Local Scout executive talks with college students

Karmen N. Thornton visited New Orleans to meet with college students on Nov. 22. Thornton, a professional Scouter with the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, spoke to students at Loyola University in New Orleans about careers with nonprofit organizations. Thornton, a senior district executive with the Sweetwater District, met with the Introduction to Mass Communication class. She talked about job opportunities within the nonprofit arena, particularly with Boy Scouts of America.

Girls can be Boy Scouts too, Thornton told the group. Further stating that she wears the uniform and carries the message of Scouting into the schools and businesses. Thornton spoke about the four basic functions of a district executive: membership, finance, programming and unit service.

Thornton, who has been with the Atlanta Area Council for three years, also talked with senior public relations majors taking Loyola's PR Cases and Campaigns course. She provided insight into campaign development, particularly in working with nonprofit clients. The PR Cases and Campaigns class is developing a plan for the newly-reorganized School of Mass Communication. During the spring of 2006, Thornton served as the client for a similar campaign developed by PR majors at Georgia College & State University, who created more than a dozen PR-related projects for her district.