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Welcome to the Bay Area Council

Contact Us

Bay Area Council, BSA Council Shoulder Patch

Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America #574
3020 53rd Street
Galveston, TX 77551
P: 409-744-5206
F: 409-744-7850

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

Job Posting for District Executive. Click HERE for more details.

About Us

One 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.


2022 Executive Committee

James Ware – President

Fred Raschke – Immediate Past President

Derick Meadows – Council Commissioner

Myles Shelton – Treasurer

Walt Wundrow – VP Administration

Cory Moss – VP Development

Mike Henderson – VP Membership/Relationships

Roger Boyer – VP Program

Art Orscheln – VP Properties

Charlie Tinsley – Scout Executive/CEO & Secretary


2022 Executive Board

Kim Barker

Greg Bond

Kermit Brence

James “Chezo” Cesarini

Brent Cockerham

Joe Dervay   

Mark Fridye

Jim Galbraith

Juli Martin

Charles Mouton

Brian Roark

Jason Tieman

Tommy Toups

John Wright

Professional Staff

Scout Executive - Charlie Tinsley  
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

Field Director - Kelly Meacham
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

Coastal District Executive - Kathryn Phoenix
BAC Debut: February 1, 2023
Hometown: Sheldon, TX (CE King High School)
Coolest Desk Item: 
My slideshow screensaver of my husband and our daughter over the years oh and once I bring in my plants those too.
Favorite Move: The Fifth Element hands down!
Favorite TV Show:Don’t really have one hmmm.  I guess it would have to be anything revolving around DIY.
Favorite Band: Everlast
Favorite Scouting Moment: 
So far it’s been learning the history and meeting all the wonderful volunteers.
About Me: I am a mother, wife, and daughter who aspires to a Proverbs 31 woman in all that I do.  I love learning new things and even more sharing my life lessons with others.  I  graduated with my Bachelor of Science in 2020  in  organizational Psychology  with an end goal of obtaining my Psy. D as an Industrial Organizational Psychologist. The majority of my professional experience has been within the social sector where I have had the opportunity to engage, educate, and empower individuals from all walks of life  who want to overcome life’s barriers.  Most of my time is spent outside at home with my family whether it be in the garden or creating something from to fill a need.  We  love to breath life back into anything  and have done just that with our 1942 home  that we bought and wound up  completely renovating from the ground up by ourselves. I am excited to welcome each day and make it forever better than the previous, and continue to reach for the stars to be an inspiration to those I get the opportunity.
Phone: 409 500-0938

Support Staff

Accountant - Diandra "Dee" Ongso
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.
Phone409-744-5206 ext. 2803

Registrar- Sonya Harvey
BAC debut: 2013
Hometown: Galveston
College: UTSA
Coolest Desk Item: Order of the Arrow kazoo.
Favorite Movie: Cool Hand Luke.
Favorite TV Show: War Documentaries and anything with 
Bear Grylls.
Favorite Band: Luke the Drifter.
Favorite Scouting Moment: Getting postcards from Scouts.
About Me: Love family, pen pals, finding lost graves, road trips, campfires, and playing guitar around campfires.
Phoneoffice 409-744-5206 ext. 2804

Office Assistant- Tracey Nance
BAC debut: 2022
Hometown: Houston (IBC)
College: San Jacinto Community, Houston Community, and Galveston College.
Coolest Desk Item: Co
lorful gummy bear pen from my son.
Favorite Movie: Splash.
Favorite TV Show: Family Fued.

Favorite Band: Depeche Mode, Beck, 311, Incubus, the list goes on and on... 
Favorite Scouting Moment: Ghost & Goblins at Camp Karankawa
About Me: Enjoy spending time with friends and family, COLG on 7 Mile Rd., meeting nice people, nature, and all things island style. Also, love the woods, lakes, & rivers. Enjoyed living in Colorado Springs, CO for a short time and realized it's better to visit. Born and raised flat lander.
Phoneoffice 409-744-5206 ext. 2801

Camp Karankawa Staff

Camp Ranger - DK Hopwood
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