Boy Scouts seek district executive

With the retirement of Ernie Crawford from the post of Boy Scouts of America Chief Cornplanter Council District Executive, there is a void in the hierarchy.

The council leadership hopes to find someone soon, but there is no time line set.

District executive is one of the few paid positions in a council’s structure. They often ascend the Scout ladder by moving to other councils. Crawford chose not to do that. “My being here for so long was my decision,” he said. “I wanted stability to raise my family but it has also hurt me in the sense that I was not able to move up in the Scouting profession.”

People in those positions are responsible for much of the day-to-day work of the councils.

“District executives run all programs in the council,” Crawford said. “They are responsible for growing Scouting — recruiting youth and leaders and also new units — and making Scouting successful.”

“We work with all adult leaders and the units’ chartered partners,” he said. “We help with fundraising, not only for the units, but also the council.”

“Volunteers run our council,” Crawford said. “They make the DE’s job either very hard or very easy. Our volunteers in Warren County have made my job very easy and I am sure it will be the same for whomever follows me.”

The executive makes sure the things that have to happen happen.

“If we can’t find a volunteer to do a job, we do it ourselves,” Crawford said. “Scouting is run by our volunteers. The council (executives are) there to offer support and training so that they may be successful.”

The district executive also works to recruit members to the district committee. “That committee is responsible for planning our Camporees, contests such as the Klondike Derby, and First Aid Meet, and our fundraisers,” Crawford said. “They also make sure that our summer camps happen and are run correctly.”

The executives oversee that work. “The DEs work with that committee to make sure all is done and done correctly,” he said.

The council can function for a while without a district executive, Crawford said. “Scouting programs are usually planned at least three months in advance of their happening. Our current events are in good hands right now.”

Crawford also bought a little additional time by making other arrangements in advance.

“I have already chosen the chairs for our upcoming events and have made sure that they have the tools needed to be successful,” Crawford said. “I am not leaving the area and will do everything possible for a smooth transition of DEs.”

The district executive often works with the scout executive.

“Since the death of our last Scout Executive, Kevin Bonner, we have shared a scout executive with the Morraine Trails Council,” Crawford said. “Raymond Tennent is our Scout Executive. Mr. Tennent works with our executive board to keep our council running smoothly. He helps with fundraising for the council and setting policies and procedures for the council.”