SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Derek Porter of BSA Troop 104 in Scotch Plains, has been elected as the National Chief, the top elected youth position, in the Order of the Arrow of the Boy Scouts of America. He beat out 42 others who ran for election on Dec. 27 and becomes the first youth National Officer from New Jersey's Patriots’ Path Council.

The Order of the Arrow is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America, composed of Scouts and Scouters (adults) who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives as elected by their peers. Founded in 1915, the Order of the Arrow has over 150,000 members nationwide. "Arrowmen" are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others. Order of the Arrow service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming.

Porter will have the privilege to sit and have a vote on the National Executive Board of the BSA, as well as the National Committee of the Order of the Arrow. As the chief, he will directly oversee two national events directly focused on rebuilding the organization in a post-pandemic world. During his one-year term, he will travel the country attending events and representing the national organization.

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“The Order of the Arrow is the single most influential part of my life," said Porter, who plans to attend Montclair State University in the fall and pursue a degree in TV production. "Over the next year I’m looking forward to making an impact on the Order and the Scouting movement as a whole through our two national programs that will focus on addressing our membership decline and planning for the future of our organization.”

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“As Scoutmaster, I could tell you about Derek being elected as our youngest Senior Patrol Leader ever (age 13) and doing a fantastic job – including a strong focus on training the new Scout patrols and constantly taking on more responsibilities previously held by adult volunteers,” said Bill Sherman, Scoutmaster of Troop 104.

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