With over 60 years devoted to Scouting, Brian Thiessen was not content just to volunteer locally and nationally, but also served as a Scoutmaster at the World Scout Jamboree in Australia, led Scouts to many inter-american camporees as well as Jamborees in Guatemala and Brazil, and took Scouts on an international encampment in Siberia and Japan. Nationally, he has served on the BSA national committees and let Scouts on two Philmont treks to Florida Sea base and Main's Matagamon.

As past President of the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians he has participated in Rotary conferences in the Americas, Asia, Eurasia, and Europe showing Rotarians how the can connect with their local Scouting organizations to better serve their communities.

A Second Century Society member, Mr. Thiessen is most proud of having received the God and Country Award as an adult. He has been recognized as an Order of the Arrow Distinguished Scoutmaster, is a Distinguished Eagle Scout, and has received the Silver Beaver, Scouter's Key and Cliff Dochterman award.

In addition he served with the Strategic Air Command in USAF and was named Citizen of the Year twice in his community.

He has served in the past as Moderator of the First Congregational Church of Berkeley and has also chaired ecumenical Easter sunrise services staffed with Scouts. His family includes wife Carolyn, daughter Erica and Eagle Scouts Robert, William and Rafael.