Boy Scouts of America Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
208 Reviews

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Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock
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Pros
  • As an employee, you can make a difference in the lives of scouts and leaders (in 10 reviews)

  • You get to meet great people trying to better their community (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Hours can be real long and there are many nights and weekends (in 13 reviews)

  • Ultimately I left to achieve a better work life balance for my family's sake (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    If you're community-oriented, this is your home.

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    Former Employee - Para Professional  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Para Professional in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible and close-knit, family like workplace. Work-life balance is very easy to maintain. Little complaints.

    Cons

    Travel and office culture - which I wouldn't consider a con, but definitely something new and different than what I had been used to.

    Recommends
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    Mostly good seasonal employment, needs lots of improvement

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    Current Employee - First Aid Counselor
    Current Employee - First Aid Counselor

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -the camaraderie: All the members of camp staff are very supportive and willing to assist you in every way they can. I got to know people outside my area in ways that I couldn't in other work environments.
    -the mentorship: My Area Director supported me in every way she could and guided me to become a better teacher. Also, she taught the cooking merit badge, I often ate free food before lunch and during the afternoon.
    -the mission: I taught First Aid, and I felt that I was enriching the lives of the Scouts by teaching them to treat basic injuries, and if need be, save lives.
    -teaching independence: I had a great amount (but by no means unlimited) autonomy to teach the class in the way I thought best.
    -free room and board: Staying in an cabin with air conditioning is a nice perk, especially during the hot summer months. The food, however, is mediocre (see "Cons" below)
    -beautiful environment: I worked at a beautiful camp with lots of trees and lakes. The sunsets were unbeatable.
    -leadership: Although there were a few issues, the senior staff did a great job implementing the program and we received numerous complements.
    -the Scouts: The best Scouts will make your day and remind you why you chose to staff camp.

    Cons

    -low pay: as a first year staffer, I received less than $100 a week when paycheck time came around. I could have worked the same number of hours at a minimum wage job and made much than at camp, even after accounting for the room and board I received.
    -the food: the menu was the same every week. Enough said.
    -disregard of previous experience: I had two years of experience staffing other Boy Scout summer camps, but I was paid like a first-year staffer.
    -communication: there weren't any pre-departure emails or remainders sent out before camp. As a result, I forgot my physical and had to get it faxed to camp. Also, staff were not given a written schedule of events during camp, which resulted in some awkward moments with Scouts and adult leaders when I could not answer their questions.
    -the gossip: I will admit that I enjoyed the gossip at camp, but it can destroy the morale of a camp environment. My experience as a staffer at camp would have been diminished if I became the center of gossip.
    -limited exposure: With one exception, I only taught First Aid and CPR for five weeks straight. A greater variety of teaching duties would have been nice.
    -class sizes: For two weeks, my average class size hovered around 30 Scouts For a hands-on class like First Aid, the class size should be at least half that. Also, discipline is a greater issue in larger classes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -communication: Be more forthright about issues important to the staff, including sensitive topics such as layoffs and staff discipline issues. Don't leave people guessing. Also, sent out pre-departure emails so everyone is on the same page when they get to camp.
    -pay: It's hard to keep staff motivated if they are not paid competitive wages. At the bare minimum, a 50% increase in salary is warranted, especially considering the long hours all staff members put in to keep the camp running.
    -class sizes: Encourage troops to enroll in later weeks during the summer. That way, class sizes are more evenly spread out.

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    Good entry-level nonprofit experience

    Former Employee - District Executive
    Former Employee - District Executive

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

    Pros

    Relatively good pay (for recent grads) and benefits, good training, great experience with nonprofit management and fundraising, good coworkers, working for a good cause, flexible hours, fun events throughout the year

    Cons

    there can be poor management (depending on the council), flexible but mostly long irregular hours (definitely not your typical 9-5 job - you will almost always have a meeting/event in the evenings or on the weekend), lack of raises and/or room for growth within your office (again, depends on your council)

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  5.  

    Great Memories, Best High School Job Around

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    Former Employee - Ecology Director/Camp Counselor
    Former Employee - Ecology Director/Camp Counselor

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing experiences and people, developed independence and leadership, improved public speaking skills, free food/lodging, the pros are extensive. No where else can a high school student teach classes to 10-20 kids and possibly be a supervisor of other employees. It is an amazing opportunity.

    Cons

    Long days, not always enough food provided for employees, last few weeks of camp can be exhausting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give some evenings off, more pay would be nice as final salary does not equate to minimum wage (though BSA can't afford to)

    Recommends
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    I worked ten years as a professional scouter also called a district executive in 3 councils

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    Former Employee - Senior District Executive  in  Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Senior District Executive in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    you set your own schedule and there are a lot of feel good moments with youth, volunteers, and awards.

    Cons

    you have to get done what you can't get volunteers to do. you can rack up a lot of hours if you do not have the ability to ask others to do tasks for you.

    Management is all about gettting money in the door and you will live and die based on what funding you can find.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start living the scout law by being trustworthy, courteous, kind, to employees.

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  7.  

    Slow to start but great future potential

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    Current Employee - Professional  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Professional in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to community leaders, politicians, and activists.

    Cons

    The pay is not commensurate with the cost of living in some areas. Promotions are slow to come by and sometimes there are unrealistic expectations coming from top leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that people know if they are doing well or if they are on a promotion track.

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  8.  

    Not perfect, but still a fantastic place to work!

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you are in a good council, most of the focus is on making sure the kids have a rewarding experience. Even after the problems of the day, you can go home knowing you made a difference in the life of some child.

    Cons

    Management doesn't get the training they need to lead well, which causes a lot of communication and respect problems. People are promoted for the wrong reasons and egos run wild the higher up you get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the Boy Scout Law when at work and help others to uphold it. If you can follow that, you will have no problems.

    Recommends
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    Blue Ridge Scout Reservation Review

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    Current Employee - Sous Chef/Personal Watercraft Instructor  in  Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Sous Chef/Personal Watercraft Instructor in Radford, VA

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Being apart of the Boy Scouts and its tenets is immediately rewarding to those who love the outdoors and all its wonders as well as providing these natural opportunities to the youth that participate.

    Cons

    Working Summer camp is a committed and isolated job that isn't paid hourly but rather bi-weekly because an instructor never truly stops working at camp.

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    District executive

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

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, relaxed environment, freedom to do work the way you feel works

    Cons

    Long hours, hard to get promoted, low salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher salaries

    Recommends
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    Friendly Community

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Management is relatively well trained. Many repeat customers create a relatively small community and make work enjoyable. Scout shop is small and easily manageable; stocking shelves/racks is not difficult.

    Cons

    Mostly figured things out by myself, not a lot of guidance from management. Was not a major issue but felt like I could have been brought up to speed faster.

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