DALLAS, August 2009 —The Boy Scouts of America has been named to the 2009 Associations Advance America Honor Roll, a national award competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Center for Association Leadership, Washington, D.C.
The BSA was recognized for its ArrowCorps5 project, which it touted as “five weeks, five projects, at five national forests.” In partnership with the U. S. Forest Service, the BSA’s Order of the Arrow selected five sites—in Missouri, Utah, Virginia, California, and Wyoming—tackling at least one of the Forest Service’s four major threats: fire and fuels reduction, invasive species, loss of open space, and unmanaged outdoor recreation.
More than 3,600 youth and adult Arrowmen from across the country participated in the national service projects, contributing 280,000 man hours of service worth $5.6 million in improvements.
Now in its 19th year, the prestigious Associations Advance America (AAA) Awardsprogram recognizes associations that propel America 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 this activity as an example of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society,” remarked Associations Advance America Committee Chair Janet C. Gibbs, chief financial officer of Feeding America.