Congratulations to Allen Endicott, who will serve as Scout executive of the newly established Crossroads of the West Council in Salt Lake City, Utah, effective April 1, 2020. The Crossroads of the West Council was created when the Trapper Trails Council, the Great Salt Lake Council, and the Utah National Parks Council consolidated to enable the Scouting community in Utah to meet the ongoing mission of providing the area’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership to youth across the state.

Allen began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Trapper Trails Council in Ogden, Utah, where he later became the program director. In 2005, he was selected to serve as Scout executive of the Annawon Council in Norton, Massachusetts, then moved on to become Scout executive of the Puerto Rico Council in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. In 2013, Allen returned to the Trapper Trails Council to serve as Scout executive.

Allen is an Eagle Scout who enjoys camping, visiting national parks and historic sites, and playing the piano.

Allen and his wife, Beckki, have three children and one grandchild.

Please help us congratulate Allen in the comments below as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Crossroads of the West Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Please join us in congratulating Todd Walter as Scout executive of the Las Vegas Area Council in Las Vegas, Nevada, effective April 1, 2020.

Todd began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Baltimore Area Council in Baltimore, Maryland. He moved on to become the field director and later finance director at the North Florida Council in Jacksonville, Florida. Todd continued his career as director of field service of the Dan Beard Council in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then was selected to serve as Scout executive of the Central North Carolina Council in Albemarle, North Carolina. He most recently served as the area director of Area 4 in the Central Region.

Todd is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys traveling with his family, boating, fishing and pheasant hunting.

Todd and his wife, Lisa, have two adult children.

In the comments below, please help us welcome Todd to his new role in the BSA as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Las Vegas Area Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

The BSA Brand Center is full of resources to help you promote Scouting in your community.

Much like a library, it offers a curated collection of assets, including photos, videos, fliers, templates, and much more. Of course, digging through everything in the Brand Center to find what you need could be a time-consuming process, but there are search tools available to help you. It’s important to know that, as you use those tools, there are some search tactics particular to the Brand Center that might be a little different from the search tools you may be used to using elsewhere.

Here are a few tips to help make it easier for you to find what you need:

1. When you use the search box on the Brand Center, remember these two rules: All verbs end in “ing” and all nouns are plural. For example, you’ll find more items if you search “swimming” instead of “swim” and “kayaks” rather than “kayak.”

2. You can skip the search box altogether and browse through a list of keywords. On the left-hand side is a filter rail, scroll down to “Keywords” and click “more.”

Scroll through the list and select keywords relevant to your search. Much like walking though your favorite store with a plan to get “just one thing,” you could find other items you didn’t know you were looking for!

3. Another somewhat new addition to the Brand Center are transparent .png files for most logos and insignia. Simply log in to access them.

4. And, finally, for those who are BSA professional staff, you can go straight to BSA Digital Assets by clicking on the profile icon at the top right-hand corner of the Brand Center screen and selecting “BSA Digital Assets” from the dropdown menu.

In BSA Digital Assets, you can find thousands of stock images taken by BSA photographers at a variety of Scouting events and many more logo and insignia files (merit badges, council logos, etc.) to use freely for your recruitment and retention projects. Volunteers should work directly with their council professionals if access to specific imagery from BSA Digital Assets is needed. 

Have more questions about the Brand Center? Ideas about how to improve it or helpful resources we could add? Let us know by filling out this survey. We’re always looking for ways to improve.

Congratulations to Mark Francis, who will serve as Scout executive of the Far East Council in Okinawa, Japan, effective April 1, 2020.

Mark began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Utah National Parks Council in Orem, Utah. He moved on to become a senior district executive, Scoutreach director, and later field director at the Las Vegas Area Council in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2008, he was selected to serve as Scout executive of the Greater Wyoming Council in Casper, Wyoming. In 2012, he was promoted to director of the LDS-BSA Relationships Office in Salt Lake City, Utah, and in 2018, he took on the additional role of membership growth coach in the Western Region.

Mark is an Eagle Scout, NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. He enjoys running, gardening, model trains, Japanese origami, and spending time with his family.

Mark and his wife, Nettie, have ten children. All of their children are involved in Scouting, and their two oldest sons are Eagle Scouts.

Please help us congratulate Mark in the comments below as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Far East Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Please join us in congratulating Charles Flowers, who will serve as Scout executive of the Occoneechee Council in Raleigh, North Carolina, effective March 1, 2020.

Charles began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Robert E. Lee Council in Richmond, Virginia. He later became a senior district executive at the council before moving on to serve as a district director at the Heart of America Council in Kansas City, Missouri, and then as a development director at the Simon Kenton Council in Columbus, Ohio. In 2006, he was promoted to the National Council and served on the faculty of the Center for Professional Development (CPD), and in 2008, became the director of field service of the Laurel Highlands Council in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since 2013, Charles has served as the Scout executive of the Connecticut Yankee Council in Milford, Connecticut.

Charles is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow who enjoys reading, playing and watching basketball and spending time with family.

Charles and his wife, Carla, have two adult children.

In the comments below, please help us send Charles our well wishes as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Occoneechee Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Congratulations to Rick Chapman, who will serve as Scout executive of the Alabama-Florida Council in Dothan, Alabama, effective March 1, 2020.

Rick began his Scouting career as a district executive at the Gulf Coast Council in Pensacola, Florida. While there, he moved up the ranks serving as a senior district executive, district director, field director, and assistant Scout executive. He was selected to serve as Scout executive of the Yocona Area Council in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 2010.

Rick enjoys shooting sports, fishing, and grilling. He has two grown children.

In the comments below, please help us send Rick our well wishes as he joins in partnership with the volunteers and staff of the Alabama-Florida Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to the young people of the communities they serve.

Unit Serving Executives can now review rosters and advancement information for any unit in your council. 

The new Internet Advancement web platform is specially designed for both council employees and unit leaders to track and record unit advancements. The platform was built to optimize unit management and includes features that enable council employees or leaders to record the same advancement for many youth at once. 

You don’t have to wait to try out this new tool because Internet Advancement is now field ready and optimized so you can use your mobile device or desktop to review the progress of your council’s units. 

How to Access Internet Advancement

  1. Visit & Bookmark: http://scoutbook.scouting.org
  2. Log in with your my.scouting account tied to your council role

View more instructions and how-to tips here, including how to record advancements and how to set up access for council professionals.

Article submitted by Wendy Shaw, National Director of Membership Growth.

The 2020 Growth Conference was held February 6 & 7th at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX. This year’s attendees all had achieved year-end membership growth by November 30, 2019. Speaker for the opening dinner was Assistant Chief Scout Executive, Patrick Sterrett, and in attendance were the Regional Directors and Membership Growth Team Leads.

Rolled out during the conference was the new Unit-Serving Executive Group on Workplace. With over 200 members, this group is a great way to connect with fellow Unit Serving Executives throughout the movement. Unit Serving Executives of the Boy Scouts of America are encouraged to click here to access this Workplace group.

Conference attendees also heard the latest news and what’s in the pipeline from the National Director of Cub Scouts, Anthony Berger, the National Director of Scouts BSA, Garfield Murden, National Director of Exploring, Tim Anderson, National Director of Research and Strategy and the National Director of Marketing, Communications and Brand Management, Michael Ramsey.

Scouting Wire would like to thank Wendy for submitting this story.

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