Boy Scouts of America Reviews

Updated July 18, 2015
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Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock
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Pros
  • It feels like you really make a difference (in 15 reviews)

  • A Majority of the volunteers are great people and have a strong understanding of the program (in 13 reviews)

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

  • Non traditional hours and some late nights and weekends (in 15 reviews)

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  1. DE

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great program and great volunteers

    Cons

    Way too much time away from home. Every evening and weekend working.


  2. District Executive

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    Current Employee - District Executive in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - District Executive in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Making a difference in the lives of young people Good Networking Opportunities

    Cons

    Long Hours / Weekend Work Low Pay - Salary High Pressure Low to no boundaries when it comes to what is asked of you and your free time from management & volunteers

    Advice to Management

    Provide real-world training and not countless hours of videos that do not apply to most situations (due to differences in volunteer levels.) Assign a long time District Volunteer to mentor new D.E.'s


  3. Helpful (1)

    District Executive

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Rio Rancho, NM
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Rio Rancho, NM

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Make a difference in the community

    Cons

    Lifestyle is difficult to maintain with a family

    Advice to Management

    Hire more support staff


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  5. Great Learning Experience

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    Former Employee - District Executive in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - District Executive in Toledo, OH

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The job is so overwhelming that you will learn to become a "professional" over night. Training's were awesome.

    Cons

    You will be consistently burnt-out. There is no relief due to poor management structure and back to back scouting events (Traditionally) .

    Advice to Management

    Allow the organization to change as a whole. Influence from the district and its age 30+ scouters are not concerned with the growth of the organization. The scout reach district I had, had over 500 kids, Other districts would maybe have 100 or a few more. I enjoyed hearing about the scoutreach model in Baltimore.


  6. Helpful (3)

    District Executive

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Executive in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - District Executive in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to make your own hours, and the job itself is pretty easy.

    Cons

    Vicious politics, pretend promotions, lots of pointless meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Fire middle management that isn't performing


  7. Helpful (5)

    Don't Do It

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    Current Employee - District Executive
    Current Employee - District Executive

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to network with community business people and leaders is huge. You do make an impact in the lives of youth in a very small, insignificant way - but you do do it. You can get lucky and have a sense of team.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? Let's start with work-life balance. There is none. The bosses pretend to care, but at the end of the day they don't. If you work in a council that is run a lot of Mormons, you'll quickly find that they just don't get it. Most of their wives are homemakers, and don't work. They have no sympathy or understanding of a dual-income household. As such they work 100 hours a week and expect you to do the same. In the interview they'll tell you it's cyclical with breaks, but it's not. Spring is FOS. Summer is running summer camp. Fall is nothing but recruitment. Which brings me to my next point... Boy Scouts is a tough sell. It's a bigoted and old fashioned organization that refuses to join the 21st-century. People don't want to sign their kid up for scouting because it has a bad social stigma. Not only do you register to participate in a movement that excludes gays and people that don't believe in God, you're registering your kid in a movement that doesn't allow boys to be boys. No more water balloons? Come on. Management all the way up to the Chief Scout Executive are all internal hires. There is no breath of fresh air. There is no new direction. The end result is a good old boys' club. The organization is run by a bunch of balding, old, white LDS men that don't know a hashtag from a dog-tag. They're out of touch with reality and with kids - and it's evident. Changes to programming are made without consulting the people in the filed that implement the program: mostly your adult volunteers. These people then come and complain to you like you had anything to do with it. You're expected to constantly be available to catch crap in both directions: from the volunteers on up and from management. Heaven forbid you don't answer your cell phone on a Thursday night at 10pm. You'd think I worked for the CIA or as a trauma surgeon. It's ridiculous. Again, can't emphasize it enough - there is NO work-life balance. They'll tell you, "If you're out late, you can come in a little later in the morning." No. No you can't. Not when there are meetings and trainings scheduled for 6:30am over an hour away. You're expected to drive your own vehicle. You easily clock over 50,000 miles in your car. If you're in a council lucky enough that gives you an auto stipend PLUS mileage, you're doing alright. Most don't. Even then, when you get reimbursed at less than the IRS recommendation, you're just happy to get your expense report paid back to you. Since the organization only promotes from within, pursuing your education to better yourself is out of the question. Funny, isn't it? After all, it is Boy Scouts. It is about bettering oneself. You're allowed to go to school, but it can't interfere with work. Okay, that's fair. In fact, I think EVERY employer says that. It's fair... BUT... when you're expected to be at a 7am breakfast meeting with volunteers, sit in the office then from 9-5, and then hit up a training or troop meeting or something at 6:30 --- Monday thru Saturday, when can you expect to go to school? Don't take the job unless you enjoy being married to work. You'll work Monday thru Saturday anywhere from 75-100 hours/week. You'll be pestered by dweeby (well some are just big time LOSER) volunteers at all hours of the day and every time you walk into a coffee shop. There is no work-life balance, and there is no regard for family. It doesn't exist.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring from within. Council's do not need ten managers and only two district executives. It's a joke. You could almost write a textbook on how NOT to manage an organization/company... and the BSA provides that framework. All of your ideas are stagnant. For instance, what kid wants to sign up for STEM Scouts? Just like the soccer in scouting program, it's a fad designed only to increase "membership" so you can all compete for Scout Executive or Chief Scout Executive positions. Also, get with the times. It's 2015. Why are you using Scoutnet which is based off of Windows 95 or Windows 2000 systems? It's ridiculous. Stop blaming volunteers for things like no one logging into Commissioner Tools. Your IT department designed the website using flash. Flash doesn't work on iPhones and iPads - two devices that make up the majority of cell phones and tablets. That's just stupid. Don't forget, a lot of people don't own computers at home anymore. Again, get with the times. Take a REAL management course. ScoutingU is a joke. It's where the washed-up, has been (at best) people go to work. At worst, it's where all the people hired by mistake go to work. In fact, there's more advice: get people to train that actually know how to teach. You know - they've read a book on pedagogical techniques - not these blow-hard red coat professional types that just want to talk about how it was when they worked in the field ---- twenty years ago! In keeping with getting with the times - why not allow gays in? You're killing membership and FOS. Until you do, school systems and corporations aren't going to touch BSA with a twenty mile long pole. It's too dangerous, spells lawsuit, and isn't good for business.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Youth Development Organization, LONG HOURS!!!

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    Former Employee - Boy Scouts District Executive in Apopka, FL
    Former Employee - Boy Scouts District Executive in Apopka, FL

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    Great Mission and Team Work

    Cons

    They will work you a lot!!! I worked 90+ hours a week for very little pay

    Advice to Management

    Pay your District Executive MORE!!!


  9. you work a lot

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    Current Employee - District Executive in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - District Executive in Jacksonville, FL

    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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    District Executive

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America

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

    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 Management

    Learn to lead



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