Expanding our Community Impact – The Denver Area Council Welcomes Western Colorado Counties

On May 1, 2019, the Denver Area Council (DAC) expanded the communities it serves to include 14 additional counties in western Colorado. The change will allow youth in these communities to continue their Scouting journey with additional programs, financial support, and access to dedicated volunteers and staff who help make Scouting possible.

Since 1913, The DAC has made an impact on youth and families in the Denver Metro Area by instilling Scouting values and morals into programs helping shape youth into future leaders. As one of the largest Scouting organizations, the DAC is committed to strengthening our communities by providing innovative programs that build character and leadership skills.

 “This is an exciting opportunity for Scouting on the western slope of our state,” says John G. Cabeza, Scout Executive/CEO of the Denver Area Council. “This merger will strengthen the foundation for Scouting in these communities and allow the DAC to expand its positive impact on youth.”

The Denver Area Council now serves more than 34,000 youth and the following 24 counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, Jefferson, Park, Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, San Miguel, and Summit.

As Scouting continues to expand throughout Colorado, all youth will continue to have the opportunity to explore, engage, and become Prepared. For Life®.

To learn more about Scouting, visit DenverBoyScouts.org

Growing Future Leaders – Building Today. Prepared for Tomorrow Capital Campaign


  • Obtain required capital funding for near-term facility needs at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch, Hamilton Scout Headquarters and Colorado Adventure Point totaling $11.2 million
  • Secure Endowment commitments to support present and future maintenance of all Denver Area Council Camps and Facilities totaling $7 million

Impact of the Project

  • Provide the Denver Area Council with a sustainable source to support youth through Scouting programs by having adequate facilities for operations
  • Create unique and relevant programming for all youth in the Denver area through Colorado Adventure Point and partnership with schools, youth organizations, businesses and Scouting
  • Expand camping and programs for Scouting (Denver Area Council and out-of-council) to increase Scouts attending camp and improve retention– thus increasing the impact of the character building, values driven Scouting program
  • Offer community organization usage at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch to create mutually beneficial partnerships that will give youth and adults experiences they currently do not have
  • Colorado Adventure Point provides unique program opportunities in STEM and outdoor learning made available through school partnership and the Denver area community

2017 DAC Capital Campaign Map
Map of all projects related to the Growing Future Leaders – Building Today campaign

Denver Area Council – 2017 Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards

R Alan MagnusonAlan Magnuson – Eagle Scout Class of 1970

Alan began his Scouting adventures when he joined Pack 86 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Scouting was a family activity as his mother and father served as adult leaders. Alan earned the rank of Eagle as a member of Troop 91 in December of 1970.  His Eagle Scout Service Project was organizing the volunteer communications corps for the 1970 National Explorer Olympics held at Colorado State University. (We used bicycles to shuttle event standings to headquarters for compilation . . . well before the days of hand held computers, cellphones, or Wi-Fi.)

Alan served as Junior Leader at Philmont, the 1969 National Jamboree, and the 1971 World Jamboree in Japan. His interest in nature and conservation lead him to Ben Delatour Boy Scout Camp as Assistant Nature Director. He represented Longs Peak Council at the National Explorer Congress, Washington D.C., received the Vigil Honor in 1972, and earned a Silver Palm. Hiking with the Fort Collins Emergency Medical Explorer Post ignited a spark to complete the ascent of all of Colorado’s Fourteeners!

A 1980 conversation with a Mountain Bell Vice President began Alan’s adult Scouting involvement in Denver. He was asked to help with the “In School Scouting” program started in the Frontier District. He began a relationship with many wonderful volunteers and professional Scouters in Frontier District and the Denver Area Council, serving Frontier District in a number of roles including District Chairman. Alan has served on the Executive Board of the Denver Area Council since 2010. He has been active on the Eagle Scout Recognition Banquet and the NESA and Scouting Alumni Committees. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 2010. At Philmont Training Center, he staffed the Alumni/NESA course and attended Key 3 Leadership and Alumni/NESA classes.

Alan and his Large Business Sales teams supported customers worldwide for 36 years at Mountain Bell, AT&T, US WEST, Qwest, and CenturyLink. He had several special assignments including Loaned Executive to the Colorado Governor’s office, World Alpine Ski Championships, and World Youth Day.

Alan is recognized across North America and internationally for his contributions to the MG car hobby. He has been Chairman of the North American MGB Register, served on the N.A. Council of MG Registers, and is the N.A. Liaison to the MG Car Club of England. These not for profit organizations promote and seek to preserve MG: the Marque of Friendship and the Sports Car America Loved First.

He has been active at Winter Park Resort on the board of the National Sports Center for the Disabled and as a Mountain Host. He has served on the Foxfield Town Council and held leadership positions in the City Club of Denver, Optimist International Colorado Wyoming District, and the Masonic Lodge. Alan is a Deacon in the Presbyterian Church, has participated in numerous committees, ushered, and met his wife Laura while each volunteered at Vacation Bible School.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMichael G. Severns – Eagle Scout Class of 1967

Mike Severns was elected President and CEO of Employers Council effective July 1, 2002. Only the fifth president in Employers Council’s 78-year history, Severns joined the company in 1979 out of law school. Previously, Severns was Vice President of Employers Council having responsibility for the labor and employment law attorneys on the staff, information technology, facilities management and the Employers Council’s Southern Colorado office. Severns began his career with the Council as an attorney in the Labor Relations Department, then moved on to become Director of that department in 1989, before taking on the position of Vice President in 1996.

Employed by the Employers Council for over 38 years, Severns’ legal career focused on representing employers in labor and employment matters; more specifically, unionized employers in union contract negotiations, election campaigns, and arbitrations. He also assisted employers in administrative proceedings that arise before the NLRB, EEOC, Colorado Civil Rights Division, OSHA, Department of Labor and other administrative agencies. In addition, he counseled and assisted employers with day-to-day employee relations problems.

Severns contributes time and energy to the community through various organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council, Christian Living Communities, Samaritan Institute, Workers Compensation Coalition, and the Employers Association of America, as well as serving as an ex-officio Board member of the Colorado Judicial Institute. He is serving now as the Vice President of Membership for the Denver Area Council, BSA. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the Employers Associations of America, the national trade association for employer councils around the country. He is a past board member and Chair of Denver Kids, Inc and the Samaritan Institute. He is also a past member of the Health Policy Committee of the Denver Foundation.  Nationally, Severns is a past member of the Board of Directors of The National Association of Manufacturers. He is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations and Colorado Concern.

Employers Council provides over 4,000 member employers of all different industries and sizes with the employment law, human resource, training and survey services needed to build and maintain effective, successful organizations.

Matthew StavaMathew N. Stava – Eagle Scout Class of 1985

In 2002, Matt co-founded Spinnaker Management Group. The company has evolved over the past 16 years through acquisitions and start-ups to 4 different operating companies including IT staffing, management consulting, returns management operations, and software maintenance.

Matt is CEO of Spinnaker Support, the third-party software maintenance business. Spinnaker Support is the fastest growing software support and managed services provider in the Oracle and SAP user space. Under Matt’s leadership, Spinnaker Support has over 500 clients with offices in Denver, Mumbai, London, Singapore, Seoul, Moscow and Tel Aviv.

Matt received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Kansas, and studied international finance for one year in London on an exchange program. He is currently involved in numerous charities, including the Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts, and serves as treasurer and board member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Outside of his time at Spinnaker Support, he enjoys family time, golfing, and skiing.

Matt is an Eagle Scout from the Indian Nations Council in Tulsa, OK. He was 13 when he achieved the rank of Eagle, and at the time was one of the youngest ever to achieve the rank of Eagle in the council. He joined the Executive Board of the Denver Area Council in 2009, and became the Arapahoe District Chairman. In 2012 he moved into the Council role of Vice President of Operations and joined the Board of Trustees.


Scout Testimonial – Drew Carlson, Boy Scout Troop 835, VFW Post 9565

Drew CarlsonDrew Carlson is an Eagle Scout from Troop 835, chartered to VFW Post 9565 in Broomfield.  His path in Scouting started the way many do, Drew was invited to a “Join Night” when he was in second grade. He attended with his father, Dave, and it wasn’t until the car ride home where Drew made his interest known, asking his Dad if he had left a check with the Scout leader because Drew wanted to be a Scout. That became the beginning of Drew’s amazing journey, as a Wolf Cub Scout with his parents along for the ride.

After attending some Cub Scout meetings, Drew decided on his own, along with a close friend, that he was going to earn the Eagle Scout rank. Never once pushed by his parents, he quickly became a very dedicated Scout.

Drew was encouraged and supported by his father, Dave who became active as a volunteer, starting out as a Den Leader and later became more involved as a Cubmaster. Once Drew joined Troop 835, Dave became the Assistant Scoutmaster and eventually the Scoutmaster. At this point Drew was well on his path to Eagle, and Dave was putting in more hours in Scouting than his own career. Drew also received strong support at home from his mother, Janay, and his older sister, Emily.

This may sound like a typical Scouting story, but Drew’s journey has another layer. From the earliest parts of his life, Drew experienced a number of issues that manifested in delayed physical, intellectual, speech and behavioral development. He has had several minor, non-life-threatening surgeries and has been enrolled in special education since Kindergarten, as well as going through Occupational and Developmental therapy.

The family pursued many options to find answers, but it was not until age 13 when an endocrinologist finally helped diagnose Drew with Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome (RTS).  RTS is a mutation in one or more genes and the degree of developmental issues can vary widely; Drew appears to have been blessed at the high-functioning spectrum of the condition.

Drew found his “community” in Scouting, a place where he could get involved in a program that required physical activity, helped build friendships, taught leadership skills and developed good character and morals. It allowed him to participate in Duty to God and to help other people through service. Scouting provided him a program to be involved with his Dad and Mom and have the guidance of positive adult mentors. Dave shares about the impact of Scouting on Drew, “[In Scouting] he was always approached like any other kid, and not special needs. No other place allowed for that type of reaction. He was a bright kid, with a bright future, but Scouts helped define that road.”

Drew earned his Eagle Scout in 2016 – having completed his leadership service project for the Conifer Cemetery through a restoration and construction effort. This project had such an impact on him that Drew and his family still visit the cemetery once a month to provide upkeep and continuous beautification. When asked, “what is the most important thing Scouting has done for you?” Drew responds with, “I never gave up or give up and I am determined to reach my goals. I am not sure even my Mom and Dad thought, with my history, that I would make the Honor Roll at High School or go to College, but I have, and I am going to Front Range Community College next year and I want to keep on going.” Drew’s long-term vision is to become an entrepreneur and own an ice-cream shop, which he already has the name for, “Drew Scoops!”

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award – Peter H. Coors

Pete CoorsPeter H. Coors is Chairman and Chief Customer Relations Officer of Molson Coors Brewing Company.  He is a graduate of Cornell University (engineering) and Denver University (business). Pete has spent his entire career in the beer business. He serves on the Board of Directors of American Enterprise Institute. He is president of the Adolph Coors Foundation. He also serves on the Board of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America; and the National Western Stock Show. Pete is the son of Joseph and Holly Coors, and is a great-grandson of Adolph Coors, who founded the Golden brewery in 1873. He and his wife, Marilyn, have six children and fourteen grandchildren.

The visionary leadership of Peter H. Coors and the Adolph Coors Foundation has provided quality character education and leadership development for thousands of youth in support of the Denver Area Council’s Scouting Outreach and Multi-Cultural Initiatives. These initiatives use innovative program deliver methods to serve minority communities, with a special emphasis to under-represented youth.  Youth are trained in citizenship, service and leadership through fun and adventure. Scouting’s Outreach programs focus on developing the leadership skills youth need by empowering them through progressive responsibility, instilling in them a sense of confidence and self-worth. This generosity has allowed the Denver Area Council to engage youth who otherwise would not receive the Scouting program. It provides alternatives to daily negative influences for youth in Denver’s urban corridors.

Denver Area Resource Renamed

Local Philanthropist Honored

Donald.ScottLakewood, Colorado – On July 13, 2018, the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, in an early-afternoon ceremony, officially renamed Colorado Adventure Point in Lakewood to Donald E. Scott Colorado Adventure Point.

Mr. Scott, known as one of America’s top trial attorneys and a founding partner of Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, was also a philanthropic icon in the Denver community, with a great passion for the Denver Area Council. As an Outstanding Eagle Scout, Mr. Scott provided more than 30 years of inspiration to countless youth, volunteer leaders, fellow board members, professionals and all he met, encouraging them to do their personal best, to be prepared and to help other people at all times.

Attending the renaming dedication were Mr. Scott’s wife of 20 years, Ellen, and their two sons, David and Teddy. Many of the Denver Area Council Board of Trustees and Executive Board members were also in attendance, including Dave Steiner, Chairman of the Denver Area Council; Charlie McNeil, President of the Denver Area Council Board of Trustees; and Doug Jones, Past Chairman of the Board, who also served as emcee for the dedication. John Cabeza, Scout Executive/CEO of the Denver Area Council, with the assistance of Mr. Scott’s family, officially unveiled the Donald E. Scott Colorado Adventure Point signage.

Colorado Adventure Point first opened its doors in 2015. It is a 20,000-square-foot Scouting and community adventure education facility designed to promote essential skills and a love of adventure. It includes a two-story climbing wall, archery and air rifle ranges, the Enger Family Technology lab, banquet rooms, the Steven Shrader Culinary Lab, the Graebel Relocation Services Outdoor Adventure Zone, and the Walter Imhoff Sustainability Lab.

Donald E. Scott Colorado Adventure Point is open to many organizations in addition to Scouting groups such as: schools, churches, daycare centers, youth advocacy groups, businesses and the community at large. Donald E. Scott Colorado Adventure Point also offers a STEM curriculum to educate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. For additional information and a complete list of programs, classes and activities offered at Donald E. Scott Colorado Adventure Point, visit ColoradoAdventurePoint.org.

About Boy Scouts of America
Since its inception, the Boy Scouts of America has become one of the nation’s premier youth development organizations, with more than 100 million youth and adults participating since 1910.

About the Denver Area Council
The Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America serves the youth of the Denver metro area with programs and activities to build character and leadership.

For more information, please contact:
Robert Nakagawa, Deputy Scout Executive
(720) 266-2127


American Legion’s National Eagle Scout of The Year, Michael Ankner’s Eagle Leadership Service Project at Denver Indian Center, Inc.

Ankner003Michael John Ankner of Denver is The American Legion’s Eagle Scout of the Year for 2018. The announcement was made May 10, to the National Executive Committee, during the Legion’s Spring Meetings in Indianapolis. He has received a $10,000 scholarship.

Ankner is a junior at Denver East High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 199. For his Eagle Scout project, he partnered with more than 35 businesses and his troop to redevelop the grounds at the Denver Indian Center, which provides career, community and family services to Native American youth. His project provided the center with a fire pit and natural rock benches to support “cultural transmission through storytelling,” a garden, and an art display space decorated with a 50-pound glass mosaic. Ankner raised nearly $20,000 for the project and provided 356 volunteer hours.

This unique project was unusually large, required diverse skills to accomplish the work, and required over $18,000 be raised. Work was completed June 2017. The Denver Indian Center, Inc. (DICI) held a ceremony in September 2017 in conjunction with Michael Ankner’s Eagle Scout ceremony at the Center located at 4407 Morrison Road, Denver, CO.

Read more at the American Legion site.

Eric Bear, Eagle Scout with Troop 130 Selected for Outstanding Youth Award for the 2017 National Philanthropy Day in Colorado

Eric Bear, Boy Scout with Troop 130 and Eagle Scout has been selected for Outstanding Youth Award for the 2017 National Philanthropy Day in Colorado. He received the award on November 9, 2017.

Inspired by the doctors who treated his chronic asthma, Eric Bear reached out to the Morgridge Academy at National Jewish Hospital to ask how he could give back. As a Kindergarten through eighth grade non-profit school for chronically ill children, the Morgridge Academy relies solely on donations from the community. Eric’s mindfulness and spirit of volunteerism has resulted in over 168 hours of volunteer time at Morgridge since 2016. As a dedicated Eagle Scout, he not only serves an important role in supporting the children at Morgridge, he inspires other teens to do the same.

Eric has collected over $5000 of school supplies and cash donation of $489 for the students through a drive that involved others in his community, including the City of Golden, his Boy Scout Troop 130, his neighborhood and his school, Colorado Academy.


He tutors students in math as they embark on their journey in to high school. He initiated a program of experiential learning for students at Morgridge by introducing the Academy to Colorado Outward Bound, having personally experienced the impact the program has on youth to build confidence and life-long leadership skills.


His nominator, Ms. Jennifer McCullough, Director of Morgridge Academy noted, “Eric’s volunteer activities show his initiative and ability to bring together organizations and create collaboration.”  Ms. McCullough stated, “The spirit of volunteering and giving is a passion for Eric, and he truly embodies a philanthropic spirt of selflessness to improve the quality of life for chronically ill children.”


Eric received his Eagle Scout Badge on September 27, 2017 following his Board of Review.

Michael Shapiro Receives the Chai Silver Award

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We have the privilege to announce Michael Shapiro has been selected to receive the Chai Award of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting.

While the Shofar Award is for those that have done tremendous work on behalf of their local council without expectation of reward, the Chai award is bestowed to  those scouters that well after being recognized for making a difference continue to go above and beyond in service to our Jewish Scouts.

Their involvement demonstrates a continual and extraordinary commitment to serve scouting in the Jewish Community and has been noticed and recognized as making a difference not only locally but regionally as well.

This award of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting is being conferred upon each of the recipients via the Western Region Jewish Committee on Scouting, that selected these awardees after careful consideration by its Chai Award Subcommittee chaired by the Western Region Chairman and were submitted by written nomination.

The Chai Award is divided into three levels each one demonstrating continued involvement and service.  Length of service to the jewish community, time of involvement in scouting, and work accomplished both locally and nationally are three areas of a number of areas that are considered for this honor.

Congratulations to Michael Shapiro for receiving the Chai Silver Award for 2017  – the highest level for this award!

Diana Kullman Receives the Silver St. George Award


Diana Kullman currently serves as the Region 15 Chairwoman.  In that position she has spearheaded identifying contacts with Eastern Catholic chaplains and chairmen and identifying Eastern Catholics serving on Latin-Rite Catholic committees on Scouting.

A long-time member of the Denver diocesan Catholic committee on Scouting, Diana has organized and participated in Boy Scout retreats, Ten Commandment hikes, the annual religious emblems COH and Mass, religious emblems training and Chaplain Aide training.  Diane, along with Amy McNeil, another NCCS member, are known to the Vocations and Training standing committees as the authors of an interfaith Chaplain Aide training program that was considered by the BSA Religious Relationships Committee for national distribution.

Her service to her diocese and council has earned her the District Award of Merit, the Commissioner’s Key, the Silver Beaver and the St. George Award.

It is the honor of the Denver Area Council to recognize Diana Kullman with receiving the Silver St. George Award.