WILLIAM “BRAD” ISBELL
Brad started Scouting as a youth backpacking in the Sierra Nevada mountains and Yosemite National Park. After high school, he used those Scouting skills to backpack extensively in the wilderness areas of Colorado, Nothern California and Oregon. In 1982, he moved to Montana to attend the Univesity of Montana, earning a degree in Geology and later earning a graduate degree in Geophysics from the University of Wyoming.
Brad met his wife Stephanie while attending. The couple moved to British Columbia, where Steph earned her graduate degree and Brad worked in the Department of Geophysics at UBC. Upon returning to Missoula, Brad formed an environmental geophysics company called Echotech Geophysical.
Their son Eli joined Scouts on his 11th birthday and later earned his Eagle Rank. When daughters Klara and Eva were old enough, Brad developed a project club within the local 4H Program called Packer Scouts. Designed for girls ages 8 – 12, they used the BSA handbook and requirements to earn the equivalent of their First Class rank while raising and training pack goats.
When Klara and Eva turned 14, they joined Venturing Crew 2911 and Brad became the Crew Advisor. Klara and Eva both earned their Summit rank and Eva recently earned her Eagle Rank.
Brad is on the Melita Island Restoration Committee and serves on the Montana Council Board as the chairman of Risk Mitigation. He served on the Safety Service Team at the last World Scout Jamboree in 2019.
Brad has benefited from Wood Badge and Powder Horn programs and has served several times on Wood Badge staff; Go Buffalo! He earned his fourth Wood Badge bead serving as the Director of the Montana Council National Youth Leadership Training in 2019.
ANTHONY ” TONY” PECARINA
Tony was born in Billings, MT. He is an Eagle Scout, along with his brother and two cousins and earned Vigil Honor. Tony’s father was a den leader, assistant Scoutmaster and with him on this fun and challenging road. Tony’s mother helped with craft ideas, costuming and many other activities.
His wife, Hannah, also found enjoyment in Scouting activities and serves as a den leader. They share their home with three wonderful and loving dogs.
Tony joined Scouting as a Wolf and never left. He has had fun on the journey thus far, including building and riding in a Flintstones-style car for Cub Scout Day Camp and taking pies in the face from each Scout who sold at least $600 in popcorn. (There were 26 pies one year.) Tony said he looks forward to the new fun adventures with Scouts in the future.
“I meet people all the time who state something along the lines of, ‘I was a Scout … we didn’t do much,'” said Tony. “My goal as a Scouter is to have the Scouts that I interact with be able to have a different end to that statement by having several memorable activities they can list immediately.”
Diane was born in American Fork, Utah, and one of eight children, plus, she is a twin. She met her husband, Kirk, while working in West Yellowstone for three summers. He was born and raised in Bozeman, where they have resided their entire married life. They have five children and 16 grandchildren.
Diane did child care in her home until her children were in school. She worked in customer service at Butler Creek in Belgrade before working 18 years for KBOZ Radio Stations (not a DJ!). She is passionate about music, piano, hiking, reading, church, cowboy action shooting, Cub Scouts and taking care of her family.
Diane has been a Scouter for 15 years. She has served as Cubmaster for pack 3650 and throughout Mountain VAlley District as Day Camp Director (her 9th year) and Round Table Breakout for Cub Scouts. She also organizes district Cub Scout activities, including Aquatics Night, Shooting Sports, Winter Klondike, Day Camp and summer activities for Cub Scouts.
When asked why she is a Scouter, she has several reasons. She loves working with the young kids and seeing their enthusiasm and joy as they learn new things and appreciate the outdoors. She loves working with the dynamic leaders in this area. She believes in the Scout Oath and Law and that Scouting is a great tool for developing quality leaders. And because it is fun – if you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right!