Council Info

Youth Protection


yout_protection_logoButton to Additional Facts and Information about IV FilesThe Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs. All registered BSA leaders are required to complete youth protection training every two years.


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Youth Protection Process

Click here for an overview of Youth Protection National policies and resources.

Click here for information on Youth Protection training and to access online training.

Click here to view more information, historical youth protection timelines and more regarding the BSA and IV Files.

Click here to read the letter from our Scout Executive, Tom Dugger, regarding Youth Protection and recent news releases.

Reporting Youth Protection Concerns

All reports of youth protection concerns including violations of youth protection policies and reports of child abuse should be taken at face value. All youth protection concerns should be brought immediately and directly to the Dan Beard Council Scout Executive, Mr. Thomas Dugger:

Office: (513) 577-7680
Cell: (513) 317-2336
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BSA policy and Ohio and Kentucky state laws also obligates anyone with knowledge of child abuse to report to local authorities. If you know or suspect a child has been abused, contact your local police department or call your local child abuse reporting hotline:

Boone County, KY
(859) 371-8832
Brown County, OH (937) 378-6104
Butler County, OH (800) 325-2685
Campbell County, KY (859) 292-6733
Clermont County, OH (513) 732-STOP
Gallatin County, KY (859) 567-7381
Grant County, KY (859) 824-4471
Hamilton County, OH (513) 241-KIDS
Kenton County, KY (859) 292-6340
Owen County, KY (502) 484-3937
Pendleton County, KY (859) 654-3381
Warren County, OH (513) 695-1546
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:12  

Dan Beard Council Strategic Plan


Written by Mike Swofford Thursday, 16 August 2012 16:25

compassScouting is stronger than ever in the Dan Beard Council. To ensure the growth and strong future of the Scouting program in the Greater Cincinnati area, the Board of Directors is developing a new Strategic Plan.

Much like the last strategic plan provided the roadmap towards growth in membership, stronger community connections, and new methods of supporting volunteers through the construction of the Scout Achievement Center, our next strategic plan will define the success and achievements for the next few years. 

The development of the plan is an all-in process. The board has requested that volunteers on all levels contribute their input on our strategies of the future.  We invite you to review the draft of the four pillars and eight strategies below and then provide your feedback! Together, we will create a strategic plan that will speak with one voice -- the voice of the Dan Beard Council.

Pillars and Strategies


Traditional Membership Growth

The sucessful recruitment of youth is a crucial part of the Scouting program in the Dan Beard Council. The ability to retain the youth and the Scouting unit in our program is of the utmost imporntance.

Stronger Units

We will continue helping to build stronger traditional units, as defined by the Journey to Excellence scores, by providing valuable service to our units and chartered organizations.




Outdoor Program Operations

The Council must build upon its long history of providing excellent outdoor programs from first class facilities by positioning its properties and designing programs to address the evolving desires and needs of each generation of Scouts.

Improved Results in Outreach

The development of a strong working Outreach Committee, with outside community organizations, and volunteers that will suppoer the development of improved results within outreach programs. The re-establishment of aims and objectives of Scouting will be delivered through these programs. The outcomes will result in quality programs in locations where Scouting is least likely to succeed.



Succession Planning, Council and District Operations

All districts, no matter their size, carry out the same standard functions. The method of organizing is flexible and must be adapted to the needs and characterisitics of the communities in which the Districts and the Council support. Volunteer recruitment and succession planning are essential to the growth of the Council.

Staff Development and Retention

The ability to develop and retain a high quality staff is critical to the success of Dan Beard Council. Staffing in all departments, administration, field operations, development and support operations are of equal importance to quality growth and sustainability. The outcome measure shoudl be the achievement of the Council mission, vision, and total financial development objectives.



Major Gifts Development: Operating, Capital, and Endowment

The Dan Beard Council is financially secure due to robust and sustainable funding models that address the current and future needs of the operating, capital, and endowment funds. The Council identified and accesses additional diverse and sustainable sources of funds to avoid overreliance on unpredictable funding streams. A major gifts emphasis is developed and implemented so that funding is not a barrier to providing programs that fulfill our mission.

Sound Stewardship

The effective, responsible, and thrifty use of the Council's financial resources is imperative for the future success of the Scouting program. As the council is currently in a strong financial position, it is timely to strategically position the operating, capital, and endowment funds to be wisely invested and providing the best long-term return to the Council.



Guiding Principles

While the pillars and strategies provide goals and result measurements, the Guiding Principles overlap across all strategies and become the compass for the types of results that should be measured.

Quality Program

Best Facilities

Community Awareness

Delivery Systems

Community Impact

Best Practices

Leadership Development

Core Values


Give Your Feedback!

Feedback from volunteers like you is essential for the council's strategic planning process. There are many ways to have your voice heard.

Throughout September and October, members of the council management team will be visiting district roundtable meetings and leading a briefing and discussion on the draft of the plan. This is a great time to ask questions and share your thoughts directly with those that are working towards the final evolution of the plan.

You can also send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to share your comments. All messages received will be collected and considered for inclusion in the final plan to be approved by the council board of directors.

Thank you for taking an interest in the future of the Dan Beard Council, the Scouting movement, and the Scouts. Together, we will ensure the devliery of a quality program to tomorrow's Scouts.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2012 18:31  



Written by Administrator Tuesday, 11 January 2011 13:59

When available, employment opportunities may be posted on this page. For employment information for the Dan Beard Council, please contact the Scout Achievement Center at (513) 577-7700.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 August 2012 12:44  

Holiday Hours

Written by Mike Swofford Tuesday, 16 November 2010 23:17

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Holiday Hours

As we all give thanks and celebrate the season, the staff of the Dan Beard Council and the Scout Shop will be enjoying some time with their families. Please be aware of the following changes in regular hours effective through the end of the year.

Click here to see normal operating hours

The Dan Beard Council Service Center will be CLOSED:

Monday, December 24th
Tuesday, December 25th
Tuesday, January 1st

The Scout Shop will be CLOSED:

Monday, December 24th
Tuesday, December 25th
Tuesday, January 1st

Please note that when the Service Center is closed, Unit Account information will not be available.

From everyone at the Dan Beard Council and the Scout Shop,

we wish you and your family the happiest of holidays!

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 17:01  

Dan Beard Council Information



The mission of the Dan Beard Council is to prepare the over 33,000 young people in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is:

General Contact Information

Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America
10078 Reading Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45241

Click here for a driving map to the Scout Achievement Center.

Council Service Center

Contact the Service Center for all your questions about Scouting programs and how to join.

Phone: (513) 577-7700
Fax: (513) 577-7738

For direct staff and general question contact information, please visit the Contact Us page.

Scout Store

Contact the Scout Store for your questions about uniforms, gear, or Scouting merchandise.

Phone: (513) 961-0500
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hours of Operation  

Please click here for Holiday hours of operation

The hours of operation for the Dan Beard Scout Achievement Center and Scout Store are as follows:

Monday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday Closed

About the Dan Beard Council

The Dan Beard Council is the administrative body of the the Boy Scouts of America in the Greater Cincinnati area. With a geographic area of 12 counties in Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky and an average annual membership of 33,000 youth, the Dan Beard Council is one of the larger metropolitan councils in the country and the largest youth organization in the Cincinnati area. The council administers the Scouting program through 8 districts, providing volunteer support, training, program opportunities, and administrative services such as membership and advancement records, new unit development, and unit fundraising opportunities in the form of the annual popcorn sale. Hundreds of Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews, Varsity Teams, Explorer Posts, and Learning for Life groups make up the membership of the council.

uw_logoA 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the council operations are completely funded by the Friends of Scouting annual giving campaign, corporate sponsorships, the popcorn sale, activity revenue, and the United Way. Funding is used for program delivery in the form of camp operations, the Scout Achievement Center, professional and support staff, and the many Scouting events held throughout the council each year.

The Dan Beard Council is chartered through the Boy Scouts of America annually.  Thanks to the generosity and support of the people and businesses of the Greater Cincinnati area, the council has a fiscally sound operation that proves the council to be good stewards of its roots that began in 1913 and strong providers for the future of the Scouting movement in our area.

The council Board of Directors is headed by the council president and is made up of annually elected volunteer community leaders. The board establishes the council program and carries out the resolutions, policies, and activities of the council. Thomas Dugger, the Scout Executive, manages the council operations through a staff of 29 professionals and 18 support staff. The Dan Beard Scout Shop provides Scouting uniforms, gear, and merchandise to support unit programs.

Four camp properties are operated by the council including Camp Friedlander, Camp Craig, Cub World, and Camp Michaels. Each year, over 5000 youth will participate in summer camp programs and another 20,000 will enjoy the camps in various seasonal events and unit outings.

Often when people refer to the "Council" they aren't quite sure who exactly they may be referring to. The "Council" is not merely the Board of Directors, the professional staff, or the council-level volunteers that give leadership to its many program; in actuality, the "Council" includes every registered youth, leader, and volunteer. With a long history of delivering the promise of the values of the Scout Oath and Law, we can all be justly proud to call ourselves members of the Dan Beard Council.

Scout Achievement Center

The Scout Achievement Center opened in July, 2009, and has been quickly recognized as the premier Scouting volunteer training facility and council service center in the nation. As a silver level LEED certified building, the facility was constructed and operates according to green standards and is an example of the conservation and ecologically-sound teachings of the Scouting program.The SAC serves as a great home for Scouting and we invite you to visit and take a tour or have a unit meeting. Click here to learn more about the SAC.

The well-stocked Scout Shop offers a great selection and is open during convenient hours for the purchase of books, advancements and awards. Uniforms and camping equipment are also stocked in the Scout Shop to meet your unit's needs.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 December 2012 19:16  

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