NCAC AND LABOR
The National Capital Area Council Celebrates the special relationship
between the Boy Scouts of America and organized labor.
estimated that one out of every four top unit leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy
Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturing crews in the United States is
a union member. That's a lot of union Scout leaders. Thousands of other union
members serve youth through the Boy Scouts of America in local districts and
councils, and on the regional and national levels.
recognition of their contributions to America's future, the AFL-CIO Executive
Council established the George Meany Award. It recognizes union members—men and
women—who have made a significant contribution to the youth of their
communities by volunteering in the programs of the BSA. The award is named for
the AFL-CIO's first president, who gave strong support to Scouting over the
The George Meany Award
Since the George Meany Award was introduced in 1974, more than 2,100
have been presented by AFL-CIO central labor councils and state federations
throughout the U.S. The award, a recognition approved by the national AFL-CIO
Executive Council, gives organized labor an opportunity to recognize members
for their service to youth, and also makes the public aware of the important
role union members play in the community
APPLICATION AND SELECTION
Meany Awards may be presented annually by each AFL-CIO central labor council
and by each AFL-CIO state federation. The central labor council will select its
may be downloaded here or obtained from your AFL-CIO central labor
council, state federation, or your area's AFL-CIO Community Services liaison,
or from your BSA local council or Labor Relationships, S226, Boy Scouts of
America, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.
recommended procedure for selecting a recipient of the George Meany Award is as
central labor council invites all local unions to submit their candidates for
the award. Any person, group, affiliated council, or local union may nominate a
Scouter/member for the George Meany Award. The nominees may be submitted
through their local unions or directly to the labor council. In any event they
must have the local union's recommendation as well as BSA council
central labor council makes the final selection of its recipients from the
candidates submitted. The selections and approvals are normally the
responsibility of the Community Services Committee of the central labor council
in conjunction with the Executive Board.
central labor council forwards the recipient's completed application,
containing all of the appropriate signatures and the processing fee, to the
Labor Relationships, S226, Boy Scouts of America, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane,
P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.
Relationships will mail the medal, certificate, patch, and all appropriate
central labor council or state federation may develop its own standards for
judging, but will consider such factors as the nominee's record in (see the
front page of the George Meany Award application):
- Promoting and expanding the use of the
American Labor merit badge.
- Recruiting youth to earn the American Labor
- Forming Scouting units, especially those to
be operated by local unions or other labor groups.
- Recruiting union members to become Scout
leaders, especially to become American Labor merit badge counselors and to
be involved in units operated by union organizations.
- Contributing to Scouting in the field of
labor relationships, and bringing the Scouting and labor movements
together to serve the community.
- Taking Scouter training and setting a good
example for youth.
- Promoting Scouting for all youth, regardless
of race, creed, or disabling condition.
a nominee's length of service in Scouting may be considered, no specific number
of years should be required. A person's record of accomplishment and dedication
should weigh more heavily than longevity.
PRESENTATION OF THE GEORGE MEANY AWARD
presentation should be made at one or more appropriate functions of the AFL-CIO
central labor council, such as the following:
counselor graduation dinner or awards banquet
addition, a presentation may be made at a BSA local council or district
function, such as an awards dinner or an annual meeting.
principal officer or the designated labor official representing the AFL-CIO
labor council giving the award should make the presentation in all cases.
state federation may also have a George Meany Award program; their application
process is the same, but their program and selection is separate from that of
the central labor council.
Download an application form for the
George Meany Award.
NCAC AND LABOR
For more on the relationship between Scouting and Organized Labor,
please see: Government,
Labor, and Management Awards Reception