Alpha Phi Omega and Scouting Summary
“Alpha Phi Omega is a national college service fraternity located at over 350 college and university campuses throughout the nation. Although the fraternity is not part of the Boy Scouts of America, it was founded upon and operates under the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.” per the BSA Chartered Organization Resource Guide (2014 printing, p. 5).
Some Alpha Phi Omega (APO) chapters co-register as BSA Venturing Crews. Some APO chapters sponsor units as a BSA chartered organization. APO has a special relationship with BSA and is listed in the Boy Scout Handbook (2016 printing, p. 437).
The National Council of the BSA recognized Alpha Phi Omega as the National Honorary Scout Fraternity for BSA members in 1932.
BSA sponsors APO member participation in World Scout Moots (Wikipedia page). APO sponsors a APO service team at BSA National Jamborees. APO with the help of its chapters, recognizes Scouts who have achieved Scouting top awards (or “top ranks”) through its Scouting certificates program.
Service to Scouting is part of the APO service program. APO group service projects include, but are not limited to: running or assisting at Merit Badge training events, camp clean-up and tree-planting in the spring, and assisting at food collection centers for BSA’s Scouting for Food events (usually in November). Each APO chapter has a Service Vice President who is the chair of the chapter’s Service Committee.
APO members (male and female college students and advisors) and alumni serve Scouts as BSA volunteers at all levels of BSA. Other opportunities for APO member individual service include serving youth as Merit Badge Counselors, STEM program Counselors and Mentors, commissioners to support units, and as council volunteers.
Scouting volunteers and professionals serve as Scouting and Youth Service Advisors on APO chapter advisory committees. Many APO chapters were founded or re-established with the help of BSA volunteers and professionals during the decades before and after World War II, and all the way up to the present time.
– William Wells and Charles Howard-Gibbon (2015, updated 2018)