scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Hiring Practices for professional
Mon Aug 14 2000 - 15:18:35 CDT
Wayne Mery <vseerror@LEHIGH.EDU> wrote:
> What are your council's practice in the hiring/assignment
> of District Executives, SPECIFICALLY as it relates to the
> level of volunteer (i.e. council/district commissioner,
> council/district chairman) involvement in the selection
> process? Also, your experience in failure/success with
> this process.
One factor in this issue is that professional scouters are hired as career
employees of BSA -- not your local district. They can be (and often are)
transferred from one council to another, even promoted up through the ranks
to national level. With this in mind, it would seem natural that
professionals are hired by their superiors -- other professionals.
Having worked as a volunteer in 5 councils, I can say that from my
experience, the opinions of volunteers are generally disregarded when
concerning the professional end of Scouting. A council president _might_ have
Of more concern to me is the general disdain of volunteers by a few
professionals. Even at the nuts-and-bols level that should be
volunteer-driven, I have even seen cases where district and council
committees, commissioners, and roundtable staff were little more than puppets
of the DE. Kinda like the tail waggin' the dog. Anybody not getting a
paycheck for scouting is considered to be clueless by those few professionals.
Regarding the high turnover of professionals some on this list have
mentioned: ask your DE what he gets paid. You'll be shocked, even disgusted.
They generally make less than your local public school teacher (and that's
disgracefully low in most cases). With the pitiful salary our DEs make and
the duties expected of them, we mostly get two kinds of people -- those who
can't get a job anywhere else, and those who are really committed to the
program. There is a handful of execs with a military pension and can actually
afford to live on a DE salary!