Central Region Chief Interview
Don Hough, the 2007 Central Region 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?
I am excited to be a part of the 2007 National Program for the order of the
Arrow. I think it will be a complete rush of adrenaline attending different
events around the region. I find the chance to meet arrowmen from across the
country very exciting. Also, I enjoy learning new ideas through meeting new
What are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to working with Evan, Larry, Alex, Chad, and Ken in
preparing for the National Conservation and Leadership Summit. We have the
opportunity to unveil the 2008-2012 National Order of the Arrow Strategic Plan
to Arrowmen from all across the country. Enhancing the leadership qualities of
our organization will only strengthen the bonds of WWW.
What are your earliest memories of the OA?
My earliest memories of the OA go back to my Ordeal induction. I remember
packing my bag for the fellowship weekend and having that fear of the unknown.
What would I be in for? As I arrived at Camp Napowan I knew I had made the
right choice to go through with my Ordeal. The friendly faces and old friends
welcomed me with open arms. The silence and arduous labor that followed was
made bearable knowing that I was in the company of such good friends. It was
the ceremony, though, that made me realize how much I wanted to be a part of
this organization. The wonder, awe, and mystery inspired by the principals
itched my curiosity and led me to learn more. The rest is history!
What was your first leadership position, and what was the greatest lesson
you learned from it?
My first leadership position was as the quartermaster of my troop. The greatest
lesson I ever learned was how great organization leads to success. My
philosophy is that the better prepared a leader is, the better prepared a
leader is, the better he or she is able changes in the plan.
What is the coolest thing you've done in Scouting?
The coolest thing I have done in scouting was my trip to Philmont. I enjoyed the
challenge of hiking rough trails and climbing to the summits of mountains. It
challenged me physically, mentally, and emotionally. I left the Scout ranch a
much stronger person with a newfound love and respect for nature.
What makes you proudest to be an Arrowman?
I am proud of what this organization stands for. I am proud of all the lodge and
section officers who work so hard to deliver the program of the Order of the
Arrow. I believe the grass roots of any organization are the most important.
What awesome things have you done in the OA?
As an OA member I have attended Philmont Trail Crew and OA Wilderness Voyage. At
these amazing trips I made close relationships with fellow participants that
last to this day.
What makes the OA so cool?
The OA is so cool because it offers Boy Scouts so much in the way of outdoor
high adventure program. We have three amazing programs that develop leadership
skills, promote teamwork, and provide a chance to give back to camping. It is
these programs that help keep boys involved and challenge themselves.