Well, I thought I would let the dust settle a bit on the issue before I weighed in. And much to my surprise, there has not been a lot of buzz about the appointment of our 12th Chief Scout Executive. Wayne Brock was named the new boss this week and there really has not been much said about the man that has been serving as the Deputy Chief Scout and Chief Operations Officer with Bob Mazzuca who is retiring after a great 5 year as the CSE.
Bob Mazzucca has been an active Chief Scout Executive who I really appreciated in that position. Mr. Mazzuca was the right man to move Scouting into it’s next 100 years. I had the pleasure of listening to Bob Mazzuca speak on a few occassions. He said it like it was and was driven to make changes in the BSA, much needed changes.
I had the honor of meeting Bob Mazzuca at the National Jamboree and during the National Meetings in San Diego. He was a great influence on the Boy Scouts of America and set a course for Scoutings future. I will not soon forget the night at the National Jamboree in the arena when Mr. Mazzuca led 70,000 plus Scouts and Scouters in the Oath. It was a moment in my Scouting life that I will never forget.
Bob Mazzuca is a fan of the Scout Oath and Law and believes in the mission. His message has always been consistent. Everything seemed to come back to the building a Nation of young people that are able to make ethical decisions, people of character that live the Scout Oath and Law.
Every time I heard him speak, the message always came back to those values. I applaud his dedication to those ideals even when it was not the popular thing to say or the position to take in our politically correct world. Over the course of his term he was forced to deal with scandle, law suites, and a rebranding of the BSA. I think he handled all of it well and the BSA is stronger today than it was 5 years ago.
I met Wayne Brock at the National meetings in San Diego. He spoke to the group of Scoutmasters invited by the National Council. It was nice to hear from the then COO and Deputy Chief Scout. He seemed to me like a straight forward man that was dedicated to Scouting. He genuinely believes in the program and the organization and it is my opinion that he will not only fill a great pair of shoes that were made larger.. but he will continue the path on the Journey to Excellence that Mr. Mazzuca has blazed.
This week Brock told the PRNewswire “”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.” Source: PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1cuA9)
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.
I wish the Mr. Brock all the luck and best wishes as he enters his term as Chief Scout Executive. Joining a lineage of Chief Scouts that began with James E. West and includes names like Arthur Schuck and Bob Mazzuca. Wayne Brock will take over in August following the actual retirement of Mr. Mazzuca. His first big challenge will be the 2013 National Jamboree. What a great way to get into the thick of things!
I suppose welcome is not in order.. but well done and congratulations are!
I look forward to great years with the new Chief Scout Executive.
Have a Great Scouting Day!
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