A Scout is… connected

With more alumni communities than we can count!

If you are looking to join a Scouting group, you have come to the right place.

Scouting Alumni & Friends is represented across the country through local council and unit alumni groups as well as national affinity groups based on shared interests and backgrounds, and fields of study.

Visit the Scouting Alumni & Friends site for information on how to get connected.


Alumni Award

Alumni AwardOverview

A recognition program to encourage participation and work in council alumni relations programs, including NESA activities; areas of work include alumni identification/promotion, alumni engagement, personal participation, and education.

Who Can Earn This Award?

Presented to Scouting alumni who promote continued engagement with the Boy Scouts of America.

How to Get the Award

Registered adult Scouters may submit a completed application for approval by the local council alumni committee. Approved applications are forwarded to the National Alumni Relations Committee. Those approved will be sent a certificate that can be used to purchase a square knot and/or lapel pin from the Scout shop.

Individuals who have received the Alumnus of the Year award are also considered recipients of the Alumni Award.

  • Ed Suggs
  • Rick Curran
  • Bill Tyson
  • Charles Firmbach
  • Diane Bauer
  • Phil Bethune
Council Alumnus of the Year

Council Alumnus of the YearThe Council Alumnus of the Year Award is different than other awards in Scouting as it does not simply recognize the individual for being a distinguished person or honor those giving time and energy to the BSA as a volunteer leader; Scouting already has awards that do that.

It is more of a combination between the two.

Primary consideration is given to those that remind Scouting alumni to maintain a lifetime relationship with Scouting, which enables Scouting to remain healthy for future generations. In addition, potential recipients of the award may be nominated based on the three following categories:

Career and/or avocation, such as achieving high honor or distinction in their chosen profession.

Community service, including contributions to Scouting or other community efforts or organizations.

Scouting promotion, contributing significantly to the promotion and/or advancement of the BSA alumni program and activities at a council level over a sustained period of time through word and/or deed.

  • 2022: Carol Caulk
  • 2017: Diane Bauer
  • 2018: Phil Bethune
  • 2019: Ed Suggs