About the BSA

National Leadership

The Scouting organization is composed of 1.2 million volunteers, whose dedication of time and resources has enabled the BSA to remain the nation’s leading youth-serving organization. Leading these volunteers are the Chief Scout Executive, assistant Chief Scout Executives, and the National Executive Board.


Dr. Robert M. Gates

National President (Volunteer)

Dr. Robert M. Gates, former secretary of defense and former director of central intelligence, serves as the 35th national president of the Boy Scouts of America. Gates has a long history of participation and service in the BSA. He is a past member of the National Executive Board; past president of the National Eagle Scout Association; a distinguished Eagle Scout; recipient of … Continue reading National President (Volunteer)

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National Commissioner (Volunteer)

Tico Perez became the BSA’s national commissioner in May 2008. Tico is the founder of Tico Perez Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in business, government, and marketing solutions. He is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, Silver Buffalo, Distinguished Eagle Scout, and Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service awards. He is also a James E. West Fellow. Tico … Continue reading National Commissioner (Volunteer)

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Chief Scout Executive

Michael Surbaugh is the 13th Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, headquartered in Irving, Texas. Scouting was a central component of Mike’s life from early on. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia, the son of a steel plant manager. His family moved often, and in each new city Scouting became a touchstone of consistency. No matter … Continue reading Chief Scout Executive

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Deputy Chief Scout Executive and Chief Operating Officer

Gary Butler began his position as Deputy Chief Scout Executive and Chief Operating Officer, Boy Scouts of America, January 1, 2014. Prior to assuming his current role, he had served as Assistant Chief Scout Executive for Council Operations since September of 2009. As Deputy Chief Scout Executive and Chief Operating officer, Gary provides leadership and direction to all aspects of … Continue reading Deputy Chief Scout Executive and Chief Operating Officer

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Assistant Chief Scout Executive – Development

Brad Farmer’s Scouting career began in 1981 as District Executive in Wood River, Illinois. In 1984, he was promoted to District Executive in Springfield, Illinois, and in 1987 to Senior District Executive in the same council. In 1987, Brad became Field Director in Springfield, Illinois. In 1990, he was promoted to Director of Field Service in Providence, Rhode Island. In … Continue reading Assistant Chief Scout Executive – Development

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Chief Financial Officer

Michael Ashline serves as chief financial officer and the national director of the Boy Scouts of America’s Supply Group. In his role, he  oversees the controller department, treasury department, Supply Group, and enterprise risk management. As national director of the Supply Group since 2003, Ashline has been responsible for overseeing the operations of supplying the exclusive Boy Scouts of America products … Continue reading Chief Financial Officer

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