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Wayne Brock Appointed Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America

Posted on 24 May 2012 by Press Release

Brock joins new BSA National President Wayne Perry as top two leaders 
of nation’s iconic youth-serving organization

Following an extensive selection process, the Boy Scouts of America named Wayne Brock its next Chief Scout Executive, the organization’s top professional. Brock, the BSA’s current deputy Chief Scout Executive and chief operating officer, will provide general direction of administrative work of the BSA. He follows Robert “Bob” Mazzuca, who will retire in August at the conclusion of his five-year term as Chief Scout Executive. The professional leadership change coincides with a transition of Scouting’s national president, the organization’s top volunteer leader.

“I am honored to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading this great organization at a pivotal time in our history,” Brock said. “We will build upon the great vision and strategic direction put forth by Bob Mazzuca to strengthen our organization as we continue to serve our mission, instilling the values of character and integrity in America’s youth.”

Serving as deputy Chief Scout Executive and COO since 2009, Brock provides leadership and direction to all aspects of operations of the National Council, which is subject to the authority and direction of the Chief Scout Executive and the National Executive Board.

Brock began his career in 1972 as a district executive in New Bern, North Carolina, and then served on the staff in Knoxville, Tennessee. He also served as Scout executive in Athens, Georgia; area director; Scout executive in Orlando, Florida; Southern Region director; and as assistant Chief Scout Executive.

Brock is a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award, and he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from East Carolina University.

The Chief Scout Executive Selection Committee was composed of members of the BSA National Executive Board who were appointed by the BSA’s president and ratified by the Board for selection of a new Chief Scout Executive. The committee was chaired by outgoing President Rex Tillerson (CEO of ExxonMobil) and included nine other influential business executives and business leaders.

“Wayne Brock possesses the right combination of deep institutional knowledge, operational experience, and personal fortitude to successfully lead this organization into the future,” Tillerson said.

In addition to the new Chief Scout Executive, a new national president steps into his role as the organization’s top leader later this month during the BSA’s National Annual Meeting. Telecom pioneer and Seattle Mariners co-owner Wayne Perry becomes the BSA’s 34th president, following Tillerson.

Like Tillerson, Perry has a long, personal history with Scouting. A Scout in his youth, Perry began his adult volunteer tenure as a Cubmaster with Pack 601 in Bellevue, Washington, and has filled a variety of positions since then. During his two-year term, Perry will direct the BSA’s National Executive Board, which guides the youth-service organization. Perry currently serves as chief executive officer of the private equity firm Shotgun Creek Investments. He began his career in telecommunications and was chairman and CEO of Edge Wireless until it was sold to AT&T in 2008. He and his wife, Christine, have four sons—all are Eagle Scouts.

“The Boy Scouts of America has the program, methods, and a 100-year track record of helping boys grow into the types of men they aspire to be and our society needs,” Perry said. “I am proud to be among the more than 1 million volunteers dedicated to this important movement.”

Perry and Brock join National Commissioner Tico Perez, the top volunteer in charge of program quality, to make up the BSA’s Key 3. The trio, consisting of two volunteers and one professional, make up the organization’s highest level of leadership at the national level.

About the Boy Scouts of America 
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.™” The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and more than a million volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit

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The Hunt for a New Chief Scout Narrows

Posted on 10 May 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzucca is set to retire at this year on August 31st. On April 4th BSA President announced nine semifinalists to fill the position. After another round of interviews there are four finalists:

  • Wayne Brock , Deputy Chief Scout Executive/COO
  • Tom Fitzgibbon, Regional Director, Western Region
  • Al Lambert, Regional Director, Central Region
  • Robert A. “Alf” Tuggle, Assistant Chief Scout Executive/CFO

Interviews will take place this month prior to the National Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. Selection and announcement of BSA’s new Chief Scout Executive will take place on May 21st. He will start his first day on the job on September 1st. Stay tuned for the announcement.

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Tale of Two Philmonts

Posted on 08 May 2012 by MikeD

The following is a Guest Article by Mike Dubrall. Mike “Dub Zero” Blogs and writes informative articles on backpacking and snow camping at

Philmont sits at the apex of the Scout backpacking experience. For skilled backpackers the Philmont routes are not difficult. However, most Scouts are not accomplished backpackers and the challenge of being on the trail for almost two weeks makes any trip to Philmont incredibly worthwhile. In addition, the fun activities and camaraderie with hikers from every state makes Philmont a kind of “Scouting Disneyland.”

Philmont is much more than backpacking. There are months of prep meetings, practice hikes, and shopping sprees. Commemorative shirts have to be designed and ordered and new equipment purchased. There is often an exciting cross county trip by train, plane, or automobile and groups stop at popular attractions along the way. Nearby cities like Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos are teeming eager Scouts (in uniform) during the summer months. Afterwards, reunion parties, slide shows, and campfire discussions keep the Philmont experience alive for a long time.

Philmont sits at the apex of Scout wilderness experiences

My first trip to Philmont was a disaster. We trained hard for a difficult backpacking trip and that is not what we got at all. A forest fire broke out before our arrival and a large part of the Ranch was closed to hikers. Everyone got crowded into the southern section of the Ranch, where campsites and trails were overflowing with Scouts. There were lines at every Red Roof Inn and our assigned Ranger was an idiot incompetent. Stringent rules put everyone on edge. Programs were impacted and long wait times or even oversubscribed activities were daily occurrences. A lingering drought meant no swimming or showers for the entire trek. (Ten days on the trail days without anyone bathing even once!)

Our difficult 80 mile planned backpacking trip turned into a 35 mile romp with nothing to do most afternoons. The Scouts got bored and turned on each other and then on the adults. Eventually the adults started taking out their frustrations on the Scouts. It was, by all measures, a miserable trip.

Almost a decade passed before my new Troop became serious about backpacking and started talking about Philmont. It was with mixed feelings that I was swept up in their collective enthusiasm and put my name on a list to go again. The goal was to make my second trip a different experience altogether.

This time we focused on the overall Philmont experience and not just the backpacking. Practice hikes were important of course, but the hikes were filled with stories about Philmont history, camps, activities, and potential service projects. Along the way everyone learned the Philmont Grace and Philmont Hymn, which we all sang with increasing fervor every day we were on the trail together. The song became a unifying force of surprising power. (Even now, one year later, they sing the Philmont Hymn at the drop of a hat!)

Philmont is more than a hike - it is a lifetime memory

Arriving at Philmont base camp in the middle of the night, we tried to slip quietly into our tents so as not to wake the backpackers in our assigned area. Morning soon arrived, with the staff welcome at breakfast, paperwork processing, review of the routes, and introduction to our Ranger, who would be with us for a couple of days. The boys swarmed into the Philmont Trading Post to stock up on candy, belts, hats, shirts, and assorted mementos, some of which might be valuable on the trail. We finished the pack check, stored our extra stuff in the lockers, attended an inspirational Scout’s Own, and were ready to leave the next morning.

The first morning on the trail, our Ranger woke us up before dawn, and in the dark, we scrambled to the top of a mountain to experience the sunrise. Sitting together in the gathering light, we watched the valley come into focus under an azure sky. When he had our attention, the Ranger said, “Before you is a unique opportunity to have an incredible experience at Philmont. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Do things you don’t think are possible. Create memories for your lifetime. No one can do it but you.”

For the next ten days we had a glorious time together, punctuated by burrow racing, lumber jacking, black bears, beautiful sunrises & sunsets, cantinas, campfires, horseback riding, singing songs, petroglyphs, porch talks, rock climbing, shotgun shooting, card games, storytelling, challenge courses, and, of course, backpacking. Everyone had a fantastic time.

Some trips are good and some are not so good, but every visit to Philmont is transformative in its own way. Boys become men and men become better. For that reason, every serious Scout and Adult Leader should hike there at least once.


Mike Dubrall writes about backpacking, snow camping, and other high adventure outings at His email is or you can be connected through the “ Outing Resource Center” on Facebook.


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Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Thrifty

Posted on 02 May 2012 by CharlesN







“A Scout is Thrifty.” Sir Robert Baden-Powell

One of the most difficult things to do is to be thrifty.  It is difficult to save up for something you want to have in the future.  We tend to think about what we can get now.  For example, remember when you bought your second camping tent?  Did you ask yourself whether you really need the tent, or could you have used your first tent for the camp out?  When we save a dollar, we are planning to use that dollar some other day for something you really need or something unexpected in the future.

If you don’t save up what you have today, you will have less to spend tomorrow.  So put a portion of that hard earned money in the jar, in the bank, in your investment accounts.

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