Welcome to the
Kentucky Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy.
The Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy has been changing the lives of young people since July 1999.
Over 2,570 youth have graduated from the Academy and many have gone on to accomplish much more than they ever thought possible.
If you are looking for a life-changing experience, give the Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy a try. Join the hundreds who have gone before you.
Come to the BCA and change your future.
During the late 1980's, the Rockefeller Foundation identified the need in our country to provide opportunities for your young people who were working to overcome problems in their lives. This includes educationally at-risk teens.
In 1991 the Joint Armed Service Committee directed the National Guard to develop a plan to add value to America by providing values, skills, education and self-discipline to young people by incorporating the structure and esprit de corps found in the military model.
The ChalleNGe Program began a three-year pilot operating in fifteen states in July 1993.
The Kentucky program began in July 1999. Operated by the National Guard Bureau Office of Public Affairs, ChalleNGe is a Governors Special Project under the Office of the Adjutant General.
Acceptance is not based on income and there are no fees to participating youth. Upon completion of the program, an educational stipend may be available.
The mission of the Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy is to train and mentor selected at-risk youth to become contributing members of society.
The Models 8 Core Components in a quasi-military environment during a 22-week residential and one-year follow up program does this.
"Quasi-Military" is a term used to describe a program that resembles military training such as attention to detail, respect, self-discipline, and chain of command.
- Applicants must be between the ages of 16-18 on class start date,
- Free of illegal drugs,
- Educationally at risk,
- Mentally and physically capable to participate,
- Kentucky resident,
- Not under indictment or convicted of a felony offense.
The BCA uses the platoon concept as the core training model. Each platoon is supervised by the Platoon Sergeant who has overall responsibility to train and graduate the platoon. The platoon does everything together, this builds team work and unit cohesion, it improves morale and gives the cadets something to be a part of.
Hours Of Operation
Normal hours of operation for administrative staff, and teachers are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The Cadre provide supervision for the cadets 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the class.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
School Meals Policy
The Bluegrass Challenge Academy announces it's policy for Free and Reduced Meals for students under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.
Any interested person may review a copy of the policy by contacting the Child Nutrition Director, Vicky Harl at 502-607-5947.
We are located at Bldg 296, 714 Dixie St. Fort Knox, Kentucky 40121.
Individual Determination Forms will be filled out at the day of intake of each class beginning in January and July of each year.