National Vice Chief Attending Conclave- Meet Talon Parker
Talon Parker | 2017 National Vice Chief
Talon’s hometown is Elm City, NC, and is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Croatan Lodge and serves as an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 752 in the East Carolina Council. Talon was previously the section chief of SR-7B. Talon studies nursing at Nash Community College. In his spare time, he enjoys boating, hunting, backpacking, and fishing. This past summer, he was a foreman for the OA Ocean Adventure program at the Florida Sea Base.
We asked Talon some questions for members in the section to get to know him better before Conclave.
Q: Why did you want to become a National Officer?
A: I felt a calling to serve. A section chief once had a huge impact on me at my first conclave and made me feel really special. I wanted to be able to give other youth that same feeling.
Q: What is your favorite Scouting memory?
A: There are too many to narrow down! Definitely, something to do with OAHA. I loved trail crew but staffing Sea Base was also a great time
Q: What is your favorite part of Conclaves?
A: I love meeting new people young and old! I always learn something new at Conclaves.
Q: Who is your biggest inspiration?
A: My biggest inspiration was the Section Secretary at my first conclave. He sacrificed his time to make sure I had an amazing first conclave.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: When I am not in school or scouting I like to bike, fish, rock climb, duck hunt, and just hang around.
Q: How would you encourage other Arrowmen to stay involved in the Order in college?
A: There are so many Arrowmen in college! I have 4 people in my lodge that go to school with me.
Q: What is your biggest regret in your Scouting career?
A: Waiting to get involved in my home lodge. I wish I took the opportunity to.
Q: How has Scouting affected the rest of your life?
A: I have to say the ability to talk to people and the hundreds of friends I have made.
Q: What is your favorite moment since your election as a national officer?
A: I just love being able to take a breather with the other officers every now and then and just hang out and talk about non-scouting stuff every once in a while.
Q: How do you balance your Scouting duties with other responsibilities in your life, such as work, school, and family?
A: Carefully… Very very carefully.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about your visit to the W-1S Conclave in Eugene, Oregon?
A: It is nice to get away from the east coast heat and humidity! I am also looking forward to trying some Voodoo Doughnuts.