• The Professional in Scouting

  • Posted: 06/03/2019

    Scouting: A Career of Character
    The Professional in Scouting
    The Boy Scouts of America provides a program for young people that builds desirable qualities of character, trains in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops their personal fitness. Scouting serves more than 4 million young men and women in every part of the country through more than 300 local council service centers. Nearly 4,000 professional Scouters lead, guide, and train more than a million volunteers. Scouting is a volunteer organization. The professional staff has the responsibility for working with volunteer committees and community leaders to recruit, train, guide, and inspire them to become involved in the program of Scouting.
    The professional Scouter in an entry-level position is assigned to a district or service area within a local council. The job responsibilities are broad and varied. Duties include promoting, supervising, and working in the district or service area through volunteers. Different aspects of the professional Scouter's job include:

    • Sales. The professional Scouter is responsible, through volunteers, for extending Scouting to religious, civic, fraternal, educational, or other community-based organizations.
    • Service. Major emphasis is placed on service. The professional staff ensures that all Scouting units are served through volunteer commissioners, regular roundtable meetings, training events, and activities.
    • Finance. The professional Scouter has responsibility for securing adequate financial support for Scouting in the assigned area. Working with volunteers, professionals recruit leadership for the Friends of Scouting and finance campaign efforts to meet the financial needs of the council.
    • Administration. The professional Scouter administers the Scouting program in the assigned district or service area.
    • Public Relations. Professional Scouters must recognize the importance of good working relationships with other professionals and with volunteers. Scouting depends on community support and acceptance. Professional leaders must have good communication skills and be able to tell Scouting's story to the public.



    The Boy Scouts of America offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes:


    • Dental
    • Vision
    • Long-Term Disability Plan
    • Group Life Insurance
    • Group Accident Insurance
    • Scout Executives' Alliance
    • Retirement Plan
    • Tax-Deferred Annuities
    All councils are equal opportunity employers. In addition to offering a competitive salary starting at $39,000, Professional Scouting offers benefits to include major medical, prescription coverage, dental, vision, life-insurance, long-term disability, accidental death, a defined benefit retirement plan, plus compensation for authorized and approved business related expenses to include phone and mileage reimbursement. We also offer generous vacation policy and ten holiday observances.
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
    • US citizenship or declared intention to become a citizen
    • Adult – at least the age of maturity in the state of residence
    • Willingness and ability to devote long and irregular hours to achieve positive objectives
    • Dedication – interest in devoting oneself to others and belief in the Scout Oath and Law
    • Adherence to BSA membership standards
    If you are an adult and a college graduate, you may qualify to become a BSA professional.  To Apply please email a resume and a Cover letter to kevin.mehrer@scouting.org.

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