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Christopher McIntyre

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The Scouting program has always been one that I have held in high regard; it was the only program I found myself to be passionate about while growing up.  I played several sports and even enjoyed martial arts for a few years, but I never really found my niche. That is, until seventh grade, when I joined Boy Scouts.  While my journey through Scouting began later than most, I quickly caught up with the other Scouts my age.

I immersed myself in the different leadership positions including Troop Guide, Patrol Leader, and finally Senior Patrol Leader. I was fortunate enough to be able to complete a trek at Philmont and paddle my way through a canoe trip at Tinnerman Canoe Base in Canada. When I felt I needed branch out from the Troop, The Order of The Arrow became the stone on which I continued to hone my leadership skills.  I participated on ceremony teams, served on the youth lead executive committee, and attended the 2002 NOAC at Indiana University.  I received my 5th year Pipestone during the summer of 2002 and went on to pass my Eagle board that December.

While attending The Ohio State University, my experiences from Scouting enabled me to secure a student job with Ohio State Rec Sports. I became a manager for the indoor climbing wall and was also leading outdoor adventure trips.  I decided to major in Geography, specifically GIS, which is essentially digital cartography. My choice of my major was directly influenced by my experience in Scouting.  In 2006 I also had the chance to accompany my younger brother and father as an adult participant and return to Philmont.

After college graduation, I worked for a company in Wooster, OH that was responsible for producing digital mapping products.  I learned all aspects of production, moved up to quality control, and then became a consultant for technological improvements that could be made to our procedures. Through work I was able to start a Toastmasters chapter to help others improve their public speaking skills. I also became an active Brother of the local Masonic Lodge where I participate to contribute to charitable causes because Masonry and Scouting have similar organizational values.

When it was announced that my company would be shutting its doors, I knew that in the next chapter of my life I was destined to be a professional Scouter. I wanted to help shape and promote the future of the Scouting program, to give back to the first thing I was truly passionate about. Baden Powell said “Leave this world a little better than you found it,” and a Scout knows that this is often practiced while visiting the outdoors. I own a home in Stark County but I am committed to making sure that Neta has a steady professional that is active in the community so that I leave Scouting a little better than I found it.


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