Scouting leader looks to boost membership
BY WILLIAM F. WEST
Monday, March 25, 2019
Nathan Broce is quick to speak about the effect the Boy Scouts had on him when he was growing up in West Virginia.
“Scouting made me the person I am today,” said Broce, 29.
Broce became an Eagle Scout and his parents held many different volunteer positions with the Boy Scouts in the Mountaineer State.
Broce said he believes his having been in Scouting taught him the importance of leadership and having a work ethic, as well as how to manage himself and be able to take care of himself in any situation.
“And I believe that this program needs to be shared with every child,” Broce said. “And I think with this program, you’ll just have a better society with scouting.”
Broce is so committed to the Boy Scouts he has been working nearly half a decade as a Scouting official in North Carolina, first from a base in New Bern and now from a base in Rocky Mount.
Broce is the new district director for the Boy Scouts in Edgecombe and Nash counties, having started at the beginning of this month.
Scouting has long emphasized loyalty to the nation, assisting others, engaging in service projects and being skilled in outdoor activities. Today, girls are welcome in separate respective Cub Scouts dens or Boys Scouts troops.
How Broce eventually ended up in North Carolina and as a Scouting official in the eastern part of the Tar Heel State is a bit of an interesting story.
He’s from the Huntington, W.Va., area, which is the home of Marshall University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marshall.
He remained in West Virginia, working for a time as a substitute teacher and a wrestling coach and on weekends as a janitor for a department store.
Seeking better opportunities, he came south and worked as a salesman at a Toyota dealership in Goldsboro.
After approximately half a year, he received a call about being interviewed to work as a district executive for the Boy Scouts in a district covering Craven, Pamlico, Carteret and Jones counties.
He jumped at the chance to return to his roots in Scouting and was hired to work in the New Bern-based position. He recalled there being a lot of moving parts to the job, from budgeting to fundraising to putting on programs and recruiting members.
He said he relocated to the Twin Counties because he would be receiving a promotion and he saw a new chance to grow Scouting.
And Broce made clear he has ambitious plans to increase membership in the Twin Counties.
He said there’s presently approximately 550 Scouts in Edgecombe and Nash counties.
He said he and his fellow Scouting officials in the Twin Counties are working on a plan to increase involvement in Scouting and are going to be entering the schools to do so.
“We want to recruit at least 150 kids this year,” he said.
As for whether he and his fellow Scouting leaders are going to be able to pull this off, Broce said, “Absolutely, absolutely.”
“We’ve got one of the best programs we can offer to a young person,” he said.
Specifically, Broce said those programs teach character development, leadership, problem solving, self-reliance and teamwork.
“It has impacts that will last a lifetime,” he said.
Overall, scouting is composed of nearly 2.3 million youth members between ages 7 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils in the U.S. and its territories.
Those interested in obtaining more information about scouting in the Twin Counties may contact Broce via email at firstname.lastname@example.org