Welcome Interim Scout Executive

Please help us welcome the Interim Scout Executive for the Texas Southwest Council Mr. Dave Baur.

L-R Dave Bauer, BSA Regional Director, professional scout serving an area from the Louisiana border to the Texas Panhandle, Lawrence Ray Smith a 1952 Eagle Scout, Council Commissioner Mike Dixon and council board member Harold Sharp. {Photo taken at the 2014 Camp Fawcett Reunion}

Mr. Baur's primary responsibility with BSA is Southern Region Area 3 Director covering council's in Galveston, Austin, Midland, Houston, Corpus Christie, Beaumont, Harlingen, San Antonio and San Angelo, Texas.

Mr. Baur is the longest serving professional Scout and with the most seniority within BSA nationwide.

BSA guidelines require that a search for a replacement Scout Executive for a council may not start until the previous Scout Executive has left the council, which in the case of TSWC was effective May 31, 2015. Thus the reason Mr. Baur is the Interim Scout Executive.

Depending on what a council seeks and how diligent they are in selecting a Scout Executive the hiring process can take months.

Each Scout executive has been selected by a volunteer committee of the council executive board from a pool of three to six candidates provided by the National Council. According to the BSA's Rules and Regulations, the Scout executive may not be promoted from the council's own professional staff that he/she would be supervising if appointed, but instead come from another council or the national council staff. The Scout executive normally serves a minimum of four years, and at the continued satisfaction of the council executive board. In addition to management responsibilities, the Scout executive is the corporate secretary of the council, and the principal spokesperson to the local communities of the council. 

Council Scout executives are men and women who have served the BSA as professionals for 10 or more years and in some cases 20 to 30 years.