Robert Mazzuca Appointed Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America


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Robert Mazzuca Appointed Chief Scout Executive
for the Boy Scouts of America

Nation's Leading Youth-Service Organization Continues Tradition of Instilling Values, Character and Dignity


At the annual Top Hands Meeting for Scouting professionals held last month in Dallas, Bob Mazzuca laid out his view of the state of Scouting and the prospects for "re-introducing Scouting to the American people."

IRVING, Texas (Aug. 29, 2007) - On September 1, Robert "Bob" Mazzuca will assume the responsibilities of the Boy Scouts of America's top professional, Chief Scout Executive. Mazzuca, an Eagle Scout who has served in progressively more responsible positions with the BSA for 36 years, will provide general direction of administrative work of the BSA. He replaces Roy Williams, who announced his retirement last February after seven years as Chief Scout Executive.

"The BSA teaches American youth what I believe they need most--character and integrity," Mazzuca said. "Our oath teaches a dedication to duty, God, country, others, and self. The Scout Law describes how to live lives of honor. Our goal is to positively impact the future by preparing young Americans to become exceptional adults, by cultivating a sense of community, family, ambition, leadership, and priority, and to live lives that make the world a better place. Scouting is more than what we do; it's who we are--and what we will be."

Mazzuca's most recent position was with the National Council of the BSA as assistant Chief Scout Executive, a position he's held since 2006. He received a bachelor of arts in history from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He and his wife Nanette have two sons. Bob began his Scouting career in 1971 in Modesto, Calif., as a district executive and an Exploring executive. He became the Exploring director in Sacramento in 1975 and eventually served as a field director and the director of field service. In 1983, Mazzuca became the Scout executive in Stockton, Calif. In 1987, Bob became area director in the Western Region and he was promoted to Scout executive of the Golden Empire Council in Sacramento in 1988. In 1992, he was named assistant region director for the Southern Region and in 1995, the Scout executive in Pittsburgh.

"As we prepare to celebrate 100 years of the BSA and look to Scouting in the next millennium, the state of Scouting is strong. Scouting has never been better financed, both locally and nationally. We have exceptional volunteer leadership and an outstanding five-year strategic plan," Mazzuca said. "But we cannot rest on our rich heritage and history; we must embrace the future by looking within to determine where we are as an organization and as individuals. We will continue to reach out to our millions of alumni and to rapidly growing and dynamic segments of our population.

"I believe that the BSA can guide today's diverse youth into adulthood through mentoring and individual attention. Scouting teaches values, leadership, and character that help shape a better future for every young person in our country," Mazzuca said.

About the Boy Scouts of America

The Scouting movement is composed of 1.2 million volunteers, whose dedication of time and resources has enabled the BSA to remain the nation's leading youth-service organization. Serving more than 4.6 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the BSA is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on the BSA, please visit old.scouting.org.

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