Have you met Chuck? If you haven’t, you will.
Charles “Chuck” Brasfeild is the new Denver Area Council Scout Executive/CEO. In the few short weeks since Chuck started at the DAC he has already made quite an impression and met with the majority of the DAC’s staff and leadership. And he is just getting started.
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. If I am here to take the Council to the next level it is important that I know the players. If I can make people feel comfortable, they will be more open with me and more productive,” says Chuck.
Chuck hopes to talk with our Scout Masters, District Leaders, volunteers, parents and Scouts to find out what their priorities are. He is focused on finding out how both he and the organization can best support the Council’s youth while also managing to have fun.
Here are 6 things to know about Chuck.
1. While his birth name is Charles, he goes by Chuck. As a boy, his mom called him Chuckie and it just stuck. The only person who calls him Charles, and she really calls him Charles Wesley, is his wife of 25 years, Katie. Together they have three children – two boys and a girl. With one child in college, one in high school and one in middle school there is a never a dull moment in their family.
2. He is a Navy brat. Born at Keesler Airforce Base in Biloxi, Mississippi where his dad supervised the building of submarines, Chuck and his family relocated to Annapolis, Maryland when he was two-years-old. He spent his youth living and working on the Chesapeake Bay.
3. He graduated from Mississippi State–it’s a family thing. Mississippi State is his dad’s alma mater and both Chuck’s sister, Becky, and cousins attended Mississippi State at the same time as he did. He explains, “it was cost effective to have everyone in the same spot. It was kind of a family tradition.” He earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry. “All my degree means is that I have the ability to learn and that has been a great tool throughout my career.” Thinking he wanted to become a doctor, Chuck simultaneously enrolled at the local community college and got his EMT license. After a few ambulance-runs he quickly realized he did not want to be a doctor.
4. Chuck was a Scout growing up. He was a member of Troop 2576, a charter to the Kent Island Elks, and earned the Rank of Life. But it was his father-in-law, a Scout Executive in Johnson City, Tennessee, who encouraged him to interview with the Scouts. He took a steep pay cut to work with the Scouts but he has never regretted that decision.
He spent the first 10 years of his Scouting career in Orlando. Chuck worked his way up in the Scouting Organization. Two of his favorite roles have been as a District Executive (“you get to see a direct impact”) and a Director of Field Service (“you have a huge impact because you make all of the big plans for the Council”).
5. His friends believe his is just a big Boy Scout at heart and that is reflected in his Scouting career. “The ability to be creative and working with the best volunteers in each community has kept me with the Scouts,” he says. His tenure as a Scouting Executive has included time with the Flint River Council in Griffin, Georgia, where he led a sustained period of membership growth and developed a multi-year capital campaign. He stayed for the first 18 months of the campaign and helped raise the first $3 million. He then moved his family to Sacramento, California where he helped drive the Western Region in Cub Scout growth for 4 of the 5 years he was there.
6. His biggest hobby (cultivated during his time in Sacramento) is chicken farming. His family started with 8 chickens, that number doubled in the spring when Katie and the kids brought home 8 more chicks from the feedstore. One of those chicks ended up being a rooster! The family decided to raise their own chickens and had 35 of their own chicks’ hatch. Half of those were male and were given away. At its peak, the family farm included 31 hens.
So, if you haven’t already met Chuck, you will! But in the meantime, we hope this gives you a little insight into our new Scout Executive, Chuck Brasfeild.