By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Rick Chapman has begun his work as Scout executive for the Yocona Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, according to Council President Randy Long.
Before coming to Northeast Mississippi, Chapman worked 20 years with the Gulf Coast Council in Pensacola, Fla., where he served as assistant scout executive in a council of about 8,000 Scouts.
Chapman succeeds Brian Steger, who accepted a position in the Washington, D.C., area.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to advance and am looking forward to this new challenge,” Chapman said. “I’m anxious to get to all the districts and begin making all the connections.
“I’ve heard so many good things about the support from the community for Scouting,” he added. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of strong leadership and program success of the Yocona Area Council.”
Chapman was introduced to Scouting at a job fair during his last semester at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
“The recruiter was from my hometown when he was a boy and knew all about the area. I fell in love with Scouting,” he said. “An associate originally from Columbus, Miss., always said such good things about North Mississippi, the support for scouting and the Yocona Area Council. When the opportunity camp up, I jumped at it.”
The Yocona Area Council is governed by an executive board of business and community leaders, representing all areas within the council’s boundaries.
The board guides local council policy, oversees the fiscal management of the council and hires a Scout executive and staff responsible for the day-to-day operations of the council and for recruiting volunteers to make these operations successful.