Re: I have some doubts.
or blackeagle ("Settummanque)
Sat, 25 Apr 1992 21:58:00 EDT
The Boy Scouts of America's organizational chart is somewhat in need of
several messages, so I will start with the national organization on this
message....future messaages will come with the topics of our Regions,
then Councils/Districts, then units in order of Boy Scouting, Cub Scouting,
Exploring and newer programs last. This should help format the discussion of
various topics and allow those on here with absolutely more knowledge than
I to further explain the generic explainations that I will give here.
The BSA is organized at the National level with a National President, elected
by the represenative membership biyearly at a National Meeting. To assist
him (or her....we have never had a female President!)....he (she) has five
national vice-presidents (in the areas of administration, program, finance,
council support and operations), a national Commissioner (which is a new
position not used since Daniel Carter Beard served as this national officer
and oversees the work of volunteer commissioners nationwide) and the
professional staff, headed by the Chief Scout Executive.
The volunteers that elect the national officers are both national members
of various committees along with "national council representatives" elected
from each of the BSA's 417 local Councils, depending upon size of the council
involved (no less than one; may be as many as 16 in LA, 22 in the total five
The national officers are chairs of our nation's corporations and businesses.
Some, like Ross Perot, whom was a national vice president in the mid-80s, are
also in the political limelight. The President of the United States is
the Honorary President of the BSA; likewise, all previous Presidents of the
US as well as the BSA are Honorary Vice-Presidents of the movement.
The National Staff consists of some 440 or so people occupying two buildings
in Irving, Texas (about midway between Dallas and Fort Worth). There are
additional staff located in New Jersey, Georgia, Texas, California and
Missouri; within a national distribution center in North Carolina, and
at the National training centers in Texas (for professionals) and at
Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico (for volunteers and some paraprofessionals).
The national staff gives advice and overall direction to the programs of the
BSA from Irving.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City