Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1998: Re: Scout Exec. Salaries
Re: Scout Exec. Salaries
Jim Miller Sr.
Mon, 28 Sep 1998 10:56:25 -0400
Scouter Don asked:
I guess my question that has evolved now, is where did Jere
come from before he was the National Scout Exec? Was he a PRO
Was he a DE? Or a council Exec? How did he get selected
qualified as the TOP PRO scouter?
Does his background and experience come from running a fairly
organization? Or as a professional FUND raiser etc.
Does anyone really know his background? The reason that was
why he was carrying a gun really made me wonder as well.
Up until very recently, there was only one way to enter the ranks of
professional scouters, that is, as a DE. I say "up until recently"
because in the last few years, the BSA has begun hiring some specialists
such as data processing professionals and lawyers who specialize in
endowment development from outside.
The "scouting professionals" however all began in the same way and
worked their way up from DE to Senior DE to Field Director to Council
Executive, etc. etc. etc. Yes, Jere Ratcliffe was a DE. He was also, I
believe, a Scout Executive, in Nashville, if I'm not mistaken.
The Regional Directors also came up through the ranks, as did all the
line and most of the staff people at the regional and national level.
This is sometimes good, and sometimes bad. Sometimes it seems that the
BSA was the model upon which "The Peter Principle" was based, and at
other times you are thrilled that the national staff have "been there,
done that, and earned the T-shirt."
The current system isn't perfect, but personally I think its a good
thing that the guys in charge had to earn their way there through the
ranks. Used to be, you had to have been a scout in order to become a
DE. That's one I sometimes think should be brought back.
Jim Miller, Sr.