2005 Western Region Chief Interview
Ross Armstrong was recently elected to serve the Western Region as the Chief for 2005. The national OA web site staff asked him a few questions about himself and his thoughts on Scouting and the Order of the Arrow.
How do you feel to be a national officer? What do you find most exciting about the role?
I feel as though I am on a backpacking trip, knowing that challenges await me and that by the end of the journey - the journey itself will have impacted me for the better.
What are you most looking forward to?
I am really excited about the opportunity working with the awesome sections chiefs of the Western Region to further improve the execution of the Order's program.
What are your earliest memories of the OA?
I remember sitting in the dining hall at Camp Fleischmann, my summer camp, before my pre-ordeal curios about what type of weekend was ahead of me and not knowing what opportunities would lie in my future.
What was your first leadership position, and what was the greatest lesson you learned from it?
My first leadership position was Patrol Leader. The greatest lesson form that experience was learning how to watch for the strengths and weaknesses of each team member and using those strengths and trying to develop their area of weakness.
What is the coolest thing you've done in Scouting?
Obviously the Order's high adventure experiences are up on the top of my cool experiences. I also really enjoy attending Eagle Scout Court of Honors for Scouts that I have watched grow from the Scout Rank to where he is at that moment.
What makes you proudest to be an Arrowman?
I am proud of the rich history of our past, the excitement of our present, and the promising future ahead.
What awesome things have you done in the OA?
While at the Northern Tier our crew was able to reach the Height of Lands Portage. At Philmont I will always remember the climb and view of the Tooth of Time. Both of these experiences are so important to me because I did not do them as an individual, but as part of an extraordinary group of OA brothers.
What makes the OA so cool?
The fact that we all have the goal of serving others rather than ourselves, and the incredible bond that goal gives us as brothers.
Do you have a quote that you would like to share?
"No matter where I go, no matter who I see, I am reminded of my earlier days." O.A.R.