Council of Chiefs

The Council of Chiefs (COC) is the governing body of the section and consists of the Section Chief, Section Vice-Chief, Section Secretary, a representative from each lodge in the section (normally the lodge chief), Section Adviser, Section Staff Adviser, and any other appointed Chairman or Advisers of the section. Voting members of the COC include the section officers and chiefs from each lodge.

Section Officers~

Every year at the annual Conclave, the attending youth participants elect three Section Officers to lead the Section for the year. Together, these three officers lead the planning of the upcoming Conclave, and coordinate any other Section-level events.

Section Chief- Nicholas Dougherty

img_4007The Section Chief is elected to a one year term by the attending youth at the annual Section Conclave, and serves as the highest youth leadership position available to any Arrowman. He is primarily responsible for running the Section’s programs, including supporting the Section’s member lodges, and the next year’s annual Conclave. Leading the planning of the upcoming Conclave occupies a majority of his time, and he appoints a group of committee chairmen, known as Conclave Vice Chiefs, or CVCs, to lead the various Conclave planning committees. He also serves as the Chairman of the Council of Chiefs (COC).

The Section Chief also acts as the representative for the local lodges to the Region and National. He attends the annual National OA Planning Meeting near Dallas Texas, and serves on a committee to help plan the upcoming National Program of Emphasis (events such as NOAC, and National Jamboree).

Nick is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Troop 66 out of Hagerstown, MD.  He took his ordeal in the summer of 2011 with Guneukitschik Lodge 317 and sealed his membership in 2012. Through his time in the lodge he has served as banquet chair, ceremonies chair, Vice-Chief of Membership, and Lodge Chief.  Nick has taken and staffed NYLT as well as completed NLS.  He has also been to a national jamboree, seabase, and the 2015 NOAC. Nick is currently attending UMBC where he is studying chemical engineering and computer science. Outside of scouts he enjoys playing sports and spending time with friends.

Section Vice-Chief- Adam Dirocco

img_4016The Section Vice Chief is primarily responsible for assisting with and taking on the duties of Section Chief as needed. He also works with the Section’s member lodges, to ensure that the upcoming Conclave is being promoted, and to promote National OA Programs. He also coordinates the Section’s efforts in assisting it’s member lodges with developing and carrying out their Journey to Excellence (JTE) goals.

Adam is an Eagle Scout and a Brotherhood member from Troop 296 in Camp Hill, PA. He underwent his Ordeal with Sasquesahanough Lodge 11 in 2014. Since then, his leadership positions in his lodge have included Chapter Chief and Lodge Vice Chief of Service. For four years, Adam has served on camp staff at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation. He is currently the Handicraft Area Director as well as the OA Camp Chief. Last year, he attended his first NOAC and plans to attend many more in the future. He has completed NYLT and National Leadership Seminar Trainings. Adam is currently a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh Main Campus studying Molecular Biology. In the little free time that he has, Adam enjoys playing the viola and ukulele, learning new languages, and watching Netflix. 

Section Secretary- Collin Heckman

The Section Secretary is primarily responsible for coordinating communication among the Section leadership, and maintaining records, such as rosters and meeting minutes, for the Council of Chiefs. He also assists the Section Chief with the logistical details of Council of Chiefs (COC) meetings.

Collin is an Eagle Scout in Troop 142 out of Lititz, PA and a Vigil member of Wunita Gokhos Lodge 39. Collin attends Warwick High School where he is president of the National Honor Society and a member of the Warwick Academic Team, the Technology Student Association team, and the Warwick High School soccer team. Within his lodge, Collin serves as Lodge Treasurer and assists with the Ordeal Committee. Collin has attended the National Leadership Seminar & NOAC.



Section Advisers~

Section Adviser: Scott Salvatore

The Section Adviser is an experienced OA adult adviser, who is appointed by the Area Director. He or she is primarily responsible for advising the Section Chief and other Section Officers, and ensuring that the Section is run in accordance with the Section Rules, as written by the National OA Committee. He also assists the Section’s member lodges with administrative functions, such as the re-chartering process, or organizing new or merges lodges. He serves as the primary link between local lodges and the Regional and National OA organization.


Beam me up Scotty!

Scott is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor from Monaken Lodge 103, but is currently serving on the Council Executive Board in Chester County Council and is an active member of Octoraro Lodge 22. Through his scouting career, Scott has served as a lodge committee chairman, chapter chief, ceremonialist, associate staff adviser, section staff adviser, lodge adviser, and has been to 12 NOACs, 9 Jamborees, and has participated in various trainings including NLS, NLATS, NCLS, and NEI. Outside of scouting, Scott owns and operates an environmental consulting firm and enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, stamp collecting, patch collecting, reading, and collecting old board games. If Scott were a popsicle, his flavor would be blue raspberry because it is slightly different and is the perfect mix of sweet and sour.


Section Staff Adviser: Jake Segal

The Section Staff Adviser is an experienced BSA professional, who is appointed by the Area Director. He or she is primarily responsible for managing the background tasks necessary to keep the Section running, such as coordinating finances, establishing the Conclave dates, and managing Conclave site legal contracts.


Additional Committees~


The rotating Conclave Committee is responsible for on-site planning and coordination of each year’s conclave. The chairman and adviser are selected from and by the host lodge to specifically serve and coordinate specific conclave logistics and events.

OA High Adventure:

The OA High Adventure Committee promotes and serves as a contact for information regarding the OA’s three high adventure service programs.



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