Dear Five Rivers Council
I am very excited to be joining the Five Rivers Council’s team as your Scout executive. I am honored the selection committee decided to offer me the opportunity. My wife Sheri, son Julius, and I are looking forward to moving to the area and becoming part of your community. It looks like an absolutely wonderful area to call home.
I started in Scouting as a Cub Scout in Pack 734 in Rosendale Wisconsin. In 1990, I earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was honored with Vigil in the Order of the Arrow. I have served thirteen summers on camp staff at four different camps in three different councils. Last year, I served as Den Leader for Julius’s Lion Den and am currently serving as Cubmaster of Pack 13 in Casper, Wyoming. For my Wood Badge friends, I am a Buffalo.
Sheri and I were married pretty much straight out of High School and celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary this past August. We grew up in the small Wisconsin farm town of Rosendale. We put each other through undergraduate and graduate school. Sheri’s Master’s Degree is in English with a specialty in American Literature. Mine is in Anthropology with a specialty in Archeology.
I have nineteen years of tenure as a Scouting professional. I started my career in the Northeast Illinois Council serving the north Chicago suburbs. From there, I moved to the Illowa Council as Assistant Scout Executive serving the Mississippi River port towns and farming communities of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. In 2013, I was promoted to serve as Scout Executive of the Heart of Ohio Council in north-central Ohio. For the past four years, I have been the Scout Executive of the Greater Wyoming Council serving a very large rural territory in the Rocky Mountain West.
In my seven-year tenure as a Scout executive, I have built a strong record of creating financial stability, expanding fundraising sources, developing innovative programming, and relationship building. I pride myself on staff coaching and mentoring and have a record of high staff retention and promotion within the BSA. The Greater Wyoming Council faced unprecedented challenges during most of my tenure and I have quite a bit of experience leading through difficult times.
I look forward to my arrival in January and working with the great volunteers and staff of the Five Rivers Council. We will do great things for Scouts and their families and have a lot of fun together along the way.
Yours in Scouting,
Brad W. Bodoh