The Denver Area Council (DAC) is guided by a more than 110-year-old mission to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Boy Scouts of America (BSA) programs offer endless opportunities for adventure and leadership development. The values taught in Scouting help youth become our future leaders. Those youth then become volunteers who encourage the next generation of leaders in our communities, state, and nation.
The DAC has more than 8,000 volunteers who work as commissioners, unit leaders, event organizers, and much more. One such volunteer is DAC Chaplain, Joe Black. Joe provides spiritual and emotional support for the Scouting community, which means he is available for prayer, words of encouragement, an ear to listen, or guidance.
Joe was a Scout as a youth and has been serving as a DAC volunteer for more than 10 years. He has served in various leadership positions including Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Crew Assistant, Assistant District Commissioner, instructor for the College Commissioner of Science and University of Scouting, and most recently, the Council Chaplain.
“Scouting is a great program for all youth regardless of age, race, gender, and religion,” says Joe. “I always try to show the values of Scouting and the impact it has made on me and my sons.”
Joe recently led the juvenile division for the Denver Police Department. During nearly three decades with the department, he served as the Captain and one of 46 peer advisors for the peer support program.
Joe is a graduate of Regis University in Denver where he earned a master’s degree in theology. He is also a licensed Christian Minister, a Colson Fellow on World Views, an American Red Cross Spiritual Care Adviser, and a National Camp School certified chaplain. Joe’s expertise in leading and serving his community is invaluable to the DAC.
The DAC Scouting community may contact Joe for support at Scouter554@aol.com.
To learn more about Scouting programs and volunteering with the DAC, visit denverboyscouts.org