Scouting Alumni & Friends: Behind the Scouting Alumni Association’s new name, logo

The Scouting Alumni Association has changed its name to Scouting Alumni & Friends, a reminder that the group is open to anyone who wants to help further Scouting’s mission — even those who were never in Scouting as young people.

The Scouting Alumni & Friends name and logo are being officially unveiled at the BSA’s annual meeting next week in Florida, but Bryan on Scouting readers get a sneak peek today.

Here’s the logo. Below it, I’ve explained how different parts of the logo represent the mission of Scouting Alumni & Friends.

Scouting Alumni & Friends logo

  • The acorn: An established icon of the Scouting Alumni & Friends awards program (like the National Alumnus of the Year award), the acorn suggests a seed from which much can grow. It is a call to alumni and friends to spread the word about Scouting.
  • The letter A: This stands for alumni, and it’s meant to look like a varsity letter. As a Scouting alumni or friend, you’re part of a team, too.
  • True Blue: The color of the central image is rendered in “True Blue,” which signifies the loyalty of Scouting Alumni & Friends toward the Boy Scouts of America.

What does Scouting Alumni & Friends do?

Scouting Alumni & Friends is Scouting’s alumni network, and it helps individuals reconnect with Scouting and the specific Scouting organizations that are important to them.

The group provides a way for Scouting alumni to reconnect with their Boy Scout troop, Sea Scout ship, Explorer post, Venturing crew, summer camp staff, Wood Badge troop, Alpha Phi Omega chapter, Order of the Arrow lodge and more.

It also helps Scouting friends connect to the program in new and interesting ways.

Scouting Alumni & Friends provides best practices for alumni groups, powerful tools like its alumni database, and training courses at the council level and the Philmont Training Center.

Scouting Alumni & Friends also offers awards programs such as the Alumni Award and knot, special recognitions for years of service, and the Regional Alumnus of the Year and National Alumnus of the Year awards.

Who can become a member?

There’s only one requirement: You have to be a fan of Scouting.

Anyone who has been positively impacted by Scouting is welcome to join.

Why become a member?

In addition to supporting local Scouting, members get a number of alumni-only discounts, perks and services.

There are two membership levels:

  • Hiker (free): Includes a quarterly e-magazine, a bi-monthly newsletter and some BSA ringtones.
  • Pathfinder ($35 a year): Includes Hiker perks, plus a Scouting magazine subscription, an affiliation card, a lapel pin, a luggage tag, a window cling, discounts at major retailers and more.

Learn more and join today at the Scouting Alumni & Friends site.

Stay connected

You can follow Scouting Alumni & Friends on their social media channels to keep up with the latest news: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Coming soon

In the coming weeks, Scouting Alumni & Friends will be asked to “post your colors” to share your enthusiasm for Scouting. Stay tuned.


Thanks to James Delorey, vice chairman of Scouting Alumni & Friends, for the info.

5 Comments

  1. Interesting idea. Thanks for leaking this to us that don’t get to go to NAM this year.

    Interesting that the focus seems to be to retain those young people who recently left Scouting (and their friends) rather than trying to recapture us older folks who have wandered away. Great idea. Let’s make sure that we aim for both groups!

  2. The Alumni website needs work. Tried to renew my membership, and could not choose the free “hiker” membership. Instead, the only way to save all the contact and info data that I had just entered, was to click on the “select payment” button, which took you to a page to enter credit card info, which I did not want to do. So all the info I took time to put in I assume went nowhere. Also, there is a question as to what was the highest Boy Scout rank you earned. “Eagle” was not offered as a selection.

    • Hi Spencer,

      The renewal button is only for those that are renewing their Pathfinder membership. That is why the form is asking for payment information. If you don’t renew, you automatically become a Hiker because that is free.

      Also, the Eagle information is greyed out because the system automatically adds that information to your profile (The SAF doesn’t just let anyone self identify as an Eagle Scout). There are some cases where the information doesn’t populate. In those instances, folks can simply email the National Eagle Scout Association (nesa@scouting.org) or Scouting Alumni and Friends (BSAalumni@scouting.org), and they will get it added to your profile.

      I have passed on your feedback so that they can make the process more clear in the future.

      • When does Eagle information get loaded in? I looked at the list of Eagle Scouts from the Troop I serve from 2011 to now and less than half are listed

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