Van Horn named to Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board

Published 1:13 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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MEMPHIS Daniel Van Horn, a member of the Butler Snow LLP in Memphis, has been named to serve on the newly reorganized National Executive Board for Boy Scouts of America. 

 Van Horn has received the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, along with the BSA Silver Antelope, Silver Beaver and Distinguished Commissioner Awards. He is also a Vigil Honor Member of the BSA Order of the Arrow. He served in aquatics leadership for the 2023 National Boy Scout Jamboree, and was on the aquatic staff for the 2019 World Jamboree.

Van Horn served with the Churchill Project Working Group to develop the territory structure, and has also served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section and Standing Committee on Membership, as well as serving as a Commissioner for the Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. He was also President of the Tennessee Bar Association, and served on the Executive Committee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis.

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While serving as a Boy Scout volunteer, Van Horn served on the NST #14 Leadership & Governance Committee, as an NST #14 Commissioner; and is the former local council board president for the BSA Chickasaw Council.

“There has never been a more challenging time for youth in America, and I believe a new and revitalized Scouting organization can play a key role in shaping the values and behaviors our youth develop as they grow into adulthood,” Van Horn said. “Tennessee is fortunate to have strong, thriving Boy Scouts of America Area Councils to help lead the way, and I’m grateful that I can play a role in shaping Scouting’s future on a national level.”

“With an extraordinary new CEO, Roger Krone, over 175,000 girls now enrolled, a comprehensive revision of the Cub Scout program about to be launched, growth in camping nationwide, and a desire by parents for youth programs that enhance a child’s confidence, leadership, lifelong values, and engage the whole family, the BSA is positioned for a very fulfilling and exciting future,” said Van Horn.

Van Horn is one of 47 newly elected members to the recently reorganized BSA National Executive Board.

 The new BSA National Executive Board has been reduced from 72 to 47 members, and includes a mix of experienced board members, newly elected members, as well as eight members nominated by local BSA Councils in order to bring a better balance of historical knowledge and new perspectives. The new National Executive Board also reflects BSA efforts toward diversification, and includes 13% women and 23% racially diverse members, with plans to expand those numbers in the future.


Local Councils Play a Role

 As an NEB member, Van Horn will work closely with the local Scouting Councils in Tennessee, including in Chattanooga (Cherokee Area Council); Knoxville (Great Smoky Mountain Council); Memphis (Chickasaw Council); Jackson (West Tennessee Council); Nashville (Middle Tennessee Council); and Johnson City (Sequoyah Council).

Boy Scouts of America continues to offer several programs for youths, including:

  • Cubs Scouts for boys and girls ages kindergarten to age 5
  • Scouts BSA with boys’ and girls’ troops for ages 11-17
  • Programs for Scouts ages 14-20 include Exploring, Venturing, and Sea Scouts.