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Brad VanAuken BSA Biography.pptx

  1. Brad VanAuken Boy Scouts of America Biography
  2. Otetiana Council - Rochester, NY Brad VanAuken started his Scouting career in Kodak Park Troop # 50 in Otetiana Council’s Blackhawk / Keystone districts between 1968 and 1973. Brad received the Arrow of Light, Pro Deo Et Patria award and Eagle Scout rank with three palms. He also earned the Mile Swim and 50 Miler awards. He was an OA chapter chief, a CIT at Massawepie Scout Camps and a conservation/ecology staff member at Camp Voyageur. He also participated in a Philmont Trek. He attended Junior Leader Training and Junior Leader Instructor Training and was chosen to speak on behalf of the Eagle Scouts at the annual council Eagle luncheon.
  3. Greater New York Council - Manhattan Next, Brad was involved in Scouting in the Manhattan district of Greater New York Council between 1979 and 1982, where he was lodge advisor, district SME and finance chair, Scout roundtable commissioner and an active member of the council training staff. He received the Scouter’s Training Award and the Arrowhead Honor.
  4. Shell Badge Course Faculty – Alpine Scout Camp
  5. Great Boston Council – Boston, MA With the support of a Harvard Business School Nonprofit Management Fellowship, Brad helped run Storer Scout Reservation in Center Barnstead, NH for Greater Boston Council during the summer of 1983.
  6. T. L. Storer Scout Reservation
  7. Heart of America Council - Kansas City, MO/KS Brad then moved to Kansas City, where he was involved in Heart of America Council from 1993 to 2000. He served on the Pioneer Trails district committee as a Scout roundtable commissioner, district activities chair and district committee vice chair and chair. In his role as district activities chair, he developed and ran three camporees and a Klondike Derby. Brad led Youth Protection training for the district and was the district dinner MC. He also served on the Council Executive Board and as the council’s fall roundup and membership chairs. He was on the council training staff and taught at the College of Commissioners Service. He became a James E. West Fellow and received the District Award of Merit and the Commissioners Key. He also became an honorary warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
  8. Seneca Waterways Council - Rochester | Finger Lakes Brad returned to Rochester in 2000 and got involved in Otetiana Council / Seneca Waterways Council again. Brad has served on the council’s executive and advisory boards, Eagle board of review and Massawepie Staff Alumni Association board as its chair. He was an Explorer post advisor. He served on camp work weekends and on the Scout Show, Cub adventure camp and Klondike staffs. He also served on the council camp operations, web development and marketing committees, including as marketing committee chair. Brad was the BarkEater program development committee chair, spearheaded the MSAA / Massawepie staff beach barbeque and was on MSAA’s 55th reunion committee. He participated in a BSA Boundary Waters and Quetico High Adventure canoe trip. During the council merger, he recommended the “Seneca Waterways” name to the council executive board. Brad became a Heritage Society member and received the Silver Beaver Award. He is currently marketing vice president and executive committee and board member. And he chairs the “Good for Nature: Scouts Take Action on the Environment” initiative.
  9. Massawepie BarkEater Honor Camper Program Recognition
  10. Leading His Nephew, Michael VanAuken, in the Eagle Oath
  11. Area 3| Northeast Region |National Service Territory 10| National Council Brad tested an ethical decision-making module for the national Scouting program and led the Marketing Roundtable at the 2005 NE region annual meeting. He has served as a NE region camp visitation/NCAP team member, including as a team leader. He was on the NE region committee that developed the National Camping School (NCS) first year camper section and served as a NCS staff member. Brad served as the Area 3, NE region marketing vice-president. He currently serves as the National Service Territory 10 marketing lead. In that role, he is also an active member of the national marketing support committee. He was a special guest at the 1997 National and 2019 World Jamborees and will be on the 2023 National Jamboree media relations staff. Brad received the silver antelope award in 2023.
  12. Fondest Memories Brad’s fondest Scouting memories are of trekking at Philmont, creating and running the Aquaree (a completely water-based camporee) for Heart of America Council and creating the BarkEater honor camper program for Massawepie Scout Camps. He also very much enjoyed his NCAP team leader and Scout roundtable commissioner roles. As a hobby, he collects memorabilia from 33 Adirondack Park Boy Scout camps.
  13. Other Activities Brad has been involved in dozens of civic organizations and has served on many of their boards, often as board president. He is currently involved in the Rochester Area Community Foundation, Writers & Books, George Eastman Museum, World Affairs Council of Rochester and the Harvard Business School Club of Rochester.
  14. Professional Background Brad is the president and founder of BrandForward, Inc., a global brand strategy consulting company and a part-time venture coach for RIT’s Venture Creations business incubator. Before that, he was vice president of marketing for Element K (now Skillsoft) and director of brand management and marketing for Hallmark. He began his career as a senior consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).