BSA Wins ASAE's 2007 Associations Advance America Award of Excellence


BSA Wins ASAE's 2007 Associations Advance America Award of Excellence

The Boy Scouts of America has won the Award of Excellence in the 2007 Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards program, a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and The Center for Association Leadership, Washington, D.C.

The BSA received the award for its Good Turn for America initiative. This program is now in the running to receive a Summit Award, ASAE and The Center's top recognition for association programs, to be presented in ceremonies at ASAE's 8th Annual Summit Awards Dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on September 25, 2007.

From May 2006 to April 2007, the Good Turn for America initiative resulted in 1,327,174 service hours. Here are a few of these projects: Scouts through the "Scouts Can" project have collected 114,164 pounds of aluminum (3,995,740 cans), amounting to $57,082, which will go to the building of a Habitat for Humanity house. In "Yard Charge," more than 3,000 Scouts, leaders, and parents raked, bagged, and disposed of fallen leaves of more than 4,000 homes of senior citizens. Scouts have adopted an area of City Park in New Orleans for year-round maintenance and improvements. After Hurricane Katrina, the City Park staff has been reduced and lacks revenue to perform even the simplest maintenance. Scouts gathered over 1,000 pounds of beef jerky, hard candy, powdered drinks, peanuts, phone calling cards, and hygiene items for our Army troops from Texas who are stationed in Iraq. In "Flags Forever," Scouts volunteered to place a flag in front yards throughout their neighborhood for nine holidays during the year. Scouts put up the flags in the early morning before school, and took them down again before nightfall.

Now in its 17th year, the prestigious Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards program recognizes associations that propel American forward--with innovative projects in education, skills training, standards-setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship, and community service. Although association activities have a powerful impact on everyday life, they often go unnoticed by the general public.

"The BSA's program truly embodies the spirit of the Associations Advance America campaign. It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase their activity as an example of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society," remarked 2006-2007 Associations Advance America (AAA) Committee Chair Charles A. McGrath, CAE, managing partner, client services at Bostrom corporation.