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Boy Scouts of America Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
Boy Scouts of America – New York – “Entrance”

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3.3 206 reviews

66% Approve of the CEO

Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock

Wayne Brock

(61 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Mostly good seasonal employment, needs lots of improvement

    First Aid Counselor (Current Employee)

    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 Senior Management-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

    District Executive (Former Employee)

    ProsRelatively 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

    Consthere 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)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Memories, Best High School Job Around

    Ecology Director/Camp Counselor (Former Employee)

    ProsAmazing 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.

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Senior District Executive (Former Employee) Tacoma, WA

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

    Consyou 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 Senior ManagementStart living the scout law by being trustworthy, courteous, kind, to employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Slow to start but great future potential

    Professional (Current Employee) Washington, DC

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementMake sure that people know if they are doing well or if they are on a promotion track.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not perfect, but still a fantastic place to work!

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)

    ProsIf 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sous Chef/Personal Watercraft Instructor (Current Employee) Radford, VA

    ProsBeing 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.

    ConsWorking 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 (Former Employee) Columbus, OH

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

    ConsLong hours, hard to get promoted, low salary

    Advice to Senior ManagementHigher salaries

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Friendly Community

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsManagement 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.

    ConsMostly 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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    Tough, but rewarding.

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Fayetteville, NC

    ProsGood starting pay. good training to be knowledgeable about scouting things, and reasonable hours.

    ConsConsistently changing schedule, and lots of paperwork.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink of what employees have to do before making changes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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