Troop 17 Scouters

Our troop is led by the Scouts instead of “for the scouts”. Each of us is dedicated to providing your scout the best scouting experience imaginable.

Chris Grosjean
Chris GrosjeanScoutmaster
My name is Chris Grosjean and I have been a registered member of BSA for 16 years. I currently serve the troop as the Scoutmaster. I have been in this position for the past 6 months. I enjoy volunteering for this role because it allows me to have a front row seat as the youth learn how to develop their leadership, organization and communication skills.
Other positions of leadership thatI have held include Assistant Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Committee Chairman, District Commissioner and Associate Lodge Advisor. As a Scout Leader, I have completed IOLS, DYLC, Leave No Trace, Powderhorn and Sea Badge training. I have also earned my Wood Badge beads an am a proud member of the Owl patrol. I have enjoyed my time in Scouting and I have been recognized with the Silver Beaver and Distinguished Commissioner awards.
I am proud of my commitment to BSA and the youth we serve. Other hobbies of mine include hiking, kayaking and cooking. I am also an active member of a Sea Scout Ship, a Venturing Crew and Foothills Baptist Church
Baron Smith
Baron SmithCommittee Chairman
As Committee Chair, I am responsible for leading an amazing committee that is dedicated to managing the administrative needs of the troop. Basically, we handle the “business” stuff behind the scenes. I also happen to be an Eagle Scout. I want your son to be one too! Other positions that I have held are Cubmaster, Den Leader, and Assistant Scoutmaster. Currently, in addition to my current role for the troop, I’m also a District Eagle Advisor. I help Eagle Candidates through the application process. Professionally, I’m a business analyst and have received my MBA. I have been married to my wife, Kim, for 22 wonderful years. We have a daughter who just received her Girl Scout Gold Award, and a son, who is in Troop 17. Welcome to our scouting adventure!
Davina Baird
Davina BairdAssistant Scoutmaster
As an Assistant Scoutmaster, I have the privilege of working directly with our Scouts as a guide during meetings and on outings. This summer I joined the Scouts for my first experience at Camp Geronimo, and we worked together to achieve the Big “G” Gold award! Being outdoors and active is an opportunity to make many wonderful memories. I’ve been a part of Scouting BSA previously as a Committee Member and Cubmaster, and I love it! I’m also a teacher and have worked with young teens my entire career. Watching young men grow up and helping to coach and mentor that process is one of my sweet spots in life. Both of my sons are a part of Troop 17, and because the older Scout enjoyed the Troop so much, we knew that my younger son would thrive there as well. This kind, active, and Scout-Focused Troop is a great place, and we hope you will join us!
Larry Wolfson
Larry WolfsonAssistant Scoutmaster
As Assistant Scoutmaster, I am responsible for assisting the Scoutmaster in helping guide the Scouts as they grow into successful leaders. My role also includes reinforcing and reviewing Scout progress as they advance in rank through learned scout skills along the trail toward their scouting and life goals. I have served in a Scout leadership role for over 20 years and am proud to have had a small part in guiding over a dozen Scouts in Troop 17 to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, including my son. I want your son to be one too! Other positions that I have held are Wolf, Bear and Webelos Den Leader, Assistant Cubmaster, and Scoutmaster. In addition to my current role for the troop, I’m also a District Activities Leader. I have received my Woodbadge beads, through participation in adult leadership training, followed by participating as a staff member on two following courses. Professionally, I was an IT manager until this January when I retired from Maricopa County. My son, now 26, credits the leadership skills developed in scouts for his current management position. My daughter, now 24, wishes that girls had been able to join in the adventure when she was younger. We welcome you to join our Troop 17 scouting family, where games with a purpose are part of the adventure!
Eric Alsop
Eric AlsopAssistant Scoutmaster
As an assistant scoutmaster I am responsible for helping to guide the youth leaders in the troop. My primary role is helping lead the Zany Dancing Bananas Patrol, an energetic and enthusiastic group of first year scouts. As with many adult leaders in Troop 17, I am also an Eagle Scout and I will help guide your son to achieve that goal. Other positions I have held are Cubmaster and Den Leader. I am very involved in the STEM community in Phoenix, volunteering to judge both the AZ State Science Fair and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). I also work closely with AZ high school and college students interested in internships in the biosciences. Professionally, I am a bioinformatician at a non-profit research institute in Phoenix and hold a Ph.D. in computational biology. I have a son who is a scout in Troop 17, and we would look forward to you joining us on our scouting journey!
Timothy Liska
Timothy LiskaAssistant Scoutmaster
“Hi everyone, my name is Timmy I am one of the Assistant scoutmasters of Troop 17! I am currently studying Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University. I have been with Troop 17 for a long time! Starting when I was a cub scout- my brother was part of the Troop, so I tagged along sometimes. Troop 17 is a great, healthy Troop! Threw this Troop, I was able to make friends, develop my character, acquire vast outdoor skills, cultivate leadership skills, and ultimately get my Eagle Scout. Scouting is the second biggest contributor to the man I am today, right behind striving to follow Christ in my daily life. Now I have transitioned into an adult leadership role. I enjoy being an adult leader because now I get to help scouts obtain all the benefits from the scouting program that I did! Plus, scouting never gets old; there is always fun to be had!”
Victor DiGiovine
Victor DiGiovineAssistant Scoutmaster
I have been an Assistant Scout Master with Troop 17, since my son bridged from Webelo’s in January of 2020. Prior, I was an Assistant Scout Master for Pack 102 in Northern California for three-years. I am a Life Scout and believe in the power of Scouting and all that it does to assist young men on their journeys in life. Many decision that I made growing up were based on the morals and direction which I acquired as a Scout.

I am a volunteer as the Drug Awareness Chairman within the Tempe Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. As a Boy Scout Assistant Scout Master within Troop 17, I am able to present the Elks Drug Awareness information and handouts at various functions and activities where the boys, parents and their families attend.

I also volunteer with the KRST (Kyrene School District Support and Response Team), where we actively respond to any school related emergencies, safety issues and activities where security is needed.

In addition, I am a volunteer with CCCST (Central Christian Church Security / Safety Team), where we are in constant communication with families and their children providing undercover armed security at the valley Churches.

Finally, I am a fully sworn Active Reserve Police Officer where my position has allowed me to interact with youths and their families who are experiencing struggles and provide them assistance when necessary.

Les Brown
Les BrownAssistant Scoutmaster
I am the father of two boys who are currently Scouts with Troop 17. I have been involved in scouting with my sons for over six years. First as a parent, then for the past five years as a Cub Scout Den Leader, Troop Committee Member and Committee Equipment Coordinator. My current position in scouting is as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 17.

Are you interested in joining your son on his adventures, expanding on your leadership skills, and giving back to the community?

The scouting experience isn’t limited to our Scouts. Many of our parents are interested not only contributing their time to help the troop, but also to grow their skillset as well. When a Scouter (an adult leader) is engaged with the program, they are growing their leadership skills as well. There are many opportunities to lead. Assistant Scoutmaster are engaged directly with the youth in an advisory role. Committee members lead from an administrative perspective. In addition, there are many other opportunities, such as merit badge counselor or specific needs, such as website management. Formal leadership training opportunities vary from online training to advanced in-person training.


Scouter Leadership Training

All of our adult scouters are trained in their specific positions. Advanced leadership training is available. Adult leaders are here to grow as well!