Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Who's What at National?
Re: Who's What at National?
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 14:17:52 -0600
Jay Thal asked:
Will someone publish a current BSA organization chart with
descriptive sidebars on who's where and what they are responsible
for, and (as important) what may be the limits of their authority.
That would take a LOT of time to do, Jay. It's NOT impossible, but
the BSA has taken great care not to "confuse us all" which all of
the "front office team" at National and what all they do.
However, here's a SMALL SUMMARY of how the BSA's organized (and to
those pros sitting in the back or side doors, don't laugh...I'm
using the last edition of the Scout Executive's Manaul that *I've
got* to answer this...if things have changed, PLEASE CHIME IN (and
if you don't want to post to the list, please post to me or Jon and
your posting can be placed here anonyomously!)
First, remember that the BSA wants you to know the functions and
players of YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL, Jay and not so much the functions
and people at the National Office; for it's the local Council
people that you and your fellow Scouters will (should) be working
with and where you should get the first line of questions answered.
With the disclaimers out of the way...
The BSA is organized into nine "working groups." This is a
management tool, aimed at getting people to think "outside their
realm of expertise" (outside the box) as well as to be able to back
up each other as the National Office's staffing shrinks over the
The Office of the Chief Scout Executive is where you'll find the
Chief Scout Executive, the Director of Operations, and their small
staff. Four Regional Directors have dual hats as Deputy Chief
Scout Executives as well as the senior professional within that
Region. Together, this forms the Chief Scout Executive Group.
The four Regions, and their professional staffing which includes
their Area Directors, and other staffers are each considered a
Regional Group (Northeast, Southern, Central, Western).
The other four Groups are Administration, headed up by the National
Director of Administration; Program, headed up by the National
Director of Program; Council Support and Management, which is
headed up by the Director of Personnel; and
Membership/Relationships, headed by a National Director of
(Look familiar?? The BSA uses the same "five functions" that many
of our Councils use -- Finance is rolled up in Council Support and
Under those groupings are twenty-one standing and eight "ad-hoc"
divisions and services, all corresponding to appropriate volunteer
In Membership/Relationships, there's:
In Program, there's:
*Cub Scout Program
*Boy Scout Program (with separate staffers for Boy and Varsity
Scouting, and for the Order of the Arrow)
*Venturing Program (with separate staffers co-mingled with the old
*Advancement/Eagle Scout Service (with separate staffers for the
Eagle Scout Service and for all other advancement...)
*Outdoor Adventure and Activities (with separate staffers for each
of the four national Outdoor bases and for Conservation programs)
Under the Council Support and Management Group, there's:
*Finance Support (with staffers in finance and investment, local
*Properties and Engineering
Under Adminstration, we have:
*Editorial (with separate staffers for _Boys'_Life_ and _Scouting_;
for internal publishing and printing and for external publishing
*Professional Development (and the Professional Development Center,
which also includes the Professional Recruiting folks)
*Volunteer Training and Development (which includes the folks at
Philmont's Volunteer Training Center)
*Personnel Administration and Benefits
*Marketing (with separate internal and external communications)
Within each Region, there's at least one professional that serves
as that Region's "representative" to each of the five groups above.
So, there's a Regional Director of Administration, Program,
Operations (this is called something else now, right?? that's what
my stubby pencil marks say!), and Membership/Relationships.
Other professionals serve as associates/assistants to those primary
Regional staffers or as Area Directors or Associate Area Directors
(if the area is large), the "supervisors and coaches" of the
Council's Scout Executives.
As far as matching up names to the divisions and services, I don't
have a complete list and it's unlikely that anyone outside of a
Regional staffer would have it. Limits of authority?? Well, they
all act on behalf of their volunteer counterparts and the Chief
Hope all of this helps out, Jay...sorry I couldn't be more
descriptive or "plug-in" the names to the positions for you!
(c) 1999 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") email@example.com
http://www.mninter.net/~blkeagle Burnsville, MN 55306-7130 (612) 435-3068
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