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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 their 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 4,000
professional Scouters lead, guide, and train more than a million
volunteers. Scouting is a volunteer organization. The professional staff
has the responsibility for working with volunteer committees and community
leaders to recruit, train, guide, 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 job include:
- Sales. The professional Scouter is responsible, through volunteers,
for extending Scouting to religious, civic, fraternal, educational, or other
- Service. 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.
- Finance. 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
- Administration. The professional Scouter administers the Scouting program
in the assigned district or service area.
- Public Relations. Professional Scouters 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.