Area scouts have new president

HARLINGEN — The Rio Grande Council Boy Scouts of America (RGC-BSA) has announced the selection of McAllen attorney Manuel (Manny) Guerra III as its new Council President.

Guerra is a McAllen-based attorney who has been actively involved with the Boy Scouts for the past 11 years, primarily as an Assistant Scout Master with Troop 68.

“I see it as a great opportunity,” said Guerra. “I’m kind of taking myself out of the equation and just looking at helping out these troops to get them where they need to be, and make the scouting experience for our youth to be great.”

As RGC-BSA President, Guerra will oversee troops in Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy, Starr, and Zapata counties. The Council serves a membership of approximately 3,382 youth, and 1,099 adult leaders.

The Rio Grande Council is made up of four districts: Tip-O-Tex, Arroyo, Arrowhead and Rio Bravo. Although its service area is geographically large and diverse, Guerra hopes to be a catalyst for cooperation.

“I want to have all of the counties involved, making sure that they feel that they have the same access to the Rio Grande Council,” said Guerra. “Both for the scout executives and to the volunteer positions that are available to all the counties that are part of the Rio Grande Council.”

Guerra says one of his first priorities will be to move forward with an ongoing capital campaign for an improvement project at Camp Perry, near Rio Hondo.

Camp Perry was established as a Boy Scout Camp in 1927 and has been continuously operated as a Boy Scout Camp longer than any other camp in Texas.

It encompasses 260 acres along the west bank of the Arroyo Colorado, with 12 campsites.

“There are some troops from Mexico that come and enjoy this camp as well,” said Guerra. “And with the improvements that are going to be made, I can only see more troops from up north and from south of the border coming here and taking advantage of this great camp.”

Rudy Gonzalez, RGC-BSA Scout Executive and CEO, says he is excited that Guerra is coming on board as President. “With the help of the board, Manny will help us provide scouting to more underprivileged youth,” said Gonzalez. “This will open more opportunities to develop more future leaders for the Rio Grande Valley.”