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Jay Stuart Named Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Director of Sales and Marketing

January 6, 2020 in General, Press Release

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) has tapped outdoor industry veteran Jay Stuart to serve as the organization’s director of sales and marketing.

A marketing, sales and partnerships veteran with more than three decades of experience in the hunting, recreational shooting and fishing markets, Stuart brings a full suite of skills, savvy and vital relationships to support the USA’s efforts to unite labor union members for conservation and community service.

“Jay offers our team a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said USA CEO and Executive Director Scott Vance. “His reputation in the outdoor industry is second to none and we’re looking forward to growing our partnerships and mission delivery with his leadership.”

Stuart is excited to leverage his expertise and network of contacts to help expand the USA’s mission impact.

Stuart’s career includes three years as national sales director for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), where he established a stellar record for identifying and developing alliances that supported BSA’s mission and strategies for short- and long-range growth. He also served Remington Arms for more than a decade, in capacities including director of business development and vice president of key account and national conservation sales.

Stuart’s personal passions parallel the USA’s founding principles. He is a diehard proponent of introducing youth to hunting and the shooting sports, preserving the nation’s outdoor heritage and protecting Americans’ rights and freedoms, including those guaranteed under the Second Amendment.

“I am excited to be part of a fast-growing conservation organization that is dedicated to improving people’s lives, continuing our treasured outdoor traditions and conserving our natural resources for future generations to enjoy,” said Stuart. “I look forward to leveraging my extensive network of contacts in the shooting, fishing and outdoor brands to bring even more industry leading partners together in support of the USA’s mission.”

Union Volunteers Expand Boy Scouts’ Camp Meriwether Shooting Sports Facilities

August 14, 2018 in Conservation News, Press Release, Work Boots On The Ground

Camp Meriwether

Union volunteers helped construct three new ranges at Camp Meriwether.

Union volunteers recently teamed up with the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance to help complete an ambitious range-expansion project at Oregon’s Camp Meriwether that gives Boy Scouts from across the West Coast an enhanced shooting sports experience.

Sixteen volunteers from the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers (RWAW) Local 49 and Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Locals 737 and 296 donated 260 hours of skilled labor to help complete the $800,000 project, which added three new ranges to the popular camp.

The project was organized under the USA’s Work Boots on the Ground program.
Located in rugged coastal wilderness along the Pacific shoreline near Cloverdale, Oregon, 790-acre Camp Meriwether is considered the flagship of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) Cascade Pacific Council and can accommodate more than 500 campers each day.

Shooting sports including archery, air rifle, rimfire, shotgun and larger caliber firearms are collectively among the Boy Scout’s most popular activities. Yet for years, Camp Meriwether’s facilities were limited to just eight rifle shooting stations, eight archery stations and two shotgun stations.

Camp Meriwether

Sixteen volunteers representing the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers (RWAW) Local 49 and Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Locals 737 and 296 donated their time and talents to the project.

In 2013, the council launched an effort to expand the facilities with a 24-lane rifle range, 24-lane archery range and 10-station shotgun range. After years of planning, fundraising and site prep, the project’s final phase began in 2018. This spring and summer, union volunteers assisted in the framing, sheeting and underlayment for the three new range structures—more than triple the camp’s capacity to introduce youths to the shooting sports.

“The involvement of skilled trade volunteers is so important when a BSA camp takes on a major project,” said Frank Reigelman, BSA’s team lead for outdoor programs and properties. “Volunteers from the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance enabled Camp Meriwether to expand its shooting sports ranges to serve members with updated facilities. It’s a win-win as union volunteers enjoy an opportunity to help their communities and the camp receives a high-quality program area.”

“Kids from southern California to Washington get together here to learn about the outdoors and experience activities like archery, trapshooting and riflery,” added USA project leader Travis Hopkins, of RWAW Local 49. “This teaches them pastimes they can enjoy for a lifetime. But it also encourages them to expand their horizons and gives them confidence to try new things—which ultimately helps them become strong members of a healthy community.”

“The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is proud to help hardworking union volunteers expand Camp Meriwether’s facilities,” said USA CEO and Executive Director Scott Vance. “The Boy Scouts of America will use these new ranges to teach thousands of youths safe and responsible firearms and archery skills each season for years to come.”

An official dedication ceremony is planned as part of a grand opening celebration at the new range later this summer.

This isn’t the first time the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance has worked with Boy Scouts of America, and it certainly won’t be the last.