Boy Scouts of America National Council
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.
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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.
Volunteer & Scoutmaster. In 2006, I started a Boy Scout Troop from scratch and today, it is a thriving organization that has benefited dozens of young boys and mentored numerous Eagle Scouts. It sets the standard among all troops in our District/Council for program.
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