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New Award Honors Outstanding Local Alumni

Three years after creating the Boy Scouts of America National Alumnus of the Year Award, the Scouting Alumni Association has introduced a companion award for alumni who are making a difference at the local level.

According to Rick Bragga, national SAA committee member, the new Boy Scouts of America Council Alumnus of the Year Award recognizes alumni who have used Scouting skills and values to make significant and long-lasting contributions to their local communities through their careers, avocations, and Scouting. "We're not just recognizing someone for being a distinguished person; we already have awards that do that," Bragga says. "We're trying to recognize folks who are not only distinguished but are also continuing to give back to Scouting or share Scouting's message with others."

To be eligible for the award, an individual must be a BSA alumnus—which means he or she has been positively and personally impacted by the BSA in some way—and must meet the current membership standards of the BSA. Nominees must have achieved distinction in their careers or avocations, contributed significantly to their communities through Scouting or other organizations, and contributed significantly to the advancement of Scouting at the local level over a sustained period.

Each local council sets its own selection process and deadlines. However, a maximum of one recipient may be awarded per council per year. Honorees receive a certificate, lapel pin, medallion, alumni square knot (for the BSA uniform), and device to affix to the square knot.

The award features an acorn, a reminder that mighty oaks grow from little acorns and that Scouts and Scouters plant trees under which they may never sit. 

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