Kevin Bonner became Scout Executive of the Chief Cornplanter Council in March, 2006.
A native of the Pittsburgh area, Kevin began Scouting in 1968 and ended Cub Scouts with every Webelos Activity Pin and his Arrow of Light. He moved into a very active Boy Scout Troop, earned two religious awards and is an Eagle Scout, Silver Palm. He has been to Philmont and the Florida Sea Base.
He is a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Communications.
He began his professional career in Scouting in 1987 as a District Executive in the Susquehanna Council in Williamsport, PA, serving two different districts.
In 1991 Kevin left Professional Scouting to accept a position as Executive Director of a local United Way, which he helped guide through four consecutive successful fund-raising campaigns.
Kevin returned to Professional Scouting in French Creek in 1997 and served as Senior District Executive and District Director in Mercer County, PA. He was asked to serve their District in Erie in January of 2005.
Kevin is a Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow, a Woodbadge three-beader and was honored with his adult religious award. He has also been a Tiger Cub Den Leader, Webelos Leader and Pack and Troop Committee Member.
His wife Beth (also a western PA native) has served as Tiger Cub, Wolf and Bear Leader as well as Pack and Troop Committee Member. The Bonners have two sons, Daniel (Eagle Scout) and Brian (Star Scout).
Ernest "Ernie" M. Crawford III is the District Executive of Chief Cornplanter Council. Ernie, his wife, Barbara reside in the Russell area. Their son Trevor, is presently serving in the U. S. Air Force.
Ernie holds an Associates Degree in Mechanical Technology and an Associates Degree in Math and Science. His prior work experience includes working as a store manager, an engineer, and a funeral director.
Ernie has been involved with Scouting for many years. He has held the title of Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, District Committee Member, Cub Scout Training Member, Merit Badge Counselor, Popcorn Kernel, Boy Scout Camp Program Director and Camp Director, and has served as Chairman for many of our district events, most notably the Chairman of the Cub Scout Overnighter, where he makes sure that all of the Scouts and Scouters have a great experience. He is a recipient of the District Award of Merit.
Ernie will be preparing our district for the fall roundup. As we prepare for another great Scouting year, his experience continues to help provide a positive influence within our units. If you need to contact him, just give him a call at the Betts Scout Service Center, 723-6700, or better yet, stop in. The door is always open!
Joan is our Office Manager, whose responsibilities include registering all new boys and new units, processing charters, Trading Post Clerk, advancement report filing, Eagle paperwork and processing, assisting with issues of the Pathfinder. She keeps track of all fundraising, paying the bills in a timely fashion, all bookkeeping and financial record keeping and many other duties. Joan reports that she intends to have updates of unit accounts in the hands of unit leaders every month.
It's with great enthusiasm and high hopes that we welcome Marty Yucha to the staff of the Chief Cornplanter Council. Marty will be joining us as the new Caretaker of Camp Olmsted. Marty brings a wealth of experience along with him and we hope for a long, successful relationship with him as Caretaker.
Marty is a Brotherhood member in Gyantwachia Lodge #255, Order of the Arrow.
Marty Yucha, Caretaker
Camp Olmsted, B.S.A.
3123 Roper Hollow Rd
Russell, PA 16345
Camp Phone # 757-8021