I joined Scouting and became Cubmaster about 20 years ago when my sons became involved. I hold or have held a number of positions in Scouting including Scoutmaster, Commissioner, Merit Badge Counselor & Sponsored Org Representative.
But most of those who know me are from leading or co-leading the Camporee Committee, since 2008. I still enjoy helping the Climbing Team as an instructor, but now at 60 years old, I’m a little more careful up on the rocks. One of my great pleasures in Scouting is help mold the hundreds of boys I’ve been involved with, into successful, confident young men, whom are well equipped to handle life’s challenges.
I look forward to serving as your District Chair, and help make Conejo Valley District even better!
My mission as District Commissioner, is to enable your Unit Commissioners to be a valuable resource to your Unit, helpful in planning, re-chartering, and achieving the goals of your Unit. Our charge, my commitment, is to help our Conejo Valley Units succeed and grow.
I have been involved in Conejo Valley Scouting for over 20 years, first with Troop 730 in Newbury Park. I served them as Scoutmaster for over 3 years, and remain active with them, currently registered as an ASM. I have been Troop 754’s Unit Commissioner for over 10 years, and for Pack 3730, the past two years. I hope these experiences have given me useful insights into the challenges facing our Conejo Valley Unit Commissioners.
In addition to representing you as your District Commissioner, Backpacking & Rock Climbing are my scouting related passions. T730 lets me join them on many of their backpacking outings. I also serve as Chair of the Ventura County Council High Adventure Team Climbing Committee. Also, for many years now, I have been the Conejo Valley Camporee Committee Events Chair. As recognition for my service to Ventura County Council and Conejo Valley Scouting, I was awarded the Silver Beaver, several years ago.
My Scouting career started in the late 1960's with Troop 47 in Santa Ana, Calif. where I learned the ways of scouting as a youth, and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1973. I have seen Scouting evolve over the years into what it is today. A program that offers unique opportunities to hone leadership skills, build character, and teach basic survival skills.
During my Scouting career, I have conquered the challenges of 4 Philmont treks, summited Whitney twice, cliimbed Half Dome(although I liked Clouds Rest best), as well as numerous additional Long Term events, along with the associated training hikes that are a necessary requirement of any such Long Term excursions. I hope my experiences can offer you a valuable resource, when planning similar outings of your own. Program is what makes Scouting “click”.
My wife and I have lived in the Conejo Valley since 1997. My two children (1 son & 1 daughter) received most of their elementary, and all of their intermediate and high school education in Newbury Park. My son achieved his Eagle Rank in 2002. Both of my children are currently homeowners in Newbury Park. My son, Chris, is a graduate of USC, and a Supply Chain Manager for a major pharmaceutical company. My daughter, Katie, is a graduate of UCLA and an Intermediate School Teacher in Thousand Oaks. Her husband is an Electrical Engineer. My daughter and her husband have made me proud with a grandson, who I look forward to continuing in the Scouting tradition, in the not too distant future.
I enjoy working with all units and their leadership, particularly in the Conejo Valley. I love to watch units grow and continuously improve in their respective programs. Scouting is a great movement, and I hope to see more youth and adults take advantage of the positive influence it can have on their lives, our community, our nation, and our world.
Peter Nystrom began his Professional Scouting Career in 1999 as a District Executive with the Orange County Council in Santa Ana, CA where he was further promoted to District Director in 2001. From there, Peter traveled eastward in 2004 to the Connecticut Yankee Council, headquartered in Milford, CA, where he served as Field Director. After a short stint in his old stomping grounds (East Coast), Peter returned to California in 2007 to serve as Director of Development for the San Gabriel Valley Council in Pasadena, CA. In 2010, Peter came to the Ventura County Council as Assistant Scout Executive/C.O.O. and has proudly served in that role since, all while having taken on an Interim District Executive assignment in every District within the Council at least once.
Peter is an Arrow of Light awardee from Cub Scout Pack 341 outside of Rochester, NY and a proud Eagle Scout from Troop 89 near Boston, MA. He holds a BA in Art from Lafayette College in Easton, PA and is a proud father of two awesome boys, Tait and Lukas. As time permits, Peter also enjoys travel, cooking, golf, and art.