Meet the Chief
Jeremy Linch is a member of Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge, an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 740, and founder of Crew 740. His previous elected roles in the OA have been the Thunderbird Chapter Chief for two terms, Lodge Program Vice Chief, and Section Vice Chief, along with numerous appointed chairmanships. He currently attends Portland State University where he is pursuing a double major in Business Administration and Spanish.
Jeremy started Scouting at the age of six as a Tiger in Pack 740. After earning his Arrow of Light, Jeremy joined Troop 740, and after earning Eagle, Jeremy joined Venturing Crew 586. Later, in October of 2014, Jeremy founded Crew 740 and he went on to earn his Venturing Silver Award. He works as a sales associate for the Nor’west Scout Shop in Portland Oregon.
In Scouting, Jeremy has been selected for the Vigil Honor, Founder’s Award, Lodge Service Award, and the Section Arrow of Honor. Some of his favorite memories were attending the 2010 and 2013 National Jamborees and the 2015 Winter International Rover Week at the Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland. Jeremy decided to run for Section Chief so that he could make sure more youth were given opportunities for leader and growth that he has enjoyed in the OA.
When Jeremy isn’t spending time at Scouting events he enjoys going climbing and swimming.
We asked Jeremy some questions for members in the section to get to know him better.
Q: What is your favorite Scouting memory?
A: My favorite Scouting memory is going to Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland for International Rover week. My group had Scouts from 14 different countries and 5 continents.
Q: What is your favorite part of Conclave?
A: I’d have to say the afternoon activities which is why I was the CVC for two years.
Q: Why did you want to become Section Chief?
A: Because I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of great leaders that inspired me and made me a better person. I wanted to be that inspiration and help in the lives of other scouts.
Q: What is the most challenging part of being Section Chief?
A: I’d have to say it’s working with so many types of people. As chief, I’ve worked with people from a lot of Lodges and all of them function differently. Due to this at times it is challenging to agree on a course of action.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I like to swim, go to the gym, and travel.
Q: What was your favorite Conclave?
A: I’d have to say last year’s Conclave because I had the opportunity to be the Vice Chief and was elected Section Chief.
Q: What was the defining moment that inspired you to serve as Section Chief?
A: At Next I was reinvigorated by the motivated scouts I saw at the event and it refueled my energy for Scouting.
Q: How has Scouting affected the rest of your life?
A: Scouting is a large part of my life allowing me to travel, meet new people, and join a community of other motivated individuals. Outside of Scouting, I’ve been motivated to work harder in my school and work place. This motivation came from taking NYLT in 2012 when I was told to be a great leader I needed to first lead myself to success, and I’ve always been driven to be a leader.
Q: What is one of the best parts of being a Section Officer?
A: Being able to meet and talk with so many Arrowmen across the Section and Nation.
Q: Are there any downsides to being a Section officer?
A: Scouting does impact my social life because of how much work I do and how many events that I attend. But overall I think it’s a great tradeoff.
Q: How would you encourage Arrowmen to get involved in the Order?
A: Reach out to your local chapter or lodge and see what you can do to serve the Order. If you reach out people should always be willing to find you a spot in the organization.
Q: How do you balance your Scouting duties with other responsibilities in your life, such as work, school, and family?
A: It involves a lot of calendar planning and deciding what necessary to do, important to do, and would be nice to do.
Q: Why should Arrowmen attend Conclave 2017?
A: The Section W-1S Conclave is going to be the largest gathering of Arrowmen in the Pacific Northwest. It’s the best opportunity to meet people from across the section and learn about other Lodges in the Area.