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Published: December 01, 2012

Workin’ on the railroad

Jeff Herrmann, president of the Boys Scouts’ O.C. Council, brings imagination to life.


Jeff Herrmann
President and Scout Executive,
Boy Scouts of America's Orange County Council
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For many, the holidays evoke nostalgia for items such as model trains. For others, these passions are a year-round hobby.
   
Jeff Herrmann has been a Boy Scout for more than 45 years. His knowledge of implementing and completing fundraising efforts, growing youth and adult memberships, and directing staff development has provided him with a wealth of executive experience.
   
“My experience in the Boy Scouts began at age 8,” Herrmann says. “The program taught me important values, including hard work, perseverance and leadership, setting the foundation for my career today.”
   
Prior to his selection as president and scout executive in O.C., Herrmann held similar positions – in Denver, Miami and Little Rock – and led developmental efforts on the national level with many high-level projects.
   
When Jeff isn’t busy serving more than 30,000 Orange County Boy Scouts, he’s likely working on his large HO-scale model railroad. The Mearsburg Extension of the Denver & Rio Grand Western is set in Colorado in 1950. The railroad’s layout is located in a 14-by-24-foot building in his yard. Hermann says that the project is still under construction.
   
His passion for building model railroads started down the tracks at age 5, when he received his first train set. 
   
“Ever since I was very young, I had a fascination with model railroads and always dreamed of building one on a grand scale,” he says. “As a Boy Scout, I learned that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.”