2005 National Chief Interview
Patrick Murphy, the 2005 National Chief, was asked by the national web site staff 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?
It is an amazing yet humbling feeling. I believe representing my fellow Scouts will be the most exciting role in this position.
What are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to meeting Scouts from around the country. While meeting with them I am looking forward to sharing my stories and experiences with them. I am even more excited to hear their stories about Scouting and how it has helped them in life.
What are your earliest memories of the OA?
The earliest memory of the OA was when the local chapter ceremonies team came to my Pack's crossover ceremony. I was only a Tiger Cub, but I was impressed with the ceremony and the clothing.
What was your first leadership position, and what was the greatest lesson you learned from it?
My first leadership position was serving as the Troop Librarian. As the Librarian I learned that no matter how insignificant you may think your position is, you play an important role in the success of the unit.
What is the coolest thing you've done in Scouting?
At the 2001 Jamboree, my troop lead the flag ceremony at the main parade grounds one morning.
What makes you proudest to be an Arrowman?
I am committed to the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America and the Order of the Arrow. I am extremely proud to know that there are many others in this organization that are committed to these ideals as well.
What awesome things have you done in the OA?
In 2002 I was fortunate enough to attend the Order of the Arrow Trail Crew Program. While on the trail I was able to make so many great friends, see some amazing sights, and test myself like I had never been tested before. This experience is a one of a kind adventure and I would encourage everyone to attend.
What makes the OA so cool?
Each Arrowman is able to bring something just a little different to this organization. Because of the uniqueness of service for his fellow brothers, each individual is only committed to staying involved in the Order through the individual's love for the program and what it stands for.
What is your favorite quote?
"The man on the top of the mountain didn't fall there."