Next Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America announced today

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The Boy Scouts of America today named Michael Surbaugh its 13th Chief Scout Executive. In his role as the BSA’s top professional, Surbaugh will help lead our movement during an exciting, important time for Scouting.

But he won’t do it alone. He joins two volunteer counterparts: Dr. Robert M. Gates, our national president, and Tico Perez, our national commissioner, to form the National Key 3.

For the past year, Surbaugh has served Scouting as the BSA’s Group Director of Human Resources, Innovation, Exploring and Learning for Life. But his BSA story begins long before that.
Surbaugh, an Eagle Scout, is a Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow. He loves the outdoors, which explains the fact that he was a camp director and summer camp staffer for 12 years. He graduated from Salem College in West Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in youth agency administration.

Mike-SurbaughSurbaugh’s first BSA job was in 1984 as a district executive in Jacksonville, Fla. He later served as a senior district executive and program director in Syracuse, N.Y. and director of field services, director of development, field director and development director in Minneapolis. Surbaugh also spent time as Scout executive, leading councils in Sioux Falls, S.D.; Appleton, Wis.; and Pittsburgh.

As a group director at the BSA, Surbaugh has achieved success in three vital areas: fundraising, membership and program development. He has developed numerous innovative programs designed to meet the needs of employees, volunteers and youth.

Through it all he has worked to extend Scouting’s reach in disadvantaged communities. He has led outreach to American Indians. He has helped Scouts with special needs achieve success.

Now Surbaugh will help the BSA achieve success as Chief, and he said he’s “honored and humbled” to take the reins this fall. The next five months will be a transition period for Surbaugh, and he said he’s ready to get started right away.

“As I transition into this role, I am committed to continuing the legacy of leadership to solidify Scouting’s role in the development of America’s youth and to empower our volunteers to deliver the kind of life-changing experiences that can only be found within Scouting,” he said.