Introducing the New Western Region Commissioner
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Robert J. “Bob” Johnston is the new Western
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.