Select Highlights | Baltimore Area Council, Baltimore, Maryland

​​Budget/Finance​​
  • Took the Council from a $690,000 deficit in 2013 to a balanced budget in 2014, 2015 and projected to be balanced in 2016.
  • Paid off a $1 million loan used for operating expenses in 2015 and built a reserve of cash to help the Council operate during the calendar year without needing the loan.
  • Added $1.4 million to the Council Endowment Fund in 2015 and 2016 through contributions and legacy gifts.
  • Erased a $550,000 inter fund loan debt in Fund 2 Properties and replaced the funds borrowed back into Funds 1 and 3.
  • Increased Special Events net funding by $200,000 in 2015.
  • Revised the Council’s Spending policy statement.
  1. LEARN FROM THE PAST
    Council Historian Joel Meredith presents Brian with a vintage set of Scout Executive collar pins.
    LEARN FROM THE PAST
  2. NETWORKING AT DINNER EVENT
    Entertaining Henry "'Mr. Baltimore" Rosenberg with Dr. and Mrs. Jose Bowen, President, Goucher College.
    NETWORKING AT DINNER EVENT
  3. RAY SUAREZ
    Eagle Scout Career Day participant Ray Suarez.
    RAY SUAREZ
  4. TOP HANDS MEETING
    Tom Donohue (left) accepts a campership for a Scout in his council from Scout Executive Brian Steger at the BSA’s Top Hands meeting on Aug. 25, 2016, in New Orleans. Photo by Tim Lawler.
    TOP HANDS MEETING
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Properties
  • Upgraded the Council’s IT equipment replacing all laptops and most personal computers, purchased new server, installed internet and now have WIFI throughout the service center.
  • Renovated the conference room, adding overhead projectors and sound, renaming it as the Pallister Training Center in memory of Clinton Pallister.
  • Replaced roads to the Council’s water front (offsite from Camp) and upgraded roads in camp. 
  • Completed National Camp Accreditation Program, working with current Camp Task Force to determine the camping facilities needs for the Council and anticipate developing a capital campaign plan.

Membership
  • Revamped the Council’s Scoutreach efforts and set a 10% cap for funded membership
  • Council shows combined growth in the traditional Districts for the first time since 2009
  • Grew Cub Scout membership in 2015 using the pilot program Rocket Into Scouting
  • Grew Exploring by 25% utilizing the Exploring Explosion themed materials
  • Council earned 2015 Northeast Region Membership Recruiting Award

Board/Governance
  • Increased the diversity number of Board Members
  • Revised the Council Bylaws
  • Held a Board Retreat to discuss Strategic Plan (currently rewriting a new plan); conducting a capital campaign to build or rebuild the council’s camping facilities and Board recruitment.
  • Successfully completed the items from the 2013 Administrative Review.
  • Created a Business Disaster Recovery Plan and a Council Crisis Communication plan.

Awards
  • Council earned Baltimore Sun’s Top 100 Places to Work recognition
  • Council earned 3 BSA National President’s Awards (in 2014 and 2015)
  • Council earned Gold JTE Status in 2015
  • Council named 2014 Northeast Region Best Interfaith Award