BSA Organization (was I have some Doubts)--District [LONG!]
or blackeagle ("Settummanque)
Thu, 21 May 1992 11:38:00 EDT
Hi Juan and everyone!
IT has been soem time since I have posted here, job searching has been
almost friutful and getting everything ready for an extended stay by all
three of my children have been really at the top of my list. Next comes
the work on the addressbook (thank you for your time and if you haven't,
get those things in here!) *smile* , the "momments in time" (the Scoutmasters'
Advisor's/Skipper's minutes) (which I am still getting input into from all
of you....please keep sending them in. I am getting some help from Jessica
(STURYAN@EKU) on the typing of those and I have talked with Jon Eidson about
placing the completed ones on the list once "completely" done. So, its
been really busy around here at the ol' 404 apartment place (quiet but busy!)!
Juan told us that all he really wanted (and we provided to him) was a listing
of how the BSA's youth programs were broken down...but I still received
inquiries into finishing the set. Seems that some of you out there were
extracting and sharing the information with your Roundtable staffs,
your units, your spouses and friends...all which are great! I also do
understand the needs of those like Scott Begin who gets access to this list
and has to pay for every second he's on (hope you find a school node close
by soon, guy!).
In those precursors, I have placed a [long] at the top of the message.
That should tell those that cannot stay on long enough to skip it, delete it,
extract it into a text file for later viewing or downloading or whatever.
With all of that in mind, here is the next part.....the DISTRICT!
Districts are "operational arms of a local Council". A Council is subdivided
into at least two districts; most Councils are divided into three or more
Districts. Each District, like all of Scouting, is led by a volunteer
District Chair (whom also serves as a member of the Council's Executive Board)
and a volunteer District Commissioner. Scott Manning and Gloria Edwards
are Chair and Commissioner, respectively. They are also, like other
"key volunteers" in the BSA, presidents/directors of local businesses in
the District area.
A District can be a city block, a entire city (like one of the Cardinal
Council's districts, which encompasses the entire city of Frankfort, Kentucky
(the Central District) (Districts also get their names from geographical
or significant people/places/things), a county or several counties, states
or part of states, or entire Countrys or principalities (for example: the
old Alpine District of the BSA's Transatlantic Council serves youth in
southwestern Germany, all of Switzerland and Austria, and the eastern end
of France... or the African District of the BSA's Direct Service Council
serving youth in all of the continent of Africa! What Districts!!!
To help Scott and Gloria, there are other volunteers that serve as
District Vice-Chairs for Membership, Program, Finance, and Administration.
Other Volunteers serve as Assistant District Commissioners and as Roundtable
Commissioners for the various program discussion groups (one for Cub
Scouting and Tiger Cubs, one for Boy Scouting/Varsity/Venture Scouting,
one for Exploring....some Districts even have separate Roundtables for
Varsity Scouting and for Career Awareness Exploring. This District does not.
It is each District's leadership (in other words, it is up to Scott, Gloria
AND Robert Marks, the District Executive of this District, called the
Great Rivers District) to decide on the structure and format of their
District to meet the needs of the youth of that District).
On Scott's side, the four Vice-Chairs hold meetings and do the essential
tasks which must be done to insure the success of the program...in other
words, to insure the delivery of the program to each youth member and each
unit. Adminstration folks help with recruiting and training people,
keeping the records of the district, publishing a newsletter for the District
and inserting key District events in the Council's newsletter. They also
nominate people for various offices and assist chartered partners with the
selection of people to represent the business or group sponsering a Cub
Pack, Scout Troop or Team or Crew, Explorer Ship or Post, or all of the
Program folks meet to discuss how the program can be delivered and demostrated.
They hold the camporees (a camporee is a district, or in many councils, a
council-level event in which all of the Boy Scouting units come together for
a weekend of fun and friendly competition and skill sharing. Most Districts
hold two such events: one in the fall, to emphasize the fact to new
Scouts that Scouting is an outdoor event; and one in the spring, to recognize
honor campers through the Order of the Arrow. Many other things go on
during a Camporee...(I look forward to going to one just to see old friends
and to meet new ones!) (*also to get free coffee!*)
The Program folks are also responsible for the Cub Scout Day and Overnight
Camps, the Explorer Olympics and Fun Games, the Cub Scout Raingutter Regatta,
the Explorer Safe Driving Road Rally, the Boy Scout and Cub Scout School
Nights and the Explorer Firstnighers, and anything else that they can think
of to get people together as a District---as well as to get people to
participate as a District during Council events!
Finance folks get the monies to support the District and to help new units
to succeed. They are the ones that conduct the finance campaigns both for
the District (in this council, its called "Sustaining Membership Enrollment"
or SME.....in many others, it is called Friends of Scouting) as well as to
assist local officals of the United Appeal (United Way) in helping to raise
monies for that worthwhile agency (which gives monies to the Council which
returns to the District). Finance committee people also work with local units
to help them raise the monies needed for their units, in keeping with local
law and BSA guidelines.
Gloria's job as District Commissioner brings the entire area of Service to
light. The Commissioner's job is to see that all of the 39 units in the
District have a effective program and that they will be around next year. To
help her in this process, she has three Assistant District Commissioners (one
per county) and 7 Unit Commissioners (I will explain what a unit commissioner
does in the posting about each program area!). Gloria also has a team of
Commissioners that hold bimonthly Roundtable/Huddle/Exchange meetings for
the adult and some youth leaders of the District's units.
The Cub Scout Roundtables are designed to take the monthly theme and give
Cub Scouting leaders insight on how to carry it out in their units. The
Boy Scout Roundtable and the Varsity Huddle are designed to take the
current events in the District (because very few units use the "monthly
theme" from National) and give leaders and youth leaders who attend insight
on how to carry it out and bring the event closer to each Scout's goals in
advancement. The Explorer Leaders' Exchange does the same for Exploring
leaders, but serves as all Roundtables do, a way to express feelings about
serving as a leader, stragies for coping with problems, hints on how to do
things better and more effectively, and how to keep that "spark" in the
program over a long period. Its also therpy for all concerned, a monthy
"checkup" and inspirational forum for all (hey...that sounds like this list!)
Each Roundtable Commissioner draws a staff to help him or her to run the
event from successful and interested leaders and parents from the area's units.
Commissioners also go out to each unit and recharter them with the assistance
of the Executive.
The Membership guys are the ones that go out and recriut new Scouts, Cubs,
Explorers and adults for the various units...and new units as needed. These
are the ones with their eyes on the new housing developments, the news from
the school board and the playgrounds as they try to match up what Scouting
can do with what youth are wanting. They also work with the chartered
partners....the groups sponsering a Scouting unit...and insures that they
are recognized for their contributions to youth through Scouting. Finally,
the membership people establish relationships with many of the major groups
in the District...church groups, school groups, ethnic and racial groups...
to ascertain what and how much Scouting can be of help to them.
As you can see, Juan, the Scouting program is the most effective here at
this level...and this is why, even though people will rise to the top and
work at the regional and national and area levels, that they are most
associated with a District like the Great Rivers District and are proud of
it moreso than the Council that it is one fifth of, the Cardinal Council.
Next....the Cub Scouting Program!
District Volunteer (formally associated with the Lincoln Trail District,
Old Kentucky Home Council)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City