Jere B. Ratcliffe
Chief Soaring Lone Eagle

Jere B. Ratcliffe



Jere B. Ratcliffe was the 2nd Scout Executive of the Heart of America Council. He became a Tribesman and Chief in the summer of 1988.

Jere grew up in Springfield, Ohio, and earned the Eagle Scout rank in 1955. He earned the Silver Award in Exploring and his faith's God and Life award. He began his Scouting career in 1959, at age 21, as a BSA field executive in Greenville, S.C. 10 years later, Mr. Ratcliffe was named Scout Executive West Palm Beach, Florida. He served as Scout Executive in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and Birmingham, Alabama, before joining the National Council in 1985 as Director of Finance. He served nearly four years as the Scout Executive for the Heart of America Council and then accepted a position as Director of the Central Region, BSA, in 1991. In 1993, Jere became the 9th Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America.

Jere was involved in Scouting as a youth or professional for all or part of seven different decades: the 1940s to the 2000s.

More on Mr. Ratcliffe's long and successful career in the Boy Scouts of America can be found here and here.