Scouter Spotlight: Meet Sven Rundman


After more than four decades of involvement in Scouting, Sven J. Rundman III can stand proudly
in this week’s Scouter Spotlight. Before you meet him, though, take a moment to
e-mail us with the name of a great volunteer for a future Spotlight.

Sven, the assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 199 in
Fredericksburg, Va., serves as a national Health and Safety Committee member
and on several district- and council-level committees. He has staffed Wood Badge
and served as a Scoutmaster for three national jamborees. His “trademark
phrase”: “It’s another grand and glorious day in Scouting, where every day is a
holiday and every meal a feast. Thank you, Lord Baden-Powell.”

Read on to find out more about Sven.

Tenure in Scouting:
more than 42 years, since September 1966. Achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1975
and later added the bronze palm.

Scouting family: My
16-year-old son is a Life Scout with one merit badge and his Eagle project to
go. I also have two daughters. The oldest is a former Venturer who twice completed
Philmont’s Mountain Women Trek. My other daughter was also a Venturing Scout
and worked at the Philmont Training Center in the summers of 2007 and 2008.
She’ll also work there this summer.

What is your favorite
Scouting memory?

Wow! To choose only one is tough, so I’m going to give you two
that I always remember. As a 16-year-old Boy Scout in 1975, I attended the 14th
World Scout Jamboree near Lillehammer, Norway. The highlight of this Scouting
experience was that I was chosen by the BSA to represent the U.S. contingency in
a lunch with King Carl Gustav XVI of Sweden.

My other memory is attending a Northeast Georgia Council
banquet where I was shocked to receive the Silver Beaver award. As if that
wasn’t enough, I was also surprised to see my childhood Scoutmaster in
attendance to see me get the award.

What does Scouting
mean to you?

Scouting is a true brotherhood of friends. I have enjoyed
taking the knowledge, experiences, and skills that I have learned as a Scout
and being able to share them with others so they, too, can see the personal
growth that the Scouting program can provide.

While the Scouting program elements may have changed with
the times, we can always hold fast to stating that the Boy Scouts of America
has never wandered from its basic principles and beliefs. The Scouting aims and
methods from years gone by are still valuable to the youth of today and beyond.

What would you say to
a boy who is thinking of joining Scouting?

What you put into Scouting is what you will get back out of
it. There are many opportunities in the Scouting program that come your way. Be
active in your home unit by learning new skills, going on campouts and hikes,
attending summer camp, taking on junior leadership positions, and attending
district- and council-level youth leadership training programs. Taking
advantage of as many of the Scouting program opportunities as you can will help
you be a well-rounded person.

What would you say to
a boy who is thinking of dropping out of Scouting?

I would ask the Scout if he was actively involved in his
unit and if he gave Scouting his best. If I felt the young boy was being honest
with himself, then I would tell him I hope that the time he spent in the
Scouting program will be useful to him as he continues to grow in doing other

How do you make the
program relevant to your boys when there are so many other demands on their

Scouting is one of many important growing factors in a young
boy’s life. Participating in outdoor and high-adventure activities such as
camping, backpacking, or rappelling provides a boy with tools for personal

How would you improve

Just like a person needs to change with the times, Scouting
does too. Making use of available social networking groups—Facebook, Twitter,
or Scouting Community—will help us share our thoughts and experiences more

What advice would you
give to a new leader?

I would advise them to take or attend all the online or
district- or council-level training available to them. Talk to other leaders in
their unit, district, and council and listen to what they have to offer in
knowledge and experience as a “seasoned” leader. And, remember, it’s all for
the boys.

Sven has some great advice,
don’t you think? Thanks for sharing. We’ll be back next week for another
Scouter Spotlight.


  1. Sven truly is a great Scouter. I met Sven when my son joined Boy Scouts 12 years ago and he was instrumental in getting me involved. I took over as Scoutmaster when we lost Sven to the Virginia area but I learned a lot from him and truly appreciate all he has done. Sven would be proud to know that to this day we still wake up our boys on campouts and at Summer Camp with his trademark phrase.
    Sven – thanks for all you do for the boys.

  2. This is awesome advise,and I will take his words of knowledge and apply his suggestions. I never met Sven, although his legacy continues with the great Scoutmaster we have now. I am an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 573 out of Larenceville,GA where Sven was once the Scoutmaster.I agree that a better trained PLC builds interest for all the Yutes.
    Jeff Herne Sr.
    ASM BSA Troop 573

  3. Sven is a great scouter and a great friend–we miss him in Apalachee District! He is an endless source of knowledge on just about everything Scouting. I learned a lot from him while he was Scoutmaster and I was the Committee Chairman of 573. My son is an Eagle Scout, and Sven was his first Scoutmaster. Thank you Sven–after all these years, your influence is still felt here!

  4. Sven – I remember our serving together on a Woodbadge staff in Northeast Georgia. Good to catch up with you.- Reuben Black

  5. Sven
    Though I am not at all surprised by your continued effort on behalf of Scouting and its youth, it is great to see you still have the enthusiasm that was always present when we worked together. Keep up the good work. Hope to see you at Fort AP Hill next summer! Dale Anderson

  6. Sven,
    It is great to see you in the spotlight. We were a good team when you were living in Cincinnati, Ohio. I recently saw a scout from the old days and he was introducing me to his son, now a Tenderfoot Scout.
    See, Scouters do make the difference in the life of a youth. Keep up the good work and I will Meet You On The Hill next year.

  7. I met Sven several years ago at the Philmont Volunteer Training Center. I was impressed with his enthusiasm, knowledge, commitment, and energy for Scouting!
    I was also impressed with his tagline and how it conveys his love for the program.
    It is great to see him featured in this venue.
    Tom Jansen
    Center for Professional Development, BSA

  8. You never know just how far your influence will reach or how many young men’s lives you will impact. I have two sons who are Eagle scouts and a third well on his way. Though he may not have known it at the time Sven’s influence traveled hundreds of miles away to my oldest son, Eagle scout,Venturer and involved Scouter….Who also happened to marry his oldest daughter.

  9. Can’t agree more – a terrific Scouter and a really great guy. He’s a very effective leader and inspires his teams to do more to create a safer scouting experience.

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