Re: BSA Provessionals & Volunteers
Kathy Chormicle (kchormi@EIS.CALSTATE.EDU)
Tue, 30 Mar 1993 06:39:39 -0800
On Mon, 29 Mar 1993, Gino Lucrezi wrote:
> I have seen many roles in BSA are held by professionals.
> What kind of roles are usually held by pros?
> Are they usually former volunteers? Do they work full time? Are they paid
> more/less/the same than comparable jobs in other offices?
> How many are there?
I am a Senior District Executive with the Ventura County Council, BSA in
California. I have been a professional for over 3 1/2 years. Yesterday,
all the professionals had a televised meeting with the Chief Scout
Executive, Gere Radcliffe. As of the first of the year, there are over
3300 professionals and by 1995, they estimate the need for around 3600.
There has been up to 4000 pros, but the BSA is reducing staff. There over
4.6 million Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorers in the United
In my council, the ratio of pro to Scouts is 1 to 1000 Boy Scouts. The
leaders do not really count. In the past, I have been responsible for 1900
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorers with over 700 voluteer Adults.
At times, working 70-80 hours a week becoming totally overwelmed.
All pros that are hired in the BSA are college graduates and have to go
through a very intense interview process. Before I was hired, I was asked
65 tape-recorded questions. Those questions were then analyzed to see if I
could do the job of a pro. This process included 4 in depth interviews in a
4 month time frame. Most new pros know nothing about Scouting. Sad, huh.
Yet we learn. I depend upon all my volunteers, as they are the best
resources. I do not know everything about Scouting and hope that I never
do. My volunteers ARE the Boy Scouts of America. I am just here to help
and assist that program. The starting pay scale is around $22,000 across the
USA. Salaries are not regionally adjusted. For example, in California
the new DE (District Executive) makes the same salary as the DE in North
Hope this helps. If you have any other questions, just e-mail to me.
Kathy Chormicle, SDE
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