Modern Metals, the metal industry’s leading magazine, prominently features recent fundraising efforts of the Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, in its August 2014 issue. The council holds an annual fundraiser, the Metal Industry Dinner, which is attended by people in the metal industry from across the United States and around the world. According to the magazine, the dinner is recognized in the metals industry as one of the area’s most important events. The dinner benefits Chicago-area Scouting.
A strong link has been forged between the metal industry and Scouting: The BSA offers its youth members opportunities to earn the Metalwork and Welding merit badges through which Scouts are introduced to and educated about the metal industry.
In 2013, 13,259 Scouts earned the Metalwork merit badge, and 10,919 Scouts earned the Welding merit badge, a popular and relatively new merit badge introduced in 2012; 4,022 Scouts earned it in its first year.
Many top executives and employees in the metal industry are Eagle Scouts or are affiliated with Scouting, and they believe in keeping the Scout Oath of duty to country by giving back to their communities.
“I applaud the hard work, effort and dedication of the Boy Scouts of America, Chicago Area Council, for turning what began as a luncheon 44 years ago into a 1,000-guest dinner raising more than $500,000. And I encourage all readers of Modern Metals magazine to get a ticket to next year’s event, scheduled on May 7, 2015,” says Modern Metals magazine publisher Michael D’Alexander in his “Giving Back” article, which introduces the special feature.
Click on the link, Industry Invests in Scouting, to read Modern Metals’ special report in its entirety.