The most important element of BSA AA is the local council BSA AA committee. That is where the action takes place.
Keep in mind that the local council is responsible for most of the different connection points individuals have with Scouting, whether it is a local Cub Scout pack or Scout troop, a chartered organization, or the council’s Scout camp. In each case, the local council is the key to those experiences and is, therefore, an integral part of building alumni support and interest. What is a BSA Alumni Committee and what it can do?
Purpose Of Council BSA AA Committees
The purpose of the council BSA AA committee is to establish, promote, and enhance programs and activities that foster continued active engagement with Scouting on behalf of Scouting alumni, friends, and those who are currently active (both youth and adult participants).
This purpose can manifest itself in many ways, including activities such as:
Spreading the word to nearby alumni and supporting a council camp alumni association event
Aiding all scouting units in securing a subject matter expert for unit programs
Sharing positive Scouting stories with alumni and the community at large
Providing networking opportunities for alumni
In sum, council BSA AA committees are the support mechanism upon which the entire alumni program rests.
Relationship To Other Scouting Associations At The Local Level
There may be several local associations or groups already active and engaging alumni in the council. Examples include but are not limited to a council National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) committee, a camp alumni association, unit alumni groups, Wood Badge Alumni, and the Order of the Arrow.
These groups do not “report” to the council BSA AA committee. Rather, the council BSA AA committee assists these groups in the following ways:
Coordinating events between all groups (it is suggested that members of specific associations have representation on the council BSA AA committee to aid incoordination)
Assisting with keeping contact data up to date
Communicating group activities to internal and external audiences
Relationship To National BSA AA Committees
At the national level, the BSA AA is led by the national BSA AA committee. The national committee is organized into subcommittees that provide direction to the national programs of the BSA AA, coordinate national programs of the BSA AA, coordinate national alumni events and initiatives, and broadly manage the association.
National committee roles include the following:
The BSA AA national chair, who is selected and confirmed by the Boy Scouts of America National Chair
Three vice-chairs and one president selected by the BSA AA chair:
VC of Alumni Relations and Council Support
VC of Communications & Data
VC of Finance
President of NESA
Other voting national BSA AA committee members, appointed by the chair and confirmed by the committee
Additional non-voting BSA AA key volunteers, appointed by BSA AA vice chairs for service on their respective committees and confirmed by the national BSA AA committee
The director and associate director of the BSA AA
In sum, the national provides support to and coordination between all alumni groups, aid in alumni recognition, and most importantly, foster the sharing of ideas between local BSA AA committees so that they can be successful. Each council committee, within the nationally established bounds, will produce a unique product that is tailored to meet the needs of its alumni.