Lake Wildwood resident receives scouting honors
The Boy Scouts of America national organization honored Lake Wildwood resident Doug McDonald as its Alumnus of the Year during the organization’s recent National Annual Meeting held in Denver. The Annual Meeting, attended by 1,500 senior volunteer leaders from across the U.S., featured former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, both of whom are Eagle Scouts and past national chairs of the Scouting organization.
McDonald has been active with scouting since joining Cub Scouts some 62 years ago. He earned the Eagle Scout Award while in high school in Petaluma. After earning an undergraduate degree at Stanford and an MBA from Santa Clara University, he went on to serve the organization as an executive director for over three decades. Since retirement, he has continued to serve in many volunteer positions related to the outdoor program and alumni activities. He recently returned from the 24th World Scout Jamboree held in West Virginia, the first World Jamboree held in the U.S. since 1967. The event hosted 40,000 Scouts and leaders from over 150 countries for a 10-day encampment at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, a 16,000 Scouting property known for its world-class zip lines, bike trails, shooting sports ranges and white water rafting.
Primary consideration for the award is given to those who encourage former Scouts and Scout leaders to maintain a lifetime relationship with Scouting, in order for the program to remain healthy for future generations. In addition, recipients of the award are nominated based on career achievement and community service.
McDonald has served as a Nevada County sheriff’s volunteer, board member of the Western Sierra Medical Clinic, as well as Penn Valley Rotary Club president and Rotary District Governor for 58 clubs in the northern counties in California and northern Nevada.
The Scouting organization, which has had co-ed membership in its high school age Exploring, Venturing and Sea Scout programs for many years, has recently opened its doors to all-girl Scout troops and welcomed girls to its Cub Scout program, with the mission of providing a family program of character building based on strong ethical and moral values.
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