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by mark ray WHAT I’VE LEARNED

Bill Chin How this Scouter’s cheerful service pays off.

FactSheet Bill Chin


CURRENT CITY:Trumbull, Conn.

CURRENT POSITIONS: Order of the Arrow section adviser (NE-2A); member, Northeast Region Area 2 Committee; member, national Order of the Arrow subcommittee for inductions and ceremonial events; council vice president of membership, Connecticut Yankee Council

DAY JOB: Director of information technology for the Town of Trumbull

FAVORITE CAMP:Camp Pomperaug in Union, Conn. That’s where I was inducted into the OA, and that’s where I spent a lot of my early years in the program.

PROUDEST MOMENT IN SCOUTING: When I earned Eagle Scout. It’s something I’ve come to appreciate more and more as I’ve gotten older.


BILL CHIN FIRST EXPERIENCED the Order of the Arrow as a Cub Scout. His pack attended a camporee where the local OA dance team performed, and he was hooked. Chin went on to become an Eagle Scout and a Vigil Honor member of the OA. He served as a lodge chief and section officer as a youth, and then as a lodge and section adviser as an adult. The OA is not the only place he serves, though. He’s vice president of member- ship for his home council and is active with the Strike 3 Foundation, an organization founded by major-league pitcher (and friend) Craig Breslow to support child- hood cancer research.

HOW HAS THE OA CHANGED SINCE YOU WERE INDUCTED? Over the past 10 or 15 years, there’s been a focus on leader- ship and leadership training. National Leadership Seminar is one of the best youth-train- ing seminars around.

OF COURSE, NATIONAL-LEVEL OA SERVICE PROJECTS HAVE EMPHASIZED CHEERFUL SERVICE MORE THAN EVER. Cheerful service is one of our core principles, and we haven’t forgotten that. We teach our

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Arrowmen to give unselfishly and help other people. I think if you’re in the program long enough, giving cheerfully of yourself just becomes a part of who you are. These national service projects show that what we’re doing for ourselves locally can be applied to a new chal- lenge and benefit society.

IT’S ALL ABOUT LEAVING A LEGACY, RIGHT? Yes, we’re encouraging Scouts to do what they can to leave their legacy on the Scouting program and improve things for the future.

TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THE CEREMONIAL SIDE OF THE OA. WHAT DREW YOU TO THAT? A bunch of guys from my troop were involved in ceremonies, so I got involved, too. I’ve been heavily involved in ceremonies on the national level for the past 12 years. If you start studying the ceremonies, they have a really powerful message. They teach you lessons that can be applied in different ways, in different settings, and at different stages of your life.

OA LODGES SEEM ESPECIALLY GOOD AT GIVING SCOUTS REAL LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITY. WHY? It has a lot to do with the quality of kids involved. The OA is Scouting’s national honor society, so the Scouts are the best of

the best—the kids are sharp, they know how to lead, and they are more experienced. In the troop, they were senior patrol leader or patrol leader or quartermaster, and they take those skills to the OA, where they have addi- tional leadership opportunities.

WHAT’S THE SECRET TO MAKING YOUTH LEADERS SUCCESSFUL? You support their vision. You work with them to set goals early. You follow up with them throughout the year. You don’t try to hamper their desires.



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