ORONO — The Katahdin Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, welcomed its new executive director, Marshall Steinmann of Georgia, on June 16.
Steinmann became executive of the Katahdin Area Council, which serves Scouts age 7-21 in northern and eastern Maine. Since arriving in Maine, he has been traveling to many of the
communities that the Katahdin Area Council encompasses in order to meet as many volunteers and community members as possible.
“I love to shake hands with, and thank, the volunteers out in the communities making Scouting happen,” Steinmann said. “Without them, Scouting would not exist.”
Steinmann, an Eagle Scout, began his professional Scouting career after graduating from Greensboro College in North Carolina. After five years with the Old North State Council, he was promoted to the Newport News, Va., area. In 2008 he joined the Flint River Council staff in Griffin, Ga., as assistant Scout executive.
“I have had some awesome experiences and opportunities because of professional Scouting,” Steinmann said. “It amazes me every day the doors of generosity that are opened for me and the Boy Scouts of America. The BSA is the greatest youth movement in the world and I am excited to be a part of it!”
Steinmann and his wife, Shawna, are the parents of four children, three boys and a girl. Two of the boys are in Boy Scouts. The third is only 2, but cannot wait to be a Tiger Scout. Their daughter is involved in Scouting as a Daisy Scout.
Steinmann was a member of the cross-country team in college and has continued to compete in many half-marathons and marathons. He is training for a half-Ironman. He also enjoys hiking, fishing, model railroading and hockey. He is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, a volunteer branch of the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a past member of the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.
The mission of the Katahdin Area Council is “to provide safe, fun, and innovative youth development programs that instill lifelong values and skills.” The vision of the council, is to be “the most recognized and respected youth organization in Maine.”
Steinmann said his personal mission falls right in line with these statements. “My personal mission as a Professional Scouter is to give every young person in our community the opportunity to be a Scout. Scouting blessed me so richly as a youth; I want others to experience Scouting at its best.”
Those interested in joining Scouting or obtaining more information on the programs available to boys and girls may contact the Katahdin Area Council at 866-2241 or visit http://www.katahdinareabsa.org.