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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 Brazoria and Galveston 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
Fax: 409-744-7850

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

National BSA: 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: August 15, 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

Support Staff

Kristi Hamelmann - Registrar

BAC debut: August  2019
Coolest Desk Item: My big 
4 inch paper clips.
Favorite Movie:
 Elf with Will Ferrell.
Favorite TV Show
Queen of the South, American Horror Story.
Favorite Band: A Perfect Circle, Tool, and Johnny Cash.
Favorite Scouting Moment
The day I started working for the Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.
About Me: I am a mom and I love sewing, watching movies, going on outings with my children, and going on road trips.
Phone: 409-744-5206 ext. 2804


Diandra Ongso - Accountant

BAC debut: 2007
Hometown: Indonesia
College: Bina Nusantara University
Coolest Desk Item: My kid’s art work, radio and family pictures.
Favorite Movie: Star Wars, Marvel Movies, and James Bond movies.
Favorite TV Show: The Crown and Sherlock Homes.
Favorite Band: U2, Imagine Dragon & The Chainsmokers.
Favorite Scouting Moment: When I joined BAC and my son joined Scouting.
About Me: Love my family, photography, traveling, yoga and biking.
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.
Favorite Scouting Moment: When my nephew joined Scouting.
About Me: I love road trips, campfires, and playing guitar around campfires
Phone: office 409-744-5206 ext. 2801, cell 409-771-2531


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


2019 Executive Committee

2019 Executive Board

Walt Wundrow
Mike Henderson
Myles Shelton
Brian Roark
Jimmy Allen
Fred Raschke
James Ware
Roger Boyer
Mark Kuettel
John Zendt
Chris Robb
Charlie Tinsley

Immediate Past President
VP Membership
VP Investments/National Rep.
VP Development
VP Administration
VP Program
VP Properties
VP Board Development
Scout Executive/CEO

Bill Ansell
Kim Barker
Bo Bass
Greg Bond
Kermit Brence
James Cesarini
Brent Cockerham
Judge Lonnie Cox
Gabrielle Dedmon
Joe Dervay
Scott Dick
Mark Fridye

Jim Galbraith
Michael Griffin
Art Orscheln
Debbie Pennington
Chris Pettitt
Ron Rand
Juli Salzman
Matt Sebesta
Marcus Stevenson
Tommy Toups
Jeane Weller