Boy Scouts of America 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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  1. Overall this experience was not a bad one at all

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    It was fun working with all of the kids and helping them expand their minds along the way

    Cons

    Its very clicky and that discourages me from wanting to be part of this particular organization

    Advice to Management

    There wasn't management since I was a volunteer. The way this organization is designed is really done well and we were able to achieve all of the goals set forth by them.

  2. Door opening, experiencing gaining, rewarding job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Executive BSA in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - District Executive BSA in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great cause, good people in both your coworkers and the volunteers. I was satisfied with the compensation

    Cons

    Long hours, heavy commitment

    Advice to Management

    Lead with more motivation and heart. The outstanding people and great services provided by your organization will always allow for the business goals to be reached when you coach them with motivation and spirit.

  3. Great organization! It's not summer camp--it's a real job!

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    Current Employee - District Director in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Current Employee - District Director in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You are given a geographical territory in which you are basically the Executive Director similar to other local non-profit agencies, but beyond having fundraising and event budget responsibilities, you typically do not have fiduciary responsibilities (bookkeeping, payroll, etc.). This allows you to focus on the basic components of the job, 1) start new scouting units and recruit youth; 2) provide leadership to volunteer fundraising efforts to support the organization; and 3) recruit, train and motivate volunteers to carry out programs. Salary is very competitive with other non-profits. As a result you are able to develop and strengthen many professional skills such as public speaking, sales and persuasion, time management, customer service, flexibility, teamwork, leadership, decision making, self awareness, confidence and professionalism. In one day you can be meeting with a local judge or CEO, a rural pastor, and giving talks to kids at elementary schools. As a manager of your schedule, every day is challenging and exciting if you want it to be!

    Cons

    This job can be tough for perfectionists and those who are not able to work on numerous simultaneous projects. Not a good job for those who are not self-starters and need to be micro-managed. Also tough for those that lack planning skills and lack ability to schedule personal time for a work-life balance (not good for people that can't say no). While there are night and weekends, this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone working at an organization that relies heavily on relationships with volunteer leaders.

    Advice to Management

    The newer generation of employees require a high level of understanding, appreciation and instruction. The organization needs to continually "sell" itself on why one should work for the BSA. Keep offering professional development opportunities for staff and soliciting ideas from the top employees. Unfortunately the BSA is about 20 years behind in adopting current CRM and fundraising software which can be frustrating to younger employees who utilize technology at high rates.

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  5. you work a lot

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    Current Employee - District Executive in Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Current Employee - District Executive in Jacksonville, FL (US)

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Master time management and management and sales skills`

    Cons

    pay, Hours, high pressure, it takes 3 years for your first opportunity for a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    could prioritize things better so one person is not doing so many things at one time.

  6. 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.

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    Hire more great young people to make this movement grow!

  8. Helpful (4)

    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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Great place to get started

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Executive
    Current Employee - District Executive

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Training and work life balance

    Cons

    Salary and Working weekends is not always great

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive and look to other non profits for ideas.

  11. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Keep up the good work.

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