Re: Size of District
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Sat, 31 Jan 1998 23:34:31 -0600
Paul Brown wrote regarding size of Districts:
>Our district has about 195 units. A neighboring district has slightly
>more. The BSA "standard" is 50 units/district. As far as I know, this
>is a means to provide employment for DEs.
The BSA uses a ratio of units to volunteers to youth to professionals in
deciding how many professionals are in a District and how "large" a District
should be. Of course, much of this is laid on the Council's Scout Executive
and the Council's Executive Board, because natually, the larger the number
of Districts, the larger the number of professionals you'll need to support
In 1996, the BSA says: (these numbers are rounded off)
For every 2200 youth members, there's 55 units with 725 registered
volunteers supporting them and one professional member.
The ratio allows the Council to "chart its growth" and to provide a way in
which they can project what will happen under community growth or death in a
specific area or Council-wide. It also gives that SE a chance to actually
go into United Ways or Appeals and request more (or less) money to support a
growing (or dying) local Council operation.
Based on those figures, GW District should have three professionals (a
District Director and two District Executives, or a Senior District
Executive and either two District Executives or a District Executive and
Associate District Executive) (and we both know, should *really be a Council
heehehee*). What the National Cap Area Council has done is to provide a
two-person District team with one of the District Executives a "entry-level"
pro while the other one either a SDE or a more senior District Exec.
In my opinion, the split of the two Districts and the Exploring Service Area
(Area 1, I believe) into several smaller (I don't think they'll get seven
out of it, but they could I would imagine!) Districts should have been done
a while back, when the management team at the Council office could have
supported it. With the cutback in "middle and senior management" in many of
our Councils, the Council will have to hire either two Field Directors or
one of the District Executives will have to be hired as a District Director,
with supervision over three other of the Districts. That Field
Director/District Director team will have to be supervised at the Council
level, and I don't believe that the Council can support an Associate
Director of Field Services for the northern Virginia Districts.
I would really hate to see the "slimmed-down" George Washington District,
Paul....One of the advantages of having such a large district is the ability
to do some rather creative and demanding programs...and to get results from
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