The Purpose and Mission of the BSA
The Charter of the Boy Scouts of America states that “the purchase of this corporation shall be to promote, through organization and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train in Scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using methods which are no in common use by Boy Scouts.”
It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America 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 District’s Purpose
A Scouting district is a geographical area of the BSA local council, determined by the council executive board. District leaders mobilize resources to ensure the growth and success of Scouting units within the district’s territory. The purpose of the district is to work through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units. The result of effective district support is more and more youth members receiving a better and better program.
The Council’s Purpose
The purpose of the council is to guide and support its districts for the achievement of the movement’s purpose. Council’s establish policies and programs. Districts carry out the policies and programs in their respective territories.
The Functions of the District
The membership function strives for growth through the organization of new Scouting units and growth through new members joining existing units.
The finance function sees that the district provides its share of funds to the total council operating budget.
The program function concentrates on helping Scouting units with camp promotion; special activities including community service; training adult volunteers; and youth advancement and recognition.
The unit service function provides direct coaching and consultation by district volunteers for unit adults to help ensure the success of every Scouting unit.
The order in which the funcation listed is not meant to suggest the order of their importance but the natural interrelationship and flow of the functions. The Scouting movement cannot achieve its purpose without first organizing units and enrolling members. The district cannot support its units without the funds to do it. Unit programs are supported by the district through its program functions and unit service. All four functions are equally important and neccessary; if one suffers from lack of attention, all the work of the district suffers.
Who Leads the District?
The district is lead by a committee of volunteers tasked with a job that fits into one of the four functions of the district: membership, finance, program and unit service.
Leading the district committee are three people who make up the District Key 3:
The job of the District Chairman is to preside over the district committee and be responsible for carrying out the four functions of the district: membership, finance, program and unit service. This person is nominated through the district nominating committee and then approved by the Council Executive Board. Once approved, they are also a full voting member of the Council Execute Board representing their district.
The job of the District Commissioner is the quality control officer who recruits, trains and leads a staff of commissioners who coach adult leaders of every units to succeed. The District Commissioner is responsible for the unit service function of the district. This person is recommended by the District Nominating Committee and approved by the Council Commissioner.
The District Executive is the full-time professional assigned to guide the District and its top leadership in the overall functions of the district. The District Executive serves under the direction of the Council Scout Executive.