RE: BSA Provessionals & Volunteers
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Mon, 29 Mar 1993 19:42:51 CST
Gino Lucrezi <lucrezi@DSIAQ1.ING.UNIVAQ.IT> writes:
>I have seen many roles in BSA are held by professionals.
>Since this is something very different from what we do, I would like to have
>What kind of roles are usually held by pros?
The professional members of the Boy Scouts of America work in the
local Council as "secretariat" for the many volunteers that cannot do
much of the administrative work neccessary to keep the program going.
If you place the word "secretary" after the word "executive", it
pretty much describes what they do. Both males and females are
executives currently--this is a new trend in BSA's Scouting program.
Previously, women served as executives to in-school and Exploring
programs, served as professionals managing Cub Scouting programs as
the Regional basis, and mostly as professional-technical positions
working as registrars and as supply persons.
The BSA has a formula of one professional for about 720 youth (this
was the formula in 1990..Kathy C, do you have the current formula??)
and 350 adults. This formula made the basis for hiring fulltime or
parttime professionals to work.
Each District has at least one Executive "secretary". This person
represents the District's Chair, Commissioner and other volunteers at
Council-level events when they cannot attend; assists in raising a
great deal of the finances to run the operation at the local level;
assists and in some places *is* the person that recruits youth members
to join Scouting; and trains and coaches those volunteers that serve
on the District's Committee. He or she also "takes up the slack" in
places where volunteers may volunteer for jobs ut cannot or do not
perform the job that they volunteer for.
Each local Council has a Council Executive/Scout Executive "secretary"
that does the same things that the District counterparts do except on
a Council-wide level (the name, Gino, depends upon the size of the
Council. Most Councils have a Scout Executive; some larger ones have a
Council Executive). To assist the Council/Scout Executive, Councils
have the authority to hire Field Directors (one for each three field
executive) and Directors of program elements in larger Councils (such
as Directors of Support Services, Field Services, Camping Services,
Finance and Development Services, etc...). These people supervise
other fulltime or parttime or both professionals.
There is generally ONE supervisory professional per each 7-12 local
Councils, called an Regional Area Director. His job is to do the same
things that Council/Scout Executives do except that of recruiting
youth members, as well as supervising and advising the Council
professionals and their volunteers. Most professionals refer to these
men and women as "hit men" because their twice-a-year visits to your
Council usaully end up with him hitting the Council for something that
they have not done or done according to the Regional standard in that
At the four Regional offices, there are about 22 professionals, most
of them are the Regional Area Directors mentioned above. There are
also professionals that manage personnel hiring thoughout the Region,
operations of Scouting programs throughout the Region, advises
volunteers and professionals in finance techniques and maintains the
records of the local Councils sent to their offices.
There is also a Regional Director whom also acts as a Deputy Assistant
Chief Scout Executive-(either Northeast, Southern, Central or Western
Region). Like his counterparts on the local District, Council and Area
levels, he advises and represents the Regional Chair/National Vice
President of the BSA for that Region, other volunteers on various
Regional and National committees, and other volunteers. There also two
youth members that he or his staff works with: the Regional Chief of
the Order of the Arrow and the Regional Explorer Chair.
At the National Office, there are about 275 fulltime and about 174
parttime professionals that provide the day-to-day overall national
management of the BSA programs. Some are specialists in various areas
and others are generalists, heading up one of the program divisions,
the Supply Division, or one of the supporting divisions geared to
train the volunteer, provide support to the local Council and to give
camping and engineering services to local Councils and the National
All said and done, there are about 2254 fulltime and about 542
parttime professionals employed (for money) with the Boy Scouts of
>Are they usually former volunteers? Do they work full time? Are they paid
>more/less/the same than comparable jobs in other offices?
Ask ANY professional and they will tell you that they earn a LOT LESS
than professionals in other fields compariable to theirs. Most of
them will also tell you that the money is NOT the reason why they are
there. Others will tell you that they have to leave the profession
because the money is not even enough to support a "typical" family.
The starting salary of most professionals range between $17,9K and
$22,5K. There are a LOT of varibles that come into play....the
location, job, lenght of experience (some professionals "return to the
profession" after a certain lenght of time because they have earned
the right to do so; they re-enter the profession at the same rate of
pay that they left in), and of course, how much the local Council can
afford to pay them. Despite what I've read from some sources that
there are lots of Council/Regional/National professionals that make
upwards of $100,000 a year, I can assure you that there are only seven
or eight professionals that even come half-way close to that figure:
the Chief Scout Executive, the National Director of Operations,
perhaps the National Director of Adminstration/Chief Financial
Officer, and the four Regional Directors.
ooops....most of the professionals recently hired have NEVER been in
Scouting...there was once an unwritten "ploicy" that professionals
MUST be Eagle Scouts. I guess when women were allowed, and the
slant of what they were looking for (fund-raisers as opposed to
administrators or trainers or pr people) changed, the "policy" kinda
went to the wayside. This is a strong problem between our
professional staffs and the volunteers in many local Councils.
Thanks for asking!
Mike L. Walton
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