I worked part time as a professional and found that it wasn't for me. Only those with a fortitude of a mule can make it through. Non-profit organizations all tend to be the same, whether it be churches, community based help group or educational settings or volunteer programs like Scouting. Resources are always wanting and to make the most of it will rely on short-changing their workers.
Public school teachers are always complaining about low wages, but a church school teacher gets paid even less. Is it fair? Nope, But is that the way the world works? Yep. In today's fast paced world, getting to retirement without burnout, divorce or financially having to work past 65 is how things work now. A schoolmarm used to be able to handle a couple dozen children of various ages in a one room school. Today's teachers have the same number of kids, all the same age, all working on the same thing at the same time, and they are burning out. What's with that?
The key to the whole process is knowing one's limits and knowing when to walk away. I read a couple of books "back in the day" that made sense ("The Peter Principle" was one of them). I have gone through college to the master's degree level, but I flunked out in the beginning. I went through 4 parishes in 15 years before walking away completely from the ministry, went through a divorce, left a good paying job because my blood pressure was 250/150 due to stress. Yet even knowing the pitfalls, I stayed healthy mentally, emotionally and physically. I now am reitred, been remarried, have an 8 acre hobby farm and enough money to live quite comfortably. It's called life. I knew when to walk away.
So the boy goes into professional BSA, who are we to point out what others did with it? He might do just fine, if not, just walk away. If he goes into conservation, he might do just fine, if not, just walk away. The pattern is always the same until one finds that which works. There are those that can't make the adjust to retirement and have serious complications because of it. Me? It's the best time of my life. I have volunteering going on in my church, in my community, in Scouting and if I want to go on a trip across country all I have to do is find the car keys and go. It was worth the journey, every step of the way and don't let burnout catch oneself off guard. It's coming Be Prepared.