Re: Old scouts in HQ
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Wed, 10 May 1995 16:38:50 CDT
JIRI DANDA <XDANDA@DINF.FSV.CVUT.CZ> writes:
>I'd like to ask you two questions:
>1. Could you guess, what is the average age of your National HQ?
No guesses here...the average age of the folks which work at the BSA's
National Office, is (as of 1993, anyways), 33 years of age. The
youngest being 17, a worker in the mailroom; the oldest being either
the National Director of Operations or the Associate Director of
Education, whom were both "over 58", according to the materials I have
Since I've haven't been able to get a copy of the 1994 National Office
Fact Sheet, I guess that's the closest guess.
>2. Are there any limitation for candidates there? I'm interested
>mostly in the age limits.
Well...all professionals which work there must be at least 21 years of
age and "of sound moral and spirital character". All
professional-technical positions are 17 or older, with preference
going to Scouts, former Scouts, Scouters, former Scouters, and
Explorers. Professional-technical positions are those positions which
support the professional (i.e. secretarial, logistical, and support
management) in accomphishing their tasks.
Most if not all of the professionals at the National (and for that
matter, the four Regional offices) must have served "in the field" as
a member of a local Council office prior to their appointment. Folks
don't get to stick around the National Office too long....there's
supposed to be a four-six year turnaround time in which those
professsionals working at Irving return to the field as Council Scout
Executives, as members of Regional staffs, or as field professionals
(ideally field directors, program directors, associate Council
Executives or as Exploring directors).
> Here, in the Czech republic, any old scout (it means an adult member
>of the movement - like scouter, leader, member of guilda - older then
>18) with sufficient scout's education (leaders examination and Wood
>Badge) could candidate to the HQ. Here is no other age limit.
Volunteers don't get to work at the National Office but they can serve
on one of 38 national-level committees or support groups for
generally three years at a time. They get to work closely with one or
several national professional staff members, and occassionally get to
go to the National Office (as I've done for five and a half years), to
work with senior professionals or volunteers. They don't get a office
there (with the exception of the National President, the four National
Vice-Presidents, the National Commissioner and the International
Commissioner, BSA) and have to come up with their own monies to get to
and from Irving. There is no age limit and some of the positions
(for instance, the National Chief of the Order of the Arrow, the
National Explorer President, and the National Cub and Boy Scout
Representatives) are competitive slots. In the USA, we have some
National committeemembers whom are upwards of 80 years of age; our
National Cub Scout Representative is nine years old.
Those volunteers that are selected to serve on one or several
National-level committees are experienced Scouters for the most part;
most of them have attended Wood Badge, the National Camping School,
and several other training courses according to position. They have
also been "in the trenches" with units for several years, and have
culled a positive track record with a or several local Councils.
Hope that answers the questions!
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