Scouting: A Profession With A Mission
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 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 3,500 professional Scouters
lead, guide, and train more than 1 million volunteers. Scouting is a volunteer
organization. The professional staff has the responsibility for working with
volunteer committees and community leaders to identify, recruit, train, 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
- The professional Scouter is responsible, through volunteers, for extending
Scouting to religious, civic, fraternal, educational, and other
- 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.
- 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.
- The professional Scouter administers the Scouting program in the
assigned district or service area.
- Public Relations
- Professional Scouters must be good role models. They 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.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
- United States citizenship or declared intention to become a citizen
- Adultat least the age of majority in the state of residence
- Willingness and ability to devote long and irregular hours to achieve
- Dedicationinterest in devoting oneself to others and belief
in the Scout Oath and Law
- Adherence to BSA membership standards
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