New leader named for Vermont Boy Scouts

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WATERBURY — The development director of the Philadelphia chapter of the Boy Scouts of America has been named the new Scout executive and CEO of the organizations' Green Mountain Council, the council announced Thursday.

Mark Saxon will take on his new role on Aug. 1.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Mark to the Green Mountain Council. He brings energy, experience, and an established track records of success," Dan Richardson, the president of the council, said in a media release.

Mark will succeed Ed McCollin, who is retiring in June following a 42-year career in Scouting. McCollin had led the Green Mountain Council since 2010.

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Saxon's selection follows a nationwide search that began in March.

"My family and I appreciate the opportunity to serve and give leadership to the tremendous volunteers who make Scouting possible for so many Vermont families," said Saxon, who achieved the Eagle Scout rank while growing up in Rhode Island.

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"Right now, a generation of young people is experiencing its 9/11 moment and looking for a way to respond and support communities working to rebuild from the effects of COVID-19. I believe Scouting's programs are uniquely suited to help meet this moment and connect girls and boys with a powerful sense of purpose and agency," he said.

Saxon began his Scouting career in 2008 as a district executive at the Old North State Council in Greensboro, N.C. He moved on to become a district director at the Cradle of Liberty Council in Philadelphia, where he has served as the director of development since 2015.

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While serving in Philadelphia, Mark also gave leadership to the council's capital campaign and spearheaded the successful effort to secure a $2 million redevelopment grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

"Throughout his career, Mark has championed diversity at all levels and opportunities for young people living in under-resourced communities to benefit from joining Scouting programs," the Green Mountain Council said in a statement.

Saxon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication from the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. He and his wife, Bethany, have 2 daughters, Riley and Abigail.

The Green Mountain Council, is headquartered in Waterbury, and serves all 14 counties in the state of Vermont. Annually, nearly 3,000 girls and boys participate in local Scouting programs that are made possible by more than 1,400 trained volunteers. For more information about the Green Mountain Council, visit www.scoutingvermont.org.


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