Wed, 23 Sep 1998 09:31:01 -0700
After working with professionals and volunteers alike for many years I have
come to believe that we get the level of professional management we deserve
and they are compensated to the level of rising expectation and
The salary levels which can be recommended by the relevant interest group
(the pros) are actually set and approved by the local council executive
The LCEB is usually made up of the local movers and shakers who themselves
are compensated using a complex formula(usual and customary business
practices) on the gross sales expected and the level of responsibility (Let
one biggie come up and your history ,pal)
In today business arena there is little distinction between profit and
non-profit re;salary of the top exec.
Executive salaries are the talk of the town now. (What about last year and
the years before).
Most volunteers have no idea what they pay their professional scouters.
What is a commissioner paid? What is a scoutmaster paid?
Ask your council for its current IRS Form 990. They have to show it to you
and there are sever penalties for foot dragging.
Ask the National Office for their IRS Form 990. For a small copy fee they
will send it right out and you can see for yourself what we pay for
Inform yourself. Self educate.
When you do not do this, then scouting becomes expensive no matter what
level you are participating in.
Have you ever served on the budget Cmte of a Camporee? Where does the money
Many of us are having so much fun participating (and competing) with our
boys in scouting that we dont watch the hen house...The the fox (sorry all
you foxes) sneak in and steal the chickens.
Due diligence is our charge and you can be effective here by learning the
process and then acting on your instincts at you local district and
Doesn't hurt to educate the COR either. They have the vote to approve or
disapprove the council budget.
What is your exec worth. Dont worry about the national exec or the council
exec next door to you. Thats not your business unless you serve on their
(National or that Council's) salary committees...But it is your business in
your council and you can make a difference if you really want to.
Red Coat in Spokane who has watched this process for 20 years
Think Globally ,Act Locally (Self interest wins everytime)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City