2005 Southern Region Chief Interview
Soon after Bradley Long, the 2005 Southern Region Chief was elected, the national OA web site staff asked 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 the role?
I am deeply honored and humbled to be elected by such a great group of section chiefs. I imagine the most exciting thing about the upcoming year is my chance to meet so many Scouts and Scouters around the Southern Region.
What are you most looking forward to?
I look forward to meeting future chiefs and I hope to help those Arrowman on their road. I can't wait to inspire and more importantly, be inspired.
What are your earliest memories of the OA?
I remember my Ordeal, sleeping in the cold and eating raisins. Most of all, I remember feeling like I was a part of the group, even as an Ordeal member.
What was your first leadership position, and what was the greatest lesson you learned from it?
I started out as a lodge secretary and I learned to listen. That whole first year I took minutes and learned how things worked. Because of that experience I respected what everyone had to say and was always listening.
What is the coolest thing you've done in Scouting?
I have worked at my council's summer camp, Camp Powhatan, for six summers. I have made great friends, collected some memorable stories, and just had a blast while serving my council.
What makes you proudest to be an Arrowman?
I can be proud because I know the OA changes lives. By changing lives we are making our members stronger. This strength is put to the test when our members are faced with leadership opportunities in the real world. Because of this we are all making a positive impact on our world.
What awesome things have you done in the OA?
I went to NOAC in 2004 and had a blast! This experience allowed me to play on the number 2 volleyball team in the nation, watch one of my best friends win the championship in the Northern Traditional Dance, and to hang out with 7,000 amazing Arrowman from all over the country.
What makes the OA so cool?
There are so many people in the OA from so many different backgrounds, but we are all united in the principles we believe in "Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, and Service."
What final words of advice would you like to share?
As a National Officer I am still an Arrowman. I have this opportunity because of what the OA has done for me. Involvement is key. Find a way to be involved, it will take you to places you did not know you could get to.