Boy Scouts of America Reviews

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

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    Current Employee - District Director in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - District Director in Indianapolis, IN

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire more great young people to make this movement grow!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Camp Wolfeboro Staff

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Arnold, CA
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Arnold, CA

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Best place to work and meet new people and friends I would defiantly recommend working for the Dining Hall great bosses

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    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager in Cimarron, NM
    Current Employee - Kitchen Manager in Cimarron, NM

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

    Pros

    Hours are great you get to hike for free and a great view of the mountains great people to work with and awesome bosses

    Cons

    The pay is not too bad

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. An absolute professional experience!

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    Former Employee - District Executive in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - District Executive in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    A non-profit organization that focuses on helping people grow professionally. They invest much in the professional growth of their employees by offering superior training and professional development as well as offering great benefits and incentives. Such an awesome organization to work for and I regret leaving.

    Cons

    It can be a super demanding and many times overwhelming. If you are ready to be married to your job then perfect fit, if you want a work/life balance this may not be the job for you. If you are a high achiever and like the constant challenge and demand meeting deadlines and goals then this might be a place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentives and benefits are the way to boost moral.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Good employer, flexible hours and very helpful management

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling
    Decent pay (minimum wage for starting out, but a raise every year after review)

    Cons

    Retail environment, some customers are less than happy due to BSA policy
    Upper management does not seem to have very good grasp on how stores operate, merchandise purchasing and stock leaves a lot to be desired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poll stores before purchasing new merchandise, particularly t-shirts and useless camping gear

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. BCOA - needs updated, behind the times for programs and adventures.

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    Former Contractor - Volunteer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Contractor - Volunteer in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have an interesting program, but it needs to be update dated and made into the 21st Century learner model.

    Cons

    The North Carolina branch was not able to assist scouts with Autism, but the website said that they support children with disabilities. :-(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please update the programs, because they not changed in forty years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great workplace

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    Current Employee - Senior District Executive in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior District Executive in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Knowing that you're making a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    Non traditional hours and some late nights and weekends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. A review of the organization BSA

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    Former Employee - District Scout Executive in Stockton, CA
    Former Employee - District Scout Executive in Stockton, CA

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

    Pros

    A satisfaction of accomplishments.in knowing the character building is working.

    Cons

    Interferes with family life. Especially in ones church times. There are some in the organization that cut corners or pad their accomplishments to attain recognition and awards at the expense of the boys and the volunteers. I do not approve of the direction BSA is going relative effeminate ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to know the executive before and AFTER they are in the organization. Especially in the core values.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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