Scouting: A Profession With a Purpose

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 community-based organizations.

  • 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 the council.

  • 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.

If you are an adult and a college graduate, you may qualify to become a BSA professional. For more information call or visit our local council service center of the Boy Scouts of America.

Who Are We?

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them 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 offices. Scouting is a part of America and has been since 1910. 

The BSA recognizes the need for strong role models, mentors, and leaders. Young people lacking direction and focus often feel isolated from their parents and community and disconnected from the guideposts designed to help them through the difficult years of adolescence. 

As the nation's foremost youth program, the Boy Scouts of America is committed to focusing on the challenges of our nation's youth. Since 1910, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and through nearly a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society. 

Think About It

A career has an enormous impact on your life. Often, your career determines where you live and how you feel about yourself. Making that career choice is a vitally important decision. The Boy Scouts of America offers one of the most fulfilling career opportunities for college graduates and professionals who are searching for a career that will have a significant impact on communities. 

A Day in the Life

Scouting is looking for dedicated and committed executives who want to inspire, encourage, and guide the youth of America. You begin your executive employment in Scouting as a manager of a specific geographic area. As an executive Scouter, you follow in the footsteps of many of America's great leaders who, through Scouting, laid the foundation to support traditional values. Executive Scouters develop the management and leadership skills that can lead to professional success and personal growth. They develop problem-solving skills that prepare them for many of life's challenges. Careers in executive Scouting can have a major impact on the lives of America's youth and local communities. 

Our executives are frequently called upon to multitask and combine many of these skills to get the job done. If you have skills in some of these areas, Scouting may be the career for you: 

  • Public relations  

  • Marketing  

  • Fund-raising  

  • Finance and accounting  

  • Sales  

  • Business management  

  • Human relations  

Training and Development

The Boy Scouts of America realizes that in order for people to grow and be productive, people need opportunities to learn. The fact that more than 75 percent of the BSA's executives receive training each year is a testimony to the commitment of local councils and the national organization. Training courses, with set periods of time to acquire specific information, are part of our overall plan of development. 

Professional Scouters receive continuous instruction through formal as well as informal training. The BSA fosters an environment of continuous learning to nurture the collective creativity that will benefit both professionals and the organization. We share knowledge, ideas, and experience, creating both a workforce that is involved in decision making and an inclusive work environment that ensures the success of Scouting in the local area. 

The BSA is committed to the training and development of individuals because we fully recognize the benefits of mutual growth and development. 


Do you have the background needed for a career as a Scouting executive? 

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university  

  • United States citizenship or declared intention to become a U.S. citizen  

  • Adult—must have attained age 21 unless prohibited by any applicable law  

  • People-oriented with the ability to work with adult volunteers, community and business leaders, and other organizations  

  • Ability to work varied hours to achieve positive objectives  

  • Belief in the BSA and its principles and standards  

  • Successful completion of SRI  

The Benefits of Scouting

The Boy Scouts of America recognizes the importance of healthy, productive employees by offering a comprehensive benefits package and competitive salaries. 

Employees of a local council can choose from medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans as well as accidental death and dismemberment insurance and long-term disability coverage. They can also participate in retirement plans, and the Scout Executives' Alliance, a fellowship fund designed to assist member families at a difficult time. 

Each local council also provides other benefits such as paid holidays and vacation time. 

Learn More

To learn more about the Boy Scouts of America, visit the employment page on our Web site at www.scouting.org or write to the Executive Career Administration (SUM 416) at 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.


For more information on opportunities in your local council, contact the Evangeline Area Council, B.S.A. at 337-235-8551 ext. 0.

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