Former Section Officers - Where are They Now

1. Name- Chris Smillie

2. Lodge when served- Woa Cholena

3. Section Office(s) and year(s) served- Section Vice Chief 2012

4. Current OA and Scouting involvement (if any)- Attended the 2015 NOAC on Training Staff

5. Fondest memories of time as section officer and in the OA- My favorite memories as a Section officer was getting to know those in other Lodges, both in our Section and others. I was able to meet so many impactful Scouters at Regional events like NLS and Section Officer Seminars. Some of the friends I met while a Section officer I still keep up with regularly!

6. People/places/things/events that had an impact on you while in the OA- So many great people impacted me while in the OA. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the guidance of all of my advisors and mentors that guided me as I strived to make the OA better. My Lodge Advisor, Section Advisors, and fellow OA peers all helped me in leading the best Section in the country. I also loved my experience at Philmont Scout Ranch through my time in the OA. I was able to go to PSR with the OA Trail Crew and serve for a week building trail. The program made such an impact on me that I spent the following summer as an OATC Foreman, guiding other Arrowmen in cheerful service. 

7. What have you done since serving as an officer – school/job/married/children/etc.- I am currently a Senior at Auburn University and have gotten plugged in throughout the campus, serving in different organizations. I plan on pursuing a Master’s degree in Accounting after I graduate this coming Spring. 

8. Non-Scouting involvement, honors, awards, achievements since serving- I have served several organizations while in school, including the Student Government Association Senator, the Budget and Finance Committee Chairman, the orientation program called Camp War Eagle, and several other leadership programs. 

9. Words of advice for younger Arrowmen- Take in every moment. You never know which experience will guide your path in the OA. Also, take a risk! I traveled to Philmont by myself when I signed up for the OATC program and it ended up having such a greater impact on me than I could have every imagined.