Mount Baker Scouters,
I’m excited to take on the opportunities and challenges as your new Council President.
At the Council Court of Honor, I delivered our State of the Council address to a room full of volunteers. We should be proud of the many accomplishments from 2018 that resulted in the Mount Baker Council being recognized Silver in the Journey to Excellence benchmark. We successfully adopted the Lion program; welcomed girls into Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA; represented 328 chartered organizations as we served nearly 100,000 service hours; awarded 158 Eagle Scouts; and we grew our endowment to help ensure we can deliver our program for generations to come. We’re now serving nearly 10,000 youth and adults in our council, delivering a world class program.
In 2019, we’re continuing to build off this momentum and working to accomplish Gold status in Journey to Excellence. We’ll do that by executing our strategic plan – Vision 2025 – and focusing on our key initiatives of Membership, Manpower, and Money.
- Membership: Our purpose is to serve young people and instill timeless values in their development. We’ll do that by growing our membership base to 15,000 youth by 20215, with an emphasis on recruiting Tigers, Lions, and fully adopting Family Scouting and Scouts BSA. Furthermore, we’ll continue to build upon our amazing camp and ensure all youth have the opportunity to attend one of the premier camps in the nation
- Manpower: Key to our success is recruiting, training, and inspiring volunteer and staff adult leaders. Through the new district boundaries, we’ll ensure that our districts are fully staffed and fully trained – that no position is open more than 60 days. We’re also continuing to diversify our Council Board to ensure our leaders our reflective of the communities we serve.
- Money: We’re debt free and will continue to be debt free. We’re growing recurring giving in our Family FOS campaign to build a stronger operating fund. Lastly, we’ll continue to grow and fund our endowment to be a sustainable and enduring council for generations to come.
Your help at all levels matters. We cannot effective serve our children, neighbors, and communities without you, our parents, volunteers, and leaders. Our youth are incredibly lucky to have you along the trail. Many hours and thousands of volunteers make our council one of the best. Thank you.
A little about me – I’ve been involved in the Mount Baker Council for over 30 years. My journey began as a Cub Scout in Pack 363 in Lynnwood and I crossed over to Troop 312 in Edmonds where I earned my Eagle Scout. I served as OA Chapter Chief for Puget Sound District and later volunteered with the district as the Camping Chair and Membership Chair. In 2007, I served my first term on the Council Board as the Chair for Camping and Outdoor Program and most recently served as SVP of Membership. My family is also involved in Scouting. My wife, Emily, is currently the Committee Chair for Pack 121 in Everett where my Daughter, Grace, recently earned her Wolf rank. Meanwhile my son, Dean, just earned his Scout rank for Troop 18. Outside of Scouting, you can often find me hiking around the mountains in the Cascades, Fly Fishing, or at the various baseball little league fields where I volunteer as an assistant coach.