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Welcome to the Bay Area Council

About Us

Bay Area Council, BSA Council Shoulder PatchOne of the most important documents in the history of Galveston and Brazoria Counties is preserved not in a museum or a library but in the Galveston Island headquarters of the Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Dated March 28, 1919, the document is a report from the Galveston Rotary Club to its officers and members with a recommendation to form a Boy Scout movement in Galveston. The three-page document still survives to this day and is now commonly referred to as the Bay Area Council Charter. As early as 1920, the Daily News, the oldest newspaper in Texas, carried a regular column called "The Scout Roundup."

On August 14, 1962, Mrs. Mary Moody Northen donated a check for $100,000 to the council to build a new headquarters (where we are still housed today.) She made the donation in honor of her late husband, Edwin C. Northen, a longtime Scouter who was active in the council. Today, the council serves more than 8,000 youth through the leadership of more than 2,000 adult volunteers.


Contact Us

Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America - Council #574
3020 53rd Street, Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: 409-744-5206
Free: 877-659-3879
Fax: 409-744-7850

Scout Office & Shop hours: Monday thru Friday ~ 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

National: 972-580-2000


Professional Staff

Charlie Tinsley - Scout Executive

Scouting debut: October 17, 1985
BAC debut: February 16, 2017
Hometown:Hermanville, MS
Coolest Desk Item: Big green potted plant.
Favorite Movie: Tears of the Sun.
Favorite TV Show: Scorpion.
Favorite Band: Earth, Wind & Fire.
Favorite Scouting Moment: Wood Badge beading.
About Me: Enjoy working to build successful staff and volunteer teams.

Phone: 409-744-5206 ext. 2802

Kelly Meacham - Field Director

Scouting debut: August15, 2006
BAC debut: 2018
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Coolest Desk Item: Actual desktop that you can see.
Favorite Movie: The Natural
Favorite TV Show: Sense 8
Favorite Band: The Stone Roses (currently)
Favorite Scouting Moment: My son’s Eagle Court of Honor.
About Me: Eagle Scout. Work hard, play hard.                              
Phone: 706 766-4755

Aaron Christopher - Program Director 

BAC debut: 2014
Hometown: Multiple places in Southern CA
Coolest Desk Item: 7” Fallout 4 bobble-head.
Favorite Movie: Caddy Shack, Stripes, Deadpool, The Fifth Element, Idiocracy, Children of Men, Lawrence of Arabia.
Favorite TV Show: Empire, Office Space, Frisky Dingo, Venture Bros., American Dad, Walking Dead, Inbetweeners, Squidbillies, Futurama.
Favorite Band: Sugar Cult, Tennis, Thelonious Monk, Merle Haggard, Best Coast, Camera Obscura, Sophie Ellis Baxter, Hot Rod Circuit, Louis Armstrong, Metric, Prince Buster, Skatalites, Madness.
Favorite Scouting Moment: Canoeing the Colorado River and camping at Vasquez Rocks.
About Me: California was no place for a Libertarian that likes to shoot guns.                               
Phone: 409-750-3657                                           

TBD - Coastal District Executive                                                 

TBD - Cradle of Texas District Executive

Lester Tarver - Northern Star District Executive

BAC debut: 2016
Hometown: Beaumont
College: Southern Miss. Go Eagles.
Coolest Desk Item: Picture of my children.
Favorite Movie: Twilight Series (Movies), Avatar, Star Wars, and Grease.
Favorite TV Show: Dr. Who, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead.
Favorite Band: New Edition, Boys 2 Men.
Favorite Scouting Moment: Lego themed Cub O’ Ree movie night at Camp K.
About Me: Fun going, adventure seeking guy who loves his family with all his heart.

Phone: 832-413-2578

Warren Reed - Thunderbird District Executive            

BAC debut: 2016
Hometown: Texas City
Coolest Desk Item: Fan I "borrowed" from the copier room.
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump.
Favorite TV Show: Hogan's Heroes
Favorite Band: Triumph, Rush, and April Wine.
Favorite Scouting Moment: Philmont 1981
About Me: Teacher 23 years, 15 years in a boys prison.  Married 25 years with 2 teenage girls.
Phone: 956-607-6295


Support Staff

TBD - Office manager / Executive Administrative Assistant

Pam Frisbee - Registrar

BAC debut: 2007
Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL
College: University of Iowa. Go Hawks.
Coolest Desk Item: Fan.
Favorite Movie: Hellfighters, and Sound of Music.
Favorite TV Show: Grays Anatomy and Body of Proof.
Favorite Band: All country bands.
Favorite Scouting Moment: When both of my sons made Eagle Scout.
About Me: I love to read and spend time with my children and grandchildren. In the summer, on weekends, you will find me on our boat with my husband and whoever else shows up.
Phone: 409-744-5206 ext. 2804

Diandra Ongso - Accountant

BAC debut: 2007
Hometown: Indonesia
College: Bina Nusantara University
Coolest Desk Item: Kids art work, radio and family pictures.
Favorite Movie: Star Wars, Marvel Movies, and James Bond movies.
Favorite TV Show: The Night Manager and Sherlock Homes.
Favorite Band: Maroon 5, U2, Ed Sheeran, and Adele.
Favorite Scouting Moment: When I joined BAC.
About Me: Love my family, photography, like to learn and try new things and traveling.

Phone: 409-744-5206 ext. 2803

Sonya Harvey - Webmaster 

BAC debut: 2013
Hometown: Redding, CA
College: UTSA
Coolest Desk Item: Sunglasses.
Favorite Movie: Cool Hand Luke.
Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead, and anything with Bear Grylls.
Favorite Band: The Clash, Johnny Cash, and Dr. Feelgood (Not Motley Crew, the British Band.)
Favorite Scouting Moment: Tiger Cubs in their cute.
About Me: I love road trips, campfires, and playing guitar around campfires
Phone: 409-744-5206


Camp Karankawa Staff

DK Hopwood - Camp Ranger

BAC debut: 2018
Hometown: Brazoria
College: Brazosport College
Coolest Desk Item: If I had a desk it would be something cool.
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump 

Favorite TV Show: Chicago Fire 

Favorite Band: 3 Doors Down 

Favorite Scouting Moment: Philmont

About Me: I'm an Eagle Scout. I come from a Scouting family. I love making people laugh. Come out to camp to learn more. 

Phone: 979-248-4330



+ Formal Ceremonies Held Opening New Scout Site, The Daily Facts-Review, June 7, 1955

+ 69 Units of Local Boy Scouts Attend Camp in First Four Weeks, The Daily Facts-Review, July 12, 1955

+ Boy Scout Camp Opens For Summer on June 10, The Daily Facts-Review, May 14, 1956

+  Full Speed Ahead: A New Sea Scout Base Welcomes You Aboard, Scouting Magazine, March/April 2014 

+ Sea Base Rises from Ike's Ashes, Houston Chronicle, September 28, 2014

+ Veteran Scoutmaster of 19 Years Declares Scouting a Wonderful Enterprise With a Great Future, The Daily Facts-Review, June 29, 1939

+ Restaurant fire sparks local Scout into action, The Facts, August 27, 2013