A 4th generation Colorado native, Charlie McNeil was born in Greeley and raised in Estes Park. As a young boy Charlie joined the Cub Scouts and in 1965, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout from Troop 8 in Estes Park. In 2019, the National Eagle Scout Association awarded Charlie its highest recognition—the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
Charlie received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. The day after his graduation he married his wife of 48 years, Judy. They have two sons, one daughter and ten grandchildren. All of whom live in the Denver-metro area.
“My family is the love of my life. They mean everything to me. They are my purpose and a great posterity to carry on,” says Charlie. “My hobby is my family. I believe the fabric of our society is the family unit.”
Both of Charlie’s sons, his son-in-law and one of his grandsons have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Charlie is hoping a few more of his grandsons will as well. Charlie believes that Scouting “sets a boy on the right course to be a man.”
“My time with the Scouts is an important part of who I am today. What I learned in Scouting laid the path for me to follow a good direction in life and live by solid principles,” says Charlie. “I want to pass it forward and share the values I have learned as a Scout.”
Charlie and Judy are known for their philanthropic work and are asked to chair numerous major non-profit fundraising events in Colorado. In addition to chairing various events and bringing in donors, they are often generous financial contributors as well.
“It makes for a better community if we all chip in and do our part where our interests lie,” explains Charlie. Charlie lives and leads by example.
In 2006, Charlie joined Denver Area Council’s (DAC) Executive Board and in 2010 he was elected to the Board of Trustees. He served as the Vice President of Fundraising from 2011 to 2014, the Executive Vice President from 2015-2016 and the Council President from 2017-2018. Charlie currently serves as the Council’s Chairman of the Board.
In 2018 the DAC launched a new capital campaign, the major capital need was for improvements at the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch (PV) in Elbert, Colorado. The Growing Future Leaders capital campaign is not only about the physical buildings, it is about the impact the DAC will make on thousands of Scouts and non-Scouts for the next several generations.
As part of the Campaign, the DAC held an unveiling ceremony at PV last summer to celebrate renaming the camp to the Charles S. McNeil Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch. The generous donation from the McNeil family not only commemorates their admiration for Scouting but will help enable tens of thousands of youth to enjoy PV well into the future.
Charlie believes that Scouting “sets a boy on the right course to be a man. The Scouts’ mission is a good compass to follow in your life.” And we at the DAC believe Charlie and his contributions to Scouting are a real-life example of this compass.