Dan was recently recognized as a NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout for his continued contributions to Scouting. He previously served as Scoutmaster and Committee Chair of Troop 1 in Pacifica District, is a 2019 Silver Beaver, a 1999 District Award of Merit awardee and is Wood badge trained.
Dan is the President/CEO of Premier Girls Fastpitch, Inc. and Surf City Tourneys, Inc., two national organizations that provide college scholarship opportunities for female student athletes to compete on the fastpitch softball national level. Dan is currently the Varsity Softball Head Coach at Marina High School.
Dan is a past President of numerous local non-profit organizations, including the Knights of Columbus where he served as the Orange County Chapter President. Dan is a support of the John Wayne Cancer Institute and in 2019, the Wayne Family presented him with their Generation of Hope Award.
Steve has been a member of the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America for nearly 60 years. An Eagle Scout and Lifetime Member of NESA, Steve has served on the OCC Board of Directors for many years serving as Council Commissioner twice, 2003-2009, and 2021 to the present. He also serves as the Chairman of the Lost Valley Committee and was Wiatava Lodge’s Lodge Adviser for 3 years. He also served as an Assistant Scoutmaster in his son’s troop and was a Cubmaster for 3 years. As a commissioner he has earned the Commissioners Basic Training, the Arrowhead Honor, Bachelor of Commissioner Science, and has received the Distinguished Commissioner Award.
Steve has served on the Western Region Committee for over 20 years and has served on several National Committees of the Boy Scouts including the Order of the Arrow, Outdoor Programs, and National Jamboree’s.
Steve has received many awards during his service, Eagle Scout, Adult Religious Award, OA Vigil Honor, OA Distinguished Service Award, the OA and NESA Legacy Fellow and the Hornaday Gold Badge for Conservation. He has received the District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver, the Silver Antelope, and the Silver Buffalo.
Steve has served in leadership roles both in his church and as a 40+ year member of the Buena Park Elks.
Russell joined the Orange County Council as the Scout Executive January 2020. Prior, Russell was the Scout Executive for the Greater Niagara Frontier Council in Buffalo, New York, since 2012, where he led the Council back to profitability after years of losses, with an outstanding program and successes in membership growth and fundraising – resulting in the Council’s achievement of silver and gold JTE status. Prior to Buffalo, Russell was Director of Field Services and Director of Support Services in the Circle Ten Council in Dallas, one of the largest Councils in the BSA.
Russell’s name may seem familiar, as prior to Dallas, he was in Orange County where he served as Director of Camping Services, Senior District Executive and other Council roles from 1996 to 2004. Several members of our Selection Committee were familiar with Russell from his early days in our Council. Russell’s familiarity with our Council has allowed him to “hit the ground running” as our new Scout Executive. Russell’s legacy of leadership and success, along with an unwavering commitment to serving the Scouting family within our community, will help lead our Council to new heights!
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