After a career spanning nearly five decades, five local councils, and 13 years at the National Service Center, Keith Christopher will retire from the Boy Scouts of America after 44 years of service effective June 1, 2018.
Keith, who currently serves as department manager of the Council Services Department in the National Adventures Group as well as the national director of Sea Scouts BSA, started his Scouting career as a district executive with Mecklenburg County Council in Charlotte, North Carolina. He then made stops as a district executive – multiple person at Birmingham Area Council in Birmingham, Alabama; as field director and development director at Tennessee Valley Council in Huntsville, Alabama; as the Scout executive at Suwannee River Area Council in Tallahassee, Florida; and as the director of support services and director of finance at Southeast Louisiana Council in New Orleans.
In July 2005, Keith joined the National Service Center, where he has served in a number of different roles with a singular purpose: providing unparalleled service to local councils as they work to deliver the Scouting program to millions of youth across the country. This has included oversight of the Council Services Department; the Outdoor Programs/Properties Team; Facilities, Administration Operations, and Support Services Team; Shared Services Team; Commissioner Service and Council/District Operations Team; and more.
“If we were to seek a model for extraordinary work ethic and consummate professionalism, we should begin our search with Keith Christopher,” said John Green, Group Director of the National Adventures Group.
Report to the Nation
In addition to his roles with the Council Services Department and Sea Scouts, Keith has served as the Report to the Nation delegation director for 10 years. In this role, he helped select the delegates, prepared them for a whirlwind week in Washington, D.C., and made travel arrangements. He spent countless hours coordinating visits with cabinet secretaries and U.S. senators.
Honoring Keith A retirement celebration in Keith’s honor will be held during this year’s National Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 23 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Dallas. If you are attending NAM and would like to attend, please register online here. A reception for national employees also will be held at the National Service Center on Wednesday, May 30 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms 102-103.
If you would like to make a gift donation, please make your check payable to “Boy Scouts of America” and send to the address below. Mark the envelope PERSONAL & CONFIDENTIAL and, on the memo line, indicate “Christopher’s Retirement Gift.” For those who would like to contribute a letter or photograph for Keith’s memory book, please send all submissions to Natasha Leahey-Sayles via email or to: Boy Scouts of America S280, 1325 W. Walnut Hill Lane, Irving TX 75038.