Scouting Leaders for Life

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About Ken Melhorn

Ken Mehlhorn has been a part of Scouting since joining the youth organization as an 8 year old Cub Scout in Dallas Texas. He became a professional Scouter some years later. Ken’s father, Ernie an Eagle Scout was also a professional Scouter for 42 years. Ken and his two brothers attained the Eagle Scout rank.

Ken began his professional Scouting career as a District Executive 30 years ago in the South Texas Council headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas. Over the next several years he was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility, including as Camp Director for several years, ultimately serving as that Council’s Director of Field Services & Chief Operating Officer. Ken was then called to serve Scouting in the Sam Houston Area Council headquartered in Houston, Texas. He held the position of Director of Development Services for 12 years. In 2005 following a highly successful run in Houston, Ken was asked to report to Knoxville, Tennessee where he served as the Scout Executive and CEO. Ken served with distinction in Knoxville until his selection as the Scout Executive and Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco Bay Area Council in December of 2009.

Ken has consistently achieved his objectives in all of his assignments. During his tenure in Houston, Texas he was responsible for raising several million dollars each year for Scouting as well as building a new Service Center and a 2600 acre camping property for the nation’s largest traditional service Boy Scout council.

Ken is a graduate of South Texas College with a degree in Education and a minor in Mathematics. A former Rotarian and Kiwanian, Ken enjoys reading, hunting and the outdoors. He and his wife Melía have three children. The whole family, are avid campers and enjoy all the remarkable Northern California attractions available within only a few hours drive from the Bay area.

GROCO Staff Writer