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New director heralds Scouting's adventures

January 20, 2011

Brian Sweeney, the new district executive for Boy Scouts of America programs in Big Spring, stands outside the local BSA office Wednesday. Sweeney hopes to reverse a recent trend of decreased enrollment in Scouting programs in this area. (HERALD photo/Steve Reagan)

Being a Boy Scout was more than just a personal choice for Brian Sweeney. It was a family tradition.

Sweeney, the son and grandson of Eagle Scouts, was recently named Lone Star District Executive for the Buffalo Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, meaning the 23-year-old Raleigh, N.C., native will oversee all Scouting programs in Big Spring.

“My father, grandfather, brother and two uncles were Eagle Scouts,” Sweeney said. “Growing up, I knew I wanted to be involved in Scouting in a professional capacity. I always felt I wanted to give back for what Scouting did for me.”

When the local office had an opening, the recent University of Florida graduate jumped at the chance.

“I've always wanted to move to Texas,” he said. “This all happened so quickly and worked out so perfectly.”

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