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Welcome to the Bay Area Council

Contact Us

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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.

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.


2024 Executive Committee

Cory Moss – President

James Ware – VP Development & Immediate Past President

Derick Meadows – Council Commissioner

Myles Shelton – Treasurer

Walt Wundrow – VP Administration

Mike Henderson – VP Membership/Relationships

Roger Boyer – VP Program

Art Orscheln – VP Properties

Charlie Tinsley – Scout Executive/CEO & Secretary


2024 Executive Board

Kim Barker

Terri Burchfield

James “Chezo” Cesarini

Brent Cockerham

Joe Dervay   

Mark Fridye

Jim Galbraith

Charles Mouton

Fred Raschke

Scott Livingston

Rene Julien


2023 Honorary Board

Charles Doyle

Ed Mabry

William Otte Jr.

Frank Resch

Dr. Robert Schwebel


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: 706 766-475


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.
Phone: 409-744-5206 ext. 2803


Office Assistant - Amanda Ferrovecchio

BAC debut: 2023
Hometown: Pasadena, TX
College: San Jac Central
Coolest Desk Item: Photos of my son and dad.
Favorite Movie: Bringing Up Baby
Favorite TV Show: "Fallout"
Favorite Band: New Found Glory and Panic! At the Disco... but my favorite artist is Michael Jackson
Favorite Scouting Moment: All of them!
About Me: I love going camping with my family and sleeping. I don't get to do much of the latter anymore, but I still love it.
Phone: 409-744-5206 ext. 2801


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 & anything with 
Bear Grylls.
Favorite Band: Luke the Drifter.
Favorite Scouting Moment: Earning Wood Badge. Getting postcards from Scouts.
About Me: Love family, pen pals, finding lost graves, road trips, campfires, and playing guitar around campfires.
Phone: office 409-744-5206 ext. 2804


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

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