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About the Great Southwest Council

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Organization of the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America is organized on multiple levels from Nationals to the Local Units, as described below.


The National Office, located in Irving (Dallas), Texas, provides specialists in many diverse fields available for use by local councils in solving special problems. The National Council also serves as a support service for the local councils. On-line registration and membership support, innovative program and literature development, policy development, advancement support, personnel systems, liability insurance base, and maintaining consistency of programs throughout the nation are all services of the National Council.


The Regional management centers are liaisons between the National Council and local councils. There are four regions in the United States; the Northeast region, the Southern region, the Central region, and the Western region.  The region provides direct support to the councils, with personnel on call in the fields of endowment, fund raising, computers, program, and administration. Regional offices provide direct support services to Area Directors. The Great Southwest Council is a part of the Western Region, consisting of the seventeen western states.


The nation’s 26 Area Directors maintain field offices within their respective geographic areas. They each work directly with 10-15 local councils. The Area Director maintains direct contact with the Scout Executive and becomes acquainted with community problems and key council volunteers. The Great Southwest Council is part of the Western Region’s Area 6 which serves the metropolitan areas of the Western Region.



Internet Policy

Whistle Blower Policy

Mobile Device Use Policy

Directions and Map to the Main Council Office


The most visible level of the Boy Scouts of America is the local council. There are over 300 incorporated and chartered local councils across the United States, each responsible for fostering a meaningful Scouting program within its territory. The Great Southwest Council was chartered by the National Council in 1924, serving youth in northern New Mexico (from Socorro north), southwestern Colorado, and the four-corners region of Arizona and Utah.



The district is the service area of the council, for the purpose of unit, membership, finance, and program services. The council Executive Board determines the district territories. The Great Southwest Council has ninedistricts, in addition to the Learning for Life Division:


Volunteer Structure

The Boy Scouts of America is a volunteer-run organization. From the National Council to the unit level, volunteer committees comprise the backbone of the movement. National, regional, and area volunteer structures parallel the volunteer structure of the council and districts. 


Great Southwest Council
Officers of the Corporation
(Executive Committee of the Board)

Council President Ross Crown
Council Commissioner Dale Balmer
Executive Vice President
Dr. Steve Christensen
Treasurer Matt Ayers
Vice President of Alumni Relations Bruce Anderson
Vice President of District Operations Marshall Ray
Vice President of Membership Bridget O'Rourke
Vice President of Finance Mike Maurer
Co-Vice President of Finance Jim Mayo
Vice President of Camping Mark Yarbrough
Vice President of Properties David Porter
Vice President of Program Randy Smith
Vice President of Development Drew Setter
Vice President of Marketing David Bernard
Member-At-Large R.J. Berry
Member-At-Large Jim Kunz
Member-At-Large Alison Schuler
Member-At-Large Paul A. Sowards
Scout Executive (ex-officio) Chris Shelby