scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Council Merger - Uniforms
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Sun May 09 1993 - 21:52:33 CDT
Kevin O'Hare asked:
>Is there a resource that explains the rankings of Scouting professionals?
Yes, there is....well, kinda...
>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
A while back, I had a "prototype website" set up, called the "Cardinal
Council". The "Council" was truly, Kevin, a "virtural Council" -- NONE of the
facilities, the people, nor the units -- were REAL. They were all made up
because at that time (1993-95), I was receiving about two to five inquiries
a day asking "how do we set up a Council website" and "what items should we
have in a Council website" or a District website.
One Scouter responded after viewing the site, "If MY Council had those
good-looking men and women, we would NEVER have any problems raising monies,
or getting kids to join....and man, I've GOT to find out where that Camp is.
A Holiday Inn ON THE PROPERTY??"
Yeah, while the Camp was a *bit* "pie in the sky" and was a "Luxus camp" (as
opposed to "Caddy camps" we all talk about), and while the people managing
the program were all "good looking and way above average (one of the Senior
District Executives was a former Miss Kentucky Junior Miss!), the idea was
to introduce professionals and volunteers to what COULD go on a website and
to volunteers HOW a Council is structured.
Since that time, the BSA has once again restructured its Council
organizational charts....not much, but enough to provide several varations.
So, as I explain how a TYPICAL COUNCIL (the "Cardinal Council") is NOW
structured, don't take it that if YOUR Council doesn't have these people,
that "something's wrong with our Council!!" It's not. Council organization
depends on several factors -- the size of the territory, the number of
Scouts and units that the Council provides support to, the ability of the
volunteers to raise the funding to support the structure, and the
demographics of the Council...among other things.
Here we go....
The Council is led professionally by James "Buddy" Lockhart. Buddy is the
Scout Executive of the Council, headquartered at the Council's camping
facility in New City, Kentucky. Buddy came from a Council where he was the
Council Executive. Either title is used, depending on the amount of
compensation that the senior executive receives. In other words, Scout
Executives make more money than Council Executives (and have MORE
RESPONSIBILITY, the real reason for the title!!) Despite the alternate
title, ALL Council Scout Executives are
referred to as "Scout Executives" in correspondence.
He has two priniciple assistants: a Director of Field Services and a
Director of Support Services. In smaller Councils, those two positions are
combined into a position called "Associate (Assistant) Scout Executive", or
ACE. In larger Councils, he may have in addition to Directors of Field and
Support Services, a Director of Camping Services and a Director of
Developmental (finance) Services.
This is the senior-level management team or staff of a local Council.
Each "Director of" supervises two or more Directors under them. In the case
of the Cardinal Council, there are SEVEN such "Directors" under the two
senior Directors. Under the Support Services, are the Finance Director, the
Program and Public Relations Director and a Camping Services Director.
Under the other "Director of", the senior of the two (the Director of Field
Services is normally the senior of the two senior directors in this format),
supervises two Field Directors and a District Director.
With me so far?? Okay.
The Field Directors are "middle managers", responsible for special
programming in Councils without those other "special directors". For
instance, in YOUR Council, a Field Director may have the responsibilities of
taking on public relations and camping operations IN ADDITION to his or her
A Field Director normally supervises four or more field professionals. In
the Cardinal Council's case, Maggie Renaker, supervises four field
professionals: the Senior District Executives of the East and West Districts
and the District Executives of the East and West Districts.
The other Field Director, Craig Everett, supervises three field executives:
the District Executives of the South and North District along with the
Associate District Executive of the North District.
There's also a District Director in this Council (and maybe yours as well).
In this Council's case, Steer Brown (yeah, that's his name! I had a bit of
fun making up the names of these folks!) serves as the Central District's
senior executive. Under his direction, he has a District Executive and an
Associate District Executive working the city of Frankfort, Kentucky.
Additionally, because Steer has some Council-level responsbilities (he also
coordinates statewide Scouting events and serves as liaison to the state
government and cabinets), that's why he's a "District Director" (and is paid
almost as equal as a Field Director....a little bit more than Field
Directors), instead of a "Field Director." He also supervises two
Steer also is THE SENIOR District "executive" in the Central District.
(those of you whom haven't caught on...the city of Frankfort, Kentucky is
the state capitol and a very urban center).
Each Director (Field, District, Program, etc.) normally has at least one but
more than likely several executives or other employees under their
management. Because this Council is like many "making the transition" from
Exploring to Venturing and Learning for Life, the Program Director
supervises an Exploring Executive and two Venturing Executives; the Camping
Services Director supervises five Camp Rangers, three Paraprofessionals and
two employees; the Finance Director supervises a Finance Executive and a
Developmental Programs Executive.
Finally, the Districts have one or more of FIVE TYPES of field executives:
*the lowest professional is called an Associate District Executive.
*the next, depending on size and scope of the District, is a District Executive.
*next, again depending on size and scope of the District, and other
responsibilities he or she may have, is a District Executive/muliple person
(DE/mp). A DE/mp normally does the field work of two (or more) field
executives and are being compensated appropriately for that "double duty".
*next, again, depending on size and scope of the District, is a Senior
District Executive. Senior District Executives (SDEs) supervise a team of
two (or three in some extraordinary circumstances) field executives,
*and finally, again, depending on size, scope, and number of professionals
to supervise, is a District Director. Again, District Directors are
considered in most Councils as "middle managers" and in addition to
supervising up to four other professionals, he or she also has Council-level
responsibilities and tasks on top.
EVERYTHING I've wrote here, Kevin, is dependent upon those factors (and
other factors, for instance, the availablity of entry-level professionals
and the types of Districts), so your Council's professional structure may
vary from this.
To help you out, I DO have some resources online (and will put back some
additional items this week):
*there is a link which shows the badges of office for each of the above
positions. It's located as part of the Unofficial Insignia and Uniform
Online Guide at
*I'll repost the "What is a District" and "What is a Council" pages back to
Leaders' Online (tm) the latter half of this week; we are trying get out
Binders this week, and I'll be working with Jessi to get those packaged and
out to all of the Scouters whom ordered and have been patient with us!
*and if there's enough interest, I'll repost the rest of the Cardinal
Council pages to my website.
Kevin, I hope this information is of use to you and other volunteers out
there wondering the same thing...and I hope that I made it clear enough for
everyone to understand without being too technical.
(and all of you fellow pros out there, if there's additional positions OTHER
THAN the "Senior Exploring and Exploring Executives" (left out on purpose!)
that I've failed to explain, PLEASE chime in and help me to explain it!
Thanks for asking, Kevin!!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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