Boy Scouts of America names its next Chief Scout Executive

Like rare patches? How about one only 11 men have ever worn?

Today, we learned the identity of the next man to join the impressive fraternity of Chief Scout Executives that started with Scouting legend James E. West. (See the full list below.)

The Chief Scout Executive Selection Committee announced it has chosen Wayne Brock as the next Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America.

On Sept. 1, 2012, he’ll take office and become just the 12th chief in the BSA’s 102 years.

Brock, an Eagle Scout, currently serves as Deputy Chief Scout Executive/Chief Operating Officer.

He began his professional Scouting career in 1972 as a district executive in New Bern, N.C., and then served on the staff in Knoxville, Tenn.

Brock also served as Scout executive in Athens, Ga.; Scout executive in Orlando, Fla.; regional director of the Southern Region; and as assistant Chief Scout Executive.

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

He and his wife, Ernestine, have a grown son and one granddaughter.

The Chief Scout Executive is the top paid professional in Scouting. He isn’t the most-public face of Scouting — that distinction goes to the Scouts themselves — but he serves an invaluable role in guiding the massive Scouting movement into the future.

If the BSA were a corporation, the Chief Scout Executive would be our CEO.

His task is to work alongside his volunteer counterpart — the National President — to lead 1,100 National Council employees, 5,800 local council employees, and almost 1.2 million adult volunteers who serve more than 2.6 million youth across the nation.

The BSA already announced that another Wayne, Wayne Perry, a Silver Buffalo Award winner and member of the board of directors for the Seattle Mariners baseball team, will serve as the next National President. Perry will take over for current National President Rex Tillerson at this month’s National Annual Meeting in Orlando.

Wayne Brock, Wayne Perry, and National Commissioner Tico Perez combine to make the National Key 3 — the three top national-level positions in Scouting.

Farewell to Mazzuca, the 11th Chief

Robert J. Mazzuca, the 11th CSE, concludes his five-year tenure with his retirement on Aug. 31.

Mazzuca, an Eagle Scout, a native of San Juan Bautista, Calif., and a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, served as a BSA professional for more than 40 years.

Take a minute to read Mazzuca’s impressive Scouting resume:

The 11th Chief Scout Executive, Robert J. Mazzuca

Bob began his Scouting career in 1971 in Modesto, Calif., as a district executive and Exploring executive. He became the Exploring director in Sacramento in 1975 and served as a field director and director of field service. In 1983, Bob became Scout executive in Stockton, Calif.

In 1987, he advanced to become an area director in the Western Region. He was promoted to Scout executive of the Golden Empire Council in Sacramento in 1988. In 1992, he was named assistant regional director for the Southern Region, and in 1995, Scout executive in Pittsburgh, Pa.

In 2005, he was appointed national director, Development Group, and in 2006, he became assistant Chief Scout Executive. A year later, he was named Chief.

Many thanks to Mr. Mazzuca for the decades he spent guiding this movement we all love.

And my hearty congratulations to Mr. Brock as he leads us into the future!

List of Chief Scout Executives

  1. 1911–1943, James E. West
  2. 1943–1948, Elbert K. Fretwell
  3. 1948–1960, Arthur Schuck
  4. 1960–1967, Joseph A. Brunton Jr.
  5. 1967–1976, Alden G. Barber
  6. 1976–1979, Harvey L. Price
  7. 1979–1984, J. L. Tarr
  8. 1985–1993, Ben H. Love
  9. 1993–2000, Jere B. Ratcliffe
  10. 2000–2007, Roy Williams
  11. 2007–2012, Robert J. Mazzuca
  12. 2012–       , Wayne Brock

32 thoughts on “Boy Scouts of America names its next Chief Scout Executive

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    • Shawn,

      Here’s the official word included in the announcement:

      The selection committee will recommend to the board for approval an exception to the mandatory 65 year old retirement age which will allow Wayne to serve in this position until the age of 67.

  2. “If the BSA were a corporation, the Chief Scout Executive would be our CEO.”

    Isn’t the BSA a corporation, and isn’t he the CEO?

    • No, the BSA is an incorporated not-for-profit organization.

      In a commercial company (a corporation), he would be known as a CEO. In a non-profit organization, he would be known as an Executive Director.

      • Actually, a 401c (non-profit) type organization can have a Board of Directors and a CEO. It’s entirely down to the organization to decide.

  3. IF Brock HAS EARNED The Eagle Rank then his scouting carreer began before 1972. I hope The Boy Scouts of AMERICA isn’t getting someone that puts politics and go along to get along before the good of scouts.

  4. After reading Robert J. Mazzuca’s bio I have to wonder if his career crossed paths with my Grandfather, Rev Gordon Ashbee. My Grandfather joined scouts in 1906, His original membership card signed by BP is now at the council office in Springfield Mo. My Grandfather earned his 60 year pin in California at about the same time Bob was in California.
    Scouting has always been my inheritance and my legacy hence Brian Scott Ashbee, Currently Troop 4 Assist scoutmaster, Norwich Ct

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  7. Wayne, Crew 911 salutes you for the new position that you will step into. Way to go. Red Collier-Crew Adult Advisor CFC

  8. I wish Mr. Brock all the best and happy scouting. Although I sure that he is a fine scouter and will do a fantastic job for our organization, one of the challenges that we have is that we do not have a scout volunteer that the boys can look up to and say that we want to be like him. For example,everyone in the the Scout Association in the United Kingdom knows that Bear Grylls is their Chief Scout. I tell my boys who the Chief Scout in the Scouting Association and they all know who he is. I’m sure that if you ask 99% of our members (youth and adults) who our Chief Scout is, they would not know. I’m sure that our national president, Rex Tillerson, also does a fine job and the incoming national president Wayne M. Perry will do an excellent job, but I had to go to Wikipedia to see who holds those positions.

    On the front line, that would sure to a great deal to help us out in recruiting and retaining scouts to be able to ask the question ” Don’t you want to be a scout like Mike Rowe….?” for example.

    • I wholeheartedly agree with you. I never really understood why the scouting organization felt it necessary to compensate the CSE position so generously – I wonder if Mr. Brook will also be paid more than $1Mil PA? I think that a volunteer Chief Scout is far more appropriate for an organization entirely reliant on volunteers for program delivery. I second your proposal for Mike Rowe to be the first Head of Organization!

  9. Congratulations, Wayne!

    Hopefully you can work to get James Turley and his pro-homosexual agenda removed from our Board. He does not exhibit our values of Scouting.

    • Steve, you are an idiot. There have been many successful homosexual scouts. Not to forget those child molesting scouts that were recently found out about. Grow up and gain some knowledge.

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  11. Dear Wayne,

    I would like to recommend that you vote against the proposed membership policy change. It would be best to table it and have it studied

    • I think that BSA has left some unanswered questions. As I understand it, they are allowing the “unit” to decide which way it is going to make up it’s memberdhip. Where does that leave the Charter organization? Many times the Charter Organization may have a different agenda than the scout committee. Ultimetly the “unit” is owned by the Charter Organization. I can imagine that a Church would demand it’s veiws upon the Troop. This is not a question of equality, it’s a question of religious conviction.

  12. I think that decision is going against BSA’s own core values. The Oath and Law.
    “Morally Straight”, and “Clean” and “Reverent”

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  14. Please get rid of the HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA ASAP!!!! This includes their funding which is always attached to their wishes neither of which the BSA needs. Mr. Stephenson and Turley and those others so inclined need to be let go for cause. I am really shocked, dismayed and disappointed that compromising such basic morality and values, traditional for over 100 years is even an issue entertained by the BSA. Anathema comes to mind and if allowed to stand, I recommend shutting down the BSA. BTW the BSA and any other organization who wants to exclude certain behaviors from their organization is written into the U.S. Constitution establishing freedom of association and needs to be protected as an important part of the American way of life .

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