Hunter Jones, the 2016 National Chief of the Order of the Arrow, and other representatives of the Boy Scouts of America, traveled to the White House on March 1, to meet with President Barack Obama and deliver a Report to the Nation on scouting.
Born and raised in Macon County, Hunter holds the highest elected youth leadership position in America for one year, as the National Chief of the Order of the Arrow (OA), which is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). He represents more than 182,000 members of the OA and 2.5 million Boy Scouts nationally.
The OA strives to instill leadership and service in its’ members and a unique feature of the order is that a youth is selected by his peers in the Boy Scout Troop because he represents the high ideas of the scout oath and scout law in his daily life.
Because of Hunter’s position, he serves as a youth member of the National Order of the Arrow Committee and several other BSA committees as well. His duties as National Chief require him to travel extensively this year as a youth ambassador for the OA and scouting, along with representing the organization recently at the White House as part of the Report to the Nation delegation.
According to Hunter, the Report to the Nation is an annual event where youth delegates of the Boy Scouts of America travel to Washington, D.C. to provide a report on the many accomplishments of the Scouting movement from the prior year to United States government officials such as Congressional leaders, members of the President ’s Cabinet, the President of the United States, and many others. “As an organization that is chartered by Congress, we are required to deliver this report annually.”
Hunter says this year’s delegation was made up of ten individuals who each represented the Scouting organization in their own unique way. Four of the individuals, including him, were selected because of their leadership role within the Boy Scouts of America. “My leadership position includes being the highest elected youth within the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society, as well as the youth representative for the 2.5 million Boy Scouts nationwide,” noted Jones. “Being a part of the Report to the Nation delegation is somewhat of a perk of the job.”
Jones said besides meeting with the officials, they also visited several unique places including a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian Institute’s anthropology department, Goddard Space Center, several national monuments, placed wreath on Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in special ceremony, tour of the United States Naval Academy, tour of the Supreme Court Building and behind the scenes tour of the US Capital Building.
“It was an honor to be able to represent Scouting and the Order of the Arrow as we met with President Obama,” said Hunter. “It was also a humbling experience to be able to speak on the state of our organization with the President while in the oval office. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Hunter Jones is the son of Steve and Latise Jones and he is a 2014 graduate of MCHS. He is attending the University of Tennessee, and he plans on becoming a doctor.
Hunter Jones is a determined young man who has confidently become a leader among his peers in the BSA and OA. His involvement with the Scouting organization has been well chronicled in this newspaper and the staff at the Macon County Chronicle would like to congratulate Hunter on his accomplishments.