On April 1, 2009 Michael Marchese was selected as the new Scout Executive for the Trapper Trails Council.
Mike describes himself as an enthusiastic Scout, husband and father. He became a Boy Scout in Sacramento, California in 1978. He then moved to and grew up on the Oregon Coast in Brookings, Oregon with his family. He was also a Boy Scout in the Oregon Trail Council, he would eventually be employed.
His Professional Scouting career began in Coos Bay, Oregon, as District Executive where he served the lower third of the Oregon coast. He was promoted to District Director in Eugene, Oregon. Served as Camp Director on the Oregon Coast from 1995-1998 and is a brotherhood member of the Order of Arrow.
Mike became Assistant Scout Executive of the Oregon Trail Council in May 1998. He was then promoted to Idaho in November 2002 after his selection as Director of Field Service for Grand Teton Council. In April 2006, Mike and his family relocated to Gilbert, Arizona when he was promoted to Director of Field Service and Chief Operating Officer for Grand Canyon Council.
Mike has been tasked with guiding 24 Executive Field Staff members who support 20,500 volunteers, 22 Districts, the Friends of Scouting campaign, Membership and Commissioner Service, as well as legal and fiscal controls.
Mike and his wife Cherylann, have a daughter, Katie, age 8, and son Christian 6.
He is Wood Badge trained and served on staff in 2003 as a Troop Guide. Mike served at the 2005 National Jamboree and plans to serve in 2010 as the Administration Chief, for Western Region, BSA.
Mike graduated from the University of Oregon, with a degree in Political Science. He enjoys restoring classic cars, which have included a 1959 Cadillac and1968 GT/CS Mustang. He likes everything outdoors; hiking, camping, golf and more.
He is eager to begin serving with the wonderful volunteers and staff of the Trapper Trails Council.
The hiring of Mike fills the vacancy left by former Scout Executive Rick Barnes who left in February to assume a new position with the Great Salt Lake Council. Mike will assume his new responsibility on May 1, 2009.
A special welcome to Michael Marchese and his family! We look forward to Mike’s leadership to the Trapper Trails Council family.
The following was a news release issued by Trapper Trails Council.