After more than 39 years service to the Boy Scouts of America, Keith Gallaway will retire on June 1, 2009.
Keith joined the staff of the Sagamore Council in Kokomo, Indiana, in May of 1970 as a District Executive. During his tenure there he served three districts learning early in his career the meaning of ‘be flexible’. In February of 1975 he was promoted to District Executive in the W.D. Boyce Council in Peoria, Illinois where he continued to practice the skills he had learned earlier to be ‘the best of the best’. In August, 1978 Keith and his family made a major shift in their lives. He accepted the position of District Executive in the Transatlantic Council and they moved to Heidelberg, Germany–an assignment that the whole family loved. In August, 1982 Keith returned to become the Field Director in the St. Louis Area Council in St. Louis, Missouri. While there he provided leadership to ten districts serving urban, suburban, and rural areas. In April, 1987 he accepted the position of Scout Executive of the Ozarks Council headquartered in Springfield, Missouri. Under his leadership the Council succeeded in growth in membership, finance, camp development, and capital improvements.
The National Council called for Keith’s skills and talents in July, 1991 when he joined the staff of the Western Region as an Area Director. During the next almost nine years he served with distinction as the advisor for the Scout Executives from Montana to El Paso, Texas. In April, 2000 he rose to the pinnacle of his Scouting career–he was appointed National Director of the High Adventure Division and General Manager of Philmont Scout Ranch. From then until now he has led the High Adventure Division to another level of excellence. As with all who preceded him, he recognized the rich heritage and tradition that goes with such a prestigious position in the Boy Scouts of America.
Keith is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Order of the Arrow. From his days with the Peace Corps and throughout his tenure with the Boy Scouts Keith’s professionalism, attitude, work ethics, servant leadership, commitment, and personal strengths have been a shining example of Scouting at its best.