On September 13th, Joe Salvucci, Chairman NESA Pittsburgh and Ron Herring, Chair of the Corporate Eagle Scout Program, made a presentation to the Board of Directors of the Laurel Highlands Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Following are Ron's remarks to the board. The describe the program in great detail due to the fact that MSA, where Ron is a Sr VP has been executing this program with Eagle Scouts for the past decade. Details of what is required to bring this program into your company is contained in the tabs at the bottom of this page. For more information, contact Alex Stavros, at 412-325-7967 or by email Alex.Stavros@scouting.org.
First, I would like to thank the Laurel Highlands Council for providing the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association and opportunity to describe the Corporate Eagle Scout program and how it will benefit the council and area businesses and organizations.
My name is Ron Herring. I am a former member of this Board, but resigned when I took an expat assignment in Europe, and have lived in Germany and Switzerland for almost 6 years. I am a 1977 Eagle Scout from Troop 86, Marlboro NJ, in the Monmouth Council.
I currently serve as the Sr. Vice President of MSA Safety and President of MSA International, having returned to the area about a year ago. I am also the proud Father of two Eagle scouts from this council and Troop 17.
Joe and I are here to discuss a program that we believe will benefit Scouting, our new class of Eagle Scouts, Eagle Scouts in the area, the Council, our region and local businesses and organizations. It is also a program that has had success at my company, so the template that we use can easily be adopted by others. It also makes use of our time tested and very successful Eagle Awards dinner. I would fully expect this to increase participation in this already successful program too.
The Goal of the program is simple: Eagles helping Eagles, by Eagles seeking Eagles.
It is a simple 5 step process:
Step 1 Identify one Eagle Scout volunteer, or a Sr. Executive in your organization, who is actively involved in Scouting, to lead the Eagles seeking Eagles program.
Step 2 Identify Eagle Scouts, or active Scouting participants, within your organization who can help sponsor and mentor new Eagle Scouts.
Step 3 Sponsor a table at the Eagle Scout Awards Dinner, and recruit Eagle Scouts within your company to participate. This is probably the step that will evolve over time. I know at MSA, we have transitioned from interested parents, to a majority of our sponsors being Eagle Scouts themselves. Many of whom we recruited since the beginning of the program.
Step 4 Each participant in the Eagle Dinner, sponsors an Eagle Scout with related Career Interests. Some work is required here by the sponsors. We expect them to reach out to the Eagle and introduce themselves and what they do.
Step 5 Following the Eagle Scout Dinner, the company or organization, organizes an Eagle Day at your company. This typically occurs during the Winter Break, due to college and High School conflicts. At MSA, this involved about a half day, including lunch. Each sponsor, and sometimes other participants, would provide a background of what they did for a career and how they prepared themselves for their chosen career.
The benefits to Scouting are obvious I think. But in my mind, the greatest benefit is that we bring Eagles back into Scouting, perhaps earlier than they would have otherwise.
The benefits to the Sponsoring Company however, are also significant.
First, we identify high potential employees who have shown an early drive for success. We identify employees who have grown up with high ethical standards and values that align well with most corporate Value Programs. And once Eagles have found Eagles, there is no limits to the benefits they can bring to your organization, and to the community.
Our ask is simple:
Bring the program to your Company or organization.
Identify 8-10 Eagle Scout sponsors or committed volunteers. I would also encourage them to join NESA.
Sponsor a Table or Tables
Compile the biographies of your sponsors and work with the Council to match them up.
Schedule a date at your company and welcome the Eagles for a career day.
Repeat the next year.
Thank you for your time today. Joe will now provide you with some of the additional benefits of participation, a hand out from today’s discussion, and for the Eagles in this room, a special invite. We will also be glad to answer any questions you might have.