In the coming months, a new patch, the BSA Alumni Award knot, will begin appearing on some Scouting volunteers’ uniforms. The red, blue, and gold square knot will designate its wearer as a Scouting alumnus who has helped other Scouting alumni reconnect with the program. (A lapel pin is also available for civilian wear.)
Developed by the National Alumni Task Force, the award recognizes accomplishments in four areas: alumni identification and promotion, alumni engagement, personal participation, and personal education. Specific requirements include doing things such as helping to plan an alumni event, convincing unregistered alumni to register with Scouting, and completing online alumni training.
“The requirements are tough—and that’s by design,” said Bill Steele, the BSA’s director of Alumni Relations. “We expect these folks to work just as hard as alumni as they did as Scouts and Scout volunteers.”
All requirements must have been completed after June 1, 2009. Applicants must be currently registered with the BSA, and their award applications must be approved by the local council Scout executive and Alumni Relations committee chairperson, along with the National Alumni Task Force.
For complete details on the new alumni square knot, visit http://bsaalumni.org. Note that you’ll need to be registered on the site (a free process) to access the award information.