Meet the Adviser
Roy is a Vigil Honor member of Tsisqan Lodge. Prior to serving as Section Adviser, he served as Section Associate Adviser and Vigil Adviser for Tsisqan Lodge.
We took some time to ask Roy a few questions for members in the Section to get to know him better.
Q: What is your favorite Scouting memory?
A: My favorite Scouting memory was hiking with my troop to the top of the Middle Sister mountain. I actually have a photo of this.
Q: What is your favorite part of Conclave?
A: My favorite part of Conclave is being able to walk around and see the smiling faces of all the youth and adults having a good time.
Q: What is the most challenging part of being Section Adviser?
A: The most challenging part of being an Adviser is trying to keep up with the technology the youth are using today and trying to meet the expectations of the Lodges that we serve.
Q: Who is your biggest inspiration?
A: My biggest inspiration I’d have to say was my father, who served in WW2, and continued serving afterward in Scouts (starting our own troop in Washington when we could not find one that met our expectations) and being in Kiwanis Club, and volunteering at Starr of Hope in Coos Bay. Serving seems to run in our family.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: My free time? This is a challenge. My wife and I enjoy traveling. We have driven across the U.S. several times with our family. Fishing when I can find the time. Hunting in the Fall. Stamp collecting, of course, patch collecting, carpentering around the house, reloading for our firearms, Lionel Trains, our Native Education Program work with youth, and I can’t leave out working on my sports cars. Crafting Native crafts, spending time with my children. Life is so full of things to do, if I’m not doing something I get bored and then I hear it from my better half!
Q: What was your favorite Conclave?
A: My favorite Conclave I would have to say was back in I think ’93? at Camp Rilea. I was serving on Staff and taking photos of the Conclave. I got to literally hang out on the climbing, in harness, tower taking photos of the climbers going up the tower.
Q: How has Scouting affected the rest of your life?
A: I got to do so many things as a youth Scout that I chose to volunteer as an adult when my son joined Cub Scouts, and in doing so eventually the whole family partook in Scouting and skills learned in Scouting carried over into my work career.
Q: What is one of the best parts of being a Section Adviser?
A: The best part of being an Adviser I would say is seeing young Officers turn into great leaders and contributing citizens and knowing that maybe I had a small part in helping that to come into being. And of course having fun!
Q: Are there any downsides to being a Section Adviser?
A: The only downside I can see to being an Adviser is that sometimes I give up some time with my family during hunting season to attend OA events. I like being outdoors during the Fall!
Q: How would you encourage Arrowmen to get involved in the Order?
A: I try to remind the youth that everything they see in OA was done by an Arrowman just like them. That was afraid of the unknown and took a chance anyway to try something new. That all of them have something special inside of them that other people will appreciate.
Q: How do you balance your Scouting duties with other responsibilities in your life, such as work,
A: First, being retired helps a little in having time to do OA. Second, see above. Scouting is a family affair!
Q: Why should Arrowmen attend Conclave 2017?
A: Please attend to find out that there are opportunities in OA that can take you anywhere in the USA. That you can have fun meeting other Scouts and sharing ideas and having fun. That maybe you can learn a new skill that you wouldn’t get at home. And if all goes well, you can get your fill of ice cream! And most of all, finding out that you are a member of a wonderful Brotherhood of Cheerful Service!