Los Padres Council
Years With Scouting
Over 20 years as a Scouting professional, currently serving as Scout executive for the Los Padres Council, Santa Barbara, California. Started career as a district executive in the Chicago Area Council, where I served in various field and finance roles. Also, served as director of finance for the Detroit Area Council.
Favorite Physical Activities:
I love Olympic-style weight lifting with one barbell, as well as boxing aerobics. After a workout, it makes me feel strong and energized. Favorite cardio activity is running with my dog Scout or the elliptical machine.
Outside of Scouting, my true passion has been my dogs. If I had unlimited time and resources, I would have brought home every dog needing a good home on the central coast. Scout, my Australian shepherd, and Daisy, my border collie-dachshund mix, are also great cuddle buddies for me when I read a good book – my other great love.
Why the BSA Walk-the-Walk Activity Challenge Is Important to Me
Prior to becoming a first-time Scout executive in August of 2008, I worked out every day and lifted weights three times a week. Since assuming my current position, I have not had or made the time to work out regularly. By participating in the Walk-the-Walk Activity Challenge, I will motivate myself to get back into a regular workout routine.
Something Interesting About Me
The best part of being a Scouter (professional or volunteer) is the friendships that you form.
My Blog: Week 1
I am proud to announce that the staff and Executive Board of the Los Padres Council have joined me in the President’s Challenge! Team LPC has already racked up over 60,000 points!!! Our goal – TO BE THE HEALTHIEST COUNCIL IN AMERICA!! Though I am a bit curious how my staff has managed to log so many hour in one day – hmmmm???
It’s a great feeling to be back in a workout routine. It did not take long to work up to a 40 minute jog before tiring. My goal is to get back up to an hour and half of cardio. But, I need some help in adding some songs to my workout playlist to pump it up a notch. My current cardio playlist consists of some classic rock (Van Halen, Guns & Roses), some old school hip hop (Young MC, Run DMC and Naughty by Nature) and some rap (Eminem and Flo Rida). Any musical suggestions to help drive me to a longer run?
Next up – back to weight lifting! A personal training studio that does Olympic weight lifting opened up near my house. I’m checking it out on Saturday – bring it on!!!
My Blog: Week 2
Feeling the burn!! I have worked up to 45 minutes per day of cardio – jogging or elliptical machine. In addition, I started lifting weights three times a week with a personal trainer. I am rediscovering muscles that I forgot that I had. Hot showers and sports creams are a must!
One of the best bonuses to starting a daily workout regime is that it gives you more energy and helps you to become more focused. I start my day with a 5:30 a.m. workout that gets me off to a great start for my day. However, when my alarm goes off at 4:50 a.m., my dogs look at me as if to say, “Really mom? Really?” and then roll over and go back to sleep.
Okay week three – I’m working towards one hour of cardio each day!!
My Blog: Week 3
It’s been a busy but great week for Scouting in the Los Padres Council. My schedule did not allow for more than 40 minutes each day but I made the most of it – maybe too much?? If you have ever done many, many, many squats and lunges after not having done a single one for a long time, you will know what I mean when I say “ouch”!!!! You feel the burn every time you try to sit down.
An added plus to the President’s Challenge is that my board and staff are all really getting into the action. Team LPC BSA is all working on this challenge together. At a recent staff meeting, the professional team decided to show off their new found muscles. As they said when we took this picture, “Welcome to the gun show”!
My Blog: Week 4
The summer camping season has begun!! Visits to three Cub Scout Day Camps across the council provided not only great fellowship but walking opportunities. I spent a great morning at Rancho Alegre visiting with some of the most enthusiastic young camp staff that I have ever met and joined them for lunch. Our camp cook staff is incredible and they did not disappoint with a fantastic spread of Mexican food. Thank God, I also went to the gym each day to work off the extra calories!
After a month, I feel that I am getting back into the swing of things with my weight lifting and circuit training. I can already tell a difference in my energy level and flexibility. This will come in handy for the next four weeks of summer camp programs! Go team LPC-BSA!!
My Blog: Week 5
Another great week of camp visits and plenty of walking!! Spent a wonderful afternoon with a bunch of great young Scouts at our National Youth Leadership Training course held at the beautiful Camp Mabel French who all truly inspired me.
Unfortunately, the next day, I had to have four wisdom teeth removed which slowed me down a bit. Had to sit at least two days out – doctor’s orders!! But, I was back at the gym by the third day – felt great to get back at it. It’s funny how quickly healthy activities become habits.