Grant Recipient

Transurban Giving Back: Tony

Tony and Troop 149 Boy Scouts pose for a picture before a three-day wilderness backpack trip.

Vice President, Development and Major Project Support

What is your role at Transurban?
Tony (T): I am one of the senior managers in the D.C. Regional Office and currently responsible for a team of technical specialists across the areas of tolling, traffic management, roadway design and capital maintenance.

How long have you been at Transurban?
T: Since June 2003.

How are you involved in the community – do you volunteer, sit on a board, make donations?
T: I'm an Assistant Den Leader for a local Cub Scout troop. I help lead Den 2, Arlington Pack 149, a troop of 4th grade boys who are at the level of Webelos, which stands for "We Be Loyal Scouts." I am also a Parent Committee member and an active parent scouter (leader) for the Troop 149 Boy Scouts (age 11 and up).

What do you do within the Troop?
T: As a Den Leader, I help the kids learn life skills, outdoor awareness and community spirit. As they move up through the ranks, the kids take on more responsibilities themselves, and the leaders' role changes from direct input to guidance. When they are at the level of Cub Scout, there is more parental involvement such as help with fundraising, camping, etc. But that level of guidance lessens as the kids grow older.
As far as our specific troop, we work a lot with the local community. One event that we do every year is the Scouting for Food program which benefits the Arlington Food Assistance Center. For two weekends our troop goes and collects food in the local community and then we coordinate sending the supplies back to the shelter which distributes it to the people in most need.

Why are you involved in the community?
T: I'm involved because my eldest son is in the Boy Scouts, and my youngest is a Cub Scout, and I also like to give back to my community. It's a good way to get to know people and to support the development of kids in the community. And, I chose the Scouts because of its reputation in developing kids' life skills through positive values and leadership. I was a Cub Scout as a kid and really enjoyed it.

Why do you think that it is important to be involved?
T: I feel that it's important to be involved in some way and give back to the community. It is good to walk the talk – to demonstrate the values that you see as important.
It is also enjoyable because I see how the kids grow and develop and how they become better people, through learning and understanding many important life skills.

How can others get involved?
T: There are many different levels of involvement – as a committee member helping the pack/troop with various organizational activities, or as a leader. The packs/troops are often affiliated with churches so you can also become involved through your local church. Check this link out https://beascout.scouting.org/.

Are there any additional details you would like to share?
T: Boy Scouts is fun! There are enormous opportunities for the kids (and adults!)– as the boys get older there are more high adventure activities, they take on a more active role in deciding what to do – it is great from a personal development perspective.