scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: The rankings of Scouting professionals ( Was: Re: Council Merger - Uniforms)
Hank Voegtle (hvoegtle@IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon May 08 2000 - 10:12:34 CDT
You asked about the rankings of professional scouters. I hope this helps.
I've been taught there is really no difference between District Executives,
Senior District Executives and District Directors. This is best explained
by the fact that they are all serving as first line professionals and have
contact with unit leaders and district personnel. On the joking side, the
difference is explained as follows:
A DE gets an annual salary of $24K and a Council supplied car--in this case
a Neon with a stick shift, no A/C, and an AM radio.
A Sr. DE gets an annual salary of $25K and a Council supplied car--still a
Neon and still with a stick shift, but broken A/C that can be fixed out of
the executive's own pocket, and an AM/FM radio.
A DD gets an annual salary of $26K and a Council supplied car--again a
Neon, but with an automatic transmission, working A/C and an AM/FM radio.
The Director of Field Service is the supervisor of the DEs, Sr. DEs, and
DDs. Depending on the council size, there may be an intermediate level of
professional staff. Carwise, the DFS probably gets a Dodge Intrepid or
The Council Executive Staff are other professionals who serve more
specialized roles such as director of camping, finances etc. Again, this
is an area where each council may vary. Carwise, if they can they'll
probably take a car allowance over a vehicle and use it to make payments on
I'm sure Mike Walton or others on the list will provide a more accurate
version of the hierarchy.
At 11:03 PM 5/7/2000 -0400, you wrote:
>Is there a resource that explains the rankings of Scouting professionals?
>After being back in Scouting for five years, as my son has progresses so
>have I, becoming more involved with events run by the District and Council
>as opposed to being exclusively involved in Troop activities.
>As a result I have begun to deal with more professionals and am confused by
>their titles. My District has a District Director, it formerly had a
>District Executive that seemed to have the same responsibilities. At this
>months Roundtable I was introduced to the new Field Director, I was on staff
>this weekend for a Philmont preparation course and worked with a
>professional whose patch said Council Executive Staff. I think I have a
>pretty good handle on the volunteer positions, but a list of them might show
>me confused there also.