2005 Central Region Chief Interview
after Paul Jensen, the 2005 Central Region Chief, was elected the national OA web site
staff ask him to answer some questions about the OA and his experiences. Let's take
a look at what he had to say.
How do you feel to be a national officer? What do you find most exciting about
I am truly honored to be a National Officer and I am excited to work with the
Section Chiefs of the Central Region to help build the bonds of brotherhood even
stronger then they are.
What are you most looking forward to?
I can't wait for this year's National Leadership Seminars, especially considering
the energy and enthusiasm I know the section chiefs and region staff members will
bring to the events.
What are your earliest memories of the OA?
My first encounter with the OA was a callout ceremony at summer camp. I still
remember walking back from the ceremony site, amazed at how captivated I was with
an organization about which I knew so little.
What was your first leadership position, and what was the greatest lesson
you learned from it?
My first leadership position as a Senior Patrol Leader taught me that a good
leader is genuinely concerned for those he serves.
What is the coolest thing you've done in Scouting?
My coolest Scouting event was a Boundary Waters canoe trip with my friends from
Troop 1 of Grand Forks, ND. Lost gear, broken yokes, swampy portages, and lost battles
with rapids make for great memories.
What makes you proudest to be an Arrowman?
The greatest testament to the OA is that our main principles of brotherhood,
cheerfulness, and service have remained unchanged for ninety years. In an ever changing
world, our Order has been guided by its admonition in providing unselfish, servant
leadership to Scouting and the nation.
What awesome things have you done in the OA?
One of the highlights of my involvement in the OA has been working on a ceremony
team. Ceremonies are a focus of our induction process and one of the best ways to
instill our Order's principles in new members.