National Chief Interview
Evan Chaffee, the 2007 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.
First Thoughts on Your Election?
To be honest, I am still in shock; it is truly an honor to have this opportunity
to serve my fellow Arrowmen in the capacity of national chief. I can not wait
to get started!
How do you feel to be a national officer? What do you find most exciting
about the role?
It is incredible! Getting the opportunity to meet Arrowmen from all over the
country is very exciting. I only hope that I can make as much a difference on
Arrowmen as my predecessors had on me.
What are you most looking forward to?
Getting to meet Arrowmen from all over the country will definitely be a high
point! I have made so many great friends during my time in the OA, and I can
not wait to meet more great Arrowmen this coming year!
What are your earliest memories of the OA?
At one of my first troop meetings an older Scout that I respected had just
returned from our lodge fellowship and shared his experiences. I was very
impressed by what I heard and I wanted to learn more about this intriguing and
mysterious organization. After being inducted, I could not wait to get more
What was your first leadership position, and what was the greatest lesson
you learned from it?
I started out as patrol leader. I learned that success could only come through
constant communication and from decisions that may not always be so popular.
Thankfully these experiences have been very helpful on my path to becoming a
leader. It definitely was a great way to start learning about leadership!
What is the coolest thing you've done in Scouting?
High Adventure would have to be the most awesome thing I have done in Scouting!
For example, when I was a foreman at OA Trail Crew, one of my crews decided to
take on Philmont's "Super Black Death," which includes summating seven
mountains in roughly twelve straight hours of backpacking. Sweaty, dirty, and
motivated, we accomplished our goal and were elated by our success!
What makes you proudest to be an Arrowman?
The fact that we are a brotherhood of cheerful service makes me proud to be an
Arrowman. What we are doing, at such a young age, is setting an example for
others to be selfless, jubilant, and accepting of all races and creeds.
What awesome things have you done in the OA?
The OA has provided me with so many amazing opportunities! High Adventure,
Jamboree Service Corps, and NOAC Shows programs have helped me become who I am
today. I highly suggest Arrowman take advantage of every opportunity provided
by scouting and the OA.
What makes the OA so cool?
The OA is so great because it is a brotherhood. I have friends who I consider to
be family all across the nation. It is also cool because there is so much you
can learn from the OA. It gives you the opportunity to lead and to serve above
the district and council levels. In fact, it may even afford the opportunity to
travel all over the country