|Written by Chris and Melissa|
|Sunday, 01 July 2012 18:31|
When the position of Advisor opened up, we were all curious to see who would step up and fill those large shoes. That feeling was short-lived though, because Mr. Scott Murphy, who had just recently become involved in the Crew, announced that he would love to take the position! Right away, Mr. Murphy jumped into the action in the Crew. He introduced us to the Messengers of Peace and we are very glad to have him with us.
And now, and introduction of Mr. Murphy himself:
In 1974 his family moved to Kitsap County for the construction of the Trident facilities on Submarine Base Bangor. He joined Troop 1561 based out of Keyport then transferred to Troop 1571 in Poulsbo a couple years later when 1561 folded. During his tenure as a scout in Troop 1571, he was a very active, going on several 50 milers as well as a trek through Philmont with a council contingent. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1981 then started college at the University of Washington. Throughout his college years he remained registered as an Assistant Scoutmaster going on many outings during his winter and summer breaks. In 1983 he attended Wood Badge and served as a leader for one of the two Philmont contingents from Troop 1571.
After completing his bachelor's degree in civil engineering and starting his career with Kitsap County, he drifted away from scouts. That all changed in late 2004 when he was asked to get involved with scouting again. He became very involved with the T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge and Sahaptin Mox Khan'-nice (SMK) Chapter of the Order of the Arrow (OA). With the help of some other dedicated scouters they started a ceremonies team which went on to earn many honors at regional Conclaves and the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC). In 2007 he became the Chapter Adviser for SMK and hopes to pass the privilege on to another deserving scouter in 2012. During his tenure as a Chapter Adviser, he has cherished his opportunities to work with so many highly qualified and motivated youth leaders. Much like Venturing, the OA is a strictly youth led organization which helps to develop and magnify the leadership qualities which are inherent in so many of our youth.
Some of the many highlights of his scouting career include attending the 2005 and 2010 National Scout Jamborees as a member of the Bikeathlon staff, helping the SMK OA chapter plan and execute several District Camporees, and receiving Eagle Scout Mentor pins from three of the youth that he has worked with. In 2006 he was selected by the youth of the T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge to be inducted into the Vigil Honor. In 2008 he was honored by Orca District with the District Award of Merit and in 2010 with the Silver Beaver Award by the Chief Seattle Council. In 2013 he will once again be attending the National Scout Jamboree as either an Assistant Scoutmaster to one of the council troops, or as an Associate Advisor to the council crew.
In May of this year, his daughter Jeanette decided that Venturing Crew 1042 was the perfect fit for her. It has always been his desire to be involved with whichever crew she selected in whatever capacity he was needed. Although the circumstances surrounding his selection as the Advisor for Crew 1042 are most unfortunate, he is deeply honored and humbled to be the Advisor for one of the most outstanding Venturing Crews in the Chief Seattle Council and beyond. He is committed to seeing this crew strive for new heights and new adventures as we search for the answer to "Life, the Universe and Everything".