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February 21, 2013
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February 21, 2013
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The Boy Scouts of America is a wonderful organization that inspires thousands of young men and women to "do their best" and contribute to society by upholding a standard of public service and personal integrity. However, BSA policy discrimination against gay Scouts and employees is hurting the organization through loss of corporate sponsorships, reduced ability to recruit new members, disaffection of many current and former Scouts and volunteers, and loss of access to various public facilities. Most Americans, and in particular most young men and women, find it repugnant to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. The BSA is teaching our next generation of leaders that stigmatizing their peers on the basis of sexual orientation is acceptable. Before donating to the BSA, funders might want to ask themselves if they want to support an organization that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation and what kind of message that sends to their stakeholders.

On a personal note, I have been a volunteer with Boy Scouts of America for over 10 years. I also have to agree with other reviewers that their Executives are extraordinarily well paid, particularly for an organization that is a non-profit. I'm not sure how they justify that.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 1, 2012

I was a very dedicated member for over 24 years. I was given/earned the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award. In the O/A the awarded me the Vigil Honor. I loved the scouting program but a certain CFC Council Executive and a certain school board member, their spouse, and their friend ended my career with their lies. My membership was ended and I didn't have a chance to confront the lies. I sent a rebuttal to Regional, from whence the CFC Executive came, and National but they didn't even look at the almost 40 letters of commendation that I sent. The BSA is no place for adults to play politics. I also agree that the CFC Exce being paid $232,000 annually and the top man being paid $3 million a year is out of line. That money should be spent on assisting the youth to develope into young men of character. The politics, lies, and over the top salaries do not have a place in scouting. I was honored to work with so many young people, 15 of which gave me their Eagle Mentor pin for assisting them along their Trail to Eagle. I did everything that was asked of me even taking the National Youth Leadership Training annual training on with only 5 months to plan it and put it together with no assistance from CFC. One day the lies of these people will be found out.

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No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 29, 2012
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April 29, 2012
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Understand that the BSA reflects American Society; and one needs to recognize that time will gradually change the BSA. I have been a member for over 47 years; and while it;s not perfect, what organization is?BSA donated millions of dollars in service work to your community;in spite of the criticism of a few. The raised over a $1 Billion dollars in WW Bonds, taught "environmentalism" way back in the 1930's & 40's with recycling, and gave over 50 million boys outdoor opportunities to become successful men. Today they do the same. The program and values are delivered by your troop or cub pack level. Believe me, the local professional staff is NOT over paid, by any stretch. They put in 60-80 hour weeks,and are supportive. The BSA does not discriminate against sexual identity in its youth members; their standards are set about avowed public proclamation of ADULTS WHO are set on telling the world their sexual preference. Sexual preference is simply not a part of Scouting; and has been all along.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 12, 2011
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October 12, 2011
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After reading some comments I feel like people don't have as much awareness of Scouting as they seem to think. Being someone who's been through the Scouting program all they way through my Eagle, serving on Camp Staff for a number of years including presently where I'm the Program Director, serving as an Adult Leader, serving as Lodge Chief and a standing member of the Executive Committee and Council Committee, I see some people as simply naive.

First off is the popcorn. Yes, this is a bit pricey but only 1/3 of the money goes back to the vendor. 1/3 goes to the sellers home Council directly to be used for Scouting in that area. The other 1/3 goes to the sellers unit (Troop, Pack, Crew, etc) and most of those give that money back to the Boy to help him pay for Camping or in lieu of dues which otherwise would be expensive.

Secondly, as someone who works on Camp Staff, the money isn't all that great. This past summer I made less than $250 A WEEK. Consider the fact that I am on clock 24 hours a day while doing that job from noon Sunday to noon Saturday. With minimum wage at $7.25 and all the overtime, my weekly pay should be more like $1418.40. Again that is at minimum wage, and I was the second highest paid staff member with less than $250 a week.

This translates to the Executives. While they do get paid a high salary, take into account the amount of work they do. Yes, they are on the clock 8-5 like almost every other working person but their job isn't done at 5. They spend countless nights and weekends doing their job on volunteer time, so much of their pay is really covering those extra hours that most people wouldn't put in for their job without getting some extra compensation.

Additionally, the amount an Executive makes will depend on their Council. A smaller council will not pay their Executive the same as a large one, nor will the large ones pay the same as the National Executive. With this in mind, I'm not saying that the pay some Executives get is reasonable, just saying that some people need to look a bit more into the details in order to see clearly.

My last point is all the bad rep stories about the Boy Scouts. We are an organization of MANY leaders in order to work. While background checks are conducted, it is entirely possible that people slip through that shouldn't. When one person makes a mistake it makes national headlines but rarely do all the good works of the Boy Scouts get major attention. In fact, the last major story about Boy Scouts doing good came after a tornado struck a camp and the Boys used what they were taught to save numerous lives. Like any organization, people make mistakes, focus on the good not the bad for once, especially with an organization like this where the amount of good that is done well outweighs the few bads that are done.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own life as an Eagle, and working with thousands of young people at camp and the Regional, Council, District, and Unit levels.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Look at Executive's salaries but pay them accordingly for the amount of work they do.

March 25, 2011

Great organization, but expensive to be in, and now I see why. The popcorn sales are ridiculously overpriced and the executives grossly overpaid.

But the program is great. It gives young men what they need to stay focused on what's important in life. It all comes down to the quality of
the local leaders and if they can follow the program and care about the boys. You're dealing with youth, and there are some mistakes.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching my sons grow into responsible young men. One was started a level higher in the Army because of his Eagle. The other went in for a job at age 18 and the owner pointed to a huge stack of applications and complained how awful the applicants were. When he found out my son was an Eagle, he hired him on the spot and very quickly made him an assistant manager.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Cap the pay of anyone to $75,000. There are plenty of retired men who are capable to do this job and probably have higher standards than anyone willing to soak the Boy Scouts for a million a year. And get rid of the stupid popcorn. Scouts can raise money on service projects where they keep the money, not overpriced popcorn where all the money goes to some popcorn producer. don't change the program. Remember, a scout is thrifty. What is thrifty about a million dollars a year for ONE PERSON?

March 8, 2011

I have been a Volunteer Scout Leader for the past eleven (11) years and believe strongly in the principles and values that Scouting teaches our young men. Over the past 11 years, I have donated thousands of hours of my time and tens of thousands of dollars to our Troop, District, and Council, which brings me to my primary concern. The Scouting Executives at the National Level and Council Level are highly overpaid and every dollar that is going to them is a dollar that could benefit a young boy. With the number of retired executives in this country that have the expertise to run an organization of this magnitude, I find it hard to believe the we can't find an all-volunteer group of executives to run BSA in a manner that exemplifies "A Scout is Thrifty". There are many executives in our great nation who have the personal resources to run their organizations without a salary, simply for their love of the organization. I would suggest a nationwide search for a wealthy retired executive who could run the BSA and keep the funding focused on the Scouts.

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Boy Scouts is a wonderful organization for teaching young boys the proper values and principles required to be productive citizens in the greatest country on the planet. It is completely dependent upon outstanding volunteers to execute the program at the local level and this needs to be expanded to the executive ranks of the organization. We need more executives who are willing to volunteer their time to maximize the resources available to the Scouts.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hold National, Council, and District Executives more accountable for their actions, or inactions, as the case may be. If they are going to draw salaries commensurate with their for-profit counterparts, then they should be held accountable for the same standards of performance, growth, efficiency, etc.

October 4, 2009

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October 4, 2009

Page 252 of Form 990 Roy Williams. Makes you think twice about donating to Friends of Scouting Fund. more like friends of Roy!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The lives of young men

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people I worked with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Pay the execs more

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 15, 2009

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July 15, 2009

Compensation is outrageously high for the 5 top executives of this nonprofit organization. I have three sons who have gone through the scouting program and have always been a strong supporter of the boy scouts and their mission statement. I am disappointed to find out the board approved of these high salaries and compensation packages. The board members who approved these compensation packages should resign.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my community and my family.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Replace the board and reduce the compensation packages for the highest paid executives.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

thier outside programs for young people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional human beings.

Ways to make it better...

I had not found out how much the top executives were being paid in 2007.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continuing to be financially viable with paying millions to thier top guy. If the unpaid volunteers knew of this it would be a disaster. I think this needs to be addressed and corrective actions taken.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 6, 2009

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May 6, 2009

The US Government ought to investigate the boy scouts as they are wall st. employees. The 2007 Form 990 lists the Chief Scout Executive, Roy Williams, with a $1,531,248 annual salary PLUS $2,396,513 in deferred compensation. Over $3.9 Million for the head of this organization and we have to sell popcorn to support our scouts. This seems like a crime.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Great boys turn into fine men.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give back half my salary.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

other parents.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more needy boys.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't know what the execs were getting paid

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

out of touch with current families

One thing I'd also say is that...

$3.9 Million is too much for a Boy Scout executive. Let's be real.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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