From cub scout to Kaua‘i district executive, Andy Stennett has risen through the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America to fill the organization’s only paid position on-island.
Stennett recently accepted the post, which involves a range of responsibilities from promoting the organization to fund raising.
A cub scout as a child, Stennett said he continued his commitment to the Boy Scouts into adulthood as a volunteer troop leader and institutional head. When he heard the district executive position was open, he approached the Aloha Council about it.
The council, headquartered in O‘ahu, covers Hawai‘i, Guam, American Samoa, Marianas, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau. Kaua‘i is just one of the many districts represented in that mix.
According to Stennett, there are roughly 30 units — troops and packs — on the island, with members ranging in age from 7 to 18.
Stennett will spend a lot of his time recruiting more participants and volunteers as well as serve as liaison between the troops and the council.
He said the Boy Scouts of America is a very “family-oriented program” that uses outdoor education to build character.
“(The Boy Scouts) steers boys toward a life of good ethics, good character and sound decision making,” he said, adding that it has graduated many influential community members here on Kaua‘i.
There are a variety of leadership opportunities, and new volunteers are always welcome.
“We have some exceptional leaders,” Stennett said, noting that some have served upwards of 30 years and are very dedicated to the well-being of the units. “We need more of those (individuals).”
For more information, contact Stennett via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.alohacouncil.org.