After 21 years as our council’s Scout Executive, John Carman will retire June 30th. John is the longest serving Scout Executive in the history of our council.
John came to our council in 1997 after serving 4 years in the council in Louisville, Kentucky followed by 10 years in the Circle Ten Council in Dallas including 5 years as their Director of Field Service.
During John’s tenure, our council raised 7.4 million dollars surpassing a capital campaign goal of 7 million dollars, secured more than 4.5 million dollars in foundation grants and increased the council’s endowment fund from 1.1 million to more than 10.5 million dollars. During this period, the council’s Friends of Scouting Revenue increased 173% from $289,268 in 1997 to more than $789,400 in 2017.
John also provided leadership through two successful mergers with neighboring councils which were headquartered in Jonesboro and Hot Springs, more than doubling the territory we serve from 16 and ½ counties to 39 counties encompassing more than half the geography and half the population of the state of Arkansas.
After a 35-year career as a professional Scouter, John will be moving to Louisville, Kentucky and is looking forward to travelling and spending more time with Mary, his wife of 39 years, and the rest of their family including their two young grandchildren.