Northern New Jersey Council Welcomes New Scout Executive

Posted on 29 October 2008 by Dan


The Northern New Jersey Council is proud to welcome our new Scout Executive, Douglas W. Dillow, as of October 1, 2008. Doug will lead the council in an exciting initiative to bring enhanced programs of the Boy Scouts of America and Learning for Life to an increased number of boys and girls in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic Counties. Doug was selected after a search conducted by a committee of volunteer leaders of the council, led by Council President Anthony J. Vespa.

Doug is a proven leader who has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for 30 years. His career as a Scouting professional has spanned 23 years, most recently as the Scout Executive and CEO of Pacific Harbors Council, headquartered in Tacoma, Washington. Doug began his career as a District Executive in Champaign, Illinois; then served as Camping Director, Director of Support Services and Director of Field Services in Rochester, New York; and as Scout Executive in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Doug has a strong record of accomplishments, highlighted by successfully delivering quality Scouting programs in inner city, suburban and rural communities. His experience includes developing innovative Scoutreach programs that have reached target audiences based on individual community needs and resources. Doug is looking forward to developing programs in Northern New Jersey, and partnering with other organizations to bring Scouting to underserved young people in our cities.

Doug also has a wealth of experience with camping and management of outdoor properties and programs. While in Tacoma, Doug developed comprehensive master plans for Cub and Boy Scout camping programs and facilities and completed camp infrastructure improvements. In Rochester, he was the Staff Advisor for a $2.1 million-dollar Cub Adventure Camp development and construction project, and he also developed a state of the art Theme Village/Living History Cub Scout program for Cub Adventure Camp. Through creative problem solving and consensus building leadership style, he has secured Conservation Easements worth more than $2 million for the endowment of camping programs. His love of outdoor programming has fueled his efforts to develop, manage and maximize the benefit of Scouting’s natural resources in providing the programs of Scouting.

He is committed to developing relationships with corporate executives, community leaders, and people of all walks of life, and his plans in Northern New Jersey include strengthening and managing financial resources while providing more programs and services. Doug is committed to the highest levels of customer service and quality programs, and will work to assist volunteers and staff to build and maintain Quality Units, Quality Districts and a Quality Council.

Doug is a Vigil honor member of the Order of the Arrow. As a Scouting parent, he has served as Tiger Cub Coordinator, Pack Committee Chair, Cubmaster, Pack Advancement Chair, Troop Committee member and Assistant Scoutmaster. His enthusiasm for hiking has evolved into a passion for backpacking – he has completed four Fifty-Miler High Adventure treks, including a canoeing adventure in the Algonquin Provincial Park and two treks at the Philmont Scout Reservation.

Doug was born and raised in downstate Illinois. He and his wife are the parents of two Eagle Scout sons. The youngest is a student at Gonzaga University; the eldest will graduate in December from Illinois State University. Two golden retrievers are also members of the Dillow Family.

Doug enjoys all aspects of music; he sings, and plays trumpet and piano. Playing golf is an additional interest. His community volunteer efforts are channeled through his church, Rotary and blood donation.

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