HED:Yocona Area Council leader leaving

AUTHOR: EILEEN

HED:Yocona Area Council leader leaving

By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

Bob Frederick can look back on numerous successes as he leaves his position of more than five years as head of the Yocona Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Frederick leaves next week to become the council executive for the Sequoyah Council, headquartered in Johnson City, Tenn.

One accomplishment he’s most proud of is the Yocona Council being named a quality council for the last 7 years.

The national headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America each year designates certain councils to be quality councils.

“Less than 50 percent of all of the councils become quality councils,” Frederick said. “And we have done it for 7 consecutive years.”

Another success is the increase in class rating for the 12-county council, he said.

Last year, the council went from a 52 class rating to a 53. The highest rating is a 56, which is given to such cities as Houston, Atlanta and New York. Frederick said there are eight tests in which councils are rated, such as the number of youth served and number of packs.

“Our moving up a class is a real feather in the council’s cap,” he said.

Despite the successes, Frederick said he felt it was time to move to the next level. Each year, council executives are eligible for promotions. Frederick said he was contacted three weeks ago about the position in Johnson City, which includes 10 counties in Western Tennessee and five counties in Virginia, and was asked to apply. He was told the day he interviewed he was chosen for the job.

Frederick, who came to Tupelo from the Andrew Jackson Council in Jackson, said he will miss being in Northeast Mississippi.

Since he has been at the Yocona Council, which served 7,000 young boys last year and had an annual budget of $650,000, there has been an increase in the traditional programs of scouting, such as troops, packs and explorers, by almost 35 percent.

“I am proud of that because that is what Boys Scouts is all about,” he said.

Frederick has helped the council oversee fund-raising efforts to support the council, such as popcorn sales, golf tournaments and other special events. He said the “lion’s share” of funding, about 50 percent, comes from the Friends for Scouting campaign, which raises funds for the scouting programs through donations. The council also receives funds from the United Way.

A selection committee has been named by the council and headed by Lewis Whitfield, he said. A replacement could be named by Oct. 1, Frederick said.