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February 13, 2024

Cherokee Area Council 469, Boy Scouts of America


We are pleased you are interested in learning more about being a District Associate. For more than a century Scouting has worked to support youth as they grow into the next generation’s leaders.


Working in Scouting as a career can be the most challenging and rewarding job available today. It has many and varied fields of focus possible with an excellent advancement path for a dedicated and qualified individual. Like any job it has a broad scope of duties, some obvious and others less so. To assist in better understanding the position the following information may be enlightening as you consider embarking on a Scouting career.

  • Work schedules are irregular to accommodate those youth, parents, Scouting volunteers and community groups we serve. It should be expected that work duties will include time spent on weekends, early mornings, and evenings to best serve and accommodate others.
  • Because of the irregular work schedule a Scouting employee must understand that practicing efficient, effective, and consistent time management is a necessary and critical job skill. A District Associate must be able to plan a schedule, execute the plan and communicate it with other staff members, volunteers, parents, and other stakeholders. It is a part of the job duties to preplan calendars at least twelve and up to twenty-four months in advance of scheduled events and activities.
  • Communication that is timely and intelligently designed for content and clarity is crucial. Communication channels will include in-person, telephone, mail, email, text and other internet media as appropriate.
  • Competence in using computers, word processing, spreadsheets, and various social media as well as telephone skills are required. Regular, accurate reporting is also an expected competency.
  • Promptness is always important but is even more so in Scouting. Prompt and timely submission of reports, returning phone calls and responding to digital inquiries are all appropriate and expected.
  • Modeling – A District Associate serves as a highly visible example of the excellence and values of Scouting. Therefore, a District Associate must always remain mindful of their role. This is reflected in attitude, dress, action, and words. There is no way to step out of this role to “just be a volunteer.” For as long as employment continues the District Associate is expected to comport themselves in a professional manner expected of Scouting professionals.
  • Although outdoor and other program events will be a part of job duties, this position is not the same as volunteer activities and positions. As explained above, the District Associate can expect to accomplish those tasks and duties not suitable for or not achieved by parents and volunteers. Some duties are of a sensitive or confidential nature and discretion is critical in the performance of job duties. Many job tasks may be unseen by volunteers but are nonetheless important for success. Thus, it is important to understand that working for Scouting is not a paid volunteer position for camping and crafts, even if it could include those activities.

A District Associate will be actively engaged with volunteers in their assignments. Scouting utilizes systems and structures that have proven effective and successful for decades. Building, equipping, mentoring, and utilizing these volunteer leadership groups is vital to job success.

Perhaps the best overview of the overall duties of a District Associate has been encapsulated in the three words Money-Manpower-Membership as this captures the critical elements for Scouting success. Each is equally important, and each will be part of day-to-day job duties. As with any career the successful District Associate staff member should be committed to promoting the many positive, powerful, and proven benefits of Scouting and be a cheerleader, a coach, mentor, and a salesperson for this great program in all their words and deeds.

The phrase “and other duties as assigned” encompasses a broad range of potential duties and tasks.

A Scouting employee will have the opportunity to serve, lead and grow in many areas and must be flexible and open to new ideas, methods, and experiences. Enthusiasm and positivity are key elements of success.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The words in the Scout Oath and Law are more than words, they are to be considered and incorporated in all that we think, say, and do.

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient,

Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

Working with youth and their parents and adult leaders is a job unlike almost any other and can pay terrific life dividends. We are blessed to observe young people grow into the leaders and future of our nation. Scouting has and will continue to play a significant role in the lives of youth.

Join the staff of the Cherokee Area Council 469, Boy Scouts of America and serve our community. The successful candidate will help increase the council’s financial resources, membership, and programs. This position will start with 25 to 35 hours a week as a District Associate.  This position will have the responsibility for working with volunteer committees and community leaders to identify, recruit, train, guide and inspire them to become involved in youth programs. 

Today’s District Associates are a diverse group of men and women sharing a dynamic career offering independence, achievement, and stability. This is work that makes a difference, work that calls one to continual learning and challenge, work that offers solid compensation, benefits, and advancement.

Prior Scouting experience may help a person accelerate their job understanding but will not hinder a person from being successful. 


  • Social Security Card.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to be insured with reliable transportation.
  • Must pass the BSA background check.
  • More than 60 college credit hours.
  • Subscribe to the principles and standards of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Must be a self-starter with a strong work ethic and ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and under direct supervision.
  • Well organized, detail oriented, and highly professional.
  • People-oriented, having the ability to work well with adult volunteers, community and business leaders, and representatives of other organizations while being culturally competent.
  • Currently living in the service area of the Cherokee Area Council 469, Grand Lake District. (Ottawa, Delaware and Craig counties)
  • Be able to work from home, in the community, and at the Bartlesville Scout Service Center as needed.
  • Flexible schedule with ability to work and manage a 25 to 35 hours per week schedule, with the ability to work nights and weekends when needed to achieve positive objectives.
  • Be able to lift 20lbs, sit for prolonged times, and work from a computer for prolonged times.
  • Be able to participate in outdoor activities.
  • Minimal experience level in software and social applications; Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Google Meets, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Facebook and other social media platforms as needed.


This is an entry-level position that has responsibilities that are broad and varied. Duties include promoting, supervising, and working through adult volunteers including parents and community leaders. Different aspects of the position include:

  • Sales: through volunteers extend the Scouting programs to schools, religious, civic, fraternal, educational, or other community-based organizations.
  • Service: provide quality service through timely communication, regular meetings, training events and activities.
  • Fundraising: working with volunteers, Associates recruit leadership for the Friends of Scouting and fundraising campaign efforts to meet the financial needs of the council.
  • Administration: all governance is through the Council Board. The Associate follows Council policies, through Scouting volunteers, in the assigned district service area.
  • Public Relations: must be a good role model and must recognize the importance of good working relationships with other professionals and with volunteers. Scouting depends on community support and acceptance. District Associates must have effective communication skills and be able to tell Scouting’s story to the public.
  • ALWAYS LEARNING – no one ever stops learning in the quest for excellence. Attend monthly online training modules on soft skills, fundraising and professional growth. Be able to summarize the content of the training to your supervisor.
  • Teamwork – must work well with parents, community leaders, Scouting volunteers and other council staff members.
  • Coachable –Being coachable is key to improving job performance and developing performing teams.
  • Reports – daily, weekly, monthly, and annual reports are to be expected (some paper, but many digital and online).
  • Works as staff advisor for volunteer events by coaching volunteers in planning, budgeting, guiding, and facilitating events. This includes developing contacts, recruiting volunteers, and supporting the scouting program. Schedule events at times and places most productive for the event. This will include weekends, early mornings, and evenings.
  • Accurate record keeping of travel including mileage, expenses, receipts and submitting expense reports on a regular schedule.
  • Support and mentoring volunteers as they carry out their assignments with unit, district, and council duties.
  • Community engagement will include schools, churches, civic groups, businesses, and local governments.
  • Relationship development to support, enhance and grow Scouting is crucial for success.
  • Training – attend local, virtual, and remote training to enhance personal, technical and program performance. Scouting has one of the best learning systems for volunteers and District Associates. Personal development training will continue throughout their entire time of involvement with the program.

TO APPLY: Email cover letter, transcript (with at least 60 credit hours) and resume to Diana Wise: Diana.wise@scouting.org

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