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by chri s tucker GOOD TO KNOW

Once a Scout, Always a Scout

Do you know friends or colleagues with a Scouting background? Now it’s even easier to share the benefits of the Scouting Alumni Association, thanks to new ini- tiatives aimed at reaching out to and motivating thousands of former Scouts to get involved with the BSA once again. The alumni relations

committee unveiled two new levels of participation in the Scouting Alumni Association: The Hiker Level is free and includes an online subscrip- tion to the association’s quarterly newsletter, Alumni Alive!, as well as periodic invi- tations to alumni events and activities. The Pathfinder Level,

available for an annual fee of $35 ($30 of which is tax deductible), includes the above and much more: a

Scouting Alumni Association window cling and luggage tag; membership to the National Scouting Museum; a one-time, 10 percent discount from the BSA Supply Group; and discounts from major retailers such as Firestone, Men’s Wearhouse, Office Depot and AMC Theatres. Even better: $15 of every association fee goes to local councils, while $15 goes to the national council. Bill Steele, director of

alumni relations, says the new levels of participation dovetail

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with the ongoing effort to create alumni committees in local councils. The commit- tees, Steele says, will reach out to former Scouts and anyone positively affected by the organization. “So some guy who always meant to get involved signs up for the Scouting Alumni Association, and lo and behold, somebody from the council calls him,” Steele says. “It’s all about building that relationship.” The new outreach effort

is long overdue, says Ryan Larson, assistant director

of alumni relations. “We’ve really got to do more to engage our alums,” he says. “In the past, they’ve come into the house of Scouting, eaten their meal, so to speak, and we’ve said goodbye to them. We’re lucky if they come back to [Scouting] when they have their own boy or girl join the program. So we prepare many of these individuals for great service to their businesses and commu- nities, but we never planted the seed to get them to continue their involvement in Scouting after their youth.” Steele and Larson stress

that alums can tailor their commitment to fit their own busy lives. “They don’t have to be a den leader or a com- missioner, but we’re going to figure out ways they can participate that will have a defined beginning and end date,” Larson says. “Maybe they can take on an Eagle Scout service project or trail building or something with Order of the Arrow. They can feel good about that.”




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