George Meany Award

Overview: Established by the AFL-CIO Executive Council for award to any adult union member who has made significant contributions to the youth of their community by volunteering in the programs of the BSA. It is estimated that one out of every four top unit leaders in the BSA is a union member. The award is named for the AFL-CIO's first president, George Meany (1894-1980), who gave strong support to Scouting over the years. More than 1500 awards have been presented since the award was established.

Requirements: (Nominations must be presented using G.M.A. application)
The central labor council or state federation may develop its own standards for judging, but will consider such factors as the nominee's record in:

  • Promoting and expanding the use of the American Labor merit badge.
  • Recruiting youth to earn the American Labor merit badge.
  • Forming Scouting units, especially those to be operated by local unions or other labor groups.
  • Contributing to Scouting in the field of labor relationships, and bring 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 handicapping condition.

Although 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 should weigh more heavily than longevity.