Chief Scout Executive Interview
Members of the NOAC 2002 Communications Committee had a chance to speak with
Roy L. Williams, the Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, and
ask him a few brief questions.
Question: What is happening
in the OA right now that excites you?
Answer: The Orderís focus on providing meaningful
service to local Scout councils. The Order of the Arrowís new strategic plan
provides the direction on how the Order and its lodges can be a valuable and
integral part of every local council operation.
Q: Who has greatly
influenced your life in Scouting?
A: Thatís an easy one. The wonderful volunteers and fellow professional
Scouters Iíve worked with. Iíve also been blessed with a very supportive wife
Q: Where do you see the Order in 10 years?
A: I see the Order of the Arrow as a strong example of servant
leadership. Its service, training and activities will be models of quality
leadership developments and programming that enriches and extends Scouting to
Q: What is your most memorable moment in Scouting?
A: There are too many to single out. Certainly, being selected Chief
Scout Executive is one. After the interviews of the candidates the committee
called my room, and I was told they had one more question. When I walked into the
room they smiled and said, "Congratulations." I was completely unprepared.
Frankly, I was in a state of shock.
Q: Did you have Scouting heroes?
Who were they?
A: Scouting heroes. Iíve had many. Ben Love and Jere Ratcliffe Ė
two Chief Scout Executives I have worked for. I admired them both. My
Scoutmaster, Mr. Ralph Sawyer. Mr. Williard Vickery, former Scout Executive,
Quapaw Council. Plus thousands of volunteers Iíve known.
Q: How can
lodges improve their service to their council?
A: Lodge leaders need to be in constant communication with their
council leadership. They need to become a resource that supports their local
councilís annual and long-range plans. The Orderís new strategic plan encourages
lodges to communicate with their councils and help them succeed.
What question are you most frequently asked about the Order?
A: What can you tell me about the OA Scoutreach mentoring program? The
OA Scoutreach mentoring program is a new partnership between Scoutreach and the
Order of the Arrow. The program was developed to help extend Scouting to
disadvantaged rural and urban youth, and it is beginning to have an impact in
places like Atlanta, Georgia, Orlando, Florida, and Munster, Indiana to name a
Q: Which point o the Scout Law is the most important to you?
A: Trustworthy. If you are trustworthy in your efforts to be a Scout,
then you always try your best to do your duty to your God, country, and others.
You know, itís easy to join Scouting, but not easy to be one. Picking just one
point is difficult because they are all interconnected. I might add reverent
because people of faith have much to draw from.
Q: When NOAC is
over, what one thing do you want the participants to take back from their
A: I would like to encourage every Arrowman to take back at least one
new idea on how to improve Scouting in their unit, lodge or council, and then
make every effort to carry out this new idea when they get back home. Every Arrowman can make a difference and leave a legacy of servant leadership.