Agreement seals the deal for PADI Dive Centers and Resorts.
In a recent Boy Scouts of America (BSA) survey, scuba diving was one of the most proposed new merit badge topics for troops nationwide. Standing ready to fulfill this demand for the new Scuba Diving Merit Badge, PADI Americas entered into an agreement of mutual support with the BSA on 6 August 2009. This agreement positions PADI as an official BSA business affiliate and leads local BSA troops to PADI Dive Centers and Resorts. PADI Worldwide President and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Drew Richardson, and BSA Chief Scout Executive, Robert J. Mazzuca, signed the memorandum of mutual understanding during a meeting at the Boy Scouts national office in Irving, Texas, USA.
“PADI Americas has entered into an agreement with the Boy Scouts of America to work cooperatively with each other to establish and nurture Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews,” says Dr. Richardson. “Through diving, PADI Dive Center and Resort members can help Scouts develop the leadership, character and self-reliance skills that are key to the Scouting’s code of ethics.”
PADI Americas will be listed as an official business sponsor at the Boy Scouts of America’s sponsorship website. As part of the agreement, PADI Dive Centers and Resorts will also receive approved BSA logos and signage to display in their businesses. “There are more than one million Boy Scout and Venturing members in the United States,” says Bill Hamm, PADI Americas director of sales and field services. “With this sponsorship and the introduction of the new Scuba Diving Merit Badge, local troops will naturally seek PADI Dive Centers and Resorts for scuba diving fulfillment. This is an incredible opportunity for all PADI business members.”
PADI Americas staff worked in tandem with the BSA developing the new Scuba Diving Merit Badge pamphlet and will attend the BSA’s annual Top Hands meeting, where they will meet with BSA executives from more than 300 local councils to share information on the value of working with local PADI Dive Centers and Resorts and the BSA’s ability to use these facilities.
Since 1986, the PADI family has introduced more than 100,000 Scouts to scuba through ongoing support for the BSA’s national jamboree. Next year is the BSA’s 100th anniversary and PADI Americas has joined with BSA to facilitate Discover Scuba Diving experiences for approximately 50,000 Scouts. While onsite, PADI Americas staff will also guide troop leaders through the process of establishing a Scuba Diving Merit Badge program for their Scouts.
For more information on working with the Boy Scouts of America and fulfilling Scuba Diving Merit Badge requirements, email Bill Hamm or call 800 729 7234 (US and Canada), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2534.
About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.1 million young people between the ages of seven and 20 with more than 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.