Mark Griffin

Scout Executive

Council Goals, Needs, and Concerns

LDS Relationships - I have had career-long experience in relationships with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at both the local and national level. When I attended my first professional training course in 1979 a classmate, who was on the Great Salt Lake staff, took some of us aside to share how we should work with our wards when we got home. He got me off to a great start. Since then I have worked closely with every Young Men's Presidency from Vaughn Featherstone to David Beck and every Primary Presidency from Michaelene Grassli to Rosemary Wixom. While I was a Scout executive I attended General Conference with other Scout executives four times beginning in 2004 in an effort to learn more about how our councils could assist Scouting in the Church. These experiences, as well as my work with stake and ward leadership in all my roles, have helped me understand how the Scouting program and the Church work together to serve youth, and helped me effectively serve a majority-LDS  council as Scout executive for 11 years.

Training and Development - I think I can honestly say that few professionals in the BSA have as much experience in volunteer and professional learning and development. I was the director of the Philmont Training Center, the director of volunteer training, and the leader of BSA learning delivery for both volunteer and professionals. Throughout my career I have been recognized for my training record that has enabled me to help new and experienced volunteers and professionals be successful. I gave leadership to establishing a culture in the Blue Mountain Council that supported and encouraged volunteers resulting in two Order of the Arrow region chiefs, five Order of the Arrow section chiefs, one Area President, one Region Vice President, three Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Awards, three Distinguished Eagle Scouts, five Silver Antelopes, and one Silver Buffalo. Three former members of my professional staff in Tampa or Kennewick have served as Scout executives and five have served on the national council staff. Four team members of my volunteer development team were promoted to national staff team leader positions during my tenure.

Financial Stability - Working through the ups and downs in the economy and community situations I know the importance of building a diverse income stream. I have had success in doing so in my assignments managing balanced budgets and positive revenue at the Philmont Training Center, as a Scout executive, and volunteer training for the BSA. My national experience, especially as an area director, has exposed me to funding best practices and ideas from all over the BSA. While I was in the Blue Mountain Council we received regional and national endowment recognition, and I also have raised endowment dollars for Philmont.

Community Relationships - I fully understand the importance of building strong community relationships. Being involved in the community, both as a community citizen and to help share the council story, has been part of my life. I was an active Rotarian, and Rotary Club president in both Brooksville, Florida and Kennewick, Washington. I was the president of the Kiwanis Club of Cimarron, New Mexico. I have also volunteered in my communities as a United Way campaign cabinet for ten campaigns, “Kids Matter” Community Solutions Team member, United Way Community “Cornerstone” Committee, Chair of the Tri-Cities Community Solutions Education/Mentoring task force which led to the formation of the Prepared by 20 teen-engagement effort, Mid-Columbia Reading Foundation volunteer, and a Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Bicentennial Council member.  I have served successfully in diverse communities in all three of my previous local council tenures. 

Program - As a Scout executive our council was consistently listed among the top councils in the BSA in youth member advancement, Cub Scout and Boy Scout camping, youth retention, unit retention, new member recruiting, membership density, and volunteer leader training. As a member of the national staff I served in the Cub Scout Division, the High Adventure Division, and the Program Impact Department which has given me great insight into program. I was a member of the BSA's Growth Initiative task force from 2011-2014 and the advisor to the teen-engagement team that studied the best ways to attract and keep teens in our programs.​ 

Volunteer Relationships - I am the son of volunteers (my father received the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope and my mother the Silver Beaver), and the husband of a volunteer (Silver Beaver). Throughout my career I have understood, valued, and sought full volunteer involvement and participation. I know one of the strengths of Scouting is the partnership between volunteers and professionals, and our role as professionals is to advise and support volunteers. I am proud I have been able to successfully cultivate, motivate, and work with volunteers ranging from unit level to national executive board and national chartered organization leadership.   .