Many of you received or have heard about the letter that was sent a couple of weeks ago from our Council President, Jeff Wassmer. A copy of that letter is below. Since coming to the council, I have tried to be very transparent regarding our council's operations and financial outlook. Visiting leader's roundtables this past spring helped me get out and share with many of you the opportunities and challenges our council faces. We chose to send this letter to remain transparent with those that have given so much to our council and the Scouts in it.
I wanted to take a moment and provide some more information and give an update to our progress since the letter was sent. First, more information. As I have visited with Scout volunteers and donors, I have shared with them the fact that our council's operating budget is in good shape. With the help of many donors, operating revenue is up over the planned 2014 operating budget and expenses are below budget. Our 2014 summer resident camp and other events at Bayport Scout Reservation are financially sound and the overall facility operations at Bayport Scout Reservation are not supported by other sources of revenue other than those related to Bayport. This is great news. Our camp's daily operations are financially self-sufficient. Our camp is a great asset both in a program perspective and a financial operational perspective. However, as many of you know, we do still owe over $5,600,000 on the purchase and construction of the camp. We look forward to hosting the 2015 Section SR-7A Order of the Arrow Conclave and planning for 2015 Summer Resident Camp continues to progress.
Now for a quick update. Since the letter was sent, we have heard from many Scout leaders and parents with their thoughts and concerns. We appreciate your input and the manner in which you have communicated with us. We are working very hard to raise the necessary funds to resume monthly payments to our lenders in February 2015 and will do everything possible to keep Bayport Scout Reservation open for our Scouts to enjoy the outdoor adventure that Scouting thrives on. We have received several donations already, commitments to make donations now or after the first of the year or invitations to visit and discuss possible solutions. We appreciate each of these. Now is the time to help, if you are able. As mentioned in roundtables this past spring, I need the help of many to help the council through these trying times. It's as if we are rolling a giant stone ball up a hill and this is much easier done with many shoulders pushing in the same direction. I hope that those that may be bystanders are able to become involved in some positive way and help us out. I appreciate everything that each of you do as leaders to deliver the Scouting program to our Scouts, our communities need Scouting more than ever.
With the help of many, we will be successful. We will be able to roll this giant stone ball to the top of the hill and watch as it rolls down the other side. We have some great positive momentum on our side, we will keep working to be successful.
I thank each of you once again for everything you do for Scouting in our council, we cannot do it without your help. Visit frequently to this blog to get more updates on the council.
Yours in Scouting,