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Welcome to the Bay Area Council...

One 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 of the 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's "charter letter." 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 Bay Area Council to build the Council's 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 Bay Area Council serves more than 6,000 youth through the leadership of more than 2,000 adult volunteers. 

Who We Serve

+ 6,132 local youth members

+ 2,177 local adult leaders

+ Nearly 164 packs, troops and crews

+ More than 52 Chartered Organization


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 Hours: Monday thru Friday ~ 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Scout Shop Hours: Monday thru Friday ~ 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
2nd Saturday of every month: August thru April ~ 9 a.m.-1 p.m.



Chuck Herrera - Scout Executive
Phone: 409-744-5206 ext. 2802
              281-683-6262 (Cell)

Eric Steele - Program Development & Properties Director                                                    

BAC debut: 2010
Hometown: Punxsutawney, PA
College: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Coolest Desk Item: Legos
Favorite Movie: Animal House
Favorite TV Show: ESPN's College Football Game Day
Favorite Band: The Beatles
Favorite Scouting Moment: Giving my Eagle Scout Award to my Grandfather, because he fell a merit badge short of earning his own to join the Navy in  World War 2.
About Me: I enjoy the outdoors, just about anything on the water, Penn State football, Detroit Red Wing hockey, traveling, cooking, history, and spending time with my very stubborn and lazy basset hound, Penny Lane.
Phone: 409-744-5206 ext. 2807

Lisa Stegman - Field Director                                                   

BAC debut: 2007
Hometown: South Florida
College: Maryland Institute College of Art
Coolest Desk Item: A "pink bling" rhinestone pocket knife
Favorite Movie: Romance of course...
Favorite TV Show: Camp Lazlo (Can I earn a badge for this?)
Favorite Band: Just about any Classic Rock and 80's, but NO country
Favorite Scouting Moment: Those quiet times when I am with my boys at camp just being a mom
About Me: I am a sun lizard that loves the sand and water that goes from stilettos to boots in a blink of an eye! Give me a good book and a quiet comfy spot to curl up on and I am content.
Phone: 832-385-5217

William Anderson - Coastal District Executive                                                  

BAC debut: 2014
Hometown: Hesperia, MI
College: Colorado State University
Coolest Desk Item:
Favorite Movie: Back to the Future Trilogy
Favorite TV Show: Cheers
Favorite Band: Elvis
Favorite Scouting Moment: Backpacking in Isle Royale National Park
About Me: I grew up in a very small town and spent all of my time outdoors, and it has remained my passion till this day. I enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, competitive shooting, off-roading, reading, church and sports. I have a degree in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism which has a lot of emphasis on outdoor & environmental education and youth mentorship.

Phone: 281-409-4177

Rebecca Stephenson - Northern Star District Executive                                                                           

BAC debut: 2014
Hometown: Pearland
College: Texas A&M
Coolest Desk Item: Maroon giant Clothespin (Gig 'em Aggies!)
Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings
Favorite TV Show: Sherlock
Favorite Band: Miranda Lambert
Favorite Scouting Moment: OA Ordeal
About Me: I grew  up jealous of my two brothers who are boy scouts, so I embraced the life as soon as I could. You might know me from the Horse Program and Camp Karankawa, as I have staffed the last several fall and winter camps there.
Phone: 281-330-7021

Aaron Christopher - Cradle of Texas District Executive                                                       

BAC debut: 2014
Coolest Desk Item
Favorite Movie
Favorite TV Show
Favorite Band
Favorite Scouting Moment
About Me
Phone: 409-750-3657

Ryan Mullis - Thunderbird District Executive                                                                              

BAC debut: 2014
Hometown: San Leon
Coolest Desk Item: 2005 Camp K Summer Camp Staff Metal Mug
Favorite Movie: The Hobbit
Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Band: Lynard Skynard
Favorite Scouting Moment: Receiving Eagle
About Me: Grew up in Bay Area Council, received Eagle and Vigil Honor in BAC. Degree in Forest Recreation Management with emphasis on Forest Resource Management. Participated in Driving Jacks Safe Ride program at SFA as well as Outdoor Pursuits and Climbing Jacks. Grew up with a passion for the outdoors, camping, and being on the water.

Dionicio "Dio" Gonzalez - Scout Assistant Coordinator                                                            

BAC debut: 2012
: Galveston 
Coolest Desk Item: Desk? What desk lol. I guess it will be my laptop
Favorite Movie: To many to mention
Favorite TV Show: Pawn Stars, South Park
Favorite Band: Anything with a good beat
Favorite Scouting Moment: Wood Badge so far
About Me: I am an outgoing person that loves to have fun. I am here to make a positive impact through scouting.
Phone: 409-392-3085


Tina Brendle - Office manager / Executive Administrator Assistant                                       

BAC debut: 2007
Hometown: Reading, Pa
College: College? I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up!
Coolest Desk Item: My shoe...which I throw at co-workers when they make me mad. (Don’t worry, it’s a squishy stress relief shoe)
Favorite Movie: Silence of the Lambs, Shawshank Redemption
Favorite TV Show: Castle, Suits, Criminal Minds, Scandal
Favorite Band: Pretty much anything but Rap
Favorite Scouting Moment: When I get to hear Scouts tell us why they received a Heroism Award
About Me:  I'm an open book and I'd rather have you ask me a question, then volunteer information you don’t care to ask away!
Phone: 409-744-5206 ext. 2800

Pam Frisbee - Registrar                                                                                                                         

BAC debut: 2007
Hometown: Arlinton Heights, IL
College: University of Iowa (Go Hawks!)
Coolest Desk Item: Fan
Favorite Movie: Hellfighters, Sound of Music
Favorite TV Show: Grays Anatomy, 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 (Indonesia)
Coolest Desk Item: PC, radio & family pictures
Favorite Movie: Any true story-based movie
Favorite TV Show: Lifetime Channel movies
Favorite Band: U2, Norah Jones, Michael Buble
Favorite Scouting Moment: When I joined BAC
About Me: Love my family, photography and traveling.
Phone: 409-744-5206 ext. 2803

Alma Biagas - Scout Shop Clerk                                                                                                         

BAC debut: 2008
Hometown: Hitchcock, TX
College: COM - Clerical Arts School
Coolest Desk Item: Clock radio
Favorite Movie: Love & Basketball
Favorite TV Show: Soap Operas
Favorite Band: Atlantic Starr
Favorite Scouting Moment: People watching during Scouting on the Boardwalk in Kemah, TX
About Me: I'm easy to get along with. I'm witty and cheerful, and it takes a lot to make me mad. I enjoy people and family.
Phone: 409-744-5206 ext. 2801

Sonya Harvey - Webmaster                                                                                                                   

 BAC debut: 2013
 Hometown: Redding, CA
 College: UTSA
 Coolest Desk Item: Sunglasses
 Favorite Movie: Cool Hand Luke
 Favorite TV Show: Doomsday Preppers
 Favorite Band: Johnny Cash, The Clash
 Favorite Scouting Moment: Making the staff fill out these bios so you can have a laugh
 About Me:
Love the outdoors, farmers markets, guitar picking, and guitar picking around campfires.
 Phone: 409-744-5206


Dianna Marsh - Camp Director                                                                                                              

BAC debut: 2012
Hometown: Medford, MA
College: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Coolest Desk Item: My solar flower moving thingy
Favorite Movie: I have a few, but I think I'll have to go Robin Hood (The  one with Kevin Costner).
Favorite TV Show: Duck Dynasty
Favorite Band: Don't have one but I love original scores from movies
Favorite Scouting Moment: When one of my staff members (17 years-old)  for summer camp told me I taught him how to swim when he was in cub scouts and came to the day camp that I was the Aquatics Director for.
About Me: I moved to Texas in September with my boy, Bean (2 year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi), and my two bunnies, one named Bun Bun and the other Opie. Geoff, my husband, moved down in September with my big girl, Letzty (4 year-old  hound mix). We have enjoyed our time here so far meeting new people and getting used to the weather,  but I miss the mountains and snow back home. I am very fortunate to have a loving, supporting husband who lets me come to camp every day and most weekends for my awesome job.
Phone: 979-345-3964

PJ Brown - Camp Ranger                                                                                                                         

BAC debut: 2012
Hometown: Bay City, Texas
College: Texas A&M University, Brazosport College
Coolest Desk Item: The view, since my chair is a tractor seat
Favorite Movie: Too many to narrow it down... pretty much if there's a lot of shooting, or gratuitous violence, or if it's just really, really funny, I'm a fan.
Favorite TV Show: Doctor Who
Favorite Band: Cross Canadian Ragweed, but I'm listening to a lot of Max Stalling right now.
Favorite Scouting Moment: When we rangers did our campfire skit at National Camp School...Priceless.
About Me: I'm fortunate enough to live at Camp Karankawa with my wife and two small children. It's the backyard I always wanted when I was growing up, and I think my children will benefit greatly from the camp and the Scouting experience.
Phone: 979-345-3964