a specialized training area. The Council continued to make investments in Camp Old Indian with facility improvements that included the completion of the Chapel renovation and expansion, a new camp staff shower and lounge complex, and major renovations to the waterfront aquatics area, including new docks, showers, and program equipment.
Special Awards and Recognition - The Blue Ridge Council recognized
two recipients of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 2016. Pete Selleck, Chairman and President, Michelin North America and Council President Michael Thompson. Pete Selleck was honored at the annual Patron Dinner and at the Greenville Drive Scout Day game for his lifetime achievements. Michael Thompson received his award at a special reception for Executive Board members and former recipients of the award.
Membership and Outreach Programs - In the fall of 2016, nearly
1,800 new youth joined Scouting programs. This represented a 27% increase in recruitment from 2015 and was the largest increase in years. There were also 29 new Scouting Units organized during the year, more than twice the number of new Units formed in 2015. In addition, the Blue Ridge Council was selected to launch two new pilot programs of the Boy Scouts of America: Lion Cubs and STEM Scouts. Lion Cubs serve kindergarten age boys and was implemented in 25 Cub Scout Packs throughout the Council. STEM Scouts focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math related activities designed to deliver the values and ideals of Scouting to both boys and girls in the third through twelfth grades. Both new pilot programs expand the outreach of Scouting to new demographics and allow for a greater impact in the community.
The Exploring and Venturing co-ed, teenage programs continued to grow and the Scoutreach efforts, serving at-risk youth in targeted programs, served youth who otherwise might not have the chance to experience Scouting.
(Michael Thompson with fellow Distinguished Eagle Scouts: Tom Reddin, Dr. E.W. Rabon, Dwight Neese, Dr. Bill Dukes, and Leon Patterson.)
SCOUTING PROGRAMS Cub Scouting 3,888 Cub Scouts/124 Packs Boy Scouting 2,429 Boy Scouts/127 Troops Venturing 188 Venturers/28 Crews Exploring 479 Explorers/34 Posts STEM Scouting 72 STEM Scouts/5 Labs Total Service Hours of Youth and Volunteers: 53,148
(Pete Selleck at the Greenville Drive Scout Game)
CAMP OLD INDIAN
The Boy Scouts of America is the Nation’s foremost youth program for character development and values-based leadership training. In the future, Scouting will continue to:
Boy Scout Summer Camp 1,576 Participants/96 Troops Youth Leadership Training 62 Scouts Cub Scout Resident Camp 83 Participants Cub Scout Day Camps 495 Participants Cub/Parent Weekends & Webelos Woods 1,813 Participants
• offer young people responsible fun and adventure; • instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law; • train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership; • serve America’s communities and families with its quality, values-based program.
Friends of Scouting (net) Camping & Activities 31% United Way $591,827
Management & General
National Council Support
Popcorn/Product Sales Special Events & Sales (net)
Project 10% $195,956
The efforts to build the Council’s Endowment resulted in tremendous success as over $7,706,000 in gift commitments was announced as a part of a three-year partnership with the Boy Scouts of America National Foundation. The Council Endowment Fund will ensure the future of strong Scouting programs in the Upstate for generations to come.
2016 Operating Expenses
163 Scouts 20,659 Eagle Project Hours
Special Events and Fund Raising - The Council special events and fund raising efforts all achieved record results. The Patron Dinner, sponsored by Duke Energy, hosted nearly 400 attendees to honor the recognition of Pete Selleck with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in March. The 10th Annual Golf Classic, sponsored by Womble Carlyle, saw 23 foursomes compete at the challenging Musgrove Mill Golf Club in April. Special guest and PGA Tour Champion Bill Haas joined in the fun and fellowship for the day. And for the seventh year, the Annual Sports, Entertainment, and Travel Auction drew a large crowd to bid on over 200 items and raised more than $63,000 in support of Scouting.
The Council also recognized Robert Rainey, Dr. Vic Shelburne, and the Reverend David Surrett with the National Eagle Scout Association’s Outstanding Eagle Scout Award at the Duty to God and Country Dinner in November. The Dinner also featured the first presentation of the Alumnus of the Year Award to Past Council President Russell Smart.
Camp Old Indian - New programs and facility
Shop 2% $40,457
Total Budget: $1,932,595