Robert J. “Bob” Johnston is the new Western Region commissioner.
Bob’s lifelong tenure in Scouting began when he was an 8-year-old in Cub Scouts. He is an Eagle Scout who earned the God and Country Award. Adult roles have included troop committee chairman, Scoutmaster, chartered organization representative, unit commissioner, Order of the Arrow chapter advisor, and district chairman. Further service in the last two decades includes council board member, council vice president of operations, council commissioner, OA lodge advisor, area commissioner, and regional board member.
Bob served on the staff for the 1971 National Order of the Arrow Conference and three national jamborees. He has also been a faculty member for Philmont Training Center courses six times.
Scouting recognitions include the Scouter’s Training Award, District Award of Merit, James E. West Fellow, Distinguished Commissioner Service Award, Silver Beaver Award, and Silver Antelope Award. He is also a Vigil Honor member of the OA.
His greatest achievement in Scouting was meeting his wife, Julie, at Camp Silverado. Bob and Julie have three children and six grandchildren. Julie and Bob have just returned from Beijing, China, where they taught English and law for one year.
After 10 years as an attorney, Bob was appointed a U.S. magistrate judge in 1987 and served more than 25 years in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada at Las Vegas. The caseload, often one of the busiest in the federal court system, included civil and criminal cases. Bob was involved in court administration at the local, circuit, and national levels. He was regarded as one of the premier settlement conference judges in Nevada. His hobbies include running (he has done 25 marathons), hoop dancing, and studying court history. Bob is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.