Re: Friends of Scouting - Yes/No
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@MARLIN.SSNET.COM)
Sat, 23 Sep 1995 07:14:05 EDT
When it comes to the idea of FOS paying for the salaries of professional
Scouters, please indulge me a moment and allow me to ask if it would be a
bad thing to downsize the size of the BSA's professional corps (those who
get paid for this)? After all, Baden-Powell was adamantly opposed to a large
professional hierarchy in Scouting. He felt volunteers should do the lion's
share of the work, since that would provide a leadership structure more
directly responsive to the Scouts the programme was being delivered to.
BSA has far and away the largest per capita professional leadership group of
all the Scout Associations that I am aware of. In most other countries, many
of the tasks given to the BSA "Pros" are handled by volunteers - including a
lot of the policy-making.
Does the BSA really need the financial overhead incurred by the
professional structure it currently has?
Does a service organisation like the BSA really need to be paying the
enourmous salaries at the top (I understand the Chief Scout Executive's
salary is well into the six digits...)?
While the local District Executive doesn't get a whole lot of money, is
there really a need for a paid professional at the District level?
Are there aspects of the services provided from the professional staff that
your Pack or Troop could get by with not having? If so, what might they be?
How would everyone feel about a larger share of the donated dollar going
more directly to serving the kids in the programmes?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City