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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - At the beginning of 2017, Forrest Gertin officially took on his new role as the National Chief of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's top leader. It's an incredibly rare honor he worked hard to achieve. 

Gertin says, "I'm very proud to be from Rochester, and the Seneca Waterways Council, and I think that's shown through this year. I think it speaks to the strength of the scouting program here and its' ability to inspire youth to do more."

"We figured out, with 3 national officers available to us, we probably could get one once every 70 years with 260 councils in the country vying for one of those spots. So it's pretty rare that we'll have an officer. Of coincidence, he's the 4th young man from WNY to hold one of those titles in the last 4 years," says Stephen Hoitt, the Executive Director of the Seneca Waterways Council of Boy Scouts of America. 

In an historic year for Scouting, Gertin was at the forefront. 

Hoitt says, "If you think of all of the different things as an organization that we've tackled this year, the historical decision to allow girls into the program, Forrest has kind of been at the representing our interests locally, and what do we think the right decision is to move our organization forward. It's been great to have a phenomenal ambassador to represent our interests and bring our thoughts to the table as the national organization debates where they want to go over the next 100 years."

As Gertin looks back on a year of leadership, a year of service, and a year of travel, he says he was excited to see just how united we all are, "I've been all over the country this year, and everywhere I've gone, Scouts are really enthusiastic about what they're able to do to impact their local scouting movements, and by doing that impact their communities. That's a commonality everywhere which I think is awesome to see."

While Gertin's term has come to an end, 2017 and the rest of his time as a Scout has directed his future. Gertin is studying at Georgetown University, majoring in international political economy. He hopes to do something in public service. 


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