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Updated 27 February 2015
Updated 27 February 2015
255 Reviews
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Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock
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Pros
  • Can truly make a difference in the lives of today's youth (in 15 reviews)

  • You get to meet great people trying to better their community (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Ultimately I left to achieve a better work life balance for my family's sake (in 17 reviews)

  • Hours can be real long and there are many nights and weekends (in 15 reviews)

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    BSA full time position

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work. Key leaders in the community. Great support system. Full benefits upon hiring for full time staff.

    Cons

    My wife will not sew on my uniform patches

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more great young people to make this movement grow!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Program Aid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    Working with school age kids to increase their interest in scouting with science, math, and art.

    Cons

    Driving across town in rush hour traffic to get to a school that gets out at 2:45 and 3:00pm.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to get started

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    Current Employee - District Executive
    Current Employee - District Executive

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    Training and work life balance

    Cons

    Salary and Working weekends is not always great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be proactive and look to other non profits for ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Hard work, but the best work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    Best group of people you'll ever interact with.
    Great training and real world experience.

    Cons

    You're there for 8.5 weeks straight.
    Very top-heavy leadership.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Camp Wolfeboro Staff

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Arnold, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Arnold, CA (US)

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    An incredible opportunity to spend a summer in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Great staff spirit and camp traditions keep it one of the best in the area despite its occasional lack of resources. Great opportunity to learn working skills and personal responsibility as a student.

    Cons

    The camp is limited primarily by its budget. Buildings are aging (can be seen as a good thing). Pay is reasonable but not incredible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stressful District Executive Lifestyle

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    Former Employee - District Executive
    Former Employee - District Executive

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to contribute to a program that prepares young men for the real world. Get to play a role in the creation of scout units, summer day camp, yearly popcorn fundraiser, and actually "see" the results of your effort. Opportunities to hone public speaking and sales skills.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance if you are planning on having a life outside of work. During Friends of Scouting (council fundraising) season and school recruitment expect 80+ hour work weeks with events on weekends. If your council is struggling it will be extremely difficult to make the money and manpower quotas imposed on you. Cold calling for donations. Must stay in your current position for a minimum of 3 years before being eligible for promotion to Senior District Executive, where you will do the same thing for another 3 years. Low pay for the hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like all service organizations, the BSA is struggling with a decline in membership and funding. Be willing to support new District Executives by providing them the tools to be effective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Best place to work and meet new people and friends I would defiantly recommend working for the Dining Hall great bosses

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    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager in Cimarron, NM (US)
    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager in Cimarron, NM (US)

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Hours are great you get to hike for free and a great view of the mountains great people to work with and awesome bosses

    Cons

    The pay is not too bad

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    District Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    Culture, build network, flexibility, self manager

    Cons

    Too many responsibilities to juggle, low pay, good Ol' boy philosophy, no work life/job balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to lead

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Your Mileage May Vary

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    Former Employee - District Executive in Findlay, OH (US)
    Former Employee - District Executive in Findlay, OH (US)

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The BSA can be a great organization to work for. Many great interactions with volunteers and Scouts alike. Programs are fun to run and some people truly appreciate the work you do, and will let you know it.
    This all depends on where you work, of course, and the situation of your territory.
    The training at the National headquarters in Texas is top-notch. If you are in the right area, advancement may happen quickly.

    Cons

    Long Hours, Minimal Vacation. You are pretty much always "On Call". Even when I was on one of my 12 (never consecutive) vacation days per year, I would get calls from my boss to take care of things. Newer technologies (smartphones, Skype) make the leash even shorter.
    Management varies wildly. My experience was fraught with micro-management and being given no track for advancement or transfer to a different council once the regime changed.
    When you go to training in Texas, you meet other District Executives from all over the country. I got to see my fellows promoted and supported in ways that our council just didn't do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers are amazing. When I started with the BSA in Ohio, we had a Scout Executive who was all about recruitment and putting on good programs. "Get the kids in the door with a promise of good programming and then deliver" would sum up what was most important to him.
    After 6 months, that Exec retired and we got in a new one totally focused on Finance. This sounded great to the Board, but things went poorly after that. Nearly the entire staff, including some 5-10 year veterans, was turned over. Making money was the primary focus. We didn't hit membership targets, camp enrollment suffered, and surprise! We lost money. After one camp season there was a $50,000 deficit, and we happened to have an Field Director who was suddenly superfluous. She was unceremoniously cut, just like the rest of us.
    Well, the Districts lost money. Due to the SE schmoozing with the industries throughout the territory, the central council campaign did well on paper, which was enough to get this SE promoted out of our Council.
    My position was eliminated (along with several others) to create 4-county super Districts as a cost cutting measure. None of the subsequent District Execs in that District last long; there are just too many dashboard hours and too many volunteers to try and keep happy. The volunteers are unhappy anyway, because they now have to travel across two counties to get to district events.
    Be like my first SE. Recruit and keep them coming back with solid programming, and the money will follow.
    Play a numbers game and everyone loses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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