Charles Walneck

Charles T. Walneck

Cary, Illinois

Innovative Leader, Veteran Scoutmaster, Patriotic American

Chuck Walneck served as a Scoutmaster in the Blackhawk Area Council for 19 years, but his most significant impact on Boy Scouting has been at the national level.

As a member of the Boy Scout Committee, Mr. Walneck devised the First Class Emphasis program and helped lead the realignment of requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. These actions continue to enhance Boy Scout retention efforts.

Mr. Walneck has worked to improve camping facilities both locally and nationally. He created a camp development fund to support his council’s camps. At the national level, he has served on Philmont’s Ranch Committee, where he has overseen the Philmont Training Center and the ranch’s Properties and Facilities committees.

Among his other leadership roles, Mr. Walneck has served as a council president and executive board member, a member of the Central Region Executive Committee, an area president, and a member of the national Boy Scout and Advancement committees.

For his service to Scouting, Mr. Walneck has received the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards. He is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, a James E. West Fellow, and a 1910 Society and Heritage Society member.

Mr. Walneck, who is president and CEO of SubCon Manufacturing Corporation, has worked with his grandchildren to send thousands of pounds of Boy Scout popcorn and Girl Scout cookies to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and to the families of wounded service members through the Fisher House Foundation.

Mr. Walneck and his wife, Judi, have an Eagle Scout son and two grandchildren, all of whom are engaged in the Scouting program.